NOTE: Within sections, FAQs are listed in the order they are posted, with the newest questions at the top of each section.

Academics (Faculty)

  • See the complete calendar here. Dates are tentative. Champlain College will follow Vermont state guidelines and update this site when we have more information.

Academics (Students)

  • Spring semester began virtually on January 25 was fully virtual until February 8.
  • In-person instruction for courses with a classroom-based course-design will began February 8.
  • We will not have a Spring Break.
  • The spring semester will end Friday, May 7.

See the complete calendar here.

The Commencement ceremony will include virtual and in-person elements on May 15. The main ceremony, including remarks from all speakers—President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty, the honorary degree candidate and senior class speakers—will take place virtually. The in-person elements will include multiple diploma ceremonies at various times on May 15, based on expected participation.

Yes, students can purchase a computer through our technology partner, Connection using our student portal.

Yes. The Canvas Learning Management System must be the “base” of all courses. Faculty will:

  • Post all due dates for assignments and discussions so that they are visible in the Canvas student to-do list. 
  • Maintain the Gradebook in Canvas so that the current grade is an accurate predictor of student success. 
  • Organize course materials, tasks, etc by Modules structured around units of study or weeks for consistency and navigability.

Campus Operations

DINING

IDX Dining Hall

IDX is open for in-person dining and has been reconfigured to allow for greater interaction. Hours are subject to change. Please visit the Champlain Dining website for the most up-to-date information.

  • Saturday & Sunday 9am-7pm
  • Monday 7:15am-8pm
  • Tuesday 7:15am-10pm
  • Wednesday 9am-10pm
  • Thursday—Friday 7:15am-10pm

CCM EATS

Zime

  • Monday-Tuesday 8:30am-3pm
  • Wednesday 9am-3pm
  • Thursday—Friday 8:30am-3pm
  • Saturday & Sunday Closed

The Grill

  • Monday 11am-10pm
  • Tuesday-Friday 11am-9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 4pm-10pm

Daily menus are available on the web or using the Bite Universities app (with in-app ordering functionality coming soon)

CAMPUS STORE HOURS

Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM; Saturday & Sunday, CLOSED

MAIL CENTER HOURS

Remainder of spring semester Monday–Friday, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM; Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

SHUTTLES

  • The Weekday Shuttle will operate 7:30 AM to 10:00 PM (starting at Lakeside) and will service all locations (CCM to 194 to Lakeside and return).
  • The Weekend Shuttle will operate 10:00 AM–8:00 PM (starting at Lakeside) and will service all locations (CCM to 194 to Lakeside and return.)

All summer residents, including vaccinated students, will be required to review, sign, and follow the  Champlain Community Summer Health Pledge. All students are required to sign the revised Summer Health Pledge by June 1, 2021, if you are transitioning from spring housing, or prior to moving in for the summer.

As of May 16, Champlain does not require summer residents to complete the daily health screen. If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to anyone with a known case of COVID-19, please self-quarantine until you have received a negative test.

The Student Health Center will be closed for routine care as of Monday, 5/17/21. Please see the Student Health Center webpage for information about local options for health care over the summer. Limited Student Health Center staff will be managing the COVID Testing & Compliance Program for students remaining on campus this summer, including residents of 194 St. Paul Street. If you have questions about COVID testing, vaccination, or other COVID-related concerns, please contact covidhealth@champlain.edu.  

The Champlain College Student Health Center provides both telehealth and in-person care as needed to all students studying and living on campus or within Vermont during the academic year. 

Our ability to support students living outside of Vermont will depend on the context. Regulations allowing the practice of medicine over state boundaries varies from state to state, but is generally not permitted. While some states relaxed regulations while under State of Emergency, these temporary loosening of regulations are subject to change at any time. 

If you will be studying remotely outside of Vermont and are in need of non-emergency health support, we invite you to call us to explore how we can support you. Our capacity to offer medical care will depend both on current regulations as well as if high quality medical care can be provided remotely based on your particular health needs.

Students: Your residence hall, the dining hall and academic buildings will be accessible with your ID cards.


Faculty: Faculty are able to return to campus starting January 18. All campus buildings will remain locked and you will need your Champlain ID to access the buildings you need to utilize.


Staff: All buildings remain locked. If you require one-time access to your office, please contact your manager to arrange access through Campus Public Safety.

