With the rising cases of COVID-19 across the country, and the Governor of Vermont’s recent directive regarding the need to increase attention to physical distancing and masking, and reducing gathering sizes to single households, Norwich University will require all residential students to participate in the campus quarantine upon their arrival to campus.
Additionally, all students (including residential students and commuter students) will be required to quarantine at home for two weeks before returning to campus for the spring semester in January 2021. The home quarantine is required for all students, whether residing in the state of Vermont or out-of-state. This is in addition to the campus quarantine that all residential students will participate in upon arrival. For those students who were in residence in fall 2020, this is slightly different than the August 2020 arrival process. Please make sure you understand the changes.
All residential students will return to campus on January 15th, 16th, 17th, or 18th to begin an immediate room quarantine. All residential students will be tested on their day of arrival and be required to remain in the modified initial room quarantine until ALL arrival day test results have been received. The initial room quarantine is needed so we can best control any potential spread related to arrival operations, and will conclude on or about January 20th.
What is a modified room quarantine? In the modified initial room quarantine, all students will remain in their rooms except to use the restroom facilities and to pick up their meals. We understand that this will be challenging for students who are used to being active, but the infection rate across the U.S. has increased to such an extent that this is the best way to return all students to campus safely.
Following the modified initial room quarantine period, all students will be required to remain on campus (referred to as campus quarantine), but will be allowed to move about the campus more freely. Please note students will only be allowed to enter the residential building in which they reside and will not be permitted to enter any other residential buildings during the campus quarantine period. Your indoor interactions will be limited to those in your residential buildings until we can release the campus quarantine.
During the campus quarantine period from January 15th to January 28th, minimal faculty and staff will be on campus. Students will be able to participate in physical activities and student events with some restrictions. All residential students will receive a second COVID-19 test on day-7. The campus quarantine may be lifted once ALL 7-day test results have been received and evaluated. We expect the campus quarantine to end on or about January 28th.
Commuter students (whether local Vermonters or out-of-state students living in the central Vermont community) will follow a similar process.
All commuter students will sign up for an “arrival” date and time between Jan. 15th and Jan. 18th and come to campus for a 0-day test. Commuter students will then quarantine in their homes until they return for their 7-day test. They will be cleared for campus upon receipt of a negative 7-day result AND the lifting of the campus quarantine.
By making this decision early to amend the spring arrival process, we hope to provide students, their parents, and families as much time as possible to make travel arrangements.
Arrival and COVID-19 Testing – Updated Schedule:
- Friday, January 15, 1000 – 1600 (respite day – no academic classes)
- Saturday, January 16, 1000 – 1600
- Sunday, January 17, 1000 – 1600
- Monday, January 18, 1000 – 1600 (Classes will be in session, but please work with your faculty if you need to arrive this day in case you will miss class time)
Note: If you do not arrive on campus and test by 1600 on January 18th, you will be required to quarantine off-campus in Vermont at your own expense for a period of eight to ten days.
Arrival Checklist and Pre-Scheduling Arrival Date:
In order to distribute all arrivals over the four-day period, we have set up an arrival checklist system where students will be able to pre-schedule their arrival times. This arrival checklist system will open in early January on a pre-advertised date and time. We will send out more information on how to access and work the system in the coming weeks. Please monitor your email routinely over winter break.
For those students who are flying into Burlington International Airport (BTV), please schedule your flight on whichever date (January 15th, 16th, 17th, or 18th) that best meets your needs. Please do make sure you will be on campus prior to 1600 on January 18th, and Norwich will accommodate your arrival date/time. Shuttle services will be available (for a fee) if needed. Information on how to sign up for those and other services will be included in future communications.
Norwich Together, Norwich Forever!
Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Col, USAF (ret) President