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12 questions and answers on Campus Life for fall 2020.

Q. Will students be allowed to exercise (run, walk, etc.) off campus? If so, will they have to wear face masks?

A. Students will be allowed to work out off campus alone and in training groups on Central Street, Main Street, Wall Street, Water Street, Dole Hill Cemetery and the RT12/Smith Hill/Dole Hill Route. They will also be allowed to exercise on the Water Street rugby field.

Students will not be required to wear masks during this exercise, but they will be asked to practice appropriate physical distancing when encountering townspeople. Students working out will not be allowed to enter local stores or other community facilities.

Q: How will Norwich University maintain a living environment for on-campus students?

A: Our barracks and residence halls will operate at a reduced capacity, which means no more than two people per room; there will be no triples or quads. To achieve appropriate physical distancing, we had to make the difficult decision not to invite some students back to live on campus and to schedule some students to study at home for the fall semester.  

Q: Which students will be on campus?

A: All first-year students were invited to live on campus. Second- and third-year students in selected programs will be learning fully online, although, as required by the Defense Department, an exception was made for some ROTC contracted cadets and some required student leaders. Students who were not invited to live on the campus in the fall receive priority status to live on campus in the spring.

Q: May students choose to be fully remote for the fall semester?

A: Yes, you may request to be online this semester, even if you’re an incoming freshman. However, choosing remote learning could result in you not being able to take certain lab courses and you may be required to change your schedule if you choose this option. If you’re an incoming freshman in the Corps of Cadets, you can postpone your rookdom until the next year; it won’t count against you.  

Q: May I appeal my assigned living situation?

A: Yes. Letters of appeal outlining the reasons and factors to be considered for exceptions for study locations must be emailed by July 22 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Q: May I live on campus but request the remote learning option?

A: No. If you’re living on campus and your class has hybrid or face-to-face components, you will be expected to attend and participate.  

Q: May I request a leave of absence for the Fall 2020 semester?

A: Yes, you can request a leave of absence based on medical condition — the COVID-19 pandemic will be considered under the rules for medical leave of absence.  

Q: If I elect to be remote for the fall, must I also be remote in the spring?

A: No. If we are in a similar operational situation in the spring, we will work to ensure that the students who did not have on-campus beds in the fall will have them in the spring.  

Q: May I come from out of state and become a commuter student?

A: Yes. However, be sure to understand the commuting policies, which might affect your financial aid and living situation. As a commuter student, you will find your own housing, your own meals. And you’ll have to abide by CDC rules, including quarantining for 14 days when you arrive in Vermont from out of state.  

Q: If I live in Vermont and aren’t chosen to live on campus, may I still attend on-campus classes?

A: Yes, though you will, as everyone else on campus, have to abide by CDC and Vermont Department of Health guidelines.  

Q: Will all seniors be expected to return to campus?

A: No. If you are not ROTC-contracted, if you don’t have any other Corps of Cadets leadership responsibility, and you would like to choose the online option for the fall semester, you’re welcome to.  

Q: Will first-year students be allowed to live on campus during the Spring 2021 semester?

A: Our plan, our hope, is to bring as many students to campus as we can in keeping with the guidelines of the state of Vermont.

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