Southern Virginia COVID-19 FAQs

Southern Virginia COVID-19 FAQs

Last Updated: March 12, 2020

Q: What is the University doing to prepare for COVID-19?
A: The University has developed COVID-19 Framework and Response Plan, as well as a COVID-19 Response Team, to prepare for and respond to this dynamic situation. The Response Plan includes measures such as limiting travel, moving classes online, or even closing campus if necessary.

Q: Are there any confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus?
A: No, there have been no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus at the University or in Rockbridge County, but there have been confirmed cases in Virginia and neighboring states.

Q: Where can I find official statements about COVID-19 from the University?
A: You’ll receive communications from the University about COVID-19 through your University email. Official University statements will also be posted at

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization, “The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell.”

Q: What should I do if I’m experiencing flu-like or other suspicious symptoms?
A: As with any illness, you should limit your contact with others and seek medical treatment. You should also report any illness to your Professors and Dean Crowther in Student Life at

Q: Will the University cancel classes?
A: The University has no definitive plans to cancel classes at this time. Instead, classes will migrate online to reduce close contact and increase opportunities for social distancing. You will receive communication from the University and from your professors to help with the transition. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of this situation, however, all plans are subject to change.

Q: How will classes that don’t easily migrate online be handled?
A: In some cases moving to an online format could require changes in a course or course requirements. A change in the structure, delivery, or requirements of a course doesn’t necessarily mean that the learning outcomes have changed. Faculty are encouraged to maintain rigorous academic standards and meet established learning outcomes regardless of the delivery method of the course. You should watch for communication from your professors in the event of any changes to course delivery methods.

Q: What can I do to prepare?
A: You should continue to participate in classes and complete assignments. You should also monitor your own health and report any illness. The best way to protect yourself against any respiratory illness is to follow the CDC’s guidelines to wash your hands with soap and water frequently, avoid touching your face (especially eyes, mouth, and nose), and cough or sneeze into your elbow to keep germs off of your hands, and to avoid others who are sick.