The situation surrounding COVID-19 remains incredibly fluid and changes every day. To date, there have been no confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19 at Colby-Sawyer College. The safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff remains the college’s utmost priority, and all decisions regarding the greater campus community will be made with this in mind. The college remains in close contact with both local and state health officials, and will post any updates regarding operational changes below:
May 1 Update
Campus Closed Through May 31: In accordance with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu's modified stay-at-home order extended through May 31, campus will remain closed to all employees unless otherwise instructed by a supervisor. Students who were scheduled to move out of their residence halls between May 4-18 are highly encouraged to change their appointment until June 1-15. Students who need to retrieve belongings that they deem “essential for everyday needs,” as outlined in the executive order, and choose to move out on their originally scheduled date/time, may do so.
April 28 Update
Move out dates extended: In an effort to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing, the signup for move out has been expanded through June 15. Students who are currently scheduled to move out of their residence halls between May 4 -18 are highly encouraged to consider changing their appointment to a later date. Click here for complete move out guidelines and to access residence hall signups.
April 3 Update
Commencement Rescheduled for Aug. 8: An in-person commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, as long as the threat of COVID-19 infection has subsided. Plans are also in the works to hold both the Scholars and Leaders, and Nurse Pinning Ceremonies, as well as other Senior Week activities surrounding this date. Commencement will feature the same speakers and awards that would have taken place in May, as well as the ceremonial issuing of diplomas that our students have been working toward. We understand that some students and their families may be unable to return to campus for this date, and steps have been taken to livestream the event through the college's website. Additional information regarding commencement will be made available in the coming weeks.
March 27 Update
Campus Closed Through May 4: In accordance with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu's stay-at-home order effective through May 4, campus will be closed to all employees unless otherwise instructed by a supervisor. Students approved to remain on campus for extended emergency housing will still have access to "grab and go" meals from the dining hall, but will not be permitted entrance into other campus buildings aside from Lawson Hall. Students will continue learning remotely for the remainder of the spring semester.
March 26 Updates
Commencement Postponed: In the interest of adhering to CDC guidelines regarding restrictions on large gatherings amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the college has postponed its commencement ceremony scheduled for May 9. College officials will be in contact with senior class officers in order to discuss alternative dates for an in-person commencement ceremony likely to be held over the summer after the threat of infection has subsided. All degrees will still be certified and effective as of May 2020.
Internship Grant Deadline Extended: The deadline to submit internship grant applications for summer internships has been extended to April 15, 2020. Grants are meant to cover the costs of housing, travel and other expenses up to $4,000 to allow students to seek and accept internships in locations and situations they may otherwise not consider. The college will continue to accept applications beyond this date on a rolling basis as long as funds are available. Please contact Harrington Center for Experiential Learning Director Jennifer Tockman at email@example.com with questions.
March 25 Updates
Remote Learning Extended: Due to the continued threat of COVID-19 both in New Hampshire and across the nation, remote learning has been extended through the remainder of the spring semester. Please contact your academic advisors with questions. Students are asked to refrain from traveling to campus to pick up their belongings until they've been asked to do so.
Commencement Postponed: In the interest of adhering to CDC guidelines regarding restrictions on large gatherings, the college has postponed its commencement ceremony scheduled for May 9. College officials will be in contact with senior class officers in order to discuss alternative dates for an in-person ceremony likely to be held over the summer. All degrees will be certified and effective as of May 2020.
March 24 Update
Virtual Admitted Student Day: In the interest of adhering to CDC guidelines regarding restrictions on large gatherings, the college has altered the means by which its annual Admitted Student Day event, scheduled for Saturday, April 4, will take place. Instead of holding an event on campus, the college will offer a virtual Admitted Student Day experience via live sessions. More details regarding time and how to access this virtual event will be sent to admitted students in the coming days. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
March 18 Updates
Admitted Student Day Postponed: In the interest of adhering to CDC guidelines regarding restrictions on large gatherings, the college has postponed its annual Admitted Student Day event scheduled for Saturday, April 4. The college hopes to reschedule this event for a later date, and will provide updates to all admitted students when more information becomes available. In the event a makeup date cannot be scheduled, the college will provide alternative means to share the Colby-Sawyer experience with prospective students. Please email email@example.com with questions.
Room Draw Postponed: In order to allow students to focus on academic needs as the college shifts to a temporary remote-learning model, next month’s scheduled Room Draw – the process in which students select housing ahead of the fall semester – has been postponed. A new timeline for this web-based process will be announced in the weeks ahead, and its seniority based priority structure will remain intact. Please contact Residential Education at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Adventures in Learning: Due to recommended social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC, Adventures in Learning has postponed its full lineup of spring courses. The AIL board, study leaders and office team are currently working on revised schedules, and plan to offer all postponed courses at some point during the upcoming fall, winter or spring terms. Please call Nina Tasi at 603.526.3690 or Abby Hutchinson at 603.526.3434, or email email@example.com with questions or concerns.
March 17 Updates
Cleveland Library Hogan Sports Center: The Cleveland Library is closed to all foot traffic through April 3, but will continue to offer remote research/reference assistance during normal business hours. Students studying remotely, or on campus, are encouraged to visit library.colby-sawyer.edu/Contact_Librarian and contact the librarian on duty with their request. Normal business hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight. In addition, the Hogan Sports Center will close to all traffic beginning Thursday, March 19, and remain closed through April 3.
Access to Residence Halls: Students who need to retrieve necessities from their residence halls have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 to do so without the assistance of campus safety. After this time, students will no longer be able to access residence halls using their student IDs, and will instead need to contact campus safety at 603.526.3300.
Campus Visits/Admissions Events: In the interest of adhering to social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC, the college has canceled all campus tours scheduled through April 3. In addition, the following admissions events have either been canceled or postponed: Natural Sciences Discovery Day (March 19), Business Discovery Day (March 20), Nursing Tour + Explore (March 21). The college will post updates regarding potential makeup dates for the previously mentioned events as they become available.
Course Registrations: Online course registrations scheduled to be held later this month have been postponed until the week of April 13. The Class of 2021 well register on April 13, followed by the Class of 2022 on April 14, and the Class of 2023 on April 15. Registration instructions for all students can be found at myRegistrar, and schedule of available courses can be found here. In addition, the deadline to withdraw from courses as well as choose a pass/fail option has been extended to April 13. Information will follow regarding online advising.
March 16 Update
Cleveland Library Hogan Sports Center: In the interest of adhering to social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC, the Cleveland Library and Hogan Sports Center will limit their hours of operation through April 3. Beginning Monday, March 23, the Cleveland Library will open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and be closed weekends. Also beginning Monday, March 23, the Hogan Sports Center will open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as weekends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March 13 Updates
Extended Spring Break: In the interest of negating the potential spread of COVID-19 to students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community, the college has extended spring break through March 20.
Remote Learning: Beginning March 23, all courses will be taught online for a period of two weeks. During this time, residence halls and campus housing will remain closed. Students who need to return to campus to collect certain necessities are asked to make their visit as brief as possible.