Changes to campus are afoot to protect against COVID-19 — here’s what to expect

A person laying down tape on the floor of a classroom.
Chanel Derricott, MCV Campus coordinator in the Division of Facilities Management, applies tape to mark off appropriate physical distancing in a School of Nursing classroom. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

When students, faculty and staff return to Virginia Commonwealth University in August, things will look a bit different than when they left. Employees from the Facilities Management Division along with staff from across the university have been busy making modifications and assembling supplies to make campus as safe as possible this fall as the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus.

Classrooms and common areas are being outfitted to ensure physical distancing, whether by taping off seating or moving or removing furniture. Signs and placards indicate occupancy limits and remind the VCU community of safety guidelines. Plexiglass partitions provide barriers in situations where people can’t keep their distance. Every measure taken – and every measurement – is done with one goal in mind: preventing the spread of COVID-19.

This video provides a preview of what to expect in some of VCU’s most popular spaces.

When students, faculty and staff return to campus in August, things will look a bit different. To keep the VCU community safe, classrooms and common areas are being outfitted to ensure physical distancing. Signs and placards indicate occupancy limits. Plexiglass partitions provide barriers in situations where people can’t keep their distance. Every measure taken – and every measurement – is done with one goal in mind: preventing the spread of COVID-19. For more on VCU's return to campus plans, see https://together.vcu.edu/.

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