Outlined below are updates as related to fall 2021 operations. Unless otherwise noted, the UVM Forward plan for Fall 2021 will take effect August 2, 2021. Stay tuned to this page for updates to current processes and plans for August 2021 and beyond.

On-campus Operations

Effective Thursday, July 1, 2021 the daily health screening for faculty, staff, and students is suspended.

From Monday, May 24 through Sunday, August 1, academic and administrative operations will continue their remote work arrangements where feasible. UVM’s research operations are permitted to continue under the guidelines from the Vice President for Research. It is expected that all academic and administrative functions will return to in-person operations effective Monday, August 2, 2021. Please remember that offices that provide in-person services should continue to maintain appropriate in-person presence.

Employees do not need to submit updated or new telecommuting agreements, but they must obtain written approval from their supervisor before making any changes to their schedule or work location. Any employee new to remote work should submit a request to telecommute through their supervisor to their dean or vice president for approval. All telecommuting arrangements must be documented using the telecommuting agreement (pdf)

For additional information or questions, contact uvmler@uvm.edu.

  • Building hours for operations and access will return to normal as of Monday, August 2, allowing departments and units to make adjustments prior to the first day of classes.
  • University Dining Services, including catering, will return to normal operations with the start of fall semester. For information on hours of operation, check UVM Dining Services.
  • On-campus mail service, including FedEx and UPS deliveries, will resume effective Monday, August 2, 2021.

Student COVID-19 Testing

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Effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021, any student who is fully vaccinated is no longer required to test every seven days. To be exempt from the required testing, you must provide verification to Student Health Services confirming that you are fully vaccinated. Any student who is not fully vaccinated who is required to test over the summer must continue to test every seven days. Visit the UVM Forward website for information about vaccinations and availability

Students enrolled in in-person courses, approved for emergency housing, or employed through the Student Employment Office will be automatically registered with the Testing Center. Other students, including those conducting research or interning, will need to be sponsored by their faculty or staff supervisor

Non-UVM students who will be on campus studying, interning, conducting research or for other reasons are required to be fully vaccinated and will not be enrolled in UVM’s testing protocol.

Face Coverings / Masks

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Effective May 27, 2021, face coverings and masks are not required on campus by anyone in outdoor areas whether you are vaccinated or not. At this time, everyone who is not fully vaccinated is required to wear face coverings and masks indoors and to follow UVM’s face covering guidance. Visitors and guests who are not vaccinated must wear masks.

Physical Distancing

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Effective May 27, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to adhere to physical distancing. Unvaccinated individuals and those who are not yet fully vaccinated must still physically distance from others. Classrooms and offices will return to full occupancy.

UVM-related Travel

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As of Thursday, July 1, 2021, restrictions for domestic travel are removed. Employee travel must be preapproved by the appropriate dean or vice president. At least 14 days in advance of any travel, you must complete and submit a travel authorization in PeopleSoft. Travel must not begin without official authorization and any travel conducted without prior authorization will not be reimbursed. You are responsible for understanding and adhering to quarantining requirements related to such travel. At this time, UVM related international travel and fall 2021 study abroad will not be permitted. International travel considered essential will continue to follow the exception process currently in place.


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Effective Thursday, July 1, 2021 vehicle and transportation restrictions—including for vans, buses and other work vehicles—are suspended. Capacity limits in vehicles are also suspended. UVM shuttle bus service will return to normal summer operations on August 2, 2021.

Suppliers, Contractors and Vendors

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Suppliers, contractors and vendors no longer need to be pre-approved by Purchasing Services for COVID compliance purposes. Vendors will be notified in early July informing them of this change and asking that they join with UVM in expecting their employees to be vaccinated. Vendors will be expected to comply with Vermont Department of Health requirements. Suppliers, contractors and vendors coming to a UVM facility or location who are not vaccinated are required to wear masks.



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Vaccinations are highly effective and strongly encouraged for everyone. Once the emergency authorization is lifted, vaccinations will be required of our students with exceptions only for those who receive a medical or religious exemption.



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Gathering sizes that were restricted for both indoor and outdoor events during the pandemic are lifted effective immediately. There are no limits or restrictions on the number of individuals being present at events. We encourage you to make appropriate decisions in consultation with your primary care physician and to be considerate of those around you who may desire or need more distancing.

External groups may begin again to use the standard approval process for requests for on-campus events, beginning Monday, September 13, 2021.

Events and meetings sponsored by UVM departments and student clubs and organizations occurring on or off campus are required to follow all current event guidelines and requirements until Monday, August 2, 2021.

Campus Visitors

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Visitors including speakers, prospective students and their families, and candidates for positions no longer need prior approval to come to campus effective Thursday, July 1, 2021. While not required, we strongly urge that all communications to visitors encourage full vaccination.