COVID-19 Information & Updates

Fall Update Vaccinations

Employees and students are not required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to return to campus for the fall semester; however, we strongly recommend all members of the Roberts community who are able to be vaccinated before the fall semester begins on August 30. Vaccinated individuals may remove masks indoors while on campus and will not be required to quarantine in the event of a Covid-19 exposure. Our campus operations for the fall semester, including mask mandates and event capacity limits, will depend on the percentage of our community that is vaccinated.

All employees and students who have completed a vaccination series and have not yet submitted verification to the campus health center should do so by emailing

Campus Visitors & Voller Athletic Center

Campus is open for visitors. Visitors for campus events and activities are no longer required to check-in at Campus Safety when coming to campus. Guests are welcome to walk through the campus and walk on the track; however, community memberships to use the Voller Athletic Center are not available at this time. We anticipate reopening for community memberships in the fall.

Requests for facility rentals can be made by emailing

Masks on Campus & CDC Guidelines

Masks are no longer required in most instances on campus. The following expectations remain in place. 

  • Individuals who have not completed a Covid-19 vaccination series are required to wear a mask while indoors. 
  • Masks are currently required in all summer in-person classes. 
  • Masks are required in the campus health and counseling centers.

Other Campus Guidelines

  • Physical distancing is no longer required in most settings on campus and campus spaces have returned to normal occupancy. Physical distancing is still required in the campus health and counseling centers.
  • Offices will return to full capacity beginning August 2.
  • We anticipate dining facilities will return to normal operating hours and capacities for the fall semester.
  • Daily health screenings are no longer required before coming to campus.
  • The Voller Athletic Center will return to normal operations for faculty, staff, and students for the fall semester.  
  • Campus visitors are no longer required to register with Campus Safety when arriving on campus. 
  • Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 should refrain from coming to campus. 

Summer Classes

In-person summer classes this summer classroom guidelines:

  • Masks are still required in all in-person classes.
  • Physical distancing is required in all classes.
  • The reduced occupancies are still in effect and the classroom set up (teaching zone, separated desks, etc,) remains as it has been since August of 2020.

Northeastern Seminary information is available on the seminary website.

*Some programs may require that students are vaccinated. These programs will communicate the requirement to students.

CARES Act Funding

Roberts Wesleyan College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education acknowledging that we will use 50% of the funds received from the CARES Act to award as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. We received a total of $1,381,405, and we are using 50%, or $690,703, in cash grants directly to students.

At the time of reporting on May 24, 2020, we have not distributed any funds to students as we work through the latest guidance from the federal government as to which students are eligible to receive grants through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and how much each eligible student should receive.

As of June 5, 2020, all checks or direct deposits were issued to 1,296 eligible students. These students were determined eligible based on the Department of Education requirements using the following criteria:

  • Were enrolled in a degree-seeking program on March 16, 2020 (first Monday after the National Emergency was declared)
  • Had eligible 2019-2020 FAFSA on file
  • Were not enrolled in a fully online program

Each student received a cash grant of $532.95.

For those students who were not issued a CARES Act grant, Roberts has created an alternative avenue for meeting emergency needs, and has contacted students through email to do so.

CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants FAQs (click to expand)

What is the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?

The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Fund provides emergency financial aid assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus as stipulated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act was signed into law March 27, 2020. Awards will be distributed to eligible Roberts Wesleyan students based on need as determined by the 2019-20 FAFSA with an emphasis on providing additional support to the neediest populations.

The emergency grants to students was allocated because of the likelihood of incurring costs for expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Who is eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?

Federal regulations require schools to confirm that a student receiving any CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant meets the following requirements:

  • Is a US Citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • Has a valid Social Security number
  • Is registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male and between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Is not in default on a federal student loan
  • Does not owe money on a federal student grant
  • Is a currently enrolled student

How is the eligibility for the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant determined?

Students had to be enrolled in classes as of March 16, 2020 and have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Financial Services.

Is the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant a loan or have any repayment requirements?

These Student Emergency Relief grants are not loans and are not considered Title IV federal financial aid. The grants do not need to be repaid.

How will I receive the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?

The grant will be sent to you in the form of a check, or, if you have previously received a student refund as direct deposit, you will receive the funding in your bank account that is on file. Direct deposits and checks were issued by June 6, 2020.

What next steps do I take if I have additional needs beyond what this grant can help me with?

The Office of Student Financial Services will follow up in the next couple of weeks to tell you about next steps that you can take to let us know about your additional needs.

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