As a caring community, we understand that our health and safety depend on how well we take care of each other. As a member of this community, I promise to responsibly protect my health and the health of others. I make these efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other risks to our community’s health.

Complete the Spring 2021 Green and Gold Promise

Understand the Rules and Guidelines


The virus that causes COVID-19 is highly contagious. It is possible to contract this virus even when individuals follow all of the safety precautions recommended by the CDC, the State of Vermont, and the University. The University is following all guidelines issued by the CDC and other experts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, on- or off-campus activities carry some risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other infections. As university citizens it is important we hold each other accountable for our actions.

I promise to:

Do my best to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Follow physical distancing guidelines (at least 6 feet of distance and limitations on numbers of individuals gathering in a common location) both on and off campus, not making assumptions about who may be more vulnerable to contracting this illness.
  • Wash my hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Wear an appropriate face mask and other protective gear when in public spaces on- or off-campus, and in private spaces if guests or visitors are present or permitted, even if 6-foot distancing is possible.
  • Follow UVM, Burlington, and Vermont guidelines about numbers of people allowed to gather in both public and private spaces.
  • Keep my clothing, belongings, personal spaces and shared common spaces sanitized and not share personal items with others, particularly items such as eating utensils and water bottles, which could spread the COVID-19 virus.
  • Limit all travel out of state and within Vermont unless essential.
  • Follow the university’s travel restrictions and contact my academic Dean’s Office regarding any essential travel requirements.
  • Get vaccinated for the seasonal flu. Getting vaccinated for the flu is always strongly encouraged.

Participate in COVID-19 Monitoring:

  • Monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 and report to a medical professional if I experience any of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea and I know these symptoms are not related to a pre-existing condition.
  • Participate in required every seven-day testing to preserve the health and wellbeing of the community.
    • If I believe I should be exempt from the testing requirement, I understand I must submit a full or temporary testing exemption form by established deadlines
    • If I believe I should be exempt from the testing requirement, for instance because I chose the at home learning option for the semester or I tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, I understand I must submit a full or temporary testing exemption form by established deadlines.
  • Promptly report any known or potential exposures to COVID-19 (impacting yourself or others) to the Center for Health and Wellbeing by calling 802-656-3350.
  • Participate fully and honestly in contact tracing to determine whom I may have potentially exposed to COVID-19.

Quarantine and Isolate when Needed to Minimize the Spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home and not enter campus facilities if I feel unwell or experiencing any symptoms.
  • Stay home and quarantine if I have been exposed to someone who is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Complete state-required quarantine related to travel. Details for these requirements are outlined by the Vermont Department of Health at
  • Follow the instructions of medical professionals and university staff, which may include being tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantining while test results are pending, and/or being evaluated.
  • Self-isolate in accordance with Vermont Department of Health guidelines if I test positive for COVID-19.

Follow UVM Safety Requirements

  • Complete all university-required safety training.
  • Adhere to all university directions, communications and updates.
  • Follow any specific requirements in certain facilities and activities.

Care for the Health of our Surrounding Vermont Community

  • This virus does not discriminate, and neither will I. No person or group of people is responsible for this virus and I will not blame the presence of COVID-19 on anyone in my community.    
  • Remember that not everyone is affected equally by COVID-19. By complying with COVID-19 health guidelines, I will help those who are most vulnerable to stay safe by following all safety precautions.

As more information is gathered and known, the University of Vermont and Vermont Department of Health may modify the required health and safety practices outlined above. I understand it is my responsibility to keep apprised of these changes to protect myself and the University community.

I have read, understand, and agree to comply with the “Green and Gold Promise.” I also acknowledge that this Promise is a condition of my ability to participate in the academic year 20- 21 and utilize university facilities. My failure to comply may lead to immediate removal from campus and/or the inability to use certain facilities. Violations of this pledge will be referred, reviewed and adjudicated in accordance with the procedure outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.

I understand that the only way to get safely through the COVID-19 crisis is if we Rally Together!