COVID-19: University Response and Planning

Six feet. Mask up. Protect our web.

Ensuring the health of the campus community is a responsibility we all share and will require a shared commitment from each of us as we modify the way we live, learn, and work together. We are many Spiders, within one web. See our COVID-19 Dashboard
Spring Semester Opening, Policy Updates, and Expectations
Once again, students are required to sign and commit to our Healthy Web Compact. We have updated the Interim Student Conduct Policies that outline our expectations. See the full message from Steve Bisese to students.


An executive order from the governor of Virginia is in effect through the end of January and does apply to you. Key components include:

  • Modified Stay at Home Order/Curfew: All individuals in Virginia must remain at their place of residence between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. Exceptions include traveling to and from work and seeking medical attention.
  • Universal mask requirement: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings and when outdoors within six feet of another person.
  • Reduction in social gatherings: All social gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals. 

We have informed state and local officials that the University is willing to, and is making preliminary plans to, hold vaccine clinics for faculty, staff, and students on campus. The timeline and logistics for expanding the Commonwealth’s vaccine program for higher education students are not yet known. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Spring Arrival and Testing Information

Get the latest information on the spring arrival requirements and guidelines, as well as the testing schedule, process, and locations. 

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Current Status: Red Stage

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Spring & Summer 2021

Just as we did for the fall, our plans for the spring semester involve an approach that maintains the University’s commitment to providing a top-quality, residential, educational opportunity while also doing all we can to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection within our 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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Our Shared Responsibility

This year 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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Health & Safety

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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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

Campus Preparations