Work & Study

For Students

University officials continue to closely monitor the status of the COVID-19 coronavirus as it continues to develop across the globe. In effort to keep the research community informed, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation has partnered with university leadership and teams across campus to provide guidance, information, and resources in order for faculty, staff, and students to make the best decision as we make preparations. It is prudent that we continue to make plans for a variety of outcomes that will impact the research community that includes faculty, staff, students, and animals.

In follow-up to the most recent university communication from President Sands regarding the university’s response to COVID-19, we are writing to address some questions that we hope will help you determine whether or not to remain in the United States (on-campus or off-campus) or leave at this time. Please read the Letter to the International Student Community at Virginia Tech regarding COVID-19 to learn more.

Following guidance from the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health, and our own public health and safety experts to limit the spread of the disease, we have transitioned to online and remote instruction (Zoom, video, and other forms of delivery) for all undergraduate and graduate students at all Virginia Tech locations for the remainder of the spring semester. The Blacksburg campus remains opertational now. Since March 23, students have taken their courses online.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has tips for students working in an online environment.

For Employees

Need help moving your class online? Our team of learning technologies specialists and instructional designers have prepared some helpful tips on leveraging some simple technologies to keep your class on schedule when you can’t meet in person.

All courses have an associated site in Canvas, Virginia Tech’s learning management system (LMS). Even if you don’t use Canvas regularly, it can help you in the event of class cancellations, simply by providing a secure, easily-accessible place for your students to access materials and communicate with each other.

Visit the Continuity of Instruction page to learn more

How work will be done

All employees whose jobs can be done remotely should telework. This will help us accomplish the social distancing recommended by state and federal guidelines. Read more

  • If you do not have a qualifying sick leave event, with prior supervisor approval, employees may access their various leave plans. Benefitted employees have annual, sick, and family/personal leave plans that they are able to use to accommodate time off requests. Visit the Leave page for more information on faculty and staff plans for benefitted employees.
  • While wage employees do not earn annual or sick leave, the university is researching options for how we may help wage employees should it be necessary for someone to be out sick or self-isolate due to the coronavirus.
  • If an employee is quarantined as directed by a licensed health professional or government agency, the short-term disability (STD) provider will assess a claim for benefits as follows:
    • If the employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is unable to work from home, they will remain insured and eligible under the STD policy.
    • If the employee has not been diagnosed and is unable to work from home, they may retain coverage and may be eligibility under the STD policy should they eventually become disabled.
    • Note: For VSDP covered employees, you must be employed for at least a year to access STD benefits.
  • Contact the HR Leave Team at or the HR Service Center at or 540-231-9331.