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Social distancing: Off-campus gatherings prohibited and enforced

Dear students,

Our community’s response to COVID-19 is rapidly moving forward as additional directives and advisories are offered at the federal and state levels. We understand the many ways that you have had to abruptly adapt your lifestyle and expectations for your experience. It’s a transition that people are making in every community all across the country. Here at Virginia Tech, we are most concerned about the health and well-being for all who call Blacksburg “home," which includes our students.

The latest mandate from Gov. Ralph Northam restricting gatherings to 10 people or less reflects the seriousness with which we need to approach situations that would contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

For this reason, should the Dean of Students Office or the Blacksburg Police Department need to respond to your residence for concerns regarding noise violations or disruptive parties a referral will be made to the Student Conduct office for their follow-up.

We cannot stress enough the need to treat this public health crisis with the utmost seriousness, even if you are not experiencing health concerns related to COVID-19. There are a number of students that understand this and care deeply about how others with ongoing challenges to their physical health could be affected if exposed. We appreciate the steps you are taking.

Someone recently said, “We need to behave as one big ‘us’ – a community in this together.” All of us must sacrifice together in hopes that we can all restore our community and the people within it.

Onward,

Byron Hughes,
Dean of Students

Chief Anthony Wilson,
Blacksburg Police Department