Yes! For your convenience, you’re able to use these funds directly on the campus store website, in addition to using them in-store and over the phone. If you wish to make an online purchase on our website using your voucher, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.champlaincampusstore.com
  2. Select items and proceed to checkout
  3. Sign in if you have an account you wish to use, create an account, or continue as a guest
  4. Select delivery preference and fill-in contact information
  5. Under “Alternate Forms of Payment,” select “Financial Aid/Scholarship,” enter your student ID number, and hit “Find Accounts”
  6. Verify your voucher appears and hit “Apply” if it does appear and complete your order. If it does not appear, please contact the campus store for assistance

If you need to contact us, you can reach us by email (CampusStore@champlain.edu) or by calling us at 802-863-8961.
Students can choose to pick-up their order in-store or have it shipped to whatever address they want.

COVID-19 Testing

If you received your final vaccine dose more than 14 days ago:

  • Please submit proof of vaccination here
  • Fully vaccinated residents are not required to participate in weekly surveillance testing this summer. 

If you are not fully vaccinated: 

  • Students who are not fully vaccinated (14 days post final vaccine dose) will be expected to test on the first testing day available upon arrival and continue testing weekly on the same day each week.  
  • Testing will take place at Whiting Hall starting May 17:
    • Mondays: 8 AM – 3 PM 
    • Wednesdays: 11 AM – 6 PM 
    • Schedule is subject to change.
  • When a student becomes fully vaccinated and this is verified by the Student Health Center, the student will no longer be required to test weekly. 

Please register for an account at CareEvolve if you have not already done so, so that you are able to receive your results directly through your email account.

Our test results are hosted on our testing dashboard page.

No. We are not conducting testing for symptomatic employees or students, regardless of participation in the weekly testing program. 

Students: If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call the Student Health Center at 802.860.2711. Please do not attend class, visit the dining hall or the testing tent until you have spoken with the Health Center.

Employees: Any employee who becomes ill or is exposed to someone with a known COVID-19 infection should contact their primary care physician and their manager. If you are scheduled to be on campus, you should complete the Daily Health Screening and indicate your symptoms or exposure. You will be contacted by the Champlain Medical Team to discuss your case. Do not come to campus if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Testing is required for students and faculty on campus who are not fully vaccinated (have not received their final dose of vaccine more than 14 days prior).

Testing is available Mondays 8:00 AM–3:00 PM and Wednesdays 11:00 AM– 6:00 PM. The testing tent is located in Whiting Hall. All employees approved for on-campus work should be tested within their first week on campus.

The College is not offering testing for employees outside of the routine weekly testing program. If you become ill, are exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or are returning from a quarantine-required county and wish to be tested to end your quarantine, please be in touch with your physician to be referred for community testing. We are not conducting testing for symptomatic employees, regardless of participation in the weekly testing program.

  1. Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition?
  • Fever (100.4 or higher) or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • Recent loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 

    2. Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is defined as being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer to a person for more than 15 minutes, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on). 

    3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?

    4. Have you had a positive COVID-19 PCR test for active virus within the past 90 days? Please note: This will not impact your ability to enter campus, however may impact your required testing plan.  

    5. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

Champlain is partnering with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for our COVID-19 testing. Broad is using a PCR test, which is designed to detect the presence of the genomic material of the SARS-CoV2 novel coronavirus, the pathogen responsible for the disease known as COVID-19. 

The test uses a short swab to collect a sample from the lower nasal cavity. This method is less invasive than the upper nasal cavity (nasopharyngeal) swabs used in other tests.

The Student Health Center and a select group of student support staff will receive test results.

Positive results are also reported to the Vermont Department of Health, as required by state law.

The College will work with the Vermont Department of Health to complete robust contact tracing for any positive results. Contact tracing includes informing contacts of their exposure and educating those exposed on quarantine requirements and health monitoring. It does not reveal the identity of the positive contact.

Under federal law, we will not share health information with a family member. It is the student’s responsibility to share health information, unless the student is under 18 years of age. 

If the student is under 18 years of age, the Student Health Center will share positive test results with the student’s legal guardian. Please note that we will require the legal guardian sign consent for and testing and treatment prior to arrival on campus.

Testing is required for students and faculty on campus who are not fully vaccinated (have not received their final dose of vaccine more than 14 days prior). This monitoring testing will be required and help us quickly identify and respond to any positive cases on our campus.

