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[ THIS A TEST THE CAPTIONING ] [ TESTING THE CAPTIONING ] HI, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE I’M JEFFERIES AND ITHE MODERATOR OF THE PRESIDENT’S TOWN HALL WITH VIRGINIA TECH PRESS TIM SANDS YOU FOR JOINING US FOR LIVE WEBINAR WE’RE RECORDING OUR SESSION TODAY AND MAKEAVAILABLE FOR VIEWING THIS NEXT HOUR PRESIDENT TIM SANDS WILL SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH’S EFFORTS HANDLING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY’S INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM ALSO JOINING US, AND MAY BE CALLED UPON TO COMMENT OR SHARE SOME DETAILS, AS WE INTO THE QUESTION AND ANSWER OF OUR WEBINAR SPEAKING OF OUR QUESTION AND ANSWER PORTION, PRESIDENTJUST WANTED TO LET KNOW WE HAVE MORE THAN 100 QUESTIONS COMING IN, THEY’RE COMING IN STEADILY, SO PLEASE CONTINUE TO YOUR QUESTIONS, AND WE’LL GET TO AS MANY AS WE CAN THIS MORNING AND WITH THAT SAID, PRESIDENT

SANDS, WHY DON’T YOU START US OFF TELLING US WHERE THINGS STAND YOU, DAWN, AND THANKS TO ALL OF YOU PARTICIPATING IN THIS TOWN MEETING BEFORE I PROCEED TO UPDATETHE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE AND OPERATIONS OF VIRGINIA TECH, I’D REALLY LIKE TO TAKE A AND RECOGNIZE AND THANK THOSE INDIVIDUALS IN COMMUNITY AND OUR INSTITUTION AND FRANKLY AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO ARE HELPINGREST US MANAGE THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC: CARE WORKERS, RESPONDERS AND THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING OUR FOOD, ENERGY AND SANITATION NEEDS YOU AND TO THE STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES, ALUMNI, FAMILY MEMBERSFRIENDS ARE SUFFERING FROM OR WHO ARE CLOSE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS SUCCUMBED COVID-19, WE ARE FOR YOU WE CAN’T BE PHYSICALLY PROXIMATE RIGHT NOW BUT WE SUPPORT YOU DO REACH OUT TO WELLNESS OR WELLNESS COUNSELING, THEY’RE ENTIRELY ONLINE NOBODY ADEQUATELY PREDICT OR FULLY PREPARE FOR APANDEMIC LIKE COVID-19, BUT WE DID BEGIN TO BUILD INSTITUTIONAL PREPAREDNESS FOR THE MANY OF IMPACT THAT CHARACTERIZE PANDEMIC OUR FORMAL ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM WE BEGAN THREE AGO 12 YEARS AGO VIRGINIA TECHA CRITICAL DECISION TO STAND UP THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, AND BUILDNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED TEAM OF EXPERTS AND PROGRAMS GUIDED BY OUR CAMPUS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN AND OUR OF EMERGENCY TRAINING PREPAREDNESS, BEEN ABLE TO RESPOND MORE EFFECTIVELY DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME VIRGINIA TECH’S RESPONSE BEGAN IN JANUARY, WHEN OUR GLOBAL TRAVEL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE RECOGNIZED THE NEED TO CONSIDER BRINGING HOKIES ABROAD BACK TO THE U.S. AS SOME COUNTRIES MOVE TO LEVEL 2 AND LEVEL 3CDC ADVISORIES WE ACTIVATED OUR INCIDENT MANAGEMENT INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM MEETING SEVERAL TIMES A DAY ZOOM INFORM AND MAKE MAJOR DECISIONS TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF HOCHIES EVERYWHERE I’LL REFRAIN FROM LISTING ALL THE SIGNIFICANT DECISIONS THAT BEEN MADE YOU’VE BEEN LIVINGTHOSE DECISIONS I’LL A UPDATESTHE CONSEQUENCES OF THOSE DECISIONS FIRST LET ME ADDRESS TEACHING LEARNING THIS IS A MAJOR OPERATION AND SHIFTED ENTIRELY TO REMOTE SYNCHRONOUS OR ASYNCHRONOUS MODES IN A 10 DAY PERIOD 4500 SPRING COURSE SECTIONS WERE TRANSFERRED FROM IN-PERSON TO REMOTE DELIVERY BY 2400 FACULTY INSTRUCTORS THIS HAS BEEN A HERCULEAN I CALL IT THE GREAT PIVOT THAT HAS REQUIRED EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT BY FACULTY, INSTRUCTORS, TEACHING ASSISTANTS, IT AND SUPPORT AND EVERY VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT THE PRO HESS HAS BETTER THAN ANYONE COULD HAVE REASONABLY EXPECTED IT HASN’T BEEN PERFECT AND WE’RE LEARNING QUICKLY ABOUT WHAT CAN AND CANNOT BE DONE REMOTELY THE GOOD NEWS IS WE’LL HAVE NEW TOOLS AND GOING FORWARD THAT WILL MAKE TEACHING AND LEARNING MORE RESILIENT, AND FLEXIBLE OF WHICH WILL BENEFIT THE LEARNER AND OUR GOING FORWARD WE WILL STAY IN THIS MODE THROUGH SUMMER, AND I’LL ADDRESS IN JUST A MOMENT SECOND BIGGEST HAS BEEN THE GREAT RELOCATION SINCE OUR RECOGNITION THAT THE PANDEMIC WAS OUR WAY EARLY MARCH, WE HAVE DEPOPULATED CAMPUS RESIDENCES IN BLACKSBURG FROM OVER 10,000 STUDENTS BEFORE SPRING BREAK TO LESS 500 TODAY EACH INDIVIDUAL REMAINING HAS GOOD REASON FOR STAYING THIS ALLOWED US TO TO SINGLE OCCUPANCY AND FREE UP SOME RESIDENCE FOR OTHER USES THE NEED ARISE THE REDUCTION OF THE STUDENT POPULATION IN THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY HAS BEEN LESS DRAMATIC BUT STILL SUBSTANTIAL WITH ABOUT 40% REMAINING IN BLACKSBURG ONCE EVERYONE WAS SETTLED INTO THIS NEW REALITY THE ADHERENCE TO PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND STAYING AT HOME WHENHAS ACTUALLY BEEN EXTRAORDINARY I LEARNED ABOUT AN OUTDOOR TOILET PAPER FIGHT A NIGHTS BACK BUT THEY MAINTAINED PHYSICAL DISTANCE WE REGRET ANY WASTE OF THIS SURPRISINGLY PRECIOUS COMMODITY EVEN IF IT IS THE VIRGINIA TECH SINGLE PLY SPECIAL ALONG WITH THE DENSIFICATIONTHE STUDENT POPULATION HAS COME WITH THE TRANSITION TELEWORKING A MAJORITY OF VIRGINIA TECH EMPLOYEES MORE THAN 80% OF OUR ROUGHLY 10,000 EMPLOYEES TELEWORKING FOR SALARIED AND NON-STUDENT WAGE WORKERS WE’RE TO EMPLOYING THROUGH THE ENDTHE SEMESTER, THE CURRENT FRONTIER OF COMPLETED

PLANNING WE’RE CONTINUING TO FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO SHIFT ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OFFSITE WHERE PRACTICAL FOR THOSE EMPLOYEES FUNDED THROUGH EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES, ARE LOOKING FOR EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO MAINTAIN YOUR SUPPORT SOME FUNDING AGENCIES ARE ALLOWING A CONTINUATION OF EMPLOYMENT WHERE THERE ARE WE’RE LOOKING FOR VIRGINIA TECH RESOURCES CAN BE UTILIZED FEDERAL WORK STUDY STUDENTS HAVE GUARANTEED FUNDING THROUGH THE TERM OF THEIR AWARD FOR STUDENT WAGE WORKERS, MOST OF RELY THIS INCOME TO PAY A PORTION THE COST OF ATTENDANCE WE’RE REASSIGNING AS MANY OF YOU AS POSSIBLE FOR THOSE CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED THROUGH AND ARE EXPERIENCING HARDSHIP, WE’RE DIRECTING YOU TO THE DEAN STUDENTS OFFICE FOR SUPPORT IN PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN AID, THEOPPORTUNITIES AND ACHIEVEMENT RESOURCES OR SOAR AND THE DEAN OF STUDENTS WORKING TO ADDRESS ACUTE FINANCIAL NEED I’D LIKE TO THANK RECENT DONORS TO THE STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND 11 OF THE UNIVERSITY’S LEADERSHIP TEAM MAKING DIFFERENCE THE LIVES OF OUR UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE ANDSTUDENTS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL HARDSHIP ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19 WHILE I’M THE TOPIC OF FINANCES FOR SPRING SEMESTER, HAVE RECEIVED MANY QUESTIONS FEES SERVICE, COMPREHENSIVE FEES AND TUITION WITH RESPECT TO FEES FOR SERVICE THAT IS FEES PAID BY INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS