Novel Coronavirus

The Latest Information

(Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2020)

  • Roanoke College has recently received $888,800 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, for the purpose of providing Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The College will distribute the $888,800 to 1,755 students who were enrolled full time with the College at the time of the disruption. The College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. More information can be found in this letter and any questions can be directed to
  • From May 15-June 18, we will allow students back on campus to retrieve their belongings. We're doing this in an orderly manner, only allowing a few students back at a time. Students can find more information on our FAQs page and can sign up for a date and time here.
  • Roanoke is preparing for an on-time, on-campus start in August. Read more. COVID -19 cases in Salem remain low. See VDH for latest numbers
  • Remote learning will continue through the summer. 
  • All campus events through July, including athletic events, are canceled. 
  • Following CDC recommendations, fabric masks should be worn on campus, especially in common and public areas where social distancing can be a challenge, such as The Commons. 
  • Most campus facilities are closed, including Fintel Library, Belk Fitness Center, Kerr Stadium and the Campus Store. Check links for online services. 
  • The Commons is open only for students still on campus and on a meal plan. It is closed to all staff and community members.  
  • There was one positive case of COVID-19 confirmed on April 16 for a student who lives off campus.  

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Campus Updates

‘Creators of history’: Just how historic is this year’s commencement delay?

Commencement has been delayed, altered and even canceled in the past.

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Important Information about the CARES Act and Funding to Student Accounts

We are pleased to offer you some good news during these challenging times.

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Campus community organizes COVID-19 response project, Maroons Serving with Purpose

Maroons are responding to a variety of pandemic-related needs. Join your fellow Maroons Serving with Purpose in helping our region, your region and the entire country overcome the challenges of these unprecedented times.

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Everyday preventive actions to avoid the spread of all viruses

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.