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Virginia Tech Releases Procedure for the Completion of the Spring Semester

from Mark G. McNamee
University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
April 19, 2007

The Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students are overwhelmed and saddened by recent tragic events. The faculty are concerned for the education of our students, as well as their physical and mental well-being. We realize that various students will react differently to these events. Because of this Virginia Tech will offer students a number of ways to complete the Spring 2007 semester. This procedure is in effect for all sites and locations where Virginia Tech classes are being taught.

Classes will resume on Monday, April 23, 2007. The first day of class will involve broad ranging discussion of these events from various perspectives. There will also be discussion of the options, which are available to students concerning their completion of the semester. Information about the options will also be made available online. Classes will be continued with the elimination of one week of work. Students will have the option of requesting, on a course by course basis, that the semester grade be based on the faculty evaluation of:

  • Materials which have already been submitted for grade prior to April 16, or
  • The already submitted material plus any other assigned material which the student wishes to submit for grade, or
  • The material that would have been submitted for grade upon regular completion of the course

Implementation of this procedure will be accomplished in a manner consistent with university academic policy. Existing policies related to other academic issues remain in effect. Flexibility and attention to the needs of the students is a high priority. The deans fully support the implementation and will be supported by the Office of the Provost.

In support of their emotional well-being, it is recommended that students continue to participate in class activities as part of the Virginia Tech community. We encourage students to continue to take advantage of all learning opportunities. Students will be permitted to defer a decision on which option to exercise until the last day of classes. The Course Withdrawal Policy is also extended until the last day of classes. The options for completing course work allow for students to remove themselves from the campus for all or part of the remainder of the semester without penalty to their course completion, or academic eligibility.

The university has decided that those students whose lives were taken will be awarded posthumously the academic degree for which they were enrolled effective Spring 2007. These degrees will be awarded during the college, graduate school, or departmental commencement exercises, where such degrees are usually awarded.

Questions regarding implementation of the procedures as outlined should be directed to the academic associate dean of the college in which the student is enrolled.

Mark G. McNamee
University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Original post on the VT website.


Comments (6)


we, in the town of burlington,n.c. hold each of you forever in our hearts and always in our prayers. we love you!

mrs.rose | April 19, 2007 4:46 PM

From one college student to another, God be with each and every one of you.

Matt Fischer | April 19, 2007 5:16 PM

I just wanted to let you guys know that the students of Southern Utah University and I are praying for all of you. If you need anything, please let us know.

Bree Dalling | April 19, 2007 8:57 PM

From one college student,sister,daughter
and friend i am praying for all of you, God be with each and every one of you.

janice smoak | April 19, 2007 10:59 PM

I hope that at graduation, every student will walk with his/her head held high for their hearts are laden with grief. Psalm 98:4 speaks to Ryan: "Shout your praises to God, everybody! Let loose and sing! Strike up the band!" To the others: Psalm 98:5 "Round up an orchestra to play for God. Add on a hundred-voice choir." May all the gifts and benefits that come from God our Father, and the Master, Jesus Christ, be yours. Pray hard!

CJ from NC | April 20, 2007 11:19 PM

From my fellow students at Chaparral College in Tucson and myself...our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Rob Rowley | April 21, 2007 5:38 PM