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:
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.