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Blacksburg campus operations: Nov. 20 through Dec. 23

From: Virginia Tech Operations

Please refer to the updates below for Blacksburg campus access information between Nov. 20, 2020 the last day for on-campus students to depart, and Dec. 23, 2020, the last day before winter closing.

The Virginia Tech Holiday and Winter Closing Schedule can be found here. Virginia Tech News will compile a list of offices, centers, and units that will be closed or run on limited hours during the winter break between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1, including those that may run on limited schedules until the spring semester begins on Jan. 19, 2021.

Don't see a department or unit listed below? Please visit its website for the latest operating information.

Building access

Access to educational and general use buildings on the Blacksburg campus will continue. Access to specific classrooms, office suites, and other areas may vary based on departmental needs. Please speak with your department head or supervisor for access concerns or questions so they may be shared with Hokie Passport for electronic building access or the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities. The division will continue to prioritize the cleaning of high-touch spaces.

Study spaces: For students wishing to access on-campus WiFi for studying and exams, general assignment classrooms in Pamplin Hall and McBryde Hall will be open. Squires Student Center and University Libraries will also be open.

Dining Services

Dining Services will be providing limited service through and after the Thanksgiving break, including continuing to serve any students that may have to be moved to quarantine or isolation spaces. Students that have rollover flex funds from the spring semester must use their remaining balance by Wednesday, Dec. 16. Refer to the most up-to-date Dining Services' locations and hours available.

Hokie Passport

Hokie Passport continues to conduct public operations Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Mail Services

Residential Mail

Students remaining on campus after Thanksgiving will continue to receive mail and packages. Any applicable updates to the current mail and package retrieval process will be shared in the coming weeks via VT News and the Mail Services website.

Owens Mail Facility hours of operation, Nov. 20 - Dec. 23: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding Nov. 25 - close at 12 p.m., Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving).

Departmental mail

Departmental mail will continue to be delivered Monday through Friday. Any adjustments to operations will be shared via VT News and the Mail Services website. Departmental mail questions may be directed to or 540-231-6909. 

Parking Services

Parking will continue to be enforced on the Blacksburg campus, Monday – Friday, from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Daily parking permits will still be available for purchase. To enhance parking opportunities for commuter and graduate students planning to access campus between Thanksgiving and Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, 2021, Parking Services is offering the following new low-cost parking options.

Please also keep an eye out in VT News and on the Parking Services website for the latest information on Virginia Tech’s partnership with ParkMobile. University community members will soon be able to purchase parking on-demand with ParkMobile’s convenient app. 

Fleet Services

Fleet Services will continue to be operational Monday - Friday, from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rec Sports

Rec sports facilities will remain open but will operate on a reduced schedule. View the latest hours of operations.

Research and Laboratories

For research operations, the following guidance applies effective post-Thanksgiving break through Jan. 24:

  • Undergraduate students: All undergraduate for-credit research/instruction will move to virtual participation only. Paid undergraduate students may continue to work in research labs with appropriate approvals and protocols in place (i.e., PPE use, distancing rules, lab hygiene, Institutional Research Board approvals, etc.). Undergraduate student research questions may be directed to Keri Swaby,

  • Graduate students: All graduate for-credit instruction with the exception of research through project/thesis/dissertation credits will move to virtual participation only. Students participating in project/thesis/dissertation work and paid graduate student workers may continue in research labs with appropriate approvals and protocols in place. Graduate student research questions may be directed to Dean Karen DePauw,

  • All volunteer work should be treated the same as for-credit work.

  • Any exceptions should be approved by the appropriate college dean or institute director or her/his designee.

  • This guidance is subject to change depending upon the development on COVID-19.

For information regarding research operations under modified operations, please visit the Phase Three: Reopening Guidance page or the COVID-19 Research Continuity Guidance microsite. For more questions, please visit the Contacts page.

Schiffert Health Center

Please refer to Schiffert Health Center's Hours and Locations page for the latest updates.

University Libraries

University Libraries will remain open during this period. View the latest hours of operation by the facility.