The University is closely monitoring the evolving science regarding COVID-19 and the recommendations of medical and public health experts, and will adapt policies and practices as new information emerges.

Phase 1: Stay Home/Stay Safe

March 16–May 17

  • Shift to remote instruction
  • Shift to remote operations with only essential employees permitted to work in-person
  • All on-campus facilities and operations suspended or closed
  • Residence halls closed except for emergency student housing
  • Only essential research permitted in person, largely related to COVID-19; remaining research suspended or reduced
  • All domestic and international travel suspended

Phase 2: Limited Activity

May 17–July 15

  • Research facilities reactivated in a phased and purposeful manner
  • All summer sessions courses offered remotely
  • Continued remote operations; essential employees permitted to work in-person
  • All travel suspended, with appeal process for travel determined essential
  • All on-campus facilities and operations suspended or closed; visitors to campus restricted
  • Residence halls closed except for emergency student housing

Phase 3: Prepare for in-person operations

July 15–August 1

  • Faculty and most staff required to work remotely
  • Faculty and staff training on health and safety protocols
  • Continued research reactivation
  • All travel suspended, with appeal process for travel determined essential
  • Daily health screening process implemented for faculty and staff
  • Begin in-person operations by department, following submission of department and activity health and safety plan
  • All on-campus facilities and operations suspended or closed except those approved to open; visitors to campus restricted

Phase 4: Ramp up for fall semester

August 1–August 13

  • Final preparations for students to return to the residence halls
  • Complete in-person operations restart, following submission of department and activity health and safety plan
  • Faculty and most staff continue to work remotely
  • All travel both domestic and international suspended with appeal process for travel determined essential
  • All on campus facilities and operations suspended or closed except those approved to open; visitors to campus restricted

Phase 5: Phased return of students to campus

August 14–August 30

  • All on-campus facilities and operations resume in-person. Staff and faculty either working remotely or on campus in accordance with applicable "resumption of in-person operations plan," campus needs, and health and safety guidance.
  • Students begin moving into residence halls in compliance with VDH requirements which include testing and isolation if required
  • New student orientation conducted remotely
  • Isolation space fully ready and operational
  • Comprehensive surveillance COVID-19 testing implemented
  • Daily health screening process implemented for students
  • Contact tracing process implemented
  • Training program for students
  • Dining halls resume operations
  • All travel suspended, with appeal process for travel determined essential

Phase 6: Fall semester in session

August 31–November 24

  • Most undergraduate and graduate students on campus
  • Staff and faculty either working remotely or on campus in accordance with applicable "resumption of in-person operations plan," campus needs, and health and safety guidance.
  • All campus buildings open and functioning, but in some cases with restricted access
  • All travel suspended, with appeal process for travel determined essential