COVID-19: University Response and Planning

Six feet. Mask up. Protect our web.

Starting and finishing the fall semester over the course of 117 days — Aug. 24 to Dec. 18 — requires that our faculty, staff, and students understand, accept, and activate our shared responsibility. We are Many Spiders, One Web. 117 Days of Protecting Our Web

Latest Update: Sept. 18, 2020

Current Stage: RED

The University has reached its first milestone in 117 Days of Protecting Our Web, and recently shared a fall semester update, as well as information about prevalence testing. You can also check our COVID-19 data dashboard, updated weekly.

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

How to Report a Potential COVID-19 Case

  • Students (other than part-time MBA and SPCS) should contact the Student Health Center at 804-289-8064. 
  • MBA and SPCS students should call their healthcare provider and notify their dean's office.
  • Faculty and staff should contact the HR COVID Care Coordinator at or 804-289-8811. 

All off-campus COVID-19 tests and results (regardless of outcome) should be reported to the University.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

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Fall 2020: 117 Days of Protecting Our Web

As the University of Richmond resumes the in-person, residential educational experience, it is the shared responsibility of the entire campus community — faculty, staff, and students — to follow our important health and safety guidelines.

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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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Students on Campus

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.

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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.

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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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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

Preparing for Students