Roanoke College moving to online classes, one student tested for virus


SALEM, Va. (WFXR)– Roanoke College is suspending face-to-face classes effective Thursday, March 12th as part of the school’s preparation and response to the coronavirus.

According to a letter from the office of Roanoke College president Michael Maxey, professors will contact their students about the start of online classes by March 17th.

The letter states classes will be taught online through April 3rd, with face-to-face classes scheduled to resume April 6th.

President Maxey and school officials will continue to evaluate whether to extend online classes.

College officials say three Roanoke College students who recently traveled are in isolation off-campus out of an abundance of caution.

Two students went to Washington, D.C., and one to Europe over spring break and may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

After college officials consulted the Virginia Department of Health, one student was tested for the coronavirus.

They are still waiting for test results.

Students are being asked to make arrangements to leave residents halls by Sunday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m.

Students expereriencing problems making those arrangements are asked to contact their area coordinator or the Residence Life & Housing office at or at 540-375-2308. 

School officials say although classes won’t meet on campus during the suspension, the college will remain open and operational.

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