COVID-19 Vaccine

As part of our Fall 2021 plan to return to a more open and interactive student experience, including in-person instruction and on-campus activities, it is our intention to require that all students returning to campus in fall 2021, including those studying in Montreal and Dublin, be fully vaccinated once the vaccines have received full FDA approvals. We will work with individual students who have qualifying exemptions, including for medical or religious reasons. We have not yet determined whether vaccination will be required for faculty and staff. Read more here.

No. The CDC and the Vermont Department of Health strongly encourages vaccination in all individuals, including those with a documented history of COVID-19 infection.  

Yes, the College’s COVID vaccination policy is subject to change as the science and public health informing our policy evolves.

Currently, all vaccines available in the U.S.—Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson—are authorized under the Emergency Use Authorization, which has allowed for their use during the pandemic. All three companies will be seeking to receive full approval from the FDA; health experts anticipate this will take place this summer.

We are encouraging all faculty and staff to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We have not yet determined if we will require faculty and staff vaccination, as employee policies must be developed in adherence to employment laws.

Please refer to vaccines.gov for information on how to find and schedule a vaccination in your area.

If you feel that you qualify for a medical or religious exemption, you will be required to complete an exemption form which will be made available in the near future.

If you have had a severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction to any ingredient in the vaccine you are scheduled to receive, you should not get that vaccine. If you have been instructed not to get one type of COVID-19 vaccine, you may still be able to get another type. Learn more about vaccination for people with allergies. Students should consult with their healthcare provider about vaccine options and any specific individual recommendations.

Students will be asked to submit information detailing the COVID-19 vaccination received and date of vaccination(s) and will upload a copy of their vaccination card directly into our Electronic Health Record. Instructions on how to complete this process will be linked here when ready.

The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing the transmission of COVID as well as preventing serious illness or death from COVID-19, allowing for reduced restrictions on travel and gatherings.  Students with concerns should consult with their healthcare provider about vaccine options and any specific individual recommendations.  Further information on vaccine effectiveness can be found here.

If you have been fully vaccinated (14 days after your final dose), you will no longer need to participate in weekly COVID testing on campus. However, students, staff, and faculty participating in the in-person Commencement ceremonies on May 15 must continue to test in line with these protocols.

You will be required to have your final dose of vaccine 14 days prior to your arrival on campus.

Summer residents are encouraged to schedule their vaccination over the course of the summer if they have not already received their final vaccination. Summer residents are eligible at this time to get vaccinated in Vermont; details on scheduling vaccination can be found here. Summer residents will not be required to be fully vaccinated but those who are unvaccinated will still need to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing which will take place every Monday and Wednesday in Whiting Hall beginning May 17.

Yes.

No.  Starting in June of 2021, we updated our campus masking and social distancing policy.  Vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors.  Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask indoors and outdoors whenever they are within six feet of others. 

COVID-19 & Flu Prevention, Symptoms & Resources

All members of the campus community are required to follow the State of Vermont Cross State Travel Requirements if traveling out of state during the fall semester. Students are encouraged to stay in Vermont for the duration of the semester to avoid the need to quarantine on your return to the state. If you must travel, you are required to notify the College by completing this form that will allow the Student Health Center to advise you on quarantine requirements, including the possibility of arranging quarantine housing.

The first thing you can do to hold others accountable is to politely ask them to change their behavior if it poses a risk to the individual or community. This can be as simple as pointing out directional signage if someone is walking the wrong direction in a one-way hallway, or asking an individual if they are aware of the facial covering requirements if they are not wearing a mask in a space where they should. Simply approach the individual or group and use the same tone you would when speaking with a friend. How you say it matters. Phrases like “Hi! It seems like you forgot to put your mask on,” or “Sorry, I’m afraid of getting sick. Can we please both take a step back?” strike a balance between friendliness and firmness.

It is important to note that shaming isn’t likely to work, but being respectful and kind will de-escalate potentially volatile situations and help ensure the safety of everyone involved. If an individual refuses to comply with guidelines or becomes combative, put your own safety first and remove yourself from the situation. If you identify a pattern from a particular person or group, or a particularly serious incident occurs, you should report your concerns by:

  • Safely contacting your RA if the violation occurs within your residence hall; or
  • Filling out this Incident Report Form; or
  • Calling Campus Public Safety at 802-865-6465 if the situation presents an immediate danger.

