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COVID-19 Essential Preventative Guidance

Dear Longwood Students,

As the number of cases throughout the state and nation continue to rise, it is now more imperative than ever that we strictly adhere to all COVID-19 preventative guidance, especially when we live in close quarters as we do in Longwood-managed as well as off-campus properties.

Longwood has asked and strongly recommends those of you who are able to safely return home to do so. If you must remain in campus housing, you must be registered.  Please understand we are evaluating whether we may need to take further actions as well.

The following safety changes are in effect immediately to ensure social-distancing, given the severity of this outbreak and the growing realization that it can pose a threat to people of all ages.

  1. Residential guests are not permitted except for those temporarily present to provide move-out assistance.
  2. As of March 23, no more than 10 people may gather in the Commonwealth of Virginia. While our residence halls, library and D-Hall (grab/go) remain open, gathering restrictions apply in all locations in and around Longwood-managed properties, and in the Town of Farmville more broadly. On campus this includes residence hall lounges, lobbies, outdoor courtyard spaces, and residential rooms/suites/apartments.

Failure to adhere to any of the aforementioned or future expectations may result in Conduct & Integrity charges, criminal charges, or immediate removal from Longwood housing.

In this serious time, it’s imperative that we make the health of ourselves and one another our foremost consideration.

Please follow this guidance from public health officials to ensure that we do everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Be well,
Dr. P

Dr. Tim James Pierson
Vice President for Student Affairs

Update on COVID-19

The Virginia Department of Health informed the University this morning that a second Longwood student has received a positive COVID-19 test result.

The student lives off-campus and has self-quarantined since last Wednesday, March 18. VDH believes the student acquired the virus while traveling out-of-state the week after spring break, but is not certain of the origin.

As with the case reported on March 11, VDH has already been in touch with identified contacts of the student prior to their self-quarantine, and is now following up directly with those contacts. If you have any questions or concerns about symptoms or possible exposure, call the local VDH office at 434-392-3984 or our University Health Service at 434-395-2102. Locally, Centra has set up a hotline at 434-200-1225.

Last week, Longwood advised students who can return home safely to do so. This applies to students living on or off campus. As the virus continues to spread rapidly in Virginia and nationwide, it is extremely important that anyone who has been asked to self-quarantine do so, and that everyone follow state and federal guidance to self-distance, avoid even small gatherings and stay at home or in their residence hall rooms as much as possible.

Academic update from the Provost

As Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, I wanted to share some additional information following President Reveley’s announcement that Longwood will be shifting to online delivery of classes for the remainder of the semester. Below is important information to keep in mind:

Faculty and staff are here to help you. We have compiled many questions and answers about distance learning on our COVID-19 FAQs page.

  • Communication is really important right now, so please reach out to your professors if you have questions or are encountering difficulties.
  • The Writing Center, the Quantitative Reasoning Center, the Office of Disability Resources, the Digital Education Collaborative (DEC), and the Help Desk are all available to offer assistance. Contact information for each of these offices is on the FAQs page.

In addition to your coursework, you should be consulting with your advisor about summer and fall courses if you haven’t already. Registration is scheduled to take place next week (Tuesday, March 31 through Friday, April 3), and you should develop some back-up plans in case class availability changes.

I realize this transition creates many questions, and I assure you we are working to address them.

  • We have already begun to consider whether undergraduate grading policy changes should be made in light of this transition. However, there are many implications to consider, and we want to ensure that we have thought through the different options, so that students are not negatively affected.
  • Directors of clinical placements/practicum experiences are working to help students with alternate experiences to the extent possible, and they are working with state officials regarding the complications this situation causes for licensure programs.
  • We have not made any decisions yet about courses or experiences in the summer, including travel courses, internships, face-to-face summer school courses, and PRISM.

Ironing out the details of this transition will take a little time, and I appreciate your patience. We will continue to communicate with you about any decisions we make. This is an uncertain and stressful time, and I know this transition to distance learning places an additional burden on you. However, as Lancers, I am confident that we can work together to meet this challenge and finish the semester strong.

Best wishes,
Dr. Smith

Important News from President Reveley

Dear Longwood,

We are living through historic times in America, around the world and here in Virginia, and hard decisions are necessary.

Today, Longwood is announcing a number of important steps for the remainder of the semester.  Foremost, like so many institutions, for the remainder of the semester we will proceed with teaching online rather than in-person.

