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.
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:
All travelers should review their international and domestic health insurance plans to ensure they understand their coverage.
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:
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.
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.
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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-china.html and the Vermont Department of Health https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus
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.
AUGUST 6, 2020 | TOWN HALL ON FALL 2020
21 questions and answers as captured from Town Hall Meeting with President Anarumo on August 6, 2020.
A: Yes, but it will be virtual. President Emeritus Richard W. Schneider will speak as scheduled.