Important Campus Updates

The situation surrounding COVID-19 remains incredibly fluid and changes every day. The safety and well-being 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 here.

Positive COVID-19 Case Identified

Yesterday evening, the college was notified that a member of the campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual in question had been quarantining prior to testing positive and is no longer on campus. Visit the college’s Campus Testing Results webpage for updated information regarding testing on campus.

Governor Issues Statewide Mask Mandate

On Nov. 19, Gov. Chris Sununu issued a statewide mask mandate requiring the use of face masks in all public places. The mandate took effect Nov. 20 and will remain in place until at least Jan. 15, 2021. The state's mandate aligns with both the college’s and Town of New London’s requirements on face masks, meaning that individuals who continue to follow local policies while elsewhere in the state will be in compliance with this ordinance.

Positive COVID-19 Case Identified

The college was informed today that a member of the campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is cooperating with the Baird Health and Counseling Center and following all isolation procedures. In addition, contact tracing identified a small number of individuals as close contacts of the positive case, and those individuals are now under quarantine. Visit the college’s Campus Testing Results webpage for updated information regarding testing on campus.

Two Students Test Positive for COVID-19

This morning, the college was notified that two students have tested positive for COVID-19. The students have been quarantining since contract tracing identified them as close contacts of an individual who tested positive during last week’s round of pooled surveillance testing. Both students are cooperating with the Baird Health and Counseling Center (BHCC) and are following the college’s procedures on isolation. Visit the college’s Campus Testing Results webpage for updated information regarding testing on campus.

Positive COVID-19 Case Identified

One positive case has been identified as part of this week’s COVID-19 pool testing. The college is requiring that all 46 individuals within the pool quarantine until individual testing produces a negative result. Visit the college’s Campus Testing Results webpage for updated information regarding testing on campus.

GNAC Announces Cancelation of Winter Athletics

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.

Positive COVID-19 Case Identified

One positive case has been identified as part of last week’s COVID-19 testing of 371 individuals. The individual who tested positive is now isolating at home, and all close contacts have been required to quarantine for a period of 14 days. Visit the college’s Campus Testing Results webpage for updated information regarding testing on campus.

College Housing to Close Nov. 24

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 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.”

Spring Move in to Begin Jan. 15

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.

Students to Undergo COVID-19 Testing/Quarantine Upon Arrival

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.

Spring Semester to Begin Feb. 1

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.

Athletic Competition Postponed for Winter 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 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.

The "weak positive" identified in pool of 32 individuals the week of Oct. 4-10 was a false positive. All 32 individuals have since tested negative.

*The "weak positive" identified in pool of 32 individuals the week of Oct. 4-10 was a false positive. All 32 individuals have since tested negative.

The Baird Health & Counseling Center was notified that a "weak positive" has been identified as part of this week’s round of randomly selected pooled COVID-19 testing. A “weak positive” could prove to be a false positive, or it may also mean that an individual is in the early stages of COVID-19 infection.

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College officials received notification that a second member of the student body has tested positive for COVID-19. The test was not administered on behalf of the college, and the student in question has not returned to campus since testing positive. College officials have worked with the student in question to identify others at risk of exposure, and at this point, 11 additional students are under quarantine.

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Colby-Sawyer received notification that a member of the student body has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the college’s first confirmed case. The test was administered earlier this week as part of the college’s ongoing move-in process, in which more than 700 tests have so far been conducted. The student in question, as well as their roommate, have since returned home where they will be asked to remain until all requirements outlined in the college’s policy on returning to campus have been met.

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Residential Education Accepting Fall Move-in Applications

Residential Education is accepting applications to schedule a fall move-in appointment. Student leaders approved for an early return, as well as students returning to the college from outside New England, may request a move-in date as early as Aug. 15. All other students, both returning and new, may request a move-in date beginning Aug. 24. It is recommended that new students arrive to campus no later than Aug. 31, so as to be able to fully participate in orientation activities, and that all students arrive by Sept. 5, as classes begin Sept. 7. Contact Residential Education at residential@colby-sawyer.edu with questions.

GNAC Postpones Fall Athletics

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), with which Colby-Sawyer College is a member institution, has postponed all conference competition scheduled for the fall season. This postponement includes men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country, equestrian, field hockey, women’s rugby and women’s volleyball. Colby-Sawyer’s athletics department is committed to exploring options to create a safe and meaningful student-athlete experience – through conditioning sessions, small group activities, leadership programming and practice opportunities – that will be both safe, and preserve eligibility for future involvement in athletics.

Commencement to be Held Virtually

Due to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases both in New Hampshire and across the country, college officials have decided that an in-person Commencement ceremony is not appropriate at this time. Instead, a virtual Commencement ceremony that will follow the same program as the previously planned ceremony – with speeches, awards and the issuing of diplomas – will be held Aug. 8. While unfortunate, the cancellation of an in-person ceremony is necessary as the college does its part to limit the risk of potential exposure to COVID-19.

Members of the Class of 2020 will be given the opportunity to connect with faculty members to reflect on their time at the college and be congratulated for their hard work. Please continue to look for additional information and updates on the Commencement website in the coming weeks for ways to directly participate in this virtual event.

Hogan Sports Center Fitness Center to Re-Open

Per Governor Sununu's announcement that gyms can re-open at 50% capacity, the Hogan Sports Center fitness center will re-open on Wednesday, June 17. The hours will be Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fitness center visitors are asked to follow reopening guidelines found here.

Campus Re-opening on an Appointment Basis Only

The college is beginning to re-open in a phased approach on an appointment-basis only. Those who do visit campus are asked to comply with the same daily screening protocol that our campus community is following. Please do not come to campus if you have a fever, any respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. We also ask anyone who has traveled outside the US, has had close contact with someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 or traveled outside of Maine, N.H. or Vt. on public transportation the past 14 days should self-quarantine for at least 14 days before coming to campus. In addition, visitors are asked to use a cloth face covering when maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet from others isn’t possible.

Hogan Sports Center to partially open June 15

The Hogan Sports Center will partially open June 15 to those attending fitness classes, as well as personal training sessions with Shawn and Pam. Participants will be asked to show up to the sports center class ready, and maintain a minimum social distance of 6-feet from others when possible. Cloth face coverings will also be required when not participating in a class. More guidelines in effect as part of this partial reopening can be found here.

Fall semester to take place over 12-week span

The college will implement a 12-week fall semester with in-person instruction to begin on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, and conclude Tuesday, Nov. 24. Students will be asked to leave campus prior to Thanksgiving, and will complete final exams virtually Dec. 2-5. A recess previously scheduled for Oct. 12—16 will no longer occur. In instances where government ordinances do not allow an entire class to meet at once, students will be asked to alternate between in-person and Zoom attendance.

Campus to open to in-person instruction for fall semester

The college will open to in-person instruction for the fall semester in a fashion that best ensures the safety of the campus community and also complies with all government ordinances surrounding COVID-19. College officials are in the process of determining a staggered move-in schedule that will limit the number of people on campus during this process, and allow out-of-state students enough time to self-isolate for two weeks prior to the start of courses. Social distancing guidelines, including the use of a cloth face covering when maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet from others isn’t possible, as well as scheduled use of the dining hall, will be implemented. 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. Inside the classroom, in instances where government ordinances do not allow an entire class to meet at once, students will be asked to alternate between in-person and Zoom attendance.