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VTechWorks: Courses and Student Works

This is a user's guide to the Virginia Tech online repository, VTechWorks.

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How Faculty Can Provide Online Access to Course Projects by Students

According to Virginia Tech's Policy 13000 (PDF), students retain copyright in their work, while the university retains non-exclusive rights.  If faculty would like student works for their course to be presented online in VTechWorks, we prefer that faculty inform students in the course syllabus or project assignment of this requirement or request, and provide the instructions for students below.


  • Email with the following information:
    • Provide the course number and name (a collection will be created under Student Works)
    • Confirm that you have informed students that you are requiring (or requesting) their work to be uploaded to VTechWorks
    • Let us know whether you want to approve each submission before it goes online or not
  • Please provide students with the uploading instructions below:


  • Register with your VT email address
  • Email and request to submit to the course collection (e.g., CS5604: Information Retrieval)
  • Log in and go to Submissions, then "Start a new submission."
  • Describe the work and upload a PDF file (preferred; other formats accepted)
  • Once approved, the work will be posted online, and you will receive an email with the permanent link

(Note: Students can always upload their scholarly work to a VTechWorks general collection.  Follow the steps above, and request to submit to one of the collections in Student Works, such as Undergraduate Presentations, or propose a new collection.  For Undergraduate Theses, students should consult with their faculty mentor first, especially if the work includes data that has not been previously published.)

Questions? Email us at

Institutional Repository Manager

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Philip Young
(540) 231-8845
Newman Library, Room 423