Dear Norwich Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends:
This past Sunday, August 16th, we welcomed about 240 students to campus in the second phase of a six-phase schedule of arrival days in advance of the start of the fall semester. The majority of this arrival cohort was comprised of Corps and civilian upperclass student leaders, together with the Provisional Battalion Rooks.
Our reception process continues to be highly organized and includes COVID-19 testing for every student with results reported in our 24-48 hour testing protocol and timeline. As of this morning, there are a total of 4 positive cases on campus, representing students from the first and second arrival phases. Those students were immediately notified by the Green Mountain Family Practice and have been quarantined according to our policy.
This Wednesday and Thursday, we will greet approximately 230 Rooks who were not required to quarantine as a function of their state of origin. Rooks with last name beginning A-L are arriving today (Wednesday), followed by Rooks with last name beginning M-Z on Thursday.
The final two phases of student arrival are scheduled for Friday, August 28th and Saturday, August 29th. On August 28th, Norwich will welcome 221 first year residential civilian students and early college program students, and on August 29th all remaining upperclassmen and commuter students will be received. At that point, the residential student body will approximate 1,800 students. At this time, we anticipate 300 commuter students for Fall 2020.
To apprise the Norwich, Northfield, and central Vermont communities, Norwich University will be reporting the cumulative count of positive tests throughout the fall semester as well as the number of cases relative to the overall population of students. This data will be reported at 9 a.m. daily on norwich.edu/psa.
As of August 19, Norwich University reports 4 positive cases of COVID-19 across a student body of 659 students currently in residence on the Norwich campus.
President Anarumo’s Town Hall
As a reminder, a town hall for students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, August 20th beginning at 5 p.m. To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8438947865186519821
Yours in Service,
Norwich Together, Norwich Forever!
Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Col, USAF (Ret) President