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Continued Commitment to the Community through COVID-19

April 23, 2020

Virginia Tech community,

During this ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the Virginia Tech community has demonstrated their enduring strength, coming together as Hokies, in the spirit of Ut Prosim, even when we are not able to physically gather.

Whether it is the thousands participating in the virtual 3.2 Run in Remembrance, our scientists focusing on state-of-the art COVID-19 testing and research, or university community members coming together to produce needed COVID-19 medical supplies, we have seen Hokie pride and commitment to others in countless ways.

Please know the Virginia Tech Police Department remains ready to help and support the Virginia Tech community in any way we can.

As the department continues to serve and support the campus community, you may see police officers wearing masks while responding on calls. This precaution is consistent with general CDC guidance and the practices shared among our regional law enforcement partners.  The department will also continue to ask screening questions as part of our protocols when meeting with community members.

Out of an abundance of caution, fingerprinting services have been temporarily paused. We anticipate resuming service by May 4. If a university affiliate has a critical need for fingerprints prior to this date, they can contact Lt. Smith or Sgt. Gallemore to request an appointment. All requests will be evaluated for approval.

In addition, department sponsored Virginia Special Olympics events have been postponed. This includes our beloved May Hot Dog Sale and the June Torch Run. Please check back on our Facebook page for the latest updates around potential new dates.

Community members are reminded to help us support social distancing and maximum congregation limits set forward by the Governor’s Executive Order 55. The order does allow for outdoor activities, but we need to honor the general restrictions set forth in the order.  We appreciate the understanding of the community where we have been called to investigate potential violations and look forward to continued cooperation as we work through this pandemic together.

As a reminder, please visit these sources for official updates and information related to COVID-19:

•         Virginia Tech COVID-19 site 

•         Montgomery County COVID-19 site

•         Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 hotline: 540-267-8240

Please also do not hesitate to contact the Virginia Tech Police Department with any questions at 540-231-6411. We are here to help.

Ut Prosim,

Chief Mac Babb

Virginia Tech Police Department