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A message to students from Byron Hughes, dean of students

Posted: Aug. 20, 2020

To: Hokie Nation

From: Dean of Students Byron Hughes

Virginia Tech remains steadfast in its commitment to expect all members of our community to follow all public health guidelines issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each and every one of us must do our part. In its simplest terms, it means always wear a mask. It means keep your physical distance to others and do not gather in large groups. These are not only life-saving ideas, they are current behavioral requirements all students are required to follow.

These expectations are consistent with the governor’s continued restrictions on gathering sizes. They reflect the imperative that we must adhere to public health guidelines and protect those around us, particularly the most vulnerable. Should the Dean of Students Office, the Virginia Tech Police Department, or the Blacksburg Police Department need to respond to concerns about noise violations or disruptive parties, a referral will be made to the Office of Student Conduct for their follow-up. Recent off-campus incidents that have occurred over the past week have resulted in seven students being placed on interim suspension.

Consistent with the Code of Student Conduct, we expect all students to take personal responsibility in helping to keep the public safe.

In his letter to all students July 21, Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Shushok reminded us all that COVID-19 is deadly serious and that any one of us could transmit this potentially life-altering or even life-ending virus to someone else. As classes begin Monday, we must be unrelenting and uncompromising in our commitment to public health. This includes you. We will succeed together — or we will fail together.

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