Fall Update: Additional Move-In & Health Pledge Details

Hello Students!

We are looking forward to your return to campus next week and wanted to provide you with some final reminders/information.  We know that you have received many emails from us over the past several weeks and are working hard to process a lot of information. Please read this email carefully as it contains important details about your return to campus next weekend.

  • All on-campus residential students, including those who live at 194 St. Paul Street must sign the Champlain Community Health Pledge and the consents to participate in Champlain’s COVID-19 testing program. Both consents were sent to your MyMail email and require your digital signature in Adobe Sign.  
  • Important Update Regarding Guests to the Residence Halls: On August 13, the Vermont Department of Health clarified their guidance prohibiting any guests (including family members) from entering the residence halls. We will assist students with moving one or two heavy items into your room.  Please pack in such a way that your boxes are manageable for you to move. Family members are welcome to attend check-in with their student and help students bring their belongings to the entrance of their residence hall, but they are not allowed to enter the building.

Preparing for your return to campus: 

  • If you are arriving via train, bus or plane or from a quarantine-county and have not quarantined at home for the 14-day period before arriving on campus, please contact Housing & Residential Life at reslife@champlain.edu so we can arrange a campus quarantine space for you. You can use this tool to determine if you need to quarantine. These guidelines are complex, so please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Health Center at healthservices@champlain.edu with any questions related to quarantine.
  • As your return to campus approaches, if you start showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to anyone with a known case of COVID-19, please email reslife@champlaine.edu to request a modified move-in date. Do not come to campus if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, are sick, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. This applies both to students and any family members or friends traveling to campus with you.
  • You will receive the information necessary to schedule your first COVID-19 test upon arrival to campus.
  • All Main Campus students should expect to remove all of their belongings at closing before Thanksgiving. We anticipate allowing 194 St Paul Street residents to remain in their apartments after the campus closes at Thanksgiving; however, you must be prepared to move out of College housing based on guidance/directives from the State of Vermont in response to the pandemic. Please pack lightly!
  • In the event that a student moves out of Champlain housing prior to the Thanksgiving break, no credits or refunds will be offered for housing or meal plans. This includes, but isn’t limited to,  departures related to disciplinary action, the suspension of on-campus classes or campus closure.* 

When you arrive on campus:

Main Campus Residents

  • Check-in Location: Check in first at the main entrance of Perry Hall, (251 S. Willard Street), to receive your card and/or room key. 
  • Parking: Each residence hall building will have some space nearby for short-term parking, either in the lot adjacent or on street. Please be considerate of others and move your car as quickly as possible. 

194 St. Paul Street Residents

  • Check-in Location: Check in at the main entrance to 194 St. Paul St (ground floor, facing St Paul Street) to receive your bedroom and mail keys.
  • Parking: Short term parking while you are moving in is available in Brown’s Court to drop off belongings. Please be considerate of others and move your car as quickly as possible. Paid parking is available in the parking lot on Maple St. (between Church Street and St. Paul Street) and in the parking lot on King Street (by Brown’s Court). There is no student parking available at this building.

All Students

  • All students will be required to complete a health screening prior to their arrival on campus. This is the start of a new routine–you will be asked to check and report your symptoms on a daily basis. 
  • Weather: Please be prepared with an umbrella or rain jacket in case of rain during check-in. We are keeping processes outside as much as possible.
  • Once you are on campus, if you need further help after check-in, staff will be stationed around campus. Additionally, you may text the Compass HelpLine at 802.992.1474 to ask questions. 
  • Late Arrivals: We encourage all residents to check in before noon on Friday, August 28 and before 5 PM on Saturday or Sunday, August 29 & 30. If at all possible. If you arrive after 5 PM, please come to Campus Public Safety (Durick Hall, 174 South Willard Street) to pick up your card and/or room key.
  • Dining: Students on the meal plan will be able to access meals as outlined in this communication

Reminders from the Student Health Center:

  • You will be provided with two reusable cloth masks on arrival. Please plan to bring at least 8-10 additional masks with you. The CDC recommends washing your mask after a day of use, so please plan accordingly.
  • Bring a thermometer with you; you will need it for your required daily health screening. If you are unable to locate a personal thermometer to bring with you, please let us know during check in and we will provide you with a basic thermometer. 
  • Please bring any over the counter medications you may need over the course of the semester, including fever reducer and cough and cold medications, as well as a sufficient supply of any prescription medications you will need.

Looking forward to seeing you very soon!


Susan Waryck
Dean of Students

*A revision to this policy has been shared with residential students and can be found here.