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COVID-19 testing program outlined for fall semester

From: University Relations

Virginia Tech has outlined its COVID surveillance testing program for members of its community who are not fully vaccinated.

All students, faculty, and staff at campus sites in Blacksburg, Roanoke, and the greater Washington, D.C. metro area who are not fully vaccinated will be required to participate in mandatory testing with an initial frequency of at least once a week. The program is outlined in a presidential policy memorandum.

As communicated on June 8, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, who must upload their vaccination cards by Friday, Aug. 6, in order to remain enrolled for the fall semester.

For employees, vaccinations are strongly encouraged, and vaccination cards should be uploaded by Aug. 15. Should conditions change within the Virginia Tech community or the health districts, the university may adjust its approach and require employee vaccinations.

In addition to the testing program, faculty, staff, and students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a face covering when in university-owned or leased facilities.

Employees who are unvaccinated and refuse to participate in the testing program and/or wear a face covering will be subject to applicable employment policies.

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.

For students, faculty, and staff, these requirements are a condition of being a part of the university community. The university is committed to the health and well-being of its community members and reducing the spread of COVID-19, while pursuing the goal of an in-person fall semester that offers the fullest possible educational experience. The university’s operations during the pandemic are informed by public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and our own public health experts and COVID modeling team.

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