Mar. 25, 2020 - COVID-19 leads to special instructions for U.S. census; Adjusted process for receiving hazardous materials on campus

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 leads to special instructions for U.S. census


The nation’s decennial (once every 10 years) headcount plays a critical role in the country’s democracy by helping decide accurate government representation, legislative districts, and the allocation of about $675 billion in federal funds each year. The population snapshot created by the census counts students as a part of their college or university communities. The disruptions caused by COVID-19 have resulted in the federal government providing special guidance to ensure those communities are accurately represented. According to the guidelines, any student temporarily away from Blacksburg due to the pandemic, should still be counted as a part of the university community. This remains true even if a parent or guardian has already included the student as a part of their census. The U.S. Census Bureau will cross-reference responses and eliminate duplicates.

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Adjusted process for receiving hazardous materials on campus. Beginning Wednesday, March 25, all hazardous material packages delivered on campus (UPS, FedEx, and DHL) will be received at the Environmental Health and Safety Materials Management facility located at 625 Beamer Way. Departments should arrange for hazardous material pickup from the Beamer Way facility (in a state vehicle only) or delivery at 540-231-4030. Deliveries will be made Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.