COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Masking

Are masks required for students, faculty, and staff?

Effective August 16, 2021, the University has implemented a temporary face mask requirement. Well-fitted face masks are required in indoor spaces regardless of vaccine status. This includes classrooms, common spaces, dining areas unless someone is eating, or other indoor areas where multiple people can gather or engage.

The indoor masking requirement will continue into the Spring 2022 semester.

Students living in residence halls must be masked in hallways, lounges, elevators, kitchens and other common spaces. A student may unmask when in their assigned residence hall room.

What is considered an indoor public space?

Classrooms, common spaces, dining areas unless someone is eating, or other indoor areas where multiple people can gather or engage.

This includes residence hall hallways, lounges, kitchens and other common spaces

Why did the University implement a mask requirement on campus?

Based upon updated guidance from the CDC, VDH and the substantial transmission rate of COVID-19 in our area, effective August 16, 2021, well-fitting face masks are required in indoor spaces regardless of vaccine status.

If I am vaccinated, do I still need to wear a mask?

Yes, regardless of vaccination status all faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a well-fitted face covering in indoor spaces on campus at this time.

Individuals working alone in private workspaces do not need to wear masks.

Does the masking requirement apply to all Radford University sites?

Yes, the masking requirement applies to all Radford University locations.  Additionally, Radford University Carilion, Roanoke Higher Education Center, and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (Abingdon) follow guidance provided by the agencies where the site is located.

Do visitors need to wear a mask when on campus?

All campus visitors are expected to follow the University's COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Effective August 16, 2021, the University has implemented a temporary face mask requirement. Well-fitted face masks are required for all individuals in indoor spaces regardless of vaccine status. This includes classrooms, common spaces, dining areas unless someone is eating and other indoor areas where multiple people can gather or engage.

Will face coverings be provided?

Should a student need a face covering, they should contact the Dean of Students office and one can be provided.

Should an employee need a face covering, they can complete the COVID-19 request form located on the Facilities Management website.

What do I do if I student in my class refuses to wear a face mask?

Effective August 16, 2021, the University implemented a temporary face mask requirement. Well-fitting face masks are required for all individuals in indoor spaces regardless of vaccine status. This includes classrooms, common spaces, dining areas unless someone is eating and other indoor areas where multiple people can gather or engage.

If a student refuses to wear a face mask in class, a faculty member can ask the student to leave class and report the incident to the Office of Student Standards and Conduct (conduct@radford.edu or 540-831-5321).

Vaccines

Am I required to report my vaccination status?

Yes, students must report their vaccination status to the University.

Employees are not required to be vaccinated or disclose their vaccination status consistent with Governor Youngkin’s Executive Directive Number Two: Ensuring Privacy Protections and Individual Rights of Executive Branch Employees that was effective January 15, 2022.

Who and how do I report my vaccination status to?

For students, all vaccine related documentation, either demonstrated compliance or requested medical or religious exemption can be uploaded via a secure Medicat website at https://radford.medicatconnect.com. As an alternative submission process, a paper form can be downloaded, completed, and emailed to the University at healthrecords@radford.edu.

What if I lost my vaccination card?

If you lose your vaccine card or need an additional verification of your immunization, you may request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccine record from VDH by:

Why is the University mandating vaccines for students?

Radford University remains focused on the health, safety and well-being of our Highlander Family.  As such, to continue providing the best in-person experience on campus, having students vaccinated is an important step forward to ensure the health of our community.  Vaccinations, along with other preventative measures in place, will give us the best opportunity for returning to in-person activities and events. Students with medical or religious reasons that prevent receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine may request an exemption.

I contracted COVID-19 and recovered. Do I still need to get a vaccination?

Yes. The CDC and VDH recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals that have recovered from COVID-19.

If I tested positive for COVID-19 and was told I couldn’t get a vaccine until 90 days has passed, what do I do?

Students who are not fully vaccinated must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Once an individual is fully vaccinated and documentation has been provided through the proper mechanisms, that student will then be exempt from the weekly testing protocol.

Individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19 should follow CDC, VDH and/or healthcare provider guidance regarding timing to receive the vaccine.

If I haven’t been vaccinated, where can I get vaccinated?

Radford University continues to partner with the New River Health District of the Virginia Department of Health and Student Health Services to make vaccines available and convenient to members of our community.

