Fall 2020 Campus Reopening

Monitoring the Coronavirus Radford University

Dear Faculty and Staff:

As we enter the final week of classes and prepare for the end of the Spring semester, I am pleased to announce that Radford University will reopen on August 3, 2020. The reopening will include full operations, such as on-campus housing and dining services, followed by face-to-face instruction beginning on August 24, 2020. In order to support the reopening effort, each vice president will develop a phased approach for the return of employees based on divisional needs and priorities. This will require the return of select employees between the time in which Governor Northam’s temporary stay-at-home order is lifted and the August 3, 2020 campus reopening. Please note that all Summer Session courses will remain online.

The health, safety, and well-being of you and your fellow Highlanders remain our top priority. As a result, we are working diligently on contingency planning to account for continued developments based on analysis and research by public health experts. Additionally, we are examining policies and procedures regarding social distancing protocol; personal protective equipment, or PPE, utilization; testing availability; classroom configuration; event size; etc.

Despite our current environment, I am confident that each and every one of you will finish the current semester strong and continue your great work. Your perseverance in the face of adversity and understanding in this time of uncertainty have been nothing short of amazing. As I had the unique opportunity to visit with a number of classes via Zoom, I learned that our students have driven to parking lots of local establishments in search of internet access; taken on additional responsibilities for teaching their children or siblings; and entered the workforce or taken on a second job to support their families due to loved ones being out-of-work. I know that many of you have experienced many of these same realities in fulfilling your personal and professional obligations. Your stories of overcoming barriers and obstacles have inspired me and your fellow Highlanders.

I look forward to welcoming each and every one of you back to campus with all locations completely open and all services fully available for the Fall 2020 semester. We will overcome this unprecedented challenge together as one Radford family!

With Highlander Pride,

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.