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 wherever they may be.
At this time, the University does not plan to cancel any of our study abroad/away programs or require any study abroad/ away student to return to the Northfield campus. As is the case with most U.S. colleges and universities, Norwich University relies on guidance from the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine when to suspend or cancel programs. Should you wish to return to campus out of concern or fear, the university will do all we can to support your decision and ensure that you have access to adequate resources to do so.
As a reminder:
- Register your trips through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This ensures you receive the most up to date travel alerts and advisories. Make sure you report all countries of travel, including those you plan to transit through.
- Review your international travel and health insurance and become familiar with the medical evacuation benefit. If you have not already done so, share this information with your family and loved ones.
Review with local staff what to do should you require immediate medical attention and know where the nearest clinic is and how to secure help 24/7.
- Monitor the local news and abide by guidance provided by local authorities on how to protect yourself against the spread of communicable infections and diseases, how to seek immediate medical attention, and how to prepare for unexpected travel delays or interruptions.
If you are planning to travel across multiple borders and jurisdictions, do anticipate being turned away unexpectedly at the border and/or quarantined upon return. As a precaution, report or register all travel to your local program provider so that assistance can be provided should the need arises.
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 hand rub 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.
Finally, do let us know how you are doing and if you have any questions/concerns about the local support you are receiving. We trust you are having a great time and are super busy but know that we are here if you need us.
Thy Yang, Assistant VP of International Education