Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the collapsible categories below to find the answers to frequently asked questions regarding the college's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please email communications@colby-sawyer.edu with additional questions that may be helpful to add to this webpage.

Can students choose to learn remotely without a medical reason to do so?

No. Students with documented health-related issues that prevent them from learning face-to-face must contact Steve Cornish, academic affairs coordinator, at steve.cornish@colby-sawyer.edu, to request remote learning accommodation. Colby-Sawyer College prefers face-to-face instruction as it provides the best opportunity for a fulfilling student-teacher experience.

What does the academic calendar look like for the spring semester?

The spring semester will begin Monday, Feb. 1, with the last day of classes slated for Tuesday, April 27. Unlike the fall semester, final exams will take place on campus and be held April 29 and 30, and May 2 and 3. The semester will not include a “spring break,” however two “breather days” – in which no classes or clinicals will be held – have been scheduled for March 4 and April 7. The complete academic calendar can be found here.

Will masks be required outside the classroom setting?

Face masks, defined as a cloth face covering that covers both the nose and mouth, will be required in classrooms and other indoor spaces except when actively eating or drinking. Roommates do not have to wear face masks while in their residence hall rooms unless a guest is also in the room. Students who are carpooling with individuals who are not their roommate/s should also wear a face mask. In addition, face masks are required outdoors when within 6 feet of others. Face shields, defined as a plastic barrier covering the length of one's face, by themselves do not fulfill the college’s mask mandate, and are only deemed acceptable when a proper face mask is worn underneath.

When is the deadline to move off campus for the fall semester?

All residence halls and college houses will close Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. and remain closed until the start of the spring semester. Students should follow the preparation for closing checklist prior to leaving for break. Students who are unable to leave campus by 7 p.m. on Nov. 24 are required to submit an application for late-stay housing. If approved, students will be permitted to remain on campus until Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. Applications must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., and can be accessed through the college’s online residence system by clicking on “Fall 2020 Residential Hall Closing.”

When can students begin moving in for the spring semester?

Move in for the spring semester will begin Friday, Jan. 15 and conclude Monday, Jan. 18. Like the fall semester, students will be required to register for time slots in order to minimize the amount of people on campus at any particular time. Students should check their emails as the semester approaches for updates as to how to sign up for time slots. In addition, students returning to campus from outside of New England will be required to provide proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 upon their return. The test should be administered within seven days of their scheduled return to campus.

Will students be tested/asked to quarantine upon arrival to campus?

All students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to campus, and again within the next seven days. Students will be asked to quarantine in their residence hall or college housing rooms for seven days following their arrival. Once that time has expired, those who’ve received notification of a negative test result can end quarantine, but must remain exclusively on campus for an additional seven days. The college has planned a number of educational and social activities for that second week to help student occupy their time.

What is the status of Colby-Sawyer’s athletic teams and the winter sports season?

Colby-Sawyer has postponed involvement in all winter athletics competition. This postponement includes men’s and women’s Alpine skiing, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s swimming & diving and men’s and women’s volleyball. Winter student-athletes will have the opportunity to work out with their teams, following a three-phased approach designed to ensure a safe environment amid COVID-19. This approach includes strength and conditioning, small group activity and eventually, full-team work.

Are students eligible to receive a free season pass to Mount Sunapee this winter?

Yes. The college has purchased complimentary season passes to Mount Sunapee for all students. Students must fill out an online application and await instructions from the resort before picking up their pass. In addition, the college’s travel policy will be reviewed in the coming weeks to allow travel to surrounding towns for the purpose of skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor activities.

Will life in residence halls look different in comparison to year’s past?

In order to provide spacious housing options and promote physical distancing, the use of single and spacious double rooms will be utilized more so than in year’s past. Resident assistants will work with students to implement schedules for the use of shared kitchen spaces and bathrooms, and the college’s housekeeping staff will maintain a rigorous cleaning schedule throughout the semester.

Will students be allowed to leave campus during the semester?

Student travel anywhere outside of New London, N.H., is limited to “essential travel” only. Examples of essential travel include doctors appointments, internships, employment, family emergencies and college sponsored field trips.

Will masks be required outside the classroom setting?

