Student Expectations & Requirements

During the spring semester, we are counting on the entire campus community to continue rigorous adherence to our COVID-19 response protocols. We will continue to employ many of our successful strategies from the fall; however, given the increase in cases nationally and in Virginia, it is necessary to make some adjustments to our plans and ask our community to fully recommit to keeping our community safe.

Key changes for students in the spring semester include:

  • Academic calendar changes for the spring semester have been developed and are intended to provide students helpful time to rest and restore while remaining on campus.
  • Unlike the fall, students cannot be exempted from testing by providing the results of a test taken prior to arrival.
  • All students are required to sign and abide by a new version of the Healthy Web Compact, which includes several changes reflecting important lessons learned from the fall semester. You can also view the new Healthy Web Compact as a PDF.
  • New interim conduct policies are being implemented to address health and safety concerns.


Spring 2021 Web Ready Checklist

This checklist will help ensure students have the most pertinent information for the spring semester at their fingertips.

The Healthy Web Community Compact

As in the fall, in support of shared responsibility to keep our campus safe, all students who wish to return to campus in the spring must sign and abide by our Healthy Web Compact. The Compact provides an overview of the actions all Spiders need to take to ensure the safety of our web. You must be connected to VPN to access and sign the Compact. You can also preview the new Compact as a PDF.

These steps include:

  • daily health checks
  • practicing physical distancing
  • wearing a face covering
  • letting University officials know if you are not feeling well or may have been exposed to the virus

A paramount component of our prevention strategies, which will be emphasized in revisions to the Compact, is disclosing to University officials when you have been tested for COVID-19 off campus and the results of that test.

We must remain steadfast in our isolation, quarantine, and contract tracing protocols to ensure we are keeping our community safe. Fulsome disclosure of symptoms, potential exposures, and positive test results is a responsibility of all community members, including students, and essential to these efforts.

Note: You must be logged in to VPN to access the Healthy Web Compact from off campus.

Changes to Student Conduct Policies

In the fall, we instituted interim student conduct policies to help encourage students to abide by the Healthy Web Compact, the Physical Distance Framework, and other health and safety policies and protocols. We have updated these Interim Student Conduct Policies to reflect areas that created concern in the fall.

All students should become familiar with these policies, as they are a reminder that there will be consequences for putting the health and safety of other Spiders in jeopardy. The key elements of compliance include:

  • Following mask and distance requirements
  • Staying on campus to the greatest extent possible
  • Promptly disclosing symptoms or test results related to COVID-19
  • Fully cooperating with contact tracing
  • Actively adhering to isolation and quarantine requirements

Violations have consequences that could have significant implications on your college career, including probationary status, revocation of campus privileges, and suspension. Unfortunately, we had to resort to these sanctions on several occasions during the fall semester. We hope to avoid doing so again this spring, but if necessary, we will once again enforce these disciplinary measures to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.