Just like so much else this year, arrival on campus is going to look a little different. This information is for students and families on our health and safety requirements surrounding move-in.
Vermont currently has very low rates of COVID-19 and it's up to all of us to keep it that way. These guidelines will help keep everyone at UVM and in the greater Vermont community safe.
Quarantine Requirements for Students
Quarantine means staying in a specific designated location (i.e., your apartment or room) away from others, for the purpose of observing and monitoring your health status for the potential development of symptoms. When you are in quarantine you cannot go shopping, leave home for work, have people over for visits, or go visit others.
Quarantine guidelines can be confusing — especially as you work to navigate changing rules and varied restrictions that differ from state-to-state. Use this interactive tool based on the State of Vermont's cross-state travel regulations to understand your quarantine requirements and options before fall semester begins.
If you are coming from a state or county that requires you to quarantine, you have four options:
Quarantine on campus if you will be living on campus.
This option is for students arriving by plane or another form of public transportation and those who will be staying overnight in a "yellow" or "red" county on your way to UVM. Information on the on-campus quarantine option is available here .
What can you expect from arrival quarantine on campus?
Residential Life and Student Health Services will set up a centralized testing and check-in location which will be open between 8 AM and 10 PM on August 14. Students and families can arrive the night before and stay in a local hotel as long as they remain in quarantine and only leave the hotel for move-in.
You will be able to move your belongings into your assigned permanent room before moving into your quarantine room. Make sure you bring anything necessary (bedding and linens, medications and clothes for 8-9 days, necessary toiletries, computer, favorite stuffed animal, etc.) to your quarantine room because you won't be able to access your permanent room again until you complete quarantine. You will spend your quarantine in an air conditioned room in University Heights without a roommate. While awaiting your test results, you will pick up three meals a day outside. You'll have to wait to interact with anyone else until your initial test comes back.
Once your initial test comes back negative you will be split into cohort groups based on floor and tower in University Heights. You'll be able to pick up your meals in to-go packaging-- as well as bottled beverages and non-perishable snacks-- in the dining hall and hang out with other members of your cohort as long as you maintain six feet of distance and wear a mask when you're not eating. You can go outside for fresh air, socialize from a distance, access laundry, and access a microwave.
You'll be tested on Day 7 and once your results come back negative (possibly as soon as Day 8) you can move into your permanent room.
Note: For more information about quarantine meals and special dietary needs, please visit go.uvm.edu/dining2020
Quarantine in your apartment if you will be living off campus.
You can quarantine in your off-campus housing for either 14 days or you can quarantine for seven days, then get tested for COVID-19 and stop quaranting once you get negative test results. Burlington's "Box it In" program can help you out and you can participate in any virtual offerings UVM offers.
Quarantine in a private residence or lodging in Vermont.
You can either quarantine for 14 days or you can quarantine for seven days, then get tested for COVID-19, and stop quarantining once you get negative test results.
Quarantine in another state.
You can either quarantine for 14 days or you can quarantine for seven days, then get tested for COVID-19, and stop quaranting once you get your negative test results before traveling directly to Vermont in a private vehicle.
Quarantine Requirements for Parents, Families, and Guests
Parents, families, and guests traveling to UVM to drop off their students also have an important role to play in keeping our UVM and Vermont communities safe. Please follow the following guidance based on how long you plan to stay in Vermont.
If you are staying in Vermont one night or less
If you are planning to stay in Vermont for one night, the following quarantine options apply:
- Arrive in Vermont at your selected time on move-in day and go directly to campus, then leave Vermont immediately when you are done with move-in.
- Arrive in Vermont at your selected time on move-in day and go directly to campus, then go to your overnight lodging in Vermont, and leave Vermont immediately the next day.
- Arrive in your overnight lodging in Vermont the night before move-in, go directly to campus at your selected time on move-in day, then leave Vermont immediately when you are done moving in.
Note: You must follow all Vermont state travel guidelines and quarantine restrictions while in the state. This means you cannot go shopping (even for any items you might have forgotten), sightseeing, go on any tours, eat out, etc. Please make your time in the state as short as possible.
If you are staying in Vermont for more than one night
If you are planning on staying in Vermont for a longer period of time the following quarantine options apply:
- Quarantine outside of Vermont for 14 days before move-in and travel directly to Vermont in a private vehicle without breaking your quarantine in a "yellow" or "red" county. Breaking your quarantine could include staying overnight, shopping, sightseeing, eating out, or visiting friends or family.
- Quarantine outside of Vermont for seven days and then get a COVID-19 test. Testing delays may reduce or eliminate the viability of this option.
Once you receive negative test results, travel directly to Vermont in a private vehicle without breaking your quarantine in a "yellow" or "red" county. Breaking your quarantine could include staying overnight, shopping, sightseeing, eating out, or visiting friends or family.
- Quarantine in Vermont for 14 days before move-in in a hotel, private home, rental unit, etc. You must follow all quarantine guidelines during this time.
- Quarantine in Vermont for seven days, get tested, and end your quarantine once you receive negative test results. Testing delays may reduce or eliminate the viability of this option.
Return to Campus Testing Requirements for Students
In order to return to campus, all students must follow our arrival testing protocol:
- Pre-Arrival Test: at least five days before arriving on campus
- Arrival Test on Day 0: the day you move into a residence hall or the first day of classes (if you live off campus).
- Week One Test on Day 7: seven days after your arrival test.
Pre-arrival testing is required for all students coming to UVM who have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. All students need to quarantine from the time they take their pre-arrival test to the time they arrive on campus, including students coming from within Vermont.
Do I need to get tested if I have already had COVID-19?
On July 22nd the CDC and Vermont Department of Health released new testing and quarantine guidelines for people who have previously tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Special rules apply to you for 90 days from the onset of your COVID-19 symptoms or for 90 days from the date of your positive test if you were asymptomatic. During these 90 days:
- You do not need to be tested for any reason if you remain asymptomatic.
- You do not need to quarantine if you have close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- If you become symptomatic during this period, you may need to quarantine and get tested for reinfection based on the recommendations of a healthcare provider.
If you have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 within 90 days of when you need to submit your pre-arrival test, please contact Student Health Services at CHWBSHSnotifications@uvm.edu to determine next steps on how to submit your positive test results and what testing will look like for you going forward
Move-in Health and Safety Requirements
All students and their guests must wear masks and a keep 6-foot distance from those outside their travel group while on campus. Guests assisting with move-in should plan to depart campus within three hours of arrival.
Requirements for students and guests to come to campus
- Must have met all quarantine requirements
- Must not have any symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 24 hours, including
- Fever above 100.4° F
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Must not have been a close contact of anyone with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to coming to campus
Additional requirements for students
- Complete the required Student Health and Safety Training and agree to adhere the Green and Gold Promise before coming to campus.
- All students returning to campus will take a Covid-19 test five days before arrival and on the day they arrive (or on the day classes start, if they live off-campus). Students traveling to Vermont must meet any State of Vermont mandated pre-arrival quarantine requirements and must quarantine at home between the time they take the test and their departure for campus.
Last updated: 8/14/20