The coronavirus pandemic forced Norwich University to adapt, but as a university with an “I will try” motto, we’re adept at just that. We tested rigorously students and employees for COVID-19. Our nursing students helped deliver 16,735 tests in all, yielding 16 positive tests, and a 0.09 percent rate. And, in the interest of the health and well-being of our campus community and central Vermont neighbors, we readjusted operations in response to the pandemic’s foothold in our state.
The health and safety of our students, faculty, alumni and guests is our top priority. It is with this commitment in mind that, today, we notify you that the 2021 Residency Conference scheduled from Monday, June 21 to Friday, June 25, 2021, will be held in a virtual format.
With the ongoing current global and domestic spread of the COVID-19 virus, we cannot be reasonably sure that conditions will improve sufficiently to safely host our students, faculty, and guests on campus.
The Directors of the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) have come to the difficult decision to cancel the 2020-21 league regular season schedule and championship tournament. Despite this news, I remain committed to working with our coaches and Director of Athletics to identify ways our student athletes can compete this season.
Our men’s and women’s hockey teams are both part of the NEHC, and now join our GNAC winter sport teams of men’s and women’s basketball, as well as men’s and women’s swimming and diving, in having their league seasons and championships cancelled. At this time, we do not have an update on the status of the wrestling championship.
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’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been exceptional. Our commitment to our core values and our collaboration in support of protecting the health and safety of all members of our community has made all the difference. Every student, faculty member, and staff member has had to make changes to routines and learn new ways of accomplishing goals, and I am so grateful to each of you. To remain ahead of the pandemic, the University has appointed a COVID Response and Action Team who has taken on the additional duties inherent with the pandemic. While I am certain most of you will already know the team members, I am delighted to introduce their new roles to the community.
As an outcome of our meetings last week with Dr. Timothy Partridge, our Norwich University medical director, I want to provide a critical update on the Norwich University Mask Policy.
To comply with the Vermont Department of Health guidelines and continue on our current trajectory to maintain the health and safety of our campus, Northfield and central Vermont communities, I ask that you read, understand and fully comply with this policy. Thank you for your understanding and efforts to ensure that Norwich University is a safe environment for everyone. We will evaluate these rules and standards constantly and adapt as the situation and advise of medical professionals dictate.
Yours in Service,
Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Col, USAF (Ret) President
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 child care.
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, 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.
Norwich University and Sodexo Dining Services are working together to operate our on-campus dining facilities in compliance with current guidance from the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols will be integrated into everything we do. To learn more about dining locations, meal options, hours of operation, seating arrangements, and other details of dining service please view this video. Together we are committed to operating safely and delivering delicious meals to our campus community.
Please visit: https://norwich.sodexomyway.com
Norwich University Students, Parents, Alumni, Employees and Friends
This past weekend we welcomed about 500 students back to campus in the first phase of a six-phase schedule of arrival days in advance of the start of the fall semester on August 31st. The process was highly organized, and included COVID-19 testing for every student with results returning as quickly as within 24-48 hours. As of Monday, there were three positive test results. Those students were immediately notified by the Green Mountain Family Practice and have been quarantined according to our policy. The Office of Communications will be complying with Vermont Department of Health reporting guidelines under my direction.