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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Students do work in individual cubicles on the second floor of the Howe Library.

UVM anticipates COVID case peak, plans to move forward with in-person classes due to COVID vaccine requirements

Ella Ruehsen, News Editor January 13, 2022

UVM anticipates an increase in COVID cases among students, faculty and staff, and plan to continue in-person operations as COVID cases peak, according to a Jan. 11 email from Patricia Prelock, provost...

Students line up outside the COVID-19 Testing Center Nov. 18.

UVM to require Day-0 COVID-19 testing for spring semester

Ella Ruehsen, News Editor December 12, 2021

UVM will require Day-0 COVID-19 testing for students at the start of spring semester, according to a Dec. 9 email from Patricia Prelock, provost and senior vice president, and Gary Derr, vice president...

A testing vial sits in a makeshift distribution pipe at UVMs COVID-19 testing site.

UVM plans to stay in-person despite seeing highest COVID-19 case count of semester

Eliza Barker, Cynic News Reporter November 8, 2021

Despite reporting an uptick in COVID-19 cases, UVM has no plans to return to the remote model after Thanksgiving break, said Gary Derr, vice president for operations and public safety.  UVM reported...

A Walgreens employee fills a syringe with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the Patrick Gym May 2.

If COVID conditions worsen, unvaccinated students may be removed from campus

Ella Ruehsen , News and Sports Editor August 31, 2021

Unvaccinated students could be removed from UVM’s campus if a COVID-19 outbreak called for such measures, said Gary Derr, VP of operations and public safety. The COVID-19 Immunization Exemption form...

A sign reminds students to put their masks on before they enter Aug. 28.

Despite University-wide mask policy, RAs not required to enforce masks in dorms

Ella Ruehsen , News and Sports Editor August 30, 2021

Residential Advisors are no longer tasked with enforcing masking despite UVM’s indoor mask policy, said Gary Derr, VP of operations and public safety.  Last year, RAs enforced the Green and Gold...

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UVM’s COVID cases drop to all-time low for semester, in last week of classes

Angelika Hillios, Cynic News Reporter May 15, 2021

In the final week of the school year, COVID-19 cases among UVM students have dropped to an all-time low for the semester, this week reporting only 14 positive cases compared to last week's total of 40...

Masked students stand in lines outside the COVID-19 testing center.

BREAKING: UVM’s mask mandate still in place, despite relaxed government guidelines

Ella Ruehsen , News and Sports Editor May 14, 2021

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 8:08 p.m. May 14. The mask mandate will remain in place on UVM’s campus until further notice, despite newly relaxed guidelines from the CDC and from the...

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COVID cases remain low for a third week

Angelika Hillios, Cynic News Reporter May 5, 2021

For the third consecutive week, COVID-19 cases among UVM students have remained at a plateau, this week reporting 40 positive cases. This week’s report showed a total of 22 off-campus cases and 18...

A student phone receives a text message notifying them of the new vaccine clinic UVM is hosting May 2 at the Patrick Gym.

UVM to host Johnson and Johnson vaccine clinic in Patrick Gym

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor April 29, 2021

UVM announced it will open a vaccination clinic in the Patrick Gymnasium administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to students  in addition to relaxing its guest policy for on-campus and off-campus...

Students stand socially distant for their COVID-19 tests April 12.

COVID cases remain low for second consecutive week

Angelika Hillios, Cynic News Reporter April 27, 2021

For the second week in a row, cases of COVID-19 among students remained lower than they have since mid-March, with 44 positive cases detected. Last week, only 33 students tested positive for the virus,...

How transparent is UVMs COVID data compared to other colleges?

How transparent is UVM’s COVID data compared to other colleges’?

Sierra Byrne and Lila Cumming April 7, 2021

Eight months after UVM created a COVID-19 dashboard to share data on testing and positive cases in the UVM community, administrators have not budged in their decision to only update information once a...

Students pack up their dorm belongings outside Harris-Millis Hall March 18.

Harsh COVID sanctions exacerbate confusion and anxiety among students

Will Guisbond, Cynic Staff Writer April 6, 2021

Following two semesters of strict COVID-19 rules and shifting punishments for policy violations, fear and isolation have left some students feeling anxious, tired and confused.  After sharp increases...

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