NVU During COVID-19
Spring 2022 Policies, Student Arrival Requirements, and Instructions
NVU looks forward to a safe and healthy spring semester. Please read below for new policies we’ve put in place.
After teaching remotely the first week of the semester, we are resuming in-person instruction on January 24, 2022. See Interim President John W. Mills latest communication about returning to campus.
Vaccination and Booster Requirement
The Vermont State Colleges System requires COVID-19 vaccination and now a booster for all students enrolled at the residential colleges in the 2021-2022 Academic Year. The safety of our students, employees, and local community members is our top priority as we continue to respond to the ongoing pandemic. NVU is requiring ALL students to receive a COVID-19 booster shot by February 1, 2022. If you are not eligible to receive a booster shot until after February 1, 2022, you are required to get a booster within 14 calendar days of your eligibility date. The vaccination requirement does not apply to students who will not come on to the physical campuses for any reason during the 2021-2022 academic year, such as those who are taking classes exclusively online. Please read Interim President John W. Mills’s message regarding COVID-19 expectations along with the notice from the VSCS Chancellor about the vaccine requirement.
Students must verify their vaccination and booster by filling out this form NorthernVermont.edu/COVID19Vaccination. You will need to take a photo of both sides of your vaccination card to complete the form.
Our goal remains for all members of the NVU community who can be vaccinated to get vaccinated. We urge you to make every effort to complete your vaccination as soon as possible. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered in accordance with Vermont law. To request an exemption, fill out the COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption form or the COVID-19 Vaccination Religious Exemption Form and return it to the health centers on our campuses.
We expect all NVU community members to continue to use best health and safety practices, including wearing a mask, social distancing whenever possible, regular hand washing, and staying home if symptomatic or ill.
Arrival testing will be available–and highly recommended–for all students. Testing for students will be available throughout the first week. Those who test positive must report their test results here
Testing Schedule Week of January 24:
Student only testing, Monday, January 24 and Tuesday, January 25, 12 pm -2 pm
- Johnson Campus: Multi-Gym
- Lyndon Campus: ATT Theatre Lobby
Regular Wednesday PCR testing, 11:30 am – 1:15 pm
- Johnson Campus: Multi-Gym
- Lyndon Campus: ASAC 100 (Moore Community Room)
Isolation for Positive Cases this Semester
NVU has adopted the new CDC guidelines for isolation periods in the event of a COVID-19 positive test. We have maintained limited separate isolation housing for residential students. In the event that COVID-19 cases outpace the room availability, we will allow for recovery in place. All isolation and recovery policies and practices will be made in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health.
What to do with your test results! Visit this link to report a positive test. Do not report a negative test. You should notify any close contacts, and seek medical treatment if symptoms warrant.
If you test positive, regardless of vaccination status, you must remain isolated for a minimum of 5 days. You can leave isolation 5 days after a positive test, if:
- You never had COVID-19 symptoms or your symptoms have improved and you feel better, AND
- You have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers, AND
- You wear a mask around others through day 10 after your positive test.
Masking is required on our campuses when inside in public spaces and while in the presence of others. See the announcement here: Masking Requirement Announced–Effective Friday, August 13 at 5 a.m. Read here for full information.
NVU requires full COVID-19 vaccination for visitors age 12 and above. Visitors under the age of 12 must be masked indoors. If a masking mandate is in place for NVU, visitors must also follow that masking mandate.
Spring 2022 COVID-19 Test Results
To date in 2022, as of January 20, 2022, NVU has had 45 reported positive cases. This number includes students and employees who have tested either through our on-campus testing programs or who have reported positives from at-home or other testing.
If you have immediate questions, please use the form on this page: NorthernVermont.edu/Questions.