As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our world, the health and safety of students remains our top priority. We continue to monitor the global health landscape, including travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, infection rates, and future vaccine availability in each of our program locations, and will continue to make decisions that prioritize the health and safety of students and the communities in which we operate.
We pledge to continue prioritizing student health, safety, and wellbeing, while never compromising the academic quality of our programs, and will critically assess the best courses of action for our students and our university partners.
HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
We have put a series of new protocols and procedures into place to reflect this unprecedented time. These protocols are specific to each individual program and its unique geographic location and align with the recommended practices of the CDC and local authorities. These protocols include but are not limited to social distancing, frequent hand washing, cleaning/disinfecting, and regular use of PPE. All students, faculty, and staff are expected to respect and comply with specific requirements they may encounter on their program to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Additional information can be found on the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/
Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) safely welcomed back students in Spring 2021 with increased health and safety protocols in place, including self-isolation upon arrival (required by the UK government), required face coverings, social distancing, and a restriction on the number of people who may gather in any one place. Small groups of students are placed in “bubbles” to allow for safe community—living, cooking, and socializing together. Courses are designed with the flexibility of being able to pivot to an online format should the situation change, and comprehensive isolation protocols are in place should anyone exhibit symptoms.
We plan on being able to safely welcome back students on our American Studies Program in Washington, D.C., and Middle East Studies Program in Amman, Jordan, in Fall 2021. We will be monitoring the ongoing impact in both locations and making individual program modifications as needed to ensure safety and mitigate risk in both housing accommodations and learning experiences. We are currently developing comprehensive health and safety guidelines for both programs that will include basic preventative measures including social distancing, frequent hand washing, cleaning/disinfecting, and regular use of PPE. These guidelines will be shared with students prior to their semester away.
We continue to provide frequent updates and support to students, parents, and partner campuses via email and this website.