COVID 19 – Frequently Asked Questions
last updated: June 22, 2020
1. How did Colby advise and respond to the needs of students studying abroad in spring 2020?
Colby suspended its program in Salamanca and students completed their courses remotely to insure they received full credit. For non-Colby programs, the Off-Campus Study Office (OCS) relied on our program providers and host universities abroad to work with local authorities and governments to determine emergency crisis plans. OCS was in daily contact with providers and program participants to share updates specific to their program and region.
5. What recommendations did Colby have for students traveling independently?
Colby recommended limiting and reconsidering personal travel. As the situation escalated, there were more and more CDC level 3 countries and travel restrictions being implemented as well as quarantines. OCS recommended monitoring the situation closely through the U.S. Department of State, https://www.state.gov/, and CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/, websites. Travelers should continue to exercise preventions against illness recommended on our COVID-19 webpage as well as take basic precautions to prepare for travel disruptions such as registering independent travel with program staff, keeping cellphones charged and operational and checking their email daily.
Students were advised to contact their program provider re: housing refunds. For Colby in Salamanca, Colby contacted our students re: prorated housing refunds.
- Specific travel pages of U.S. State Department Country Specific Travel Advisories, https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/
- World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/
Since many programs are canceling fall study abroad, we are recommending students defer to spring or fall of senior year. Students are advised to notify OCS by July 1 of their plans in order to secure housing on campus. If notified after July 1, the college can not guarantee housing. If students proceed with plans for fall 2020 off campus, Colby will only approve and transfer credit if the current CDC level 3 and US State department level 4 travel warnings are lowered. Many providers have informed us that they will refund deposits should they cancel. Domestic off campus experiences are currently approved to move forward.
Please book remote advising appointments from our website the night before in order to allow time for a google meet invitation to be sent. We are still working remotely, but you can phone our office anytime or email us and we will respond promptly.