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.
Wear face coverings indoors if not fully 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, all employee and contractor COVID case reporting will process through Col. Jay Williams, director of emergency management. Please use the following process:
- Supervisor and/or employee to call 540-464-7877 or email EmergencyManager@vmi.edu to 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 indoors 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. More details are available in VMI's AY21-22 COVID Matrix.
The Institute Physician and our VMI Infirmary team are critical to successful continuation of in-person learning at VMI. The VMI community is also kept up to date on local vaccination clinics in the Rockbridge area through emails from Institute administrators.
Safe Return for Fall 2021
To best protect cadets, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors, Virginia Military Institute requires 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 available: 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.