COVID-19: Essential Information

COVID-19 Updates for Vermont Students

Previous FAQ regarding moving-out here.

Information can also be found at go/covid19

Accessing Campus Departments & Resources

I am an international student and I'd like to speak to someone in person. What should I do?

International Student and Scholar Services are extending their open office hours to meet with international students. View their extended hours at go/isss.

Can I access Parton Health Center?

Health Services will remain open for regular hours and services through Friday, March 13. 

Parton Health Center will be open on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Starting March 16, Counseling Services will move online. You can still make appointments with your counselors via Zoom. Parton Health Services will stay open. You will be required to make an appointment to visit. The nursing hotline 802-443-3290 and the 24-hour counseling line 855-465-5013 will stay open.

For medical questions related to COVID-19, please call the nurse line at 802-443-3290.

Can I access Middlebury College Counseling?

Counseling Services will be available remotely via Zoom video conferencing. Students can continue to schedule via the student health portal or contact Counseling at 802-443-5141. 

Counseling Support Line will remain available 24/7: 855-465-5013.

 Will my health insurance work while I am away?

Students who are enrolled in the Gallagher Student Health plan are covered while you are off campus for remote learning (both within and outside of the US) through August 14, 2020. There is one exclusion that applies to international students only: International students who are residing in their home country and are eligible for coverage under a national health insurance plan. 

Contact Gallagher Student Health directly at 800-430-0697.

Dining Services

Proctor Dining Hall will be open over spring break; however, we will move to a serve-model and remove self-serve stations.

Mail Services

The Mail Center in McCullough will be remaining open on Friday, 3/13 until 5 p.m. and will be open on Saturday, 3/14 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. so that students have the ability to pick up their mail and packages. USPS mail will be picked up on Saturday morning.

Mailing Services in the Freeman International Center will be open to ship packages. The hours of operation are M-F 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. They will also be extending their hours to include Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Payment by credit card only. Please have boxes ready to ship. We do not supply boxes or have packing materials. 

Will the gym be open?

Middlebury Athletics has released the following statement: 

“Due to concerns with COVID-19, Middlebury Athletics Facilities will be closed from Thursday March 12th at 5:00pm until further notice.” 

Impact on Campus Processes

Will assignments (papers, tests, reports, problem sets, etc.) be due during the week of 3/16 – 3/20? 

No. No student work is due the week of 3/16-3/20 or the week of 3/23 – 3/27, even if it is work that could be completed remotely. All faculty have been asked to alter their assignment and test schedules so that all work is due sometime after 3/30. Spring Break is a break from College activity, even if the break is unusually long this year.

How will the COVID-19 Remote Instruction announcement impact Room Draw?

Due to the COVID-19 Remote Instruction announcement, the Room Draw process will be temporarily paused so that necessary adjustments can be made to the timeline based on these recent events. Since much of the Room Draw process happens electronically, we do not anticipate any significant updates at this time, however, it is important that we take some time to assess and revise the Room Draw timeline as needed. We will share email updates regarding the Room Draw timeline in the coming days. If you have any questions about Room Draw in the meantime, please email Thank you for your patience and understanding.

What do I need to do to access course materials remotely?

Your faculty members and the Center for Digital Learning and Inquiry will be working together to assist faculty members in providing their course materials remotely.

I’m a senior and I haven’t completed by PE credit yet. What should I do?

PE credits for graduating seniors will be waived.

Will the Spring Symposium take place?

The symposium committee has decided to cancel this year’s Spring Student Symposium, which was scheduled for April 17, 2020. They express deep regret, but feel it is in the best interest of our students and our campus community. 

"We are especially sad that this year’s seniors will not be able to share their work at the symposium and hope that students from other class years will  participate next spring. We also want to thank you all for your continued enthusiastic support of the symposium. This is an important event that allows our students to share the fascinating work they do and highlights the best of Middlebury." - The Symposium Committee

Taking care of ourselves and our community. 

A note about xenophobic statements. 

This virus outbreak has a lot of people frightened--for their own health and safety and the health and safety of their friends and family. At a time like this, we need to support each other, and reinforcing the idea that people of specific ethnic backgrounds are to blame or somehow put everyone at greater risk only makes this situation worse, especially for individuals who are facing racist or xenophobic harassment or violence on top of everything else that we are all dealing with. If you have been impacted by xenphobic statements you can access support from Middlebury's Community Bias Response Team.

Some recommendations for taking care of yourself. 

  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.
  • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

Share the facts about COVID-19 and the actual risk to others. People who have returned from areas of ongoing spread more than 14 days ago and do not have symptoms of COVID-19 do not put others at risk.

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions not answered in these updates or the frequently asked questions, please email or call the support line at 802-443-3106 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily until Friday, March 13.