Dear Norwich Students:
Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, Norwich University’s plans for 2020-21 focus on protecting the health of our community while delivering the highest quality educational and campus experience, and remaining a valued neighbor in Northfield, our state and region. Earlier this week, we provided our road map for the steps we are taking to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the parameters upon which we will re-open our campus on a restricted basis. This upcoming week beginning on Monday, July 13, we will host webinars and live Town Hall sessions where you will hear from Norwich leaders and have the opportunity ask questions regarding Academics, Financial Aid, Student Life, and ROTC.
As stated previously, we will operate on-campus housing at a reduced capacity to better protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community. Students who attend the fall semester on campus should expect a hybrid model for teaching and learning in their course schedule, meaning a mix of in- person, online (asynchronous), and remote (synchronous) instruction. For students who remain at home this fall, either by choice or due to housing restrictions, instruction will occur via an array of some mixed, asynchronous online courses and synchronous courses.
For Fall 2020, all first-year students, select sophomores and juniors, and all seniors will have the option to live on campus. This arrangement allows the university to decrease the undergraduate student population living on campus to approximately 70 percent of our normal capacity, lowering the risk of spreading COVID-19. Students who are residing on campus will be living in double quarters. Please note: sophomores and juniors who are not extended the opportunity to live on campus this fall will be assured on-campus housing priority for the Spring 2021 term.
On-campus housing will prioritize the following cohorts for Fall 2020:
- First year students will be prioritized for on-campus housing to ensure their successful transition to college life and an engaged teaching and learning experience. Together, the class of 2024 will learn what effective leadership is, how to think critically and act morally with honor and integrity, and how to live the “I Will Try” Norwich motto.
- Student leaders, including: Corps Regimental Command Teams and Staff Leaders, Corps Battalion Command Teams and Staffs, Cadet Training Corps Leaders, Upper Class Unit Leaders, specialty units, Civilian Orientation Leaders and Resident Advisors.
- ROTC contracted students, and those in the process of pursuing contracts, since they are required to be on campus for Department of Defense-mandated training.
- Students enrolled in programs with intensive lab work, field work, and studio work that cannot be reasonably accommodated online during the fall term.
All academic departments are currently planning their curriculum, course offerings, and course sequencing to ensure students can meet concentration and graduation requirements all while keeping programs in compliance with our outside accreditors.
If you are in one of the academic cohorts designated to remain off campus this fall, you will receive an email notification from the Office of the Provost with contact information for your College Dean and Program Director/School. We are here to best support your academic experience during this learning- from-home situation. In addition, the forthcoming email will provide information relating to your room and board discount for studying from home.
Although in-residence education for our students will include many new protocols and several changes from typical on-campus living through the coming academic year, we are all working to create the best possible learning environment in the context of this public health crisis.
All of us are sacrificing as part of a community dedicated to reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. Although Vermont’s rates of COVID-19 hospitalization and death are some of the lowest in the country, this pandemic is not over. The public health crisis continues to demand self-discipline, personal responsibility, prioritization of the common good over individual preferences, a spirit of cooperation, and resilience. The Norwich community rises to every challenging time with spirit and optimism, and we know this moment will not be different.
Our motto, which has stood the test of time, is “I Will Try.” Our ongoing effort to adapt to COVID-19 and operate our campus with creativity and innovation while ensuring a safe environment is in the spirit of our school’s identity and our motto. We have not surrendered, we have not abdicated our identity, and we are not folding in the face of adversity. “I Will Try” defines our plans to open in Fall 2020. We will succeed because of the remarkably talented individuals and professionals who are finding solutions to complex problems. I ask you to join me in thanking them for meeting the challenges and delivering a herculean effort of which we can all be proud. I also thank each of you for your support and confidence as we move through these uncertain times as one community, dedicated to one another as only Norwich can be.
Norwich Together, Norwich Forever!
Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Col, USAF (Ret) President
Norwich Student Appeals Process
Student submits a letter of appeal outlining the reason and/or mitigating factors to be considered for an exception to their location for study.