SPCS Coronavirus Response & Updates

Last updated: May 9, 2022

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies remains open for business. The University of Richmond remains in modified operating status and is operating in the Green stage of our Physical Distancing Framework. Review the content on this page, and if your question isn’t answered here, contact us at (804) 289-8133 or spcs@richmond.edu for assistance.

SPCS follows the University’s lead and public health guidance to monitor conditions to ensure continuity of instruction. The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are our priority throughout the pandemic.

  • Summer 2022 SPCS classes are offered in-person, online and in hybrid formats.
  • The Summer 2022 academic calendar includes breaks as usual.
  • Vaccines are required for all students, faculty and staff unless an exemption is granted.
  • Masks are no longer required in campus buildings. Review the updated mask policy.
  • Interim Student Conduct Policies have been updated. Please review carefully.

The resources below apply to SPCS audiences. They link to and supplement the University’s official COVID-19 response page including the COVID-19 DashboardVaccine Requirement & Reporting and Faculty & Staff Resources.

To report a positive COVID-19 test result, please contact your healthcare provider and notify the following:

Summer 2022

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  • Masks on Campus

    The University no longer requires universal masking in all indoor locations. This update is reflected in the university’s mask policy.

    Masks will continue to be required in certain situations, as listed below:

    • Students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or who are identified as close contacts are required to wear a mask according to the mask policy.
    • Students, faculty, and staff must wear a mask in the Student Health Center, the on-campus testing clinic, and Sports Medicine.
    • Instructors will have the discretion to require masks in their classrooms, and students must comply with an instructor’s direction to wear masks.
    • Faculty or staff who are meeting with students or colleagues in private offices or small conference rooms may require the attendees to wear a mask.
    • Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged, but not required to wear masks when being served in dining locations.
    • The University may require masks in certain work settings where distancing is difficult or applicable regulations require masking.
    • Students, faculty, and staff must wear a mask on public transportation, including University shuttles.

    Masks have been and will continue to be an important part of our mitigation strategy. We continue to strongly support individual decisions by members of our campus community to wear a mask, and the University will continue to maintain a supply of high-quality masks available at no cost to students, faculty, and staff.

  • Reporting a Positive Test Result

    Students should report a positive test result to the COVID-19 Support Center by notifying the following:

    Faculty and staff should please e-mail hr-health-screens@richmond.edu to report positive test results or if developing possible symptoms.

  • Vaccinations Required

    The University will continue to require all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption has been granted. All students, faculty, and staff are required to report their vaccine status to the University. Details on how to report your status is noted below. To meet the University’s vaccine requirement, students, faculty, and staff may choose the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. International students who have received a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization have met the University’s vaccine requirement.

    We are closely monitoring advice from public health officials regarding a COVID-19 booster. If you are fully vaccinated, the University strongly encourages you to get a booster six months after your last dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months after your dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Given the potential for waning protection against infection from the Delta variant and the emergence of the Omicron variant, the CDC recommends that everyone over 16 get a booster shot when they are eligible.

    At this time, the University’s vaccine requirement remains the same, and we are not requiring boosters. We encourage you to consult with your health care provider regarding whether to get a booster shot.

  • Report Your Vaccination Status

    Our planning for the spring semester depends on knowing how many students, faculty, and staff are fully vaccinated. All students, faculty, and staff are required to report their vaccine status to the University immediately and to update their vaccine status within five days of any change in status.

    • SPCS students should report their vaccine status by completing this form.
    • SPCS faculty and staff should report their vaccine status by completing this form.

    If you have already reported to the University that you are fully vaccinated, we are very grateful that you have done so. We will treat information about vaccine status confidentially, consistent with applicable laws and regulations.

    Additional information about the University’s vaccine requirement and reporting, including FAQS, are available on the Vaccine Requirement & Reporting page.

  • Vaccination Exemption Process

    Students, faculty, and staff may seek an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they have a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or a sincerely held religious belief against receiving the vaccine. For the COVID-19 vaccine requirement only, students, faculty, and staff may also seek an exemption from the requirement to have a COVID-19 vaccine based on personal convictions strongly and sincerely held by the person seeking the exemption.

    To apply for an exemption from the vaccine requirement:

  • Interim Student Code of Conduct

    As we return to campus, we should all renew our collective commitment to making our campus as safe as possible for all members of our community. The health and safety of our entire campus and surrounding community is our highest priority.

    With this commitment in mind, we have substantially revised our Interim Student Conduct Policies so that they focus only on those requirements that are essential to promoting the health and safety of our campus. We encourage all students and families to review these important conduct policies prior to returning for the fall semester.

