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Inclement Weather and Emergencies

The VCU Division of Administration will make any decisions regarding university closing or changing normal operating schedules. The director of Physical Plant will advise the associate vice president for Facilities Management of weather and ground conditions.

Physical Plant is responsible for snow and ice control operations at VCU. To meet this responsibility, necessary equipment and materials will be prepared and staged for use at all times during the winter season.

Inclement weather 

Information about the university's inclement weather closure, designated employee and parking procedures can be found on the VCU Human Resources inclement weather procedures web page

In the event of inclement weather, the university's operating status will be be announced on major local radio and/or television stations and on the VCU Alert websitesign up to receive updates via text message and email. You can also call (804) 278-1727 for the university's operating status. You can also enroll in VCU Parking and Transportation’s text service to stay informed of parking impacts, such as facility closings and relocations due to inclement weather or emergencies.


A facility emergency is classified as a situation that requires immediate action to prevent serious hazards to people and/or damage/loss to university property. Emergency work is also performed to correct disruptions to life support and life safety systems.

Facility emergencies should be immediately reported to the Physical Plant’s Operations Center at (804) 828-9444.

Security/police related issues should be immediately reported to the VCU Police Department at (804) 828-1234.