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COVID-19 Safety Commitment

Upper Respiratory Illness Management

Since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, college leaders have collaborated to develop plans that allow our students to learn together safely and responsibly on campus. The following policies have been enacted to help the campus community lower risk from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza.

Vaccination

While Colby-Sawyer College strongly encourages members of the campus community to be up to date on their vaccines for COVID-19 and Influenza, they are not required.

Face Masks

Face masks are not required on campus property (see exception below).
Individuals should always keep a face mask in their possession as professors and/or departments may request their usage at their discretion. Similarly, individuals are encouraged to wear a face mask voluntarily when ill or otherwise, at their discretion.

Testing

Students who experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses are asked to self-test for COVID-19.

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses that may impact their attendance at work, should notify their supervisor.

COVID-19 testing will help determine how best to proceed, like getting treatment to reduce the risk of severe illness and taking steps to lower the chances of spreading the virus to others. COVID-19 tests are available through healthcare providers, local pharmacies, and resources provided by the New Hampshire and Vermont state health departments and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Isolation and Masking

Special isolation accommodations will not be provided for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses.

Isolation for COVID-19 is no longer required; however, it is recommended for those experiencing significant symptoms, including fevers.

People with respiratory illnesses are generally most infectious starting 1-2 days prior to the onset of symptoms, and through the first few days of acute symptoms. Limit contact with others, particularly if a fever is present. Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at all times around others while symptoms are still present.

Meals

College food service is not available to summer residents. Students should seek alternative food delivery options like Hannaford https://www.hannaford.com/hannaford-to-go if you’re in isolation.

Academics

Students who are self-isolating due to illness symptoms should contact their faculty to make arrangements to complete the academic work that they may miss. Arrangements will vary by course.

Whom do I contact if I have a problem?

Baird Health & Counseling Center (BHCC)

For issues or questions with your residence hall or room, including Wi-Fi, hot water, bathroom, windows, water leaks, etc., contact Student Development at 603-526-3758 or residential@colby-sawyer.edu.

Baird Health & Counseling Center (BHCC) is closed from May-August. However, there are off-campus resources available to students.

Medical support

New London Hospital is located at 273 County Rd in New London and has 24-hour emergency services. New London Hospital also offers Express Care which provides medical care for emergency medical conditions on an urgent basis without requiring an appointment. Located on the first floor at the back of the main entrance to the hospital, Express Care has its own designated entrance, parking, and registration. Open seven days a week: Weekdays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Counseling support

Teletherapy Services are available to All CSC students. We have a partnership with Uwill, the leading student mental health and wellness solution. With Uwill, you receive free immediate access to teletherapy with a mental health therapist of your choice.

  • Choose a therapist based on your preferences including issue, gender, language, ethnicity
  • Choose a time that fits your schedule with day, night and weekend availability
  • Choose your appointment type - video, phone, chat, or message

Access is quick and easy. You can register and book your first session in just minutes by clicking here. If you have any questions or need assistance, you can contact Uwill support at:

Safety Issues

Campus Safety is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week at 603-526-3300

Additional policies and procedures

Additional policies and procedures, including information on guests and visitors, travel, etc., can be found on the Campus Safety and Citizenship Education webpages.

Updated: May 2024