Virginia Tech students living on-campus will be required to get tested for coronavirus

Town hall held Friday to discuss university's response when students return

BLACKSBURG, Va. – For Virginia Tech students, there may be a lot of uncertainty heading into the new school year but one thing is certain: if you’re going to be living on-campus, you’re going to be tested for the coronavirus.

“You’ll be assigned a move in time and a testing time,” Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said during a virtual town hall Friday.

For those who refuse to be tested, their on-campus housing agreement will be canceled, except under certain circumstances.

Sands encourages students to self-quarantine for two weeks before coming to campus and then self-quarantine again after getting tested until the test result comes back.

He also encourages students to form groups once on-campus and require masks and social distancing when interacting with anyone outside the group.

“This is not our biggest test ever. It’s a different kind of test, but we will pass it,” said Sands.

Students living off-campus will not be required to get tested because testing students living off-campus is more complicated, Sands said, but testing will be available through the university’s health center.

If a student living on campus tests positive for the virus, the dean of students will work with them.