FOR SERVICES PROVIDED TO THAT INDIVIDUAL STUDENT, WE ARE PROVIDING REBATES FOR ON-CAMPUS HOUSING CONTRACTS THAT HAVE BEEN TERMINATED, ROLL-OVERS REFUNDS FOR DINING AND REFUNDS FOR PARKING WITH RESPECT TO TUITION, SINCE WE ARE STILL TEACHING, ALBEIT THROUGH REMOTE MEANS, WE’RE NOT OFFERING TUITION REFUNDS FOR SPRING SEMESTER GOAL IS TO ENSURE AS MANY OF OUR STUDENTS AS POSSIBLE COMPLETE THE SEMESTER WITH THE ACADEMIC PROGRESS THEY HAD ANTICIPATED THE SEMESTER BEGAN IN FACT REMOTE TEACHING UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IS MUCH COSTLY TO DELIVER THAN IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION IT’S WHAT ANY OF US HAVE PLANNED IT’S A TEMPORARY CONDITION I FULLY EXPECT THIS EXPERIENCE WILL RESULT IN MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR STUDENTS FACULTY INFUTURE WITH RESPECT TO COMPREHENSIVE FEES THIS FEE STRUCTURE IS DESIGNED TO MAKE A RANGE OF SERVICES AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS WHENEVER THEY’RE NEEDED WITHOUT THE WELCOME DER SOME PROCESS OF CHARGING AT THE POINT OF SERVICE ONE STUDENT MAY ONLY USE FEW THE SERVICES WHEREAS ANOTHER MAY USE DIFFERENT SET NOW THE UNIVERSITY SETTLED INTO THE ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS MODE WE’RE ASSESSING WHICH OFSERVICES NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN VIRTUALLY WE’LL A DECISION OWN A REFUND BE OFFERED ALTHOUGH FINANCIAL STATUS OF UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS IS FAIRLY TO THE END THE SEMESTER AND INTO SUMMER WE DO NOT YET HAVE THE INFORMATION WE NEED PLAN FOR NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR WE’VE NOT YET RECEIVED PROMISED FED RECALL SUPPORT THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA A SOURCE OF QUARTER OF OUR INSTRUCTIONAL FUNDING DOESN’T HAVE CLARITY ON DEPTH OF THE REVENUE SHORTFALL OR DEGREE TO THIS WILL BE MITIGATED BY FEDERAL PROGRAMS ONCE WE HAVE THIS INFORMATION AND WE A CLEARER PICTURE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES BE TO ANNOUNCE OUR FOR THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR WE’RE EXPECTING TO ANNOUNCEPLANS IN EARLY JUNE OF PROGRESS THE STATE HEALTH I’D LIKE TO OFFER A BRIEF UPDATE OF COVID-19 IN THE COMMONWEALTH 17 CASES IN MONT PERFORMANCE MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND TWO VIRGINIA TECH STUDENTS IN BLACKSBURG WHO DO NOT LIVE CAMPUS BUT WE’VE ALREADY SEEN REMARKABLE EVIDENCE OF

RESILIENCE IN OUR HOKIE COMMUNITY THAT DEFINES ITSELF BY SHARED EXPERIENCES AND SERVICE TO OTHERS I’M INCREDIBLY IMPRESSED WITH OUR RESEARCHERS, STUDENTS AND STAFF, AND FACULTY, FOR THEIR PIVOT OF ALL OF OUR MISSION AREAS RESEARCH IS PERHAPS THE MOST DISRUPTED AND CHAOTIC YET WE’RE SCRAMBLING TO DEVELOP VACCINES, IMPROVE TESTING, ADAPT VENTILATORS USING 3D PRINTING AND RAPIDLY PRODUCE MUCH NEEDED PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT OUR SCHOLARS ARE OFFERING THEIR EXPERTISE TO THE PUBLIC, REMINDING THE PUBLIC WHY WE HAVE RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES EXPERTISE MATTERS ESPECIALLY IN TIMES LIKE THESE AS WE WORK OUR WAY THROUGH THE PANDEMIC VIRGINIA TECH WILL BE EVEN BETTER POSITIONED TO LEAD OUR EXPERTISE IN DEVELOPING AND SECURING THE DIGITAL ECONOMY OUR COMPREHENSIVE STRENGTH AT THE INTERSECTION OF HUMAN HEALTH, ANIMAL HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT, WHAT WE REFER TO AS ONE-HEALTH, AND OUR FOCUS ON THE HUMAN CONDITION IN A WORLD OF HUMAN CYBER NETWORKS, ALL STAND OUT AS JUST WHAT THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD WILL NEED AS FOR THE FALL, I’M OPTIMISTIC WE’LL BE BACK IN BUSINESS OF COURSE, THE HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES AND OUR COMMUNITIES WILL BE PARAMOUNT LIFE ON CAMPUS WILL BE DIFFERENT GOING FORWARD BUT IN MANY WAYS, IT CAN AND WILL BE BETTER TO QUOTE OUR BELOVED POET NIKKI GIOVANNI WE ARE STRONG AND BRAVE AND INNOCENT AND UNAFRAID WE’RE BETTER THAN WE THINK AND NOT QUITE WHAT WE WANT TO BE WE ARE LIVE TO THE IMAGINATIONS AND THE POSSIBILITIES THANK YOU AND I’LL TURN IT BACK OVER TO DAWN AND WE’LL TAKE SOME QUESTIONS THANK YOU, PRESIDENT SANDS A LOT OF QUESTIONS COMING IN, I’M GOING TO TRY AND CONSOLIDATE AS MANY AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN GET IN AS MANY AS POSSIBLE BUT A LOT OF FOLKS ARE ASKING ABOUT COMMENCEMENT COULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO SCHEDULE A CEREMONY THIS SUMMER OR PERHAPS IN THE FALL THAT WILL REPLICATE THE MAY COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO DO THAT WE EXPLORED THAT POSSIBILITY IN-DEPTH SEVERAL WEEKS AGO WHEN WE FELT WE HAD TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT COMMENCEMENT WE KNEW THAT THE MAY COMMENCEMENT THE TRADITIONAL IN PERSON COMMENCEMENT WAS NOT GOING TO WORK EVEN IN THE BEST CASE SCENARIO, WE HAD THE IT’S SOMETHING THAT WILL MARK THE DAY AND It’s something that will mark the day I THINK YOU’LL BE and I think you’ll be impressed IMPRESSED WITH HOW INTERACTIVE IT IS AND THE QUALITY with how interactive it is and the OF THE EXPERIENCE EVENquality of the experience even IF IT IS if it is virtual VIRTUAL THEThe OTHER TWO OPTIONS WE HAVE ARE TO HAVE other two options we have are to have OUR STUDENTS COME TO our students come to theTHE DECEMBER 2020 COMMENCEMENT WHERE December 2020 commencement where THEY’LL BE RECOGNIZED they’ll be recognized AS 2020 GRADUATES OR as 2020 graduates or WAIT UNTIL THE SPRING OF wait until the spring of 2021. 2021 THE FOURTH OPPORTUNITY WE’RE OFFERING WHICHThe fourth opportunity we’re offering IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FORwhich is not a substitute for COMMENCEMENT BUT A FUN TIME IS TO commencement but a fun time is to RECOGNIZE OUR GRADUATES AT THE FOOTBALL recognize our graduates at the football GAME ON SEPTEMBER 26, CONDITIONS game on September 26, conditions PERMITTING permitting WE DON’TWe don’t KNOW EXACTLY WHAT OUR STATE WILL know exactly what our state will BE IN be in September. SEPTEMBER WE’REWe’re hopeful HOPEFUL BUT WE’LL HAVE TO SEE HOW THINGS but we’ll have to see how things develop. DEVELOP IT It WOULD BE GREAT TO SCHEDULE A REGULAR would be great to schedule a regular COMMENCEMENT BUT THE REALITY IScommencement but the reality is THAT WE NEED TIME TO DO THAT AND WE that we need time to do that and we NEEDneed everybody EVERYBODY WHO WOULD WANT TO PARTICIPATE WOULD who would want to participate would ALSO NEED TIME FOR also need time for planning PLANNING AND WE DECIDED THAT IT JUST DIDN’T MAKE and we decided that it just didn’t make SENSE TO ORGANIZE SOMETHING THAT WE THOUGHT MIGHT sense to organize something that we HAVEthought might have to TO BE POSTPONED, MAYBE MANY be postponed, maybe many times TIMES SO ISo I THINK YOU’LL ENJOY THE PROCESS think you’ll enjoy the process I DO FEELI do feel FOR OUR SENIORS BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN for our seniors because they’ve been LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS IN PERSON looking forward to this in person COMMENCEMENT ON commencement on may MAY 15th FOR FOUR OR FIVE YEARS 15th for four or five years and AND FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE I THINK YOU’LL BE IMPRESSED A FACULTY MEMBER IS ASKING IF VIRGINIA TECH’S SHARED GOVERNANCE IS STILL FUNCTIONING WHETHER FACULTY SENATE AND COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES SUCH AS CURRICULUM COMMITTEES ARE ACTUALLY STILL MEETING THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION YES, WE ARE ACTUALLY OPERATING IN A PRETTY NORMAL MODE EXCEPT FOR VIA ZOOM WE’VE HAD OUR UNIVERSITY COUNCIL MEETING THE LAST ONE ENTIRELY VIA ZOOM WITH REMOTE VOTING AND EVERYTHING WOULD I THOUGHT

