As a residential campus with a global reach, Norwich University is closely monitoring the worldwide spread of COVID-19 or the coronavirus and its potential impact in Northfield and in locations where our students are studying away and abroad. We are working with the appropriate authorities and have access to local, national, and international resources to ensure that we can respond as quickly as possible to ensure the health and safety of our students no matter where they may be.
Norwich University currently has 30 students studying abroad or away in the following locations and countries:
- United Kingdom
- United States (Denver and Washington DC)
- U.S. Virgin Islands
At this time, the University does not plan to cancel any of the above programs or require any study abroad/ away student to return to the Northfield campus. This includes the CityLAB: Berlin program in Germany. Norwich policy requires that all faculty and staff planning university sponsored international travel with or without students should register their trip and receive approval at least 30 days before their intended departure date. Students planning international trips on a Norwich sponsored program are also required to register their trips.
As is the case with most US colleges and universities, Norwich University relies on guidance from the U.S. State Department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to determine when to suspend or cancel programs. Should a student wish to return to campus out of concern or fear, the university will do all we can to support the student’s decision and ensure that they have access to adequate resources to do so.
All students and travelers currently abroad have been advised to register their trips through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This ensures that they receive the most up to date travel alerts and advisories. Students and travelers are also advised to maintain international travel and health insurance with a medical evacuation benefit. We also advise all students and travelers currently abroad to monitor the local news and abide by guidance provided by local authorities on how to protect themselves against the spread of communicable diseases, how to seek immediate medical attention, and how to prepare for unexpected travel delays or interruptions.
During this Spring Break season, when students are planning to travel across multiple borders and jurisdictions, we are advising all students to anticipate being turned away unexpectedly at the border and/or quarantined upon return. We have asked all students to report or register all travel to their local program providers so that assistance can be provided should the need arises. Although we do not intend to prohibit or restrict cross border travel, we do caution all students that situations can change quickly and without prior warning.
The college is not aware of any students, faculty or staff who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. We will share developments should they apply to our college community or region.
Based upon recommendation from the Vermont’s Department of Health, any student who has a fever and cough and has recently traveled from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, or Japan or had a potential exposure should self-isolate and immediately call the Student Health Center at (802) 485-2552. The center is open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. – noon Sunday.
If you need medical attention outside the Student Health Center’s operating hours, please contact the following health care facilities and inform them of your potential exposure:
- CVMC Emergency Department, located at 130 Fisher Road, Berlin, Vermont 05602. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. (802) 371-4100
Faculty or staff who have a fever and cough and have recently traveled from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, or Japan or had a potential exposure should self-isolate and contact your health care professional for further guidance. You should also advise your immediate supervisor.
As with any cold and flu season, proper hand and respiratory hygiene should be practiced to reduce exposure to and transmission of many illnesses. This includes:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based handrub or soap and water;
- When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue — throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough.
As always, remember that medical attention and advice are available at the Student Health Center, (802) 485-2552.
We thank you for your help keeping everyone safe and healthy, and we wish you the best as you prepare for the Spring Break.
- Richard W. Schneider, President