GENERAL ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION
We’re glad you’ve chosen Norwich University for study. When you arrive on campus, we’ll be here to orient you, but there are some to-do items first.
Q: Will there be a Student Checklist? How do we complete it?
A: Yes. All students must complete the Student Checklist, including prearrival registration, before arrival. Instructions and a link for the Student Checklist will be communicated to students after July 15. Students must complete each checklist item and select their appropriate arrival date.
Q: What if I'm away from email, at someplace like armed forces basic training? May a parent help complete this checklist for me?
Q: How will students get their ID cards?
A: Student IDs will be issued on arrival. The cards are superimportant, storing meal plans, opening dormitory doors, allowing entry to the Wise Campus Center dining hall and storing Cadet Ca$h accounts. Prepaid Cadet$Cash accounts allow for budgeting predictability; parents can set up deposit schedules to meet students’ estimated expenses and get money to students’ accounts quickly and easily. Students should report lost or stolen cards to the Cadet$Card Office or Public Safety; lost cards will be disabled immediately.
Q: When is civilian orientation?
A: A link to the residential civilian and commuter new-student orientation schedule has been emailed. The link goes to a SharePoint information page.
Q: Must I attend orientation?
A: Yes, you must join both the online and in-person orientations.
Q: Is there a separate orientation for transfer students?
COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS AND INFORMATION
COVID-19 vaccination is required for students and employees.
COVID-19 GENERAL INFORMATION
Based on current Vermont Health Department guidance and our confidence with a vaccinated campus, Norwich University will be fully operational with no limitations or restrictions for the Fall 2021 semester.
The campus is open to visitors, including spectators for athletics contests and guests at special events. There will be no COVID-19 arrival testing, surveillance testing or quarantine period.
Q: I’m an unvaccinated student. Will I have a chance to get vaccinated when I arrive?
A: Yes. Students who are not yet vaccinated upon arrival will have an opportunity to be vaccinated on campus. Unvaccinated people on campus are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when they’re indoors and around others.
Q: What form must I fill out to get a vaccination exemption?
A: The forms are available from the norwich.edu/psa page.The deadline to complete and submit an exemption form has been extended to July 13.
Q: Where do I send a copy of my COVID-19 vaccination card (due Aug. 1)?
A: Submit this information to Norwich University Health Services:
158 Harmon Drive
Department Box 35
Northfield, VT 05663
— Vaccinations will be available upon arrival to Norwich University. Please notify Norwich University Health Services if you intend to receive a vaccination upon arrival by submitting the exemption form.
— Students with an immunization exemption may be kept out of school during a disease outbreak if it is determined that they are at risk for getting that disease and transmitting it to other students.
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Q: How did Norwich University decide students needed to be vaccinated to return to campus?
A: Our goal is to have the safest, healthiest campus possible. So, taking a cue from the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the Health and Human Services Department, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Heart Association and other agencies, Norwich University is calling for a fully vaccinated campus. Students and others may apply to waive this requirement for religious or medical reasons.
Q: Must people who aren’t vaccinated quarantine or wear masks when they get to campus?
A: No and no. You may wear masks if you wish; some people on campus likely will. But that’s an individual choice.
Q: Will unvaccinated students be barred from athletics or other activities?
Q: Will Norwich University let us know it has received completed our COVID-19 vaccination cards?
A: Yes, people who have submitted their vaccination cards will receive emailed acknowledgments.
Q: I haven’t been able to mail my COVID-19 vaccination card, may I bring it with me?
Q: If I get vaccinated on campus when I arrive, which vaccine will I receive?
A: Pfizer. The university has arranged three vaccine clinics to execute this.
Q: Will I have to pay to be vaccinated?
A: No. Norwich University will provide these vaccines for free.
Q: May families help rooks move into their barracks and may they stay afterward?
A: Yes. Families may help rooks move in as they did in prepandemic years. Parents my then attend the 1 p.m. Welcome Ceremony at 1 p.m. at Shaipro FIeldhouse. At the ceremony’s end, parents will have seven minutes to say goodbye. Then the rook expeirence will start.
Q: When will my rook know his or her company and platoon assignment?
