Norwich welcomes first group of students to campus in phased reopening

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Norwich welcomes first group of students to campus in phased reopening

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 10:50am -- tim

President Mark C. Anarumo was the first Norwich employee to get tested for COVID-19 during an employee testing day on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in Plumley Armory. Courtesy photo.

Vermont Business Magazine As part of its phased reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, Norwich University is welcoming the first group of students to campus on Saturday, August 8, a process that involves a highly structured intake methodology to include health screenings and COVID-19 testing.

As part of the university’s phased reopening, students who need to quarantine in keeping with the State of Vermont’s guidelines will arrive on campus first; other groups will follow later. Norwich is expecting to welcome 400 to 500 students on Saturday.

“Nothing is more important that the health and safety of our campus community right now. This is a highly complex environment under which to welcome students back to campus,” President Mark C. Anarumo said. “Our highest priority is the well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community at large, while delivering a rich academic and engaging student life experience.”

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In keeping with Vermont Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and to ensure students’ and families’ health and safety, arrival days at Norwich will be restricted. Students may plan to arrive to campus accompanied by no more than two adults. Families will not be allowed to tour campus nor to help students move belongings into rooms, who will be assisted by Norwich personnel. All students and adults who accompany them to the Northfield campus must wear a mask/face covering and comply with physical distancing guidelines.

To meet Vermont Department of Health requirements for the safe reopening of campus and to ensure arriving students’ physical and mental health, Norwich will create a “campus quarantine” environment from Aug. 8 through 16. This means Norwich will be receiving all students who are required to quarantine at the same time, and minimizing the on-campus presence for the vast majority of faculty, staff and non-quarantine students to ensure high-risk and low-risk populations do not mix. Students in campus quarantine will be restricted to the Norwich campus where they will be supported in a full program to include meals and educational and physical fitness activities.

Along with the phased and structured arrival days, other measures the university is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus are:

  • Reduced capacity on campus; about 70 percent of full capacity or approximately 1,800 students. Norwich’s student body is typically comprised of approximately 2,200 residential students and over 350 commuter students.
  • No more than two students per dorm room.
  • Physical distancing in all communal areas, including classrooms and academic spaces, dining and fitness facilities.
  • Required mask or face coverings.
  • Extended meal times and increased dining options including to-go meals.
  • Designated quarantine areas for any student displaying symptoms or returning a positive test COVID-19 result.
  • Regular COVID testing.
  • Student Behavioral Contract.

There are six arrival dates beginning on Aug. 8 and ending Aug. 28. Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 31.

To ensure the safety of students and the Norwich and Northfield communities, the campus will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future. Campus, including fitness facilities and Shaw Outdoor Center trails on Paine Mountain, will be closed to the public and in use only by Norwich University students, faculty and staff.

Students will be expected to remain on campus and will require special approval to leave for clinicals or required internships. Visitors to campus will be limited to necessary business transactions and official university business.

All large events — such as Homecoming and Parent and Family Weekend — have been canceled, postponed or made virtual for the fall semester. All fall varsity sport intercollegiate competitions have been postponed.

For the most current information on campus reopening, please visit norwich.edu/psa.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Source: 8.7.2020 NORTHFIELD, Vt. – www.norwich.edu