To:              UVM Community

From:         Gary Derr, Vice President for Operations and Public Safety

Date:          March 18, 2020

RE:            Updates: Building Access, Gatherings, and Deliveries

I am writing to provide several updates related to campus operations.

Building Access and Security

Effective immediately and until further notice, university buildings will be open only from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and otherwise accessible only by key or CATcard.  There are some buildings that will be secured additional hours or completely; building occupants will be notified accordingly.  Requests to extend additional security protocols for particular buildings should be directed to Mark McKenna, Director of the CATcard Service Center ([log in to unmask]). All residence halls will be secured 24 hours per day, accessible only by CATcard and limited to students who have been approved by Residential Life to be in the halls.

Reminder, if you have an iPhone you can set up your CATcard on your Apple Wallet.  Information on how to activate this feature on your iPhone is available on the CATcard website.

Group Gatherings

In an effort to further support social distancing practices designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all gatherings will be limited to 10 or fewer.  If you have an event scheduled with University Events Services (EMS), they will assist with canceling or helping to explore alternative means of hosting, such as video or teleconferencing. If your meeting is scheduled in a space not managed in EMS, it is your responsibility to cancel or update your meeting invitation and associated services such as catering.

FedEx and UPS Deliveries (for faculty and staff only)

Effective immediately and until further notice all packages ordered using FedEx or UPS will be delivered to UVM Print & Mail at the UVM Williston Mail facility. UVM Print & Mail staff will attempt to deliver the package to the specific office/department by emailing or calling in advance to confirm that someone is present to receive the delivery or UVM Print and Mail receives an email or phone communication from the office/department stating that someone will be in their office to accept the delivery. You can opt to pick up your packages at the UVM Williston Mail facility (223 Avenue D, Suite 20, Williston, VT), from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday if you are not on campus. 

Given current circumstances, FedEx and UPS frequently have found no one present to accept packages they have attempted to deliver to individual offices on campus. FedEx and UPS both asked that UVM take these steps in order to ensure that packages get to the appropriate individuals, otherwise, if undeliverable, the carriers will return the package to the sender.

If you have time sensitive packages please contact us at [log in to unmask] or call 656-4313 to let UVM Print and Mail know when you are available on campus for the package to be delivered to your office/department.

I appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this difficult and challenging time.  All our efforts are implemented with the intent of protecting the health and well-being of all members of our community.

Gary L. Derr
Vice President for Operations and Public Safety

University of Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont 05405

(802) 656-8937 (Office)

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