Spring 2021

Operational Update, 04 February 2021

In a letter to cadets, faculty, staff, and parents, Interim Superintendent MG Wins '85 outlined a number of measures to be implemented across the Institute to mitigate the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Key changes and updates to cadet life and Post access:

  • Suspension of march downs.
  • Suspension of visitation within barracks.
  • Strict enforcement of 10-foot separation during physical training.
  • Closing of post to all visitors.
  • 14-day quarantine for those that the medical team has identified as having close contact with an individual who has tested positive.
  • Classrooms, which have been optimized for COVID protocols, shall not be reconfigured.
  • Where possible, administrative staff will telework. 

As I’ve said since my appointment in November, the health and well-being of the Corps, faculty, and staff is my primary concern. Our goal is to provide the Corps of Cadets with a VMI experience that is as normal as possible. This is but a small bump in the road. I have every confidence that the Corps, with our dedicated faculty and staff, will make the necessary adjustments to be able to finish the semester strong.

Please note: Original OPLAN and FRAGO documents, as well as procedures and protocols from Fall 2020 are still available for review and download. Additionally, you may download Spring 2021 Previous Notices.

COVID-19 Information

Line icon of COVID-19 molecule and warning signThe VMI Pandemic Task Force and Institute leadership continue to monitor the latest information regarding the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols have been implemented across all aspects of cadet life, and leadership has identified key areas for social distancing enforcement to maintain safety throughout the course of physical training and activities required of all cadets. Full details regarding COVID-19 protocols, as well as case status, are located on the COVID-19 Info Portal.


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Wear Face Coverings

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Wash Hands Frequently

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Maintain Social Distancing

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Monitor Your Health

Cadets, faculty, and staff are all expected to utilize the LiveSafe Daily Health Check app each day to track and report symptoms prior to arriving on post or attending events.

Note: For questions or more information, contact coronavirus@vmi.edu.



Post & Building Access

To ensure the health and well-being of cadets, faculty and staff, and visitors to VMI and in keeping with state and CDC recommended protocols, the Institute has implemented policies for accessing post and the buildings therein. As of Feb. 4, 2021, VMI post is closed to all visitors.


For Cadets

ⓘ UPDATE: VMI's updated policies include a 14-day quarantine for those that the medical team has identified as having close contact with an individual who has tested positive.


Cadet life continues to undergo a wide range of adjustments to schedule and location. Up-to-date, detailed information is available for all VMI cadets in the VMI Portal. Adjustments include, but are not limited to:

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For Spring 2021, 64% of classes will be offered in-person, with 22% hybrid and 14% online. Distance learning resources remain available. Past information about courses and instruction through Nov. 20, 2020 can be found in the Fall 2020 Parent Academic Letter from Brigadier General Robert W. Moreschi, Deputy Superintendent for Academics and Dean of the Faculty.

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All VMI Support Services continue to offer only digital sessions for cadets. Cadets are encouraged to contact individual offices for specific guidelines and offerings. This includes services where parents and other stakeholders would need to be involved in meetings.

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Tthe wearing of masks outside of assigned rooms, suspension of visitation within barracks, elimination of large stoop gatherings, controlled lavatory and shower access, as well as frequent cleaning and sanitization of those same areas will be required. Increased noise restrictions will be in effect during the day to facilitate academic study due to the shortage of classroom space caused by social distancing. Stairwells in barracks will be designated as “up” or “down” stairwells. Also, cadets will not sleep head to head. Various levels of cadet leadership will ensure these practices are maintained.

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Crozet Hall will no longer offer self-serve / buffet- style dining. Six serving lines have been created where Parkhurst Dining staff will serve cadets. Individually wrapped packages of disposable utensils and cups will be provided, along with individual condiments, milk, and juice. No refillable containers will be permitted, but as always, we encourage all cadets to come back for seconds. Tables and chairs have been spaced further apart and seating location availability will be adjusted to reduce the number of cadets in the hall at a time. Face coverings are to be used at all times except when eating. A grab-and-go lunch option will be available.

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Physical Education courses and ROTC physical activities will be modified in terms of scheduling, number of cadets participating at any one time, and location. Access to weight rooms, training facilities, and fields may be adjusted on a daily basis to allow for proper cleaning, sanitizing, and social distancing. Physical training will be conducted outdoors when possible. Temperature and symptom checks will be implemented during VMI and ROTC training sessions.

