COVID-19 Ready Information about Graduate Education, the 2020-21 academic year
Following the university's lead, the Graduate School has developed guidelines and resources to assist graduate students, faculty, program directors, and staff members during the 2020-21 academic year. We will add more resources as they are created, and will update webpages as new information becomes available.
The University recently published a notice about vaccine availability for Virginia Tech students and employees. Graduate students who work for the university in some capacity (as GAs, GTAs, or GRAs) are included in Group 1C, along with faculty and staff and other university employees. More information is provided in the notice. The state recently announced that all Virginians ages 16 years and older will be eligible for vaccinations beginning April 18.
The university has announced the schedule for spring commencement, which includes a university-wide online ceremony during which degrees will be conferred, and 15 in-person events at Lane Stadium. The greater Washington D.C. metro area programs and students will celebrate with an in-person event on May 18.
In this Ready section, you'll find the following resources:
- Graduate School Academic Plan for 2020-21, including goals and programs across campuses
- Graduate School guidelines for students with graduate assistantships
- Resources and recommendations for online teaching and testing
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
- University response and plans related to COVID-19
Additionally, we provide a link to recommendations to support Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) as they conduct their assigned duties during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.
Dean DePauw recently released a statement concerning graduate education and the spring 2021 break days.
Graduate students are integral members of the teaching community at Virginia Tech, and their well-being should be given consideration equal to that of any other instructor in the planning and execution of courses.
(updated April 2, 2021)