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Virginia Tech offers students $1,000 to move off-campus

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Tech officials encourage students to stay at home or in an off-campus environment that presents a low-health risk once they return from an extended spring break. However, if off-campus housing is not feasible or would prevent access to online learning, these students must complete a form from Housing and Residence Life by Wednesday, March 18.

Any students who do not plan on returning to on-campus housing — and thus terminating their housing contracts — will receive a $1,000 rebate from Virginia Tech. These students will need to schedule a moving date and submit a request with Housing and Residence life if they want to retrieve any items from the residence hall before the end of the extended spring break.

Some dining facilities will remain open for students, but any students living on- or off-campus may choose to end their meal plan by following this link. Students who end their dining contracts for the semester will either have any remaining dining dollars, flex dollars, or commuter cash refunded or transferred to the fall semester, depending on whether or not the student is returning for another semester.

Furthermore, all classwork or homework will be completed virtually and submitted remotely, according to Virginia Tech. While the campus remains open, school officials say that all student events are canceled through April 30. However, decisions about events beyond April 30 — including commencement — will be announced as the situation develops.

“I know our students face disruption and disappointment — perhaps an ended international study trip, the cancelling of an event they’d planned all year, or the most unusual ending of their senior year imaginable,” says Frank Shushok, Jr., Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. “They’re also concerned about their health, the state of their classes, and the well-being of their loved ones. I can’t express my gratitude enough for your support as Virginia Tech works to move forward during an unprecedented and still dynamic situation.”

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