NVU During COVID-19

NVU During COVID-19

NVU During COVID-19: Spring 2021 Semester Information

**NVU will continue with its travel and household visitation policies through the end of the semester. This includes testing, daily self-attestation, masking, distancing, no cross-household visitation, no traveling, and 7-day quarantine if you do travel with permission. This is necessary to get us to the finish line.**

All commuting and residential students are encouraged to test weekly for the remainder of the semester. It is available three times a week to students and employees who live, teach, work, or learn on campus. In addition, surveillance testing will be conducted regularly via a random selection of faculty, staff, and students. Those identified will receive email instructions about where and when. Please send questions related to testing to Dean of Students Jonathan Davis. View the schedule here at 2021 Spring Testing Schedule.

As of April 16, NVU has conducted 7,880 COVID-19 tests since January 1 and reports a total of 9 positive results: five on the Lyndon campus (three commuter students and two residential students) and four on the Johnson campus (two commuting students and two staff members). The on-site tests were conducted through the Broad Institute testing program. Learn more about NVU's fall semester testing results. Learn more about the NVU Restart Plan.

Welcome back to NVU! We are so excited to have our students back on our campuses. Thank you for following our guidelines for masking, testing, quarantining, and following NVU and state health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read through and become familiar with the the information below. 

Important Information, Expectations, and Resources for the NVU Community

Spring 2021 Return to Campus Details

NVU Community Responsibility


Return to Campus Details

Northern Vermont University is closely following state guidelines for the Spring 2021 semester. We have set up procedures for check-in and return to campus. Quarantine, testing, and check-in/move-in procedures must be followed. Students, please refer to the emails you've received for details and read the material in the dropdown menus below.

Returning to NVU this spring is much like it was in the fall—with two important changes:

  1. All students returning to the area, whether to live on campus in residence halls or to live in off-campus or on-campus apartments, must quarantine before arriving or upon arrival. This quarantine requirement pertains to Vermont residents as well as students coming from out of state. Please review and follow state of Vermont quarantine requirements.
  2. Residence halls will be designated as households, per Vermont state guidelines, and no cross-household visitation will be allowed. See details below.

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Required Quarantine and Testing

Arrival Quarantine: A notable change to the arrival quarantine policy for spring is the inclusion of all Vermont students in the requirement to quarantine ahead of arrival if moving back to the area to live on or off campus. Please review and follow state of Vermont quarantine requirements.

COVID-19 Testing: All campus-based NVU students, both commuting and residential, were tested on January 29 or 30 and again on February 5 or 6 at no cost to the student. Students were required to quarantine on campus or at their off-campus residence until the first negative result was been returned, which took between 24-36 hours. Testing is completed through the Broad Institute testing program.

All students were screened for temperature upon arrival for their Covid-19 tests.

Testing will continue throughout the semester with opportunities to test weekly. In addition, surveillance testing will be conducted regularly via a random selection of faculty, staff, and students. Those identified will receive email instructions about where and when. Please send questions related to testing to Dean of Students Jonathan Davis.

Take the NVU Health Pledge

The NVU Health Pledge is a requirement of the state of Vermont. Please review and complete the pledge if you haven’t done so. Please direct questions to Dean of Student Jonathan Davis: Jonathan.Davis@NorthernVermont.edu.

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Cross-Household Visitation

One of the lessons learned statewide in 2020 was that small cross-household gatherings of friends and family were a major contributor to virus spread. The state of Vermont has asked all colleges and universities to limit cross-household visitation. To that end, we have designated each residence hall complex (for example: Governors North and South or Arnold and Bayley) or apartment (on or off campus) as a separate household. This also means on-campus residents are prohibited from visiting off-campus households. No off-campus guests are allowed in any residential area at any time. 

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Daily Required Symptom Screenings 

It is mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff who are on an NVU campus to do a daily symptom screening at NorthernVermont.edu/RequiredDailyScreening. Students will complete this form 7 days a week. Employees will complete this form the days they will be on campus.

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#MaskUpNVU—We All Have a Part to Play

Masks are Required at NVU. 

  • Wear masks everywhere inside unless you are alone in your residence hall room or office. 
  • Wear masks outside, even while walking on the campus pathways and trails or hanging out with friends. While they are not required outside when maintaining a 6-foot distance, it can be very challenging to ensure this physical distance. Please keep your masks on.
  • The mask must cover the nose and chin and fit without gaps.
  • Learn more about how to wear a mask.

Strictly Follow Vermont Health Guidelines.

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Visitors to Campus

We are making an extraordinary effort to keep the NVU community as healthy and safe as possible. For this reason, visitors are not allowed on campus unless approved. As best we can, we’d like to consider our two beautiful hilltop campuses as giant community bubbles where we watch out for one another. To that end, all visitors must be approved before they will be allowed on campus. Make requests to the following deans and directors. Students in residence are not permitted to have guests from off campus in the residence halls. 

  • Academic Affairs: Provost Nolan Atkins
  • Student Life: Dean of Students Jonathan Davis
  • Athletics: Associate Dean of Athletics Jamey Ventura
  • Other (Contractors, vendors, etc.): Director of Facilities Mike Stevens

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Cleaning and Disinfecting at NVU

Custodial staff will clean and disinfect all common areas, classrooms, and restrooms at NVU daily. To provide an extra level of protection throughout our campuses, disinfectant products are available for additional disinfecting in classrooms, employee offices, and residence hall bathrooms. Learn about safely using these products at NorthernVermont.edu/DisinfectantSafety.

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Dining at NVU During COVID-19

Sodexo and NVU have made some changes to the dining experience on our campuses to promote the health and safety of our community during COVID-19. Be sure to read through Sodexo's "NVU Dining—What to Expect." And, register for BITE, Sodexo's mobile app. Visit NVU Dining for campus-specific information

Whether you want to sit down with friends and enjoy a meal or get something quick and delicious while you're on the go, there are on-campus options for you at Northern Vermont University.

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Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

Northern Vermont University will begin the spring semester on Monday, February 1, 2021. Due to COVID-19, the calendar is subject to change. Visit the NVU Academic Calendar for more information. 

Monday, February 1 First day of classes
Tuesday-Wednesday, March 23-24  Spring Break
Friday, May 7 Last day of classes
Monday-Thursday, May 10-13 Final examination period for NVU
Saturday, May 15 NVU-Johnson Commencement
Sunday, May 16 NVU-Lyndon Commencement
Monday, May 17 NVU Faculty Retreat

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CARES Act Policy and Emergency Aid Application for Students

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal legislation that provides financial support to organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Part of the CARES Act provides funds that allows colleges and universities like NVU to provide one-time emergency grants to students who have demonstrated financial need based on FAFSA information for unexpected expenses, (such as food, housing, technology/course requirements, unanticipated travel, replacement of medications, emergency childcare due to school closures, etc.) related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Learn more about the CARES Act and access the CARES Act Emergency Aid application here.

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If you have immediate questions, please use the form on this page: NorthernVermont.edu/Questions.

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