Since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, college leaders have collaborated to develop plans that allow our students to learn together safely and responsibly on campus. This webpage outlines the policies and procedures in place for Fall 2022 and will also serve as a source for future updates.
In the interest of keeping our residence halls as healthy and safe as possible, residential students are strongly encouraged to self-test for COVID-19 before moving into their rooms. Students who test positive should follow the instructions outlined below.
While Colby-Sawyer College strongly encourages members of the campus community to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination series, compliance will not be mandated.
Face masks are not generally required while on campus property, except in the following circumstances:
Individuals should also keep a face mask on their possession at all times, as professors and/or departments may request their usage at their own discretion. Similarly, individuals are encouraged to wear a face mask on a voluntary basis at their own discretion.
Colby-Sawyer College will not conduct surveillance testing for COVID-19. All residential students will be provided two rapid tests at check-in at no cost and are encouraged to bring additional rapid tests to campus with them. Rapid tests will also be available for sale at The Stable, the college bookstore.
Individuals who have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should self-test five or more days after exposure and wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days from the date of exposure.
All students should test before and after travel or when asked by a healthcare professional or public health official.
For more information on local testing resources visit: newlondonhospital.org/patients-visitors/covid-19-testing.
Special isolation accommodations will not be provided for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Students who test positive for COVID-19 are expected to:
Roommates of students who are isolating on campus may request temporary accommodation in another location on campus while their roommate is in isolation by contacting Residential Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in isolation should contact their faculty to make arrangements to complete academic work they will miss. Arrangements will vary by course.
Residential students in isolation on campus should notify Parkhurst Dining at email@example.com. Parkhurst staff will provide information about ordering and obtaining meals during isolation.
Once ordered, meals can be picked up at the lower-level dining hall side entrance of the Ware Student Center (adjacent to the steps between Abbey Hall and Ware Student Center connecting the lower and upper campus). Meal delivery service to residence halls is not available.
Meal pick-up times are as follows:
Please ensure you wear a well-fitting face mask and limit contact with other people when picking up your meals.
Individuals who require medical care because they are experiencing symptoms should contact Baird Health and Counseling (students) or their primary care physician (employees).
New London Hospital is located at 273 County Rd in New London and has 24-hour emergency services. New London Hospital also offers Express Care which provides medical care for emergency medical conditions on an urgent basis without requiring an appointment. Located on the first floor at the back of the main entrance to the hospital, Express Care has its own designated entrance, parking and registration. They are open seven days a week: Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about COVID-19-related testing, masking and isolation, visit the CDC website.