However, we firmly commit to holding graduation in-person — something so deeply important to so many.  We hope that means in mid-May as long planned, but we don’t yet know exactly when. Also, while fewer than 10 percent of students are on campus and in Farmville now, going forward we also will need to be even more mindful of limiting campus activity and ensuring social distancing to fight Covid-19.

The soul of Longwood is living and learning together in person on our beautiful campus. We all dearly yearn for the day when that can be true again. When it comes, we will be all the more appreciative of this place we cherish. But at this time of extraordinary disruption and uncertainty, I know all of you are scrambling to adjust to a new reality for the weeks and months ahead, and that you need to plan. We don’t yet know every detail, so we will continue to be in close communication. In the meantime more information is below, and this updated Q&A also tries to anticipate some of the key questions you will have.

Online Learning for the Remainder of the Semester

The shift to online learning that began last week will continue through this semester, including final exams. We understand how challenging this is. Our faculty and staff are working tremendously hard to ensure academic continuity and student learning, and I hope this work will help keep you engaged and connected with one another in the weeks ahead. Please keep working hard, for your professors and for yourselves, and reach out to them with questions or concerns. All in-person events on campus are also cancelled until further notice (faculty may be in touch with students if they can develop viable distance or virtual alternatives for academic events such as recitals, concerts, art shows, the spring student showcase, and theatre productions).

Some questions you may have about topics like registration for next fall and summer courses are addressed in the Q&A. Some other questions will be addressed in the days ahead in emails to students from the university, so please continue to check your email.


With today’s announcement, and continuing to follow guidance from the Virginia Department of Health, we are asking students who are able safely to return home to do so.

Students who have health or other important considerations for themselves or family members and need to remain in university housing should register at as soon as possible, but no later than this coming Monday, March 23 to let campus officials know you continue to need housing. Students remaining should know dining services will be take-out only and facilities hours on campus limited. If CDC guidance evolves and we are able to provide further services, we will do so.

Other questions regarding accessing the residence halls to retrieve belongings, refunds and other matters are addressed as best we can now in the Q&A. We will continue to be in close contact on these fronts.


Commencement is a fundamentally important ritual in life, and Longwood famously does commencement ceremonies with fanfare and spirit. Class of 2020 — you have my firm commitment we will honor you and your graduation from Longwood in person. What I can’t tell you now is exactly when that will happen, for our undergraduate ceremony or our graduate ceremony. We will evaluate how circumstances develop over the coming weeks and communicate with you again by April 10.

Let me close for now by simply saying that this all is heartbreaking news to send. To our seniors especially, you are losing a precious and irreplaceable time together here at this place we all love. The Alma Mater yearns to have you here, and in profound ways this will be home for you throughout life. I am incredibly sorry —– and we all are incredibly eager to be together again.

Longwood has prospered through turmoil and triumph alike, since 1839, onward ever.

All my best, always,
President Reveley

Campus facility updates

Longwood continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, and we want to provide you with additional details on the state and campus responses.

As part of a statewide effort to slow the spread of the virus, Gov. Ralph Northam today placed a limit on all non-essential gatherings to no more than 10 people. We strongly urge students who are staying on campus to follow that guidance for any social gatherings while classes are in a fully online format.

The Governor also today provided additional guidance regarding eating facilities and fitness centers. In order to promote social distancing and follow the latest guidance, we have amended some hours and practices at our facilities. Beginning tomorrow (March 18), all dining options will be take-out only.

Longwood is committed to the health and well-being of our campus community. We are in close contact with the Virginia Department of Health and following their guidelines for our campus. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience as we navigate this evolving situation.

If you have questions, please email

Personal Message to Students from President Reveley

Dear Students,

Too few people in the swirl of this national emergency have paused to focus on the toll this takes on you.  I know this is not the spring semester that you, or any of us, imagined.  I know Longwood is at heart a place of human, in-person connection — classes, friendships in the residence halls, the D-Hall, student groups and athletics teams, our beautiful campus and college town, altogether the soul of this place, of the alma mater, which we will appreciate even more on the other side of this challenge.

What gives me optimism in the midst of all of this is you — your resolve in the face of challenge, and your hard work through this all.  Your professors are deeply committed to helping keep everyone on track academically throughout this period of uncertainty nationwide.

At this moment I don’t know how the remainder of this semester will evolve, but I promise Longwood will be in close contact throughout these days, like we have been.  I do know that the tested rhythms of our campus life, our common bond since 1839, will hit stride again someday soon enough.