Once you make a report, the appropriate people will look into the potential violation to maintain the safety and health of our community.

Update for June 2021: Masking is only required for unvaccinated individuals.

The College requires the use of a face mask (cloth or disposable) for unvaccinated individuals to prevent the spray of respiratory particles. Neck gaiter-style and exhalation-vented masks are not allowed. The CDC and the Vermont Department of Health do not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for face coverings. 

If a community member has an accommodation request regarding the use of a face mask, please contact Erin Ferrara, Associate Director of Accessibility Services, to discuss your needs and the accommodation process. Erin can be reached at (802) 865-5764 or by email at eferrara@champlain.edu.

The Student Health Pledge can be found here. All students who wish to return to campus this fall to take part in classes and/or College activities must sign the Champlain Community Health Pledge and participate fully in all health measures in order to return to campus this fall.

  • Testing is required for students and for faculty and staff and other employees routinely working on campus.
  • Custodial staffing and sanitizing protocols are being updated to include increased cleaning of bathrooms and high-contact surfaces like doors, desks, and shared technology. Signage will be in place to indicate when all bathrooms and classrooms were last disinfected.
  • All dorm rooms will be limited to single and double occupancy to minimize transmission of the virus among students. 
  • We are reducing density in classrooms, the dining hall, and other public spaces.  
  • The layout of the dining hall has been updated to manage capacity and shared tables will be equipped with plexi-glass dividers.
  • In addition to the State of Vermont required campus entry testing, we will conduct mandatory weekly testing of students. Testing will also be available for faculty and staff.  Routine testing will provide timely data on how effectively we are containing the virus on our campus and within our community.
  • Every student will be required to sign and agree to a Health Safety Pledge. The pledge will define our expectations of Champlain students in areas such as quarantine procedures, mandatory daily health surveys, testing expectations, limitations on visitors during move-in, participate in contact tracing efforts, mandatory mask wearing, physical distancing and proper hand hygiene. The goal of this commitment is to maintain the level of safety and public health that Vermont has earned over the last several months.

Yes. We have defined quarantine and isolation areas for students who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to the virus or have symptoms and are awaiting a test result.

If you are living on campus, the Student Health Center would like you to be in touch to discuss any symptoms and assure you have the information and resources to remain healthy. If you are living off campus, please contact your primary care provider. If you are off campus and in the Burlington community and identify the Student Health Center as your local health care, please be in touch to discuss any changes in your health.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms you should remain home, in your room, isolated from other residence hall or apartment contacts, and call Student Health and/or your primary care provider for guidance.

If you are referred for testing through the Student Health Center, we will discuss transportation options with you individually.

Self-quarantine is required of people who reasonably believe to have been exposed to a communicable disease (like coronavirus) but are not yet symptomatic to prevent the possible spread of the disease.

Self-Isolation is directed by public health agencies and medical providers and refers to those who are ill and suspected to have an infection or known to have an infection.

It’s understandable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the situation. If anxiety or fear is overwhelming you, please get in touch with the Champlain College Counseling Center in Skiff Hall:

Email: counselingcenter@champlain.edu
Phone: 802.865.5731

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need to speak to someone immediately, please call the on-call counselor at (802) 865-5745 or Campus Public Safety at (802) 865-6465.

People who contract COVID-19 usually develop symptoms that affect their respiratory system, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms from the CDC.

If you become ill or suspect that you are ill, stay home. Please review these guidelines, contact your health care provider and seek medical care in your location. If COVID-19 is suspected, you should self-isolate for 14 days if you live or work on campus, or if suggested by your healthcare provider.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps at this link to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

The CDC reports that COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Learn more from the CDC.

CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and 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 your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and do not touch any personal items (keys, cell phone, etc.) or eat with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Do not share drinking glasses, bottles, makeup, boxes of food, finger-foods, instruments, or anything else that could possibly transmit the virus from one person to another.

Learn more about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from the CDC.

Dining

Hours of Operation are listed here and above under Campus Operations. Hours will be subject to change so keep checking back online or at the front door of the IDX Dining Hall. 

Yes. All meals will be provided to students quarantining on Main Campus.

