The closing days of spring semester were exceptional as we celebrated with special joy and excitement the accomplishments of our graduates. UVM awarded 3347 degrees in 11 ceremonies and welcomed our graduates into the ranks of over 124,000 proud UVM alums. An especially heartfelt thank you to the many staff and faculty who helped with the commencement ceremonies. It was remarkable! If you were unable to watch the ceremonies live, recordings of all the ceremonies are posted on the commencement website.

As we head into summer, I want to provide a few updates to campus operations.

Student surveillance testing: 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.

Face coverings/masks: Effective immediately, face coverings and masks are not required on campus in outdoor public spaces, whether you are vaccinated or not, provided sustained or prolonged close contact with individuals from outside your household is avoided. At this time, everyone who is not vaccinated is required to wear face coverings and masks indoors and to follow UVM’s face covering guidance.

Remote work and campus operations: Academic and administrative operations may continue their current remote work arrangements where feasible through June and July. 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. More details regarding our return to in-person operations will be announced in the coming weeks. If you have specific health and safety questions, please contact your department’s health and safety officer or the Health and Safety Committee at UVM.Strong@uvm.edu.

Travel: Vermont changed its travel guidance, eliminating all testing or quarantine requirements except for international travel. This applies to fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals. Note that UVM-sponsored international travel is still prohibited—please refer to the Summer 2021 Travel Policy Addendum (pdf). The daily health screening form will be updated shortly.

Physical distancing: Effective immediately, 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.

Transportation: While we expect changes soon, existing transportation guidance (pdf) for vehicles, vans and busses remains in effect until further notice.

Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated individuals: Anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated must adhere to the “two out of three” rule. The three requirements are (1) being outdoors, (2) wearing a face mask and (3) physically distancing. You must adhere to two out of these three requirements at all times while on campus or in a UVM facility or location.

Vaccines: Many have asked whether UVM has made a decision about requiring students to be vaccinated. At this time, UVM has not made a decision regarding a vaccine requirement. We do, however, strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated for the safety and wellbeing of us all. As UVM moves forward, doing your part for your fellow Catamounts is important.

While these changes are encouraging, everyone is still urged to use appropriate caution and care. We have come a long way, but we are far from vanquishing this virus.

The changes described in this memo reflect the excellent progress Vermont has made regarding the distribution of vaccines. We should all be very proud that Vermont is leading the country in vaccinations! As state and federal guidance changes and as vaccination rates increase, we hope to modify campus restrictions even further. Thank you all for your commitment and dedication.

Gary Derr
Vice President for Operations and Public Safety

PUBLISHED

05-27-2021
Gary Derr Vice President for Operations and Public Safety