Fall 2021 Semester Operational Plan

Dear Radford Family:

As we embark on the final weeks of the Spring 2021 semester and prepare for Commencement celebrations to honor the incredible achievements of the Class of 2020 and 2021, Radford University remains sharply focused on the path forward with health, safety, and well-being first and foremost. To date, our path throughout the global health pandemic has been defined by our introduction of and compliance with many health and safety protocols. We have limited gatherings in a concentrated effort to control the spread of COVID-19. Now, as more vaccines are available and being offered to interested individuals, there is a renewed sense of both excitement and hope!

As such, I am pleased to share the Fall 2021 Semester Operational Plan. For the upcoming semester, Radford University will revert to our traditional academic calendar, but we will maintain a majority of the previously implemented protocols, many of which are required by the Commonwealth of Virginia. As the state increases gathering limitations, Radford University will follow for both on-campus and off-campus activities and events. This is especially important as we work to rebuild our strong sense of community, which has been adversely impacted by the pandemic and its many restrictions regarding in-person engagement.

In an effort to ensure that our critical operations can continue without interruption, we will maintain our current level of physical distancing at six feet in classroom and laboratory settings, as well as common areas and meeting spaces, as detailed in the provided plan. This decision was made to ensure that we can continue our important work despite any changes or surges that may take place. This is certainly a reflection of our conservative planning and thoughtful response, which have been points of pride throughout the pandemic!

I want to take this opportunity to thank members of the COVID-19 Working Group. These dedicated individuals have worked tirelessly to ensure our campus is both operating safely and remaining up-to-date on all matters related to the pandemic. This group has been assisted by many departments and offices, which have provided appropriate levels of enforcement and support. And, finally, I must express my sincere appreciation and lasting gratitude to Highlander students, faculty, and staff who excelled in the face of adversity by exhibiting full cooperation, continued flexibility, and unwavering support. For more than a year, we have demonstrated each and every day that Highlanders rise!

With Highlander Pride,

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.