Throughout the pandemic, AUC’s plans have been guided by two principles: protecting the health and safety of our community during an evolving pandemic and supporting our students' goals to become globally-minded and socially-accountable physicians. This has allowed us to safely manage medical education on our campus since January 2021. We are committed to providing a safe and meaningful experience and will follow comprehensive safety protocols to protect against COVID-19 and any variants.
The semester starts on January 3, 2022. A full academic calendar is available here.
AUC plans to deliver our medical sciences curriculum primarily in person for the January 2022 semester at both our Sint Maarten and Preston, UK campuses. While some lectures will continue to be delivered online via a flipped classroom approach, our plan is to continue offering many live in-classroom lectures, along with in-person clinical skills training, Anatomy Lab, and other small group sessions and activities. Campus events including the White Coat Ceremony and Celebration of Academic Excellence have resumed in-person under a modified approach with limited attendance. Our goal is to continue expanding these kinds of in-person learning and engagement activities while keeping our community safe through our robust COVID-19 safety protocols.
Yes, campus facilities including the gym, cafeteria, testing center, and study rooms are open and operating under our COVID-19 safety protocols.
If you have previously studied on Sint Maarten, please bring your residency documents. If you had received a residency permit but misplaced it, please email SEllis-Singh@aucmed.edu for an electronic copy.
If you have not yet been to Sint Maarten and do not have a resident permit, make sure you have proof of a return flight (e.g., roundtrip ticket), have submitted all relevant documents to Admissions (email@example.com) and have a copy of your AUC acceptance letter. Please email Admissions if you need an electronic copy of your letter.
If you received a resident permit but misplaced it, please email SEllis-Singh@aucmed.edu for an electronic copy.
All travelers to Sint Maarten are required to complete a health authorization application via the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS). Please continue to regularly monitor the government website at https://stmaartenehas.com/travel-requirements/ and familiarize yourself with the forms you will need to fill out, the types of COVID-19 tests and/or proof of vaccination accepted, and the information required when uploading.
Please note the government has announced the following updates for all travelers ages 18 years and older, which will take effect January 1, 2022:
- Travelers who have received both doses of an approved two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or an approved single-dose vaccine, but who have not received a booster shot, will be required to upload proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours or negative antigen test within 24 hours.
- Travelers who have received a booster shot in addition to both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or an approved single-dose vaccine do not need to upload proof of a negative test.
- Unvaccinated travelers will be required to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.
Also effective January 1, 2022, travelers ages 17 years and younger who are eligible to take a COVID-19 vaccine can enter Sint Maarten without uploading a COVID-19 test, once they have taken both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Please reach out to Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation.
Students who are immunosuppressed or have a pre-existing medical condition should contact Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, at email@example.com.
Please visit http://www.sintmaartengov.org/government/VSA/Health-Updates/NOVELCORONAVIRUS/Pages/Current-Situation.aspx for more information.
The Daily COVID-19 Self-Assessment consists of a few questions to measure your level of risk and exposure, including whether you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. These questions should be answered to the best of your knowledge.
You will be required to show the final screen with the QR code to the Safety and Security Officer when entering the campus. Your temperature will be taken via temporal thermometer before you are granted access.
We strongly encourage all students and colleagues to download the AUC Safe App to be able to complete the Daily COVID-19 Self-Assessment Survey. The app is available to download on Google Play and the Apple App Store.* The survey should not take more than three minutes to complete.
* If you are unable to download the app or have not completed the health screening survey using the AUC Safe App, a manual survey will be available at the main gate. If you need assistance with downloading the app on your device, the AUC Safety and Security Officers can assist.
How to Complete the Self-Assessment
- Open the AUC Safe App and begin the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
- Enter your email, name, and D#.
- Answer the questions regarding symptoms and temperature screening.
- Confirm your answers and press “Continue.”
You will then receive a green QR code that indicates that you are approved for campus entry. You will receive a red QR code if you are denied for campus entry. Take a screenshot of the final COVID screening page and save it to your photos to present to security upon entry to campus
Note: The COVID-19 Self-Assessment must be completed every day. The Office of Safety and Security will check your survey date when you enter the campus to ensure that your health screening survey is up to date.
If you have any questions, contact the Office of Safety and Security at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUC’s plans continue to be guided by two principles: protecting the health and safety of our community and supporting students' goals to become globally minded and socially accountable physicians. We have a shared responsibility to each other and ourselves to minimize the risk of COVID-19 in the communities where we live and work.
