Roanoke College students to start, end fall semester early on campus


SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke College President Mike Maxey issued a letter Wednesday morning with an update on the college’s plans for the fall semester, including the altered calendar to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19.

According to Maxey’s announcement on Wednesday, June 10, Roanoke College will start fall classes on Aug. 19, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled. In addition, students will move into residence halls in August, and officials say it will involve many of the same health protocols currently in place as students collect their belongings.

The calendar for the remainder of the semester has been modified to decrease the risks of mid-semester travel and increase the likelihood that students can remain on campus for the entire fall semester, according to the college. However, school officials say the new calendar includes the same number of class days as the original calendar.

The new dates for the fall semester are listed below:

  • Aug. 15: Move-In Day for new students
  • Aug. 17: Move-In Day for returning students
  • Aug. 19: First day of classes for the fall semester
  • Nov. 17: Last day of classes for the fall semester
  • Nov. 18: Reading Day
  • Nov. 19, Nov. 20, Nov. 21, Nov. 23, and Nov. 24: Exams
  • Nov. 25: Move-Out day for all students (or sooner, depending on their exam schedules)

Roanoke College says there will no longer be a week-long fall break in October and there will be no classes after Thanksgiving. A full academic calendar will soon be posted on the registrar’s website, according to Wednesday’s statement.

“Our plan for the fall is designed to provide the optimal on-campus environment and to minimize the risks of COVID-19 exposure to the campus community. Our leaders in Health Services and Campus Safety are formulating plans for the safest environment possible on campus,” says Maxey. “We will also need to be in compliance with local safety and health guidelines at that time of campus reopening. We are finalizing the RC Returns to Campus: Health and Safety Protocols in consultation with public health experts and you will learn more details regarding those protocols in the coming months.”

To read Maxey’s full letter, click here.

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