Health & Safety
Ensuring the health and safety of the entire VMI community while operating in a COVID-19 environment requires modifications to virtually all aspects of the VMI experience. The Institute continues to monitor and follow best practices and guidelines from the CDC, governor's office, and local health officials. Further information is available in VMI’s .
Wear Face Coverings if not vaccinated
Wash Hands Frequently
Maintain Social Distancing
Monitor Your Health
Cadets experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms need to inform the Infirmary. Medical staff will determine the next steps of testing, isolation, quarantine, and/or contact tracing.
To ensure the safety and health of the VMI community during the COVID pandemic, all employee and contractor COVID case reporting will process through Col. Jay Williams, Director of Emergency Management office. Please use the following process:
- Supervisor and/or employee to call 540-464-7877 or email EmergencyManager@vmi.eduto report a positive COVID case, quarantine due to contact tracing or upcoming medical care, and/or any other circumstance for awaiting testing.
- A member of the COVID team will contact the employee to complete an Intake Report and remain in communication with the employee until their case is closed.
At this time, face coverings are required for non-vaccinated cadets, faculty, staff, and visitors at all times while on Post. Exceptions for those not vaccinated are when a cadet is in his or her own room in barracks and when an employee is alone in his or her office.
The Institute Physician and our VMI Infirmary team are critical to successful continuation of in-person learning at VMI. They are also responsible for supervising the isolation of any cadets diagnosed with COVID-19 and the quarantining of any cadets determined through contact tracing, to have had close contact with an infected person. Finally, the Institute Physician and his staff, in coordination with Human Resources and Emergency Management, developed COVID-19 training that has been completed by the entire VMI community upon return to Post.
The VMI community is also kept up-to-date on local vaccination clinics in the Rockbridge area through e-mails from Institute administrators.
Safe Return for Fall 2021
To best protect cadets, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors, Virginia Military Institute will require cadets to get a COVID-19 vaccine, allowing for more normal operations in a safe way, including dining, extracurricular activities, physical training, and classes. Full details regarding requirements, documentation, and upcoming vaccination clinic schedules are avaiable: COVID-19 Vaccine Protocols.
This decision was made thoughtfully and through a lot of discussion and research with the hope that distancing, mask inventories, and high-volume testing are things of the past.