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Dear students,

As a reminder, this Saturday, Oct. 23, the student organization Young Democrats at VCU, in partnership with one of Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, will host a rally on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. This event will be located on the Compass and will include President Barack Obama. This is not a university-sponsored event and VCU is not responsible for the distribution of tickets.

Students should be aware that this event will result in operational impacts to the Monroe Park Campus, to include the closure of select facilities. 


  • James Branch Cabell Library (901 Park Ave.) will be closed prior to and during the event on Saturday. The building will be open afterwards from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., alternative study spaces have been reserved on the first floor of the Academic Learning Commons (MCALC). Students should enter the building through the entrance on 1000 Floyd Ave. Cabell Starbucks will be closed on Oct. 23.
  • Hibbs Hall will be closed and events have been relocated to alternate locations.
  • Shafer Court Dining Center and Market 810 (810 Cathedral Pl.) will be closed on Oct. 23. As an alternative, VCU Dine will extend the hours for AVO Kitchen (355 W. Cary Street)  from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Subscribers to VCU’s West Main Street Parking Deck (801 W. Main St.) and West Cary Street Parking Deck (1201 W. Cary St.) will be able to access the decks. On Oct. 23, these decks will have online and on-site payment options in connection with the campaign event.

Cyclists should remove bikes near the Compass by today at 4 p.m.

In preparation for Saturday’s gubernatorial rally on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus, all bikes should be removed from bike racks located on the Compass. This includes racks near Hibbs Hall, Cabell Library and Shafer Dining; bikes should be removed by 4 p.m. today. After 4 p.m., VCU Facilities will tag bikes for removal and will remove them starting at 8 a.m. on Fri., Oct. 22. Cyclists can contact RamBikes starting at 10 a.m. on Mon., Oct. 25 to retrieve a bike if it was removed; to reclaim a bike, cyclists must have the key to their bike lock. VCU Police can provide new, free U-locks to cyclists, if needed; VCUPD headquarters is located at 224 E. Broad St. or cyclists can email crimeprevreq@vcu.edu. The bike racks on the Compass will be available for use again after 5 p.m. on Saturday. 

No parking zones and street closures

On Saturday, Oct. 23, there will be no public parking in the following on-street locations from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • 1000 block of Grove Avenue (both sides), between N. Harrison and N. Linden streets
  • 900 block of Park Avenue (both sides), between N. Harrison and N. Linden streets
  • 00 block of N. Harrison Street (both sides), between Park Avenue and W. Main Street
  • 00 block of S. Harrison Street (both sides) between W. Main Street and Cary Street
  • 800 to 900 blocks of W. Franklin Street (both sides), between N. Harrison and N. Laurel streets
  • Cathedral, N. Cathedral and S. Cathedral Place 

The following streets will be closed to public traffic from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23:

  • 900 block of Park Avenue
  • 1000 block of Grove Avenue
  • Cathedral, N. Cathedral and S. Cathedral Place
  • 100 block of N. Linden Street
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