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. 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.

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.

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, 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 face covering in indoor spaces on campus at this time.

How long will the mask requirement be in place?

As individuals on campus continue to receive the vaccine and provide documentation, and as vaccination rates continue to increase overall, we will continue to monitor our progress and review additional COVID-19 guidance from the New River Health District of the VDH to determine any changes to the duration of the masking requirement on main campus.

Does the masking requirement apply to all Radford University sites?

Yes, the masking requirement applies to all Radford University locations.  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. 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, or 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 to obtain a face covering.

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

Effective August 16, 2021, the University has implemented a temporary face mask requirement. 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, or 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).

Vaccine

Am I required to report my vaccination status?

Yes, all faculty, staff, and students must report their vaccination status to the University.

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 returned to the University at vaccine@radford.edu or healthrecords@radford.edu .

Employees are required to complete the Employee Vaccination Status Form regardless of vaccination status.  If fully vaccinated, you will be prompted to upload a copy of the front of your vaccination card.

Why are employees required to provide proof of vaccination status?

On August 5, Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Directive Number Eighteen -Ensuring a Safe Work Place.  As outlined in the Directive, all employees must disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status to Human Resources no later than Wednesday, September 1, 2021. 

What if I lost my vaccination card?

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

The Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS) will email you a copy of your vaccine record. They can usually respond quickly to requests. If you have questions, please call VIIS at 1-866-375-9795.

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 ensuring 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?

Anyone who is 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 individual will then be exempt from the weekly testing protocol.

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 getting 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.

If I work remotely, do I have to disclose my vaccination status as an employee?

Yes, all employees regardless of working remotely or on campus must disclose their vaccination status.

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.

Can I submit a vaccine exemption as a student or an employee?

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 vaccine@radford.edu or healthrecords@radford.edu

Employees must complete the Employee Vaccination Status Form and may select Fully Vaccinated, Partially Vaccinated, or Not Vaccinated.

Any student or employee who is not fully vaccinated, regardless of exemption reasons, must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.

What happens if I am not fully vaccinated?

Any student or employee 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. 

Employees may complete their testing on campus or at an off-campus location of their choosing.  Employees must complete an online form each week documenting your COVID-19 test results. 

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 request 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 vaccine@radford.edu or healthrecords@radford.edu

Employees must submit their vaccination status by September 1, 2021.

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 also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.

Getting vaccinated yourself may also 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 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.

I am an employee; can my supervisor or colleagues ask or require me to disclose my vaccine status?

The University has a centralized process for collecting the vaccination status of employees. At this time, an employee is not required to disclose their vaccination status broadly.

Testing

How often do I have to be tested?

Members of the Radford University community who are not fully vaccinated must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.

Who is required to complete weekly testing?

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated.  In general, people are considered fully vaccinated fourteen (14) days 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 vaccine.

What are my options to be tested?

Testing for asymptomatic individuals is available:

  • On the main campus, testing will be available in Young Hall
    • Monday 10 a.m - 1p.m.
    • Tuesday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Wednesday 3 - 6 p.m.
  • At RUC, testing will be available the first and third Wednesday of each month and the second and fourth Friday 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 to schedule an appointment.

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

Additionally, New River Health District offers testing within the 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 that are sick or symptomatic should contact Student Health Services (540-831-5111) for testing options.  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 required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing, must test on-campus.

Employees are strongly encouraged to test on-campus. 

How do I report my test was completed as required?

For employees, an online form will be made available documenting your COVID-19 test results.

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?

Employees and students will undergo weekly testing until they are fully vaccinated or there is a change in Governor Northam’s mandate. In general, people are considered fully vaccinated fourteen (14) days 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 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.

An employee’s refusal to participate in the Agency’s COVID-19 testing plan will be considered a safety violation and may result in formal disciplinary action.

Do I have to quarantine after I take my test?

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 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​

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, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated 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, even if you don’t have symptoms.  Isolation is a full ten (10) from the onset of symptoms or date of positive test regardless of vaccination status. 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 there has been a significant improvement in any symptoms, otherwise isolation should continue.

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 and must isolate may be granted up to 80 hours of 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 healthcare provider or VDH for guidance and notify their supervisor or Human Resources.

In general, if an unvaccinated person is exposed or is a close contact to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, the unvaccinated person should quarantine for a period of no less than seven (7) full days.  The unvaccinated person 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 does not need to quarantine following a close contact/exposure to a COVID-19 positive person.  A fully vaccinated person would need to wear a face mask, maintain distance, monitor health/symptoms and consider receiving a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after the last exposure.  If the COVID-19 test is negative, the fully vaccinated person can unmask on day eight (8) following the last exposure.  If a COVID-19 test is not received, the fully vaccinated person should continue to wear a face mask, maintain distance and monitor health/symptoms for a full ten (10) from the last exposure.

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 ten (10) days.  There is not an option for a reduced period of time.

Upon guidance from the New River Health District, the period of quarantine is a full ten (10) days with no COVID-19 testing and a full seven (7) days after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result on day five (5) or later.

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

Employees should contact Human Resources.

Questions can also be directed to covid19@radford.edu