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Welcome back! As the fall semester begins, we want to inform you about policies and procedures related to Sandy Hall. 

Sandy Hall Spaces:

  • Sandy Hall is accessible to Neuroscience majors only. Entrance requires Hokie Passport swipe. Students may enter through the front door only.
  • Students have access to the first floor and basement of Sandy.
  • Students do not have access to the second or third floor or to the first floor breakroom. 
  • The elevator has a capacity of 1.
  • All spaces are arranged to allow for individual studying, not group studying. Group studying will need to be done off premises while still abiding by university regulations.
  • All spaces have tables arranged to enforce appropriate physical distancing. Please do not rearrange chairs or tables.

Sandy Hall Policies:

  • Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, headaches, loss of taste or smell, excessive fatigue, respiratory distress, difficulty swallowing, coughing, of GI disturbances), anyone who has recently tested positive for COVID19, and anyone who has had direct contact with individuals that have recently tested positive for COVID-19 are NOT allowed to be in the building.
  • Face masks are required at all times in Sandy Hall. Refusal to wear a face mask will result in dismissal from the building.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located near entry and exit points of the building and floors.
  • Used surfaces should be disinfected prior to leaving the space. Disinfectants and paper towels are provided in all locations.

We want to keep Sandy Hall open and available to all of you that need this space. Please do your part to ensure the building stays accessible to all of you. 

As a reminder, the University mandates:

  • There should not be ANY non-university sanctioned/monitored gatherings, on or off campus, larger than 15 people.
  • Face masks/coverings should be worn at all social gatherings, with 6-foot physical distancing. Individuals should remove themselves from situations where this is not possible.
  • Independent outdoor exercise is the only exception to the obligation of the face covering requirement.

Failure to follow these guidelines puts your peers at risk and will result in immediate interim suspension and removal from campus housing. This will adversely affect your academic and future professional careers. 


Keep in mind that Sandy Hall study spaces may fill to capacity and you will need to find space elsewhere. Here are additional locations on campus:

Indoor classrooms available on a first-come, first-serve basis Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm (bolded indicates buildings in close proximity to Sandy):

  • Architecture Annex: 7
  • Davidson Hall: 201, 301
  • Derring Hall: 1076, 1084, 3092
  • Goodwin Hall: 145, 155
  • Hutcheson Hall: 209
  • Major Williams Hall: 434, 532
  • McBryde Hall: 207, 212, 216, 219, 226, 230, 233, 302, 316, 328, 332
  • Pamplin Hall: 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1008, 2001, 2002, 2028, 2030, 3001, 3004, 3010, 3028
  • Randolph Hall: 110, 116, 121, 206, 206A, 211, 222, 316
  • Robeson Hall: 101, 116, 122
  • Saunders Hall: 408
  • Seitz Hall: 207
  • Wallace Hall: 244
  • Whittemore Hall: 257, 277
  • Lavery Hall: 335
  • Williams Hall: 209

Outdoor study spaces with furniture, lighting, and coverage (*indicates extended WiFi coverage available):

  • Dietrick Plaza*
  • Pedrew-Yates Plaza
  • Owens Plaza*
  • Lavery Hall Plaza (near Turner Place)*
  • Burchard Plaza*
  • Derring Hall overhang

Additional outdoor WiFi coverage information can be found here.