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

Academics (Faculty)

  • 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.

In preparation for the 2020-2021 academic year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Accessibility is temporarily suspending use of the Testing Center and requesting that faculty proctor their own exams for students who have relevant accommodations. Faculty may use electronic-based testing through Canvas or other platforms where proctoring is not needed, or they may proctor exams in their office or in the classroom, depending on the student’s needs and written accommodation. Erin Ferrara is available to work with individual faculty members to discuss strategies for meeting individual student needs.

Champlain is committed to supporting choice for students in regard to virtual or in-person internships during the Spring 2021 semester. Faculty overseeing internship courses will add a clear statement in their syllabi that students have the ability to pursue the course requirements in either setting. It is expected that all students will adhere to both Champlain College and internship site policies regarding Covid-19 guidelines and requirements. There may be limitations on the number of in-person positions at any one internship location. For specific questions about an individual student and her program, we recommend contacting the faculty advisor or the appropriate Program Director.

No. From the Fall 2020 Course Standards: “Encourage, but don’t require students to have their cameras on. The camera can introduce equity issues for students lacking cameras or living and working in spaces that reveal things about their lives that they should not be forced to air in a class environment. However, being visibly present in the class can help build class community and can help the individual student engage with the class.”

All tutoring and coaching services from the SMART Space will be offered virtually this spring.  Students will register for 1:1 appointments using our website and our online scheduling system, Tutortrac. 

Begin by reading the Faculty & Academic Staff Briefings. Then, refer to the Center for Learning & Teaching website. The CLT website also includes FAQs specific to online instruction. New resources are being added daily.

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.

Yes, after campus quarantine ends, students are able to return to their off-campus jobs/internships.

We have made the very difficult decision to hold a virtual commencement for 2021.  

We made this decision out of our care and responsibility for the health and safety of our students, their loved ones, and our extended community, which has consistently been our highest priority during this pandemic. Due to the current travel and quarantine restrictions in the state of Vermont, the uncertain trajectory of the virus, and the timing of the vaccination roll-out, we will not be able to bring together people from all over the country this May.


That said, we are SO excited to celebrate our students! On Saturday, May 15, we will be hosting a joyful, meaningful, and memorable virtual commencement ceremony that celebrates the Class of 2021, their accomplishments, and their connections to the Champlain community. We will keep this website updated with more information. Please contact us at graduation@champlain.edu with any questions.

All tutoring and coaching services from the SMART Space will be offered virtually this spring.  Students will register for 1:1 appointments using our website and our online scheduling system, Tutortrac. 

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

Flex-Hybrid Fully Virtual: Courses listed as “Flex-Hybrid Fully Virtual” will be taught virtually; however, there may be an optional classroom-based component to the class.  Some examples include: 

  • a classroom is reserved for students to use to log into the virtual instruction;
  • the instructor is available for students to ask questions in-person about pre-recorded materials;
  • a classroom is available for students to work on group projects. 

Your class syllabus will indicate if there is a classroom component to the course design.

Flex-Hybrid Mixed: These courses will have a mix of in-person classroom and virtual instruction. Students who opt to participate from home will be able to access the in-person elements of the class remotely.

The capacity of each classroom has been updated to allow for 6 feet of social distancing, which limits the number of classes where all of the students can meet in-person at the same time. In some cases, the faculty have split their course into two groups, so each student group can have an in-class experience once a week.

A class that provides a classroom location for one day and says, “Virtual Learning Environment” for the other has been split in this way.

Students have multiple resources available for help, starting with their professors who will be accessible for virtual office hours.  If a student is struggling in a class for any reason, contacting the professor directly is the best way to start.  In addition, we have a robust array  of Academic Support Services that will continue to be available to students this fall.  

Yes. The student activity fee will continue to support student engagement and activities this fall, even though they will look different than in previous semesters.
 
Lab fees support access to labs and equipment on campus as well as virtual machines and other technology for students who continue their Champlain experience from home.

Yes! Commuter students are welcome to attend classes in-person, just as on-campus students are. Parking will be available at Lakeside. Commuter students who visit camus must participate in weekly surveillance testing and sign the Community Health pledge.

 A “Flex-Hybrid” course uses blended teaching methods—a mix of real-time instruction and technology-mediated activities and content delivery—to facilitate personalized and choice-driven learning. Students will experience a mix of in-person and real-time remote learning that emphasizes community building, meaningful peer interactions, one-on-one coaching, and individualized instruction. 

In the face of a global pandemic, there are any number of reasons—illness or other health limitations, mandated health and safety guidelines, personal preference—that a student or faculty member may not be able to attend class sessions in-person. The Flex-Hybrid model gives students and faculty flexibility in attending their classes this fall.

