COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Shot Requirements

In accordance with Middlebury’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus must be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes a booster shot when eligible, unless they have approved religious or medical exemptions.

Visit Middlebury’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy to find detailed information about Middlebury College’s requirements (including a list of approved vaccines) and procedures for providing vaccination and booster shot documentation. 

Monitor for COVID-19 Symptoms

Students, faculty, and staff are required to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Those with symptoms should stay away from others and follow the COVID-19 Testing and Reporting Instructions and the Instructions for Those Exposed, Symptomatic, or Positive for COVID-19.

Individuals with severe or sudden-onset symptoms should call 911.

Masks

In addition to vaccination and booster shots, wearing a well-fitted mask is among the most effective methods to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially during times of high transmission. The CDC and Vermont Department of Health offer guidance on well-fitting masks.

Current mask requirements will be indicated on the Campus Status web page. As health conditions change on campus or in the state of Vermont, mask requirements could change. 

Masks are required under the following circumstances:

  • During class
  • While at the Center for Health and Wellness   
  • When individuals with COVID-19 symptoms are around others    
  • When students in isolation or quarantine must leave their room for permitted reasons such as picking up meals at the dining halls, walking to and from the bathroom, or seeking medical attention
  • COVID-19-positive individuals who have completed their isolation period must continue to wear a mask at all times when with others inside and outside for five additional days after they complete their isolation period. (See instructions for COVID-positive students and employees.) 
  • When required by individual departments 

Those who would like to display signs about mask preferences may download them for printing.

Even in situations where masks are not mandatory, we continue to be a mask-friendly campus. Many members of our campus community will choose to wear masks even if not required to, and if so, individuals are supported in their decisions

If a student or employee has a disability or medical condition that requires accommodations for a specific type of mask, they must contact the Disability Resource Center (students) or Human Resources (faculty and staff).

Hand Hygiene

Washing hands or using hand sanitizer reduces the risk of getting infected with a virus when someone touches their face, nose, or eyes. This practice prevents someone who is infected (even if they don’t feel sick) from spreading germs to others when touching shared surfaces.

Students, faculty, and staff should frequently and thoroughly wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially when entering a new area, after being in a public place, or after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching their face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Hand sanitizer is located inside the entrances to campus buildings and in classrooms and event spaces.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, and do not touch any personal items or eat with unwashed hands. Disinfect personal items such as keys, cell phones, and keyboards frequently. Individuals should always cover their mouth and nose with tissues when they cough or sneeze or direct the sneeze into the inside of their elbow. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

Travel

If health conditions on campus or in the region change during the 2021–22 academic year, off-campus travel and activities could be impacted. Current travel restrictions will be on the Campus Status page.

Institutional Travel

Institutional travel is permitted with departmental approval and adherence to all CDC travel guidelines. College vehicle rentals may be used if approved by the appropriate department. 

International Travel

Middlebury-sponsored international travel for faculty, staff, and students is permitted under the rules of the College’s international travel policy. All travelers must follow CDC travel guidelines. Travelers should be attentive to the COVID-19 situation in their destination and are subject to all host country travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

Personal Travel

Travel may increase the risk of potential exposure. Please consult the Campus Status web page. All individuals must follow CDC and Vermont guidelines, as well as travel guidance at their point of destination. 

Visitors

Visitors to Campus

Visitors are allowed on campus with departmental permission and for approved events or programs only. Visitors are subject to all applicable Middlebury College health policies, including but not limited to those pertaining to vaccination, booster shots and masks. Visitors must be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines as defined by the CDC and Middlebury’s COVID-19 Vaccination policy, unless they have a valid medical or religious exemption. Visitors must also be prepared to show proof of vaccination and their booster shot or certify that they have a valid medical or religious exemption.

All visitors must follow the College’s current mask policy. Visitors may use the masks of their choice as long as they comply with current CDC guidance on masks. Visitors should carry masks in the event they are required to wear them.

Visitors must also follow all CDC travel guidance, and they may not come to campus under the following conditions:

  • They have tested positive for COVID-19 within five days of their arrival date.
  • They are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms.

In accordance with our current policies for students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, visitors who have tested positive for COVID-19 may not come to campus until the following have occurred:

  • Five full days have passed (Day 6) since their COVID-19 symptoms first appeared (or since they took the test that came back positive for COVID-19 if they are without symptoms), and:
    • They have no symptoms.
    • They have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • For five additional days after their isolation period as defined above, visitors must wear a well-fitted mask at all times when with others inside and outside, even if they have tested negative via an antigen test.

Visitors in any of the above categories must also follow CDC guidance before they are permitted on campus. 

Approved vendors are permitted on campus and are subject to the same vaccination, booster, mask, and health and safety protocols.

Many campus events can be held in a way that reduces the risk of exposure to attendees. The Department of Event Management review process helps prospective hosts put in place appropriate measures to minimize the chance of viral transmission. Event organizers are ultimately responsible for designing mitigation plans to minimize the risk of transmission. 

Given that the visitor policy may change based on local and regional health conditions, please check the Campus Status web page for the most current information regarding campus visitors.