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    COVID-19 Message Archive

    Emergency Response Fund

    Because many in the Colorado College community asked how they can help, we have established the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund to meet needs during these uncertain times. Many of our alumni, parents, and friends, as well as members of our Board of Trustees and the president’s cabinet, have contributed. The fund also provides the college with resources to respond to unexpected expenses developing during this crisis and for lost revenue.

    If you wish to contribute, please visit https://ourcc.coloradocollege.edu/covid19responsefund

    Study Abroad & Other International Travel

    The Center for Global Education and Field Study monitors travel advisories and updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the U.S. Department of State; Centers for Disease Control; World Health Organization; International SOS; and other international resources such as the United Kingdom, Canadian, and Australian equivalents to the Department of State advisories. The center also monitors news on immigration and re-entry policies of both the United States and host countries. A general standard for program cancellation is based on risk levels assessed by agencies and government departments, but allows for individual programs to determine if they wish to be even more cautious than warnings require.

    Updated March 25, 2020

    Current and upcoming CC-led program status:

    All CC-led Study Abroad programs have been canceled for the current semester. See details below.

    • CC in China (Blocks 7-8)
      Canceled pre-departure.
      Students are guaranteed placement in the 2021 CC in China program if they choose to apply.
    • CC Semester in France (Blocks 5-8)
      Suspended; students notified on Monday, March 2.
      Students were instructed to book the most immediate return flights viable. All participants may complete CC courses (distance learning) for Blocks 7-8.

    • CC in Russia (Blocks 7-8)
      Canceled pre-departure.
      Students may enroll in CC classes (distance learning) for Blocks 7-8. Students who wish to join the 2021 Russia program will be guaranteed acceptance into the program.

    • CC Block 7 in Greece
      Canceled pre-departure.
      The program fee will be refunded to the students’ CC accounts. Students interested in a 2020-21 Greece program should inquire with Professor Lisa Hughes as space is available both Block 3 and 4 in Greece. All aid provided to 2020 Block 7 Greece participants will be transferable to the 2020 programs.
    • CC Block 8 in Italy
      Canceled pre-departure.
      Students are also guaranteed placement in the 2021 Block 8 Italy program if they choose to apply. All aid provided to 2020 Italy participants will be transferable to the 2021 program.
    • CC Summer Block in Hong Kong
      Canceled pre-departure.
      Students may opt to take the same course on campus this summer or enroll in the 2021 offering of this program. All aid provided to students for the 2020 program will carry over to the 2021 program and no program fees will be charged to students for the 2020 program.
    • All Other Summer Block Programs
      We will continue to monitor the safety of each location throughout the remaining spring blocks. We will assess and alter plans as merited by conditions in the host country or changes to airline or entry requirements (abroad and within the United States). We are setting April 15 as a decision date for the programs and will notify all students of each program status at that time.

      If any CC summer program is canceled, students will not be charged for program expenses (or a refund will be paid to those who have made program payments before the cancellation date). Students who receive aid for summer programs will be eligible for aid for a 2021 program if they opt to postpone or switch to a different program.

      The no-fee withdrawal deadline of all summer programs is extended from February 14 to April 15 so students can monitor changes in the health and safety ratings of each location over the next six weeks and determine their comfort with attending any program that is not canceled. After April 15, any student who can provide documentation from a physician citing heightened medical risk for their participation will be able to obtain a medical withdrawal and all program fees will be refunded. Students who do not have extenuating medical conditions impacting their safety while abroad will be charged the standard nonrefundable program fees, but may appeal for special consideration to the Vice Provost’s Office. If CC opts to cancel a program, no program costs will be charged to the students, and any student who withdraws after the deadline will be eligible for the full refund of program fees.

      We advise all summer students who are purchasing their own airfare to delay that purchase until the April 15 deadline. If a program is canceled, it will be the responsibility of those students who purchased their own airfare to negotiate appropriate credits or refund from the air carrier.

      We do not anticipate any further summer cancellations prior to the April 15 deadline. We will monitor changes in each nation. We will notify students of cancellations upon reaching the deadline, and any later cancellations due to late changes in safety will likewise be announced to enrolled students.
    • Fall Semester Away
      Canceled pre-departure.
      Students will be notified by the Admission Office of their enrollment options.

    • Non-U.S. Passport Holders: Colorado College international students should review the latest information regarding entry restrictions placed on passport holders from their home country. If you travel on a non-U.S. passport and you are unsure of your status for an upcoming study abroad program, you should speak with the global education coordinator, Shiyanke Goonetilleke, sgoonetilleke@coloradocollege.edu, to confirm restrictions that might be in place.

    • Students Enrolled in a Non-CC Semester Abroad Program: Based on the U.S. Department of State warning issued on March 19, we are recommending that all students on non- Colorado College semester programs, regardless of location, make immediate plans to return to their homes. CC recommends that students return to their homes, and not to campus, and that they work with the provider to allow for online course completion so that semester courses can be completed and credit can be transferred to CC. Students who will be unable to complete a full semester’s worth of credit remotely from their study abroad program, and who wish to enroll in CC courses Blocks 7-8 via distance learning, should communicate this to the assistant director of global education, as this will require a case-by-case assessment and approval process.

      For students in canceled programs as well as those who withdraw from ongoing programs, CC will work with the program sponsor to acquire partial refunds of all appropriate program charges, including tuition (if no online course option exists), and housing/program fees. Any refunded program fees that represent payments made by the student will be credited toward the student account at CC and can be returned to the student. Individual student withdrawal from a program may lead to a smaller refund than those possible if the program sponsor suspends its program. CC will negotiate to maximize all refunds, however students should be advised that the amount of any program refund is determined by the program sponsor and not Colorado College.
    • 2020 Fall Block Away and Semester Programs
      These are expected to proceed as planned, excluding the Fall Semester Away (FSA) program and the CC Lüneburg semester, which have both been suspended for Fall 2020. We will continue to monitor all developments and make adjustments to programs as needed. Students who are enrolled in either semester or block away programs during Blocks 1-4 should regularly check their email inboxes for updates and requests for information throughout spring and summer.

      Due to uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus and its extension into summer and fall, we will adjust the Fall Block Away full refund deadline. Students can withdraw from a Fall Block Away up until June 15 (or later if the program in question has a later deadline) with no financial impact. Students will not be billed for any program expenses.

      Fall Semester Abroad students are expected to confirm their participation on Summit by the extended confirmation deadline of July 1, and any later withdrawals, cancellations, or alteration of plans that would lead to the student arriving on campus in the fall will be handled by CC on a case-by-case basis. Students enrolling in Fall Semester programs should communicate with Heather Powell Browne, hpb@coloradocollege.edu, if they wish to withdraw after their confirmation of participation.
    • Co-curricular International Travel
      Co-curricular international trips planned for this semester, including an Outdoor Education program in Peru and a Forensics team trip to Japan, have been canceled. Departments, offices, and programs should contact Allen Bertsche, director of global education,
      abertsche@coloradocollege.edu, (729) 227-8280, before making co-curricular international travel plans.

    Contact Information

    Center for Global Education and Field Study: (719) 389-6077

    Center for Global Education and Field Study staff contacts:
    Shiyanke Goonetilleke, global education coordinator (specialist in CC Blocks Away)
    sgoonetilleke@coloradocollege.edu

    Heather Powell Browne, assistant director of global education (specialist in semester programs)
    hpb@coloradocollege.edu

    Allen Bertsche, director of global education (policy, procedures, all program models)
    abertsche@coloradocollege.edu

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