COVID-19: University Response and Planning

Returning in Fall 2020

University of Richmond officials are actively planning for the fall semester and continuing to respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19. As new information becomes available, the University will send updates via email and post to this site.

Latest Update: Aug. 14, 2020

Current Stage: RED

The University intends to resume in-person instruction and the residential educational experience this fall, and recently shared information about student testingonline student training and tracking symptoms, fall health and safety plans, faculty/staff testing and contact tracing, and a new COVID-19 data dashboard.

The University remains in the Red Stage to provide time to implement the health and safety measures identified through our resilience planning. Learn more about our Physical Distancing Framework, which will serve to guide our approach to gradually resuming operations on campus.

Read the latest messages to the campus community

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Returning to Campus for Students

In addition to resuming on-campus instruction and safeguarding the health of our community, we also set a goal of safely housing as many students on campus as possible, given the University’s commitment to offering a meaningful residential education experience.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

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Fall 2020 Planning

The University intends to resume in-person instruction and the residential educational experience at the beginning of the fall semester, as originally scheduled. Consistent with the published academic calendar, fall semester classes will begin August 24 and the semester will end December 18.

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Health & Safety

As we continue to prepare for the fall, the health and safety of the campus community has been of paramount importance in our planning efforts. Ensuring the health of the campus community is a responsibility we all share, and it will require a sustained commitment from all of us as we modify the way we live, learn, and work together.

Four students sitting spaced apart in a classroom wearing face coverings.


In our planning, we have sought to preserve the hallmarks of a Richmond education — dynamic instruction in small classes organized around robust discussion, group problem-solving, and personal faculty attention — while making necessary adjustments to conform to public health guidance to promote health and safety.

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Our Shared Responsibility

This semester will be unlike any other, but the reward for embracing our shared responsibility will be great: a return to our treasured residential and academic community where all members can thrive.

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Additional Resources for Staff & Faculty

Our top priority remains promoting the health and well-being of all students, staff, and faculty, which continues to inform our decision-making and planning. It is a shared responsibility to keep our campus community safe in the months to come.

Interim University Policies