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FAQs for graduate students regarding the university's COVID-19 directives

Virginia Tech wrapped up the spring 2021 semester with a series of in-person commencement ceremonies in Lane Stadium and the Northern Virginia Center, and a virtual, university-wide ceremony. Following those events, the university released its interim operations plan for summer and fall 2021.

The university continues to observe the public health guidelines and procedures recommended by the Virginia Department of Health. 

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate, while students and others who come in contact with someone who tests positive for the disease are asked to quarantine.

On May 27, the University published updated information about masks, social distancing and gathering sizes. Employees and students who are fully vaccinated need not wear masks in most indoor spaces and the university is relaxing some social distancing guidelines and size limits for gatherings. Those who are not vaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, must continue to wear masks indoors. CDC and other health department guidelines suggest frequently washing hands or using hand sanitizer. 

We continue to monitor public health updates and will share new information as it is provided. You'll find up-to-date information on the university's Ready page

(Updated: May 28, 2021)

What are the university’s plans if there is an increase in COVID-19 cases on campus or in the region?

The University is prepared to transition in-person course instruction to online should the need arise.

What is the university doing to with classrooms to ensure safety?

Virginia Tech' facilities crews have been reconfiguring classroom spaces to provide 6 feet of space between students. This has reduced the capacity of instruction spaces. There will be hand santizer stations outside each classroom, and instructors will wear face shields if they are teaching in front of students. You can find out more about VT's efforts to follow public health guidelines in classrooms in this article

What personal hygiene protocols will be expected of me?

The university follows the governor’s guidelines for personal hygiene related to public health. See this updated guidance from the university regarding face coverings, social distancing and size limits for gatherings on campuses. All university community members are expected to continue frequent handwashing and using hand sanitizer when handwashing is not possible. 

(updated May 28, 2020)

What about our campuses in the Washington, D.C. area, Roanoke, and beyond? 

The University's FAQs includes a page focused on our campuses in the Washington D.C. area, Roanoke, and other locations, that are updated regularly. We will share more details as we receive them, too. 

Are any of Virginia Tech's graduate programs waiving their GRE testing requirement for fall 2021 admission? 

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is not a requirement of the Graduate School, but may be required by the program to which you are applying. Current programs waiving the GRE or GMAT test score requirement for Fall 2021 are listed here

(updated January 5, 2021)

How is the vaccine being administered?

Virginia Tech is working with the NRHD to vaccinate all eligible individuals in the New River Vally Health District. Register for the vaccine at the Virginia Department of Health website.  

Who is eligible for the vaccine?

The governor has announced that all adults are eligible for vaccinations. That expansion began April 18. Additionally, youths ages 12 and up also are eligible.

How do I find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine and its availability?

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is guiding vaccine distribution, and the Virginia Tech community is actively supporting their efforts. We will provide further information about vaccinations as it becomes available. You can read more about the VDH response on this webpage. Meanwhile, we urge all members of our community to continue adhering to public health guidelines.

I live in the greater Washington D.C. metro area. Where do I find information about vaccine availability?

This bulletin announcement provides a wealth of information, including health district contact information and businesses providing vaccines to the public. 

(updated May 19, 2021)

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