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Testing information for FAll 2021


All students in Blacksburg, Roanoke, and the greater Washington, D.C. metro area and employees (including full and part-time faculty, staff, and wage employees) across all Virginia Tech locations, are required to be vaccinated or to seek an vaccination exemption based on a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Students and employees who receive an exemption will be required to participate in the university's surveillance testing program. Initial frequency of testing will be, at minimum, once a week. The frequency of testing will be reevaluated as testing results are evaluated and additional data related to the variants becomes available. 

NOTE: As announced on Aug. 19, 2021, the deadline for employees to either receive the vaccine and report their vaccination information or file for a vaccine exemption is Oct. 1, 2021. Until then, unvaccinated employees will be required to participate in the university's surveillance testing program.

Both students and employees will receive an email that will direct them to sign up for a testing date and will provide them with available locations. 

Students who submitted vaccine exemptions and will be living in on-campus residence halls in Blacksburg can expect to be tested the day after they arrive for move-in and will continue to test weekly beginning the week of Aug. 23.  Students who live off campus and filed vaccine exemptions will begin testing the week of Aug. 23. Notifications for testing appointments will be sent beginning the week of Aug. 16.

Employees who are unvaccinated (until the Oct. 1 deadline) or who submitted vaccine exemptions will be tested beginning the week of Aug. 30. Notifications for testing appointments will be sent beginning the week of Aug. 23.

Virginia Tech will not grant testing exemptions to students for the fall of 2021. Virginia Tech will also not grant testing exemptions to employees for the fall of 2021. Employees who work fully remotely will be excluded from testing if they have a fully approved Flexible Work Arrangement Agreement or Change of Duty Station Request on file. 

Students and employees in Blacksburg, Roanoke, and the greater Washington, D.C. metro area will perform a self-test via either a nasal swab or a non-evasive saliva test. Employees who are not based near one of the main three campuses will complete a mailed self-test kit with a nasal swab. If an employee cannot complete a nasal swab test, contact Virginia Tech's office of ADA and Accessibility Services for an accomodation to receive a saliva kit. ADA approval must be in place to receive the mailed saliva kit.

Employees who are unvaccinated and refuse to participate in the testing program and/or wear a face covering will be subject to discplinary action. Students who are unvaccinated and refuse to participate in the testing program and/or wear a face covering may be excluded from campus sites or in-person activities and will be subject to the policies outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Additional questions and answers can be found in the frequently asked questions on the Ready site.



Voluntary testing:
Employees and students

Updated Sept. 13, 2021

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Voluntary testing is available (as capacity allows) for employees and students who fall into the following categories:

  • Non-symptomatic fully vaccinated individuals who have had an exposure to a positive case (work and otherwise)
  • Non-symptomatic fully vaccinated individuals who want a test for reasons other than potential exposure
  • Pre-travel tests for fully vaccinated non-symptomatic individuals

Individuals in these groups can schedule a test through VT Notify for one of the Blacksburg campus testing sites. Testing appointments can also be scheduled at certain pharmacies and urgent care facilities throughout Virginia for unvaccinated employees.

With an appointment, you may walk-in to any of the self-testing locations on the Blacksburg campus during their hours of operation on your appointment date.

Testing locations on the Blacksburg campus:

  • Perry Street Parking Garage - Hokie Bike Hub (within Alternative Transportation Department - 1st floor): Monday - Friday, 9 am. - 3 p.m.
  • Squires Student Center - Room 147: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Tuesday: 6 -9 p.m.; Sun., 9:30 a.m. -12 p.m.
  • Sterrett Facilities Complex: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. -3 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday, 6 - 8 a.m.

Please note, because of ongoing construction on the Blacksburg campus, refer to the Campus Closures Map and Google or Waze for the latest road interruptions to plan your route.

If you need to reschedule your appointment, log back into VTNotify to cancel and reschedule your appointment date.

You must bring your Hokie Passport to your appointment to check-in. 

Testing in greater Washington, D.C. metro area:

Who do I contact if I have questions?

  • For medical questions only, please contact Schiffert Health Center at 540-231-6444.  
  • For any non-medical questions or questions about the fall semester, the Dean of Students office is available to help students at 540-231-3787.  
  • For international students, please refer to communications from Cranwell International Center for additional details and information. Call the center at 540-231-6527 or email at 
  • Graduate students can contact the Virginia Tech Graduate School at 540-231-6691.
  • Employees should contact their manager, HR partner, or Human Resources at hrservicecenter@vt.edu or 540-231-9331.
  • For other concerns, please call 540-231-7600

More information will be added to this page as it becomes available.