Update: April 1, 2020 for university essential operations

In response to the implementation of Virginia Tech Presidential Policy Memorandum No. 309 and Governor Northam’s Executive Stay at Home Order, Virginia Tech will continue to reduce the number of people living and working on site. Therefore, public building access at all Virginia Tech locations will continue to be limited and reduced to essential operations only by Friday, April 3, 2020.

Please continue to work with your department directly around essential building access needs.

The following locations have announced limited or closed access as of April 1, 2020. Updates will be posted here and on units’ websites.

  • Updated Student Affairs departments and facilities operations. Click here for details.
  • Squires Student Center — Beginning Thursday, April 2, 2020, Squires Student Center will be available from 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. Monday through Friday only to local off-campus students without access to WIFI necessary to complete on-line coursework. Access will be granted through an approved student’s Hokie passport. Students interested in this resource should send an email requesting an application at VPSA@vt.edu by Thursday, April 1 at 5 p.m.
  • Schiffert Health Center - Please click here for the latest updates.
  • Cook Counseling Center - Please click here for the latest updates. Services have moved to tele-therapy.
  • Student Services Building — Effective Friday, April 3, Hokie Passport Services will be open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. The Bursar’s Office will be open to the public every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All departments located in SSB have staff working remotely to maintain email and phone support operations during normal business hours. These hours are subject to modification
  • Cultural and Community Centers — Students with pre-approved support appointments with the Cultural and Community Centers will be provided access. Please contact VTCCC@vt.edu for assistance.
  • Human Resources — Human Resources will operate by virtual services only. To submit documents to Human Resources, use the division’s secure online drop box. Documents can also be submitted by fax at 540-231-3830. For questions, please contact the HR Service Center at hrservicecenter@vt.edu or 540-231-9331).

    Controller — Please click here for the latest operational updates.

Original Notice: March 19, 2020

To maintain the overall safety and security of the campus community and to reduce the scale of increased cleaning and maintenance required by the COVID-19 emergency, physical access to many academic and administrative buildings on the Blacksburg campus will be altered.

These procedures are in accordance with Governor Northam’s directive and federal guidelines that all gatherings and meetings be limited to under 10 people to promote social distancing.

All buildings will remain operational and accessible to support those delivering critical university instructional, research, and administrative activities. However, student and general public access to most buildings will be limited.

All non-essential university community members are encouraged to continue to avoid campus during the COVID-19 emergency in an effort to keep essential functional areas safe and focused on critical campus operations and response.

Users with an appropriate instructional, research, or business-related purpose for accessing buildings may do so via departmentally-assigned keys and/or Hokie Passport access. These individuals should plan for weekend access conditions and should remain in close communication with their department leader. All buildings will remain ADA-compliant.

Student Affairs will continue to govern approval and access of individual students in residence halls and dining facilities. Please visit the Housing and Residence Life, Dining Services, and Recreational Sports sites for other potential impacts.

Buildings open for public access

Beginning Monday, March 23, only the following buildings will remain unlocked during normal business or other modified hours on a building-by-building basis. Click each for modified hours. For specific departments within these buildings, please visit the department's website for the latest operating hours.

  • Burruss Hall
  • Graduate Life Center (Graduate School Wing – accessed via lawn entrance facing Squires Student Center)
  • Newman Library (accessible by Hokie Passport, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday)
  • North End Center (Human Resources will operate by virtual services. To submit documents to Human Resources, use the division’s secure drop box. Documents can also be submitted by fax at 540-231-3830. For walk-ins, please see instructions posted on the door. For questions, please contact the HR Service Center at hrservicecenter@vt.edu or 540-231-9331.)
  • Owens Dining Hall and Residential Mail Services
  • Public Safety Building (open 24-7)
  • Schiffert Health Center and Cook Counseling Center
  • Squires Student Center
  • Student Services Building (Open to the public from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.  Authorized personnel will still be able to access the building during non-public hours via brass keys and electronic door access readers. These hours are subject to modification.)
  • Derring Hall (pass-through area and elevators to maintain accessibility)

All other buildings will be secured via Hokie Passport and/or physical door locks for the duration of the emergency. 

Access for faculty, staff, students: Instructional spaces, office suites, labs

General assignment classrooms, TLOS distance learning classrooms, and departmentally-assigned classrooms, labs, and studios will be open to faculty and graduate teaching assistants who want to use them as broadcast sites for online instruction, but will remain closed to students for both instructional and/or informal use. 

Faculty with access requests for general assignment classrooms spaces should contact the Office of the University Registrar at CSEP1@vt.edu

Office suites, labs, and other areas will be open based on departmental discretion. These interior spaces may have separate, modified hours. Requests for departmentally-operated rooms should be made with that department.

Departmentally-assigned instructional space, including studios, may be accessed by students who need to retrieve materials, supplies, or projects to continue their studies but will remain closed to students for both class and informal use. Students should contact their appropriate instructor or advisor for assistance.

Building Access Information

All departments should take this opportunity to confirm that individuals have appropriate keys and Hokie Passport access to departmental buildings and working areas.

Most buildings will be accessible based on weekend access standards.

  • If you do not have building access with your Hokie Passport, please contact your department.



  • Please note, exterior building keys will not be made available if buildings are already accessible via Hokie Passport. Users should request key card access if needed.
  • If a physical key is needed to enter an office suite, lab, or other area, please request access through your department. 
  • During regular business hours, if the department cannot be reached, please contact the Facilities Department Key Shop at 540-231-4300.


For any questions or issues during off-hours or weekends, please contact the Virginia Tech Security Center at 540-231-6411 for assistance.

Campus and offices are open for academic/facility support operations only. Sites in Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church are on restricted access and limited to faculty, staff, and graduate assistants who have been issued a key fob. The Executive Briefing Center in Arlington has suspended all meetings and events until further notice.

For more infotmation please contact:

For other Virginia Tech campuses, please contact your department or facility leader for building access guidance.

Due to the dynamic nature of this situation, building access may be adjusted accordingly based on guidance from the Commonwealth and federal government. Please contact your department with specific questions. Deans and vice presidents may request building access be altered by contacting the Virginia Tech Facilities Department at vtrepair@vt.edu.