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Fall 2020

What are the plans for returning to campus this fall?

A planning committee and working groups of representatives from across the university are developing strategies and practices for a safe return to on-campus operations in August. President Garimella shared the Fall 2020 Return to Campus Update on June 15, 2020. Ongoing updates will be released throughout the summer. Check the Fall 2020 Return to Campus website for more information.

(Updated: 6/15/20)

Health Resources

Can I receive a COVID-19 test when I return to Burlington this summer?

Yes. Students returning to Burlington can get tested by calling Student Health Services at 802-656-3350 to schedule an appointment during normal business hours. This applies to students both with and without symptoms. Test results are generally available within 24–48 hours. UVM students who test positive will get a call from a UVM or Health Department professional for further guidance and recommendations for their ongoing care, as well as isolation strategies to keep others safe. Students are asked to keep a log of the people with whom they had close contact, in order to help with any tracing that may be needed.


(Updated: 6/23/20)

I’m not feeling well—what should I do if I think I may have COVID-19?

If you’re sick with any illness, please stay home or in your room and call Student Health Services. Student Health Services will talk you through next steps over the phone.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • chills
  • muscle aches
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea

See detailed information on addressing symptoms and keeping yourself and others protected at the Center for Health and Wellbeing’s COVID-19 website.

Learn more: UVM Experts Weigh in on How to Keep Communities Safe

(Updated: 6/10/20)

Isolation, quarantine, and self-observation: What's the difference?

I’m anxious about the ongoing situation. Are there resources or support for my wellbeing?

We understand that some community members are concerned and that this is a stressful time. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available through campus mental health services by calling the following offices:

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, colds and other viral ailments by doing the following:

  • If you’re sick, stay home.
  • Social distance by staying 6 feet from people who don’t live with you.
  • Wear a mask outside your home or room.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Practice vigilant hand hygiene.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Get a flu shot.

(Updated: 6/10/20)

Is Student Health Services open? Are CAPS and Living Well open?

The current summer schedule for all Center for Health and Wellbeing programs and services is available.

Students seeking care who are on campus or in the Burlington area should call Student Health Services: 802-656-3350. Students who are patients of SHS and are currently away from campus may reach out to their providers through MyWellbeing or by calling SHS.

CAPS also provides services 8:30 am–4:30 pm Monday through Friday. All CAPS services are taking place by phone, secure messaging, or video. Students should call CAPS with questions or to get the most up-to-date information about available supports. Students already connected to CAPS and needing support may also reach out to their counselors via MyWellbeing. Students may continue to access the on-call counselor when the CAPS office is closed by calling the main phone line: 802-656-3340

Are there resources for combating stigmatization, bias, and xenophobia related to COVID-19?

Many of us are concerned about what the people in our communities may be experiencing, including possible stigmatization or discrimination based on racial bias or appearances. Please help others understand that the risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality.

Stigma doesn’t fight the illness and will hurt innocent people, but sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumor and misinformation from spreading.

If you know of incidents of bias related to COVID-19, please report the incident through the Bias Response Program.

Academics and Research

What academic support is available to students at this time?

The Center for Academic Success is here to support your online learning. Explore their comprehensive guide of student resources for remote instruction, which features tools and tips for academic success during this time.

UVM Bored also offers up these additional tips for adjusting to remote instruction.

What instructional support is available to faculty during this time?

What if I'm an undergraduate involved in research?

Students involved in Honors College or honors-level research activities and thesis work should contact their faculty mentor or research supervisor to discuss the status of their projects. Also see the following two questions in this FAQ section: “How does the current environment affect my Honors College thesis research, completion, and defense?” and “How does the current environment affect other undergraduate honors thesis research?”

Students who may be conducting research in on-campus facilities are expected to work with their PI or research advisors to develop a plan to work on research-related activities remotely. Exceptions can be made if your participation is critical for essential functions of the lab as defined by your advisor, and both your role and the essential research function of the laboratory are approved by your advisor’s dean. The plans must be completed and student researchers working remotely no later than March 30. Students who are paid for their research assistance are considered student workers, please work with your research advisor to determine whether your research-related activities can be continued remotely. Any student in a high-risk category (e.g., underlying health condition, over 60, pregnant, immune-compromised) should immediately discontinue on-campus work and transition to remote instruction or research activity.

