PLEASE NOTE: As of September 28, Norwich University reports zero active cases of COVID-19 in a total of 1665 students currently in residence on the Northfield campus. The cumulative total of positive cases is five to date. As a precautionary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Norwich campus is closed to the public for the foreseeable future to include all buildings, fields and tracks. Thank you for your understanding.
Upon our decision to deliver an in-person student experience for Fall 2020, I committed to reviewing our policies and potentially loosening restrictions once we had some data to review and no later than 15 September. Given our current situation of zero positive cases, adherence to behavioral standards by the vast majority of our students, and low prevalence of the virus in the local area, we will begin loosening restrictions according to the guidelines contained in this memo.
As an outcome of our meetings last week with Dr. Timothy Partridge, our Norwich University medical director, I want to provide a critical update on the Norwich University Mask Policy.
In order to comply with the Vermont Department of Health guidelines and continue on our current trajectory to maintain the health and safety of our campus, Northfield and central Vermont communities, I ask that you read, understand and fully comply with this policy. Thank you for your understanding and efforts to ensure that Norwich University is a safe environment for everyone. We will evaluate these rules and standards constantly and adapt as the situation and advise of medical professionals dictate.
Yours in Service,
Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Col, USAF (Ret) President
On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into federal law. Included in the Act was the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to support college students whose education was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic with financial grants. These emergency grants are intended to assist students with unanticipated expenses for food, housing, academic course materials, technology, health care and child care.
Norwich University applied for and received funding under this program and used no less than half the amount, or $1,002,307, for emergency financial grants to students. Per Department of Education (DOE) guidance, the university made direct cash grants to students. Grants were prioritized based on socioeconomic circumstance. Students must have met federal eligibility requirements and could not have been exclusively enrolled in an online program prior to March 13, 2020, to qualify to receive HEERF emergency funds. The university has distributed $1,002,307 to 955 students. This represents approximately 46% of the 2,095 CARES-eligible students.
Norwich University and Sodexo Dining Services are working together to operate our on-campus dining facilities in compliance with current guidance from the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols will be integrated into everything we do. To learn more about dining locations, meal options, hours of operation, seating arrangements, and other details of dining service please view this video. Together we are committed to operating safely and delivering delicious meals to our campus community.
Please visit: https://norwich.sodexomyway.com
Dear Norwich Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends:
This past Sunday, August 16th, we welcomed about 240 students to campus in the second phase of a six-phase schedule of arrival days in advance of the start of the fall semester. The majority of this arrival cohort was comprised of Corps and civilian upperclass student leaders, together with the Provisional Battalion Rooks.
Our reception process continues to be highly organized and includes COVID-19 testing for every student with results reported in our 24-48 hour testing protocol and timeline. As of this morning, there are a total of 4 positive cases on campus, representing students from the first and second arrival phases. Those students were immediately notified by the Green Mountain Family Practice and have been quarantined according to our policy.