During campus quarantine breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available for take-out only at the IDX Dining Hall. You are welcome to leave your residence hall to visit the dining hall. Please take your meals back to your residence hall or to an outdoor location. Remember to keep at least six feet from other students and wear your mask.

Faculty Operations

Yes. There will be signage throughout campus reminding each of us about our health and safety commitments.  A team of students, faculty and staff developed a “health promotion” campaign that will include signage, social media, and other campus activities.

Contact tracing will be done in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health. The Contact Tracer will either be from VDH or will be a HIPPA trained medical professional employed by Champlain. If you are contacted by a tracer because you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 through an individual, the name and identity of that person’s name is not disclosed.  

Agreeing to participate in contact tracing is a requirement included in the Health Pledge. This VPR segment outlines how contract tracing works and what a conversation with a contact tracer might include.

Tape and X’s on the floor will indicate appropriate distancing  and will make it  easier for faculty to see the “teaching zone”. These markings will also allow  the room to be reset after cleaning. Faculty should plan based on a classroom capacity no more than 40% of normal.

Faculty interested in specific estimated capacity for a room they plan to teach in, please speak to your Dean or Operations Manager. Classroom set-up will be in rows with students facing forward to maintain the required distancing. Lab spaces may be configured differently to maximize capacity while maintaining social distancing requirements.

Google Meet has not yet added the features that many faculty members have requested such as breakout rooms, Q&A, etc and we’ve had sufficient numbers of folx express interest to validate a campus site license. We will have Zoom available for all faculty and staff before the start of semester and are in the midst of procuring that license and getting things set up behind the scenes. More details to come soon!

The campus will have increased custodial services from Janitech next fall. Each classroom will be cleaned multiple times each day and the schedule for cleaning will be posted on each classroom door. Depending on the class schedule for any given room, it may not be possible to clean every room in between each class In addition, we will be providing cleaning supplies in each classroom for any student or faculty member who would like to clean their own space. Faculty are not required nor responsible for the cleaning of their classrooms. There will also be specific cleaning protocols and supplies for computer labs.

A mask or other face covering will be required for everyone in the classroom. Masks will not be required when you are alone in a space, like your office. The usual process for student accommodation remains the same and also applies to students who may need accommodations related to wearing masks. Please note that neck gaiters are not an acceptable alternative to a mask.

Faculty/Staff Policies & Information

The College has not yet determined whether we will have a vaccine requirement for employees.

Update June 2021: Our campus masking and social distancing policies have been updated.  Masking is only required for unvaccinated individuals while indoors or when outdoors and within 6ft of others.  Our Summer Health Pledge has also been revised to reflect these updates.

We will not have an updated policy before employees return to campus. Our goal is to evaluate and revise the policy from a baseline of being back together on campus and in person and working in the new normal.

We recognize that some employees have discovered conveniences and efficiencies from working at home. Our goal this summer and fall is to bring our campus community back together on-campus and in-person and establish our new normal. The College will review the flexible workplace policy and individual employees should work with their managers for specific questions about transitioning back to work.

We are currently assessing workspaces to evaluate adjustments and processes to ensure the safety of employees.

Please see our Working During COVID-19: Resources for Faculty & Staff section of this website for the most recent People Center communications and all our relevant policies.

Fall 2021 Operations

 Champlain College will open for in-person teaching and learning in the fall with the goal that classes will be taught face-to-face in the classroom. We will continue to monitor the pandemic closely and will make adjustments to our plans as needed and required by local, state, and federal guidance when it becomes available for Fall 2021.

While much remains uncertain about the trajectory of the virus over the next several months, we know that vaccinations play a critical role in reducing spread. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to schedule vaccination when they become eligible as Vermont residents or through their home state. To assist in our planning for a successful fall, we ask everyone in our community to complete this short survey indicating your intentions to get vaccinated. We will provide additional information about the College’s capacity to provide vaccinations in the coming months.

We expect that a revised Health Pledge will remain in effect for the Fall 2021 semester and that some degree of mask-wearing and social distancing may still be in effect. The need for a weekly testing program will likely be dependent on state guidance and the prevailing vaccination rate.

Fall 2021 Housing

We anticipate welcoming more students back to campus this fall than we were able to accommodate in 2020 as we return to double occupancy in rooms intended to house two students. (At this time, we expect that triples, quads and quints will be limited to two students. However, it is possible that these rooms may return to typical occupancy by August.)

