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Effective Monday, March 8, the restriction by residential building will be lifted. Residential students will transition to “Phase 1” campus quarantine environment, restricted by published “student household.” All students will be required to remain on campus, but will be allowed to move about the campus more freely. Please note: students will only be allowed to enter the residential buildings and rooms in which members of their student household (defined below) reside. Students will be able to continue participating in outdoor activities as well as institutional programming with appropriate COVID-19 protocols.

STUDENT HOUSEHOLD

Use of Student Households for campus social activities is required by the state of Vermont.  The definition of a Student Household at Norwich will be executed as follows:

Each student shall identify up to six individuals that constitute their household, and each student is limited to membership in one household only. The household shall include each student’s roommate. Students are required to restrict social gatherings to this micro-group. Social gatherings do not include dining operations, library operations, in-person classes, religious gatherings, college affiliated athletics, and institutional programming. Student affairs, commandant staff and residence life staff can answer questions on whether an event qualifies as institutional programming. If in doubt, please ask!

All student households need to be formed and communicated to the appropriate lifestyle leadership by Monday, March 8 for review and approval. Students must also post their approved student household list on the outside of the door of their residence hall or barrack room. This list must include the name, residence hall or barrack, and room number for each student in the student household.

Students who are unable to identify a student household, or who wish to receive help being assigned to a student household, can contact their company mentor or the Residence Life Staff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The lifestyle leadership can assist in assigning students to a student household. 

Students will be restricted to their “student household” for any academic study groups and social gatherings.

Any student who has a question regarding their student household should contact their company mentor or the Residence Life Staff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please remember, the student household program is a requirement set by Vermont and applies to all colleges operating within the state. Norwich must operate in accordance with the program until the state modifies or rescinds the requirement. 

PHASE 1

During Phase 1, it is vital that students continue to fully comply with the Student Behavioral Contract, complete the Daily Health Screening, adhere to the face mask/coverings policy, maintain physical distancing, follow hand hygiene guidelines, and adhere strictly to the student household restriction.

We are all experiencing COVID-19 fatigue and frustration; however, compliance with these guidelines is critical to keeping our community healthy and safe. Please review the following details outlining Phase 1 below:

May I leave campus?

All residential students must stay on campus during Phase 1 unless prior approval has been granted to be off campus for medical appointments, military orders or government contracts, approved academic commitments, or by exception granted through the lifestyle leave request process. Students should submit leave requests using their lifestyle leave request process through their company mentor or the Residence Life staff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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1Bn Staff

LTC Passalacqua

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Alpha Co

CSM DeDominick

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Bravo Co

CSM Bergen

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CTC 1

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CTC-2

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Charlie Co

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Delta Co

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CTC-3

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Remaining on campus now is critical to reducing COVID-19 exposure and transmission. We must continue to follow health and safety measures to prevent and contain potential spread of the virus.

Am I allowed to leave my room and visit other student rooms?

Residential students are permitted to leave their rooms while wearing a mask and adhering to physical distancing guidelines. Visiting other student rooms is acceptable but it is limited to members of your student household. Maximum room capacity is one guest per resident currently assigned to the room (e,g., double room has a four-person max capacity). Students must wear their masks when visiting or having visitors from another room. Facial coverings are required at all times except when students are in their own room alone, or with their own roommate only and the room door is closed.

May I visit a friend in another building?

Students will only be allowed to enter the residential buildings and rooms in which members of their student household reside.

May I enter campus buildings?

Until further notice, academic and administrative buildings will remain locked, and students will be prohibited from entering.  This is being done to reduce exposure between staff and students.

Can I go to the Barbershop, Bookstore, Mailroom, and Uniform Store?

Students can visit the barbershop, bookstore, mailroom, and Uniform Store for in-person services beginning Monday, March 8.

Hours of Operation:

Mailroom: M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed on weekends.
Bookstore: M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed on weekends.
Uniform Store: M-F 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed on weekends.
Barbershop: M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. by appointment for civilian students and Norwich employees, Corps schedule as-posted, closed on weekends.

Can I have food delivered to campus?

Food delivery, including Instacart, is permitted. All food deliveries shall be directed to the Sullivan Museum Compass at the curb cut along University Drive. Food delivery must be contactless, and visiting delivery drivers must wear masks and not exit the delivery vehicle.

