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2012 annual notice on rights and responsibilities of the Virginia Tech community


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 26, 2012 – As members of the Virginia Tech community, we are individuals and community members with both rights and responsibilities. We are committed to standards that support the educational mission of the university: standards by which we live, work, and learn together. These standards are derived from our guiding philosophical piece, the Virginia Tech Principles of Community.

The following are websites and other important information related to our community standards, health, safety, and security:

Hokie Handbook: This document is reviewed annually and contains the Code of Conduct, the University Policies for Student Life, and other key policies and procedures that apply to all Virginia Tech students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) and student organizations. The Hokie Handbook also serves as a reference for faculty and staff.

Student Arrest Disclosure: All students are reminded of their responsibility to report to the Office of Student Conduct within ten business days, any arrest/conviction/issuance of a protective order. This notification must be made in person to the Office of Student Conduct using the required self-disclosure of arrest(s)/conviction(s) form which is available at the Student Conduct website. The purpose of this policy is to enhance the safety and security of the university community.

Internet Copyright Infringement Complaints: Peer-to-peer (P2P) software enables unauthorized uploading of copyrighted music or movies-typically without any action on the part of the user. Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, violates university policy and may subject one to civil and criminal liabilities. See the Copyright at Virginia Tech website for more information.

The Alcohol and Drug Policy Summary: In accordance with the federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, the federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, and the Commonwealth of Virginia's Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs, it is the policy of Virginia Tech that the unlawful or unauthorized manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol and illicit drugs by employees and students on university property or as part of any university activity is prohibited. The university's failure to comply with this requirement could result in the loss of federal funds. The university's biennial review is available online. 

Employees who wish information and confidential services on counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs will find it online.

Students with alcohol-related questions should consult the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center located in 135 War Memorial Hall, 231-2233. Students who need information and confidential support related to drug use may contact Health Education at Schiffert Health Center.

Employee Assistance Program: Confidential services to employees and to supervisors who must confront employees with personal problems that affect the work environment are available by contacting the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) administrator, ValueOptions, at 1-866-725-0602, or Virginia Tech Human Resources at 231-9331.

Mandated reporter legislation: Virginia law (SB 239) now requires all faculty and staff to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Suspected instances of child abuse and neglect should be reported to the local Social Services Department or to the Department of Social Services toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline (1-800-552-7096). A list of questions and answers specific to Virginia Tech employees related to the law is available online. For more information contact the Human Resources Service Center at 540-231-9331.

Updating Directory Information and VT Alerts: Students and employees are reminded to update directory information in Hokie SPA and to sign up for VT Alerts. It is particularly important to include your emergency contact information. Faculty and staff should update directory information by going to Hokie SPA, click on "Hokie PLUS," and then click on "update emergency contact." Students, updating your emergency contact information is now a required step in your course registration process.

Supervisors are asked to share this information with employees who do not have electronic access.

This information was provided by Patricia A. Perillo, vice president for student affairs and Hal Irvin, associate vice president for human resources.