Face masks, defined as a cloth face covering that covers both the nose and mouth, will be required in classrooms and other indoor spaces except when actively eating or drinking. Roommates do not have to wear face masks while in their residence hall rooms unless a guest is also in the room. Students who are carpooling with individuals who are not their roommate/s should also wear a face mask. In addition, face masks are required outdoors when within 6 feet of others. Face shields, defined as a plastic barrier covering the length of one's face, by themselves do not fulfill the college’s mask mandate, and are only deemed acceptable when a proper face mask is worn underneath.

What is the status of Colby-Sawyer’s athletic teams and the winter sports season?

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), of which Colby-Sawyer is a member institution, announced Monday, Nov. 2, that its council of college presidents unanimously voted to cancel all conference athletic competition for the Winter sports season. This cancellation includes men’s and women’s Alpine skiing, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and men’s and women’s swimming & diving. The college will once again do everything possible to provide a safe and meaningful student-athlete experience. In accordance with all available guidelines, the college will continue to make available conditioning sessions, small group activities, additional leadership programming and practice opportunities that allow student-athletes to work together with their coaches to the fullest extent that can be done safely amid COVID-19. The college will monitor the national and regional landscape throughout spring semester and will be prepared to return to competition when it is safe to do so.

What is the status of campus tours for prospective students interested in visiting campus?

Campus tours have resumed for those who reside within New England. All visitors are required complete Daily Wellness Screening questions and adhere to all COVID-19 related policies – including the mandatory use of face masks in all indoors spaces, as well as outdoors when within 6 feet of others. Visitors will also be asked to sanitize their hands upon arrival to campus, and will be continually directed to hand sanitizing stations at various locations throughout the tour. Tours will be limited to a maximum of eight guests, and will not include stops in the dining hall or residence halls. Instead, guests will be offered a “ready-for-you” lunch at the conclusion of weekday tours.

What should a student do who is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19?

Students experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including a cough, sore throat, runny nose or high fever, should note their symptoms when submitting their Daily Wellness Log and contact their primary care physician or the Baird Health and Counseling Center at 603-526-3621. Students will be given guidance on the potential need to quarantine and whether testing for COVID-19 should be sought.

May a student request testing through the college and/or alternative testing sites?

Testing on behalf of the college – PCR testing administered through New London Hospital – may be requested by Baird Health and Counseling personnel, or a licensed health care provider, if warranted by the onset of COVID-19 related symptoms or in the instance of close contact with a confirmed/suspected case (Antigen testing is available at Baird for symptomatic students only). Students may seek testing at their own expense elsewhere in New Hampshire at any of the testing facilities listed here.

Who will notify students if they have been exposed to COVID-19?

All students, faculty or staff members who are determined to have been in close contact with a person confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19 will be notified by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NHDHHS) or the Baird Health and Counseling Center (or designee). Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of the infected/suspected individual for a total of 10 minutes or longer, beginning 48 hours prior to the onset of illness or the date in which the individual tested positive for COVID-19.

What will be required of a student deemed to have been in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19?

All students, faculty or staff members who are determined to have been in close contact with a person confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for at least 14 days. Students will be provided accommodations to quarantine on campus, in which food will be delivered, or they can quarantine off campus. If the quarantining individual develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they must remain in quarantine until symptoms are improving with no fever present for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

What is required of a student who tests positive for COVID-19?

Any student confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 must cooperate with the Baird Health and Counseling Center (BHCC) regarding at-home or on-campus isolation, and provide the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NHDHHS) and/or BHCC information regarding close contacts. Students who choose to isolate on campus will be housed in a non-residence hall designated by a campus authority and will be checked on regularly by an isolation support team. The length of isolation is determined by NHDHHS / BHCC and at this time is 10 days as long as the student remains asymptomatic or if symptomatic, the student meets the criteria for improvement of symptoms.

Can a student who is quarantining attend classes in person?

No. Students who are quarantined should email their professors to notify them of the need to attend classes remotely for the duration of their quarantine.

Can a student who is quarantining leave their residence hall?

Students who are quarantining may leave their residence halls to walk outside, however they may not leave campus nor may they enter a campus building that is not their residence hall. The student must wear a mask (even while walking alone) and may not come in contact with other individuals. The student will be asked to disinfect all door handles and surfaces touched when leaving/entering their residence hall.

What is considered a close contact for purposes of contact tracing?

Close Contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 10-15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to + test.