A: Rooks will receive their company assignments only after arriving on campus to their assigned barracks (dormitory) and meeting the staff company mentors and cadet leaders for those barracks.
Q: How do I decipher my rook’s unit designation (e.g., 21-4-2)?
A: Year-company-platoon. The first two digits are the enrollment year (’21). The regiment has five Cadet Training Companies (CTCs); the second digit will be a number from one to five corresponding to the rook’s assigned CTC (in this example, 21-4-2, the rook is assigned to CTC-4). There are three platoons per company; the third digit will be a number from one to three corresponding to the rook’s assigned platoon (in this example, the rook is assigned to 2nd platoon in CTC-4).
Q: When will my rook know his or her assigned roommate(s)?
A: They will first meet on the afternoon of the day your rook and his or her roommate(s) arrive on campus.
Q: What physical fitness test will my rook be required to pass?
A: The Norwich Corps of Cadets follows the U.S. Army field manual for physical readiness training and fitness testing. Therefore, your rook must be prepared to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) annually, which consists of two minutes of pushups and situps and a timed 2-mile run. The test is age- and gender-normed.
Q: Who are company mentors?
A: Company mentors are former military members of the commandant’s staff who are assigned to supervise a Corps of Cadets cadet company. Mentors provide individual oversight, coaching, mentoring and counseling to the cadet leaders, cadets and rooks in the company. Company mentors have an office in the same barracks as the cadets in their company to enable an enduring presence. Company mentors report to an assistant commandant who has supervisory responsibility for one of the Corps’ three battalions. You will learn who your rook’s company mentor is on arrival day or by contacting the Commandant’s Office.
Q: What is the cadet chain of command?
Q: As the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, how is Norwich transitioning its approach to on-campus student life, Corps of Cadets training, and the rook year experience?
A: Norwich University is preparing to ensure the successful resumption of full, in-person campus services, student life experiences and Corps training to include the rook year. To enable this experience, Norwich has joined the growing number of higher-education institutions requiring all people on campus to be fully vaccinated.
All new and returning students, faculty and staff on campus in the fall will be required to confirm their vaccination status. In the coming weeks, the university will distribute additional communications on special accommodations such as medical or religious exemptions, guidelines for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and students originating from locations where COVID-19 vaccines are unavailable.
Q: Where can my rook purchase the prescribed military shoes?
Q: How should your rook break in his or her military shoes or combat boots?
A: Simply wear a pair of socks and your shoes or boots around the house or in the yard for several hours over the summer. But do not wear your boots in the shower or submerge them in water to break them in.
Q: My rook is in the federal Reserves or National Guard. May he or she wear military-issued uniform items?
A. No. Rooks must wear the cadet uniform of the day as prescribed in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets Standing :perating Procedures.
Q: How much cash will a rook need?
Q: My rook needs more money for books and school supplies. How do we get the money to him or her?
Rook room policies
Q: My rook has physician-prescribed medications. Can those medications be kept in his or her room and self-administered?
Q: May rooks have food (e.g., candy or snacks) in their rooms?
A: Rooks may keep a small amount of nonperishable food in their rooms in a plastic, shoebox-sized, sealed container. We recommend nutritious snacks such as Power Bars or granola bars and items that don’t require refrigeration.
Rook leave policy and departure
Q: What is the weekend general leave policy for rooks?
A: Rooks are not allowed overnight passes or regular leave except on scheduled university holidays and Parent & Family Weekend. Emergency leave can be approved by the rook’s company mentor, assistant commandant or vice commandant. Leave requests for special occasions such as weddings and family reunions will be considered.
Q: May my rook attend off-campus religious services? And if so, is transportation provided?
Q: May a rook keep a vehicle on campus, and whom would they contact if a vehicle is required to attend military drill?
A: Rooks may not keep a vehicle on campus except in cases in which one is required to meet a military obligation, such as a weekend drill with a Reserve or National Guard unit. Your rook’s assistant commandant is the approval authority for an exception. Rooks approved to keep a vehicle on campus must apply for and pay the fee for a parking permit through NU Public Safety.
Welcome, Norwich University families!
