In messages to the campus community, the College has provided information about the COVID-19 outbreak along with recommendations on what to do if students, faculty, or staff had travelled through affected areas and were experiencing specific symptoms. The messages included links to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which provides detailed information on these and other topics:
There are a variety of updated resources available to those who want to learn more about COVID-19, including information provided by:
Travel and Spring Break
- Watch Level 1 (travelers should practice usual precautions, but the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel);
- Alert Level 2 (travelers who are older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel); and
- Warning Level 3 (travelers should avoid all nonessential travel).
While it is not customary for Bowdoin to issue travel restrictions, we are taking steps to ensure the safety of our community. These include issuing guidelines for Bowdoin-sponsored travel (defined as those trips paid for directly by the College or for which the traveler receives reimbursement from Bowdoin). In these cases, travel by students, faculty, or staff to countries with a . Warning Level 3 is NOT PERMITTED. Students, faculty, or staff with an upcoming Bowdoin-sponsored trip to a country with a of Alert Level 2 should consider postponing travel until the hazard has subsided.
Until further notice all Bowdoin-sponsored travel must be booked through . This may be the only way to recoup the cost of a trip if it has to be cancelled or the cost of change fees that may be assessed by airlines.
Going forward, if the list of countries with a Warning Level 3 increases, students who choose to stay in these countries are advised to monitor advisories and other information provided by their study away programs, as well as those issued by the . Students in Europe should also monitor advisories issued by the (ECDC).
The College strongly recommends that everyone limit and reconsider personal travel, especially to countries with a CDC Warning Level 3 or US State Department Travel Advisory Level 4 regarding the risks of COVID-19. We encourage you to monitor developments through the and websites. Students who are traveling should, in addition to taking recommended , take basic precautions to prepare for potential travel disruptions:
- Students should register independent travel with their program staff. The program staff’s ability to help in case of difficulty is increased by knowing students’ plans in advance.
- Students should keep cell phones fully charged and operational and check their email at least daily.
- Students should travel with all key documents, including their passport and insurance documents.
- Students should travel with a full supply of any regular medications, regardless of how long they plan to be away. Prescription medications should be packaged in their original containers.
- Students who experience should seek medical assistance and notify program staff as soon as possible of their condition and location.