Student Affairs Fall 2019 Tip Sheet

Accessibility

  • Visit the university’s Accessibility Portal for quick links and easy access to a variety of resources that assist students, employees, and visitors.
  • Check out the VT Campus Interactive Map. Click on the Layers tab and activate the accessibility options to see accessible entrances, elevators, routes, parking, etc. Once the accessible layer is activated, you can search under the Find Places tab by entering in the name of any building and zoom in to see the information.
  • There is also a Universal Access Map that shows accessibility routes.
  • Physical access issues on campus can be reported to the Office for Equity and Accessibility. Its website has an icon in the lower right corner for Reporting Physical Barriers. Notification can be submitted for things like an accessible door button not working in a building or a sidewalk that is not cleared of snow.
  • Caregivers who pick up meals in the dining halls for students can now receive a special pass card from Dining Services. To get pass cards for a caregiver, email Samantha Marcum, Dining Plans Business Manager, at smarcum@vt.edu with the request and the name(s) of the caregiver(s). Notification will be provided when the cards are ready for pick up at Suite 100 in the Student Services Building.
  • As a reminder, BT ACCESS, Blacksburg Transit’s paratransit service, provides door-to-door transportation services for individuals with disabilities. Students with temporary illness and injuries may also use BT ACCESS. BT ACCESS runs any time and in any service area as regular BT busses, but is not limited to bus stops. You must be eligible and apply to BT ACCESS to use the service.
  • If a student has a DMV disabled parking placard or license plate, they can display it along with their VT Student Parking Permit (both must be displayed) and they can park in any spot on campus.

Housing and Residence Life

  • Housing and Residence Life will provide a safe, secure, and welcoming home across more than 40 existing residential facilities, as well as the two additional hotel-converted facilities.
  • Move-In Maps for all campus residential facilities are available online to assist students and their families with helpful information.
  • All university and student life policies are in effect at all residential facilities. In fact, the code of conduct applies to students everywhere – not just on campus – so check it out!
  • All residence halls, including The Inn at Virginia Tech and the HIE Student Housing, will have electronic key access (card swipe entry rather than lock and key).
  • University-supported wired and wireless internet services are available throughout the facilities.
  • Limited housekeeping is provided in all residential housing facilities. The residence hall bathroom cleaning schedule is online.
  • Residential Mail Services are provided to all students who live on campus, including those housed at The Inn at Virginia Tech and at the HIE Student Housing.
  • The Inn at Virginia Tech
    • Students will receive two breakfast vouchers per week to redeem for either Grab &-Gobble items or the breakfast buffet at Preston’s (located within The Inn at Virginia Tech).
    • Students can sign up for a laundry fluff and fold delivery service. The cost is comparable to two loads of laundry per week over the course of the academic year and will be billed to their student account.
  • HIE Student Housing
    • Students will have access to a limited continental breakfast, Monday – Friday, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
    • Parking onsite is limited and those with a commuter parking pass will be placed in a lottery.
    • There are microwaves in the common area for student use (microwaves are not allowed in the individual rooms).
    • A mini-fridge is provided in each room.
    • Five coin-operated washers and dryers will be available (Note: They will not operate on the Hokie Passport system).
    • Students will have a mailing address for United States Postal Service and a different physical address for UPS/FedEx/DHL package delivery.

Dining

  • Dining Services is well equipped to meet high volumes and has ample capacity to feed all students. But, like a popular restaurant, not all dining locations will be available at all times. Owens, D2, and West End Market will all be less crowded than Turner Place during the lunch rush. If there’s time, don’t wait in line—explore the options.
  • Avoid lines by avoiding peak times! For a no/low wait experience, avoid: 11:50 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
  • Eat while classes are in session! The shortest lines are usually during the middle of each class period. Waiting a half hour to eat after getting out of class will minimize wait times.
  • Download the Hokie Dining App (for hours and menus) and follow @Hokiedining on Twitter.
  • There are 199 hours of additional service every week across all dining centers (Map of VT Dining Centers). This includes Owens Food Court being open for breakfast and West End Market at Cochrane Hall open as late as 10 p.m.
  • Grab & Gobble service (convenient on-the-go food items) has been expanded to nine locations around campus and offerings now include full meals.
  • Place a food order ahead of time with Dining’s mobile ordering app—Grubhub Campus Dining (formerly Tapingo).
  • Five dining centers have added touchscreen ordering kiosks where students can order and pay.
  • Dining has two food trucks—The Grillfield and Periodic Table. Both accept Hokie Passport, Dining Dollars, and Flex Plan, as well as cash, debit cards, and credit cards.
  • Additional local food trucks not affiliated with Dining Services (and unable to accept Hokie Passport and Dining Dollars at this time), will also be on campus during the lunch hour at specific locations Monday-Thursday through the Local Lunch Bites initiative.

