Virginia Tech Athletics is committed to excellence, both academically and athletically, and to the personal development of our students. In the spirit of Ut Prosim, we stand strong together to serve and represent our university and community with integrity and respect.
The Virginia Tech Student-Athlete Pylons of Promise sets forth our commitment to our student-athletes during their time at Virginia Tech and beyond.1 This Promise is based on the ideals emblazoned on the eight pylons at the Virginia Tech War Memorial Court and our athletics department’s guiding principles of INTEGRITY, SERVICE, HONOR, EXCELLENCE, STRONG TOGETHER.
Our shared commitments with our Virginia Tech student-athletes are as follows:
When earned, full athletics scholarships pay all costs of a student-athlete’s undergraduate education, including tuition, fees, room, board and books. Effective August 1, 2015, as part of our athletics-grants-in-aid, Virginia Tech will provide approximately $3,2802 for in-state student-athletes and $3,6202 for out-of-state student-athletes to cover the full allowable miscellaneous expense amount - better known to many as the cost of attendance “gap.”
Equivalency scholarships pay for specific elements (books, for example) and/or percentage of costs.3 While non-scholarship student-athletes do not receive full or equivalency scholarships, they receive all non-scholarship-related benefits provided to all student-athletes.
Athletics scholarships may be awarded on an annual or multi-year basis. Four-year scholarships are available for full equivalency scholarship student-athletes entering Virginia Tech. All scholarships set forth in writing the amount of the scholarship, the duration and any conditions of the award. Scholarship terms will be honored unless the student-athlete voluntarily leaves the team, renders himself or herself ineligible, or violates NCAA, ACC, university or department policies. Any reduction of a scholarship’s terms may be appealed to an independent panel. Scholarship terms will not be reduced because of a student-athlete’s injury, illness, or physical or mental condition which prevents or limits participation in athletics, nor on the basis of a student-athlete’s athletics ability or athletics performance.
Virginia Tech is committed to developing leaders. The Department of Athletics provides our student-athletes with a comprehensive, multi-faceted leadership development program which includes:
With service and honor at our core, Virginia Tech develops student-athletes to be the best men and women they can be in an environment of trust and respect with a commitment to compliance. Virginia Tech follows the letter and spirit of NCAA, ACC and institutional rules. Through the Virginia Tech Principles of Community, we acknowledge the importance of diversity and inclusion and the extent to which they enhance the lives of student-athletes and the university. We encourage a healthy environment, free of prejudice and discrimination including demeaning language and physical, verbal and emotional abuse.
Virginia Tech provides quality academic support that aims to meet the unique needs of each student-athlete through the services and programming provided by Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS). Inclusive in this support is:
Virginia Tech will follow all NCAA concussion protocol and continue its landmark study of the topic. In 2014, Virginia Tech and two other schools were awarded a $30 million Department of Defense grant to study the effects of concussions and ways to combat them.
Virginia Tech assists all student-athletes in maximizing their athletic potential. This comprehensive support includes, (but is not limited to):
Virginia Tech is committed to protecting and enhancing the health, safety, and wellness of all of our student-athletes. These commitments include, (but are not limited to) access to:
Virginia Tech will provide student-athletes the opportunity to use the Student Assistance Fund annually to enhance their collegiate experience. This fund of approximately $425,000 annually is used to cover a wide range of student-athlete personal expenses within NCAA, ACC, and university guidelines.
At Virginia Tech, student-athletes have a united voice that is recognized and valued by the athletics department. This voice is known as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Through SAAC, Virginia Tech student-athletes are expected to provide input on issues impacting student-athletes and their experiences on the campus, conference and national level.
Each team is assigned a sport administrator who will provide another resource for student-athletes. The sport administrator helps ensure the Virginia Tech student-athlete experience is positive, productive and adheres to these guiding principles.
As highly visible members of the Virginia Tech community, student-athletes are expected to conduct themselves, both on and off campus, in a manner which respectfully represents their family, team and Virginia Tech. They should at all times demonstrate good judgment and ethical behavior and are expected to adhere to the policies stated within the Hokie Handbook.
It is a privilege to represent Virginia Tech. Our student-athletes, coaches and staff share in this privilege and are expected to act with honor and respect in all that we do.