Departing Campus and Returning in Spring 2021

Dear Students,

Congratulations on a successful, safe and healthy fall! We appreciate all that you have done this semester on and off campus, in-person and remotely to engage deeply in the academic program and participate in the life of the campus. As a community, we came together to offer an in-person campus experience and a full semester of remote education. We have a lot to be proud of as a community for the ways that students, staff and faculty collaborated to make this semester possible.

As Thanksgiving Break approaches, it’s time to get ready to depart campus and think about your return for the spring semester. We invite you to review a new webpage that provides you with information about departing campus and returning. It covers the following topics:

  • Preparing to Leave Campus

  • Departing Campus

  • Staying on Campus

  • What to Expect in Spring 2021

  • Returning to Campus

  • If You Live Off Campus

Please read this information carefully so that you are fully aware of the expectations for departure and return.

In order to properly prepare for the spring 2021 semester, we need to know your intentions for how you plan to continue your education at Connecticut College. Later today, you will receive a separate email with the subject line Conn Spring 2021 Plans Questionnaire. In it, you will find a link to a very brief survey about your spring 2021 plans. We are asking all students in the Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 to complete the survey by 5 p.m. on Nov. 30.  

To assist with your planning, we are providing you with a preliminary course schedule that includes information about course formats (7.5 week vs. 15 week) and whether courses will be taught in person or remotely. The formal schedule will be released Nov. 24. Advising starts on Nov. 30 and pre-registration begins Dec. 7 and runs through Dec. 10.

Student Counseling and Health Services will close for the Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. They will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30 and will remain open with regular services, until Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. Both services will be closed over the winter break and will reopen on Monday, Feb. 1 at 8:30 a.m. During the closed period of time Health Services will continue telehealth care for students in quarantine and isolation. Additional health support will be available at GoHealth Urgent Care in New London. Counseling support will be offered through After Hours (860-439-4587 and press 2) and to students not on campus through Morneau Shepell's My SSP (download the free My SSP App on the App Store or Google Play).

For those of you who are on campus, as we finish out the last week I want to draw your attention to two pieces of information from Governor Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Public Health:  

  • Maine and Vermont were added to the travel advisory states.

  • The Connecticut Department of Public Health recently released a new public health advisory that puts in place a voluntary curfew. You should be on campus, at your off-campus rental property or at home (if commuting) between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. every day until further notice.

Please carefully review the information on the new webpage and complete the survey by Nov. 30. Taking the time to do these two things will enable you and the College to be prepared for departure and return. Should you have any questions, please email Fall2020SafeReturn@conncoll.edu. Also remember, the Path Forward website should be your go-to source for the latest information on the College’s plans. We wish you the best of luck with the rest of the semester and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

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Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students

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John McKnight
Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion

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Jefferson Singer
Dean of the College