Students on main campus interested in receiving a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should contact the Student Health Services at 540-831-5111.

RUC students should contact the Nurse Navigator at 540-795-3273 to get guidance on receiving the vaccine.

Employees interested in receiving a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should contact Human Resources (hr@radford.edu or 540-831-5008) or their care provider.

Available vaccine doses can also be located through https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/

Additionally, campus community members can visit the New River Health Districts website to find available vaccine clinics in the area.

Additionally, RUC community members can visit the Roanoke City Health Department website to find available vaccine clinics in the area.

If my classes are fully online, do I have to disclose my vaccination status as a student?

Students enrolled in a fully online program with no in-person engagement or physical presence on campus are not subject to the vaccine requirement as they pose a limited health and safety risk to the immediate campus.

Students with a fully online schedule for a specific semester but not enrolled in a fully online program are subject to the vaccine requirement. Additionally, an exemption process for either a medical or religious reason is available.

Can I submit a vaccine exemption as a student ?

Students may request an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for either a medical or religious reason.  A medical or religious exemption can be requested by downloading a paper form, completing and returning to the University at healthrecords@radford.edu

What happens if I am not fully vaccinated?

Any student not fully vaccinated, must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing, complete the daily symptom tracker, continue to wear a face mask and maintain good distance. 

Students must complete their testing on campus. 

What is the deadline to submit my vaccination status?

The deadline for students to submit their vaccination status was August 2, 2021. Submissions of vaccine documentation or requests for medical or religious exemption are still being accepted via upload to a secure Medicat website at https://radford.medicatconnect.com. As an alternative submission process, a paper form can be downloaded, completed, and returned to the University at healthrecords@radford.edu .

Newly enrolled students for Spring 2022 or subsequent semester must provide documentation of their vaccination status or a request for medical or religious exemption by no later than the first day of class.

What vaccines is being accepted for proof of vaccinations?

Radford University is currently accepting vaccines that are authorized in the United States by the FDA, which includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines, or those authorized by the World Health Organization (e.g., AstraZeneca/Oxford and Sinopharm).

What are the advantages of being vaccinated?

(CDC Site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html)

COVID 19-vaccines are effective. They can keep you from getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccines help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do contract COVID-19.

By getting vaccinated you help protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Can I ask or require a student in my class to disclose their vaccine status?

No, a faculty member should not ask a student to disclose their vaccination status. The University has a centralized process for collecting the vaccination status of students. At this time, a student is not required to disclose their vaccination status outside of this centralized process to attend class, events or participate in campus activities.

A student in a field or clinical placement may be required to disclose their vaccination status related to the external placement.

Boosters

What is the difference between being fully vaccinated and being up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines?

A person 5 years and older is considered fully vaccinated after receiving a primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine (2 dose series of Pfizer or Moderna or single dose of J&J for persons 18 and older; and 2 doses of Pfizer for children 5 – 17).

Up-to-date is when someone has received the original COVID-19 vaccine series is eligible (5 months after Pfizer or Moderna or 2 months after J&J) and has received a COVID-19 booster or other primary doses as recommended by a healthcare provider.

Who is eligible for a booster?

The CDC encourages everyone 18 years of age or older to receive a booster shot five (5) months after the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, five (5) months after the Pfizer vaccine or two (2) months after the J&J vaccine.

Is Radford University requiring the booster?

Yes, Radford University is expanding the COVID-19 vaccine requirement to include the booster for students.

Students who have already received a booster must update date their immunization records by uploading documentation via a secure Medicat website at https://radford.medicatconnect.com by February 15, 2022. As an alternative submission process, a paper form can be downloaded, completed, and returned to the University at healthrecords@radford.edu  

Students not yet eligible to receive a booster must update their immunization records by uploading booster documentation within fourteen (14) days following eligibility to receive the booster.

Students enrolled in a fully online program with no in-person engagement or physical presence on campus remain exempt from the vaccine and booster requirement as do students previously receiving a medical or religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Boosted students will not have to quarantine if exposed to a person confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Employees are not required to be vaccinated or disclose their vaccination status consistent with Governor Youngkin’s Executive Directive Number Two: Ensuring Privacy Protections and Individual Rights of Executive Branch Employees that was effective January 15, 2022.

How do I provide documentation that I have received a booster?

