Members of the Norwich Family:
Today, 1 June 2020, is my first day as your President. In the coming weeks you will be hearing from me often on many subjects, including my honor to become a member of the Norwich community and to serve as your President.
Given the current state of unrest across our country, it is paramount that you immediately receive my personal communication in response to the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. Indeed, Mr. Floyd’s death is a heartbreaking tragedy.
First, please allow me to reinforce very clearly that the Norwich community will be safe, inclusive, and respectful of all students, faculty, staff, and guests. Given our guiding values of mutual respect, dignity, and inclusive leadership, all of us have a significant role in helping to make our nation better. We are citizens of the greatest country in the world, and must stand united to combat intolerable behavior.
Watch President Richard W. Schneider address the Norwich University community May 14, 2020, with the latest update on establishing two task forces to address employees’ return to work plans, and scenario planning for the upcoming fall 2020 semester under the leadership and direction of Provost Sandra Affenito.
Due to the Stay Home executive order issued by Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, Norwich University employees are required to remain at home unless they have been designated in writing by Human Resources as an “essential employee” and have been asked to work on campus by their supervisor.
Coronavirus’ (COVID-19) impact on Norwich University update. Watch President Richard W. Schneider address the Norwich University community March 31, 2020, with the latest update on commencement, commissioning, and the university's refund policy.
Also, harking back to an armed forces tradition from World War II, Schneider asks Norwich’s community, students and alumni, to write in with accounts and pictures of how they’re helping themselves, their families and their communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. These stories will be collected and archived, so generations of future students can see Norwich’s traditions of service and leadership in action.
Toward the end of the video, President Schneider invites all of the Norwich family, students and alumni alike, to write to us:
Norwich University Archives, Attention K. Nolin
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Coronavirus’ (COVID-19) impact on Norwich University update.
Today Vermont Governor Phil Scott added new restrictions to last week's Stay Home/Stay Safe executive order, backing up federal efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus from known hot spots. Governor Scott ordered Vermont residents and non-residents coming from outside Vermont for anything other than essential purposes, and to home-quarantine for 14 days. These new restrictions come after President Trump announced an advisory that targeted travelers from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut over this past weekend.
Please be advised that Norwich students who have yet to remove their belongings from their barracks or dormitory rooms should not plan to do so in the immediate future for their health and well-being, as well as the health and well-being of students currently on campus. Governor Scott’s Stay Home/Stay Safe executive order is currently in effect until April 15, 2020.