Updated 3/24/20

Is Virginia Western open?

Virginia Western’s campus is closed to students and non-employees until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic. Classes and student services are being provided online and remotely. Please avoid leaving your home unless necessary.

Our goal is for every student currently enrolled at Virginia Western to have the ability to complete their academic semester in a timely fashion while practicing good public health practices such as social distancing.

Please practice social distancing and other measures to reduce the chance of spread of COVID-19. Avoid gathering in large groups and travel unless necessary. Practice every day prevention methods like frequent hand washing, staying at home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes. For more details, visit the CDC’s special web page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html.

How will I be notified of changes?

When Virginia Western changes the status of campus and classes, students will be informed by their college email account, VW Alerts, the Virginia Western website, as well as social media. Be sure to sign up for VW Alert text messages at: https://virginiawestern.edu/alert/index.php.

Will classes be held online?

Virginia Western transitioned the majority of our classes to remote and online delivery beginning on March 23, 2020, following Spring Break. We will remain in a majority remote and online delivery phase until further notice.

Many classes will have a quick and simple transition to Canvas and Zoom meetings, online tools the college already uses. If your class goes to an alternate format, such as online, you will be contacted via your school email.

Regularly check your MyVWCC email for updates. Ensure that you have the ability to connect to an online class by computer or other technology. If you have concerns that you do not have the capability to take a class online, contact your specific faculty member and/or your school’s dean.

Can I access Virginia Western’s internet Wi-Fi if campus is closed to students?

If campus buildings are closed to students, Virginia Western students will be allowed to access the college’s Wi-Fi from their vehicles in the parking lot.

Are there any other resources for free or low-cost Internet?

Comcast in Salem is offering a special offer on Internet Essentials to provide support in the pandemic: https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic.

There are also numerous Xfinity Wifi hotspots available for free in the Salem area: https://wifi.xfinity.com/.

Cox is also offering coronavirus relief offerings to residential customers: https://newsroom.cox.com/Cox_expands_coronavirus_relief_for_remote_workers_and_students?_ga=2.163327348.974909915.1584557256-641413936.1584557256.

Will Virginia Western continue to host events?

Virginia Western is proactively taking steps to protect the health and well-being of our students, employees and members of the community in light of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). As advised by the Virginia Department of Health and Governor Ralph Northam, the college is limiting public gatherings and large events.

Virginia Western is canceling all campus events until further notice.  The college will provide updates on its website, social media and through the media when public events are allowed on campus again.


All Virginia Western-sponsored travel, such as class trips, student activity trips as well as work-related travel is cancelled until further notice. The college will provide updates on its website, social media and through direct email when travel is permitted again. As this is subject to change, the college will provide updates.

Can I speak to an advisor?

Yes, you are able to contact your student advisor and schedule an appointment through Navigate for a Zoom virtual meeting. For details, visit https://www.virginiawestern.edu/advising/schedule_an_appointment.php, call (855) 874-6690 or email enroll@virginiawestern.edu.

Is Summer registration still open?

Yes, you can still register for summer classes, which are scheduled to begin on May 26, 2020. Register online today at www.virginiawestern.edu.

Will graduation be held as scheduled?

Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced that all 23 community college’s May commencement ceremonies will be cancelled in accordance with CDC and VDH guidelines. This includes pinning ceremonies.

Our commencement ceremony is the culmination of our academic year at Virginia Western and it gives us a chance to celebrate all the hard work and dedication our students have exhibited to reach their goals. With the evolving nature of this public health crisis, we have not yet determined the best way to reschedule our ceremony. We are, however, committed to honoring the Class of 2020.

Where can I find more health information and best practices?

Surely no one is evil enough to scam people during this health crisis, right?

Wrong! Avoid becoming a victim of online scams: https://virginiawestern.edu/iet-services/disaster-related-scams/.