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January 15, 2021 - A message from Director of Housing and Residence Life Sean Grube

Dear Students,
 

We are so excited to have you come back to Blacksburg! Safe travels as you head back to us. Please remember that access to your room will not activate until your move-in timeslot. I know you are excited to return, just make sure to confirm your move-in timeslot in StarRez along with your COVID test time at Lane Stadium. 


Without question, one of the biggest changes you will see at VT this spring is pod registration and pod-based programming. Pods are groups of up to 10 students that are committed to one another’s health and safety. With this commitment, they can interact with each other more closely in a more relaxed environment. Students in a pod make a commitment to rigorously follow safety measures when interacting with anyone outside of their pod. 


I know that all of us are excited to learn that the vaccine distribution has begun. The New River Valley has just begun Phase 1b - vaccinating essential workers and those over 65. While we are excited about the vaccine, we also know that infection rates remain high, which prompted Governor Northam’s order to reduce gathering sizes to no more than 10. Though this doesn’t apply to in-person classes, it does apply to any social gatherings at the university or off-campus.  


Our Health and Wellbeing Commitment is the key to staying safe. Students who violate the Health and Wellbeing Commitment place our community in jeopardy and should expect to be held responsible through the Student Conduct process and/or have their housing contract terminated.  


As Dean of Students, Byron Hughes, stated, “You all are an important part of this success as Virginia Tech students and residents of the New River Valley. As local hospitals do their best to serve our region, let’s continue to make good choices and not stretch their resources.”  


We continue to acknowledge that this is not business as usual. We can be together safely, but we also need to work together – for the health and safety of all our Hokies.
 

In the spirit of Ut Prosim,

Sean Grube 
Director of Housing and Residence Life