COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

All students, faculty, and staff on campus this fall must be fully vaccinated prior to their arrival, unless they have an approved religious or medical exemption. “Fully vaccinated” means that two weeks have passed since a person received the final dose of their vaccine. Booster shots will also be required once authorized and available.

Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements web page to find detailed information about Middlebury College’s requirements (including a list of approved vaccines) and procedures for providing vaccination documentation. 

Daily Health Check

Anyone who is sick or has had a possible exposure to COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, should stay away from others to reduce the chances of spreading illness.

Students, faculty, and staff are required to conduct daily health checks prior to interacting with anyone on campus and may not come to campus if they have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival, or have tested positive for the virus. Health checks should include daily temperature checks with personal thermometers they have brought to campus, daily symptom checks, and ensuring they have not been in close contact with an individual who is positive for COVID-19. Although students and employees are required to conduct daily health checks, they are no longer required to record their symptoms using an app or online form.   

Students with symptoms should contact Health Services at 802-443-3290 for guidance during office hours and MiddTelehealth after hours and on weekends. Employees with symptoms should remain at home and self-isolate and should contact their healthcare providers for further guidance, as well as their supervisors. Individuals with severe or sudden-onset symptoms should call 911.

Face Coverings

In addition to vaccination, wearing a well-fitting face covering is among the most effective methods to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Faculty, staff, and students must wear face coverings indoors except when alone in a private space, work area or individual office; when alone or with their roommate in their own residence hall rooms (students); when eating or drinking; or when attending to personal hygiene needs in the bathroom. 

Face coverings are not required in situations where it would make it impractical for individuals to fully participate in certain academic programs or cocurricular activities. 

Approved visitors and guests are required to wear face coverings indoors. 

All individuals are encouraged to wear face coverings outdoors when in groups where distance cannot be maintained and/or participants are stationary (e.g., sitting in a crowded stadium watching a sporting event).

Faculty and staff who must interact closely with students and who are at increased risk for severe illness may also require students to wear face coverings in classes or meetings, even in situations where indoor face coverings are no longer required. Others at risk for severe illness should talk with their supervisors about face covering requirements or protocols in certain circumstances while at work (e.g., meetings) when face coverings are no longer required throughout campus. 

Regardless of vaccination status, students and employees should bring face coverings to campus for the fall semester. Current face covering requirements will be indicated on the Campus Status web page. As health conditions change on campus or in the state of Vermont, face covering requirements could change. Certain locations on campus, such as Health Services, will always require face coverings to be worn upon entry.

Even in situations where face coverings are not mandatory, we continue to be a mask-friendly campus: many members of our campus community will choose to wear face coverings even if not required to, and if so, individuals are supported in their decisions. There are many reasons that an individual may wear a face covering, including the following:

  • An individual may prefer to wear a face covering to prevent spreading or being exposed to other illnesses, in addition to COVID-19.
  • An individual may be immunocompromised.
  • An individual may live with someone who is immunocompromised.
  • An individual may live with someone who is not fully vaccinated.
  • An individual may be unvaccinated due to a medical or religious exemption.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to use the face coverings of their choosing as long as they comply with current CDC guidance on face coverings. Face coverings must completely cover the nose and mouth and fit securely and snugly against the sides of the face. Masks with one-way valves are not allowed, as they do not effectively protect others. Individuals are expected to launder and care for their own face coverings. If single-day-use masks are used, they must be disposed of responsibly.

If a student or employee has a disability or medical condition that requires accommodations for a specific type of mask or face covering, they must contact the Disability Resource Center (students) or Human Resources (faculty and staff). The ability to wear face coverings in a variety of settings (indoor and outdoor) and in varying temperatures and for extended periods of time should be carefully considered by students and employees who will be on campus.

Hand Hygiene

Washing hands or using hand sanitizer eliminates germs and lowers 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 updated below.

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. Faculty and staff should also be mindful that current budgets may not support previous levels of institutional travel.

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 and face coverings.

Visitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have a valid medical or religious exemption, and they should be prepared to show proof of vaccination or certify that they have a valid medical or religious exemption. “Fully vaccinated” means that two weeks have passed since a person received the final dose of their COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements web page contains a list of COVID-19 vaccines that are acceptable to the College. 

All visitors must wear well fitted face coverings indoors and are encouraged to wear face coverings outdoors when in groups where distance cannot be maintained and/or where sustained or prolonged close contact with others is unavoidable. Face coverings may be required for larger outdoor events and/or for unvaccinated individuals, depending on the activity. Visitors may use the face coverings of their choice as long as they comply with current CDC guidance on face coverings. Visitors should carry face coverings 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 been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival.
  • They are sick or have symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • They have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Approved vendors are permitted on campus and are subject to the same vaccination, face covering, 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.