Graduate Catalog
2020-2021
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Graduate School Policies
Student Life and Related University Policies
University Policies for Student Life

All students enrolled at Virginia Tech are subject to student life policies set by the university. The university publication, University Policies for Student Life is available at http://www.hokiehandbook.vt.edu . This document is applicable to students matriculated at the Blacksburg campus, as well as those students at branch campuses, higher education centers, or other university owned or leased properties. In addition, information about medical and health related policies and parking are included below.

Physical Examination

All Blacksburg campus students, admitted to the university for the first time, must complete a physical examination form and return it to Student Health Services http://www.healthcenter.vt.edu/

Medical Insurance Coverage

The university has contracted with an insurance carrier to offer group coverage for all students at Virginia Tech. For details on levels of coverage and specific limitation, please contact the Student Medical Insurance office in the Student Services Building, 540/231-6226 or 231-6303, or visit http://www.co.vt.edu/Risk/studenthealthinsr/index.html.

Medical insurance is mandatory for all international students with F-1 or J-1 visa status and their accompanying dependents in F-2/J-2 visa status. Insurance requirements are posted at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/student-life/immigration-services/immigration-basics/visa-status.html. Medical insurance is mandatory for all College of Veterinary Medicine students at a minimum of $100,000 accident and sickness coverage. All students in these two areas must show in writing that they have coverage from another insurance company that is equal to or better than the minimum levels required by the university, or they must purchase the university-sponsored student plan. Review of insurance policies is done by the Student Medical Insurance office. http://www.co.vt.edu/Risk/studenthealthinsr/index.html

Required Insurance for Students Traveling Internationally
Virginia Tech’s Global Travel Policy (Policy No. 1070) stipulates that all Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and documented representatives traveling internationally for business purposes enroll in an appropriate university-approved Global Travel Insurance program, regardless of any alternative coverage they might have.  This requirement extends to students participating in university-supported global education experiences (for credit or not for credit), who are required to carry international emergency medical and assistance services insurance.  

The approved Global Travel Insurance provider currently is Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI).  The CISI plan provides emergency medical coverage and evacuation, security evacuation, and repatriation services.  This coverage is provided on a per-person fee basis. The cost for CISI coverage is an allowable international travel expense for university travelers. 

Among the covered expenses, subject to exclusions and limitations as described in the CISI Schedule of Benefits, are:
  • Charges made by a Hospital for room and board, floor nursing and other services inclusive of charges for professional service and with the exception of personal services of a non-medical nature; provided, however, that expenses do not exceed the Hospital’s average charge for semiprivate room and board accommodation.
  • Charges made for diagnosis, treatment and surgery by a Doctor.
  • Charges made for outpatient treatment, same as any other treatment covered on an inpatient basis. This includes ambulatory surgical centers, Doctors’ outpatient visits/examinations, clinic care, and surgical opinion consultations.
  • Charges for medication, x-ray services, laboratory tests and services, the use of radium and radioactive isotopes, oxygen, blood, transfusions, iron lungs, and medical treatment.
  • Local transportation to or from the nearest Hospital or to and from the nearest Hospital with facilities for required treatment. Such transportation shall be by licensed ground ambulance only.
  • Nervous or Mental Disorders are payable a) up to $10,000 for outpatient treatment; or b) up to $50,000 on an inpatient basis. We shall not be liable for more than one such inpatient or outpatient occurrence under the Policy with respect to any one Insured Person.
  • Accidental dental charges for emergency dental repair or replacement to natural teeth damaged as a result of a covered Injury including expenses incurred for services or medications prescribed, performed or ordered by dentist.

On Call International – A benefit of the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan
Students on the Student Health Insurance Plan through Aetna, which is offered to full-time students attending the university, have access to On Call International.  For questions regarding On Call International, please contact the Student Medical Insurance Office at (540) 231-6226 or email to SMI@vt.edu. 

Students who are not enrolled in the VT student insurance plan may purchase the university-approved CISI plan through the Office of Risk Management, phone: (540) 231-7439; e-mail: edouglas@vt.edu.  Students should purchase optional coverage prior to leaving the U.S.A. For the link to the CISI application or if more information is needed, please visit the Risk Management website.

Automobiles and Bicycles

Motor vehicles owned and operated by students who drive them on campus and bicycles must be registered with the University Parking Services Office when the vehicle is brought on campus. Parking information and regulations are available at https://parking.vt.edu