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Thank you to our students, faculty and staff for your continued support and devotion to the health and safety of all as we take measures to increase the quality of life across campus. We continue to perform extremely well by all measures due to the diligence of our entire campus community. We should all be very proud of what we are accomplishing — again, THANK YOU!

On Feb. 2, we announced “mask optional” policies for Plumley Armory, Andrews Hall gym and courts, all barracks and dormitories, and Shapiro Field House. The easing of mask mandates in these areas has not resulted in any adverse public health trends. Accordingly, these areas will remain mask-optional except during certain hours as indicated below.  

Effective immediately, additional facilities have been added to the “mask optional”* list. The complete list is included here for your reference:

Mask optional locations:

    1. Plumley Armory** including all workout areas, the pool, and the track (except during times noted below)
    2. Andrews Hall (mask mandate for classrooms inside Andrews)
    3. All barracks and dormitories
    4. Shapiro Field House
    5. Wise Campus Center (WCC)
    6. Dining Hall
    7. Kreitzberg Library (mask mandate for classrooms, research areas, fourth-floor offices, fifth-floor archives, and for students working at the circulation desk)
    8. Sullivan Museum and History Center (mask mandate for classrooms inside the museum)
    9. All administrative buildings

** To accommodate community members who cannot yet exercise in a mask-free environment, masks will be mandatory in the Plumley Gym on weekdays from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. (Monday through Friday), and from 7 to 8 p.m. on weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

Masks will still be required in these locations:

    1. Barber shop
    2. All academic instructional areas (classrooms, labs, etc.)
    3. For all spectators at all on-campus indoor sporting events
    4. Any office area where employees request masks be worn

First, THANK YOU to the entire Norwich University community for continuing to keep everyone safe and taking the personal steps needed to improve the campus experience. The booster clinic held Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 was a success; our numbers now support the easing of some restrictions, outlined below. 

Masking Update:

Effective immediately, the following locations are designated “mask optional,” meaning each individual should make a personal choice regarding wearing a mask while inside:

  1. Plumley Armory* including all workout areas, the pool, and the track (except during times noted below). Masks are still required in Plumley administrative offices and all Naval ROTC-controlled areas.
  2. Andrews Hall gym and courts
  3. All barracks and dormitories
  4. Shapiro Field House

*Some members of our campus community cannot currently be in close quarters or exercise physically while in close proximity of unmasked members of the community. To ensure everyone can continue to exercise on campus, masks will be mandatory in the Plumley Gym from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays (Monday though Friday), and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

In accordance with policies mandated by outside entities, masks are still required for spectators at all on-campus indoor sporting events regardless of where the event is held. 

The indoor masking mandate remains in effect for all other areas of campus at all times. 

On Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, we will evaluate lifting several campus restrictions related to COVID-19.  Increasing the percentage of students, faculty, and staff who have received a booster shot will allow us to reduce or eliminate restrictions more quickly.  Please take advantage of the free COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinic offered this weekend at Plumley Armory from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 or Sunday, Jan. 30.

First, I want to thank the entire Norwich University community for our remarkable success to date in the spring 2022 term.  The vast majority of our population has done everything possible to open our campus safely and maintain our commitment to the in-person experience our students need and deserve. Classes are being delivered in person, our campus community is active and engaged, our student-athletes are competing at a high level in all sports, student clubs are thriving, and we have brought new experiences to campus including a boxing club and the return of our shooting team. We have much to be proud of, and I am sincerely thankful to everyone for their incredible efforts to once again make Norwich a national success story. 

I also understand the significant fatigue felt by many in our community as we enter the fourth consecutive semester of COVID-19 related restrictions.  Restoring the mental health of our entire campus population is a priority; the stress of persistent restrictions and reduced social interactivity has taken a clear toll on us all over the past two years. Given the importance of mental health, our sustained safe performance, the state of the virus locally and regionally, and in accordance with guidance from medical and public health experts, we are now ready to consider reducing some restrictions while maintaining a safe campus environment.

Before lifting restrictions, we need to satisfy public health expectations and concerns of our local communities by completing booster shots for all eligible students and employees. Thank you to all who were already able to get boosters; for those unable to get the booster or were previously ineligible, please remember we will be hosting vaccine and booster clinics this coming weekend, Jan. 29 and 30 at Plumley Armory. On Monday, Jan. 31, we will evaluate current rates of vaccinations and boosters and begin the process of “normalizing” campus operations. 

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