Feb. 27, 2020

Update Regarding Coronavirus, Health and Travel

To Members of the Connecticut College Community,

With spring break approaching, we write to provide you with some information and updates on health and travel advisories related to the novel coronavirus (called COVID-19). First and foremost, the health and safety of the campus community is our highest priority, and we want to assure you there is no immediate threat to the Connecticut College community. Our Emergency Response Team is continuing to monitor the situation and develop plans, along with local public health partners. We also are working with students on campus and those studying abroad to ensure they have the support and resources they need.

You have likely heard news reports over the last few days about this illness, which was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and now has spread internationally, including to the United States.

The following information outlines important safety precautions, instructions and travel requirements for anyone traveling outside the United States:

Travel Advisories
While there are no known cases on campus, the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, globally and in the United States. If you are planning on any travel during spring break and/or in the near future, we urge you to check the CDC and the U.S. Department of State guidelines for the latest developments. Please note that these guidelines are subject to change at any time.

As of now, we advise that all travel to CDC Warning Level 3 countries should be canceled or deferred to a later date.

The U.S. government has taken the following steps in response to COVID-19:

New Travel Registration Requirement
Due to the evolving circumstances with this illness, it is important that the College knows where members of the campus community have traveled or are planning to travel so that we can track possible exposures. For this reason, we request that all faculty, staff and students planning work or personal travel abroad—including spring break—fill out the International Travel Plans form for the foreseeable future. The information provided is private and will only be shared with those who need to know in the event of an emergency.

If traveling, please ensure that you are aware of your individual health insurance plan, particularly coverage outside of the United States. As a reminder, Connecticut College faculty, staff and students traveling for College business have around-the-clock access to On Call International Global Assistance and Insurance Program.

Seeking Treatment
If you develop symptoms associated with COVID-19 while traveling, the College encourages you to contact a healthcare professional for guidance. Be sure to mention any recent travel or close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s or country’s public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Individuals with confirmed diagnoses may not return to campus until receiving medical clearance.

Returning to Campus
Individuals traveling from any country that the CDC classifies as a Warning Level 3 (avoid nonessential travel) will not be allowed to return to campus until they are 14 days without symptoms from the date of arrival in the United States (or the CDC-recommended quarantine period). For anyone traveling from a country that the CDC classifies as Alert Level 2, the College may restrict access to campus for the CDC-recommended period of time.

If your return to campus is delayed due to exposure to COVID-19, students should contact their class dean to make appropriate arrangements for their coursework. Faculty and staff should notify their supervisor/department chair and Director of Environmental Health and Safety Steven Langlois.

Summer Plans
Students who are planning to travel out of the country this summer for internships or as part of an academic program should consider alternate arrangements in the event those programs are canceled due to travel and health advisories. It is important to be in touch with the office or department that is advising you on the internship or academic program to discuss the various options. If you live in countries classified as CDC Warning Level 2 or 3 and plan to go home for summer break, we encourage you to contact Associate Dean of the College and International Student Adviser Carmela Patton to discuss the possible impact and options available to you.

Faculty and staff who are planning to travel out of the country this summer should take travel and health advisories under advisement when making plans.

Information and Resources
We will continue to provide regular updates via a new website that includes general information about the coronavirus, symptoms and recommended preventative measures.

We recognize that this may be a stressful time for some and encourage you to take care of yourselves and support one another. Remember, there are many people who can offer support, including class deans, Student Counseling and Health Services, and the offices of Residential Education and Living, Religious and Spiritual Programs, and the Dean of the Faculty, as well as the Employee Assistance Program.

Sincerely,

Richard Madonna
Vice President for Finance and Administration

Mary Savage
Director of Campus Safety and Emergency Operations