The Wofford College Incident Management Team, composed of staff from the Office of International Programs, the Wellness Center and others, is working with overseas partners to monitor developments related to COVID-19. Assessing the risk of the virus includes staying abreast of updates from governmental agencies, local and international media outlets, and a network of health and security professionals.
Wofford’s partnerships with study abroad organizations provide for an extensive network of experts in international education, crisis management and health and safety response. In rare cases in which programs are suspended mid-semester due to security threats, health concerns or natural disasters, our partners provide appropriate responses that allow for students to complete their coursework back in the U.S., through an alternative program or relocate the program altogether (depending on the timing of the incident in question). In addition, Wofford students are covered by insurance that includes comprehensive coverage for medical evacuation (in the case of severe illness) as well as coverage for security evacuation. All of Wofford's partners are adapting their withdrawal and cancelation policies, given the unpredictable, quickly evolving circumstances. In the event that a program were to be canceled prior to the scheduled arrival date, every attempt will be made to find an alternate program for any affected students. Should a student prefer not to select an alternative in such a case, the student would be refunded all recoverable costs.
Wofford’s partner organizations have published their own policies regarding refunds and financial support. Students who studied off-campus during the spring semester should consult their individual programs for more information.
All summer 2020 programs have been suspended. Wofford’s Incident Management Team and partners overseas continue to monitor the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19. As of early July 2020, many programs have been adjusted or suspended due to travel restrictions and low enrollment. Those programs currently slated to move forward may be adjusted in the coming weeks, depending on enrollment, travel restrictions, and the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Programmatic adjustments may include delayed start dates, components that include remote learning, restrictions in housing options, and limiting independent travel.
The college is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and intends to run all Interim 2021 travel/study programs as planned. Decisions about the feasibility of programming in January will be made in September before bills are posted for Interim program fees. At that time, program deposits would be refunded for any canceled programs. If at any point circumstances should warrant the adjustment or cancelation of one or more programs, the college, in consultation with on-site partners, would not hesitate to act accordingly.
While the deadline for priority consideration was April 30th, rolling admission continues through September 20th, during which time students continue to apply for those programs with space available.
The Incident Management Team continues to monitor conditions to determine what programming is logistically feasible and is in the best interest of the health of our faculty, students, and on-site partners. The college plans to make decisions regarding the feasibility of Interim programs running as planned by the end of September. However, the college will not hesitate to adjust those plans at any point thereafter, should the circumstances warrant such changes.
Per the Interim Refund Policy, Wofford College reserves the right to cancel an Interim program if, solely in their best judgment, college officials conclude that unforeseen and/or immediate circumstances (including, but not limited to, natural disasters, political turmoil, indisposition of sponsor) pose a risk to students. In such a case, the college will refund any monies not already disbursed or otherwise required to be paid. The timing of any such decision will be solely at the discretion of the college.