RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Tuesday marks the first day of classes for the fall semester at Virginia Commonwealth University, but nearly 1,500 students have yet to report their vaccine status or seek an exemption.

“The number of registered students with registration holds currently stands at 1,491,” VCU spokesperson, Michael Porter, told 8News. “A registration hold does not prevent a student from attending classes this fall.”

With a registration hold, students who are already registered for classes won’t be able to adjust their schedule or register for spring classes until the requirement is met.

Registration holds will be lifted when a student submits their vaccination record or submits a request for a religious or medical exemption.

Earlier this summer, the university announced students will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The university has also laid out some reminders as the first day of classes begin:

  • Masks are required for everyone indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status. They are required for events held outdoors if social distancing is not possible or if an event has 50 or more people.
  • Students will be required to show their Entry Pass before entering buildings.
  • More updates can be found here.