BEAUTIFULLY BUT, YES, THE OPERATIONS ARE PROCEEDING, SHARED GOVERNANCE IS ACTIVE IT’S MOSTLY VIA ZOOM IT’S NOT IN PERSON AT ALL, SO THAT WILL CONTINUE OBVIOUSLY THROUGH THE SEMESTER AND AS WE APPROACH THE ACADEMIC YEAR WE’LL RECONSIDER WHAT WE CAN DO IN PERSON BUT I THINK EVERYTHING’S MOVING ALONG QUITE WELL THIS QUESTION COMES FROM A STUDENT WHO IS ASKING HOW VIRGINIA TECH WILL SUPPORT STUDENTS WHO HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES, OR EVEN MOURN THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS, WHILE ALSO TRYING TO MAINTAIN THEIR STUDENT STATUS AND THEIR CLASS WORK CERTAINLY WE’VE HEARD STORIES AND WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS WHO ARE SUFFERING RIGHT NOW FOR VARIOUS REASONS WHO ARE STRUGGLING, BEING AT HOME, DEALING WITH THE REMOTE ONLINE SITUATION COMPOUNDED WITH FINANCIAL STRESS ON FAMILIES WITH ILLNESSES AND IN SOME CASES WITH COVID-19 DIRECTLY ALL OF OUR SERVICES ARE HERE AND OPERATING HOKIE WELLNESS, COOK COUNSELING ONLINE, THE DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE S.O.A.R. SO EVEN THOUGH IT’S VIRTUAL PLEASE REACH OUT EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT IN BLACKSBURG REACH OUT ONLINE AND CONNECT WITH US SO THAT WE CAN OFFER YOU SUPPORT AS NEEDED I HOPE THIS EXPERIENCE IS OVER QUICKLY AND WE CAN RECOVER QUICKLY BUT WE HAVE TO PREPARE FOR WEEKS IF NOT MONTHS OF DISRUPTION, AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO LET DOWN IN TERMS OF OUR SUPPORT FOR YOU A CURRENT STAFF MEMBER IS ASKING IF THE UNIVERSITY IS DOING ANYTHING OR HAS PLANS TO DO ANYTHING TO HELP EMPLOYEES WHO ARE STILL HAVING TO COME INTO WORK IN TERMS OF GIVING THEM PROTECTIVE GEAR, LIKE GLOVES OR MASKS LET ME TURN THAT OVER TO I BELIEVE WE HAVE BRYAN GARY OUR VICE PRESIDENT FOR HUMAN RESOURCES WHO COULD PERHAPS ADDRESS THAT QUESTION IF NOT, DWAYNE PINKNEY OUR SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER THANK YOU, PRESIDENT SANDS AND THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION WE HAVE MADE EVERY EFFORT TO PROVIDE, PPE, PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR OUR STAFF, WHO CONTINUE TO COME TO CAMPUS TO SUPPORT OUR OPERATIONS AND OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM AND MIKE MULHARE WHO MIGHT BE ON THE CALL COULD SAY MORE ABOUT THE DETAILS AROUND THAT PLANNING BUT WE CERTAINLY HAVE PROVIDED EQUIPMENT WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE EQUIPMENT TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS PARTICULARLY THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MORE LIKELY TO COME INTO CONTACT EITHER THROUGH THE NATURE OF YOUR WORK, THEY’RE IN CLOSER PROXIMITY TO AREAS THAT MIGHT BE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS WE CERTAINLY ARE PROVIDING EQUIPMENT FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS SO THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION THANK YOU PRESIDENT SANDS, CURRENT STAFF MEMBERS ARE ALSO WORRIED DURING THIS TIME FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS SOME ARE REFERENCING RUMORS THEY’RE HEARING ABOUT PENDING FURLOUGHS OR LAYOFFS WOULD YOU ADDRESS THAT AND WHAT YOUR ADMINISTRATION IS CONSIDERING? WELL, WE ARE CERTAINLY I THINK IN GOOD SHAPE THROUGH THE END OF THE SEMESTER AND THE SUMMER HAS COME INTO FOCUS AS WE’VE DECIDED TO GO ALL ONLINE AND THAT WILL HAVE IMPACTED A LOT OF PROGRAMS INTO THE FALL WHICH IS WHERE WE START TO HAVE SOME UNCERTAINTY WE’RE VERY, AS I MENTIONED, VERY MUCH DEPENDENT ON THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THEIR EFFORTS TO MITIGATE THIS CRISIS SO THE THE GOVERNOR SEVERAL DAYS AGO ASKED US TO FREEZE HIRING AND REDUCE OR ELIMINATE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IN ORDER TO ESSENTIALLY SAVE UP RESOURCES THAT MIGHT BE NEEDED TO ADDRESS ANY HOLES IN THE BUDGET COME THE FALL SO UNFORTUNATELY WE DON’T KNOW WHAT OUR STATUS WILL BE IN THE FALL YET FROM A FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE I’M OPTIMISTIC I THINK WE HAVE GOOD MOMENTUM AND WE WERE PREPARED IN MANY WAYS TO ADDRESS A CRISIS FROM A FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE BUT I THINK IT WILL BE EARLY JUNE BEFORE WE HAVE A LOT OF CLARITY THERE THERE NO PLANNED REDUCTIONS IN STAFF GOING FORWARD FOR THE FALL FOR THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE WILL HOLD BUT AT THE MOMENT I’M OPTIMISTIC WE’LL BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN CLOSE TO NORMAL OPERATIONS GOING INTO THE ACADEMIC YEAR WE’LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE I’M HOPEFUL TOO THAT THE STATE BASED ON WHAT I’VE HEARD FROM

THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE IS PRIORITIZING MINIMIZING DISRUPTION TO STATE AGENCIES AND TO UNIVERSITIES AND HIGHER ED IN GENERAL AND K-12 ANSWER AND FRAME THAT WITH THE BROADER CONTEXT OF UNIVERSITY UNDERSTANDING WITH WHAT IS ESSENTIAL FOR OUR UNIVERSITY TO FUNCTION BUT IN A MANNER THAT REALLY PRESERVES AND SECURES THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND RISK MITIGATION EFFORTS » AND ALUMNUS IS ASKING THIS QUESTION, CERTAINLY SOMETHING WE’VE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT BEFORE THIS CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS AN ALUMNUS, PRESIDENT SANDS, IS ASKING WHAT THE FISCAL RESTRICTIONS WILL HAVE IN RELATION TO THE COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAMS AS PART OF THE INNOVATION CAMPUS » I’M PRETTY CERTAIN — THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION AND SOMETHING WE ASKED EARLY ON THE EFFORT IN THE TECH TALENT INVESTMENT PROGRAM THAT THE STATE IS COMMITTED TO IS A HIGH PRIORITY AND ALL THE SIGNALS WE’RE GETTING FROM THE STATE ARE THAT WE’RE GOING TO MAINTAIN THAT PROGRAM BECAUSE IT WILL ACTUALLY BE CRITICAL TO COMING OUT OF THIS CRISIS IN BETTER SHAPE THAN WE ARE AT THE MOMENT WITH RESPECT TO OUR DEPENDENCE ON THE DIGITAL ECONOMY, ON THE SECURITY OF THAT ECONOMY AND VIRGINIA TECH AS WELL AS OTHER INSTITUTIONS IN THE COMMONWEALTH RALLIED AROUND THIS NEED NOT ONLY FOR VIRGINIABY FOR THE COUNTRY TO BUILD UP OUR CAPABILITY IN SUPPORTING AND SECURING THE DIGITAL ECONOMY SO, YES, I THINK THAT WILL BE A PRIORITY GOING FORWARD EVERYTHING WE’RE HEARING IS IT’S A GO OF COURSE, WE’LL FIND OUT DOWNSTREAM THE SEVERITY OF THE BUDGET CRISIS FROM THE STATE POINT OF VIEW, BUT I’M CONFIDENT THAT WILL BE PROTECTED, AND WE’RE ACTING AS IF IT’S GOING FORWARD FULL SPEED » AND, PRESIDENT SANDS, SEVERAL STUDENTS HAVE REACHED OUT PARTICULARLY STUDENTS WHO WORK IN CAMPUS DINING HALLS, OR OTHER PART-TIME JOBS, AND THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THE IMPACT THIS PANDEMIC WILL HAVE ON THEIR ABILITY TO PAY THEIR TUITION OR TO PAY THEIR RENT AND IF THE UNIVERSITY WILL BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEM IN ANY WAY » WE ARE AWARE OF THAT CHALLENGE, AND WE KNOW THAT AS I MENTIONED A LITTLE BIT EARLIER WHEN I WAS GIVING AN OVERVIEW, THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF STUDENT WAGE WORKERS THAT HAVE BEEN DISPLACED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS AND BY THE DEPOPULATION OF THE BLACKSBURG CAMPUS ESPECIALLY, AND THAT A LOT OF THOSE STUDENTS REALLY DEPEND ON THEIR STUDENT WAGE WORK TO MEET THEIR COST OF ATTENDANCE SO WE HAVE A COUPLE OF OPPORTUNITIES AND SEVERAL HAVE MOVED INTO PRACTICE ONE FOR THOSE WHO ARE DISPLACED TRIED TO FIND TELEWORKING ARRANGEMENTS OR IF THEY’RE ON CAMPUS TO REASSIGN THEM IF THEIR CURRENT JOB IS NOT NEEDED OR SOMEHOW HAS BEEN ESSENTIALLY MADE OBSOLETE, IF YOU WILL,