  • All current full-time sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing are eligible to apply for housing during this process. (New first year, transfer and readmitted students starting in Fall 2021 are not included in this Housing Selection process.) (Please note:  We will not be able to provide housing for students registered as part-time (less than 12 credit hours) for Fall 2021.)
  • Housing Selection will be in priority order of cumulative credit hours, meaning rising seniors have first selection, followed by rising juniors and rising sophomores. 
  • If you are applying to study abroad but are not yet approved, please apply for Main Campus housing and participate in Housing Selection. Your fall placement will be shifted later if you are approved for study abroad.

Details on pricing can be found on our Housing & Meal Plans website

We anticipate that students living on-campus for the fall semester will be able to retain their housing assignment for the spring semester and will not be asked to remove their belongings over winter break. We also anticipate following our typical schedule of closing the residence halls at November break, at the end of the fall semester, and at spring break. More information about selecting a residence hall that will remain open during those periods will be available in the Housing Selection email.

Valcour and Boardman are the Break Housing buildings for 2021-22. Juniper, 371 Main and Summit are the buildings with Break Housing for First Year students. 

This means, if you wish to stay in your room during Thanksgiving, winter, and/or spring breaks or even stay an extra night or two after the Main Campus residence halls close, you will want to apply on time for housing and select Valcour or Boardman Hall during Housing Selection (rising (sophomore, juniors and seniors), or Juniper, 371 Main or Summit on the Housing Preference Form (incoming first-year students). Then, before each break, you may apply to stay in your own room. Housing during breaks will be dependent on Vermont’s COVID-19 restrictions. (194 St. Paul includes housing over breaks but is a separate application process.)

If you reserve a room and then decide to cancel, you may be subject to cancellation fees. Please refer to full cancellation details here.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal legislation which provides a variety of financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) in the spring of 2020 to provide emergency financial aid grants. At that time, Colleges were required to award a portion of these funds as grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which was signed into law in December of 2020.  As with the CARES Act, a portion of the funds Colleges receive are required to be awarded to students.  The grants may be used for any component of the student’s costs of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

All students actively enrolled at Champlain College are eligible to receive these funds with one exception noted in the next paragraph.  This includes students enrolled in a program with Champlain College Online.  Legislative language specifically states that Colleges are required to prioritize students with exceptional need.  Eligibility determinations and grant amounts are based on the amount of funds received by Champlain College and on your Expected Family Contribution as determined when you completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Unfortunately, under current guidance, international students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are not eligible for these funds. If the eligibility criteria changes and additional students become eligible, HEERF II grants may be offered to those students as well.

Students who are eligible for a grant at this time will be notified via their MyMail email account.  Funds will be distributed automatically unless a student has a current account balance with the College.  These students have the option to use the HEERF II funds towards this balance, but are not required to in order to receive the funding.  Students with account balances will receive additional instructions in their email on how to notify the College of their choice.

Champlain is allocating HEERF II funds to eligible students in accordance with the federal legislation and Department of Education guidance. Individual grants are based on the amount of funds received by Champlain College and on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  

Champlain students eligible for HEERF II funding will be notified via their MyMail email account.  The College intends to begin posting the funds the week of March 29th.

HEERF II funds may be used for any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health costs), or child care.

Students are not required to certify their expenses and will not be asked to provide receipts.

The funds provided through HEERF II are grants, not loans, and do not need to be paid back.

No. HEERF II funding  is not considered financial assistance under federal statute, nor Department of Education regulations. As such, these funds will not impact your eligibility for regular financial aid (e.g., grants, scholarships, loans)).

The College is waiting for official guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on whether or not this grant will be included in your gross income; this FAQ will be updated as soon as possible.

How Can Alumni and Families Help?

The Student Emergency “Angel” Fund is designed to support those in the Champlain learning community with acute, unexpected needs. Champlain’s move to remote study has created new time-sensitive needs and we ask you to consider a donation of any size to this critical-need Fund.

While our team is working each day with students one on one to help navigate the transition to remote instruction and ensure student success, the Student Emergency Angel Fund will allow your gifts to be put to immediate use in support of needs like these.

Share Your Ideas & Resources  Do you have an idea for ways we can stay connected and engaged with each other? Do you have access to resources that could help others? Please keep the good ideas coming by sharing them here.

