Student Handbook

Student Life

Student Activities

Student Life Center, Room 307
Student Activities provide the opportunity for students to continue learning outside the classroom. The department's mission is to build a campus community through event and group involvement that builds relationships, strengthens the body, expands the mind or enriches the spirit.

Yearly activities may include trips, games and novelty programs, theatrical performances, college picnics and the annual Spring Fling. Visit the Student Activities website for the most current list of campus events.


Student Life Center, Room 307
Virginia Western's Athletics Department offers intercollegiate and recreational sports opportunities for students. The department's goal is to promote self-discipline, leadership, teamwork, and physical fitness while having fun and building relationships.

Men's and Women's Basektball participate in Region X NJCAA competition.

Fitness Center

Student Life Center, First Floor
Virginia Western's Fitness Center will open in the new Student Life Center in Fall 2014! The center will feature Technogym cardio equipment, Kinesis stations, free weights, and a group exercise room.

The center membership is free for all currently enrolled students.

Off-Campus Housing

Student Life Center, Third Floor
Virginia Western Community College is a commuter-based campus and does not provide on-campus dormitories for students. The Student Activities Office can provide information about finding off-campus housing and other pertinent information about the Roanoke community.

Student Health and Insurance

Student Life Center, Third Floor
Because Virginia Western Community College is a commuter college, no health services are provided. Students are encouraged to attend to their own personal well being by following good health practices. Information on the Virginia Community College System Student Referral Insurance Providers may be found in the Student Activities Office or online. In the event of a medical emergency, first aid kits and trained personnel are available for assistance in most buildings on campus.

Student ID Cards

Student Life Center, Third Floor
Identification (ID) cards distributed to students, staff, and faculty may be obtained in the Student Activities Office. Students who register and pay for one or more classes are eligible to receive a Virginia Western Student ID card.

The first card is issued free of charge to all students, staff, and faculty. ID cards identify the individual by name and bear a photo and a semester validation sticker, in the case of students and part-time employees. Each semester, students and part-time employees must visit the ID Card Office to receive a current semester validation sticker. The sticker is placed on the current ID card and verifies current enrollment or employment. Without this sticker, the card is invalid. There is a replacement fee for any lost or stolen cards. Damaged cards will be reissued at the discretion of the Student Activities Coordinator. Additional information can be found on the Student ID Cards page.

Valley Metro Partnership/Public Transportation

Students with a valid Virginia Western student identification (ID) card, with a semester validation sticker, may utilize the Valley Metro Service free of charge. Bus service is provided Monday through Friday each week, (no Saturdays or weekends) when classes are in session.