I hope your winter break is going well. We miss you on campus and look forward to your return in a few weeks.
I write with a number of key updates related to the spring semester; therefore, please read this message carefully and thoroughly. The Incident Response Team and several individuals have been hard at work ensuring a safe return for spring term. Your safety is our first priority and the policies and procedures about which I write today are focused on that principle.
All students will require two negative COVID-19 tests prior to the start of classes Monday, Feb. 1. Information about testing dates for commuters was sent on Monday, Jan. 4. Commuters may come to test during employee or all student test dates, whichever is most convenient. Please refer to that message from Pam Spear for more details.
As will be communicated in a separate email by Residential Education, the preference for move-in dates are Jan. 17 and Jan. 18. Students will be tested on Jan. 19 and will be quarantined in their residence halls through Jan. 25. Meals will be picked up at three separate food locations during this time and will be assigned by your residence hall. Students who live in the college owned houses and are not on the meal plan should plan ahead to stock up on groceries to last them through the quarantine period.
Between Jan. 26 and Jan. 31, students will be asked to remain on campus and will be tested a second time that week. A testing schedule will be provided. Meals will be provided on a to-go basis from the dining hall during this time from the Ware Center dining hall.
We know that being confined to your residence hall and to campus for two weeks will feel a bit claustrophobic and that you’ll be looking for things to do. Faculty and staff have come up with some terrific virtual and in-person events for you that range from academic, Hogan Center, Student Activities Office and Health and Wellness events. In addition, a Professional Pursuit Symposium (an all-student conference) will be offered. The full calendar can be viewed here.
Classes begin on Monday, Feb. 1, and dining will return to regular options in the dining hall. Students are asked to remain in the local area as defined by the Travel Policy. Note that the college has responded to student feedback and expanded the local area to include the towns of Andover, Bradford, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Warner, West Lebanon and Wilmot.
The college has also modified the non-CSC guest policy for spring term to exclude any visitation in the residence halls, including lounge spaces. Students should become familiar with the Guest Policy.
Finally, we know that some students in the fall wanted a venue for reporting potential violations of policy to Campus Safety but did not know how to do so. To that end, we have created a reporting form through which students, faculty and staff may report their concerns to Campus Safety, ideally before a policy violation occurs so that steps can be taken to intervene.
I am confident that similar to the fall semester, we can all muster our Charger Pride and abide by these policies so that we can have face-to-face learning, which is the preferred method for Colby-Sawyer. We look forward to your return in just a few weeks!
Susan D. Stuebner, Ed.D.
President and Professor of Social Sciences and Education