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CAMPUS REOPENING FOR THE SPRING 2022 SEMESTER

We are writing with an important update and essential information for the Spring 2022 term, including enhanced health and safety requirements as we continue to plan for full, in-person academic and co-curricular experiences on campus.

We have closely followed the emergence of the omicron variant and its rapid spread in the United States. The situation is dynamic, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing the best possible student experience this spring semester with a special focus on preserving in-person classes.

The residence halls and barracks will reopen at noon Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022.

The dining hall will reopen for the dinner meal on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. 

NU Health Services will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, 

Civilian residential students with questions about returning to campus or who need to return late should contact Residence Life at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Residential cadets should contact their company mentors.

Our COVID-19 Dashboard has been paused for the Winter Break and reporting will resume beginning Monday, Jan.10, 2022, at the start of the Spring 2022 semester. As always, please visit our COVID-19 website at www.norwich.edu/psa for the most current data.

SPECTATORS AT NORWICH ATHLETICS SPORTING EVENTS

As of Dec. 29, 2021, we are continuing to allow spectators to attend Norwich Athletics sporting events.  All spectators must be masked at all times while indoors.  We also request that all spectators maximize spacing between other guests while watching from the stands. 

We will monitor public health reporting and updated guidance daily and will work with our community partners if any adjustments to the Winter Break spectator policy are warranted. 

We plan to have live video coverage for every home Norwich Athletics contest scheduled to take place during winter break, including all four games of the holiday Men’s Hockey Tournament. All games can be accessed via www.norwichathletics.com/livestream. Please take advantage of this livestream if you are symptomatic or believe you may put others at risk by attending games in person.

We will closely monitor the campus environment after Jan. 10 student arrivals and adjust our spectator policies as needed.    

The Spring 2022 academic semester begins Monday, Jan. 10. 

VACCINE BOOSTER MANDATE

During the past several weeks, we have been closely monitoring the emergence and spread of the omicron variant throughout the United States. The situation is very fluid, and we have consulted repeatedly with fellow leaders in higher education, public health agencies and our own medical experts.   

Based on these conversations and emerging guidance, we will be taking additional steps for the Spring 2022 term. These new policies and protocols are outlined below, and we encourage you to review them carefully as you prepare to return to campus. As always, we are prepared to shift our plans as conditions evolve, and we will keep everyone informed about any necessary changes.

It is our priority to maintain an in-person experience for the entire semester while keeping everyone safe. Every decision is being made after careful consideration and close consultation with experts across the medical, public health and legal communities.  We understand the situation continues to be frustrating and appreciate your continued flexibility as we work together in this rapidly changing environment.

Norwich is requiring a vaccine booster as part of the vaccination mandate for all students, faculty, and staff unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. A vaccine booster is required as soon as each student and employee is eligible. Eligibility is roughly defined as follows:

  • Six months after second dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer), or
  • Two months after a Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Please review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for additional information on booster eligibility.

All employees and students in Vermont can access booster clinics immediately.  A list of locations and online scheduling options are at: https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine.

All eligible students participating in the Spring 2022 term are strongly encouraged to secure booster shots as soon as possible, to ensure that as many students as possible have the fullest protection available to themselves and to reduce the potential for spread on campus and in our local community. Students who are eligible to receive a vaccine booster should receive the booster beforereturning to campus.

Please keep in mind that it takes up to two weeks for boosters to be fully effective. Those who are unable to secure a booster shot before arrival must schedule an appointment for their booster vaccine in Vermont, as close to their arrival date as possible. Students who received their COVID-19 vaccine in Vermont can schedule a booster shot on the Vermont Health Department website.

Eligible students who did not receive their vaccine in Vermont must schedule an appointment by calling the Health Department at 855-722-7878.

Students who have already been boosted must upload documentation by email to NU Health Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Anyone who is not eligible before arrival will be expected to receive a booster within two weeks after eligibility. All previously approved exemptions still apply. Students who fail to comply with the vaccination mandate and the new booster requirement may be disenrolled from Norwich University.

Norwich University employees will be asked to attest to receiving a booster dose in compliance with the vaccination mandate. Information on attestation will be communicated to all employees the week of Jan. 3, 2022, at the holiday break’s conclusion.

Norwich University is also working with the Vermont Health Department to coordinate vaccination and booster clinics on the Norwich campus early in the Spring 2022 semester. Clinics will be open to students and employees and will be available at no cost. Additional information, including a schedule for clinics on campus, will be forthcoming once we finish coordination.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Do not return to campus if you are symptomatic, if you are unvaccinated and have been identified as a close contact to a positive case, or if you are positive with COVID-19.

  • Symptomatic students should remain home, contact their primary care provider or NU Health Services for further guidance, and notify each of their Spring 2022 professors to coordinate remote support.

  • Vaccinated close contacts to a positive case are welcome to return to campus. Always wear a mask on campus and test on day-5 after the last date of exposure.

  • Unvaccinated close contacts to a positive case should remain home, contact their primary care provider or NU Health Services for further guidance, PCR test on day-5 after the last date of exposure, and notify each of their Spring 2022 professors to coordinate remote support.

  • Positive cases should continue isolating off campus, contact their primary care provider or NU Health Services for further guidance, and notify each of their Spring 2022 professors to coordinate remote support.

Any student who needs to return late should also notify the Provost’s Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Resources for students assigned to isolation, quarantine, and remote study:

Norwich University Health Services: (802) 485-2552

Norwich University Counseling & Wellness Center: (802) 485-2134

Academic Achievement Center (802) 485-2130

COVID-19 TESTING

The COVID-19 testing site will be relocated to Plumley Armory Monday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. The COVID-19 testing site will be open noon to 3 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. In accordance with guidance issued by medical and public health experts, all students will be required to participate in post-Winter Break COVID-19 intake testing as follows:

  1. All students will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction test prior to arrival. Tests must be collected within 72-hours of your arrival date. Submit test results to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before arrival on campus.

    As an alternative to PCR testing in areas where PCR testing may not be available, students can utilize rapid antigen tests for their pre-arrival testing. Administer two rapid antigen tests between 24 to 48 hours apart (back-to-back days, not within 24-hours of each other). Submit an image of both negative test results to
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before arrival on campus.

  2. All unvaccinated students must test twice. Students should notify faculty of any academic conflict and attend the scheduled testing.
    • Monday, Jan. 10, noon to 3 p.m. in Plumley Armory, and
    • Friday, Jan. 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Plumley Armory  
  1. All vaccinated students attending academic instruction on the Norwich campus– including civilian residential, cadet residential, and commuter students – will be required to participate in COVID-19 intake testing. Students will need to choose one of the following dates for COVID-19 testing on campus:
    • Friday, Jan. 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Plumley Armory
    • Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Plumley Armory
    • Sunday, Jan. 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Plumley Armory 

Beginning Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, we will return to our current testing strategy in Doyle Hall, weekdays from noon to 3 p.m., including weekly surveillance testing for unvaccinated students and employees; in-season student-athletes testing according to conference requirements; and symptomatic students assigned to testing by NU Health Services.

Testing compliance will be tracked. Students are required to comply with assigned testing.

Vaccinated employees needing or desiring a test should access community resources for any COVID-19 testing.

Please direct COVID-19 testing questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to welcoming all students to campus for the spring semester. Thanks for your continuing commitment to prioritizing the health and safety of the Norwich community to ensure the preservation of the Spring 2022 term as an in-person semester with a full student activity schedule.

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