All work in laboratories designated as essential must follow guidelines to protect the health of you and those around you. Maintain social distancing in time and space, wash your hands often with soap, do not touch your face, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and disinfect shared equipment and surfaces before and after use.

In addition to contacting your research faculty supervisor for support, you can also reach out to the Office of Fellowships, Opportunities, and Undergraduate Research at four@uvm.edu or 802-656-5532.

(Updated: 3/25/20)

What if I'm a student seeking an accommodation?

SAS continues to support students remotely. Please reach out to SAS if you have any questions or concerns regarding your accommodations or accommodation implementation: access@uvm.edu or (802) 656-7753.

(Updated: 6/10/20)

Will I still have access to academic activities and facilities?

At this time only essential employees should be on campus. All others are working remotely. UVM is not changing building access, in the event that employees need to access their offices to retrieve items to work remotely or personal belongings.

(Updated: 6/10/20)

Is there specific instruction for graduate, postdoctoral and medical students?

Yes, both the Dean of the Graduate College and the Dean of the College of Medicine have sent communications directly to their students. Please continue to use this FAQ for other questions you may have.

(Updated: 3/25/20)

Can I make plans for a summer internship?

Internships are possible this summer. We strongly recommend that students explore remote options, but in-person experiences may also be an option depending on the health and safety restrictions particular to the geographic location of the internship. Remember, too, that the start and end dates for summer internships are flexible within the May 18–August 7 window, provided students accrue the 40 hours of internship experience required per credit. This flexibility allows students to begin an internship later in the summer if opportunities arise that are not currently available.

(Updated: 4/20/20)

What services are available right now through the Career Center?

The Career Center is open for business and diligently supporting all UVM students, including Class of 2020 graduates. The Career Center website offers a comprehensive outline of its shift to remote services, including opportunities to meet with a career counselor, access to online modules about finding and applying to jobs or internships and upcoming summer events, like the Health Professions Fireside Chats in which faculty and alumni will provide interdisciplinary perspectives on working in health care during Covid-19. In addition, thousands of UVM alumni are volunteering on UVM Connect to support current students make connections for internships and career mentorship—for tips on getting started, connect with the Career Center today.

(Updated: 6/12/20)

Are there safety policies or protocols for research involving human subjects at this time?

Yes. Specific guidance on human subject research follows directives of the State of Vermont and guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and the CDC.

(Updated: 6/5/20)

Residential Life and Housing

When can I return to campus to collect my belongings? What about my room?

All residential students have received an email from Residential Life with information about their specific move-out process. If you have questions about the move-out process, email reslife@uvm.edu.

I am expecting to receive deliveries at my campus address. How can I ensure my packages get to me?

The best way to ensure your packages get to you is to update your shipping information with the vendor to reflect your current place of living. If a package is already on campus for you and you’re interested in having it mailed to you, please fill out this form. Package forwarding is subject to a fee.

All perishable food packages will be returned to sender for the remainder of the remote instruction period. This includes perishable packages already shipped to campus.

What am I supposed to do about choosing my housing for next year?

We are still planning to go through the Housing Selection Process for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. The selection process is completed entirely online and does not require that a student is on-campus. Students will receive an email with more information detailing this process closer to the selection date and should be sure to monitor their UVM email.

Resources for Off-Campus Students

I want to return to my off-campus housing, are there any restrictions I need to follow?

Residents and non-residents coming to stay in Vermont need to home-quarantine for 12 days. Individuals who are in quarantine can be tested on or after day 7; if the results are negative and they are asymptomatic, they can end quarantine (they should remain in quarantine while awaiting test results).

The City of Burlington has a Supportive Quarantine Program for you! The program includes a move-in care package of fresh local goods, gift card, a mask and hygiene supplies.

