The safety of the our community is the top priority of Virginia Tech. In times of inclement weather or other situations, it may be necessary for the university to close or delay the opening the Blacksburg campus or other university locations across the state.
Decisions to alter the university’s normal schedule or operations are made with considerable consultation from many university units and off campus agencies. As decisions are made, the university will communicate them to students, faculty, staff, and others immediately using this status page, VT Alerts, the university homepage, and on official social media channels.
Residence halls officially open Friday for students to return
Students planning to return to Blacksburg for the start of the spring 2019 semester can arrive before this weekend. Residence halls officially open for students on Friday starting at noon. New transfer students attending Friday morning’s orientation session are able to arrive on Thursday. Returning students (who were in residence halls during the fall semester) who wish to arrive before Friday should register for Winter Break housing in the StarRez Portal. Those arriving as of Friday or after do not need to register.
This will allow students to return prior to any wintry weather that is forecast for the Washington, D.C. area and points north this weekend. Parents and students are encouraged to monitor the weather forecast in their area before deciding when to travel. Traffic and road conditions can be found on the Virginia Department of Transportation website.
Green = Open
Yellow = Operations affected
Red = Closed
When a situation arises in which the university determines that immediate action is required, a campus-wide VT Alert is issued. VT Alerts allow students, faculty, and staff who subscribe to the system to receive urgent notifications by a phone message, text message, and/or desktop alert.
In addition to the subscription methods listed above, VT Alerts are also shared via:
- This webpage
- Twitter @vtalerts
- Broadcast emails to all vt.edu accounts
- Electronic message boards in classrooms and common spaces
- The weather/emergency hotline (540-231-6668)
- Official messages during emergencies and other incidents will come from the following social media accounts:
- Virginia Tech
- VT Alerts
- Twitter: twitter.com/vtalerts
- Virginia Tech Police
- Virginia Tech Emergency Management
- Virginia Tech
In situations that occur that do not require immediate action the information may be relayed to the campus community via this webpage, email, on the Virginia Tech website, and through official Virginia Tech social media channels (see list above).
Note: As a public service, information will be sent to local media outlets as needed, such as in the case of an authorized closing or delayed opening during inclement weather; however, Virginia Tech is not responsible for inaccurate reporting of information on local media outlets.
University safety resources
Virginia Tech provides a variety of campus resources free to all those in the university community. Visit the webpages listed below to learn more about each program.