The College intends to open the campus to visitors during the fall 2021 semester. Due to the increased risk of Covid-19 transmission following travel to Colby, the visitor policy will be more restrictive while all members of the on-campus community undergo surveillance testing to ensure a clear view into the health of Colby students, faculty, and staff.
The policy will continue to be examined with the hope that some restrictions may be lifted and that more friends, families, and other guests may visit campus. With that said, the policy must be based on the most up-to-date public health guidance in order to protect the health and safety of our community.
Visitors for student move-in
Families and friends are welcome on campus for move-in and will be required to wear facial coverings, regardless of vaccination status, when in Colby buildings that are not open for public access (such as residence halls and most of the administrative and educational buildings). Facial coverings will not be required outdoors but the College expects unvaccinated individuals to maintain appropriate distance.
Visitors post-move in
Official College visitors: Visitors who are invited by the College, such as guest lecturers, admissions visitors, and athletic teams will be allowed on campus with some safety requirements:
- Special guests invited for classes, lectures, or events are expected to be vaccinated. Those inviting visitors to campus must inform them of the vaccination requirement, but organizers should not request vaccination information without first consulting the Office of General Counsel.
- Visitors, such as teams and coaches, to the Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center must wear facial coverings.
- Admissions visitors must wear facial coverings when in Lunder House and any other campus buildings.
- See below for general guidance regarding planning events for later in the fall semester.
- Visitors to, and all those in public spaces of, the Colby College Museum of Art and the downtown arts collaborative at 18 Main Street must wear facial coverings while inside, regardless of vaccination status.
- Visitors may be outside on campus grounds such as trails, sidewalks, certain outdoor recreational facilities (e.g., tennis courts, track, walking trails), and gathering spaces (e.g., benches and picnic tables along Johnson Pond) and do not need to wear face coverings if they can maintain social distancing, whether vaccinated or not.
- Visitors such as friends and family are welcome on campus in outdoor spaces. They do not need to wear face coverings if they can maintain social distancing, whether vaccinated or not.
- Spectators are permitted at indoor athletics contests and must wear masks at all times regardless of vaccination status.
- Visitors will not be permitted in Colby residence halls or buildings that are not open for public access (with the exception of move-in, detailed above). Access to these buildings will be limited to students, faculty, and staff with card access privileges.
- Students with extenuating circumstances may request, from the Dean of Students Office, permission to invite a visitor to campus who, pending approval, may be permitted inside buildings.
- Anyone hosting a visitor is responsible for the visitor’s adherence to Colby’s Covid-19 protocols, including this policy.
Contractors and other non-Colby employees working on campus:
- Colby continues to require masks for all unvaccinated individuals working on campus.
Plans for visitors following September 19
- The College will provide additional guidance regarding visitors for major community events such as Homecoming, based on Maine’s Covid-19-related protocols and the then-current public health environment.
- Unvaccinated visitors will need approval from appropriate vice presidents, deans, or the Dean of Students Office.
When planning public and group events, sponsors should keep several things in mind:
- Meeting and event organizers should consider that there may be unvaccinated attendees, including unvaccinated visitors, so allowance should be made for social distancing, as appropriate.
- There may be times when event organizers will want to implement mitigation strategies. These might include reduced occupancy, providing distance between seats, or requesting all attendees or participants wear face coverings.
- While guest speakers, lecturers, or performers must be informed of the College’s vaccination requirement for access to campus facilities, organizers should not request vaccination information or require vaccination for all attendees without first consulting the Office of General Counsel.
This policy relies on assistance and goodwill of members of our community to ensure that our students, faculty and staff, as well as our visitors, are in a safe environment.