All my best, and many thanks,

President Reveley

p.s. This morning I broke protocol and rubbed Joanie on the Stonie’s hands

Latest update on Covid-19

Following the positive Covid-19 result announced earlier this week, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) conducted a careful investigation to identify anyone in the Longwood community deemed at sufficient risk of exposure to warrant further steps such as self-quarantine, assessment and testing. As a result, two additional students entered a 14-day self-quarantine.

VDH has today, March 14, reported that any identified contacts who met criteria for testing have now received results and been confirmed as negative for Covid-19.

Additionally, according to VDH, there currently have been no further positive test results reported in our local community or in the Commonwealth’s Piedmont Health District. The state’s daily updates can be followed here.

While this is good news, as transmission increases nationwide and in Virginia we continue to expect the appearance of Covid-19 cases here in Farmville and ask any community members, wherever they are, to continue to take the recommended precautions including hand-washing and social distancing.

If you continue to have questions or concerns, please call the local VDH office at 434-392-3984 or our University Health Service at 434-395-2102. Locally, Centra has now set up a hotline at 434-200-1225 which they are asking community members to call before coming to their local facilities with concerns.​

Updated Covid-19 Information

Dear Longwood,

America’s challenge from Covid-19 continues to increase. Late yesterday, Gov. Northam declared a state of emergency for Virginia, and we are taking further steps as well for the university. This is a moment that calls for alert action, but also grace and compassion for one another. I am deeply proud of the way that Longwood and all of you are meeting this challenge.

  • Today we are announcing Longwood will move classes and assignments to a fully online format beginning today through Friday, March 27. Faculty may have already completed or be in the process of this transition. As of today, students should be prepared to continue coursework, which means closely monitoring their email or Canvas for messages from their professors. Students should reach out to their professors directly for any clarification about this transition.Campus events will also be cancelled through March 27.It remains our hope to return to in-person classes as soon as possible. But no matter what we will closely follow developments and expert guidance with community health paramount. We will make an announcement no later than Wednesday, March 25 regarding next steps.
  • Longwood’s campus remains open. While some students have chosen to return home after we suspended in-person classes earlier this week, a meaningful number have indicated they prefer to remain here in Farmville. We continue to have the approval and encouragement of the Virginia Department of Health to keep campus facilities open, and intend to continue supporting students who wish to remain here. Current facility hours can be found here, and any updates will be shared with students.
  • For Longwood employees, we understand this unprecedented situation prompts questions, including whether you should come in to work. We are committed to keeping our campus open for students who wish to stay, and the vice presidents are working closely with employees to do so. However, pursuant to guidance issued yesterday by Gov. Northam for state agencies to encourage telework, we are directing VPs and managers to work with staff to determine eligibility and ability to telework. We have tried to give answers to additional questions in this Q&A . If you have additional questions be in touch with your manager or VP.
  • Please be advised the Governor’s guidance yesterday in issuing a State of Emergency Declaration prohibits out-of-state travel on official business by Commonwealth employees. It also directs state employees to try to limit in-person meetings and non-essential work-related gatherings.

Finally, I know many in our community continue to have special concerns now that there has been a positive Covid-19 test in our community. Regarding that case, the Virginia Department of Health has been in contact with anyone who it believes requires assessment or testing based on contact with that person. For anyone else who may be concerned, the VDH continues to believe the generalized risk of transmission in our campus community remains low, as explained here. However, particularly as testing availability widens, we should all be prepared that the number of positive cases nationally, in Virginia and here in our community will continue to rise. Experts do not know for how long.

If you have questions or concerns, please call the local VDH office at 434-392-3984 or our University Health Service at 434-395-2102. Locally, Centra has now set up a hotline at 434-200-1225 which they are asking community members to call before coming to their local facilities with concerns.

Thank you for your patience, your hard work and your devotion to Longwood.

President Reveley

Registration Dates Moved

Dear Students,

We appreciate your patience as we are working our way through details of campus operations. In order to be responsive to Longwood’s current operating plan, we have decided to move the registration dates.  These dates are as follows:

  • ​Time Ticket 1 – Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 7:00 a.m
  • Time Ticket 2 – Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:00 a.m.
  • Time Ticket 3 – Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:00 a.m.
  • Time Ticket 4 – Friday, April 3, 2020 at 7:00 a.m.

If you have not met with your advisor already, we encourage you to contact them. You can find out who your advisor is in myLongwood. Students who need a PIN will need to work with their advisor virtually (email, phone, Webex/Zoom).  Students who are unable to reach their advisor should contact their department chair for assistance.