What we do

vt class of 2022

General Support / Advice

Our staff is here to provide support and advice when life throws you a curve. If you are having difficulty in your personal or academic life, we are here to assist you in finding the appropriate resources to help. Our list of common concerns for students may provide you an immediate answer to some common questions.

Crisis / Emergency Response

A member of the Dean‘s Staff office staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, staff from Cook Counseling Center and Housing and Residence Life are also on-call during the same hours.

In cases of emergency between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., call 540-231-3787. After hours, the on-call staff member from the Dean's staff may be reached by calling the Virginia Tech Police at 540-231-6411.

Counsel and Referral

Our staff is trained to help you determine the appropriate course of action if you have a crisis, need medical care, or just need to talk. If you need services that we are unable to provide, we will refer you to professionals who can help.

Student Conduct Referral Advising

Call the Dean’s staff office at 231-3787 to schedule an appointment.

Class Absence Verification

Your professors and/or supervisors ultimately decide whether or not you can make up missed classes, assignments, exams, employment, or other activities. If you provide proper documentation, the Dean of Students staff can verify your absence due to life events that are beyond the scope of your control, including:

  • Illness or death of a family member or friend
  • Off-campus medical appointments or hospital admission*
  • Court subpoenas
  • Military orders

The Dean of Students staff will not provide absence verifications for the following reasons:

  • Faith-based practices or celebrations
  • Family celebrations
  • Planned events, such as vacations or trips abroad
  • Internships, interviews, student organization trips, or academic trips

For absences due to these circumstances, you are encouraged to discuss the reason for absence with your professor and/or supervisor, who will use their discretion when deciding whether or not to allow make up work.

The Dean of Students staff provides absence verification only. They do not “excuse” or “approve” absences. Faculty have the final decision on the completion of any missed assignments, tests, or other academic commitments.