Message to Students Residing on Campus form Dean of Students, Susan Waryck

Dear Champlain Current Residential Students,

I hope you are all well. We enjoyed connecting via our webinar to share information about how the College is continuing to respond to COVID-19. I wanted to reach out to follow up with all residential students following Dr. Laurie Quinn’s announcement regarding the continuation of remote learning through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. I appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate uncharted territory. 

We know that for many students, including our international students, the ability to remain on campus is critical during this time. We are committed to continuing to provide support for you. All students currently staying on campus have been reviewed and approved to stay and we will ensure that no student is displaced or is forced to return to an unsafe situation. However, given the uncertainty of the pandemic’s ongoing impact and the College’s decision to extend remote instruction through the end of the semester, we strongly encourage all students currently staying on campus to make plans to return to their home if at all possible. Please note that should Vermont state or the federal government prohibit people entering from or departing to different states, you may be required to stay in Vermont under a  “Stay at Home Order” beyond the end of the academic semester. The CDC has also recently advised that everyone wear cloth face coverings when they go out for essential matters.

It is important to understand that your flexibility to leave over the coming weeks is very likely to be limited by changing public health enforcement. Therefore, if you can leave, we very strongly encourage you to do so soon. Letting us know of your plans by contacting will help us understand who remains in campus housing.

As the Housing and Residential Life team transitions our work to serve students during this longer period of remote instruction, we will continue to evaluate the best way to care for our students and ensure the safety of the team providing essential services to campus. As a reminder, to-go meals continue to be provided through the IDX Dining Hall, for those students with a meal plan who remain on campus. 

As promised in the webinar, Bruce Bovat has provided a summary of the Campus Public Safety COVID-19 Protocol below for your reference which reflects how students on campus can expect to interact with CPS moving forward.  Please feel free to reach out to Bruce directly ( if you have any questions.

Any other questions can be directed to the email. 

Be well!

Susan Waryck
Dean of Students

Summary: Champlain College Public Safety COVID-19 Protocol

As the College and higher education continue to navigate through uncharted waters, Campus Public Safety (CPS) continually assesses how to best provide services in a safe, professional and effective manner. In order to minimize the risk to officers and the community members we support, CPS has established new COVID-19 related operational guidelines, in consultation with the College’s Medical Director, that we want you to be aware of.

We’ve summarized these policy updates below:

  • While The Campus Public Safety Office remains staffed and operational, the office located at Durick Hall is locked 24/7. CPS is still accessible and reachable by phone at 802.865.6465.
  • Response to Student Calls: Callers reporting illness or injury will be asked for specific details about their injury or symptoms to determine next steps.
    • During business hours, if the caller is not experiencing an emergent medical condition, they will be asked to contact the Student Health Center or primary care physician.
    • After business hours, if the caller cannot wait until morning to call the Student Health Center, primary physician, or pediatrician they will be directed to reach out to the nurse-consultation service listed on the back of most insurance cards before calling (not visiting) the ER for triage.
    • Students requiring life-saving attention at the ER will be directed to call 911 for response and transport by Burlington Fire Department.

The Emergency Room and Fanny Allen Urgent Care should be used for life-saving medical care only.