Updated October 29, 2020

Dear University of Vermont Undergraduate, Graduate, Medical, and Non-Degree Students:

In his September 16 memo, President Garimella announced that our COVID-19 testing protocol would remain in place until November 1. I am writing to provide you with information regarding testing requirements for the balance of the fall semester, as well as plans for spring 2021.

Our COVID testing protocol was designed based on advice from our own public health and infectious disease experts. Our experts have continued to review testing data and offer guidance about the future. Based on their counsel here is the testing plan for the remainder of fall 2020:

  • We will continue existing protocols for the rest of the fall 2020 semester.
  • All students who have not elected at home (ATHM) status or received an approved testing exemption must continue to receive PCR testing every seven days on campus (updated 10-29-20).

  • Testing Center hours are available here.
  • ANY student who leaves the state of Vermont and returns to Burlington for any reason during the balance of the fall semester or between the fall and spring semesters is subject to the Vermont Department of Health quarantine requirements.
  • On-campus undergraduate students not returning to campus after Thanksgiving break must test every seven days through November 24.
  • On-campus undergraduate students remaining on campus for the Thanksgiving break through final exams must test every seven days through December 11. The form to request permission to remain on campus during this period will be available from Residential Life on November 1. If these students leave campus before finals end, they must complete the exemption request form.
  • Off-campus undergraduate students not returning to Burlington after Thanksgiving break must test every seven days through November 24, and must complete the exemption request form upon departure.
  • Off-campus undergraduate students remaining in Burlington beyond November 24 who were previously required to test, are strongly encouraged to take advantage of on-campus testing during this time.
  • Graduate students attending in-person classes after Thanksgiving break must test every seven days through December 11. If these students leave campus before finals end, they must complete the exemption request form.
  • Graduate students remaining in Burlington beyond November 24 who were previously required to test, are strongly encouraged to take advantage of on-campus testing during this time.
  • First and second year (foundations level) medical students are required to continue to test every seven days until December 18, 2020 and resume testing every seven days beginning January 19, 2021 (updated 10-29-20).

  • Third year (clerkship level) medical students are required to continue to test every seven days until December 18, 2020, and resume testing every seven days beginning January 4, 2021 (updated 10-29-20).

  • Fourth year (advanced integration level) medical students are required to continue to test every seven days until December 25, 2020 and resume testing every seven days beginning January 4, 2021 (updated 10-29-20).

  • All non-degree students who are attending in-person classes are required to test every seven days through November 24 for student enrolled in undergraduate level courses and through December 11 for graduate level courses (updated 10-29-20).

  • A process for identifying students who need to be on campus for research, employment, or other academic purposes in December and January will be available shortly. Students approved to be on campus between semesters will be required to test every seven days.

More detailed information on spring 2021 testing will be provided soon. In the meantime, here is an outline of plans for spring testing:

  • We will again provide free pre-arrival COVID-19 tests that must be administered before students arrive on campus/in Burlington. This requirement will apply to all students who have not elected the at-home option or do not have an approved exemption.
  • Arrival day testing will be required.
  • Testing every seven days until March 1 will be required, at which time we will review the first month’s testing data and consult with our public health and infectious disease experts to determine next steps.

Thank you for your continued support of the many health and safety measures that have kept our campus and community nearly virus-free this fall. Your commitment to our comprehensive testing strategy has been fundamental to our success.

Patricia A. Prelock
Provost and Senior Vice President
The University of Vermont

PUBLISHED

10-27-2020
Patricia Prelock, Provost and Sr. VP