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All persons on campus are required to wear masks or cloth facial coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, especially in congregate settings, and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.

Excerpt from: Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) Policy | Return to Campus Procedure Policy | Updated Sept 4., 2020


Masks or cloth facial coverings are not required when someone is engaged in strenuous exercise or activity indoors or outdoors and maintains physical distancing of at least 6 feet from other persons, for anyone under the age of 2, any child or adult with a medical or developmental issue or challenge that is complicated or irritated by a facial covering, anyone with difficulty breathing or as further set forth in guidance issued by VDH. A person who declines to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a medical or developmental issue, or difficulty breathing, shall not be required to produce documentation, or other evidence, verifying the condition.


A person unable to wear a mask/facial covering in a classroom or lab is not permitted in the classroom, and if a student may participate in online learning from their room or other location.

In Residence Halls/Barracks

Masks are to be worn in all areas of the residence halls/barracks with one exception – students do not need to wear a mask in their own rooms when they are alone or with only their roommate. Students will wear masks in the hallways, bathrooms (use masks as best as possible when engaging in the general bathroom activities) and any other common areas. In bathroom facilities, it is permissible to remove your mask temporarily to brush your teeth. Students will also wear a mask when visiting in rooms that are not their own.


Because students, faculty and staff may encounter others along their path at any time, masks are to be worn outside and appropriate social distancing (greater than 6 ft.) should be maintained whenever possible. Anyone running/exercising alone on campus does not need to wear a mask if they are maintaining physical distancing (greater than 6 ft.) from others provided they carry a mask and put on the mask when they encounter another individual. Individuals running/exercising together, side- by-side (less than 6 ft.), are required to wear a mask.

Campus Buildings

Masks are to be worn in all buildings by students, faculty and staff with the one exception that a member of the faculty or staff does not need to wear a mask when alone in their office.

Dining Hall and Partridge's Pub

Masks should be worn at all times except while eating. Face masks should continue to be worn while in line for food selection or when walking through the dining areas. Once seated in the dining hall or seating areas, face masks may be removed for dining and then should be replaced prior to leaving your seat.

Related posts:

Town Hall with Norwich University President Anarumo – Sept. 3, 2020 — Norwich Community

Update from the Hill – August 26, 2020

Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) Policy | Return to Campus Procedure Policy

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