Radford University announces Fall reopening following COVID-19 pandemic

Radford University has announced that it will reopen for the Fall 2020 semester following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note: Since the release of this news story, some information has changed. Please see the reopening website for the latest information.

The campus reopening will include full operations, such as on-campus housing and dining services, followed by face-to-face instruction beginning on August 12, 2020. Previously, this date was August 24.

The reopening process will begin on August 1, 2020. Previously, this date was August 3.

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 campus reopening.

Please note that all Summer Session courses will remain online.

In announcing the Fall opening, Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. shared the following with students, faculty, and staff.

“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.”

President Hemphill applauded students, faculty, and staff for their perseverance in the face of adversity and understanding in this time of uncertainty.

“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!”


For additional information regarding Radford University’s monitoring, planning, and response to COIVD-19, visit www.radford.edu/coronavirus.

Related Links

President Hemphill’s Message to Students: https://www.radford.edu/content/radfordcore/home/coronavirus/updates/fall-reopening-students.html

President Hemphill’s Message to Faculty and Staff: https://www.radford.edu/content/radfordcore/home/coronavirus/updates/fall-reopening.html

Apr 28, 2020
Ashley Schumaker