Campus-Wide Updates

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  • COVID-19 Dashboard

    The University of Richmond has created a COVID-19 dashboard that provides updates on COVID-19 data specifically related to the campus community.

    The dashboard will be updated weekly and pulls data from multiple sources to illustrate and track various metrics, which will help inform continued decision-making related to campus operations. Weekly updates allow the University to protect the privacy of student and employee information while enabling us to observe and share campus health trends.

  • Virginia COVIDWISE App

    The Commonwealth of Virginia has developed a new tool to notify people if they are potentially a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19. C OVIDWISE is Virginia’s COVID-19 exposure notification app. The COVIDWISE app is tool that may serve to augment our campus community’s extensive prevention strategies. The app uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to quickly notify users who have been within six feet of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes and, as a result, may have been exposed to COVID-19. If the app notifies you that you may have been exposed, it will provide further instructions from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) on how to keep you and the people around you safe. VDH notes that the app does not track your location or identity, and it does not store location data. The University asks you to consider downloading the COVIDWISE app on your personal device to contribute to Virginia’s efforts to fight COVID-19.

  • Face Coverings

    The University’s policy on masks is consistent with prevailing public health guidance and updated as such guidance may change. The current policy is available here.

    We recognize that those who are fully vaccinated may wish to continue wearing a mask at all times, and we support your decision to do so.

  • Operational Updates & Interim Policies

    The University has announced a number of interim policies and operational changes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

SPCS Updates

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  • Information for Degree-Seeking Students

    All degree-seeking students are enrolled in the SPCS Student Online Support Community (AD878), an online student support site in Blackboard. Tools and resources are updated regularly, and discussions forums are monitored to provide quick responses to questions.

    To access the support site, log in to Blackboard and look under My Courses for “SPCS Student Online Support Community.”

    Getting Help with Technology

    Students in college-credit earning classes (course numbers ending with “U”) may contact the Information Systems Help Desk for assistance with access to online tools.

    Other resources that require UR network credentials (netID and password):

    Additional resources available to all SPCS students include the following:

  • Information for Professional Education & Lifelong Learning Students

    Many Professional Education and Think Again programs and classes scheduled for Summer 2022 will be offered remotely. This includes, but is not limited to, the following programs:

    • GIS Professional Certificate
    • Political Campaign Management
    • Coding, Cybersecurity & Data Analytics Boot Camps

    In most cases, registrants will receive a link to access the remote learning environment via email a few days prior to the start of class.

    Resources for Students

    SPCS students who do not have a University of Richmond email address may be provided access to Blackboard (you would receive a message from your program manager or instructor) along with links to live Zoom video conferences. 

    If you received Blackboard login credentials from a member of SPCS staff, please edit your profile after login to include an email address where you will receive messages. Otherwise you won’t receive important messages from the instructor.

    Zoom links to classes can be accessed without having a University account.

    Additional resources available to all SPCS students include the following:

  • Information for Osher Members

    Many Osher Institute classes are being offered in person for the Summer 2022 term. Many others are being offered remotely, and a handful of classes are being offered as in-class/remote hybrids where you can choose to attend in-person or remotely.

    Osher Institute staff have curated a wide range of online resources that are available to Osher members. These include UR Osher recorded lectures, University of Richmond lectures and performances, OLLI National Resource Center contributions, and many more.

    • Members may recommend additional resources by contacting osher@richmond.edu.
    • Osher staff will curate additions to the collection.

Getting Online

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  • Eduroam Wireless Network

    The eduroam network, in which the University of Richmond participates, allows Richmond faculty, staff and students to log on to the eduroam wireless network at participating university partners around the country and world. There is no charge to UR community members who have active UR email accounts.

    University of Richmond faculty, staff, and students can login to the eduroam wireless network when visiting other participating institutions by authenticating with netid@richmond.edu after selecting the eduroam wireless network from the list of available connections.

    Locally, Randolph-Macon College and Virginia Commonwealth University (including the MCV campus) participate in eduroam. Regionally, University of Mary Washington, University of Virginia, Longwood University and the College of William & Mary participate.

  • Comcast Internet Essentials (Lower-cost Internet Access)

    Comcast offers Internet Essentials by Comcast to eligible low-income households. An application is required. You may qualify if you are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others.

  • Cox Connect2Compete (Lower-cost Internet Access)

    Cox offers Connect2Compete, low-cost internet service for qualifying households. You may qualify if you have a K-12 student in the household and participate in a government assistance program.

  • UR Help Desk Assistance

    The Information Services Help Desk (contact at helpdesk@richmond.edu or 804-287-6400) can provide self-help assistance via SpiderTechNet with technical and network issues.

    • Remote support available Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
    • On-call support available Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.