Keep on Learning
Sometimes the unexpected happens. When it does, VCU is prepared to keep on teaching and keep on learning. Student success remains the core of our mission, and during these unprecedented times, our goal across the university remains to help all of our students successfully achieve their academic goals.
Throughout this website, you will find resources developed to support students as they keep learning. If you cannot find an answer to your question or need, however, please use our online help forms to reach out for additional assistance.
News and updates
All spring 2021 classes will begin virtually, except in instances where a student is involved in clinical and field placements, practica, co-ops, internships and other work-related experiential learning activities. This means that previously planned in-person classes and the in-person component of hybrid (blended) courses also will take place virtually. The semester start dates remain unchanged and can be found on the academic calendar.
We will continue to monitor the status of the pandemic and, if circumstances allow, we hope to start on-campus instruction on or before March 8. We are following the guidelines outlined in the VCU Return to Campus Plan - Phase III.
Since we are starting the semester virtually, some faculty may find it disruptive to transition from virtual to face-to-face, if we are able to return to on campus instruction. Schools are currently working with faculty to make any modality adjustments needed. Upon our return to on-campus learning, faculty are expected to follow the course modalities as listed in the revised and official Spring 2021 Schedule of Classes, which will be posted on January 22.
Accessing your courses online
VCU supports two learning management systems (LMS), Canvas and Blackboard. Your instructor will let you know which LMS they are using for their course in the course syllabus. You can access both Canvas and Blackboard from your my.vcu.edu portal, in the General Resources section of your student tab, or via the VCU Mobile application. Make sure to check both sites for your courses!
Tutorial: How to access your online courses in Blackboard and Canvas
- Canvas help
- Getting started with Canvas in 10 steps
- Detailed introduction to Canvas for students
- Student guides from Canvas
- Blackboard help
Dates to remember
Jan. 25: First day of classes
Feb. 1: Last day to add a class
Feb. 8: Last day to drop a class
Feb. 8-28: Faculty submit Progress Reports for students who could use some extra support in their classes. If you receive one and are unsure of what to do, reach out to your advisor.
Feb. 15: February Term classes begin and run through March 19. Last day to add/drop a February term course is Feb. 16th.
Feb. 16: Summer semester advance registration begins
Feb. 19: Check eServices to view your midterm grades and make plans for finishing your courses strong
Feb. 23: Reading day (no classes held)
March 8: Spring Minimester classes begin and run through May 5. Last day to add/drop a Spring minimester class is March 9.
March 24: Reading day (no classes held)
March 29: March Term classes begin and run through May 4th. Last day to add/drop a Spring Minimester class is March 30.
March 30: Fall semester advance registration begins
May 5: Last day of classes for the Monroe Park Campus, last day to select the pass/fail grading option or withdraw with a mark of "W"
May 6-13: Final exams for the Monroe Park Campus
May 7: Last day of classes for the MCV Campus, last day to select the pass/fail grading option or withdraw with a mark of "W"
May 10-14: Final exams for the MCV Campus