IN THIS VIDEO:
President Mark C. Anarumo updates the campus community on the number of COVID-19 positive cases and a pushed-back date for the start of in-person classes. He also wants students to understand that if they opt to move to remote-only classes and return home, they will not be stigmatized. Anarumo encouraged students and their families to make the decision that is best for them.
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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: As of Thursday afternoon, Norwich had 56 positive COVID-19-positive cases on campus, bringing the cumulative count to 111. Given these numbers, modified room quarantine will continue and in-person instruction, which had been expected to start Feb. 9, will now be postponed until Feb. 16. “We’ll look at our numbers and determine when we can offer the in-class experience as planned.”
HOT MEALS: Anarumo officials are working to arrange at least one daily in-person hot meal for students in Wise Campus Center’s dining hall. “It will be difficult because of the (physical) distancing requirements and the (social) gathering rules,” Anarumo said, “but we want to get everyone at least one meal to have to sit down in the chow hall as soon as possible.”
ROOK RECOGNITION: Anarumo said students who feel they need to leave campus should, including rooks.
“There’s no shame in that. There’s no dishonor in deciding this is time,” he said. “You’ve done everyone that’s been asked of you. You have tried … and no one can ever take that away from you. … This is nobody’s fault.”
Anarumo said because the current campus situation would deprive rooks of the recognition ceremony they deserve, the rite will be postponed until late summer before the fall semester starts.
EARLY EXITS: Students who leave campus early will receive pro-rated refunds of room and board based on their departure dates from campus.