BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech says it will not give tuition refunds after the school moved classes and spring commencement online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
University President Tim Sands made the announcement Thursday in a virtual town hall meeting with students, parents, staff and alumni.
Sands says the school’s instructional costs have gone up after the university moved nearly 6,000 of its classes online. He adds school officials are looking at the possibility of offering temporary refunds for fees related to healthcare, sports, and transportation.
The Roanoke Times reports nearly 500 students who needed to stay in on-campus housing have been allowed to remain at the school.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.