Students returning to Burlington who do not have symptoms can get tested for COVID-19 on the UVM campus beginning Wednesday, June 3, and continuing on weekdays through Friday, June 19. Test results are generally available within 24–48 hours. UVM students who test positive will get a call from a UVM or Health Department professional for further guidance and recommendations for their ongoing care, as well as isolation strategies to keep others safe. Students are asked to keep a log of the people with whom they had close contact, in order to help with any tracing that may be needed.

Students coming to Vermont on June 8 or after who live in counties across New England and New York with less than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per one million residents and who travel directly to Vermont in their personal vehicle do not need to self-quarantine or get tested. However, they must register with Sara Alert upon arrival to Vermont to get two weeks of daily reminders to check for common symptoms of COVID-19.

The city of Burlington requires that masks be worn in retail stores and city buildings.

(Updated: 6/9/20)

Can my parents or friends travel from outside of Vermont to help me move in or out of my off-campus housing?

Yes, but they may only stay in the area for a few hours and they must arrive and leave the state on the same day. Beginning June 8, people who live in counties across New England and New York with less than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per one million residents and who travel directly to Vermont in their personal vehicle can come to Vermont without quarantine restrictions. However, they must register with Sara Alert upon arrival to Vermont to get two weeks of daily reminders to check for common symptoms of COVID-19. Travel to Vermont from COVID-19 hot spots is strongly discouraged.
What will be open in Vermont:

  • Many services and business in Vermont remain closed.
  • Restaurants are open for limited outdoor and indoor seating (reservations required), and take-out and delivery services.
  • Many retail stores remain closed with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores, and these businesses are currently required to limit occupancy.
  • The UVM campus is currently open only to students, staff, and faculty who are approved to work on campus or who live in emergency housing. You will not be allowed to be on campus if you are not approved to do so.

It is good to bring enough food and supplies for 12 days if you fall under the State COVID-19 order for quarantining when you come to Vermont.

I'm a student who lives off campus and have concerns about my housing, rent, lease, etc. during this time.

If you are having difficulty paying for your rent:

  • Contact your landlord and let them know your situation and see if you could work something out.
  • Ask the landlord if you can sublet your rental.

The following are UVM and local resources for landlord-tenant concerns:

  • UVM Office of Student and Community Relations: 802-656-9405
  • Vermont Tenants Hotline: 802-864-0099
  • Vermont Legal Aid: 1-800-889-2047
  • Student Legal Services: 802-656-4379
  • Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity: 802-862-2771 (provides housing, utility, and food support services)

If you are allowed to sublet, here are some tips.
Share your subletting needs:


Get good information about the subletting requirements and process:

I’m losing income as a result of COVID-19. What resources are available to help make ends meet?

If you have lost income as a result of COVID-19, the following are Vermont resources that may be helpful:

For University resources:

For City of Burlington updates: Visit the city's Response to COVID-19, which will share updates on rental and utility hardship initiatives.

For State of Vermont updates: Visit the State's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) site.

I’m concerned about getting enough nutritious food right now. Where can I turn for help?

If you are feeling food insecure or have trouble getting enough nutritious food right now, you may be eligible to receive a 3SquaresVT benefit. You can apply online — special details are considered for college students. To find out more and get help applying, dial 2-1-1, text ‘VFBSNAP’ to 85511 or email 3SVT@vtfoodbank.org. Refer also to Vermont Foodhelp, a resource guide for 3SquaresVT from Hunger Free Vermont.

The City of Burlington’s COVID-19 Food Access Resources has information and links to programs and food shelves in the area.

Please note that all food pantries on campus have been consolidated into Rally Cat’s Cupboard for the time being. If you are food insecure or have need of emergency food supplies, please come to Rally Cat’s Cupboard. The pantry will be open this summer on Mondays and Fridays of every other week at the following hours:

  • Mondays: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Monday hours begin May 11, followed by May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, etc.)
  • Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Friday hours begin May 15, followed by May 29, June 12, June 26, July 10, etc.)

The pantry is located in the Hills Agricultural Science Building, behind Marsh Life Sciences; use the Carrigan Drive entrance. If you need assistance, are unable to make it during these times or have an emergency in between openings, don’t hesitate to contact us at cupboard@uvm.edu or (802) 299-1976.

