PLEASE NOTE: To date, Norwich University has no known cases of coronavirus on campus.
After much coordination and thorough evaluation of all options, today I must deliver the very disappointing news that Norwich University will not be participating in fall sports this year. In the absence of a competitive season, we are evaluating ways to maximize on-campus athletics in ways that advance the skills and experience of our student athletes while preserving NCAA eligibility, including pursuit of NCAA waivers where appropriate. Our excellent coaches, trainers, and staff are working now on how we can support our athletes’ growth and continue to deliver the lessons of leadership and character development that are uniquely present on the fields of athletic competition.
We have not yet determined the status of winter sports. We will evaluate all options thoroughly and work with all constituent groups to make a decision as quickly as possible, informed by health and safety guidelines from the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health. All winter and spring athletes will be able to participate in athletic- related activities under the guidance of Norwich coaches and staff and as directed by NCAA regulations.
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.
Norwich University applied for and received funding under this program and used no less than half the amount, or $1,002,307, for emergency financial grants to students. Per Department of Education (DOE) guidance, the university made direct cash grants to students. Grants were prioritized based on socioeconomic circumstance. Students must have met federal eligibility requirements and could not have been exclusively enrolled in an online program prior to March 13, 2020 in order to qualify to receive HEERF emergency funds. The university has distributed $1,002,307 to 955 students. This represents approximately 46% of the 2,095 CARES eligible students.
Dear Norwich Students:
Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, Norwich University’s plans for 2020-21 focus on protecting the health of our community while delivering the highest quality educational and campus experience, and remaining a valued neighbor in Northfield, our state and region. Earlier this week, we provided our road map for the steps we are taking to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the parameters upon which we will re-open our campus on a restricted basis. This upcoming week beginning on Monday, July 13, we will host webinars and live Town Hall sessions where you will hear from Norwich leaders and have the opportunity ask questions regarding Academics, Financial Aid, Student Life, and ROTC.
Four town halls have been scheduled to communicate the specifics of re-opening Norwich University for the Fall 2020 semester. In these live town halls, we will respond to questions that our students, parents and families, faculty, staff and alumni may have about academics, financial aid, student life, campus safety and community health and well-being. Each town hall will be recorded and the recordings, together with FAQs, will be available at Norwich.edu/psa the day following the town hall.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Academics – Associate Provost, Dr. Natalia Blank
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Academics by Major by College – Simultaneous presentations will be conducted by each College Dean in this time period.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ROTC – Col Matthew Smith, Dean of the College of National Services
On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the Vermont state government released their guidelines for the opening of institutions of higher education. Based on these guidelines, we are now ready to move forward with our opening plan.
The COVID-19 virus is still present in our nation and poses a significant threat to all of us. We are Norwich, and will not shy away from the challenge of delivering our unique experience to our student body as we prepare them to lead in a complex world. While we are committed to opening for Fall 2020, we must do so while ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community. In this memo I will share with you our operational parameters for re-opening our campus. Next week we will host live Town Hall sessions to answer your questions and address your concerns regarding Academics, Financial Aid, Student Life, and ROTC.