During Jan Plan 2021 and the following spring semester, Colby will continue to implement the plan to return to Mayflower Hill. The plan—developed 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, physical 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 has committed 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 are thrilled to have students, faculty, and staff on campus in 2021 making it a vibrant center of intellectual inquiry and scholarship.
Colby is committed to transparency regarding our COVID-19 testing efforts. Our health code level and dashboard tracking daily results keep the community updated on these efforts.
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.
Details about dining facilities, hours, and meal options, including dine-in service and grab-and-go options. Hours for Miller Library, the Athletics and Recreation Center, and the Museum of Art are also available.
Colby's abiding compact that calls on us to recognize our shared purpose and belief that when it comes to securing the health and well-being of ourselves and others, individual choice and individualistic action will need to be subordinate to the common good.