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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.