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


Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) Policy | Mask Use

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 Dining Services – Take a Tour with Sodexo General Manager

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.

​Daily Self-Check of COVID-19 Symptoms

The health and safety of the Norwich and central Vermont community is our top priority as we respond to the global coronavirus pandemic together. As we prepare to reopen the campus for the fall semester in a safe manner for students, faculty, staff, and our local communities, we must continue to follow the CDC and Vermont Department of Health guidelines.

Thank you everyone for your tireless efforts during a very unique time in the history of Norwich University.  Receiving, teaching, and training our cadets and civilian students while ensuring a safe environment for all has required a significant amount of creativity and innovation. I sincerely thank all of you for supporting our Fall 2020 initiatives.

Employee COVID-19 Testing

As part of our plan for re-opening campus to our students, I have directed that our employees undergo COVID-19 testing to ensure a safe campus environment.  Employees who have been authorized by their supervisor to work remotely for the entire fall semester and will not be on campus for any reason, including being in the CGCS building, are exempt from this testing requirement.


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