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.  

International Travel

All Norwich University faculty, staff, and students traveling on university business or on university-sponsored programs are required to register their trips with the International Center at least 30 days in advance. They are required to receive approval from their supervisor and the Provost’s Office.

Norwich University suspended its international activities abroad for Spring 2020. All students, no matter their location, were asked to return to the United States, including students studying at the CityLAB: Berlin site in Germany. Maymester 2020 study abroad programs were also canceled.

Faculty, staff, and students approved to travel abroad over the summer have been advised to reconsider their travel. The groups have been advised that the university may cancel their trip at any time, for any reason. However, our practice is to prohibit travel only if warnings from the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deem it necessary. The university maintains international health insurance for its approved and registered travelers. The plan includes a benefit for medical evacuations.

International travelers should be advised that at any time they risk:

  1. having their travels interrupted, including being denied entry
  2. being denied re-entry back into the United States and/or
  3. being subject to quarantine.

All travelers should review their international and domestic health insurance plans to ensure they understand their coverage.

International students leaving the United States

Recognizing that commercial flights between the United States and other nations are diminishing daily, Norwich University is urging all international students and those who live abroad to secure flights as soon as possible. Those who cannot depart will be permitted to remain on the Northfield campus until suitable alternative arrangements can be made. 

Students with ticketed flights are encouraged to enroll in their airline’s messaging alert system to get the most up to date information about flight changes and cancellations. Students should begin monitoring flight times and airport operations at least 72 hours before planned departure dates and times. 

Students who plan to travel by Greyhound bus, Dartmouth Coach or Amtrak, should monitor these services to ensure they remain operational. Students should also give themselves plenty of time to arrive at the airport to check in and go through the new enhanced security measures.

Important websites are below:

Travel to/from Canada

The U.S. and Canadian government has announced their intention to temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the U.S.-Canada border. For more information, click here.

Travel within the United States

As we try to curb the spread of COVID-19, travelers should be especially mindful of non-essential travel within the United States, whether it be for personal or professional reasons.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Things to consider before travel:

Is COVID-19 spreading in the area where you’re going?

If COVID-19 is spreading at your destination, but not where you live, you may be more likely to get infected if you travel there than if you stay home. If you have questions about your destination, you should check your destination’s local health department website for more information.

Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?

Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like coronavirus may increase in crowded settings, particularly closed-in settings with little air circulation. This may include settings such as conferences, public events (like concerts and sporting events), religious gatherings, public spaces (such as movie theaters and shopping malls), and public transportation (such as buses, metro, trains).

Are you or your travel companion(s) more likely to get severe illness if you get COVID-19?

People at higher risk for severe disease are older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes). CDC recommends that travelers at higher risk for COVID-19 complications avoid all cruise travel and nonessential air travel.

Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you are told to stay home for 14 days for self-monitoring or if you get sick with COVID-19?

If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.

Do you live with someone who is older or has a serious, chronic medical condition?

If you get sick with COVID-19 upon your return from travel, your household contacts may be at risk of infection. Household contacts who are older adults or people of any age with severe chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Is COVID-19 spreading where I live when I return from travel?

Consider the risk of passing COVID-19 to others during travel, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are older adults or have severe chronic health condition These people are at higher risk of getting very sick. If your symptoms are mild or you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.

Depending on your unique circumstances, you may choose to delay or cancel your plans. If you do decide to travel, be sure to take steps to help prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases during travel. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 Travel page.


Did Norwich University did prohibit university-sponsored travel to China?

Yes. This policy impacted one student who was planning to study abroad in China. The student was given the option to 1) return to Northfield to resume campus-based studies 2) take a leave of absence or 3) join a program in a country that was not deemed high risk by the U.S. State Department or the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Does Norwich University have students from China?

Yes. None were subject to quarantine based on their travel history. The university consulted guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Vermont Department of Health

Does Norwich University have students studying abroad or away?

Yes. Norwich University has students studying in 10 different countries or territories. All students have been asked to return to the United States.

Mandatory COVID-19 Surveillance Testing begins Monday, Feb. 1 and continues through the semester. For more information please visit: COVID-19 Surveillance Testing — February 1, 2021

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