The Flex-Hybrid design:

  • provides universal accessibility for all students;
  • allows choice and autonomy for students and faculty;
  • promotes interpersonal student engagement;
  • offers multiple pathways for students to access content and participate in activities;
  • facilitates creativity in teaching and learning by accommodating multiple teaching and learning styles;
  • assures a seamless learning experience for students in the face of potential disruption;
  • relies on real-time, weekly interactions between students and faculty and among student peers;
  • integrates one-on-one personalized student-faculty interaction;
  • fosters community and relationship building;
  • promotes hands-on, active learning; and
  • incorporates innovative 21st-century digitally-enhanced tools and techniques.

Our faculty are working closely with expert course designers over the summer to develop an array of exciting teaching models in the Flex-Hybrid design. We look forward to sharing early examples from our faculty and highlights of Flex-Hybrid courses across different course subjects with our new and returning students and their families in early July. 

The Flex-Hybrid model and Online learning offer two different student experiences. The Flex-Hybrid model simulates (and in some cases mirrors) the traditional classroom experience, while most Online learning does not require students to log-in for each course at specific times or have real-time meetings with classmates and instructors. 

In the Flex-Hybrid model students will experience a combination of independent work, learning together as a class with the professor (either in-person or virtually), peer collaboration, and additional personalized one-on-one faculty instruction. A Flex-Hybrid course combines the benefits of a traditional classroom experience with virtual and remote digital technology to accommodate multiple ways of teaching and learning. All students can expect consistent “real time” interactions with their faculty and their peers on a weekly basis; opportunities for one-on-one engagement with their professor; class community and relationship building; and a combination of virtual and real-time activities, including hands-on projects and collaborative problem solving.

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.)

The Champlain Community Health Pledge has been updated for the spring semester. All students are required to sign the revised Community Health Pledge before returning to campus by completing this Google Form.

You will find the student version here: Daily Health Screening and the employee version here: Employee Daily Health Screening Form.

The Student Health Center will remain open and available to students by appointment throughout the spring semester. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate yourself and record your symptoms on the Daily Health Survey. The Daily Health Survey will be monitored by Student Health Staff 7 days/week between 8:00 AM–4:00 PM. Please contact the Student Health Center as needed at 802.860.2711 or healthservices@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. 

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.

Residence halls (including 194 St. Paul Street) are not open to commuter students. Otherwise, there is no differentiation between residential and off-campus students in terms of campus access.

Any decision to close the College would be made in close consultation with the Vermont Department of Health. Both Champlain College and the State of Vermont will be tracking criteria related to the health of our campus and that of the broader community around the College. In addition to the number of confirmed positive cases, both at Champlain and in Burlington, other key factors include Champlain’s quarantine and isolation capacity and continued access to testing.

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.

Computer labs will have extended hours, but won’t be 24/7 because of scheduled times that will be designated for cleaning and disinfecting. We are working with the Academic or Information Technology team who manages each lab to define the schedules for each location. Many lab computers will be available remotely 24/7.

Lab hours will be the same for residential and off-campus students.

The Counseling Center staff will be able to provide initial consultations virtually to students who are out of state. As a result of state regulations, ongoing psychotherapy cannot occur for students who are not physically in Vermont. However, the Counseling team will remain available to discuss some short-term problem solving and offer some effective tools (interventions) that may be useful. If a student would like to engage in therapy, counselors can assist in making a referral in their home community.

The Mail Center Operations are changing significantly due to COVID-19. In an effort to protect everyone and minimize contact.

Hours: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM, Monday-Friday.

There will be no inter-departmental deliveries, effective immediately. Please designate someone in your department to pick up and drop off mail during these hours. Please complete this spreadsheet so that Theresa knows who will be doing the mail pickups for your department and can coordinate with you.

Feel free to call 802-651-5829 before visiting to ask if you actually have mail, to save an unnecessary trip.

If there is a heavy package(s) that you need to be delivered, we will organize with Physical Plant to deliver. 

Small packages should be picked up like letter mail. We can simply hold any packages until later too if it’s not urgent. 

If you have “outgoing” mail that needs to have stamps/postage, please deliver to the Mail Center before noon so the Mail Center has time to process it before closing

If you have any outgoing pre-paid small package please drop at a UPS, FedEx or USPS drop off facility if you can, otherwise drop it here. 

Please submit a Physical Plant Workorder for any large or heavy packages you need picked up.

Finally, unless you are a student or employee who resides in Champlain College housing, no personal packages should be received or sent out by the Mail Center.

CARES Act Funding

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) to provide emergency financial aid grants. Colleges must award these grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.

Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to Champlain College undergraduate students pursuing degree programs who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid and who have the greatest financial need. The grant amount is 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, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, DACA students or students enrolled in Champlain College Online. If the eligibility criteria changes and additional students become eligible, CARES Act 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.

