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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs 


What do I need to know about the Community Wellness Commitment?

In partnership with a range of local health, public safety, education, and government agencies, Virginia Tech collaborated with the New River Valley Public Health Task Force to develop a Community Wellness Commitment as the fall term approaches. The commitment outlines 10 tenets, based on well-known public health guidelines, that community members can personally adopt.


What do I need to know about testing, tracing, and case management?

Virginia Tech’s testing, tracing, and case management plan has been expanded with information on how students living off campus can be tested, as well as details about how the university is enhancing its testing protocols for students to allow for rapid return of results as the pace of testing quickens at the beginning of the fall semester. For more details, read the July 28 VT News story and the full testing plan.


What do I need to know about face coverings and masks?

Everyone on our campuses (faculty, staff, students, visitors, and others) is required to wear a face covering or mask in the following indoor and outdoor settings. 

Indoors

Wear a face covering or mask, unless in a secluded location such as a personal office space with the door closed or a residence hall room. 

Exceptions* to this requirement include the following:

  • Medical condition
  • Speaking with those who are hard of hearing
  • Instructors lecturing in situations where wearing a mask would make them inaudible

*In these instances, a face shield must be worn. Employees who are unable to wear a face covering or face shield should be referred to the university’s ADA and Accessibility Services office.  

Outdoors

Wear a face covering or mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

For further information on face coverings and masks for students, employees, instructors, and researchers, and about departments ordering face coverings, visit our health page.


What do I need to know about the Hokie Ready app and the Hokie Health screening tool?

The new Hokie Ready app offers emergency alerts and resources, along with Hokie Health, a health-screening tool for employees and students. Learn more about the app and screening tool.


When will the in-person semester stop and start? Could the plan for the fall semester change?

With some courses in person and some online, teaching and learning in the fall semester will preserve the in-person experiential learning that distinguishes Virginia Tech. The semester starts on Aug. 24 and ends on Dec. 16. The eight instructional days after Thanksgiving break and final exams will be entirely online. As necessary, we will alter plans before or during the semester as new information arises. Our success in the fall semester will depend on each individual abiding by our Community Wellness Commitment.


How is Virginia Tech collaborating with local economies, especially in Blacksburg and the New River Valley, to support local businesses?

The new Hokie Ready app offers emergency alerts and resources, along with Hokie Health, a health-screening tool for employees and students. Learn more about the app and screening tool.


What will happen if there is an outbreak on campus?

The new Hokie Ready app offers emergency alerts and resources, along with Hokie Health, a health-screening tool for employees and students. Learn more about the app and screening tool.


What do I need to know about tuition, fees, and financial assistance?

Visit the For Students page to learn more about tuition, fees for virtual learners, the Student Emergency Fund, CARES Act funding and commercial loan relief, and student jobs.


When will the in-person semester stop and start? Could the plan for the fall semester change?

With some courses in person and some online, teaching and learning in the fall semester will preserve the in-person experiential learning that distinguishes Virginia Tech. The semester starts on Aug. 24 and ends on Dec. 16. The eight instructional days after Thanksgiving break and final exams will be entirely online. As necessary, we will alter plans before or during the semester as new information arises. Our success in the fall semester will depend on each individual abiding by our Community Wellness Commitment.

Area Specific FAQ pages

A variety of area-specific FAQ pages are available.