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Vermont Law School has resumed on-campus classes for the fall. Masks are currently required for all community members. For information on campus access, health and safety protocols, and testing requirements please visit vermontlaw.edu/covid19.

Mandatory COVID Health and Safety Protocols

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Vermont Law School is continuing to adjust its operations and procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page contains the school's current COVID policies, and resources for students, faculty, staff, and the greater VLS community. These policies are subject to change at any time, and we will continue to update this information as needed. More information can be found on the VLS Coronavirus Preparedness and Information page.

Please see below for Vermont Law School’s fall COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Please be sure to read these protocols in full, as failure to follow all protocols that are applicable to you may result in disciplinary action. These policies are subject to change at any time, and you are responsible for staying on top of any changes.

Masking Requirement:

Masking while indoors is required for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors at all times regardless of vaccination status. Masks must fully cover both the mouth and nose. Bandanas and gaiters are not permitted. The mask requirement is subject to the following exceptions:

Exceptions to the Indoor Mask Requirement for Vaccinated Individuals

  • Vaccinated students do not need to wear a mask indoors if they are actively eating and drinking; presenting/teaching in a class (including Dean Fellow or TA review sessions); or in an office or study room alone.

Exceptions to the Indoor Mask Requirement for Unvaccinated Individuals with an Approved Exemption

  • Unvaccinated students do not need to wear a mask indoors if they are in an office or study room alone. Unvaccinated students may only remove their mask when actively eating and drinking if no one is within 6 feet of them.
  • Staff and faculty may not be wearing a mask if they are in their office alone or at their workstation when no one is within 6 feet of them. If you are entering an office or approaching a workstation of a staff or faculty member, please give them an opportunity to put on their mask. Staff and faculty will be masked at all other times unless actively teaching/presenting or eating/drinking.
  • Masks must be worn during in person meetings and at library carrels.
  • Masks do not need to be worn outside.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:

Vermont Law School requires all campus-based faculty, staff, and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption. Please note that there will be no virtual or hybrid option for any residential classes.

To submit your vaccine information for verification, click here.

Being fully vaccinated means that:

  • You have received all doses of an FDA- or WHO- approved COVID-19 vaccine, and;
  • You have completed the mandatory two-week post vaccine waiting period, and;
  • You have submitted your vaccine info for verification via the VLS Vaccine Verification Form.

Masks may be worn by vaccinated individuals at any time. Please do not assume that someone wearing a mask outdoors or at other times when it is not required is not vaccinated. Also, please do not ask anyone their vaccination status. Employees and students with exemptions are entitled to privacy. If you have any concerns, you may contact covid19@vermontlaw.edu.

Daily Health Monitoring:

Monitoring yourself daily for possible symptoms of COVID-19 is crucial for our community’s safety.

Do not come to campus if you are displaying any flu-like or upper respiratory symptoms, or if you experience new loss of smell. Please contact your medical professional ASAP to discuss next steps, including testing. Please also contact covid19@vermontlaw.edu and Dean Brennan and the Office of the Registrar to notify them that you will be staying home as soon as you can. You must share a negative off-campus COVID-19 test result with covid19@vermontlaw.edu to be allowed to return to campus. You may not come to campus to take an on-site test.

Testing Requirement:

Weekly testing is required for unvaccinated, exempt community members. Weekly testing is optional for fully-vaccinated students, faculty, and staff.

Free, on-campus testing will be offered on Wednesday mornings. For information on the schedule, location, and how to register, please click on the green “Testing” button at the bottom of this page. If you are required to test and are unable to test on-campus for any reason, you must submit a negative off-site PCR test result. This off-site test must be administered no later than 7 days after your last test was administered, and you must share your results with covid19@vermontlaw.edu. Please note, VLS is not able to accept negative antigen test results. For more information about what kinds of test results VLS accepts, please click on the green "Testing" button at the bottom of this page.