TEMPORARILY SO THAT’S ONE ELEMENT WE’LL CONTINUE PURSUING THE OTHER IS THAT WE’RE REALLY ENCOURAGING STUDENTS WHO ARE IN FINANCIAL STRESS AND SOME OF THESE MAY BE STUDENTS WHO ARE STUDENT WAGE WORKERS WHO LOST THEIR POSITIONS, OTHERS MAY BE, HAVE OTHER REASONS FOR FINANCIAL STRESS, PERHAPS ASSOCIATED WITH A CHANGE IN THEIR FAMILY STATUS DUE TO COVID-19, AND SOME OF THE FURLOUGHS AND JOB LOSSES THAT HAVE OCCURRED AROUND THE COUNTRY, SO WE ASK YOU TO REACH OUT TO VIRGINIA TECH CERTAINLY THE DEAN OF STUDENTS’ OFFICE, S.O.A.R., IF YOU’RE FAMILIAR WITH THAT PROGRAM, IF YOU COME TO THEM AND EXPLAIN YOUR SITUATION, AND APPLY FOR URGENT OR ACUTE FINANCIAL NEED SUPPORT, THEY’LL REVIEW THAT AND ACT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, IN COORDINATION WITH FINANCIAL AID WITH THE DEAN OF STUDENTS’ OFFICE AND S.O.A.R. SO WE REALIZE THERE’S A GAP AND WE’RE TRYING TO FILL IT WE WANT YOU TO FINISH ON TIME AND MAKE ACADEMIC PROGRESS YOU PLANNED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEMESTER AND WE’LL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN » THAT LEADS ME TO THE NEXT QUESTION WHICH ACTUALLY COMES FROM THE PARENT OF AN INCOMING STUDENT PRESIDENT SANDS ARE THERE OPTIONS FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN TO PERHAPS TAKE A GAP YEAR SO THEY START IN THE FALL OF 2021? » WE’RE ACTUALLY WORKING ON THAT AND OTHER OPTIONS RIGHT NOW AS I’VE SAID IT WILL PROBABLY BE EARLY JUNE BEFORE WEVILLE REAL CLARITY ON THAT BUT WE’RE CONSIDERING ALL SORTS OF OPTIONS DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION OF THE STUDENT AND ALSO THE CONDITION ON CAMPUS MAYBE I COULD INVITE CYRIL CLARKE TO COMMENT ON THAT IF HE HAS ANYTHING TO ADD » CERTAINLY AS PRESIDENT SANDS INDICATED WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF THINKING THROUGH THE DETAILS TO CREATE VARIOUS ALTERNATIVES IN TERMS OF WHAT THE FULL SEMESTER CAN LOOK LIKE INCLUDED AMONG THOSE OF COURSE IS THE CONSIDERATION OF THE USE OF ONLINE LEARNING VERSUS THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESTORE IN-PERSON LEARNING AND MAYBE SOME COMBINATION OF BOTH AS WE GO FORWARD I MIGHT HOWEVER THAT OUR ADMISSIONS PROCESS IS ACTUALLY AT VIRGINIA TECH VERY ROBUST AT THIS TIME, AND SO DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE MADE MANY FEWER OFFERS THIS YEAR RELATIVE TO LAST YEAR WHEN WE WERE OVERENROLLED WE ARE STILL EXPERIENCING A VERY ROBUST ACCEPTANCE RATE AND SO IT’S CLEAR THAT THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS OFFERED ADMISSION WHO ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT JOINING VIRGINIA TECH THIS COMING FALL » THANK YOU, PROVOST CLARKE PRESIDENT SANDS, I HAVE SEVERAL QUESTIONS RELATED TO HOUSING TO ASK NEXT FIRST SOME STUDENTS AS WELL AS PARENTS ARE ASKING, WHAT ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO STUDENTS WHO MAY HAVE TO SIGN LEASES FOR THE FALL » THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION REALLY WE ARE NOT GOING TO KNOW WHAT THE SITUATION IS CLEARLY UNTIL AS I SAID EARLY JUNE IF WE HAVE CLARITY BEFORE THAT, WE’LL CERTAINLY SHARE IT BUT RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOOKING AT A FALL THAT WILL BE AS NORMAL AS POSSIBLE, BUT RESPECTING PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES SO IT’S NOT GOING TO BE EXACTLY THE SAME, BUT IT WILL BE CLOSE TO — AS CLOSE TO NORMAL AS WE CAN MAKE IT IN TERMS OF OPERATING, WE’RE GOING TO OPERATE IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER SO IF THE QUESTION IS WHETHER ONE WANTS TO TAKE ON A LEASE IN BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA TECH DOESN’T GET DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THAT KIND OF A TRANSACTION , BUT I WOULD SAY RIGHT NOW THAT THE WORST CASE SCENARIO IS WE’RE OPERATING LIKE WE’RE OPERATING NOW, IN WHICH CASE WE HAVE ABOUT 40% OF OUR NORMAL BLACKSBURG RESIDENT STUDENTS LIVING IN BLACKSBURG IT’S REMOTE STILL, EVEN THOUGH IT’S ADJACENT, BUT IT IS A WORKABLE WAY TO GO FRANKLY, I THINK WE’RE GOING TO BE IN A MUCH BETTER STATE BY THE TIME WE GET TO THE FALL SO THAT LIVING IN BLACKSBURG IS GOING TO BE A VERY GOOD OPTION, SO I WOULDN’T AT THIS POINT ADVISE AGAINST LOOKING FOR HOUSING IN BLACKSBURG, OR NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES, BUT I WOULD ONLY SAY THAT IT WILL BE WEEKS IF NOT A COUPLE OF MONTHS BEFORE WE HAVE REAL CLARITY ON THAT, AND IT’S NOTHING THAT WE CAN CONTROL AT THIS POINT IT’S REALLY HOW THE DISEASE PROGRESSES THE KIND OF CONTROL WE CAN EXERCISE IS WHAT WE’RE ALL DOING RIGHT NOW, WHICH IS PRACTICING DISTANCING, MAKING SURE THAT WE PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE, WASH OUR

HANDS, EVERYTHING THAT YOU’VE HEARD AD NAUSEAM BY THIS POINT, WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN THAT, AND THE MORE WE DO AS A COMMUNITY IN THAT REGARD, THE FASTER WE’LL HAVE CLARITY ON WHETHER THE FALL IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE A NORMAL FALL OR A MODIFIED FALL » YOU TOUCHED ON THIS A BIT, BUT I’LL ASK YOU TO ELABORATE A LITTLE BIT, BECAUSE A PARENT IS ASKING, NOW THAT CLASSES HAVE ALL MOVED ONLINE OBVIOUSLY, AND MANY STUDENTS THE MAJORITY OF THEM HAVE RETURNED HOME, DOES VIRGINIA TECH HAVE ANY INFLUENCE IN THE AREA WITH LANDLORDS FOR RENT OPTIONS FOR APRIL OR MAY? » NO I MEAN, WE TALK TO LANDLORDS, WE TALKED TO THE TOWN OF BLACKSBURG WE’RE NOT DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE HOUSING THAT’S OFFERED TO THE COMMUNITY, BUT I THINK EVERYBODY’S AWARE THAT THIS IS AN UNUSUAL SITUATION, AND I WOULD HOPE THAT OUR LANDLORDS WOULD BE FLEXIBLE, AND WOULD ACCOUNT FOR THE FACT THAT THIS IS REALLY UNPRESS DENTED TIMES WE’RE GOING — UNPRECEDENTED TIMES WE’RE GOING THROUGH AN EXPERIENCE NOW THAT IS UNLIKE ANYTHING FROM THE LAST 100 YEARS SO I DON’T KNOW IF ANY OF OUR OTHER PANELISTS WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON THAT ONE JUST RAISE YOUR HAND OR UNMUTE YOUR MIC I GUESS I’M HOLDING THE BAG ON THAT ONE BUT I WOULD ENCOURAGE OUR LOCAL LANDLORDS TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO REALLY COME OUT OF THIS IN THE FALL WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME FOR THEM AND FOR THE