COVID-19: Essential Information

COVID-19 Updates for Students on the Vermont Campus

Preparing to coordinate plans quickly can be overwhelming. Much is unknown about COVID-19 and as a community we are responding together. If you would like to speak to someone in-person to get answers to your questions you can visit the Student Activites Office on the second floor of McCullough between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. through Friday, March 13 or call 802-443-3106. 

Information can also be found at go/covid19

Last Updated: 3/14/20 6:40pm

Leaving Campus

When do I have to leave by?

Students are allowed to stay on campus until Sunday, March 15, 5:00 p.m. if necessary, and approved by student life. If you have not yet filled out the original departure form, please do so right away. The form will now accept departures dates through Sunday, March 15. If you have already filled it out and wish to revise your departure based on this new information, please revise your date here.

You are encouraged to leave campus by 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, if you can do so.

What if I can't get home? What should I do?

If you are requesting to stay you must submit your request via the form above by 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Decisions will be shared by 9 a.m. on Friday, March 13.

I requested permission to stay on campus or support with transportation to travel home. When will I receive information about the request?

Applications for both permission to stay on campus and support with transportations costs are being received and reviewed on a rolling basis. There have been hundreds of requests from students and each application is being considered carefully. Your patience is appreciated and it is acknowledged that waiting for these decisions is very overwhelming. 

How do I prepare to move out?

Here are the steps you should take: 

  1. Pack the belongings you need to take with you. The remainder of your belongings MUST be packed, labeled (including name, student ID number, building, and room number, and class year), and left organized in your room. Do not leave any unpacked belongings in your rooms. 

  2. Close and lock windows in your room. 
  3. For any items that are too large to pack in a box, please label them as instructed above and leave in your room with your belongings

  4. Dispose of any left over food in refrigerators and recycle containers. 

  5. Return your dishes to dining halls. 

Boxes, tape, and labels will be available for pickup in Commons offices. Remember to empty any refrigerators and dispose of perishable food items.

If access is needed to gates contact Public Safety, 802-443-5133 and they will field requests as they are able to. 

There is no confirmed plan for students to pick up their items if this becomes necessary. A plan will be communicated during the first two weeks of April if needed. 

Can I ship my items?

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. 

What should I do with my bike?

If you have a bike on campus, label it with your: name, student ID number, building, and room number, and leave it in a bike room or at the bike racks by Axinn Center. More bike racks are being installed for this purpose. 

Can I leave my car on campus?

Yes, students can leave their cars on campus temporarily. Students will be allowed to leave cars in the Ridgeline or "R" lot through April. If in-person classes do not resume, students will be expected to develop a long term plan for vehicles after April. 

What should I take with me?

Pack the belongings you need for the next few weeks to take with you. The remainder of your belongings should be packed, labeled (including name, student id number, building, and room number), and left organized in your room. If you have larger items that can’t be boxed, please label them individually. 

Boxes, tape, and labels will be available for pickup in Commons offices on an incremental basis. Remember to empty any refrigerators and dispose of perishable food items.

What will happen to my boxed up belongings if we are not able to allow students to return to campus before the end of the term?

First, we remain hopeful and optimistic that this will not be necessary. If it does become necessary, we will securely store your boxed up belongings until your eventual return. This means it is essential that you think ahead and take with you anything you anticipate needing. It also means that seniors should strongly consider taking all belongings with them if possible. However, we hope students will be allowed to return before the end of the term.

What if I do not leave?

Students who do not receive approval to stay on campus will have their card access to buildings shut off. This means you will not be able to access any building on campus. You must indicate when you plan to leave by filling out the form. It is critical that students leave unless they have received approval to stay. 

Transportation

What options are there for busing?

Students seeking transportation to the Burlington Airport on Sunday 3/15 should email their name and flight departure time to sao@middlebury.edu. Please send requests as soon as possible so we are best able to help make arrangements.

Spring Break buses have been changed to this Friday, March 13If you purchased a ticket for March 20, it is valid for this Friday, March 13.

The following buses are confirmed: 

  • Albany: Vermont Transit Departs daily at 9 a.m., Friday at 1:00 p.m.
  • Burlington: 
    • Departs Friday at 1:30 p.m.
    • Departs Saturday at 3:15 a.m., 10 a.m. (via Middlebury Transit Van)
  • Boston: Departs Friday at 4:30 p.m.
  • Grand Central Station: Departs Friday at 4:30 p.m.
  • Manchester, NH Airport and Boston, MA Logan Airport: Departs on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m.
  • Penn Station (with easy access to Newark): Departs Friday at 4:30 p.m.
  • Penn Station with stop at Ridgewood: Departs Friday at 8:00 a.m. (an easy commute to Newark airport from Ridgewood and Penn station)

More information at: go/boxoffice

For refunds on tickets students should email breakbusses@middlebury.edu to request a refund.

I need help paying for my travel home. What should I do?

If you need financial assistance in securing transportation to leave campus, please use the following form. If you have already submitted the form, additional questions about financial need have been added so please fill it out again.

When should I book my return flight?

We will not have an answer until the week of March 30. Students should not book their return flight at this time.

How can I stay safe traveling home?

Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains 60-95 percent alcohol, and refrain from touching your face.

Is sending students home placing them at greater risk of coronavirus exposure?

Our goal is to minimize the number of students on campus at this time to reduce the risk of an outbreak in our community.

At this time, there are no CDC travel restrictions or advisories for locations in the U.S.  For students whose homes are outside the U.S. in areas with travel restrictions or COVID-19 advisories, the College is providing support to help those students with their plans. 

Students and their families can follow CDC guidance on Protecting Yourself and Your Family.

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 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 housing-undergraduate@middlebury.edu. 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 sao@middlebury.edu or call the support line at 802-443-3106 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily until Friday, March 13.