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Coronavirus COVID-19

Pandemic Preparedness Plan Status: Level 2
Phased reopening of campuses is underway. RSCC is following CDC guidelines along with the Tennessee Pledge and state requirements. The latest information and resources can be found below.

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Student Services During Campus Closure

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Student Guide to Going Online

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Roane State is implementing a phased reopening so students can access many of the services they need on campus ahead of the fall semester. Throughout this process, RSCC will be following CDC guidelines along with the Tennessee Pledge and other state requirements. Phase one of Roane State's reopening wrapped up in June after the following offices began Tuesday and Thursday operations at the designated locations:

As of Monday, July 6, 2020, the offices listed above transitioned to a Monday through Thursday schedule on the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Success Coaches also began a return to campus for in-person appointments. All campus sites are now offering One Stop services on the 4-day summer schedule. This schedule will continue for the remainder of July.

On Monday, August 3, 2020, Roane State will return to its regular schedule. At this time, most services will be available in-person on all campuses. Normal business hours vary by campus and are available online at Operations that can be completed remotely will continue to do so in order to further reduce the number of people on campus.

As a reminder, nearly all summer term courses are being delivered online. A small number of courses that require some elements of in-person instruction are meeting on campus. Additional precautions are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including wearing face coverings on campus, maintaining physical distancing, completing daily wellness screenings, and enhanced cleaning of classrooms and other common areas.

The phased reopening plan outlined above will lead into a fall semester that offers a mix of in-person and online classes so students can choose what best fits their needs and comfort level. On campus classes will incorporate face covering requirements, physical distancing, and frequent cleaning of facilities. Additional web sections are being added to accommodate increased interest in online courses.

For more information on Roane State’s continued response to COVID-19, please email


On Thursday, June 18, 2020, a Roane State student reported a positive COVID-19 test result to the college. The student has not shown any symptoms and is now quarantining at home. This is the first confirmed case of the virus on any of Roane State’s campuses.

The positive case was found during a precautionary health screening required by a state licensing board and was conducted at a local health department.

The student was reported to have been inside the Coffey-McNally Building of the Oak Ridge Branch Campus (ORBC) on Tuesday, June 16. Upon learning of the positive test result, the college began the process of closing the building and notifying each person who had been in direct contact with the student.

Cleaning of the affected building will follow CDC guidelines before an expected reopening on Monday, June 22, 2020. Students, staff and faculty members impacted by the building closure will be advised of alternate arrangements as needed.

Roane State has notified the Anderson County Health Department of the positive test and will take any additional steps needed to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

As a reminder, the majority of summer courses at Roane State are being delivered online with most faculty and staff continuing to work remotely. Campuses currently have very limited access for in-person instruction and other essential tasks. Anyone approved to come to campus must wear a face covering, practice physical distancing and complete a daily wellness screening.

Please continue to wash your hands frequently, wear face coverings in public and stay home if you are sick to help protect yourself and others during the pandemic.


On March 23, 2020, Roane State closed all campuses following an extended spring break and migrated most classes to an online format in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Campuses remained closed through April 30 in accordance with the State of Tennessee's Safer-at-Home order. Only a small number of essential personnel were permitted on campus during this time. The majority of college employees continued their work remotely.

On May 4, 2020, (following the expiration of the Safer-at-Home order), limited access on four campuses began so that programs could complete required in-person skills testing. The limited access locations included Roane County, Oak Ridge, Knox and Clinton.

On June 24, 2020, Roane State outlined its phased reopening plan (see above) for the remainder of the summer term and leading into fall. RSCC is currently planning to offer its normal mix of in-person and online classes for the fall semester. However, the college is prepared for another transition to online learning if the need arises. The health and safety of our campus communities and the broader communities we serve are the top priority.


As part of the college's response to the coronavirus pandemic, the extremely difficult decision to postpone spring commencement was made earlier this year in accordance with public health recommendations. After an informal poll of the graduating class, Roane State will hold in-person commencement on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, 2020, at the Roane County campus. A total of six ceremonies will be held across those two days in order to abide by public health guidelines. Wellness screenings, face coverings and physical distancing, in addition to other precautions, are all being taken into account for commencement planning. Students should watch their RSCC email as well as the Graduation Ceremony web page for more details.


For students with questions about online learning and student services during the campus closure period, please review our Guide to Going Online and our student communication page.

You can also visit our resource pages on Distance Education and Momentum (or D2L) for more information. Students and faculty may login to Momentum at the following link: If you are facing a challenge continuing your classes online, email and we will do our best to help you find a solution.


Any member of the Roane State community can email if they have an immediate need during the coronavirus pandemic such as food, transportation, childcare, and internet/computer access. While Roane State may not be able to assist directly with every request, we will connect students, staff, faculty and their families with local resources whenever possible.


Two Roane State locations, the Roane County campus and the Oak Ridge Branch Campus, were utilized as sites for free drive-through COVID-19 testing in April thanks to efforts by our state and local health departments. Approximately 1,875 total tests were administered during those events. We were proud to be able to serve our community in this way during the campus closure period.


As with any contagious illness, please follow safety recommendations from health officials, including:

We will continue to pass along additional information over the coming days and weeks regarding COVID-19 and our response, so please check your Roane State email regularly and monitor this webpage. Please also sign up for RaiderAlerts and follow our social media accounts @RoaneState on Twitter and Facebook.

Visit the links below for up-to-date information from the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health about the virus.



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