STUDENTS, AND I THINK FLEXIBILITY IS GOING TO BE THE KEY » AS I REFRESH AND GET SOME MORE QUESTIONS AS THEY’RE CONTINUING TO COME IN, PROVOST CLARKE I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU A QUESTION: CAN YOU JUST FILL US IN ON HOW ONLINE LEARNING IS GOING? THIS WAS QUITE THE TRANSITION FOR OUR FACULTY AND STUDENTS » THANK YOU, I’D BE PLEASED TO WHAT THE FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY HAVE ACCOMPLISHED AND WHAT THE STUDENTS HAVE WORKED THROUGH IS REALLY REMARKABLE WITHIN A PERIOD OF LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, OUR INSTITUTION PIVOTED TO AN ONLINE SYSTEM THAT INVOLVED APPROXIMATELY 2,400 FACULTY, DELIVERING SOMEWHERE CLOSE TO 4 ,500 COURSE SECTIONS, AND IT’S NOT JUST THE ONLINE LEARNING ITSELF THAT WAS AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT TO ACCOMPLISH, BUT THE ONLINE ADVISING, THE TUTORIAL SERVICES, ALL OF THOSE STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT IN ACCOMPLISHING AND FACILITATING ACADEMIC SUCCESS OF THE STUDENTS I HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF INPUT FROM VARIOUS QUARTERS, AND ON THE WHOLE, THE UNIVERSITY ESPECIALLY THE FACULTY AND THE STUDENTS ARE ACCOMPLISHING THIS TRANSITION REMARKABLY WELL THAT’S NOT TO SAY HOWEVER THAT WE DON’T LAMENT AND RECOGNIZE THAT IN THE ONLINE LEARNING FORMAT, IT’S MORE DIFFICULT FOR US TO ACCOMPLISH A LOT OF THE HANDS-ON, MINDS-ON LEARNING METHODOLOGY THAT I THINK IS RECOGNIZED TO BE VIRGINIA TECH’S STRENGTH AND SO WHILE THIS IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE IN AN ONLINE FORMAT, WE RECOGNIZE THAT WHILE WE’RE DOING WELL, WE ARE DISAPPOINTED IN MANY RESPECTS THAT WE HAVE A DECREASE IN THOSE HANDS-ON SORT OF MINDS-ON EXPERIENCES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO LEARNING » THANK YOU, PROVOST CLARKE THAT RELATES TO A QUESTION THAT SOME FOLKS ARE ASKING ABOUT RESEARCH, AS WELL, AND HOW RESEARCH CAN BE ADDRESSED PRESIDENT SANDS, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THAT ONE, OR PERHAPS DON TAYLOR TO TALK ABOUT THAT AND HOW WE’RE ACCOMMODATING » I DID SAY A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT BUT I’D LIKE TO ASK DON TO, OUR VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, TO COMMENT, IF HE WOULD » SURE CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY? » YES » WE CAN HEAR YOU » WE’RE TRYING TO BE AS NORMAL AS WE POSSIBLY CAN BE IN RESEARCH, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE HAD TO SHUT DOWN THE ACCESS TO MANY OF OUR LABS SO WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN OFF-CAMPUS, AND CERTAINLY MANY OF OUR RESEARCHERS ARE ABLE TO BE FULLY PRODUCTIVE IN THEIR OWN HOMES OR WHEREVER THEY’RE OPERATING OFF-CAMPUS AND WE’RE ALSO TRYING TO SHIFT SOME OF THE WORK AROUND A BIT, SO IN SOME CASES , THERE WILL BE LABORATORY WORK WE CAN’T DO RIGHT NOW SO WE’RE TRYING TO DO THINGS LIKE LITERATURE REVIEWS AND OTHER THINGS THAT ARE PART OF THE RESEARCH PROCESS AS WELL SO WE’RE NOT HITTING ON ALL 8 CYLINDERS SO TO SPEAK BUT WE’RE DOING QUITE WELL AND WHEREVER THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO MAKE AN IMPACT, WE’RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO THAT AND WE’RE ALSO TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PUT SAFETY AHEAD OF EVERYTHING, SO THAT’S IMPORTANT WE’RE ALSO DOING QUITE A BIT OF

WORK THAT’S RELATED TO COVID-19 RESEARCH IN FACT, THE NEXT MEETING AFTER THIS ONE WILL BE A MEETING WHERE WE’RE TRYING TO PULL TOGETHER SEED FUNDING TO SUPPORT INTERNAL RESEARCH GROUPS THAT ARE PUTTING TOGETHER PROPOSALS FOR EXTERNAL WORK THAT WILL HELP IN THE IMMEDIATE CRISIS SO WE’RE TRYING TO BE VERY PROACTIVE IN HELPING WITH THIS CRISIS, MAINTAIN WHATEVER WE CAN OUT OF OUR EXISTING RESEARCH PROGRAM, AND ALSO TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN RAMP UP QUICKLY AFTER THE CRISIS ENDS SO IF THERE ARE OTHER QUESTIONS, I COULD ANSWER THOSE BUT THAT’S BASICALLY WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW » GREAT THANK YOU PRESIDENT SANDS, I KNOW THAT YOU AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF YOUR INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM WORK VERY WELL AND HAVE BEFORE THIS CURRENT CRISIS WITH THE TOWN OF BLACKSBURG CAN YOU OR MEMBERS OF YOUR TEAM TALK ABOUT THAT RELATIONSHIP, AND TALK ABOUT THE WORK AND THE COLLABORATION? » YES LET ME TURN THAT OVER THOUGH TO KEVIN FOUST KEVIN, I THINK I SEE YOU OVER THERE FORMER CHIEF OF POLICE HE’S WITH MAC BABB, OUR CHIEF OF POLICE » YES, SIR GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY GOOD QUESTION THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TOWN OF BLACKSBURG AND VIRGINIA TECH REMAINS AS STRONG IF NOT STRONGER THAN EVER UNFORTUNATELY, THIS AREA HAS DEALT WITH TRAGEDIES AND CRISES BEFORE, AND HAS PULLED TOGETHER VERY, VERY WELL IT’S BECOME REALLY IN MY ESTIMATION A MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, IN HOW THESE TYPES OF RELATIONSHIPS CAN DEVELOP, AND HOW INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT THEY ARE THERE’S A REGIONAL HEALTH TASK FORCE THAT MAC SITS ON, WITH SOME OF HIS OFFICERS AND SOME OTHER FOLKS FROM VIRGINIA TECH, WITH THE TOWN, WITH THE COUNTY, WITH VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH THEY MEAT EVERY MORNING THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT ISSUES ONE OF THE THINGS THEY DID FOR EXAMPLE WAS SET UP THE REGIONAL DRIVE-UP TESTING SITE, AND SO WE’RE PARTICIPATING WITH THE TOWN ON THAT I’VE SAID IT MANY TIMES BEFORE AND I’LL SAY IT AGAIN, IN MY LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER, TRAVELING AND WORKING AROUND THE WORLD, I HAVE NEVER SEEN THE TYPES OF RELATIONSHIPS THAT I HAVE SEEN HERE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, AND SO THEY REMAIN AS STRONG AS EVER, AND WE’RE GOING TO COME OUT AT THE END OF THIS EVEN STRONGER, IN MY OPINION » YOU TALKED ABOUT THE TOWN GOWN RELATIONSHIP I KNOW THERE’S ALSO A TOWN GOWN COMMITTEE FRANK SHUSHOK CHAIRS THAT DO YOU WANT TO TOUCH ON THAT AND THAT RELATIONSHIP AND THE WORK THAT’S GONE INTO THESE DISCUSSIONS OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS? » SURE THANKS, DAWN AND I APPRECIATE THAT QUESTION, AND I WANT TO TO REITERATE WHAT KEVIN JUST SHARED WHICH IS RELATIONSHIPS ARE QUITE STRONG MANY PEOPLE KNOW THE TOWN GOWN COMMITTEE MEETS ONCE A MONTH AND IT’S OPEN TO ANYONE BUT THE BEST THING ABOUT THAT IS IT CREATES STRONG RELATIONSHIPS, SO WHEN ISSUES DO ARISE, THAT PEOPLE FEEL COMFORTABLE HAVING CANDID AND HONEST DIALOGUE, PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE WAYS DIFFERENT DECISIONS IMPACT DIFFERENT ENTITIES IN TOWN AND ON CAMPUS, AND SO WE TALK ABOUT ALL SORTS OF THINGS LIKE WHAT BEHAVIOR WAS LIKE OFF-CAMPUS AT THE BEGINNING PART OF THIS CRISIS, AND HOW WE MIGHT WORK TOGETHER TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY AND UNDERSTAND DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES AND SO WE’RE ABLE TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AND PIVOT THERE’S ALSO SOMETHING CALLED THE TOWN TECH LUNCH THAT HAPPENS ON A REGULAR BASIS WITH THE MAYOR, SENIOR ADMINISTRATORS