Dear Members of the UVM Community,

As I’m sure you’re aware, yesterday afternoon Governor Phil Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses. The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. today and is scheduled to extend until April 15, 2020. Staff who provide essential on-campus service will be notified by their supervisor before tomorrow morning.

I recognize these times are extremely unsettling, in large part because of their unprecedented extent, and also because there are many questions for which we do not yet have complete—if any—answers.

However, Governor Scott’s action was not unexpected, and the university already has implemented plans that account for it. These plans are outlined in memos you have received over the past week; information also is available on UVM’s COVID-19 website ( To help you efficiently access this information, following are some of these messages. I also urge you to make use of the site’s FAQs.
Again, I realize the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. However, we will continue to do all we can to provide you with the facts you need to move forward in an informed manner. Thank you for your patience, understanding, collaboration, and support of our wonderful university. It is greatly appreciated.

Be well,

Suresh Garimella
University of Vermont