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Virginia Tech’s plan for the fall 2020 semester

Our redesigned website outlines the university’s preparations for the fall semester and beyond as we enact our principles-based approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the President

Updated Aug 10


In an Aug. 10 message to the university community, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands acknowledged the challenges and benefits of the residential education model this fall. Key highlights include:

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  • “We will get through this by taking care of ourselves and taking care of each other. It won’t be easy but we will do it together,” said Sands. “It’s the Virginia Tech way.”
  • Our approach to the residential model is reinforced by our own COVID-19 testing analysis lab in Roanoke, which will be largely dedicated to Virginia Tech students and employees in high-contact roles.
  • We must make every effort to provide students and faculty the choice to participate in the residential campus model, provided we can mitigate the risks of COVID-19. That said, we will move to remote operation if public health considerations dictate.

Community Wellness Commitment

Updated Aug 6

Be committed. Be well.


  • Pledge to care for the health and well-being of others
  • 10 tenets that guide our return for the fall semester


Hokie Ready App


  • Hokie Health survey for daily health self-check
  • Emergency alerts and resources
  • Available for Apple and Android devices



Updated Aug 6

New Hokie Ready app


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Be Committed. Be Well with the HokieBird.

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COVID-19 lab ready for testing

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Installing tents to give Hokies more space on campus


Updated Aug 6

Isolation and quarantine

What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine? Check out our definitions page to learn more about a variety of COVID-19 terms. (Here’s the short answer: Isolation is separating a person with a contagious disease from people who are not sick, while quarantine is separating and limiting the movements of people who may have been exposed.) 

See the student checklist for more on self-quarantining for returning to the area, along with other tips. 


Communications Resources

This page will feature helpful resouces related to communicating about COVID-19. You will find shareable content, material that can be printed on demand, and other resources to help communicate as we approach the fall semester. 

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