VCU Alert

On-campus emergency: 828-1234
Off-campus emergency: 911

Current advisory

VCU will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 due to expected inclement weather.

1/16/2018 5:30 pm

VCU will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 due to expected inclement weather. The VCU Medical Center is open and fully operational. University leaders will re-evaluate weather conditions overnight and will announce any additional operational changes by 7 a.m. on Jan. 17. Visit for additional details.

Dental classes will begin at 10 a.m. and clinics will open at 1 p.m.

Dining locations in the following buildings will also open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17: Larrick Student Center, Cabell Library and the University Student Commons.

Dining locations in Shafer Court Dining Center: Market 810 and Einstein's Bros Bagels will open at 9 a.m. 

Market 810 2Go will open at 11 a.m.  For updates, visit

All Recreational Sports facilities will open at 10 a.m. and resume normal operations at that time.

Monthly Siren Test

1/16/2018 10:30 am

VCU will conduct the monthly siren test at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Monthly siren tests are typically conducted on the first Wednesday of each month; this test was rescheduled from Jan. 3 for maintenance on the system.

The monthly siren test involves a one-minute siren activation using a steady or even tone for the sirens located on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses. In an actual life-threatening emergency, the sirens will be activated for four minutes to warn people external to VCU facilities that there is an immediate risk to the area. There is no "all clear" siren as that information is distributed via the other VCU Alert technologies.


It is essential to be prepared for emergency situations and to be cognizant of ways to prevent crime and avoid dangerous situations.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of as residents of an urban environment, as crimes may occur in our community.

The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, walk with a friend and make use of RamSafe, VCU’s security escort service. For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read VCU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Get Adobe Reader and to share this information with other members of the community.

VCU is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting.