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SECL Spring 2021 - We've Got You!

Updated on January 12, 2021.

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Virginia Tech student centers are places to gather, to study, and to relax. These spaces will look different this year as we work to mitigate risk to the campus community. Lounge and meeting room capacities have been reduced, barriers have been installed at our welcome desk and service areas, and our staff will be happy to serve you while wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing.

In addition to their normal cleaning routine, custodial staff will focus on concentrated cleaning efforts on “virus control touch points” such as door handles, light switches, countertops, elevator buttons, tables, and restrooms. To support future events, the team will utilize electrostatic sprayers that can disinfect a larger area in a shorter amount of time.

Hand sanitizing stations have been installed at the major entrances of each student center as well as near high use elevators. Additionally, there will be a free-standing temperature reader installed in Squires for anyone to do a quick, touchless, temperature check.

All visitors to Squires, Johnston, and the Graduate Life Center, as well as War Memorial Chapel, will be required to wear a mask or face shield.


Student Engagement and Campus Life is committed to providing quality services to students and the Virginia Tech community. Our operations have been modified to follow public health guidelines in order to mitigate risk to patrons and our student employees and staff.

Breakzone will open for spring semester starting mid-January (date to be determined). Operational changes will continue in order to promote physical distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures, and the safety and wellness of our guests and staff. The total capacity of the space has been decreased substantially, from several hundred to under 100. If this capacity is reached, staff will ask additional visitors to return at a later time. Billiards and table tennis are limited to 4 players per table, bowling to 5 per lane. Only alternating lanes and tables will be open each day. All payments will be made using Hokie Passport or credit/debit card and no concessions will be available for sale. 

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Thursday 1-9pm
  • Friday-Saturday 1-10pm
  • Sunday 1-9pn

During Spring 2021, Virginia Tech Students get special pricing on Breakzone activities. All activities 50% before 6pm from Monday-Friday. 

Virtual Game Nights, as well as, in-person billiards tournaments and bowling leagues will be offered throughout the Spring and will be posted on GobblerConnect and on social media @VTCampusLife.

Event Services will physically open starting January 19 but continue to operate primarily virtually: forms will be submitted online and reservation coordinators can be reached by email, phone, or Zoom appointment. 

See below for information regarding Spring 2021 events.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

 

Virginia Tech U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility will be open spring semester with services available Monday-Friday, by appointment only. Appointments can be made online or by phone up to 24 hours in advance. A pre-appointment phone screening will be required to ensure an in-person appointment is necessary and that all documentation is in order before the appointment.  Please note, patrons will be asked to remove their mask briefly for Passport photos and to verify their identity for Passport applications, in accordance with Department of State requirements.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10am-3pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 12-4pm

Perspective Gallery Perspective Gallery is getting ready for our spring season with the safety in mind. The gallery will reopen January 19 with the annual MLK Jr Exhibit: Why We Can't Wait. The number of patrons visiting at one time will be reduced to allow for physical distancing. 

In addition to our in-person gallery exhibits, Perspective Gallery will host a series of spring programming to be in community and nuture your creative energies. Also look out for weekly Pop Up events in front of the gallery.

Hours of Operation

  • Tuesday - Friday  12-8pm
  • Saturday 12-6pm
  • Sunday 1-5pm

Production Services has been supporting the university throughout the transition to virtual operations. With health and safety measures in place, they are available for services such as live streaming, audio and video recording, and consultations.  Visit campuslife.vt.edu/productionservices or contact production@vt.edu to learn more and begin discussing your project.  

The Ticket Office will be operating virtually during Spring 2021. Please visit campuslife.universitytickets.com to purchase tickets. For questions or accomodations, contact squirestickets@vt.edu.

The Source will be open for in-person guests by appointment and for virtual drop-ins on Zoom, starting January 19.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Thursday 4-7 pm and by request, as needed.

Virginia Tech Off-Campus Housing will be operating virtually during Spring 2021. Please visit campuslife.vt.edu/vtoch to book an online appointment, explore housing options, and for off-campus housing resources. 

The Spring Off-Campus Housing Fair will be hosted in February. Keep an eye on offcampus.vt.edu for details to come!

Student Engagement and Campus Life's goal is to help students build community. Being physically together is one important factor in this; however, consideration for the safety of campus and local community is imperative when planning events.

Our goal is to host and support events that bring students together while following Virginia Tech reopening plans, CDC considerations for gatherings and community events, and Virginia’s statewide reopening plans.

There are many opportunities to connect digitally with other students this Spring. Visit GobblerConnect to explore these online exeperiences.

COVID-19 Event Guidance and Resources

Due to the worsening spread of COVID-19 in the United States, Governor Northam announced effective Sunday, November 16th, 2020 – all public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals (attendees, volunteers, staff/faculty, participants, etc.). This includes meetings, practices, socials, events, gatherings, etc. in indoor and outdoor settings within Student Engagement and Campus Life managed spaces.

We do not currently know how the gathering limitations will affect Spring 2021 events and will reach out at a later date with Spring Semester guidance.

There will be no penalty or fees if you choose to cancel your reservation. Should you cancel a reservation be part of a series, only dates that have already occurred will be invoiced. Please contact Event Services at 540-231-5005 or eventservices@vt.edu with any questions or concerns related to the new statewide mandate.

Please review the COVID-19 Event Guidelines for additional information on event requirements. All events must adhere to these requirements in order to occur.

Additionally, while Virginia currently has a 10-person maximum limit on events and gatherings (per Governor Northam’s Phase III guidance), occupancy limits in SECL venues are based on ensuring that six (6) feet of physical distance can be maintained by all event sponsors/hosts, staff/volunteers and attendees. Please see the linked SECL Venue Information document for additional information on capacities and event setups.

Event Services will begin accepting new reservation requests for Student Engagement and Campus Life venues during Spring Semester on January 19th, 2021. Reservation requests can be for events occurring between January 19th, 2021 through May 5th, 2021. New requests for Summer 2021 are not being taken at this time.

As student organization leaders, you have a responsibility to model good behavior for the wider campus community and prioritize the health and well-being of your members. We know you take this responsibility seriously and are creating resources to help you with making a plan for your semester that is safety and mission-driven. Please see this infographic for a visual representation of the comparative risk you take on with different activities to help you make decisions about your own behavior and your organization’s activities. Additional resources for virtual organization operations can be found here.

We encourage you to continue leveraging virtual platforms like Zoom to conduct your regular meetings as much as possible. Any choice to conduct in-person activities should take into account the activity’s contribution to your mission, the risks associated with that event, and the options available for mitigating those risks. It might be helpful to think about starting from the foundations of your mission, as opposed to assuming that your traditional events will be easily translated into the new format of virtual or physically-distanced events – this is an opportunity to get creative and think of new ways to work toward your goals, as opposed to relying on the way we’ve always done things.

SECL is working to ensure there are opportunities for student organizations to safely connect with prospective new members to grow their communities and help new & returning students get involved. We encourage organizations to start planning virtual interest meetings during their normal new member recruitment and to create events on their GobblerConnect profiles to advertise those opportunities.

In the meantime, we encourage you to be planning for multiple possible scenarios for the spring in terms of organization activities. The situation with COVID-19 cases and the response to it is fluid, and thus your plan should consider the following circumstances in relation to Virginia Tech reopening plans, CDC considerations for gatherings and community events, and Virginia’s statewide reopening plans.


Gobblerfair and Involvement Week

We are excited to be hosting our annual Involvement Week events during January 25-29th, culminating with the virtual Gobblerfair event on Friday, January 29th from 3-6 pm! The week will include events for you to connect with prospective members as well as opportunities to build your recruitment skills. Sign-ups for Gobblerfair will occur from January 11-15th, so keep an eye on your email for instructions for signing up to participate. We’ll also share a full schedule of events for Involvement Week during January!

Classroom Reservations

Requests by student organizations for academic classroom space will continue to be taken by Event Services in the spring. Event Services will begin accepting classroom reservations for Spring Semester on February 1, 2021.

The spaces and hours are as follows: Monday through Friday 5-10 pm for Pamplin, McBryde, and New Classroom Building; Saturday and Sunday for McBryde and NCB from 7am-10pm. Other classrooms will not be available for reservations.

The Source

The Source will be open for in-person guests by appointment and for virtual drop-ins on Zoom, starting January 19.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Thursday 4-7 pm and by request, as needed.

Involvement Advising

Involvement Advising is available virtually now and through Spring 2021. Students who aren't quite sure where to start can lean on our Engagement Ambassadors who would love to talk you through the possibilities. Simply submit a questionnaire about your interests and goals on GobblerConnect and we'll connect you with a student to recommend opportunities and discuss the process for getting involved in a student organization or other opportunities.

Student Budget Board

Student Budget Board will be operating virtually for Spring 2021. Visit the Student Budget Board site for operations and policy updates relating to COVID-19.