With approval from Gov. Phil Scott and the state’s Department of Public Safety, the University of Vermont will be implementing a plan to allow students to remove personal belongings out of their residence hall rooms.
To promote the safety and well-being of students, family members and university staff, the university has established a set of criteria and guidelines, and will take steps to reduce density by conducting the move-out process over three weekends, and by limiting the number of people assigned to specific time blocks.
This includes students being segmented into groups. The first group, Vermont students, will move out between Friday, May 29 and Sunday, May 31. The second group, students who will not be living on campus next year, will be scheduled between Friday, June 5 and Sunday, June 7. All other students will be assigned time slots between Friday, June 12 and Sunday, June 14. Each of the move-out days will be divided into 4-hour time blocks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and the number of students assigned per block will be capped to facilitate physical distancing guidelines. The university will schedule an average of 12 students per building for each time block.
Some students will not have to move their belongings. The university will pack them and move them into their new rooms. These include roommates who will stay together next year and students in single rooms.
Under the plan, students will not be able to move out without an assigned time block, only one room resident will be allowed to move out at a time, and each student will be able to bring only one guest to help with the move.
The plan spells out the criteria that must be met and the guidelines that must be followed.
Criteria for Returning to Campus:
- Students, their guest and the households of both have not currently, or within 24 hours, experienced any of the following symptoms: a fever above 100.4 F, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, new loss of taste or smell.
- Students and their guest living outside of Vermont must have self-quarantined and practiced social isolation strategies for at least two weeks prior to the move-out date.
- No one in a student's or guests' household has tested positive for COVID-19.
Note: Even non-symptomatic students and guests will not be allowed on-campus if they have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to coming to campus.
COVID-19 Move-out Guidelines:
- Students may be accompanied by one other person in a room to assist them.
- Students and guest must observe social distancing protocols including keeping 6 feet apart, frequent handwashing and mandatory wearing of cloth face mask.
- Students will have up to three hours upon their arrival to pack of belongings and depart from campus.
In cases where students are not able to return to campus during the move-out period, the university will make arrangements to pack and store their belongings until they can return.
The university is communicating directly with students and families about the plan. The information will include guidance from the Vermont Department of Health stating that out-of-state family members or friends can help students move out if they stay in town only for a few hours, and leave the state on the same day. Under the guidance, out-of-state students who are staying in town will have to self-quarantine for a period of time.
UVM has also conducted extensive planning and communications to help manage students moving into Burlington apartments in early June. Efforts include a student survey, a live remote event, a special issue of the off-campus newsletter, a Burlington City Council presentation, as well as ongoing consultation with city officials, Vermont Department of Health, and state entities coordinating the pandemic response.