Students can upload documentation via a secure Medicat website at https://radford.medicatconnect.com. As an alternative submission process, a paper form can be downloaded, completed, and returned to the University at healthrecords@radford.edu.

Where can I obtain a booster?

Booster shots will be available on main campus during entry testing January 13 – 16, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Young Hall.

Booster shots will be available at RUC on January 21, 2022. Full details are forthcoming. 

Available booster doses can also be located through https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/

Additionally, main campus community members can visit the New River Health Districts website to find available vaccine clinics in the area.

Additionally, RUC community members can visit the Roanoke City Health Department website to find available vaccine clinics in the area.

Can I submit a booster exemption as a student?

Students may request an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine or booster requirement for either a medical or religious reason.  A medical or religious exemption can be requested by downloading a paper form, completing and returning to the University at healthrecords@radford.edu

I recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was told I couldn’t get a booster until 90 days has passed, what do I do?

Students testing positive for COVID-19 and therefore not able to receive a COVID-19 booster for 90 days, should notify the Dean of Students Office (dos-web@radford.edu or 540-831-6297).

Individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19 should follow CDC, VDH and/or healthcare provider guidance regarding timing to receive the vaccine.

Testing

How often do I have to be tested?

Students who are not fully vaccinated must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.

Testing is available to asymptomatic members of the Radford University community.

  • On the main campus, testing will be available every Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 – 6 p.m. in Young Hall
  • At RUC, testing will be available the first and third Wednesday of each month and the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital in the Board Room located on the 3rd floor.

Who is required to complete weekly testing?

Students who are not fully vaccinated.  In general, people are considered fully vaccinated following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) vaccine.

What are my options to be tested?

Testing for asymptomatic individuals is available:

  • On the main campus, testing will be available every Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 – 6 p.m. in Young Hall
  • At RUC, testing will be available the first and third Wednesday of each month and the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital in the Board Room located on the 3rd floor.

Students experiencing symptoms and seeking a COVID-19 test should contact Student Health Services at 540-831-5111 on main campus to schedule an appointment. Students at RUC should contact the Nurse Navigator at 540-795-3273 for assistance with an appointment.

Employees experiencing symptoms and seeking a COVID-19 test should contact their care provider.

Additionally, the New River Health District offers testing within the main campus region.  Please visit their website for more information.

 Additionally, the Roanoke City Health Department offers testing within the RUC region.  Please visit their website for more information.

Do I have to schedule an appointment to be tested on campus?

No, testing at Young Hall and RUC is by walk-in for asymptomatic students, employees and University contractors. 

Students on main campus that are sick or symptomatic should contact Student Health Services (540-831-5111) for testing options. Students at RUC that are sick or symptomatic should contact the Nurse Navigator at 540-795-3273.  Employees that are sick or symptomatic should contact their primary health physician for testing options.

What if I choose to be tested off-campus?

Partially or unvaccinated students are required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing, must test on-campus.

Asymptomatic employees seeking COVID-19 testing may test on or off-campus.

How do I report my test was completed as required?

For students, testing is done on campus and thus, students do not have to submit a report.  

For how long will I have to complete the weekly testing requirement?

Students will undergo weekly testing until they are fully vaccinated. In general, people are considered fully vaccinated following the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or fourteen (14) days after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) vaccine.

What if a student has class during the available testing hours on campus?

Partially and unvaccinated students with classes during the available weekly testing hours should contact the Office of the Dean of Students (dos-web@radford.edu or 540-831-6297) to share your circumstances and determine options.

Will I be charged for testing?

There is no charge to the individual for receiving a COVID-19 test on-campus.  

What happens if I fail to complete my weekly testing?

Students may face disciplinary action under the Standards of Student Conduct.

Do I have to quarantine after I take my test?

No, following COVID-19 testing, individuals should continue to wear a face mask and maintain good distance until a negative test result is received.

What happens if I receive a positive result from testing?

If you receive a positive test result, you must isolate.  You can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared (or positive test if asymptomatic) and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*
    *Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​

*The period of isolation may be shortened to five (5) days followed by strictly wearing a well-fitted mask for five (5) days when appropriate based upon updated CDC guidance.

The Dean of Students Office (dos-web@radford.edu or 540-831-6297) will provide students guidance related to the period of isolation.

Employees should follow the CDC guidance for a shortened five (day) period of isolation followed by strictly wearing a well-fitted face mask for five (5) days.

