Norwich University is looking forward to the fall arrival of new, transfer and returning students, and is preparing now to best ensure the successful resumption of full campus services and student life. To create the best experience for all, Norwich University has joined the growing number of higher education institutions requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for Fall 2021. All students, faculty and staff on campus in the fall will be required to confirm vaccination.
In the coming days and weeks, Norwich University will distribute additional communications to accommodate special circumstances such as medical exemptions, religious exemptions, guidelines for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of arrival, and students originating from locations where vaccines are not available. Our goal is to have a fully open and active campus while ensuring that individual requests for exemption are considered to the maximum extent possible.
These policy messages are being sent now in early May so everyone can plan. Depending on the vaccine, it can take up to 49 days to be considered fully vaccinated after receiving the first dose, while other vaccines take only seven days. It is our wish that every member of our university community enjoy their summer while receiving the vaccines(s) according to their personal plans.
The next series of instructions and policies will be targeted to specific groups. Human Resources will communicate with faculty and staff within the week on rules and expectations. Enrollment management and student affairs staffs will send guidelines and instructions to new, transfer, and returning students.
The university has identified Aug. 1 as the date by which faculty and staff must be vaccinated. All students must be vaccinated upon arrival to campus any time after Aug. 1. We understand, and fully anticipate, that there will be some circumstances that require the vaccine series to extend beyond Aug. 1.
People with health or other concerns should consult their health care providers for advice on whether to pursue an exemption.
The higher our Norwich community’s vaccination rate, the more we will be able to do as a campus. We all look forward to the sounds and energy that so uniquely define late summer and fall at Norwich.
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