To the Norwich Family,
I am writing to remind our entire community - students, faculty, staff, families, and alum - that none of us is alone. We have many support services available through Norwich University and outside organizations. This statement is always true; we at Norwich are fully committed to the mental health of all, including our community of friends and partners.
This memo serves as a reminder of this commitment especially to our veteran community and their families in response to events unfolding in Afghanistan. Images over the past week have been deeply disturbing and are causing many to question their efforts and sacrifice. Many may not be aware I am a 100% disabled combat veteran with service in Afghanistan, some of which included significant loss. I have also lost members of my commands to mental distress due to their service in the wars we have been fighting for 20 years. Watching footage taken in Afghanistan, a country in which we invested so much blood, treasure, time, and life, makes it easy to question what it was all for.
Norwich University President, Dr. Mark Anarumo updates the campus community on student arrivals and the indoor mask policy designed to set the stage for a full student experience and a healthy and safe learning environment.
Effective immediately, masks are required while indoors in all Norwich University facilities. This includes all classrooms and other instructional spaces. The only exception to wearing a mask indoors is while in an individual dorm room with roommate(s).
At this time, masks are not required while outdoors, but can be mandated by any coach, commandant staff, student affairs staff, or other staff member or faculty supervising the activity based on individual risk assessment.
This requirement is due to the increased prevalence of COVID-19 in several parts of Vermont, including among the vaccinated, and in some geographic areas from which our students are traveling. As we test students during reception we will gain a clearer picture of the status of our campus, and will adjust all policies accordingly. We are fortunate to have a very high vaccination rate on campus but must be hyper-vigilant to ensure the safety of all, including those who are vaccinated but experiencing “breakthrough” cases. We all desire a full experience on campus; data-driven decisions will help ensure this is possible.
We remain committed to in-person academic instruction, a full Rook experience, Corps training, student activities, club activities, a full athletics schedule, and everything else our students deserve. To preserve the full range of experiences we must continue to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community members. Thank you for your support in keeping our campus fully operational and all activities possible.
We will review our operating status daily and post policy changes in full consultation with our medical experts and mental health professional staff.
Let’s please work together to make the Fall 2021 semester the vibrant, active, and meaningful term we all want and deserve.
Norwich Together, Norwich Forever!
Dr. Mark Anarumo, President