AT VIRGINIA TECH, TOWN COUNCIL MEMBERS BUT THE KEY THING IS I THINK WE UNDERSTAND IS THERE’S A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP THAT THE STRENGTH OF VIRGINIA TECH IS ALSO STRENGTH FOR THE TOWN OF BLACKSBURG AND STRENGTH FOR THE TOWN OF BLACKSBURG IS STRENGTH FOR VIRGINIA TECH WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, AND WORKING TOGETHER AND CARING ABOUT THE WHOLE IS SOMETHING THAT WE’RE ALL COMMITTED TO DO » THANK YOU PRESIDENT SANDS, THIS NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM ANOTHER PARENT OF AN INCOMING STUDENT, AND YOU’VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT HOW FLUID THINGS ARE, BECAUSE WE JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN BUT THIS PARENT WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT SUMMER ORIENTATION FOR FRESHMEN OBVIOUSLY, THAT’S SCHEDULED TO BE ONLINE, AS WE KNOW BUT THEY’RE ASKING IF THE UNIVERSITY WOULD CONSIDER HAVING FALL MOVE-IN DATES EARLIER TO ALLOW FOR ANY TYPE OF ORIENTATION PROGRAMMING FOR THESE INCOMING STUDENTS » I’M GOING TO PASS THAT ONE OFF TO FRANK SHUSHOK, OUR VP FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS » YEAH, SURE I THINK, DAWN, WE ARE EXPLORING ALL THOSE OPTIONS, AND THE QUESTION THAT YOU’RE ASKING PARTICULARLY ABOUT OUR DIFFERENT MOVE-IN SCHEDULE AND WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IN ADVANCE OF THE REGULAR SEMESTER IS SOMETHING THAT IS VERY MUCH ON THE TABLE I THINK THE KEY THING FOR US IS NOT TO BE HELD BY WHAT HAS BEEN,

BUT WHAT SHOULD BE, GIVEN THE KIND OF EXPERIENCE THAT WE WANT TO CREATE FOR STUDENTS, AND SO WE’RE WORKING HARD TO EXPLORE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS, AND IF THAT ENDS UP BEING A DIFFERENT KIND OF ENTRY, MATRICULATION IN THE FALL, THEN WE WILL DO THAT, BECAUSE THE KIND OF EXPERIENCE AND THE KIND OF COMMITMENT THAT WE HAVE TO OUR STUDENTS REMAINS UNCHANGED, NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCE IS » I APPRECIATE THAT THANK YOU ANOTHER PROSPECTIVE STUDENT IS ASKING A QUESTION, WE HAVE A LOT OF THEM, ASKING ABOUT S.A.T. AND A.C.T. TESTS WE KNOW A LOT OF THESE TEST SITES HAVE CANCELED TESTS, BUT WILL STUDENTS APPLYING TO VIRGINIA TECH HAVE TO SUBMIT SCORES FOR S.A.T. TESTS GIVEN THAT THEY’RE ON HOLD FOR TAKING THEM RIGHT NOW? » THANK YOU I’M GOING TO PASS THAT OFF TO CYRIL CLARKE, OUR PROVOST » YEAH, TURNS OUT THAT WE’RE ACTUALLY IN THE MIDST OF CONSIDERING THAT VERY QUESTION, AND JUST THIS MORNING, I REFERRED THE QUESTION WITH THE RECOMMENDATION FROM THE ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AS WELL AS THE LEADERSHIP, I REFERRED THE QUESTION TO THE FACULTY SENATE AND THAT’S AN IMPORTANT STEP THAT WE NEED TO GO THROUGH AS WE CONSIDER OUR STRATEGY HERE, BECAUSE IN OUR SHARED GOVERNANCE SYSTEM, IN REFERENCE TO A QUESTION POSED EARLIER, OUR SHARED GOVERNANCE SYSTEM IS A VERY IMPORTANT ONE, AND IT’S INTENTIONAL IN THAT IT ENGAGES FACULTY IN IMPORTANT DECISIONS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND CURRICULUM AND ELEMENTS OF ADMISSION AS WELL AND SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING A DEFINITIVE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE, BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT WE ARE WELL AWARE THAT IT’S REALLY DIFFICULT FOR STUDENTS TO MEET THAT PARTICULAR ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENT AT THIS TIME, AND WE WANT TO AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE FACILITATE THEIR ENTRY INTO THIS UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY » THANK YOU AND SPEAKING OF ENTRY, PROVOST CLARKE, THIS QUESTION MAY BE FOR YOU, AS WELL IT’S ABOUT A POTENTIAL TRANSFER STUDENT, AND WHETHER THE COVID-19 IMPACT WILL INFLUENCE THE PROCESS FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS » SO AS I’M SURE MANY APPLICANTS ARE AWARE, THE TRANSFER PROCESS, THE TIMING IF THAT, OCCURS A LITTLE LATER THAN THE REGULAR ADMISSIONS PROCESS, SO WE REALLY ARE IN THE MIDST OF THE REGULAR ADMISSIONS PROCESS AT THIS TIME, AND MONITORING THE RESPONSE TO THAT AS I INDICATED, SO FAR IT’S BEEN ROBUST THAT DOES NOT MEAN, HOWEVER, THAT THE TRANSFER PROGRAM IS UNIMPORTANT, AND SO WE CERTAINLY HOPE TO MOVE AHEAD WITH THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE, BUT THE SPECIFIC DIMENSIONS OF THAT PROGRAM STILL HAVE TO BE CALIBRATED AND DECIDED » THANK YOU PRESIDENT SANDS, YOU TOUCHED ON THIS VERY EARLY ON, BUT A LOT OF QUESTIONS ARE STILL COMING IN RELATED TO THIS, SO I WANTED TO GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO REINFORCE OR ELABORATE IF YOU WOULDN’T MIND A LOT OF FOLKS ARE ASKING ABOUT TUITION AND FEES, AND WHETHER THERE WILL BE REFUNDS FOR STUDENTS, GIVEN THE CURRENT CHANGES » YES, I THINK I ADDRESSED THAT, I HOPE WITH SOME CLARITY, BUT I’M HAPPY TO REINFORCE SOME OF THE THINGS I SAID, BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE STILL FLUID WITH RESPECT TO TUITION, TUITION IS ACTUALLY NOT A FEE FOR SERVICE, IF YOU WILL IT’S NECESSARY RESOURCES THAT WE NEED TO OPERATE THE UNIVERSITY, AND IF ANYTHING, UNDER THE REMOTE INSTRUCTION ESPECIALLY THE PIVOT TO IT, OUR INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS HAVE GONE UP, NOT DOWN BUT — SO WE’RE NOT ANTICIPATING, WE’RE NOT GOING TO GIVE, REFUNDS ON TUITION FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT WHAT HAPPENS PAST THE SPRING SEMESTER BUT FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER, NO OUR BOARD OF VISITORS WILL BE MEETING OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHEN, BECAUSE IT’S DEPENDENT ON SOME RELIEF THAT WE NEED TO RECEIVE FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN VIRGINIA, BUT WHEN THAT HAPPENS, WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT TUITION AND FEE LEVELS GOING FORWARD I ANTICIPATE THAT THE BOARD WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE A DECISION, BUT WE MAY HAVE TO REVISIT IT, AS TIME GOES ON, BECAUSE OF THE FLUIDITY OF THE SITUATION WITH RESPECT TO FEES FOR SERVICE, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO REBATE OR ROLL OVER OR REFUND THOSE FEES AS APPROPRIATE AND I MENTIONED EARLIER THE NATURE OF COMPREHENSIVE FEES WHICH ARE STILL UNDER STUDY RIGHT NOW MOST OF THE SERVICES THAT WE HAVE BEEN OFFERING THROUGH THE COMPREHENSIVE FEE HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED OR SWITCHED OVER TO ONLINE CAPABILITY

