The Orange and Maroon Standard – proper noun; a measure of quality that defines Hokie distinction.

"Orange Obligation and Maroon Mindset" is an encompassing philosophy that exemplifies the expected beliefs and behaviors of Virginia Tech community members and their guests. These expectations are detailed in Virginia Tech’s mission and purpose, Hokies Respect, Principles of Community, Hokie Handbook, A Community of Hokies, Core Values of Virginia Tech, Invent the Future, and Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) statements.

Obligation – noun; something by which a person is bound or that an individual is obliged to do, and which arises out of a sense of duty or responsibility.

Commitment to Excellence – Excellence in all three university missions— teaching, research, and outreach—requires us to create and obtain knowledge to expand opportunity, strive for the highest quality in our endeavors, and devote ourselves to those in need of our talents.

Commitment to Service – Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), is the most central of our core values. Service permeates the university and is endemic to our existence.

Commitment to Integrity – Virginia Tech expects community members to behave in a way that is consistent with their own personal values and to hold themselves accountable for their actions. By consistently demonstrating personal responsibility, learning the art of community, and denouncing behavior that is incongruent with community values, Hokies can lead an academic, personal, and professional life that promotes integrity.

Mindset – noun; a fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of situations.

Hokie Nation – The members of this community are linked by a unique bond with complex values, respect, high standards of behavior, shared and inclusive government, life-long relationships, pursuit of excellence, integrity, self-accountability, and collaboration.

Principles of Community – Social and intellectual diversity is fundamental to an accessible and inclusive community. This value demonstrates our unwavering need to respect and value all individuals, seek understanding about all parts of our communities, encourage the unique strengths that our differences furnish, promote positive collaborations and interactions, and provide healthy and safe environments.

Hokies Respect – Within our community of Hokies, Virginia Tech strives to offer a welcoming atmosphere. Respecting our opponents, the game, the competition, and ourselves is the Virginia Tech commitment to sportsmanship. Although Hokies Respect originated in athletics, it applies to all Hokies, everywhere. Respect must extend to class, interpersonal relationships, residence halls, and the town of Blacksburg.