UVM Faculty and Staff
Derr, Vice President for Operations and Public Safety
Date: November 15, 2020
RE: Early Departure Option and Information for Leaving
It has been a remarkable semester. I am enormously grateful for
your sustained commitment to the many requirements and
expectations developed to support in-person classes. And I am
proud of your dedication to keeping yourselves and the UVM
community safe and healthy. Thank you.
With that noted, now is not the time to let down our guard. In
light of the increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the nation,
including Chittenden County, we ask that you pay careful
attention to the following items.
Early Departure Option for Undergraduates
UVM’s last day of in-person classes prior to the break for
undergraduate students is Tuesday,
November 24. Due to the recent rise in coronavirus
positivity rates, we understand that families may want to reunite
prior to that time. Therefore, undergraduate students are
permitted to leave campus in the coming week and continue their
studies remotely. Students who plan to leave early should notify
their faculty as soon as possible. They will also need to complete
testing exemption form. Currently, graduate in-person and
mixed modality courses can continue after Thanksgiving. Medical
students may also continue in-person and mixed-modality classes
As you prepare to leave Burlington and to reunite with family and
friends, please schedule an additional COVID-19 test immediately
prior to your departure. Contact your faculty to let them know
about your travel plans and ask for their assistance to continue
your studies. Plan to pack your valuables, electronics, medicines
and other essentials you will need through February, so they are
not left in the residence halls. If you are leaving early, please
follow the instructions of the Residential
Life Fall Moveout page (https://www.uvm.edu/reslife/fall-moveout-spring-return).
- Plan to
get tested at least 48 hours before you expect to leave to
allow time to get the test results.
your departure time so that you are sure to get your results
before leaving the area. For example, if you plan to travel
home on Saturday, November 21, get an additional test on
Thursday, November 19. You should get your results Friday
- Be sure
to continue practicing all the safeguards after your test (and
through break)— masking, social distancing, frequent hand
washing—in to minimize the risk of infection.
Take Advantage of Additional Testing Hours
The Testing Center will be open Saturday, November 21 and Sunday,
November 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This will allow students
leaving on Monday, November 23 or Tuesday, November 24 to get
tested prior to departing.
I hope that you will take advantage of this additional testing
option to make sure that you do not risk spreading COVID-19 to
family and friends. You may be spending time with people who have
underlying health issues or who are older, such as grandparents,
and are therefore at greater risk of infection.
If you do test positive, the Center for Health and Wellbeing will
contact you to talk about travel options and about isolating
either on-campus or off-campus in your apartment.
It is also important to research travel and quarantine
requirements in the state that you are traveling to. State
requirements vary a lot and you will need to plan accordingly.
A little preventive care can go a long way this season. Let’s make
it a healthy and happy time of year for everyone!