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Coronavirus Update

February 18, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

This correspondence serves as a follow-up to the community announcement sent on January 26, 2020 regarding coronavirus precautions. Please note there remain NO suspected or confirmed cases of the virus at LIM College. Although there are no suspected or confirmed cases, everyone should continue taking appropriate precautions in preventing illness.

Additionally, as you prepare for upcoming travels, please note that the U.S. Department of State has elevated its China travel advisory to Level 4 meaning travel to/from China is not advisable. Individuals traveling to/through China and returning to the United States will be subjected to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine after returning to the States. All students, faculty, and staff should take note of the following:

INFORMATION ON TRAVELING OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES:

As of now, travel to other countries is not prohibited, but this may change, and LIM College will provide updates as necessary. Currently, the United States government has restrictions on travelers coming to the United States from or through China. The United States government has issued an advisory against travel to China and select airlines announced they are suspending service to China, while others have reduced the number of operating flights. LIM College also strongly discourages travel to and through China.

If you plan to travel outside of the United States, please follow the guidance and requirements of the US Department of State. For any needed advice or direction, visit the following sites: the NYC Department of Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding screening and prevention.

GUIDANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TRAVELING FROM OR THROUGH CHINA:

If you are an international student (F-1/J-1), you are required to notify the Office of International Student Services at ISS@limcollege.edu and/or 646-388-8440 prior to your departure to China. If you are unable to secure entry upon your return to the United States from China, you must email and/or call the Office of International Student Services for guidance on F-1/J-1 status.

GUIDANCE FOR ALL STUDENTS TRAVELING FROM OR THROUGH CHINA THAT RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES:

If you successfully secure entry after you arrive back in the United States after travel to China, you are required to call and/or email the Dean of Student Affairs at michael.richards@limcollege.edu and/or 646-388-8432. This is important as we need to continuously provide updates to the college community on health and safety and provide potential care for sick students. This information may be reported to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) in the event of a local pandemic.

If you have traveled from or through China and exhibit any symptoms associated with the coronavirus, such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, and shortness of breath and live within a 400-mile radius of LIM College, you will be required to return home to receive care by your primary care givers. LIM College strongly advises ANY students exhibiting symptoms to not return to campus and instead seek medical attention from your local facility. The College reserves the right to require students exhibiting symptoms to immediately vacate campus and require a physician’s note to return to campus.

For recovering students residing in student housing, not under hospitalization and who live outside of the 400-mile radius, Educational Housing Services (EHS) allows students to be safely isolated within the 1760 Residence Hall. A roommate, if one exists, will be moved to another room within LIM College’s 1760 Residence Hall or at another facility or room. In the event of a serious, wide-spreading pandemic, students who may also need to be isolated will be isolated in the Townhouse (FashionOpolis). Food, living, and visiting medical services for students will also be arranged by the College.

If you exhibit the symptoms of the coronavirus upon your return to the United States, you are required to notify the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of your department via email and/or phone.

GUIDANCE FOR ALL STUDENTS TRAVELING FROM OR THROUGH CHINA WHO CANNOT RETURN BACK TO THE UNITED STATES:

If you are unable to successfully secure entry upon your return to the United States from China, or you exhibit the symptoms of the coronavirus upon your return to the United States, you are required to notify the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Chair of your department, via email and/or phone. Additionally, you should also notify the Dean of Student Affairs.

GUIDANCE FOR ALL FACULTY AND STAFF TRAVELING FROM OR THROUGH CHINA THAT RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES:

If you successfully secure entry upon arrival back in the United States after travel to China, you are required to call and/or email the Director of Human Resources at balbina.calo@limcollege.edu and/or 212-310-0628. This is important as we need to continuously provide updates to the college community on health and safety. This information may be reported to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) in the event of a local pandemic.

If you have any symptoms associated with the coronavirus, such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, and shortness of breath, you will be required to vacate and/or stay away from campus until you are cleared by a physician to return to work.

If you exhibit the symptoms of the coronavirus upon your return to the United States, you are required to notify the Chair of your department (if applicable), via email and/or phone, in addition to the Director of Human Resources. Their information can be found below:

GUIDANCE FOR ALL FACULTY AND STAFF TRAVELING FROM OR THROUGH CHINA THAT CANNOT RETURN BACK TO THE UNITED STATES:

If you are unable to successfully secure entry upon your return to the United States from China, or you exhibit the symptoms of the coronavirus upon your return to the United States, you are required to notify the Chair of your department (if applicable), via email and/or phone, in addition to the Director of Human Resources. Their information can be found below:

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF:

We also understand that news of this illness can be emotionally difficult. We want to remind you of the availability of Counseling and Accessibility Services, which can provide counseling services to students in need. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9AM – 5PM and located at 216 45th Street in Maxwell Hall - 14th Floor. Their phone number is (212) 752-1530. If the emotional needs of the campus community are greater than the resources available through the Office of Counseling & Accessibility Services, the College will retain services from other response organizations and/or provide community referrals. Due to the personal nature of counseling services (face-to-face discussion in a small enclosed space), in-person services would be limited to members of the college community who are not symptomatic, in order to minimize the potential spread of the illness. Individuals who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to those who are symptomatic would be offered services via telephone or provided appropriate referrals.

Staff and full-time faculty will be able to use the resources of the College’s Employee Assistance Plan (EAP).

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF:

LIM College will continue to monitor reports surrounding the coronavirus. We will provide updates to the community any time changes or new information is provided.