ⓘ UPDATE:VMI has instituted strict enforcement of 10-foot separation during physical training.

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Cadets will be notified by coaches and leadership regarding any changes in location, time, or format of practices, training, and competitions. Up-to-date information regarding competitions can be found by visiting the VMI Athletics website: https://vmikeydets.com/. Activity locations and schedules for all extracurricular activities will be adjusted to comply with social distancing requirements and Institute directives. 


Important Updated Spring 2021 Dates

*All dates subject to change

Date(s)Name of Event
Jan. 19-20, 2021 Registration
Jan. 21, 2021 Classes Begin
Jan. 28, 2021 Last day for curriculum and course change
Feb. 16, 2021 No Classes
Mar. 24, 2021 No Classes
Mar. 26, 2021 Wednesday classes meet on Friday
Apr. 1, 2021 Tuesday classes meet on Thursday
Apr. 9(CAD)-13, 2021 Spring FTX - No Classes Monday (12th) or Tuesday (13th)
May 4, 2021 Classes End
May 5, 2021 Reading Day
May 6-11, 2021 Exams
May 14, 2021 Institute Awards Ceremony (Tentative)
May 14, 2021 Graduation Parade (Tentative)
May 14, 2021 Baccalaureate (Tentative)
May 15, 2021 Commissioning Ceremony (Tentative)
May 15, 2021 VMI Memorial Parade (Tentative)
May 16, 2021 Commencement (Tentative)

For Employees

All employee and contractor COVID case reporting will process through Col. Jay Williams, Director of Emergency Management. More information is available on the COVID-19 Info Portal.

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To uphold health and safety measures and limit risks, the physical Human Resources Office will remain closed, except for specific services outlined in the full plan, and will limit traffic by implementing appointment-only measures for other services needed by faculty, staff, or cadets. If any employee feels that he or she is in one of the identified high-risk categories, the Human Resources director will work with the employee to take particular care to reduce their risk of exposure while making sure they are able to perform their job duties, and that VMI complies with relevant laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination Employment Act.

All VMI employees will continue to follow plans and protocols while on post:

  • All state employees will be asked to continually monitor their health for signs of COVID-19 symptoms. They should immediately report to their health care provider if symptoms manifest themselves.

Job-specific and location-specific information will be disseminated by individual supervisors. Support services, Preston Library, and other locations where employees normally interact with cadets face-to-face will have individual and specific precautionary measures put in place such as moving meetings and appointments online, installing plexiglass barriers, and limiting or eliminating seating areas.

Line icon of identification badgeFaculty, staff, and all employees are expected to maintain social distance and wear face coverings when in public or communal spaces. In most cases, building access will be restricted by badge access, so it is imperative that all employees keep their VMI ID on at all times and contact Human Resources with any new badge or lost badge requests.


For Parents & Families

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Parents and families are encouraged to bookmark this page, connect with the Parents Council, and follow VMI's official Facebook page for timely updates and the event decisions, which will be posted in the table below.

Our mission remains the same, to educate young men and women and to mold them into honorable citizen-soldiers needed by the military, private enterprise, the commonwealth, and the nation. To accomplish this in a COVID-19 environment, we have made modifications to the delivery of the academic program while creating an environment in compliance with evolving public health guidance.


For the Community

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At this time, Virgnia Military Institute's post is closed to the general public to allow for maximum social distancing. Please refer to Post & Building Access above for more specifics regarding events and appointments.

Off-site museums will follow their own protocols in regards to opening hours, capacity, etc. Please visit each museum's webpage for specific details. Athletic competitions and other events will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. The Institute calendar will have the most up-to-date information for the public regarding all athletic events. 

VMI Facility Status

Cocke Hall CLOSED to the General Public
Corps Physical Training Facility CLOSED to the General Public
Cormack Hall CLOSED to the General Public
George C. Marshall Research Library UPDATE: The George C. Marshall Research Library is open to researchers by appointment only.
Preston Library CLOSED to the General Public
Stonewall Jackson House UPDATE: The Stonewall Jackson House Museum will repoen on March 1, 2021
VMI Museum CLOSED to the General Public
Virginia Museum of the Civil War UPDATE: Open seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

VMI Event Cancellations & Status Updates

Name of EventDate(s)Sponsor
New Market 2021 Reenactment - CANCELLED May 2021 Virginia Museum of the Civil War


Previous communications, schedules, and notices are available.