Dear UVM Students,

The Vermont Department of Health indicates that travel is one of the main causes of COVID 19 infection and spread in Vermont. Counties across the northeast that are considered safe for travel are decreasing, and it is unlikely this will improve in the near future. 

I am writing with my strongest recommendation that you do not travel outside of Vermont, and that you do not invite any out of state friends or family to Vermont.

If you do travel outside of Vermont:

  • You must abide by all Vermont quarantine requirements when you return.

  • Quarantine requirements will prohibit your attendance at in-person classes and labs, and all on-campus activities, and/or be out in the community for 14 days or after 7 days followed by a negative PCR test (plan on 8-10 days).

  • Personal travel is not an excused absence; your related quarantine will likely have a negative impact on your academic performance.

  • Information about travel is updated weekly on Tuesday on the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development website.

  • Information about quarantine requirements is available on the Vermont Department of Health’s website.

When you return from travel outside of Vemront:

  • On-campus students are required to make arrangements for on campus quarantine through Student Health Services by sending an email to
  • Off-campus students can quarantine in their own off campus spaces but need to register with Student Health Services by sending an email to
  • You should complete a temporary testing exemption form if your travel or quarantine will interfere with your regular testing.
  • Additional information for students about traveling out of Vermont is available on the Student Health Services website.

Travel to Vermont:

  • Families are strongly discouraged from traveling to Vermont to visit UVM. 
  • If there is an immediate need to travel to Vermont, you are required to follow the guidelines for travel to Vermont as outlined by the Department of Health and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (information above). 
  • Additional information for families about traveling to Vermont is available on the Student Health Services website.

I recognize that this is challenging, and we want to be together with family and friends.  I appreciate your compliance with limiting travel out of Vermont for essential purposes only.


Gary Derr
Vice President for Operations and Public Safety
The University of Vermont



Gary Derr, VP for Operations/Public Safety