THERE ARE A FEW THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT THAT ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN THE — IN A FORMAT THAT IS READILY ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS EITHER OFF-CAMPUS OR ON, SO WE ARE RESERVING — WE ARE CONTINUING TO LOOK AT THOSE AND SEE WHETHER THERE MIGHT BE A POSSIBILITY OF OFFERING SOME SORT OF A TEMPORARY REFUND FOR THOSE FEES BUT THAT’S STILL A DISCUSSION THAT’S ONGOING » A PARENT IS ASKING IF THERE ARE ANY CONSIDERATIONS FOR MOVING THE ADMISSIONS DEADLINE FOR THE INCOMING FRESHMAN CLASS THEY’RE NOTING THAT OTHER SCHOOLS HAVE ACTUALLY MOVED THEIR DEADLINES TO LATER IN THE SUMMER ACTUALLY » I’LL TURN THAT OVER TO PROVOST CLARKE » THANK YOU WE ARE, OF COURSE, TAKING NOTE OF AND KEEPING TRACK OF THE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND DECISIONS BEING MADE BY OTHER INSTITUTIONS BUT THEN INTERPRETING THOSE IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR PARTICULAR PROCESS HERE AT THIS POINT IN TIME, GIVEN THE ROBUST NATURE OF THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS, AND THE RESPONSE TO OUR OFFERS OF JOINING VIRGINIA TECH, WE DO NOT AT THIS TIME SEE A NEED FOR VIRGINIA TECH TO DELAY BEYOND A MAY 1st DEADLINE » THANK YOU PRESIDENT SANDS, A FACULTY MEMBER IN ARLINGTON IS ACTUALLY ASKING IF THERE ARE ANY FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES TO OFFER SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS » YES ACTUALLY, I MENTIONED THE EMERGENCY STUDENT FUND THAT WE ARE ACTIVELY FUNDRAISING FOR RIGHT NOW WE’VE GOT I THINK SOMEWHERE AROUND 80 OR 90 NEW DONATIONS WE HAVE A VENN USE DONOR WHO REALLY FUNDED THE INITIAL PROGRAM WE HAVE FACULTY, WE HAVE ADMINISTRATORS, STAFF, WHO ARE GIVING TO IT, SO, YES, THAT’S AN ACTIVE FUND, AND IF YOU ENTER STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND, DEAN OF STUDENTS, YOU CAN GET TO IT AT VIRGINIA TECH FRANK, DID YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING, OUR VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS? BECAUSE HE OVERSEES THAT FUND » YEAH, I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I WANT TO SAY IS THAT, BECAUSE THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ABOUT, WHAT DO I DO IF I’M STRUGGLING AND I’M A STUDENT? AND MAY ADVICE IS: PLEASE CONTACT THE DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE SO THEY CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR VERY SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCE I KNOW THAT THIS CRISIS IMPACTS PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY, AND YOU MAY NEED SOME HELP, AND SO IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START, START WITH THE DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE THE SECOND PART OF THAT IS: THANK YOU FOR THE PERSON WHO ASKED THAT QUESTION, BECAUSE THERE IS ENORMOUS NEED A LOT OF STUDENTS ARE STRUGGLING IN UNEXPECTED WAYS, AND THE DEAN OF STUDENTS EMERGENCY FUND, WE CAN — IT’S ON THE COVID-19 WEB LINK, WHERE YOU CAN MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION AND I REALLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO, IF THAT’S SOMETHING YOU FEEL COMPELLED TO DO, AND WHAT I CAN PROMISE YOU IS THAT THERE’S A STUDENT OUT THERE THAT WILL RECEIVE ASSISTANCE WHO REALLY DOES NEED IT, TO GET THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE MONTHS, EN ROUTE TO THEIR EDUCATION » THANK YOU, FRANK WE HAVE OUR VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENT DID YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING? » I THINK THE BEST WAY PEOPLE CAN HELP IS TO REALLY LOOK ON OUR WEBSITE OR THE COVID-19 WEBSITE BOTH HAVE A GREAT PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE THE STUDENT ENRICHMENT FUND IS THE BEST PLACE TO GO THANK YOU » THANK YOU PRESIDENT SANDS, AS YOU’VE MENTIONED THIS IS A REALLY TOUGH TIME FOR STUDENTS AND FACULTY, SO I’LL ASK IF YOU CAN TOUCH ON HOKIE WELLNESS AND SOME OF THE OPPORTUNITIES, SOME OF THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS AND FACULTY, AS WELL » YES IF YOU GO TO HOKIE WELLNESS ON OUR WEBSITE I THINK YOU’LL BE IMPRESSED BY WHAT’S BEING OFFERED ONLINE NOW, EVERYTHING FROM YOUR PHYSICAL WELL BEING TO YOUR EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CAN BE ADDRESSED BY PROGRAMS THROUGH HOKIE WELLNESS AND WE HAVE KOKH COUNSELING AND OTHER RESOURCES THAT ARE THERE TO SUPPORT YOU WE’LL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND OUR FACULTY AND OUR STAFF BUT THERE’S NO QUESTION WE ALONE CAN’T MEET THAT NEED IT’S A COMMUNITY NEED WE ALL HAVE TO PITCH IN AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WHETHER IT BE FINANCIAL OR STRUGGLING WITH A DISEASE OR WITH LOST INCOME, WHATEVER IT MAY BE IT REALLY IS GOING TO TAKE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO GET US THROUGH THIS I’D LIKE TO THANK THE MANY HOKIES WHO ALREADY STEPPED UP

WHETHER IT BE DONATING RESOURCES TO HELP OUR STUDENTS OR JUST REACHING OUT, DEVELOPING PROGRAMS FOR WELLNESS THROUGH HOKIE WELLNESS IT’S QUITE IMPRESSIVE I’VE BEEN AMAZED WE’VE ALWAYS HAD A GREAT OPERATION THERE THAT HAS BEEN TRULY BEYOND BOUNDARIES IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS IT’S CROSSED THE ORGANIZATIONAL BOUNDARIES TO REALLY FOCUS HOLISTICALLY ON THE WELLNESS OF OUR EMPLOYEES AND OUR STUDENTS AND IT’S NEVER BEEN STRONGER THAN IT IS NOW AS A RESULT OF THE NEED SO DO CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE, TAKE A LOOK AND YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED AT WHAT RESOURCES ARE THERE FOR YOU PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM AS WELL » WE’VE SPOKEN ABOUT RESEARCH THIS MORNING AND THIS NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM A FACULTY MEMBER HERE IN BLACKSBURG WHO IS ASKING IF THERE ARE TOOLS FOR FACULTY FINDING AND BRINGING NEW RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR VIRGINIA TECH AND IF THE ANSWER TO THAT IS YES, WHEN THE FACULTY CAN START THAT SEARCH PROCESS » THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION AND THE ANSWER IS: YES, AT LEAST TO THE FIRST QUESTION I’LL TURN IT OVER TO DON TAYLOR TO ELABORATE » OKAY, SO CAN YOU RETHAT AGAIN? BECAUSE IT’S A TWO PART QUESTION » SURE ARE THERE TOOLS FOR FACULTY FINDING AND BRINGING NEW RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES PROVIDED FOR VIRGINIA TECH? AND IF YES, WHERE THE FACULTY OR WHEN THE FACULTY CAN START THAT SEARCH PROCESS » EYE I’D ALSO LIKE TO SAY THE RESEARCH SUPPORT SYSTEMS ARE MORE OR LESS FULLY FUNCTIONAL RIGHT NOW OUR OFFICE SPONSORED PROGRAMS, OUR COMPLIANCE OFFICES ARE ALL UP AND RUNNING AT VERY, VERY CLOSE TO 100% AND THERE ARE TOOLS TO FIND RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES DURING THIS CRISIS GO TO OUR WEBSITE RESEARCH.VT.EDU AND THAT’S WHERE YOU’LL FIND THAT YOU CAN REACH OUT TO MY OFFICE, OSP OR WHOEVER YOU NEED AS WELL AND WE CAN DIRECT YOU TO THOSE RESOURCES » LET ME ADD A COMMENT THERE THAT I THINK SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN WE DEVELOPED THE ON BOUNDARIES VISION FOR WHAT VIRGINIA TECH COULD BE IN A GENERATION FROM NOW THERE ARE SEVERAL ELEMENTS OF THAT LONG RANGE PLAN THAT ARE REALLY COMING INTO FOCUS CLEARLY RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC THAT HAS FORCED US INTO RETHINKING THE WAY WE DO AND ACTUALLY DOING THEM IN A WAY WHICH IS MORE LIKE WHAT WE ANTICIPATED ONE OF THOSE AREAS IS IN OUR RESEARCH ENTERPRISE WHERE WE HAVE REALLY EMPHASIZED TRANSDISCIPLINARITY AND ESSENTIALLY WORKING ACROSS BOUNDARIES IN A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO PROBLEMS AND NOTHING IS A BETTER ILLUSTRATION OF THAT NEED THAN THE CURRENT COVID-19 CRISIS WHERE THERE ARE SO MANY DIMENSIONS THERE’S THE PUBLIC HEALTH DIMENSION THERE’S THE SCIENCE ASPECT THERE’S COMMUNICATIONS, PUBLIC POLICY, THE HUMAN ELEMENT AND ALL DIFFERENT WAYS, EVERY WAY YOU CAN IMAGINE AND