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

The University to close down on-campus testing site next semester

Lila Cumming , Summer News Editor July 19, 2022

The University is removing the on-campus testing center due to decreasing demand for PCR testing, according to a July 18 email from UVM Provost Patricia Prelock. After the state-run testing sites closed...

In the second week of the fall 2020 semester, students trickle into the Davis Center for their mandatory weekly COVID-19 test.

UVM terminates COVID-19 information newsletter ‘UVM Forward’

Halsey McLaen, News Editor May 2, 2022

UVM announced the termination of UVM Forward, the University’s COVID-19 information e-newsletter, according to an April 29 email.  The newsletter began in spring 2020 and served to provide pressing...

Jeanne Mance Hall April 20. The residence hall will no longer serve as COVID-19 quarantine housing as of the 2022-2023 school year.

UVM to remove isolation housing for 2022-23 school year

Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter April 26, 2022

UVM has no plans to provide COVID-19 isolation housing for the 2022-23 school year, according to an April 19 email from Gary Derr, vice president for operations and public safety. Jeanne Mance Residence...

Students wait in line for their COVID-19 tests in the Davis Center on Jan. 27.

COVID cases at UVM reach all-time high due to omicron variant, decline projected in coming weeks

Halsey McLaen , Assistant News Editor January 31, 2022

UVM’s COVID-19 cases hit a record high last week, but the University expects this to be the peak of the outbreak, said Gary Derr, vice president of safety and operations. UVM saw 321 positive tests...

The CoVerified app sits open on the self-reporting contact tracing screen.

Students now responsible for contact tracing, UVM asks them to take it seriously

Halsey McLaen, Assistant News Editor January 25, 2022

Editor's note: This story was updated Jan. 26 at 12:46 p.m. to include comment from UVM spokesperson Enrique Corredera that was received following the article's publication.  Students are responsible...

A box of KN95 masks sits behind the front desk of the Davis Center on the first floor Jan. 21.

Free KN95 masks available to UVM community

Ella Ruehsen , Cynic News Editor January 21, 2022

KN95 masks are now available for pickup to UVM community members, according to a Jan. 21 email from Gary Derr, vice president of operations and public safety.  The masks are being distributed out of...

The Waterman building sits on S Prospect Street.

Graduate students push to unionize, despite administrative concerns

Staff Report January 21, 2022

A growing group of graduate students are collaborating on efforts to unionize, said masters student George Love.  However, UVM administration feels a unionized environment would impact the relationship...

A classroom on the first floor of Innovation Hall Jan. 13.

Some say educational quality worsened in pandemic, despite UVM’s best efforts

Halsey McLaen, Assistant News Editor January 20, 2022

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, UVM tries its best to support students while still building academic success, said Jennifer Dickinson, vice provost for academic affairs and student success. Some...

Members of the faculty union, United Academics, pose for a photo at the 2019 Climate March.

UVM delayed mandating faculty COVID vaccinations until federally required, despite earlier faculty union demands

Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter January 19, 2022

The faculty union's requests for mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty members went unheard for four months, until Dec. 6, when UVM put out a press release stating they had adopted the requirement...

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...

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