Also find other food shelves in the Burlington area on the City of Burlington's COVID-19 Food Access Resources page.

(Updated: 5/5/2020)

Visiting Campus

What's the current state of emergency in Vermont?

On May 15, Governor Phil Scott extended Vermont’s State of Emergency through June 15, even while easing restrictions and allowing for some sectors and businesses to begin reopening. Read the details of this extension. Please note that the city of Burlington requires that masks be worn in retail stores and city buildings.

(Updated: 5/19/2020)

Campus Life and Facilities

Is UVM open?

Our university is open, and continuing our support of critically important services and activities, including student support, administrative functions, and research endeavors. A cross-functional planning committee and working groups of representatives from across the university are developing strategies and practices for a safe return to on-campus operations in August. A report is due to trustees later this month with details to become public soon after. Information will be forthcoming throughout the summer.

(Updated: 6/8/20)

Are campus buildings open for their usual hours?

All university buildings are accessible to UVM employees, students and affiliates with CATcards or keys. If you have questions about your CATcard access, email CATcard@uvm.edu.

(Updated: 6/8/20)

Is the Davis Center open?

The Davis Center is currently closed, including Cat Pause and the UVM Bookstore. The Bookstore is available for online orders.

(Updated: 6/8/20)

Are the buildings at the Larner College of Medicine open?

The Larner College of Medicine buildings are closed. Faculty, staff, and students are working and learning remotely. Only essential research personnel are permitted to access the building. All exterior entrances to the Given Building, Health Science Research Facility, Stafford Building, Colchester Research Facility, and Medical Education Center are accessible only by using a UVM CATCard with access privileges.

Can I park on campus during this time? Is the CAT shuttle running?

Campus parking regulations are in effect, with modifications to standard lot and time restrictions. Learn more about those modifications on the Transportation and Parking Services website.

Campus shuttle buses have ceased running on campus.

The university offered UVM Medical Center 266 parking spaces to allow medical personnel to park in lots closer to the hospital, and has identified additional spaces that will be released to the hospital if the need arises. We continue to work with the medical center to ensure staff are aware of the new parking availability.

(Updated: 4/7/20)

What is the guidance on group gatherings? Should I cancel the event I’m hosting on campus?

In keeping with Governor Scott’s “Be Smart/Stay Safe” executive order (pdf), and given that the University has not yet resumed normal in-personal operations,  the University is cancelling all events through July 1. Beginning July 1st, UVM is limiting gatherings to 25 attendees or fewer until further notice; any events with more than 25 attendees expected will be cancelled. As the University reopens in phases, events will only be approved for those units that have received approval to operate on campus and in person. We are also requesting that all events with less than 25 continue to meet remotely unless there is a significant need to meet in person. Please reach out to these campus teams with questions:

(Updated: 6/8/20)

Are athletics and sporting events still happening?

All team and individual contests, practices, and organized trainings have been cancelled for the remainder of the 2019–20 academic year. Please see UVM Athletics' COVID-19 Student-Athlete FAQ for details.

Are fitness facilities, classes and Campus Recreation impacted?

All Campus Recreation/athletic facilities are closed for recreational use until further notice, but group classes are being offered online this summer for a nominal charge. Stay up-to-date with Campus Recreation offerings.

(Updated: 5/19/2020)

Do I have access to UVM libraries?

Howe Library, Dana Medical Library and Silver Special Collections Library buildings will be closed, but essential services will remain available, including research assistance, reference help, instructional services and scanning and document delivery service. Curbside pickup and drop-off service for Howe Library books, Dana Medical Library books, and media equipment is available at Howe Library. Check the Howe Library website, Dana Medical Library website, and Silver Special Collections Library website for additional information.

(Updated: 5/19/2020)

Is the Prism Center open for support?

The Prism Center staff is working remotely. Staff are available for 1:1 appointments via Microsoft Teams or phone. Students can contact individual staff members or e-mail prism@uvm.edu for assistance. All staff members are on Microsoft Teams and available during normal business hours. You can also keep current with Prism Center happenings on Instagram and Facebook @prismuvm.

