Student Handbook

Academic Support

Academic Link

Brown Library, Main Floor
The Academic Link is the home of Virginia Western's learning assistance programs. The Link's services include one-on-one tutoring, walk-in and writing centers, the online writing center, online tutoring, and academic success coaching. These services are available to all Virginia Western students at no additional cost.

Advising Center

Chapman Hall, Room 105
The Advising Center serves the needs of first-time students, non-curricular students, and students who are returning to Virginia Western after an absence of three or more years. New Student Advisors, located in the Advising Center, are knowledgeable about the variety of programs and curricular options that Virginia Western offers and can help students find programs that fit with their career goals, interests, and abilities.

New students can receive assistance with placement test score evaluation, academic success goals, academic planning, and details about the transfer and guaranteed admission agreements that Virginia Western has established with four-year institutions.

Alliance for Excellence

Anderson Hall, First Floor
We believe that higher education is the key to success in our society today. The Alliance for Excellence is a collaboration among community colleges, Black churches and other youth and economic development programs. The program will foster the leadership skills, social awareness, educational qualifications, and marketability essential for meaningful employment, personal fulfillment, and economic advancement.

Brown Library

Brown Library is a friendly and comfortable facility where users are empowered to connect with information and with each other. The Library provides quality resources in electronic and in print formats to support teaching, learning and research. Library services and instruction are also provided to prepare patrons to efficiently locate, evaluate, and use information.

Campus Bookstore

Craig Hall
The Bookstore sells and rents textbooks, school supplies, art supplies, computer software, laptops and general merchandise. Students can shop in the store or place orders online through the Bookstore website.

Career and Employment Assistance

Student Life Center, Room 206
The Hall Associates Career and Employment Assistance Center is a counseling, assessment, and resource facility offering career-related services to Virginia Western students and alumni. The center features career assessments and job market data.

Students and alumni may use these resources to explore careers, choose a major, and search for employment. Assistance is also available in writing a resume, and preparation for a job interview.

The center also maintains an online job bank that lists jobs targeted to Virginia Western students and graduates.

Computer Labs

All lab patrons are required to observe the VCCS Computer Guidelines, as well as additional policies as posted in each lab. All labs are closed during student breaks, holidays observed by the college, and when the college is closed due to inclement weather.

Academic Link in Brown Library

Brown Library, Main Floor
All currently enrolled students.

Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
*These hours may change depending on the school calendar.

Testing Center in Brown Library

Brown Library, Room 017
Instructional Support Lab for Students and Faculty

Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Open Lab

Business Science Building, Room 302
The open lab is available for currently enrolled students or current faculty and staff to work individually (no group work is allowed). Patrons must sign in upon entering the lab. Software tutoring may be available.

Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Help Desk

Business Science Building, Room 273
The Help Desk provides first level help desk support services for students, faculty, staff and computer labs. The Help Desk answers technical and non-technical questions and is available to support students in their academic pursuits.

Intervention Counselor

Chapman Hall
The Intervention Counselor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is available to support students in a variety of ways: providing on campus support and advocacy, working with faculty and staff to ensure student success, making community referrals, and providing guidance regarding student conduct. Students may self-refer or faculty and staff may refer students to this office.

Policies and Procedures

Virginia Western maintains written policies and procedures to provide structure and guidance for both academic and non-academic issues.

The college maintains policies on Substance Abuse, Campus and Workplace Violence Prevention, Sexual Misconduct, Smoking, Pets on Campus, Children on Campus, Academic Regulations, Computer Use, Student Conduct and Student Grievances.

All college policies, including those mentioned above, are available online at www.virginiawestern.edu/about/policies/index.php.

Students looking for a specific policy can also use the search box on the Virginia Western website.

REACH-Student Support Services Program

Student Life Center, Room 207
REACH is a program designed for students with academic potential who are in need of special services. The focus of the program is to help qualified students successfully complete college. Services available include tutoring, career counseling, personal counseling, assistance in obtaining financial aid, academic counseling, cultural activities, transfer assistance, and individual assistance as needed.

Support for Students with Disabilities

Student Life Center, Room 207
Persons with a disability who are considering applying for admission on a full- or part-time basis can schedule an appointment with a Student Support Services counselor. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss program accessibility and individual needs. Applicants with disabilities planning to enroll are encouraged to advise a Student Support Services counselor, in advance of the beginning of classes, of their need for auxiliary aids, readers, tutors, interpreters, taped materials, or other services and devices. Additional information can be found on the Disability Services web site.

The phone number is (540) 857-7286 and TTY number is (540) 857-6351. The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator is also located in the same office at the same telephone number, should anyone have concerns or need specific information.

Testing Center

Brown Library, Ground floor
The center serves as the college's testing center for the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) as well as proctored exams for make-up tests and distance learning courses.