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Dear colleagues,

As we recently shared, a hiring freeze is in effect for all university positions. Effective today, Monday, April 20, we are also executing a salary freeze for all employees. This is another way to mitigate the financial risks the university continues to face both this year and next. Find both hiring and salary freeze information on the COVID-19 freeze page. This page provides details on exceptions to the salary freeze, which will be granted on an extremely limited basis. We appreciate everything you are doing to implement strategies that will put you and the university in a better position to handle our continuing financial challenges. Prudent and proactive financial stewardship will help us preserve jobs and continue our mission through the pandemic. For questions, please contact your HR Professional.

We appreciate your efforts to ensure the continuity of essential university services during this difficult time. Please continue to take care of yourself and others. As always, thank you for your support and partnership.


Gail Hackett, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychology

Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Interim Senior Vice President for VCU Health Sciences and CEO, VCU Health System

Karol Kain Gray
Senior Vice President and CFO

P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Innovation