March 27, 2020
Dear Shoals Marine Laboratory Community,
We at SML are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 virus. We have formed a SML Risk Assessment Committee who are in regular contact with the appropriate offices at our parent institutions (UNH and Cornell) and continue to gather information from the Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities. Please know that our first priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and other visitors to Appledore Island this summer.
At this time, spring semester changes on campuses have not impacted our island schedule and we are planning to open for our full suite of summer programs. Our season begins in late May and runs through September. We are actively accepting and enrolling participants in all courses and public programs. We have lots of financial aid available to support students.
Our refund policy has been updated to more easily facilitate full refunds for students from countries listed under the CDC’s Level 3 travel restriction and/or U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrival restrictions. In the event that SML is required to close operations or cancel certain courses, programs, or tours, affected participants will automatically receive a full refund (tuition + room and board). If modifications to our summer programming are required, we will be in direct contact with our students and the wider SML community. In the meantime, please take care our yourself and your community.
Please refer to this webpage for subsequent updates on SML operations as it relates to COVID-19.
Your SML Team
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