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Covid-19 Updates

COVID-19 CCE Updates
Updated December 1, 2022

For more Carroll University COVID-19 updates, please click here.
 
CCS400

EVERYONE is still required to take CCS400, so please plan on signing up for the course. This must be taken AFTER your CCE. Work with your faculty or academic advisor to ensure you fit this into your academic plan.

Accommodations
Is there an online option for in-person CCE courses?

Class engagement in CCE courses is an essential part of the preparation for immersion.  While the university may mandate campus-wide changes in instructional delivery methods due to health and safety concerns, students should plan on attending all in-person classes, in person.

For students with a documented medical diagnosis that would make in-person attendance prohibitive, formal accommodations may be requested by contacting Marty Bledsoe at mbledsoe@carrollu.edu. The Accessibility Services office is located in the Center for Student Life and Wellness (304 N. East Ave). 

COVID-19 Updates for CCE Travel
At this time, Carroll University is preparing to resume CCE travel for the 22/23 academic year with certain stipulations.  The University has reviewed CDC travel recommendations, connected with other Wisconsin institutions, and worked with our partners to ensure the health and safety of our students to determine our ability to travel again. If you apply to a CCE, you should make your selection with the understanding that travel (and any associated expenses) will be an expected component of CCE completion should conditions allow. Students applying to CCEs will be required to sign a form indicating they understand the probability and intention of travel within their desired CCE course section. Additionally, students will be required to sign off on their comprehension of the requirement (or lack thereof) of the COVID-19 vaccination and boosters based on their CCE location. When students make the non-refundable deposit, they enter into a financial commitment to pay for all costs related to the travel portion of the course regardless of whether they physically travel or not due to the following circumstances: you choose to withdraw, you are asked to withdraw due to conduct, or you fail to complete all required materials for travel. 

We will continue to monitor safety risks and notify students and faculty participating in a CCE at multiple points prior to classes and travel on procedures (vaccination, testing, if a student is positive, etc.) and if your CCE is still okay to proceed with travel. This is, of course, contingent on ever-changing safety situations and country rules. 

International CISI Mandatory Coverage
Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) has been our international insurance provider for several years.  Most CCEs use this insurance (there are a few study abroad CCE options that use comparable insurance).  Students/faculty/staff are enrolled about one month prior to departure for the duration of their stay.

"The CISI Plan is designed specifically for cultural exchange participants. Not only does the plan provide accident and sickness insurance, it also covers medical evacuation and repatriation as well as security evacuations should they become necessary. And unlike many domestic insurance plans, the CISI plan will pay 100% of covered expenses without requiring a deductible."

"We [CISI] will pay expenses incurred for up to the Maximum Limit shown in the Schedule of Benefits, if the Insured Person is subject to a Quarantine for H1N1 Influenza/any contagious disease that prevents traveling. Symptoms of the disease causing the Quarantine must first be manifested after the start of the Trip and the Quarantine must cause an interruption or delay in the Insured Person’s Trip for which suitable accommodations are not otherwise available. Benefits will end on the earlier of: (a) 14 days after the Quarantine is issued; or (b) the date the Quarantine expires. Covered Expenses:
1. the reasonable expenses incurred for lodging and meals;
2. the cost of a one-way economy airfare ticket to either the Insured Person’s Home Country or to re-join the group; and
3. non-refundable travel arrangements.
“Quarantine” means the period of time during which the Insured Person is forced into medical isolation by a recognized government authority, their authorized deputies, or medical examiners due to the Insured Person either having, or being suspected of having, a contagious disease, infection or contamination while the Insured Person is traveling outside of the Insured’s Home Country."

More CISI information can be found here.

Fall 2022, Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 Carroll Course CCEs
Local Carroll Course CCEs (courses that do not have overnight immersion and return to campus each day) 
  • Vaccination NOT required. 
  • Non-vaccinated students will be required to test for the immersion piece of their CCE. We will work with individual classes to determine test dates and post those for students closer to their CCE.
  • To ensure the safety of our community partners, masks may be required during certain pieces of off-campus immersions until further notice. 

Domestic Carroll Course CCEs that include overnight stays 
  • Up-to-date vaccination required. 
  • Testing may also be required depending on the provider. 
  • To ensure the safety of our community partners, masks may be required during certain pieces of off-campus immersions until further notice.