Please note that all food pantries on campus have been consolidated into Rally Cat’s Cupboard for the time being. If you are food insecure or have need of emergency food supplies, please come to Rally Cat’s Cupboard. The pantry will be open this summer on Mondays and Fridays of every other week at the following hours:

  • Mondays: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Monday hours begin May 11, followed by May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, etc.)
  • Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Friday hours begin May 15, followed by May 29, June 12, June 26, July 10, etc.)

The pantry is located in the Hills Agricultural Science Building, behind Marsh Life Sciences; use the Carrigan Drive entrance. If you need assistance, are unable to make it during these times or have an emergency in between openings, don’t hesitate to contact us at cupboard@uvm.edu or (802) 299-1976.

Also find other food shelves in the Burlington area on the City of Burlington's COVID-19 Food Access Resources page.

(Updated: 6/8/20)

Will the Catholic Center at UVM remain open?

Bishop Coyne announced the first phase of the reopening of churches to celebrate daily and Sunday Mass beginning June 1. The bishop asks that specific protocols be followed, including registering for attendance at Mass at the Catholic Center at UVM, in order to stay within the 25% capacity limit that will help stop the spread of coronavirus. The Catholic Center Staff is be available anytime to talk remotely. Check the Catholic Center website for further information.

(Updated: 6/8/20)

I'm a student employee. How should I proceed?

At this time, recruitment for summer employment is being done directly by individual department(s) based on need.
If you have questions about your student employment, please contact the Student Employment Office at 802-656-5705 or student.employment@uvm.edu.

(Updated: 6/8/20)

I'm the supervisor of a student employee. Should I allow my student to resume work?

Currently, the office of the Provost and Senior Vice President is asking that all student employee hire requests be approved directly by their office or deans and/or department chairs prior to submitting the hire request(s) through JobX. Therefore, you will need to email confirmation of such approval to the Student Employment Office before submitting any student hire request(s) in JobX.

Student-employee supervisors may allow students to perform their duties remotely, if possible and appropriate.

If you have questions about supervising student employees during this time, please contact the Student Employment Office at 802-656-5705 or email student.employment@uvm.edu.

(Updated: 6/8/20)

Can I expect to receive mail, FedEx and UPS deliveries at this time?

Mail is being delivered to Residential Life, Given, Physical Plant, Custodial Services, and the Disbursement Center.

All other offices may pick up their mail, FedEx and UPS packages by appointment at the UVM Print & Mail facility in Williston: 223 Avenue D / Suite 20. Please call (802) 399-2509 and let them know what time you will be arriving, and they will have your mail ready for pick up at the front door.

(Updated: 4/8/20)

Human Resources

Do I need to use my accrued leave time if I need to self-quarantine? Will my UVM-sponsored healthcare plan cover a COVID-19 test? What is UVM’s telework policy? Will the Families First Coronavirus Response Act provide care for my children or sick family?

Find answers to these and many other Covid-related HR questions on the Human Resources website. See these Covid-related employee resources and a compiled list of Human Resources FAQs (pdf).

Travel and Study Abroad

I have UVM-related international and/or domestic travel plans. What should I do?

Due to the global impact of COVID-19, on March 31 the United States Department of State issued a global Level-4 health advisory strongly urging U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel. This follows an earlier advisory from the Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to postpone all nonessential travel—domestic and international.

All university travel—international and domestic—is suspended until further notice for all faculty, staff and students. This action applies regardless of the funding source/sponsor for the travel.

I have personal (non-UVM-related) international and/or domestic travel plans. Do I need to notify someone?

The university strongly encourages you to apply an abundance of caution to personal travel. You should keep in mind the possibility of quarantine measures being introduced while you are traveling. Please carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any travel, and review U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on COVID-19 to learn more.

Where can I get guidance for travelers returning from an affected area?

The best resource for this is the Centers for Disease Control's content just for travelers returning to the United States.

All travelers who are returning from countries with widespread ongoing transmission in the last 14 days should call the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7240. The Vermont Department of Health will be in regular contact with you for 14 days since the day you left the affected area to monitor you for symptoms of shortness of breath, cough or fever. If you develop these symptoms, contact your health care provider right away.

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