NVU During COVID-19

NVU During COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement In Place for For 2021-2022 Academic Year

The Vermont State Colleges System requires COVID-19 vaccination of 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. 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 the notice from the VSCS Chancellor about the requirement here.

Students must verify their vaccination 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 are able to 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 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 regular hand washing, social distancing whenever possible, wearing a mask if unvaccinated, and staying home if symptomatic.

NVU During COVID-19: Summer Information

Governor Scott announced June 14 that more than 80% of Vermont’s eligible population—those age 12 and older—have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, the Governor has announced that all state COVID-19 restrictions are rescinded. Vermont’s State of Emergency, which expired June 15, will not be renewed. NVU has met or exceeded federal and state safety guidelines during the pandemic and will continue that as follows until further notice: 

  • A full vaccination is required for all non-student, non-employee, and non-admissions visitors to our campus that are age 16 and above. Full vaccination means two weeks after the Johnson & Johnson version or two weeks after the second shot for Pfizer and Moderna. 

  • Face coverings shall be worn indoors by all unvaccinated faculty, staff, students, and visitors under 16 when in the presence of others and in common areas (for example, Dibden or ATT). When outdoors, and more than six feet apart from one another, masks are not required whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. 

  • See below for information about student vaccine requirements. 

Campus Visitors and Guests 

During the summer months, we will continue to take steps to reduce the risk of virus transmission and encourage vaccination. All non-student and non-employee visitors to our campuses that are age 16 and above must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Full vaccination means two weeks after the Johnson & Johnson version or two weeks after the second shot for Pfizer and Moderna. Approved vendors and those visiting our campuses under current Admissions protocols will be the only exceptions. Conference and Event Services will work with program directors and guests to verify full vaccination attestation via official program registration, while visitors coming to the campuses for general inquiries and services will be directed to Public Safety.   

Efforts to provide our community with information about the importance of vaccines and resources to gain access to vaccination will be ongoing. Thank you for your work and commitment to safety as we transition to more normal operations over time.  

Information for Employees 

  • Do not come to work if you are feeling sick. No symptomatic or COVID-19 positive employees are allowed on campus for any reason. Unvaccinated employees who have not had COVID-19 in the past 90 days and have had close contact for more than 15 minutes with any person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days or for 7 days prior to obtaining a COVID-19 test. See the Vermont Department of Health’s guidance for more information on workplace exposures.  

  • Employees are strongly encouraged to be in the process of being vaccinated or fully vaccinated. Get the facts about the Covid-19 vaccines here.  

  • Face coverings shall be worn indoors by all unvaccinated faculty, staff, students, and visitors under 16 when in the presence of others and in common areas (for example, Dibden or ATT). When outdoors, and more than six feet apart from one another, masks are not required whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. 

Spring 2021 COVID-19 Test Results 

Over the course of the spring 2021 semester, NVU conducted more than 9,900 COVID-19 tests and reported a total of 13 positive results across the campuses. The on-site tests were conducted through the Broad Institute testing program. Learn more about NVU's fall semester testing results. Learn more about NVU Restart Plan

Questions?

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