Radford University to reopen for Fall 2020 semester following COVID-19 pandemic


RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — It may still be spring, but among the chaos and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, Radford University has already announced plans to reopen for the Fall 2020 semester.

According to a news release from the university on Tuesday, April 28, all summer session courses will remain online.

However, school officials say the campus reopening process for the fall semester will begin on Aug. 3 and include full operations, such as on-campus housing and dining services. Meanwhile, face-to-face instruction will start on Aug. 24, the university says.

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, which will require certain employees to return in the period between the termination of Gov. Ralph Northam’s temporary stay-at-home order and the reopening of campus, according to Radford University.

Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill issued the following statement as part of his announcement for the Fall 2020 reopening.

“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.”

Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill

In his statement, Hemphill congratulated students, faculty, and staff on their perseverance and understanding in the face of adversity and 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!”

Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill

For more information about Radford University’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, visit www.radford.edu/coronavirus.

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