Well-Being

  • Well-Being is about student thriving—which includes interaction, independence, fulfillment, strong social relationships, access to resources, feeling financially secure, being physically healthy, and being engaged in a true community.
  • Cook Counseling Center has hired 15 additional staff members in the last 3 years; 4 new this fall.
  • Services for Students with Disabilities continues to explore and leverage technology to maintain an effective and efficient process and is recruiting several positions to directly support the disability community.
  • Hokie Wellness offers a variety of programs and services to students, from classes and workshops to coaching and outreach.
  • The Recovery Community at Virginia Tech is a place where students in recovery or thinking about recovery from substance abuse can find community, friendship, and understanding.
  • Schiffert Health Center offers on-campus health care, boasts a 96% satisfaction rating by patients, and has a clinical staff of 17 doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to administer care for a wide range of medical concerns. Schiffert is open Monday-Saturday. Hours vary. Appointments are necessary and can be made online or by phone.
  • Exercise and physical activity are important, and Recreational Sports offers a ton of options! For the best workout experience, avoid peak times at McComas Hall and War Memorial Hall, which are 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily; the least crowded times are 6 a.m.-3 p.m. and 9 p.m.-midnight. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are less crowded.
  • Be sure to visit the Outdoor Fitness Park, located on the Prairie Quad closest to Pritchard and Peddrew-Yates Residence Halls, which includes 30,000 sq. ft. of fitness equipment, 2 upgraded sand volleyball courts, and 2 resurfaced outdoor basketball courts.
  • Venture Out, Recreational Sports’ outdoor recreation program, has increased offerings and doubled the number of trips this fall, including new “Green Exercise” programs, tech skills clinics, trail service opportunities, and open registration for the Venture Out Challenge Course; increased variety of rental gear is also available.
  • The Intramural Sports Program added new leagues for expanded and additional ways to get active, including a 4v4 sand volleyball league, a 4v4 women's volleyball tournament, and a 2v2 spikeball league.
  • The Virginia Tech Rescue Squad is an all-volunteer organization that provides emergency care and rescue for campus.

Getting Involved and Engaged

  • Welcome Week has so much to offer that it’s actually 17 days! This is the perfect opportunity to meet people, discover campus, enjoy free food, experience tons of activities, and have fun. For the full schedule, download the Hokies On Track app.
  • Gobblerconnect is the primary online resource to discover unique opportunities at Virginia Tech, hosting information on more than 800 different student organizations and thousands of events.
  • Student Engagement and Campus Life builds community and cultivates environments through leadership, innovation, and service while promoting holistic education. Visit the three student centers, enjoy the Breakzone, and learn more about Off-Campus Housing options.
  • GobblerNights are substance-free late-night programming, each themed, free, and tons of fun; the first GobblerNights for fall 2019 is August 23 starting at 9 p.m. in Squires Student Center and outside along Alumni Mall.
  • Gobblerfest is an annual festival to welcome students that introduces them to campus activities and connects them with the surrounding community; Gobblerfest is September 6 from 4-7 p.m. on the Drillfield.
  • Weekends Well Spent is an initiative to promote free or low-cost campus and community events, programs, and activities to ensure Hokies maximize their weekends through the arts, music, athletics, service, social events, spirituality and free food!
  • Download the Corq App! This is a great tool to find things to do. Search by type of activity such as arts, music, athletics, cultures, learning, service opportunities, social outings, spirituality, and more… even search for free food!
  • Take time to visit the six Cultural and Community Centers or attend Community Kick-Off on August 29 from 4-7 p.m. in Squires Student Center.
  • Consider service and leadership opportunities with VT Engage; explore local chapters within the Greek community through Fraternity and Sorority Life; and engage with Hokies from around the globe at Cranwell International Center.
  • If at any time a student doesn’t know where to go, needs help, or just needs a friendly face or listening ear—the Dean of Students Office is the place to go.