Quarantine/Isolation

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

“Quarantine” is the period of time a person stays home, distances from others and monitors their symptoms when they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. 

“Isolation” is the period of time when a person infected with the COVID-19 virus separates from others who are not infected.

When should I quarantine?

Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, if you are fully vaccinated and eligible but not yet been boosted or are partially or unvaccinated.

People who are 18 years of age or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including booster and/or additional primary shots, 5 – 17 years of age and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines or had confirmed COVID-19 within the last ninety (90) days DO NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.  

When should I isolate?

You isolate when you have been infected with the COVID-19 virus, regardless of vaccination status, even if you don’t have symptoms.  Generally, isolation is a full ten (10) days from the onset of symptoms or date of positive test. Normal daily activities and routines can be resumed on day eleven (11) provided you have been fever free for 24 hours without the assistance of medication and any symptoms are resolving (improved significantly), otherwise isolation should continue.

*The period of isolation may be shortened to five (5) days followed by strictly wearing a well-fitted mask for five (5) days when appropriate based upon updated CDC guidance.

Employees should follow the CDC guidance for a shortened five (day) period of isolation followed by strictly wearing a well-fitted face mask for five (5) days.

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 and must isolate may be granted Public Health Emergency Leave.

I have been exposed to a person with a confirmed COVID-19 case. What do I do?

Each person has unique circumstances that must be considered to provide exact guidance. Students should contact the Office of the Dean of Students to discuss their circumstances. Employees should contact their care provider or VDH for guidance and notify their supervisor and Human Resources.

In general, if a partially or unvaccinated person or person NOT up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations is exposed or is a close contact to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, the partially or unvaccinated person or person not boosted should quarantine for a period of no less than seven (7) full days.  The partially or unvaccinated person or person not boosted should receive a COVID-19 test day 5 or later following the last exposure.  A negative COVID-19 test does not shorten the period of quarantine.  If a COVID-19 test is not received the period of quarantine is a full ten (10) days.  If the unvaccinated person has not developed symptoms they would be able to resume daily activities on day eight (8) with a test or day eleven (11) without a test. 

In general, a fully vaccinated person or person who is up-to-day with COVID-19 vaccinations or had confirmed COVID-19 within the last ninety (90) days does not need to quarantine following a close contact/exposure to a COVID-19 positive person.  A fully vaccinated or boosted person should wear a well-fitted face mask around others for ten (10) days after the exposure and monitor health/symptoms.  

Any exposed person should receive a COVID-19 test on day five (5) after exposure.  If symptoms occur, the exposed person should quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not due to a COVID-19 infection.

*The period of quarantine may be shortened to five (5) days followed by strictly wearing a well-fitted mask for five (5) to ten (10) days depending upon circumstances when appropriate based upon updated CDC Guidance.

Employees should follow the CDC guidance for a shortened five (day) period of quarantine followed by strictly wearing a well-fitted face mask for five (5) days if the employee is not fully vaccinated or not up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

What resources are provided to me if I am in quarantine or isolation?

Support for students required to quarantine or isolate is coordinated through the Office of the Dean of Students.  Specific questions should be directed to dos-web@radford.edu or 540-831-6297.

Can I test out early of quarantine or isolation?

Isolation is a minimum of a full (10) days.   

Quarantine is a period of seven (7) to ten (10) full days.    

  • The period of isolation or quarantine may be shortened to five (5) days followed by strictly wearing a well-fitted mask for five (5) to ten (10) days depending upon circumstances when appropriate based upon updated CDC guidance.
  • Guidance for students regarding periods of isolation and/or quarantine is provided by the Dean of Students Office.
  • Employees should follow the CDC guidance for a shortened periods of isolation and quarantine.

Are campus events or activities allowed to take place? If so, are there any protocols/procedures that must be followed?

Currently, events or activities are allowed to take place, but may have to follow COVID-19 protocols dependent upon the nature of the event or activity.  If there are any questions or concerns regarding an event or activity on campus, the host should email the covid19@radford.edu email account for further review and information.

Health and safety should a priority when planning any event.  The number of participants, location (indoor or outside), size of space, opportunity for distancing, masking, etc. should be taken into consideration.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions or concerns?

Students should contact the Dean of Students Office (dos-web@radford.edu or 540-831-6297)

Employees should contact Human Resources (hr@radford.edu or 540-831-5008)

Questions can also be directed to covid19@radford.edu