Welcome to Norwich’s extended family, which numbers 40,000 people living domestically and abroad. If you’re new to Norwich, here are some resources to help you and your student navigate your Norwich journey.
Mentor families — Contact seasoned families whose student is or was a Norwich student. They've been where you are and understand the questions or concerns you may have.
Student sendoffs and Family Weekend — These are events not to be missed. If you're new to Norwich, attend a summer student sendoff and meet other local families near your hometown. Family Weekend is your chance to experience life back "on the Hill" during the fall.
Where to stay when visiting — Our area accommodations pages lists everything from hotels to campgrounds.
Whom to contact — Have questions about housing, financial aid and more? Visit our University contacts page for a list of Norwich University departments.
Here are some frequently asked questions with answers.
Q: When my child was in high school, I could access grades and other educational records. Does this process hold at Norwich University?
A: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA policy) places the student as the educational owner once enrolled in college. Therefore, all communication is directed to students. Students have 24/7 access to a records portal where they can communicate with a third party about grades, course schedule, degree progression and the like.
Q: Should I call Norwich University when I have questions about my student’s educational record?
A: Students are encouraged to investigate their accounts; academic advisers can direct students to the optimal office or official to answer questions. Parents who contact Norwich University offices will be told the resource students should contact to resolve questions. Under FERPA, students’ educational records be neither confirmed nor denied to third parties.
Q: My student wishes that I receive personally identifiable information (PII) or information protected under FERPA. What is the next step?
A: Only students can direct Norwich University to provide PII or protected personally identifiable information through a PII release. Students have access to PII releases, PII director block or PII directly block rescind on the registrar’s Sharepoint site, available through the MyApps, my.norwich landing page.
Q: My student provided me a code within the BannerWeb portal to discuss personal information. Why does my student need to complete this request?
A: The code is most often used during more informal conversations and lets personnel know students have provided acknowledgment to discuss information. However, many questions asked of university personnel are very specific. So, to ensure FERPA compliance, the PII release must authorize discussion of specific items or issues. University personnel want to avoid arbitrating parent-student differences and prefer that students communicate with parents. University personnel can, however, offer clarification when uncertainty arise.
Q: May I schedule a tour of campus and see the barracks or dormitory rooms?
Q: Is campus safe?
A: The Department of Public Safety uses a community policing model to support our university’s vision, mission and Guiding Values. Norwich University’s Department of Public Safety provides a 24-hour physical security presence 365 days a year.
Q: When is the first day of classes?
A: Fall semester classes start Aug. 30. The last day to add classes is Aug. 13; the last day to drop classes is Aug. 29. The academic calendar lists these and other important dates.
Q: When is convocation?
A: Aug. 31.
Q: When is President Dr. Mark Anarumo’s inauguration?
A: Sept. 21 to Sept. 22.
Q: When is Family Weekend?
A: Oct. 8 to Oct. 10.
Q: Will Legacy Pinning happen during Family Weekend?
A: Yes. Students may be pinned by siblings, parents or whomever they wish.
Q: When is homecoming?
A: Sept. 23 to Sept. 26.
Q: When is the Regimental Ball and may students bring dates?
A: The Regimental Bal is Oct. 30. Yes, guests may be invited to attend. Guidance will be published for off-campus guests attending, lodging, and rules.
Q: When does the fall semester end and intersemester recess start?
A: The fall semester’s last day is Dec. 19, 2021; the spring semester starts Jan. 11, 2022.
Because our students are our highest priority, Norwich University has a host of resources to help them succeed academically and emotionally.
Q: If students need emotional support, where can they go on campus?
A: Our Counseling and Wellness Center provides safe, confidential individualized care and support Norwich University’s students, funded through the University Health Services Fee. There are no additional charges for services.
Q: If students use the Counseling and Wellness Center, do their files become part of their medical or military records?
A: No. We safeguard these files vigilantly. They will remain confidential.
Q: How does Norwich support academic success?
