Campus Community,

According to the Vermont Department of Health, there have been no positive tests for the coronavirus in Vermont.  Here at Norwich University, there have been approximately 30+ students that have been quarantined for the flu and have been provided medical face masks by the Student Health Center. These face masks are allowed to be worn with Corps of Cadets uniforms.  

The Deputy State Epidemiologist & Epidemiology Program Chief at Vermont Department of Health recommends that Norwich University should not make medical masks generally available to the Norwich community. If an individual is seen by a medical provider, they may be provided a face mask, which is certainly allowed to be worn on campus.

Campus Community,

Individuals at-risk for the coronavirus include those with respiratory symptoms who have either traveled to the Wuhan region of China, or have contact with someone suspected of having the coronavirus.  At this time, we have not identified anyone who this would apply to.  With ongoing consultation with our Student Health Center's Medical Director, our medical team will monitor recommendations and institute them as appropriate for the NU community.

There have been approximately 30+ students that have been quarantined for the flu and have been provided medical face masks. These face masks are currently allowed to be worn with Corps of Cadets uniforms. According to the Vermont Department of Health, there have been no positive tests for the coronavirus in Vermont.

​Campus Community,

Norwich University, with information provided by the Vermont Department of Health and the CDC, is monitoring the international outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCov). This was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The college is not aware of any students, faculty or staff who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. We will share developments should they apply to our college community or region.

​Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Kreitzberg Library, Norwich University Archives & Special Collections, and Sullivan Museum and History Center will be closed to in-person use until further notice.

It is with great disappointment that I inform you that Norwich University will be cancelling the on-campus 2020 Residency Conference scheduled for Monday, June 22nd to Friday, June 26th.

Regarding Athletics:

On March 12, the NCAA Board of Governors canceled all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, their ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given educational institutions’ decisions to shift to remote instruction. In keeping with the NCAA decision, and a similar decision by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) conference, Norwich is suspending all winter and spring athletic activities, including practices and home and away games.

Regarding Events:

Group gatherings on campus will be limited to facilitate the social distancing recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many Norwich events have been cancelled, as well as events hosted by Norwich.

With respect to Junior Ring Weekend, Commencement and Joint Commissioning and their importance to our students and their families respectively, we will continue to monitor the situation, prioritizing the health and welfare of the entire Norwich community and our central Vermont neighbors. A decision on rescheduling the Ring Ceremony will be made in the weeks ahead. A decision on graduation ceremonies will be made no later than April 15 and we will continue to work with the ROTC departments on individual branch commissioning and the Joint Commissioning Ceremony.

Regarding President Schneider’s Farewell Tour:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Norwich University is postponing the Boston, Washington D.C. and Northfield events until May 2020. Details will be forthcoming and registration will re-open when the dates are confirmed.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this change may create and appreciate your understanding of the need to do so.

Previously purchased tickets and sponsorships will be applied to the rescheduled dates.  For anyone who would prefer a refund, we encourage you to consider contributing the amount of your ticket or sponsorship to the Schneider Legacy Project.  Gifts to this special initiative will honor the incredible impact President and Mrs. Schneider have had on the university by ensuring that Norwich remains strong and affordable.  Click here to learn more.   For refunds or to contribute the amount of your ticket or sponsorship to the Schneider Legacy Project, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the Office of Alumni and Family Relations at (802) 485-2021.

Event Updates as of March 13, 2020:

  • March 14 NU Club of Seattle/Tacoma St. Patrick’s Day Social – canceled
  • March 14 NU Club of Brevard County Annual Golf Outing – canceled
  • March 17-18 Grad Finale – canceled
  • March 17 NU Club of RI Luncheon
  • March 18 Employee recognition – will be rescheduled, date TBD
  • March 19 Spring Education Conference – will be rescheduled, date TBD
  • March 20 Junior Open House – canceled
  • March 20 Performance “Cry Havoc!” - canceled
  • March 23 Shelter in Place campus drill – rescheduled, date TBD
  • March 23 Writers Series welcomes author Abdi Nor Iftin – canceled, reschedule TBD
  • March 25 Spring career fair - canceled
  • March 25 Author Lecture: Not Like Joan of Arc with Pamela Toler – canceled
  • March 26 DEI “Embrace Your Voice” Karaoke night – canceled
  • March 27-29 YLC Weekend - canceled
  • March 28 Vermont State STEM Fair - canceled
  • March 28 DEI Roller Derby bout – canceled
  • April 1 CSI Experience - canceled
  • April 2 NU Club of the North Shore Monthly Breakfast - canceled
  • April 2 – 4 Performances “Shakespeare at War/Shakespeare at Peace” - canceled
  • April 3-4 Admissions event NU 101 – canceled
  • April 6 DEI “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” – canceled
  • April 8 NU Club of Portsmouth Monthly Breakfast - canceled
  • April 16 NU Club of Cape Cod Monthly Luncheon - canceled
  • April 21 NU Club of RI Luncheon - canceled
  • April 22-23 NU Experience - canceled
  • April 25 DC Honor Flight - reschedule TBD

For your convenience and further information, here are links to our other event calendars which will also be updated:

Athletic Events Calendar

Campus Events Calendar

Alumni Events Calendar

Three different reasons for Quarantine

Quarantine (pending medical evaluation) or QPME

QPME is a temporary status where you are required to remain in your room, but you should be actively attempting to contact Norwich University Health Services (NUHS (802) 484-2552, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to have your symptoms evaluated by a medical professional. This most often happens when you fill out the daily symptom tracker and indicate that you have some possible COVID-19-related symptoms. The important thing to note on this type of quarantine is that the University likely does not know about your status and you must have a “buddy” get your meals from the dining facility for you until you are either cleared (and can go to the dining facility yourself) or put on Quarantine (Patient Under investigation) or QPUI status at which point your meals will be delivered to your room. Your “buddy” can use a buddy swipe to get your meal or they can obtain a pink QPME slip from inside the main entrance to your residence hall or barracks, or from the Sodexo office in the WCC. You can also forward your “NOT CLEARED FOR CAMPUS” email to your buddy/cadre to be shown to SODEXO staff at the food line. If you are unable to identify a buddy/cadre to assist, you will need to contact your company mentor (Rooks/cadets) or Residence Life (civilian) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during business hours.

As with any cold and flu season, proper hand and respiratory hygiene should be practiced to reduce exposure to and transmission of many illnesses. This includes: 

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water; 
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands; 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; 
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough.

As always, remember that medical attention and advice are available at the Student Health Center, (802) 485-2552. 

Students requiring medical attention outside the Student Health Center’s operating hours, should contact the following health care facilities:  

  • CVMC Emergency Department, located at 130 Fisher Road, Berlin, Vermont 05602. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. (802) 371-4100 

Actions the university has taken to ensure the health and safety of our students include the following: 

April 2020

Refund statement

Because of the interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Norwich University will provide a prorated refund to students for unused Spring 2020 room and board, health services and student activities fees. This calculation is based on the number of days students were not on campus this spring semester.

The spring term began Jan. 12 and ends May 2, for 112 days total. The unused services period began on the first day of Spring Break, March 7; therefore, there were 57 days of unused services, or 51% of the spring semester.

The calculation works this way:

  • Room and board $7,176
  • Student activities fee $242
  • Health services fee $335
  • TOTAL $7,753 Per day rate $69.22 @ 57 days $3,946

Although all Norwich students are charged the same amount for tuition, room and board and mandatory fees, the amount each student pays is determined by the amount of scholarships and grants from Norwich and other financial aid sources that each student receives.

Therefore, Norwich will adjust refunds for individual circumstances, accounting for the effects of gift aid from Norwich and other sources. For example refund scenarios, peruse this PDF.

Graduating seniors will be eligible for a refund if the credit creates a balance due. Students who are continuing their studies may apply the refund to their fall 2020 charges or receive payouts.

Students, please click here to elect how you’d like us to handle their credit balance. You can expect to see this activity on your account by April 12 and receive an email notification when a new account statement, which includes the services credit, has been posted to NUPay.

Commuter students will receive a prorated share of the Student Activities Fee using the previously described methodology. We will also refund a prorated share of the Laundry Services Fee for those students who paid for this service.

Norwich will not be prorating the Information Technology Fee, as these services are still being fully provided, albeit remotely, to all students. There will also not be a prorated refund of the Vehicle Registration Fee, as those fees were spent in advance on the new parking lot.

If you have any questions, please call the Financial Aid Office, (802) 485-2850 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or the Bursar’s Office, (802) 485-2055 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 2020

All spring semester courses will be remote effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

  • The university decides to extend the Spring Break through March 22, 2020, to properly prepare for the safe return of our students and faculty. This measure is in response to the announcement from the Vermont Department of Health’s announcement of the first case of COVID-19 in the state.
  • The university announces that it will require any Norwich University community members who have recently returned from a cruise to self-quarantine from home and not return until they have documentation from a medical professional that they are virus-free. This measure is in response to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19 and cruise ship travel.  
  • The university conducted a program by program review of our international programs and decide not to cancel programs or ask participants to return to the United States. Students were notified of the decision and were informed that Norwich would support any students’ decision to voluntarily return early. This measure was taken in response to the March 2, 2020, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Institutions of Higher Education with students participating in exchange or study abroad programs recommending that they consider asking schools to cancel or postpone programs and to consider asking participants to return to the United States. 
  • The university informs all members of the Norwich community that any member — faculty, student or staff — who engages in personal travels to China, Italy, South Korea, Iran and Japan must self-report to the Vermont Department of Health, will be subject to self-quarantine upon return, and may not return to campus until they have a produced medical documentation that they are virus-free.  This measure is in response to the Vermont Department of Health Guidance for Travelers Returning from an Affected Area.

February 2020 

  • The university sought guidance on how to handle students who recently returned to Norwich from China in late January.  We were advised to assist the students with self-monitoring and counseled the students on how to access immediate medical attention. NOTE: None of the students had traveled to Wuhan.  This measure was taken in response to the Feb. 2, 2020, Department of Homeland Security’s Supplemental Instructions for Inbound Flights with Individuals Who Have Been In China 

January 2020 

  • Students planning to study abroad in China during the Spring 2020 semester were notified that the university was prohibiting their travel and participation. This measure was taken in response to the U.S. State Department’s issuing a Level 4, Do Not Travel Advisory for the country of China.  

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