RADFORD – Classes began Monday at Radford University for the 2021 fall semester, bringing
thousands of students back to the city.
The new semester brings a new round of COVID-19 protocols in the pandemic age, including a mask
mandate and vaccine requirement.
According to Justin Ward, Radford University Director of Media Services, “approximately 82 percent of
students are vaccinated or in the process of doing so.”
Ward said the university continues to receive vaccine documentation daily. An exemption process for
either a medical or religious reason is available. Students enrolled in a fully online program with no in-
person engagement or physical presence on campus are not subject to the vaccine requirement.
Face masks are required in indoor spaces regardless of vaccine status.
“This includes classrooms, common spaces, dining areas unless someone is eating, or other indoor areas
where multiple people can gather or engage,” according to a statement by the university.
Employees are also required to disclose their vaccination status.
The university issued a statement that said, “As the fall semester begins at Radford University, we want
you to know we remain focused on the health, safety, and well-being of our Highlander Family. On Aug.
5, Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Directive Number Eighteen: Ensuring a Safe Work Place.
As outlined in the directive, all employees must disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status to human
resources no later than Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Employees are required to complete the Employee
Vaccination Status Form regardless of vaccination status.”