Are students permitted to work on campus?

Students should contact their campus employer and ask if remote work is available for their work-study or temporary employment position. Remote work is perfectly acceptable if the campus employer can support that work modality.

If a campus employer cannot support remote work, in-person student work may be approved on an individual basis.

Can commuter students come to campus?

In the interest of public health and safety, and to mitigate risk of potential spread of the virus, commuter students may not come to campus under Phase 1. The exceptions will be for students taking in-person classes, such as nursing and lab sciences, and for students participating on in-season varsity athletics teams. These categories of students will be required to come to campus for COVID-19 testing as assigned.

What can I do to help reduce spread?

Stay informed; health conditions can change in the immediate area and on our campus. Stay up to date so you know what requirements or conditions are changing on campus and are aware of the most current campus information.

Wear your mask in the barracks and residence halls. Facial coverings are required at all times except when students are in their own room alone, or with their own roommate only and the room door is closed. Facial coverings should also be worn at all times while on campus, in classrooms and labs as well as in all public areas, indoors or outdoors, especially in congregate settings such as fitness facilities.

Be smart – protect yourself from the virus:

  • After you visit or have a visitor in your room, use sanitizing wipes to disinfect your space. Clean your chairs, computers, phones, chairs, desktops, etc.
  • After you visit the restroom, use a sanitizing wipe for the area you used including the sink and door handles.
  • Wear your mask properly — cover your nose and your mouth fully at all times.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially before and after eating and after using the restroom.

Enjoy your opportunities to engage with others while keeping your physical distance. Limit close face-to-face contact. 

Avoid gatherings: We know that outbreaks and spread occur at gatherings, especially when masks are not worn and distancing is not maintained. Limit gatherings to members of your “student household,” keep your distance when together, and be outside as much as possible when you are together.

Complete the Daily Health Screening. If you are sick or have had possible exposure to COVID-19, avoid being around others to reduce the chance of spread. Students, faculty, and staff are required to complete the Daily Health Screening, check temperature, and note any symptoms. Call NU Health Services (802) 485-2552 immediately to report symptoms.

STUDENT STUDY LOCATIONS

Beginning Monday, March 8, several campus locations will be available for use as student study space:

Kreitzberg Library will be open for in-person services and for use as student study space: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. View the latest information about Library services at https://guides.norwich.edu/home.

Wise Campus Center spaces, including WCC 133 (Fishbowl Lounge), WCC 218 Meeting Room, and WCC 228 Meeting Room, will open daily 8 a.m. – Midnight for reservations and in-person use, including use as student study space. Make reservations through Outlook or at the touch panels outside the room. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with reservation questions.

Residential Buildings will offer dedicated rooms available by reservation for use as private study spaces. Reserve space by contacting your company mentor or the Residence Life Staff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

INSTITUTIONAL PROGRAMMING

We are working very hard to find ways to provide you with programming, especially exercise and outdoor activities, while prioritizing public health and safety to prevent further spread of the virus. Students will be able to continue participating in outdoor activities and institutional programming with appropriate COVID-19 protocols.

DINING OPERATIONS

Effective Monday, March 8, the dining hall, Dunkin’ Donuts and the Mill will open for full operation without restriction by residential building.

Beginning Monday, March 8, the dining hall will return to normal hours of operation. Residential building assignments and bracelets will not be required. Students will be required to follow their self-selected meal assignments in Banner. Seating has been designated to allow for 6 feet of space between all students. Seating will be first-come, first-served. The dining hall will remain open for snack time 2:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Pick 5 will be available, beginning March 8.  The location has been moved to the servery and will be clearly marked upon entry. Pick 5 hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Dunkin will remain open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. with a full retail menu. Bite U mobile ordering will be available and is encouraged.

The Mill will reopen on Monday, March 8, with a full retail menu. Bite U mobile ordering will be available and is encouraged.  Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 6 – 11 p.m.

For additional information, or to contact the appropriate university official(s) with specific questions, please visit the Norwich.edu/psa website. If you have any questions or concerns about our Covid-19 response, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your continued compliance to our health and safety guidelines to ensure the well-being of our campus community.

Norwich Together, Norwich Forever!

Dr. Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Colonel, USAF (ret)
President

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