VCU to begin spring semester virtually as COVID-19 cases surge

Posted at 3:30 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 17:32:42-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- As COVID-19 cases in Virginia continue to surge, Virginia Commonwealth University will begin the spring semester virtually.

The spring semester is still scheduled to begin on January 25, 2021.

University officials say all classes will begin virtually, except in instances where a student is involved in clinical and field placements, practica, co-ops, internships and other work-related experiential learning activities.

“Our nation and region continue to face the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. “Models suggest the number of cases in Virginia will continue to rise into February. They already are four times higher than at the beginning of the fall semester. So, with health and safety as a primary concern, we are adjusting how VCU will start the spring semester.”

Officials say the university hopes to resume in-person classes on or before March 8.

Rao said he is hopeful for a return to in person learning as the availability vaccines increases.

"This current surge is the last one and our planning soon can turn to a resumption of campus activities,” he added.

VCU says they are working with the VDH on a timeline for vaccine availability for all students, faculty and staff. That will be released once its available.

Students can find updated information regarding their courses here.

Related: VCU medical students can now receive COVID-19 vaccine