PLEASE NOTE: In the abundance of caution and for the health and safety of the Norwich and central Vermont community, the Norwich campus is closed to the public for the foreseeable future to include all buildings, fields and tracks. Thank you for your understanding.
Norwich will communicate the university’s fall re-opening plans to students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff tomorrow via email and my.norwich announcements. Live town hall ‘events’ will be conducted next week to answer questions and address any concerns regarding our plans. Thanks for your patience and understanding in these uncertain times.
We are looking forward to our students being back on campus this fall and are focused on developing strategies and protocols to prepare Norwich University for a safe return to on-campus operations. Above all, we value the health and safety of our entire campus community. In this spirit, we will be closely following the guidelines of the CDC and Vermont Department of Health, regarding our ability to host and gather for in person events.
Today, I am announcing that due to the persistent presence and continued spread of COVID-19, no large public events will be taking place on campus this fall. We know this is disappointing news for everyone. It is, however, consistent with the university’s priority to make Norwich safe for students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff. Restricting events and visitors to campus will help minimize the likelihood or severity of an outbreak of the virus.
Convocation marks the beginning of our academic year and it will occur virtually on September 1st beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony will be celebrated virtually on September 12th at 2 p.m. and marked by a commencement address by President Emeritus Richard W. Schneider, RADM, USCGR (Ret.).
The Norwich University Board of Fellows Fall meeting will also occur virtually and will include First Read sessions with Norwich freshmen students. For Homecoming 2020, the celebration is moving from the Hill to your home as we pivot to a virtual experience that engages all our alumni in a fun and (hopefully) once-in -a-lifetime series of events and festivities. The events honoring this year’s reunion classes will be postponed until next fall when we will look forward to hosting class year’s ending in 0 and 5 on campus along with class year’s ending in 1 and 6. For more information about Homecoming planning, please visit alumni.norwich.edu/homecoming. Note that other boards who typically meet during Homecoming, including the NUAA, Partridge Society, Friends of the Kreitzberg Library, Sullivan Museum Associates, and Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium Associates will be moving their meetings to a virtual format this fall.
To the parents and families of our students, the Parent and Family Weekend program is also being reimagined virtually; the Student Affairs and Office of Alumni & Family Relations team will have more information to share with you in the weeks ahead. We will continue to monitor the virus and will stay in close contact with government agencies, medical communities, and institutes of higher education so we remain in compliance and identify best practices for adoption here at Norwich.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a great disruption on us all, yet our priority remains the health and well-being of the Norwich family. Now is the time to rally together and to remain strong and resilient. Please continue to monitor the norwich.edu/PSA website for the latest information and updates on the upcoming fall semester.
Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Colonel, USAF (Ret)
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Telephone: (802) 485-2065
I write to provide updates on our ongoing planning efforts related to the reopening of campus and the safe return of faculty, staff, and students this fall. As indicated by President Anarumo in his June 16 letter to the community, the University currently intends to return to on-campus instruction this fall in accordance with forthcoming guidelines from the state of Vermont. As you know, significant planning efforts in support of an in-person reopening scenario have been underway for some time, and the academic colleges and operational units continue to weigh in with their plans. Today, I would like to share how we anticipate moving forward in operationalizing these planning efforts.
I would first like to reiterate President Emeritus Schneider’s warm welcome to our new President, Colonel Mark C. Anarumo, PhD, USAF (Ret). President Anarumo has already immersed himself in the good work begun by Dr. Schneider and the Reopening Task Force to plan for our upcoming academic year. Under President Anarumo’s leadership, I am confident we will continue to make good progress on planning for and executing a productive and safe Fall term in support of Norwich’s students, faculty, and staff.
Under the leadership of co-chairs Greg Matthews and Cathy Frey, the task force subcommittees continue to work through a range of contingency plans for reopening the campus this fall. To date, plans have been submitted for full residence, partial residence, and fully online scenarios. Planning for a full in-residence opening has informed the University’s Reopening Plan, which will soon be submitted to the Governor’s Economic, Mitigations, and Recovery Task Force. Using this information – submitted to the Governor by all Vermont colleges and universities – the Governor will make a decision in the coming weeks regarding when and how we may move forward with reopening for the Fall term.
Update July 15, 2020 found here: News from the Hill – July 15, 2020
On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into federal law. Included in the Act was the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to support college students whose education was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic with financial grants. These emergency grants are intended to assist students with unanticipated expenses for food, housing, academic course materials, technology, health care and childcare.