A: The Academic Achievement Center is Norwich University's essential resource for enhancing student learning, promoting student success, supporting faculty-student engagement and improving retention and graduation rates. Our professional staff, student tutors and mentors help students develop appropriate college-level study skills, master challenging course content and become lifelong learners. Our interconnected service programs include study skills, content-area, multilngual and peer tutoring; the Corps/Civilian Academic Mentoring Program; workshops; class presentations and test proctoring for students with accommodations.
Q: May first-year students apply for an on-campus parking pass and how much does it cost?
Clothing and uniforms
Q: What does laundry cost? Do you recommend the laundry service for civilians?
A: Laundry costs $2 for each washer and dryer load. Students will generally wash two loads of laundry per week. Laundry service can be beneficial for those who desire it.
Q: If members of the Corps of Cadets needs a uniform altered will the Uniform Store help?
A: Yes. The Uniform Store will help with alterations, but please understand there will be many requests and you’ll need to be patient.
Q: I’m a returning student in the Corps of Cadets and was told to turn in my dress blues and gray tunic when last semester ended. Will they be reissued?
A: Yes. The Uniform Store has been updating ranks for student officers who were promoted and will reissue these garments.
Norwich University offers a wide array of healthy foods through its dining contractor, Sodexo, and other options.
Q: How do I sign up for a meal plan?
A: Sodexo, Norwich University’s dining partner, offers a variety of meal plans for the Wise Campus Center dining hall and a Bite smartphone app for ordering food at the Mill. Sodexo offers a dining tour by video. Sodexo’s staff will also field questions.
Q: If I’m hungry outside mealtimes, what are my options?
A: Besides the Wise Campus Center dining hall, Norwich University offers hot food and snacks at The Mill and coffee and snacks at a full-service Dunkin’ Donuts.
Q: Does Norwich University expect the sort of postpandemic staffing shortages that have beset other service industries, in the dining hall, for example?
A: No. Sodexo is fully staffed on campus staff and ready to serve students.
Q: Will there be set mealtimes for returning students?
A: No. However there will be coordinated evening meals for rook units.
Q: I’m a new first-year student. Will I get a mailbox?
A: Yes. All new first-year students will get a mailbox and a key. Please retrieve the key on arrival day and handle it carefully. If you lose it, a replacement will cost you $35.
Q: Should students have their mailbox numbers on incoming packages?
A: We suggested having your mailbox number on incoming packages, but it’s not required.
Q: When will student mail delivery start for the Fall 2021 semester?
A: Students may order packages and have mail starting Aug. 15.
Q: What postal address will students use?
158 Harmon Drive
Student Box Number
Northfield, VT 05663
Q: To whom do I send mailroom questions?
A: Email the mailroom or call 802-485-2205.
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Q: Does Norwich provide transportation for students to or from the Burlington International Airport or to the bus or train terminals in Montpelier, Vermont?
A: No. Vermont Ride Network, formerly Green Cab VT, is a local taxi service at www.greencabvt.com or (802) 864-2424. Vermont Tour and Charter provides shuttle service for a fee at www.vermonttourandcharter.com/norwich. Dartmouth Coach includes shuttle service to Boston and New York City airports at https://dartmouthcoach.com/.
Norwich University has a rich campus life beyond academics with dozens of clubs and ways to volunteer. Click to learn more.
Q: What sorts of clubs does Norwich University have?
A. We have dozens. To name a few, students interested in the performing arts, for example, can join the Pegasus Players; U.S. Air Force ROTC students interested in honing their professionalism can join the Arnold Air Society. Students interested in journalism can write for the Guidon student newspaper. We also have many academic honor societies tied to majors and intramural and club sports.
Q: Are there informal student events, too?
A: Yes. Many. Our Campus Activities Board stages movie nights, sledding excursions and more. Our master events calendar events.norwich.edu lists these and other activities every week.
Q: Can students volunteer?
A: Yes. Our Center for Civic Engagement offers many ways to serve communities that need help — the elderly, at-risk youth, the homeless, the hungry, the differently abled and economically disadvantaged — often through partnerships with nonprofit organizations.
Q: Can students get work-study jobs? Does being in the Corps of Cadets prohibit this?
A: All students, including those in the Corps, can get work-study jobs. Our student handbook includes guidelines for work-study jobs through the federal work-study program.