All students, faculty and staff have been required to acknowledge adherence to the following COVID-19 related policies in order to be present on campus during the fall semester.
As Chargers, we have always valued community and the impact each one of us has on it, and each other. Understanding the risks associated with COVID-19 and the profound impact it has on our interconnectedness, and each other’s health, plays a crucial role in us being able to navigate these uncertain times as safely as possible.
To align the college’s health and safety expectations with the well-being of each member of our community, and to provide everyone greater assurances as to what they can expect from each other in terms of a commitment to these standards, all students are required to acknowledge their adherence to the COVID-19 Safety Commitment as a condition of their return to campus this academic year.
The COVID-19 Safety Commitment will codify social and behavioral directives and policies to protect the community. It will include, but may not be limited to, such aspects as mandatory wearing of masks, willingness to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and at intervals, to make daily confidential reports of health status, to abide by rules for student functions, gatherings and events, to be placed in quarantine if exposed or potentially exposed and in isolation with a positive diagnosis, and to abide by travel restrictions and visitor/guest prohibitions. Please refer to the Colby-Sawyer Code of Community Responsibility (CODE) for information pertaining to procedures for addressing alleged violations of college policy and related sanctions.
Students who are found to be responsible for violating COVID-19-related policies will be assigned appropriate sanctions based on the nature of the violation, the severity of the violation, the student’s conduct history, and/or other criteria as determined by the hearing officer or hearing board. Sanctions are typically based on precedent set by other similar cases. However, no two cases or students are exactly the same and sanctions may vary for seemingly similar incidents. Hearing officers and hearing board members are trained to determine what appropriate sanctions should be, including if a student can stay or not. Theoretically, a student who has a clear student conduct file but is found responsible for violating a COVID-19 policy that places self or others at risk could be sent home as a part of a student’s sanction. Please visit the “Sanction” section of the Code of Community Responsibility for a list of possible sanctions.
Students will monitor their temperature and participate in the college’s daily health screening measures to determine whether it is appropriate to be moving about campus. If students have a change to their health status, they will follow the reporting protocol requirements and provide accurate and complete information.
Residential, commuter, and hybrid Student Learners will stay home or in their residence hall rooms if they are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or know that they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Such students will follow the college’s protocols for isolation or quarantine.
Face masks will be required in classrooms and in indoor spaces, except when actively eating or drinking. Masks will not be required outdoors when a 6-foot distance can be maintained.
Students are to practice proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette (e.g., cover my mouth when I sneeze or cough).
Students are not permitted to host or participate in social functions in order to prevent asymptomatic spread of the virus.
Students are to comply with the colleges Travel Policy.
Students are to follow the college’s Guest Policy.