Return to Roanoke

What's New

Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

  • There will now be a phased return to campus. Read the letter from President Maxey
  • Zoom webinar and Q&A from 7/17/20 - Watch the replay (password is: 6h##NT@0)
  • Updated College policy requires fabric face coverings to be worn on campus, especially in common areas where social distancing can be a challenge, such as The Commons, classrooms, hallways and lounges. The use of cloth face coverings or face masks is a critical step for communities and individuals to take to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus to others. See the policy
  • All students, faculty and staff are required to submit a Health Assessment every day. 
  • If there should be a situation where students have to return home for remote classes (which we sincerely hope does not happen), the College will issue pro-rated credit adjustments for room and board charges in the same manner as the past spring semester. Students will have the option of either requesting a distribution or carrying the credit forward to a future semester.   
  • On July 6, Roanoke College submitted its Plan for Reopening to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia regarding the College's return to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. This plan is under review by SCHEV. 

Roanoke's full reopening plan

Updates To Our Fall 2020 Return to Roanoke Plan

Roanoke College will implement a phased reopening model and will test all students upon their arrival to campus. 

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What We're Doing

  • Ramping up cleaning and disinfecting protocolsRooney wearing face mask
  • Using technology to monitor health conditions to detect infection
  • Making hand sanitizer readily available all over campus
  • Limiting the sharing of supplies
  • Assigning occupancy limits to all classrooms
  • Making adjustments to laboratory courses
  • Limiting entry to residence halls
  • Reconfiguring living areas
  • Reconfiguring dining areas
  • Including take-out food options and eliminating self-service stations
  • Closely monitoring occupancy in dining halls
  • Changing recreation protocols

Read more about all preparations here or read the full reopening plan.

How You Can Help

  • Wear a face covering people wearing masks
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Do not visit each other in residence halls
  • Make preparations for a safe move-in
  • Use the cleaning supplies made available
  • Follow dining hall protocols
  • Use testing tools and monitor your own health regularly
  • If you feel sick, do not come to class

Read more about what you can do to stay healthy.

2020 Academic Calendar Highlights

August 3 - 17 Assigned staggered move in
August 18 First evening of classes
November 17 Last day of classes
November 19 - 24 Exams

See the full academic calendar |  See staggered move in schedule

Building Hours

Fintel Library
Fintel Library will open for physical use to current students, faculty and staff on Aug. 17. On Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, the library will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Starting the next day, Aug. 19, the library will resume its normal hours of operation. 

  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to midnight

Current students, faculty and staff will use their Maroon Card ID to enter the library. Face coverings will be required to enter the building.

Belk Fitness Center
The Belk Fitness Center reopened on Monday, July 6 at 8 a.m. Its hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a closure from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. for facility-wide cleaning. Saturday and Sunday, the fitness center is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Facility-wide cleaning will occur before and after hours on Saturday and Sunday.  ** These hours are subject to change based on staffing, state guidelines, and the health and wellness of our community.**  

Olin Gallery
Olin Hall Galleries will reopen Aug. 3. Staff members are still finalizing fall 2020 operating hours.

Campus Store
The campus store is open from Monday through Friday, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Starting Aug 17th, the hours will be from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 


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