Courses will begin on August 26 on Mayflower Hill.
The plan to return to Mayflower Hill—developed over the past several months in partnership and consultation with some of the nation’s leading medical experts, institutional and City of Waterville leaders, faculty, staff, and students—prioritizes the health and safety of the Colby and Waterville communities while preserving Colby’s in-person learning experience and as much of students’ residential and cocurricular experience as possible.
The plan involves a multiple and integrated approach working in partnership with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, MaineGeneral Health, and the Broad Institute. The plan includes active health management and support (daily health self-assessments, a significant testing program for all students, faculty, and staff, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation housing, and enhanced medical and mental health support); prevention and mitigation strategies (the Mule Pledge, face coverings, social distancing, personal protective equipment, and accommodations for high-risk individuals); and adjustments to campus operations (new operating protocols, travel restrictions, and limited campus access). While we recognize there is no way to ensure zero risk, Colby is committing significant resources to ensure the health and safety of the community, deliver the highest quality Colby education, and provide enrichment activities that create the Colby experience.
We look forward to students, faculty, and staff once again making the campus a vibrant center of intellectual inquiry and scholarship.
A program of robust testing and personal protection measures has been put in place in consultation with some of the nation’s leading medical institutions. In addition, campus resources have been brought to bear to ensure students’ physical and emotional health.
The College is committed to the health and safety of the broader community. In keeping with Colby’s partnership with the city of Waterville, Colby is working with local officials and institutions to support area residents as it works to support students, faculty, and staff.