Winter Term and Spring 2022

Scientific research tells us that COVID-19 vaccination, including booster shots, will provide the best possible protection against COVID-19. This is critical for communities with shared living and dining spaces, such as colleges and universities. All students, employees, and visitors who will be on campus must be fully vaccinated and receive a booster shot, once eligible, or have an approved religious or medical exemption on file. Fully vaccinated means that two weeks have passed since a person received the final dose of their vaccine. See Middlebury’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

As always, we will continue to be guided by science and the latest conditions. We know from our experiences since 2020 that we all must work together, remain flexible, and be ready to adjust at any time. Middlebury will continue to monitor state and federal COVID-19-related guidance, local, and regional health conditions, including local health system capacity, cases in the broader community, and variants of concern. If conditions change, additional health measures may be implemented to protect our community.

Our Campus Status web page will serve as the primary source of information about current health measures and campus requirements, and we urge students and employees to reference it for the latest updates. Staying informed about the latest campus health conditions and requirements will be essential during this academic year as the global pandemic evolves. See also Instructions for Those Exposed, Symptomatic or Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19.

We continue to watch closely the latest developments with the Omicron variant and continued spread of the Delta variant, as we prepare for the return of most students to campus. We expect given current circumstances—with record cases throughout the United States and Vermont—that we will have a much higher incidence of COVID-19 on our campus and in our community in the winter and possibly in the spring. This also means that, although we will have isolation housing set aside, as we have done in previous semesters, we expect that those spaces will be utilized quickly. For this reason, students who are safely able to do so will likely be required to return home or to another safe place to recover, or to recover in their rooms. This could include recovery with roommates who have not yet tested positive for COVID-19, with the assumption that these individuals already are close contacts who have been exposed. This is a different strategy than we have employed in the past, but a necessary step given where we are in the pandemic.

We know that each student and their family must make their own choices about the benefits of the campus experience, and their own personal comfort with the risks presented by the Omicron variant. Unvaccinated and/or immunocompromised students should consult with their medical provider and think carefully about whether the campus living environment is appropriate at this time. Students who wish to change their plans and forego the upcoming winter term may do so by registering to opt out of winter term. Information on how to do that can be found here.

Resources

For general COVID-19-related inquiries, please email covidinfo@middlebury.edu.

For more information about COVID-19, consult the CDC and Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 websites.

The information herein is subject to change depending on health conditions and state of Vermont guidance. Students, staff, and faculty should consult this website and the Campus Status web page regularly for updates.

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