International Carroll Course CCEs 
  • Up-to-date vaccination required. This means that a booster shot may be required prior to travel, depending on country. 
  • Testing may also be required depending on country requirements. 
  • To ensure the safety of our community partners, masks may be required during certain pieces of off-campus immersions until further notice.

Summer 2022, fall 2022, winter 2023, spring 2023 and academic year 22/23 Study Abroad CCEs

As students prepare for a study abroad program, they should also have a contingency plan, should that program cancel. Study abroad institutions and providers will prepare students for their time abroad, which includes familiarization with vaccine requirements (if any), country entry procedures, quarantine requirements (if any), masking on- and off-campuses, social distancing regulations and social interactions. Programs will be modified according to host country provisions. That said, students should familiarize themselves with payment deadlines, refund policies, and the campus policies for both Carroll CCE departures and the host institutions. Should a student be concerned with international travel or program status, please contact OGE (mmbaker@carrollu.edu) so that we can assist with secondary options. Plan on regular check-ins and communications with the International Advisor for any updates. 

We will continue to monitor safety risks and notify students and faculty participating in a CCE at multiple points prior to classes and travel on procedures (vaccination, testing, if a student is positive, etc.) and if your CCE is still okay to proceed with travel. This is, of course, contingent on ever-changing safety situations and country rules. 

Study Abroad CCEs 
  • Up-to-date vaccination required. 
  • Testing or quarantine may be required depending on the country/provider, please contact Megan Baker (mmbaker@carrollu.edu) for details on your program. 
  • Follow masking rules and social distancing regulations of the international country or provider while on and off-campus. Regulations may fluctuate during your program, which could impact social events and country-to-country mobility. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need to be up to date on my Covid-19 vaccine to travel domestically? 
While there is no U.S. mandate to be vaccinated, many of the communities Carroll CCEs collaborate with have local rules requiring vaccination or have circumstances that need to be considered to keep partner residents safe. These circumstances may include the age of the population, remote areas with limited viral exposure, challenges to obtaining healthcare, etc.  

Why do I need to be up to date on my Covid-19 vaccine to travel internationally? 
Carroll does not require the Covid-19 vaccine for enrollment to the University. However, up-to-date Covid-19 vaccines are required for international and domestic CCE travel with overnight stays to ensure the safety of the student as well as the student’s access to all the sites and events planned for the course. 

With the dynamic nature of global travel and health regulations in other countries, vaccine requirements can change at any time. Students without the vaccine face several potential difficulties when traveling abroad. These include but are not limited to: 
  1. Difficulty entering a country or crossing borders 
  2. Possible delays returning to the United States 
  3. Increased chance of quarantine preventing expedient return home or full participation in the course activities 
  4. Exclusion from site locations requiring vaccinations for entry 
  5. Increased potential for contracting Covid-19 (all known strains) 
  6. Risk to community partners and host 
What does it mean to be up to date on my Covid-19 vaccine? 
An up-to-date Covid-19 vaccine refers to the initial two shots of the Covid vaccine and any additional booster doses as indicated by the CDC at time of travel. 
 
If a student is not up to date on a COVID-19 vaccination, what options do they have for CCEs? 
Students who are not vaccinated can still complete their CCE by enrolling in a local course with no overnight stays. Local courses will be offered every semester to ensure all students, regardless of vaccination status, can remain on their planned graduation trajectory. There may be mandatory testing and masking.

The country I’m traveling to is a level 4 on the state department website. Do I need to worry?
The Department of State travel advisory levels can move quickly due to significant events within the destination location, for example, regional distress, natural disasters, health concerns 

The health and safety of our students is a priority at Carroll University. We will not travel to destinations that put students at heightened risk.  

The OGE will monitor all destinations and make final decisions about travel closer to the planned departure date. If there are significant concerns regarding the safety of our students, alternate arrangements will be made. 

I am a student who completed my CCE without the travel component due to Covid-19 and now I want to travel with a Carroll course CCE.
  • What if I want to take the same CCE course again in the future, so that I can travel?
    • Not all of the CCE courses offered this year will be offered again next year, so for some classes taking the same course may not be possible.
  • Will I receive priority to take the course and travel when travel is possible?
    • Due to the uncertainty of travel, number of students who need to complete the CCE requirement, and the number of courses that we are anticipating will run, we cannot give you priority at this time.
  • Can I travel on the same CCE course next year without completing the course beforehand?
    • No, you must take the course before travel in a future semester.
  • Can I audit the course?
    • This will be determined on a case-by-case basis at the time of the course.