Champlain is allocating CARES Act funds to eligible students in accordance with the CARES Act 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 CARES Act funding will be notified via their MyMail email account and will also receive an email from Adobe Sign that they will need to access to certify that they incurred eligible expenses. The Certification form must be completed by the stated deadline and refunds are expected to be posted soon after a student completes the form.

CARES Act/HEERF Act funds are meant to help students pay expenses for technology, health care, child care, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You may also claim expenses you anticipate incurring such as storing personal items or replacing medications left behind in your residence hall.

Students will be asked to certify their expenses, however, students will not be asked to provide receipts.

The funds provided through the CARES Act are grants, not loans, and do not need to be paid back.

No. Money from the CARES Act 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).

No. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income.

COVID-19 Testing

Prior to returning to campus, students who quarantine at home must submit a negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days prior to your selected arrival date. To obtain a pre-arrival test during quarantine, you must do so without breaking quarantine: avoid public transportation, maintain distance from others, wear a mask, etc. If this is not possible, please contact the Student Health Center at 802.860.2711 or healthservices@champlain.edu to discuss options. Help locating a test in your area is available here. Submit your negative test result using this Google Form.

Yes.

Testing will be available Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Schedule is subject to change.

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.

Yes, surveillance testing will continue through the spring semester.

Champlain College recognizes that transgender, non-binary, and/or gender-nonconforming students may not use the name that they were assigned at birth, as it does not reflect their identity. The College is able to use a student’s chosen name most of the time, however, we are required by law to use a student’s legal name on all medical records, including the tests for COVID-19. To avoid using students’ legal name, we have asked our testing team to ask for students’ ID number and last name.

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 faculty and staff who will routinely work on campus each week. Faculty and staff should self-identify as being part of the testing pool based on their planned work schedule. It is our expectation that faculty and staff participating in testing will be tested weekly until Thanksgiving break. Your work schedule will define whether you participate in testing and you should not come to campus each week just for testing.

Testing is available weekly Monday–Friday from 9:00 AM–4:30 PM. For those individuals seeking the most minimal contact with others, we have reserved the hour of 8:30–9:30 AM on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays for employees only. The testing tent is located behind Perry 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.

Yes. The State of Vermont requires entrance testing for all students. For most students, this will mean a test within 48 hours of arrival on campus, with a second test seven days later. In addition to the State mandated testing, Champlain will conduct routine testing on a weekly basis throughout the semester. This monitoring testing will be required and help us quickly identify and respond to any positive cases on our campus.

COVID-19 Vaccine

We are working with the State to determine our vaccination strategy and will communicate this as soon as we know more. In the meantime, we encourage all students, faculty, and staff to schedule vaccination when they become eligible as Vermont residents or through their home state.

The College does have an agreement with the State which will allow us to be a distribution point for vaccination to students and staff. However, we do not yet know when or if the state will call upon us to vaccinate our population.

Yes. People who get the vaccine should continue taking steps to prevent COVID-19. This is because even if the vaccine protects you from illness, we still don’t have enough information on whether you could still transmit the virus to someone else. Even once we do learn this, there are a number of things we need to know before we can ease up on things like mask-wearing and physical distancing, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities.

Together, the vaccine and those preventive actions are the best ways to keep from getting and spreading COVID-19.

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.

Students 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.

Masks must be worn so that they cover both nose and mouth at all times.

The College requires the use of a face mask (cloth or disposable) 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

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. If you must travel, you are required to notify your supervisor and employeehealth@champlain. This will allow the campus medical team to advise you on quarantine requirements and review the potential impact of the quarantine on work schedules.

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

It is our intention to open the College for on-campus living and learning in the fall.

We are actively working on our plans for the fall semester and will share them with the community as soon as possible.

We will continue to follow all state and local guidelines. We do anticipate that we will still need to wear masks and socially distance to some degree this fall. It is likely that students, faculty and staff will continue to participate in surveillance testing.

While we plan to open the residence halls again in the fall, we’re not yet certain whether we’ll operate all of the halls at full or reduced occupancy. We will likely still need to retain a portion of our rooms for quarantine.

Spring 2021 Housing

The College release a new, expanded definition of”household” on February 18 that defines households according to specific residence halls and allows students to designate one “plus-one” to add to their expanded household.

Complete details are available here.

Plus-One: 
Each residential student is allowed to register one residential student who will be considered a member of their expanded household. You and your “plus-one” must mutually select one another to be a part of each other’s expanded household, and each student may select only one “plus-one”. Only students living on-campus may be selected as a “plus-one”.

To register your “Plus-One”: One member of the pair will submit the “Plus-One” Request; the second member will receive and accept the request via email. Both members of the “plus-one” pair will receive a confirmation email once we confirm there are no other associated requests for either resident. Once you receive the confirmation, you will then be allowed in each other’s rooms.

