NVU During COVID-19: Spring 2021 Semester Information
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 March 4, NVU has conducted 4,197 COVID-19 tests since January 1 and reports a total of 5 positive results: three on the Lyndon campus (one residential student from the initial arrival testing and two commuter students, one of whom tested off-site) and two commuting students on the Johnson campus who tested at off-site testing centers. 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
- Return to Campus Details
- Required Quarantine and Testing
- 2021 Spring Testing Schedule
- Covid-19 Campus Communications
- Cross-Household Visitation
- Athletics During Covid-19
NVU Community Responsibility
- CARES Act
- Return to Campus FAQs
- Visitors to Campus
- Cleaning and Disinfecting at NVU
- Dining at NVU During COVID-19
- Spring 2021 Academic Calendar
- Archived Covid-19 Information
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:
- 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.
- Residence halls will be designated as households, per Vermont state guidelines, and no cross-household visitation will be allowed. See details below.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
- Limit contact and avoid gatherings.
- Do not travel. If you do, follow Vermont state travel quarantine guidelines.
- Get tested if you have been to a social gathering or exposed to COVID-19. Please consider using this online resource for testing locations and scheduling in all areas of Vermont and beyond during the break.
- Avoid all cross-household gatherings. Stay home and stay safe.
- Answer the phone when the Health Department calls and work with contact tracers.
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
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.
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.
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|
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.
If you have immediate questions, please use the form on this page: NorthernVermont.edu/Questions.