UVM Students and Families,
As you return to Burlington, we welcome you back with enthusiasm and look forward to beginning the upcoming fall semester in person. A successful semester, however, requires everyone to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes educating ourselves and following all University, Vermont Department of Health, and Governor Scott’s health and safety guidelines to assure a safe on- and off-campus environment.
The Code of Student Conduct contains charges for failure to take health and safety seriously, including preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, which will enable us to hold on-campus (residential and non-residential) students accountable as one of many tools to help keep our community safe. In addition, all students will be required to sign the Green and Gold Promise (http://go.uvm.edu/promise) prior to the start of the fall semester. This promise sets clear health and safety expectations for students to promote the well-being of everyone at UVM and in the City of Burlington.
As a student and a member of the UVM community, you are required to follow ALL public health guidelines, including:
- University and state expectations for social and physical distancing, including limiting the number of individuals attending gatherings.
- Wearing facial coverings over your nose and mouth when in public settings, even if a 6-foot distance can be maintained, unless the student has received a disability accommodation exempting them from this requirement.
- Abiding by any quarantine directives put forth by the Vermont Department of Health.
It is every student’s responsibility to keep apprised of public health and safety guidelines issued for Vermont, Burlington, and the University.
The Code of Student Conduct and the Green and Gold Promise will be strictly enforced and students will be held accountable for violations in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
We understand the fall on-campus experience will be very different from past years and some students may decide instead to take the “at-home” option being offered to undergraduate students. “At-home” students will not be required to sign the Green and Gold Promise. More information about this option and associated information sessions can be found in Provost Prelock’s July 3 memo to the UVM community.
Addressing Conduct Violations
The University has established a progressive response plan for students who do not follow public health guidelines and university policy.
Students alleged to have violated university policy will be referred to the student conduct process. The goal of this process is to educate students about the impact of their behavior on themselves and the community and to deter the concerning behavior from happening again in order to maintain a safe on- and off-campus environment. When there is an alleged violation, the process as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct will be followed.
Students found responsible for violating university policy will minimally receive a fine and an educational sanction. Their parent or guardian will also be notified of the violation given the level of health and safety concern presented by COVID-19. Repeated or egregious violations may result in separation from UVM.
More information about campus health and safety measures for the fall is available on the “Fall 2020—Return to Campus” section of the UVM website
Please know that we take the health and well-being of the members of our campus and greater community very seriously. Violations of the Governor’s orders are not acceptable and could undermine or undo the diligent work we have all done to protect one another. Significant spikes in COVID-19 infection in Vermont could end our ability to carry out in-person classes this fall. Please recognize the seriousness of this illness for yourselves and your neighbors by conducting yourselves in a manner that reflects a commitment to the well-being of our entire community.
You have a unique opportunity to model the expected behavior for your peers as we know you are committed to staying on campus to foster your learning. You also have an opportunity to be a part of the solution to the spread of COVID-19. By following the Green and Gold Promise, you will be doing your part to assure the health and well-being of your peers, and the faculty and staff who will support you throughout the semester. Let’s show other colleges and universities across the country the Catamount way!
Annie Stevens, Vice Provost for Student Affairs