A statement from President Tim Sands
The horrific terrorist attacks by Hamas in Israel have claimed the lives of over 1,000 peaceful civilians — including more than 20 Americans — injured thousands, and devastated communities. We grieve with the families and friends of those killed, injured, and taken hostage, and extend our sincere condolences in this time of pain and loss. Burruss Hall will be illuminated in blue and white tonight to honor the lives lost and express our hope for those injured and held hostage.
To date, we understand that all members of the Virginia Tech community who were known to be in Israel at the time of the attacks are safe. Many of our students and employees have ties to the region, and we know this is a very difficult time for you. We have resources below to support all who have been impacted by these events. Please reach out if you need help.
Members of the university community who seek support or assistance are encouraged to contact these resources.
- Cook Counseling Center at 540-231-6557.
- Dean of Students Office at 540-231-3787. Referral to a campus cleric may be made through this office.
- Employee Assistance Program
- Anthem at 855-223-9277
- Aetna at 888-238-6232
- Kaiser Permanente at 866-517-7042
- Optima Health Vantage HMO at 866-846-2682
- Hokie Wellness at 540-231-2233 (students) or 540-231-8878 (employees)
- Housing Services at 540-231-6205
- Residential Well-being at 540-231-1139
- Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010
- University Ombuds Office at 540-231-3125
- Graduate Office of the Ombudsperson at 540-231-9573