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Keeping our Norwich students and community informed and safe.

PLEASE NOTE: Norwich University has no known cases of coronavirus on campus at this time. All spring semester courses will be remote effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

I would first like to reiterate President Emeritus Schneider’s warm welcome to our new President, Colonel Mark C. Anarumo, PhD, USAF (Ret). President Anarumo has already immersed himself in the good work begun by Dr. Schneider and the Reopening Task Force to plan for our upcoming academic year. Under President Anarumo’s leadership, I am confident we will continue to make good progress on planning for and executing a productive and safe Fall term in support of Norwich’s students, faculty, and staff.

Fall 2020 Reopening Task Force

Under the leadership of co-chairs Greg Matthews and Cathy Frey, the task force subcommittees continue to work through a range of contingency plans for reopening the campus this fall. To date, plans have been submitted for full residence, partial residence, and fully online scenarios. Planning for a full in-residence opening has informed the University’s Reopening Plan, which will soon be submitted to the Governor’s Economic, Mitigations, and Recovery Task Force. Using this information – submitted to the Governor by all Vermont colleges and universities – the Governor will make a decision in the coming weeks regarding when and how we may move forward with reopening for the Fall term.

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 childcare.

Norwich University applied for and received funding under this program and will use no less than half the amount, or $1,002,307, for emergency financial grants to students. Per Department of Education (DOE) guidance, the funds must be direct cash grants to students. Grants are prioritized based on socioeconomic circumstance. Students must meet federal eligibility requirements and cannot have been exclusively enrolled in an online program prior to March 13, 2020 in order to qualify to receive HEERF emergency funds. The university will be distributing $1,007,970 in the next several weeks to 956 students. This represents approximately 46% of the 2,095 CARES eligible students. Students may decline their award by contacting the Bursar’s office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The funds that are declined will be distributed to another eligible student.

Norwich University Perspectives Project: COVID-19

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