Update on Access to Campus and Travel

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

As students are arriving on campus this week and the academic year is about to begin, we are writing to clarify two items:

  1. Access to campus for those who are not participating in the College’s weekly COVID-19 testing 
  2. College-sponsored and personal travel requirements

Campus Access
To protect the health and safety of the Connecticut College community, access to the campus is managed and limited. Faculty and staff who are not participating in the College’s testing program are not allowed on campus without pre-registering their visit by submitting a Campus Access Request form. This form requires (1) the date and approximate time of the visit, (2) the building(s) being accessed,  (3) the estimated duration of the visit and (4) the reason for the visit. Access to campus will be limited to the main College entrance, and a Connecticut College identification (Camel Card) must be presented upon arrival at the Gatehouse. All College safety protocols must be followed while on campus. This includes wearing a face mask at all times and maintaining a social distance from others. Visits should be infrequent, brief and involve minimal contact with others.

Faculty and staff who are participating in the testing program will be able to access the campus via the main entrance. As students, faculty and staff living or working on campus drive up to the Gatehouse, Campus Safety will be checking two things:

  • The vehicle must have a Fall 2020 decal or hang tag that signals you are part of the College’s testing program. 
  • Beginning on Monday, Aug. 31, you will also need to show the homepage of the CoVerified app that will note whether you are “clear” or “restricted.” Campus Safety will allow you to enter campus if the app shows that you are clear. Current reasons why you may be restricted include not completing your daily symptom check or if you are noted as needing to be in isolation or quarantine. We are evaluating the system’s ability to track whether people are complying with the testing regimen and this may become part of the clearance criteria in the future.

If you do not have a smartphone, you may use CoVerfied on a computer and print your campus status (clear or restricted). If you do not have access to either a smartphone or computer with a printer, please speak with your supervisor to determine a solution that will allow you to enter the campus. Note that the CoVerified app and website is not active yet for Connecticut College. Everyone will be receiving an email about the launch of the app at Conn in the coming days.

There is no public access to the main campus grounds or any College buildings, including residence halls. Following student move-in, vehicle access to campus will be limited to the main entrance. The exterior periphery of the campus (e.g. Arboretum) will generally remain open to the public, but visitors must follow state and local distancing protocols for outdoor activities and interaction—and wear a face mask if not alone. Following student move-in, students will be permitted to have family members come to campus for brief visits, but they are not allowed to enter residence halls. Family members may enter the College Center at Crozier-Williams but no other campus buildings. This is subject to change, based on the campus alert level. Campus tours and visits by prospective students and families are on hold until Sept. 15, at which time the College will reevaluate the possibility of offering in-person tours.

Travel
College-sponsored travel is prohibited until further notice. The College also strongly discourages personal travel to locations with a COVID-19 CDC Level 2 or 3 travel alert or that are on the CT Travel Advisory list. If you do travel to one of these locations, you are expected to follow federal (CDC), state and College guidelines upon your return.  The College requires you to self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return, submit a Quarantine Registration Form, and notify your supervisor or department chair if your quarantine will impact your work. If you are able to fulfill your job responsibilities remotely, you are expected to continue working during your quarantine. If you visited a Travel Advisory State for more than 24 hours, you must also fill out a CT Travel Health Form upon arrival in Connecticut. CT and CDC travel advisories change frequently, so we encourage you to check them often before, during and following any travel.  Please note that the State of Connecticut has communicated that failure to submit the travel form or to self-quarantine may result in a civil penalty of $1,000 for each such violation.  

You may also find this new staff and faculty guide to returning to campus to be a helpful resource. 

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

Sincerely,


Jeff Cole
Dean of the Faculty


Rich Madonna
Vice President for Finance and Administration