The fall 2020 academic calendar has not been changed, with the exception of the eight instructional days after Thanksgiving break and final exams, which will be conducted entirely online. Instruction will begin on Monday, Aug. 24, and conclude on Dec. 16, as previously scheduled. Holidays and breaks prior to Thanksgiving will be observed, but nonessential travel away from campus is discouraged. Those who travel away from Blacksburg at any time before Thanksgiving break may be subject to quarantine upon return depending on the location of travel and potential exposure to the coronavirus.
We will continue to share additional information for faculty and staff as we get ready to return to campus. If you have additional questions, please contact the HR Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540-231-9331.
- Hokie Wellness at Home
- Hokie Wellness for Employees
- Anthem Employee Assistance Program
(Available to all employees; use company code: EAP Can Help)
- Leave Plans
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Public Health Emergency Leave
- Working Remotely: A Guide to Maintaining Continuity
- Commonwealth of Virginia DHRM COVID-19 resources
Mental Health And Well-Being
Whether we’re on campus or still at home, our mental health remains an important part of staying healthy. Hokie Wellness continues to maintain virtual offerings that all students, faculty, and staff can access.
Your mental health and well-being is our top priority, and we have a variety of resources available to you:
Hygiene best practices
When returning to campus, all members of the university should follow these public health measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, flu, and other viruses.
Under the governor’s Executive Order 63, all campus community members are required to wear a face covering when in close proximity to others in both indoor and outdoor spaces. This includes classrooms, workspaces, residence halls, dining halls, Blacksburg Transit, and other campus spaces. Face coverings can be reusable or homemade cloth masks, dust masks, or surgical masks. Click here to learn more about face coverings, including when to wear one, caring for your mask, and more.
In conjunction with wearing a face covering and practicing good personal hygiene, physical distancing is an important component in helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus. When in doubt, strive to stay 6 feet away from others in both indoor and outdoor settings. Virginia Tech will also play a role in helping to foster physical distancing in such ways as rearranging classroom furniture, altering traffic flow in and out of buildings, installing distancing floor decals, and much more.
The governor’s continued restrictions on gathering sizes reflect the seriousness with which we need to adhere to public health guidelines and protect those around us, particularly the most vulnerable. Should the Dean of Students Office or the Blacksburg Police Department need to respond to concerns about noise violations or disruptive parties, a referral will be made to the Student Conduct office for their follow-up. We are asking students to take personal responsibility in helping to keep the public safe. In the spring semester, students responded accordingly, and we expect that they will do the same in the fall semester.
Personal hygiene - what you can do to stop the spread of viruses like coronavirus and the flu:
- Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Wash your hands often and for 20 seconds at a time.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Stay home if you are sick.
Cleaning and disinfecting:
Virginia Tech is committed to maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness across all university facilities. Click here to learn about enhanced on-campus cleaning and disinfecting procedures, the installation of new hand-sanitizer stations, and other useful information. Follow these helpful CDC guidelines for tips on cleaning and disinfecting personal living and office spaces.
Don’t forget about the flu:
Flu season will begin ramping up in early fall. Find the latest resources around flu prevention at Virginia Tech.
Face Covering Protocols for Employees
Under the governor’s Executive Order 63, all university community members at Virginia Tech facilities are required to wear a face covering when in close proximity to others in both indoor and outdoor settings. For employees, this includes workspaces, conference and meeting rooms, labs, outdoor spaces, and other campus locations where a 6-foot physical distance cannot be maintained. Please click here for additional guidelines from Virginia Tech Environmental Health and Safety.
Physical Spacing in the Workplace
The Virginia Tech community should practice physical distancing and hygiene strategies for indoor spaces on campus to reduce exposure and limit the spread of disease. To support this approach, Virginia Tech will implement mitigation strategies that will include, among other ways, access control to unused spaces; furniture arrangements to encourage physical distancing; assigned seating; maintaining 6 feet of separation between occupants; signs indicating entryways and exit-ways; virtual meeting options; virtual access to meetings, conferences, and other in-person gatherings; and metering the number of occupants at facilities. More details will be published when available.
Virginia Tech is committed to maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness across all of its campus facilities. In conjunction with physical distancing and personal hygiene strategies, to minimize spread and health risks for the most vulnerable populations, the university will employ a consistent, thorough, and deliberate cleaning process. Click here to learn more about enhanced cleaning procedures, the installation of new hand-sanitizer stations, and more. Please also refer to these university guidelines.
Virginia Tech will take a phased approach to academic instruction, placing emphasis on health and safety in order to conduct in-person instruction that enhances experiential learning. In-person modes of instruction will be prioritized for courses, labs, studios, and performances that cannot be offered remotely at comparable quality.
Visit the Instruction page to get more information.
Virginia Tech developed a framework and process for scaling operations, with the goal to move from “essential operations” status to a modified operations mode that continues to recognize the importance of safety, transitions back to an in-person student-learning experience, and ramps up research programs. As research carefully transitions to Phase Two, it must do so in accordance with commonwealth and Virginia Tech policy, allowing researchers to resume additional research activities with appropriate PPE and with continued strict adherence to safety/hygiene and physical distancing requirements. The speed of reopening labs will vary, and many operations will not be at full functionality. Allowable research activities continue to require the approval of deans, vice presidents, or institute directors or their designee(s). The COVID-19 Research and Continuity Guidance microsite contains various resources for researchers, including Phase Two: Reopening Guidance.
Parking and Transportation
Find the latest information about parking and transportation, including parking on the Blacksburg campus, alternative transportation, and more. The Blacksburg Transit (BT) website also highlights the latest schedule updates. Currently, parking permits are not required to park on the Blacksburg campus.
At this time (and subject to change), student parking permits for the 2020-21 school year will go on sale on Aug. 10, and may be purchased online at https://parking.vt.edu/permits.html. Permits for 2019-20 will expire on Aug. 31. The latest permit updates will be shared at http://parking.vt.edu. Questions may also be directed to email@example.com.
All Campus Connect trips have been canceled for the foreseeable future. Please email NCRShuttle@vt.edu with any questions.
E-scooter service on the Virginia Tech campus has been suspended.