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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For your convenience and further information, here are links to our other event calendars which will also be updated:
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:
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:
Actions the university has taken to ensure the health and safety of our students include the following:
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:
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.
All spring semester courses will be remote effective Monday, March 23, 2020.