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Jul 31, 2015

New semester details for faculty

Provost updates

Office of the Provost

Dear VCU faculty:

This message is a reminder of important information regarding the upcoming fall semester.

Faculty Convocation – August 18, 2015

Please RSVP as soon as possible for the 33rd Annual Faculty Convocation where you can hear comments from President Michael Rao as well as from our distinguished faculty award recipients: Dr. Thomas Eissenberg, Dr. Gordon Ginder, Dr. Sally Hunnicutt and Dr. Ananda Pandurangi. For more information and to RSVP, click here

Monday class schedule on first day of classes – August 19, 2015

The first day of classes, Wednesday August 19, 2015 will follow a Monday class schedule. Normal class schedules resume on Thursday, August 20. Classes scheduled for Wednesdays during the semester will meet for the first time on August 26, 2015. For more information visit the Academic Calendars.

Syllabus statements

The updated statements for syllabi and blackboard pages are available here.

You can either include the link for the page on your materials or download a Word version.

Extended Reading Days on the Monroe Park Campus – September 19-27

Regular classes will not be held on the Monroe Park Campus from Sept. 21 through Sept. 25. Faculty and students in the Health Sciences schools (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Allied Health Professions) will need to check with their academic program contact as each schedule will be managed separately. This schedule accommodates the 2015 UCI Road World Championships that will be held in Richmond that week. For more information on the race, visit Please pay particular attention to the FAQs.

New VCU Bulletin

The 2015-2016 edition of the VCU bulletins are now online in a new, dynamic format that provides greater accuracy, ease of navigation, program promotion and definition of degree requirements. Web links to the previous version will now direct visitors to the bulletin homepage. Visit the FAQ page for additional information.

The Common Book – The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The 2015-2016 Common Book is The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore. First-year students received a copy of the book at orientation this summer and were asked to read it before returning to campus in August. During Welcome Week (August 15-23, 2015), students will exchange ideas on the book through small-group discussions led by a faculty member, university administrator, or upper-level student. Following Welcome Week, the program broadens to involve the entire university community in conversations, events and other learning opportunities throughout the academic year.  For more information, click here


Best wishes for a terrific fall semester!


Michael D. Davis, Ph.D.

Interim Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs