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PLEASE NOTE: In the abundance of caution and for the health and safety of the Norwich and central Vermont community, the Norwich campus is closed to the public for the foreseeable future to include all buildings, fields and tracks. Thank you for your understanding.

Effectively immediately, members of the Northfield community may use the university’s trail system on Paine Mountain for outdoor recreation. The campus facilities, including the Sabine Field track remain closed to the public.

While using the university’s trail system on Paine Mountain, community members are required to follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Vermont Health Department guidelines including limiting group size to two people, physical distancing and wearing face masks.

Public access to the university’s trail system will remain in effect through Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, when we anticipate students will be returning to campus for the spring semester. We are grateful to everyone on the Norwich campus and in the Northfield community for your role in keeping us all safe and supporting our in-person college experience for our students in 2021.

New England Hockey Conference cancels 2020-21 league schedule and postseason tournament

The Directors of the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) have come to the difficult decision to cancel the 2020-21 league regular season schedule and championship tournament. Despite this news, I remain committed to working with our coaches and Director of Athletics to identify ways our student athletes can compete this season.

Our men’s and women’s hockey teams are both part of the NEHC, and now join our GNAC winter sport teams of men’s and women’s basketball, as well as men’s and women’s swimming and diving, in having their league seasons and championships cancelled. At this time, we do not have an update on the status of the wrestling championship.

Norwich Wastewater Based Epidemiology (WBE) COVID-19 Testing & Findings

Overview:

The situation on the Norwich University campus remains unchanged from previous communications: We have three current positive cases in our university community, and zero positive cases on campus. We have continued to provide a large number of surveillance tests as advertised and promised.

There have been several guidelines and memos distributed from multiple university sources over the past week. Despite these communications, rumors are spreading on several issues. Please read this memo carefully for a consolidated factual update, and please help me control dissemination of inaccurate information by referring students, parents, and members of the Norwich community to the facts below.

Given rises in positive COVID-19 cases including recent positive tests from among our campus population and within our Washington County communities, we have enacted additional protective measures to protect the campus and ensure we finish the fall semester safely. 

I have empowered the deans of our four colleges to work with our faculty to adapt teaching modalities to achieve their teaching and learning objectives through the end of the fall term. That may mean that your faculty will be communicating with you that your classes will be fully remote/online for the remainder of the fall semester in order to de-densify our campus and keep you healthy and safe as you ready to depart for the Thanksgiving holiday. Your faculty will continue to support you if this occurs to make any transition to fully remote learning seamless and successful.

Students who wish to depart campus early are permitted to do so through coordination with the Commandant or Residence Life staff.  All personal items must be boxed and sealed in advance of your departure as previously communicated to you by the Student Affairs staff.  All students should check with their academic advisor, faculty, and Commandant and Student Life staff to ensure departure will not affect successful completion of the fall semester.

Norwich University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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