Policy Applicability and Scope
This policy applies during the University’s temporary suspension of its residential services during the COVID-19 pandemic and may be amended or revoked at any time. Policy Statement and Purpose
To further protect the staff, faculty, and students of our residential-based community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University adopts this Policy and related procedure.
This policy outlines the University’s and Students’ roles when circumstances require a student, who is unable to return home, to self-quarantine as recommended by the Vermont Department of Health due to suspected or actual exposure to or manifestation of symptoms of COVID-19.
Norwich University cannot guarantee that it will always follow all the elements of this policy. The nature and scope of the demands associated with COVID-19 may exceed the University’s ability to fully support students consistent with the policy during quarantine. Students are in the first instance responsible for their own health and are encouraged to seek guidance from medical professionals, the CDC, the Vermont Department of Health and other trusted resources. However, if students choose to remain on campus, Norwich reserves the right to require quarantine to protect the Norwich community.
The University has established a temporary 14-day quarantine space to support Students’ ability to self-quarantine for their own protection and the protection of the University campus-based community. To the extent reasonably possible, Students under self-quarantine will be provided with a private bedroom, private bathroom, a phone-in wellness check for each student from medical professionals, meal deliveries, and other supportive services and care as described below.
During the 14-day period, the University shall attempt to provide to the following, at no additional charge to their room and board fee:
- A wellness check provided via phone from a professional from Student Health Services,
- Sheets, pillow case, pillow, blankets, and towels,
- A daily change of soiled linens (i.e. sheets, pillow case, and towels),
- Access to internet,
- Customizable box of snacks, and
- Daily meal deliveries—Three daily meals during the week and two daily meals during the weekend. Students will receive the meal options for the upcoming days and will be able to make their selections prior.
Norwich University students have been advised to self-quarantine by a medical professional or as required by U.S. CDC or Vermont Department of Health guidance shall self-report and will be referred for telephone triage with a medical professional. Should quarantine be warranted, the medical professional will contact the Office of the Senior Vice for Student Affairs (SVPSA) and make a recommendation. University employees will have the authority to make the final decision as to whether a student needs to be and can be quarantined, considering both the recommendation from medical professionals and other constraints. It the decision is to proceed with self-quarantine, and to the extent reasonably possible, the process will be as follows:
- The student will be escorted to the quarantine space after they have packed up their personal belongings such as clothing, hygiene products, electronic devices, etc. The escort and the student will be required to maintain a distance of a least six feet from one another.
- The student will receive information about what the University expects of the student and what the student can expect from the University.
- The student will be asked to identify and track all individuals they have come into contact with for the 14 days prior to having symptoms or entering self-quarantine, whichever is longer.
- The student shall remain in self-quarantine and not physically interact with others during self-quarantine in compliance with recommendations of the CDC and Vermont Department of Health, EXCEPT as a medical emergency shall warrant.
- The student will be asked to measure their temperature twice a day and remain alert for fever (above 100.4 degrees F), cough or difficulty breathing. A thermometer will be provided.
- Should symptoms get worse or the student experiences any emergencies, they are to immediately call Public Safety at (802) 485-2525 or 911. Students must notify the dispatch personnel that they are under quarantine in order to ensure support personnel have the proper clothing and equipment for their protection.
- Meals will be placed at the entrance of the student’s room, on the floor, during each of the meal periods. At the time of the delivery, the door will be knocked on and students are to wait 15 seconds before opening the door to retrieve the meal.
- The student will be provided basic cleaning supplies and will be responsible for cleaning their immediate living environment throughout the period of quarantine.
- Every weekday morning, the student will be asked to wrap their trash in the bags provided and place the bag outside their door. A trained facilities staff member will come by to pick it up for disposal.
- Soiled linens will be placed in designated bags provided by the University and will be left outside the door to be picked up by trained personnel.
- If the student has a maintenance concern during the week, during regular office hours, they are to call (802) 485-2149 or (802) 485-2148. On the weekend, the student is to call Public Safety at (802) 485-2525 to report the problem. The student is to notify dispatch that they are currently under quarantine.
- After the 14th day of quarantine, if the student meets criteria for being asymptomatic- then a medical provider or the Vermont Department of Health will be consulted to determine if any further action is necessary, of if they qualify for discharge from quarantine. If the Student is found to be no longer contagious, the Student may move back into their original room.