In the event that the College is required to shift our plan as a result of changing conditions on our campus or as mandated by the State of Vermont, families can expect the following regarding room and board charges:

  • If the campus is unable to open residence halls for the spring semester, Champlain will fully remove the room and board fees from the student’s accounts and refund or transfer forward any credit balances. 
  • If the College is delayed in opening residence halls beyond February 7, the College will evaluate the impact this would have on the room and board fees, make modifications to those fees, and communicate with families prior to residence halls opening. 
  • If students initially move-in to residence halls and the campus closes after January 23, the College will provide partial credit for housing and meal plans. If residence halls and dining services remain open, there will be no return of funds.

We do wish to make clear that any student who is removed from campus housing due to a violation of the Health Pledge, or other disciplinary action, will receive no refund or credit of their housing and meal plan costs.

Students may cancel their on-campus housing by completing the “Cancel Housing Request” on THD without penalty through December 11. After December 11, the following cancellation fees apply: 

  • Cancel December 12–31, 2020: $250 
  • Cancel any time on or after January 1, 2021: $500 
  • Cancel after move-in: student is responsible for the full cost of the semester

Students must vacate their residence halls no later than Sunday, November 22 at noon. Classes will continue online only after Thanksgiving through the end of the semester. 

No. Neither combination units nor free-standing microwaves are allowed by order of the the Burlington Fire Marshall. Mini-fridges are allowed.

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.

Any decision to close the College would be made in close consultation with the Vermont Department of Health. Champlain College and the State of Vermont will be tracking criteria related to the health of our campus and that of the broader community around the College. On campus, Champlain will work together with the Department of Health to share any positive test results, add support for more extensive testing and contact tracing, and determine any changes to operations. In the broader community, the State is following a set of six metrics continuously to inform decisions, including new case numbers, rate of increase in growth of new cases, percentage of positivity rate of tests across the state, hospital and ICU utilization, and monitoring of disease indicators.  

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

The option to quarantine is available only to students who meet both of the following requirements:

  • You will be able to safely and adequately quarantine at their home or other off campus location.
  • You will be taking a private vehicle to return to campus or travelling with others, including family members, who have also adequately quarantined.

If you do not meet these requirements, you must complete your quarantine on campus.

Students released from quarantine are now free to experience Burlington and our campus following safe practices. This spring, we will be taking a phased approach to the campus reopening with restrictions to allow us to protect the health and safety of our community in alignment with state guidelines. Current details for these phases, which include specifics related to guests and mingling with other students are outlined here. Additional phases will be established and communicated, and published here over the course of the semester. The dates provided on the linked communication are preliminary and subject to change.

After the campus quarantine has ended, provided no changes are made to State guidelines, students are permitted to visit with off-campus friends and relatives outside only while wearing masks and remaining socially distanced. For example, students may ski or walk outside with friends and family, but may not visit them in their homes or visit an indoor restaurant together. Individuals outside the College’s testing pool are not permitted on campus or within the College’s residence halls.

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.

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.

A: In situations where close contact cannot be avoided, close contacts of the person under quarantine do not also need to quarantine. For example, if someone under quarantine depends on another person for care and basic needs, and close contact cannot be avoided, the caregiver may continue with activities outside of the home. For example, the caregiver may continue to go to work, school, child care, the grocery store, etc.

As much as possible, continue to practice these prevention steps:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from the person who is under quarantine.
  • People who are under quarantine should wear a mask in common spaces, use a separate bathroom, eat separately, and otherwise not be in close contact with others in the household who are not under quarantine.
  • Be sure to disinfect commonly touched surfaces, and check yourself for symptoms for 14 days.”

Source: https://apps.health.vermont.gov/COVID/faq/#4731

Yes. In situations where you cannot avoid close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine while the person you are caring for is sick. You should also quarantine for 14 days after they are able to end home isolation.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from other people. Quarantine means you need to stay home and away from other people for 14 days since the day you were potentially exposed. You should separate yourself from others and check yourself for symptoms. Learn about the option to be tested to end quarantine after 7 days.

Find tips on what to do when a household member is sick with COVID-19.

Source: https://apps.health.vermont.gov/COVID/faq/#4731

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

Due to the continued closure of the US/Canada border, the Spring 2021 Montreal student cohort will participate in fully virtual classes taught by our Montreal faculty. Additionally, while Ireland has performed relatively well with COVID-19 infection rates, there remain significant challenges and risks associated with travel and the ongoing pandemic. Regretfully, infection rates in Dublin have taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks. The exceedingly unpredictable situation has brought us to the unfortunate decision of canceling the spring 2021 program in Dublin as well as all other 3rd party and exchange programs.