Thank you everyone for your tireless efforts during a very unique time in the history of Norwich University. Receiving, teaching, and training our cadets and civilian students while ensuring a safe environment for all has required a significant amount of creativity and innovation. I sincerely thank all of you for supporting our Fall 2020 initiatives.
Employee COVID-19 Testing
As part of our plan for re-opening campus to our students, I have directed that our employees undergo COVID-19 testing to ensure a safe campus environment. Employees who have been authorized by their supervisor to work remotely for the entire fall semester and will not be on campus for any reason, including being in the CGCS building, are exempt from this testing requirement.
Testing Event #1 will be conducted on Wednesday, 5 August, from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. in Plumley Armory. We request staff use this event to the maximum extent possible, though faculty who are working on campus during August are welcome to test on this day.
Testing Event #2 will be conducted on Wednesday, 26 August, from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. at a location to be determined that will be published soon. We ask that faculty use this date as their primary testing option, along with staff who cannot attend the 5 August event.
Employees may walk-in during these hours or they may reserve a testing time as follows:
- Go to Reserve your time here.
- Select service – click on either the August 5 or August 26 Employee COVID Testing box
- Select time – on the calendar click on the day you selected (August 5 or 26) then select the time you want
- Enter Name and Email (phone number is optional)
- Click Book. You will get an email confirmation with a calendar appointment request.
If you are unable to be tested on your scheduled day, please contact Human Resources at (802) 485-2075 for alternate arrangements.
Assistance with Student Arrival
Due to the requirements established by the Vermont Department of Health, our students will be returning in phases on various dates. Because of these requirements, many more staff than usual are needed to check-in students, direct the flow of traffic, unload student belongings for transport to their rooms, or assist parents.
Arrival dates are:
- 8 August – all students requiring quarantine
- 16 August – student leaders, Provisional Battalion Rooks
- 19-20 August – Rooks
- 28 August – Civilian First Year students
- 29 August – Upperclass students, commuter students
Campus Quarantine Period
To meet requirements established by the Vermont Department of Health for the safe re-opening of our campus to students, and to ensure the mental and physical health of our arriving students, we will be creating a “campus quarantine” from 8-16 August. This means we will be receiving all students who are required to quarantine at the same time, and minimizing the on-campus presence for the vast majority of faculty, staff, and non-quarantine students to ensure we do not mix high-risk and low-risk populations.
Students who arrive for quarantine will be required to remain on University grounds for at least 7 days, and will be removed from quarantine once we receive their 7-day negative COVID-19 test. During this 7-9 day period, students will be able to move about the campus. In order to minimize interaction between employees and students during the quarantine period, I am directing all employees to remain off campus and work remotely during this time. The only exceptions are those employees designated to be on campus by their supervisor. We anticipate the presence of Public Safety, Facilities Operations, and Student Affairs, but are asking all others to work remotely during this time for the safety of all.
Since the quarantine group arrives on Saturday, 8 August, the period for employees to remain off campus is 8-16 August.
Any employee who is directed to remain off campus and is unable to work remotely will enter PAID ADMIN LEAVE on their timecard for work hours missed.
Finally, Jackman Hall and the Hayden Building will be designated “no student” zones during the quarantine period. Please also note students will not have card access to academic buildings during the quarantine period.
Return to Campus Resources
The University has prepared multiple COVID-related documents to ensure our practices are in complete alignment with the safe campus re-opening requirements established by the State of Vermont. These documents are found at the Norwich University Policies page in the Temporary Policies, Procedures, Forms section and are all preceded with the word “COVID.”
Our COVID-related policies and procedures apply to students, employees, and all persons on campus and are subject to change as requirements from the State of Vermont are added or modified. Modified documents will reflect the change date in the title, so students and employees should check the policy page frequently for updates.
Effective 1 August, all persons on campus are required to wear a mask or facial covering indoors or outdoors when within 6 feet of another person. Exceptions are those engaged in exercise, strenuous activity, under age 2 years, or who have a medical or other health issue that precludes the wearing of a mask.
To ensure this requirement is met, Facilities Operations has obtained masks and will distribute them to multiple locations on campus. Employees who need a mask should contact their supervisor.
Town Hall Follow-Up
Since we did not have sufficient time to answer all the questions submitted at our last Town Hall Meeting, a complete listing of questions and answers have been posted to the EMPLOYEE PSA section at Norwich.edu.
Thank you again for all you have done and continue to do for our great university! I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Yours in Service,
Norwich Together, Norwich Forever!
Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Col, USAF (Ret) President