Neighbors

Neighbors who experience issues should contact Campus Public Safety at 802-865-6465, email community@champlain.edu, or fill out a Community Concerns Form here.

All Champlain College students who participate in any aspect of campus life, whether living on-campus or off-campus, will be tested weekly. Faculty and staff who are routinely working on campus will also be tested weekly.

  • Testing is mandatory for students and for faculty, staff and other employees working on campus.
  • Custodial staffing and sanitizing protocols are being updated to include increased cleaning of bathrooms and high-contact surfaces like doors, desks, and shared technology. Signage will be in place to indicate when all bathrooms and classrooms were last disinfected.
  • All dorm rooms will be limited to single and double occupancy to minimize transmission of the virus among students. 
  • We are reducing density in classrooms, the dining hall, and other public spaces.  
  • The layout of the dining hall has been updated to manage capacity and shared tables will be equipped with plexi-glass dividers.
  • In addition to the State of Vermont required campus entry testing, we will conduct mandatory weekly testing of students. Testing will also be available for faculty and staff.  Routine testing will provide timely data on how effectively we are containing the virus on our campus and within our community.
  • Every student will be required to sign and agree to a Health Safety Pledge. The pledge will define our expectations of Champlain students in areas such as quarantine procedures, mandatory daily health surveys, testing expectations, limitations on visitors during move-in, participate in contact tracing efforts, mandatory mask wearing, physical distancing and proper hand hygiene. The goal of this commitment is to maintain the level of safety and public health that Vermont has earned over the last several months.

Students who are living on campus or who are living off-campus and participating in any aspect of on-campus life are required to comply with the Student Conduct Policy, the Champlain Community Health Pledge, as well as all state and local health and safety measures related to COVID. Champlain’s Community Standards team will address all reports involving students and, if it is determined that a student has violated the Champlain Community Health Pledge or any other COVID-19 related policy, the team will evaluate the potential impact of the violation on the health and safety of the community and determine appropriate sanctions, including potential removal from the College. The technology tools we are using to support testing and daily health monitoring will allow us to track compliance very closely. The College will use this data to inform a robust follow up plan with all students and ensure quick response to a failure to comply with the Health Pledge.

Students living off-campus are required to commit to the same protocols regarding testing, health screening, and other health and safety measures as those living on campus.

Champlain’s campus, including our eating areas, Fitness Center, and library, are closed to outside guests. All Champlain College-sponsored events have been cancelled.

On & Off-Campus Events

The complete policy and procedure manual for campus events is located here.

Given how quickly the situation is changing, we are not accepting new registrations for campus visits over the summer, however we are offering an array of virtual events and experiences. Check out our Visit page for the latest information and registration.

Quarantine

From this point forward, if there is a bathroom in your building labeled “Restroom Reserved: For Use with Permission by Health Services Only” please do not use this bathroom until/unless directed to do so.  This bathroom should be considered off-line from the general residents of the building.

Quarantine means that you limit your exposure to only those people that are simultaneously quarantining with you. You must stay at home or on-campus during the full duration of your quarantine. Students quarantining on campus will be offered structured outdoor activities with their quarantine group, following strict social distancing practices. Travel to stores, restaurants, parks, etc. is not allowed.

Yes, the College has reserved space on campus for students to quarantine as needed throughout the semester.

Transportation & Parking

Please see Campus Operations above.

Commuter Students may now park in ANY pay-per-use lot for as long as you need. Keep in mind:

  • You still need to display your valid Champlain College parking permit at all times (order at champlain.thepermitstore.com if you haven’t yet!)
  • Payment is still required between 8am-4pm using Parkmobile

See all the pay-per-use lots (and their Parkmobile Zone Numbers) on the parking map. They are the ones with the dark green $ icons and corresponding number. Find all the parking details at champlain.edu/parking.

Permits are on sale for $120 for the semester for residential students.

Commuter students can obtain a free permit and pay-per-use.

Visit champlain.thepermitstore.com to order a permit.

Please visit our Transportation website.

Study Abroad

We are currently enrolling students for Fall 2021 at our campuses in Dublin, Ireland and Montreal, Canada and are accepting and approving applications on a rolling basis. We are closely monitoring the state of the pandemic in those countries, and staff on-site are actively planning for students to return. At this time, it is still unknown if international borders or travel with those countries will be allowed, and what health and safety guidelines for each country may entail.