Guidelines and Procedures

PARENTS AND STUDENTS: PLEASE READ THROUGH THE STUDENT-PARENT HANDBOOK IN ITS ENTIRETY PRIOR TO ARRIVAL (latest update before May 1). The latest version of the handbook  can be found on this web page: Student-Parent Handbook

Parent and Student contact is through the Residential Governor's School offices. Please do not contact other campus offices or entities.


Check-In Procedures*

Check-in will be Sunday, June 26, 2022 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Staff and signs will be present to direct students and parents toward check-in at the Conference Services offices in Heth Hall (see the map at the end of this guide). You will receive your room key at registration; therefore, please leave your belongings in your car until you complete check-in at Heth Hall. At check-in, students will receive: room key, name badge, Governor’s School ID card and wifi access code. Class schedules will be located on After check-in, Governor’s School staff will assist with move-in. In order to facilitate check-in and prevent delays, the required Governor’s School forms need to be completed (via SchoolDoc) prior to arrival at Radford University (see “Required Forms Checklist” above). Parents and additional visitors must depart campus no later than 2:30 p.m. If parents choose to leave before 2:30, students must remain in or directly around their dorm until the opening ceremonies. This is to ensure that no one gets lost, wanders off campus or is misplaced. At 2:45, the students will be gathered together and taken down to the opening ceremonies to begin their month-long life changing experience!

PLEASE NOTE: GovSchool students are not allowed to have their own transportation (cars,bikes, parked or otherwise) while with us at the residential governors school. 

Opening Ceremony

The opening address will begin at 3:00 p.m. in Bondurant Auditorium. This ceremony is for students only and is designed to acquaint students with the campus and the Governor's School staff and to provide a basic orientation of the Governor’s School. All accepted students must arrive before 2pm and attend the 3pm Opening Ceremony.

Closing Ceremonies

Closing ceremonies begin July 23 at 11:00 a.m. in Bondurant Auditorium. After a brief closing address, students are required, and parents are strongly encouraged, to attend student showcases. Showcases include artwork, projects, performances, and presentations within each student’s discipline. Student work will be displayed at various locations on campus. A showcase schedule will be published during the last week of the Governor’s School. Showcase activities can run as late as 3 p.m. All accepted students must participate in all assigned final day activities.

Checkout Procedures

Students should be checked out of the residence halls by 4:00 p.m on Saturday, July 23. Parents may arrive no earlier than 7:00am to begin moving their students belongings out of the dorm. Students will not be allowed to check-out of the dorms and leave campus until 1:30pm. All students must attend the closing ceremonies and their student showcase. Specific check out procedures will be provided to students during the last week of the Governor’s School. Rooms must be cleaned, and all personal belongings and trash must be removed before a student is approved for checkout.


Student’s mail will be delivered by their residence counselor daily. If you wish to send mail to your child, use the following address:

  • Your students name
    Attn: Governor’s School Radford University
    PO Box 6968
    Radford, VA 24142
    "Counselor Group Number"

You will be given your child’s counselor group number at check in.  Please use this number when addressing mail to ensure timely delivery. If you receive packages through Federal Express, UPS, or other delivery services, the physical street address for the Governor’s School office is 801 E. Main Street.


Outside visitors are not allowed at any time during Governor’s School. This includes family members and friends. This also includes the "Works In Progress" recitals and concerts conducted during the week. The Governor’s School strives to achieve a safe, cohesive, and self-contained environment in which students can study and come to know one another with minimal risk and distractions. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend the Showcases conducted on the final day of Gov School!

If you need to drop off items for a student, please contact the Governor’s School Office and a time will be set up for the Resident Directors to meet you. Visitors (parents, friends, etc.)  are NOT allowed to see their student when they come to drop off items. No exceptions.

Cell Phone Policy

Students may bring cell phones but cell phone usage will be somewhat limited. Students are allowed to carry their phones, however, they will be asked to store their phones at the beginning of each class. Cell phone use is prohibited at showcases, performances, films, and other designated group events however, at times, instructors may invite students to use cell phones during class time for facilitating learning experiences. Failure to comply will result in the loss of phone privileges. If parents/guardians need to contact a student during the day, they may call the Governor’s School office at (540) 831-5569. In the event of an emergency, parents/guardians can reach the student by calling Campus Police at (540) 831-5500 or the Senior Resident Director.