POLICY IN EVENT OF CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID19:

  • Isolation
    • If you had symptoms, you may leave isolation and return to campus once all of the below criteria are met (unless otherwise instructed by your health care provider):
      • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers, and
      • Other symptoms have improved, and
      • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
    • If you did not have symptoms, you may leave isolation and return to campus once the below criteria are met:
      • 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test (unless otherwise instructed by your health care provider)
    • You are NOT required to submit a negative covid test prior to returning to campus should the above criteria be met.
    • You are also exempt from the weekly COVID testing requirement for 90 days after your isolation ends, as it is possible that you will test positive for COVID19, even if not infected, during this time.
    • If you become symptomatic during this 90-day period, you must stay home and contact your healthcare provider and covid19@vermontlaw.edu. Students - please also contact covid19@vermontlaw.edu and Dean Brennan and the Office of the Registrar to notify them that you will be staying home as soon as you can. Faculty and staff – please also contact your supervisor. You will need either a negative test result OR a note from your doctor indicating that you are safe to return to campus without infecting others to return to campus.
  • If you are a close contact to a VLS community member who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by VLS. Close contact means being within six feet (or two meters), for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you have a close contact with someone who is not a VLS community member, please alert covid19@vermontlaw.edu immediately.
  • Students and faculty who were present in a residential class that in which a VLS community member who tested positive for COVID-19 attended while they were possibly infectious (48 hours before symptoms began, if symptomatic, or 48 hours before a positive COVID-19 test was administered, if asymptomatic) will be notified via email, even if they were not a close contact as defined by the CDC.
  • You may refer to our COVID-19 dashboard, found by clicking the “Dashboard” button at the bottom of this page, for a count of all positive cases and positive cases within the past 7 days.
  • If a significant number of positive test results are returned in one week, on-campus classes and meetings will be canceled for at least one day to allow the campus to transition to a virtual setting. The VLS community will be alerted via VLS Alerts and a more detailed email alert.
    • All students, faculty, and staff must be tested. Testing will be held ASAP on campus. VLS will also accept offsite PCR test results.
    • Classes and meetings will remain virtual for at least one week, after which VLS will return to in-person classes and meetings.

Visitor Policy:

All visitors must wear masks indoors while on campus, regardless of vaccination status. (If presenting, proof of vaccination must be shared with covid19@vermontlaw.edu prior to their arrival.) Masks must be worn when not actively presenting.

You are responsible for any visitors that you invite to campus.

TRAVEL POLICY:

  • Personal Domestic and International Travel: All students, faculty, and staff must follow Vermont Department of Health domestic and international travel policies, found here. Unvaccinated persons are discouraged from personal travel until fully vaccinated.
  • VLS-Sponsored Travel: Vermont Law School is unable to sponsor travel for any faculty, students, or staff who are not fully vaccinated against COVID19 and who have been approved for an exemption from our vaccine requirement. Regardless of vaccination status, any VLS student, faculty, or staff may decline to participate in VLS-sponsored travel until further notice.

EVENT POLICY:

There are no restrictions on campus event location and size. However, masks must be worn while indoors and many events may continue to be held in a virtual format. There are also the following restrictions on events where food will be present:

  • Food and drink may not be served or consumed inside at events that are open to people outside of current VLS students, faculty, and staff. (Reminder: unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff who are exempt from the VLS COVID19 vaccination requirement may only consume food or drink inside when they are at least 6 feet away from others.)
  • Food and drink may be consumed at outdoor events hosting both current VLS students, faculty, and staff and non-VLS community members.
  • For any event at which food and drinks are permitted, the student group (or event organizer) must submit a request to Nina Russo, the VLS Event Coordinator, at least 28 days before the event.
  • The above policies apply to both on- and off-campus events.

If you are planning an in-person event, we strongly suggest having a firm virtual back-up plan in the event that VLS policies change prior to your event.

There are no restrictions on the location or length of in-person meetings, however masks must be worn at all times while indoors.

Students Arriving on Campus:

Students: If you are not fully vaccinated and have had an exemption request approved, you must submit a negative COVID-19 test result to VLS prior to your arrival to be allowed to access campus. For convenience, we suggest you plan to join our on-site testing schedule (more details found by clicking the “testing button” below), which means that your pre-arrival test must be administered no more than 7 days prior to the Wednesday that you plan to begin on-campus testing. An on-campus test result may also serve as your pre-arrival test, as long as you are not symptomatic, and as long as you leave campus immediately after taking the test and do not return until VLS receives your negative test result (which is usually by 5pm the following day.)

If you are fully vaccinated and have submitted your vaccine information, you may plan to arrive on campus with no pre-arrival protocols.

Policies are subject to change, and students, faculty, and staff are responsible for staying up to date on all changes.

Your patience and cooperation are deeply appreciated as we respond to this extraordinary and dynamic situation. If you have any questions, concerns, or require clarification on any information below, please email the VLS COVID-19 Task Force at covid19@vermontlaw.edu.

 

 

 

 

Mandatory COVID Health and Safety Protocols