NVU During COVID-19

NVU During COVID-19

NVU Return to Campus: Spring 2021 Semester Information

Classes Begin February 1

As announced in October, and as required by the state of Vermont, we have adjusted the academic calendar to start February 1. Classes will be taught through face-to-face, hybrid, and remote means. 

Return to Campus Details

Like we did in the fall, 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.

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, will be tested on January 29 or 30 and again on February 5 or 6, at no cost to the student. Students will be required to quarantine on campus or at their off-campus residence until the first negative result has been returned, which will take between 24-36 hours. Testing is completed through the Broad Institute testing program.

All students will be 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.

Staggered Move-In: All campus-based NVU students will participate in a staggered check-in and testing program on January 29 or 30. Students must make a reservation to check in.

Choose the link for your campus to make a reservation:

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. 

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. 

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.

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

Spring Semester Testing Results

As of January 15, NVU has conducted 85 COVID-19 tests since January 1 and reports 0 positives. The onsite tests were conducted through the Broad Institute testing program. Learn more about NVU's fall semester testing results.

Read additional updates about quarantine, testing, daily screenings, visitors on campus, and cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

NVU Restart Plan


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