The policies and procedures outlined in this handbook are published annually and contain current information about the university and regulations that apply to all students (graduate, undergraduate and professional) and student organizations. These policies include the Student Code of Conduct, which outlines and defines behavioral expectations for all students and organizations, and the University Policies for Student Life, which are general university policies that serve as a guide for student behavior.

Violations of these policies are adjudicated through the University Student Conduct System and/or the appropriate responsible department. They are applicable to students studying on the Blacksburg campus, as well as those students at branch campuses, higher education centers, other university owned or leased properties, or as outlined in the jurisdiction statement in this document.

Policies are valid for the period given. The university reserves the right to change those policies during the academic year and notification is hereby given of that possibility. Substantive changes to the Student Code of Conduct or the University Policies for Student Life will be published in the Collegiate Times and will appear in this document. Students are expected to keep themselves informed on all policies affecting them. Students may obtain written clarification of any policy in this document by writing to the vice president for student affairs or the director of student conduct.

Additional Community-Specific Guidelines

In addition to the Student Code of Conduct and the University Policies for Student Life, students should be aware of additional student-life policies that may pertain to their involvement in particular communities and/or use of certain services, including the following:

  • The Corps of Cadets regulations and other official directives, which specify additional and/or different policies governing cadet student life.
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  • The Fraternity and Sorority Life Manual, which specifies additional and/or different policies governing fraternities and sororities.
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  • The Oak Lane Manual, which specifies additional and/or different policies governing organizations in "The Oak Lane Community" (also known as Special Purpose Housing).
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  • The Housing Contract, which specifies additional and/or different policies for students living in or visiting the residence halls.
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  • Dining Services specifies additional and/or different policies for dining plans.