I THINK IT’S JUST HIGHLIGHTING WE WERE POINTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND THAT NOW WE ARE GETTING A BIG BOOST BY NECESSITY INTO THE FUTURE SO I’M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON TODAY GETTING THROUGH THE WORST OF THIS PANDEMIC BUT IF YOU REALLY LOOK AT HOW VIRGINIA TECH IS ORIENTED AND HAS BEEN ORIENTED FOR SEVERAL YEARS, WE’RE REALLY IN A POSITION NOW WHERE WE CAN REALLY MAKE IT CLEAR TO THE REST OF THE WORLD WHY WE TOOK THIS TACT, WHY DID WE GO OFF IN THIS DIRECTION OF BEYOND BOUNDARIES I THINK IT IS VERY CLEAR, AND THE IMPACT THAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE AS AN INSTITUTION IS I THINK GOING TO GROW DRAMATICALLY AFTER WE COME OUT OF THIS CURRENT CRISIS » PRESIDENT SANDS, THIS MIGHT BE OUR LAST QUESTION THIS COMES FROM AN ALUMNUS IN BLACKSBURG, AND HE’S WANTING TO KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY RESOURCES FOR RECENT GRADUATES WHO ARE HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING EMPLOYMENT IN THE MIDST OF THIS COVID CRY CRISIS » THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION I’D INVITE OUR PANELISTS TO JUMP IN WITH THEIR INPUT TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST WE HAVEN’T YET WRAPPED OUR ARMS AROUND THE LONGER TERM IMPACT THAT OUR ALUMNI AND STUDENTS THEMSELVES ARE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW I THINK THE BEST ADVICE I COULD GIVE IS THAT WE’RE GOING TO NEED TIME TO MAKE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES COME TOGETHER, AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO RELY ON OUR FEDERAL AND STATE AND LOCAL RESOURCES TO GET THROUGH THE NEXT WEEKS AND MONTHS I WOULD, FOR THOSE WHO CAN, AND IT’S NOT EVERYBODY, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO THINK HARD ABOUT WHERE YOU WANT TO BE AT THE END OF THIS, AND THERE’S A HUGE OPPORTUNITY OVER THE NEXT YEAR OR TWO, I THINK, AND AGAIN IT’S

DEPENDENT ON HAVING THE BASE RESOURCES TO DO THIS, BUT TO GET YOURSELF INTO A POSITION TO BE EVEN IN A STRONGER POSITION FROM AN EMPLOYMENT POINT OF VIEW AFTER WE GET THROUGH THE CRISIS AND SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE LOOKING AT IS HOW WE CAN BETTER SERVE HOKIES, OUR ALL ALUMNI AND OTHERS IN THE COMMONWEALTH ESPECIALLY TO PROVIDE THE KINDS OF CREDENTIALING, THE KINDS OF MASTER’S DEGREES, SKILLS, WHATEVER IT MAY BE THAT WILL PUT YOU IN A BETTER POSITION WHEN WE COME OUT OF THIS, BECAUSE THERE ARE GOING TO BE OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME UP THAT AREN’T AVAILABLE TODAY, AND THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME AVENUES OF EMPLOYMENT THAT ARE GOING TO BE GREATLY RESTRICTED PERMANENTLY I THINK BECAUSE OF THE CRISIS SO I WOULD ASK ANY OF OUR EMPLOYEES, OR ALL ALUMNI AND CURRENT STUDENTS EVEN, TO THINK HARD ABOUT WHAT THAT FUTURE MIGHT LOOK LIKE, AND HOW CAN YOU BEST POSITION YOURSELVES TO BE IN A STRONG POSITION AT THE END OF THE PANDEMIC AND WE ARE GOING TO AS AN INSTITUTION ORIENT OURSELVES TO BE, TO SUPPORT THOSE NEW PATHWAYS I THINK WE ALREADY WERE PRETTY WELL ORIENTED BUT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO REORGANIZE AND REALLY PUSH TO MAKING SURE THAT WE’RE MEETING THOSE NEEDS FOR OUR ALUMNI AND OUR STUDENTS GOING FORWARD BUT AS THOSE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE IMMEDIATE SUPPORT COME TO MIND, WE’LL CERTAINLY SHARE THEM VIA OUR COVID-19 WEBSITE I’D LIKE TO INVITE ANY OF OUR PANELISTS TO MAYBE ADD TO THAT, PROVIDE ANY DETAIL THAT YOU WOULD LIKE » I WOULD SIMPLY ADD THAT OUR CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP HAS BEEN SPENDING THE PAST FEW YEARS DEVELOPING VERY CLOSE INDUSTRY RELATIONSHIPS THEY’RE ALSO FULLY FUNCTIONAL MORE OR LESS, ALTHOUGH THEY CAN’T DO A LOT OF THINGS ON CAMPUS SO I’D URGE STUDENTS TO REACH OUT TO CAREER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AND WHAT I’M HEARING IS THE DEMAND FOR SOME FIELDS IS STILL QUITE HIGH, AND OTHERS IS NOT QUITE SO HIGH BUT DO REACH OUT TO THEM » THANK YOU AND, PRESIDENT SANDS, AS WE’RE NEARING 12:00 OR RIGHT AT IT, I’LL JUST ASK YOU IF YOU HAVE ANY FINAL COMMENTS TO SHARE BEFORE WE CLOSE » WELL, THANKS, DAWN AND THANKS TO EVERYBODY FOR JOINING US AND FOR STICKING OUT AN HOUR OF CONVERSATION THIS COULDN’T BE MORE IMPORTANT TO VIRGINIA TECH, TO OUR COMMUNITY, TO OUR STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, TO HAVE THESE KINDS OF CONVERSATIONS, SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO DOING MORE IF YOU FIND IT VALUABLE, LET US KNOW AND WE’LL SCHEDULE THESE ON A REGULAR BASIS I CAN THINK OF NO MORE IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO OF COURSE, WE’VE BEEN DESCRIBING OVER THE LAST HOUR WHAT WE THINK THE FUTURE HOLDS, WHAT WE’RE DOING RIGHT NOW, WHERE WE HAVE GAPS IN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE FUTURE MIGHT LOOK LIKE WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO BE AS TRANSPARENT AS POSSIBLE BUT THE SECOND PART OF THIS IS JUST LEARNING FROM YOU SO AS YOU ASK QUESTIONS, WE ARE ABLE TO REORIENT OUR THINKING TO TRY TO ADDRESS THOSE AND PROVIDE ANSWERS MAYBE ONE OF THE LAST QUESTIONS REGARDING ALUMNI AND THEIR CAREER TRANSITIONS, I THINK THAT’S A GREAT EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING THAT WE’VE THOUGHT ABOUT BUT HAVING TAKEN MUCH ACTION ON IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS BUT WE WILL GEAR UP AND MOVE FAST IN THAT DIRECTION OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS AND MONTHS SO THANK YOU FOR INSTILLING HOPE, AND THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY, AND THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO STIMULATE OUR THINKING SO THAT WE CAN BE OF SERVICE TO OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY, TO OUR STUDENTS, OUR FACULTY, STAFF, AND THE COMMUNITIES WHERE OUR FACILITIES RESIDE AND ONE LAST THING I WANTED TO SAY IS A LOT OF THE CONVERSATION HERE HAS TALKED REALLY FOCUSED ON BLACKSBURG AND OUR MAJOR OPERATIONS IN BLACKSBURG, BUT WE ARE AWARE, AND WE’RE HAVING CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH, OF THE VIRGINIA TECH SITUATION STATUS IN EVERY COUNTY, EVERY CITY THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH, AND WE’RE GATHERING INFORMATION, COOPERATIVE EXTENSION IS EVERYWHERE WE’VE GOT AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND EXTENSION CENTERS WE’VE GOT THE TIRE CENTER, ALL OF OUR OPERATIONS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, IN ROANOKE, VIRGINIA TECH REALLY IN PARTNERSHIP WE DIDN’T GET TOO MUCH OF A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT THAT WE’VE GOT OPERATIONS IN RICHMOND , SOUTHSIDE SO THE WHOLE COMMONWEALTH IS REALLY VIRGINIA TECH’S RESPONSIBILITY, AND SO I INVITE YOU TO CONTINUE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS, AND WE’LL DO OUR BEST TO ANSWER THE ONES WE HAVEN’T ANSWERED TODAY THANK YOU » THANK YOU, PRESIDENT SANDS, AND THANK YOU, AS WELL, TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE VIRGINIA TECH INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM FOR BEING

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