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To:            UVM Students

From:       Patricia A. Prelock, Provost and Senior Vice President
                  Gary Derr, Vice President for Operations and Public Safety

Date:       August 5, 2021

RE:          Update on Masks and Vaccinations

We write today with important health safety updates for Fall 2021.

*Masks Required Indoors:* Effective immediately, all faculty, staff, 
students, and visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering 
indoors. UVM has developed helpful information and guidance on wearing 
masks. <https://www.uvm.edu/uvmforward/face-coverings> We will continue 
to monitor the rate of cases on campus, in Vermont, and across the 
region and adjust this requirement if conditions warrant.

*V**accinations: *All students are required to be fully vaccinated 
against COVID-19 or have a UVM-approved exemption. If you have not 
already provided the required proof, 
<https://www.uvm.edu/uvmforward/vaccine-information> please do so now.

*Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test: *We expect all students to arrange for a 
COVID-19 test before arriving on campus. Check with your state or 
regional health department or your primary care physician for testing 
locations in your area. If you test positive, contact UVM Student Health 
Services [log in to unmask] and they will work with you to make appropriate 
arrangements.

*Day Zero COVID-19 Test:* _Students who live on campus_ are required to 
get a day zero test at the UVM COVID-19 Information and Service Center 
<https://www.uvm.edu/uvmforward/covid-19-information-and-service-center> 
the day you move into your residence hall. _Students who live off 
campus_ are required to complete a test between August 23, 2021, and 
your first class. Please note that _students who return to UVM prior to 
August 23, 2021_, regardless of where they live, are required to follow 
the testing instructions even if they have already been tested before 
August 23, 2021. Schedule your test using the CoVerified App. 
<https://www.uvm.edu/uvmforward/coverified-app> Students testing 
positive will be required to isolate for 10 days. UVM Student Health 
Service will contact you about isolation.

*COVID-19 Testing Fall 2021: *UVM will continue to offer free COVID-19 
testing on campus for students at the COVID-19 Information and Service 
Center 
<https://www.uvm.edu/uvmforward/covid-19-information-and-service-center> 
located on the first floor of the Davis Center. _Students with approved 
COVID-19 vaccine exemptions _are required to test every 7 days. Students 
who are vaccinated may test if they wish to do so. Students are required 
to schedule their testing appointments through the CoVerified App 
<https://www.uvm.edu/uvmforward/coverified-app> and be asymptomatic. 
Information about the app is available on the website. 
<https://www.uvm.edu/uvmforward/coverified-app> Any student who is 
symptomatic or believes they may have COVID-19 should contact UVM 
Student Health Services at [log in to unmask] to arrange for a test. If you 
suspect you have COVID-19 or are confirmed positive, please stay home 
and do not go to class.

*Quarantine: *Currently, Vermont does not require fully vaccinated 
individuals to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19. Only those 
not fully vaccinated are required to quarantine. Any UVM student 
identified as a close contact through contact tracing is required to 
test within 48 hours of being identified as a close contact and again on 
day 7 whether you are vaccinated or not. UVM Student Health Services 
will be in touch with you to arrange testing.

*Isolation:* Students who test positive will be required to isolate for 
10 days. UVM Student Health Services will be in touch with you regarding 
isolation.

The entire UVM community is counting on you to help keep our campus 
healthy and safe.