Check Out Message for Students
We are so pleased in how your commitment to an on-campus experience allowed to us to remain residential for the majority of the fall semester. As you know, all students will leave campus by Nov 25th and not return again until January. In order to maintain the safety of all, the departure process will be a bit more complex than it has been in years past. We are providing this communication with all the information you need to plan your departure.
Emergency Leave: Emergency leave is still authorized as we prepare for winter break, but students who must leave campus and travel to a quarantine required area and do not return to campus by November 6th, will not be allowed to return to campus this semester and must complete the check-out process prior to leaving.
Testing: Regular COVID testing will continue until Nov 24. Students should research the travel requirements for the state to which they are traveling for the winter break. Testing occurs at Plumley Armory on the below schedule. Please note that results can take up to a full two days to be reported.
Monday: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (There will be no testing Nov 5 due to the Blood Drive)
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
We will add an additional testing day on Tuesday, November 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Belongings: If you are not returning in the spring semester, you must remove all your belongings and vacate you room. Students who have not registered for classes by the time they check out will be required to remove all their belongings and vacate.
If you are retuning in January, you will be required to pack all your belongings prior to leaving for winter break. You are not required to remove your belongings from your rooms if you plan to return for the spring semester. You will simply pack you things appropriately for shipping or storage in the event you are unable to return. The university will provide you with packing materials for your belongings as needed. Students who fail to properly pack their things will be charged an Improper Check-out Fee of $50.
Finally, fall classes will end online at the conclusion of winter break and spring classes will begin online prior to your arrival back on campus. Therefore, you MUST take any items required for completion of your academic work this semester and start of your academic work next semester (computer, textbooks, calculator, etc.) with you as you depart for winter break. The university will not be shipping items to students.
Keys: Also unlike past years, you will be required to turn in your room key before you leave even if you will be returning to the same room in the spring. This requirement helps to ensure that every student completes the spring semester arrival process in January. If you are not returning in January, you must return both your room key and your mail key. Failure to turn in your room key will result in a key and lock replacement fee of $100.
Check Out Process: Winter break will officially begin on Wednesday, November 25th at 7 p.m. Residential Life staff will be prepared to check you out of your rooms as early as Wednesday, November 18th. If you need to checkout prior to November 18th, please coordinate your departure with residence life staff or your company mentor. Please note that Rooks are not authorized to leave prior to Sunday, November 22nd. You will have both an express checkout option and check-out inspection option regardless of lifestyle. Check-out standards are found on the express check-out envelope and are posted in individual buildings. If you choose to have a check-out inspection, you must coordinate a date and time with your RA or company leadership.
- The last full meal served by the dining facility will be lunch on Wednesday, November 25th. The Pick 6 line will be available for dinner that evening.
- All students must vacate the residence halls by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25th without exception. All doors will be locked and no access will be allowed after 7 p.m.
Shuttles: We have partnered with Vermont Tour & Charter to provide shuttle service to Burlington International Airport for Thanksgiving/Winter Break. Shuttles will operate November 18th through 25th with five shuttles daily. Students will purchase the shuttle service directly from Vermont Tour & Charter for a specially negotiated price of $39 per person (additional charges may apply for extra luggage).
To sign up and pre-purchase this shuttle service, please go directly to https://vermonttourandcharter.com/norwich and follow the directions. All airport shuttles will depart from the Goodyear Gate. Vermont Tour & Charter also offers their shuttle services for departures prior to November 18th. The company will communicate directly with you on the cost for departures prior to November 18th.
Additionally, Norwich will operate its university shuttle to the Montpelier Amtrak station on November 21st through 25th. The shuttle will leave the Sullivan Museum Compass at 9:30 a.m. (based on the 10:25 a.m. train departure schedule in Montpelier). The cost of this shuttle is $10 per person. Sign up and pre-purchase your spot at https://alumni.norwich.edu/shuttleservice.