In addition to our policy requiring students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, we will continue to require all campus community members to follow COVID-19 mitigation procedures, regardless of vaccination status:
- Regularly monitor your health and any onset of symptoms
- Remain home if you feel unwell
- Wearing a facemask and social distancing when on campus
- Complete the health assessment on the AUC Safe App each time you enter campus (see “How Do I Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment?")
Unvaccinated individuals, including students who have been approved for an exemption or accommodation to our COVID-19 vaccination policy, will continue to be included in our random surveillance testing program.
All AUC students sign a code of conduct agreeing to abide by our policies and as future medical professionals are expected to adhere to them. Individuals found to be non-compliant will have a meeting with Dr. Rinker, Dean of Student Affairs. Each situation is different/unique and will be handled individually on a case-by-case basis.
We all share the responsibility of keeping our campus community safe. If you see something, please say something. We encourage you to kindly remind your peers and fellow campus community members of the safety protocols if you see that they are not being followed. If you continue to see concerning incidents, please use this form to report violations of the community standards for COVID-19-related health and safety protocols to the Office of Student Affairs. Situations may be addressed using the existing AUC’s Professional Conduct Policy. Particularly egregious, willfully dangerous, or repeated incidents may be deemed misconduct and handled through the administrative review process per the Student Handbook.
If you experience any flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms, call the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 914 or +1721-542-1570 and do not come onto campus. We also ask that you inform AUC by contacting Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, at email@example.com; AUC’s Office of Safety & Security at firstname.lastname@example.org, and AUC’s COVID-19 Mitigation Team at COVIDMitigation@aucmed.edu.
Prior to being on campus: Please contact Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, at email@example.com.
While on Sint Maarten: Please call the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 914 or +1721-542-1570 and do not come onto campus. Please contact Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org; AUC’s Office of Safety & Security at email@example.com; and AUC’s COVID-19 Mitigation Team at COVIDMitigation@aucmed.edu.
Each situation will be considered on an individual basis through conversation with Dr. Scott Rinker, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. In order to be approved a Leave of Absence (LOA), students will need to provide documentation of their illness from their healthcare provider to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once approved for a LOA related to illness, AUC will work with you and your faculty to determine a makeup date for any mandatory activities that you may have missed.
Students are responsible for any costs associated with COVID-19 testing that is part of a government requirement for entry to Sint Maarten. We encourage you to work with your insurance provider to see what coverage they offer for COVID-19 testing.
Costs for campus-administrated COVID-19 testing will be managed by AUC.
To access confidential wellness counseling services, please reach out to the following contacts:
- Sint Maarten medical sciences and clinical sciences students: email@example.com
If you have an urgent crisis after-hours, please call 721-587-6661. If you need more immediate assistance, please call 721-588-4018 for the On-Duty Security Supervisor.
The semester starts on 3 January 2022. A full academic calendar is available here.
AUC plans to deliver our medical sciences curriculum primarily in person for the January 2022 semester at both our Sint Maarten and Preston, UK campuses. While some academic content will be delivered online, our plan is to continue offering many live in-classroom lectures, along with in-person clinical skills training, small group sessions, and activities. Campus events including the White Coat Ceremony and Celebration of Academic Excellence have resumed under a modified approach with limited in-person attendance. Our goal is to continue expanding these kinds of in-person learning and engagement activities while keeping our community safe through following UCLan's COVID-19 safety protocols.
Yes, UCLan is open and operating seven days a week.
TRAVEL - UKT
Given the changing nature of COVID-19 and each government’s response, travelers should regularly monitor the UK government website and the UCLan FAQ webpage, which contains helpful information about entry requirements. We also ask that you monitor your local government’s travel restrictions and any impact they may have on your ability to return to Preston for the January 2022 semester.
Please reach out to Dr. Andy Ginty, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs – UK Track, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation.
HEALTH & SAFETY - UKT
As always, your safety and security remain our top priority. AUC and UCLan are taking precautions to lower the risk of exposure and do our part to curb the spread of the virus.
UCLan has implemented numerous safety measures and procedures across campus to keep our community safe, and we urge all students to do their part in supporting and protecting each other. You can expect to see handwashing and sanitizing stations established around campus, and lateral flow COVID-19 tests are available for campus community members.
For more details on UCLan safety procedures, visit UCLan’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Students who are immunosuppressed or have a pre-existing medical condition should contact Dr. Andy Ginty, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs – UK Track, at email@example.com to discuss their unique case prior to arranging travel to Preston.
Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 should take the following actions:
- Inform the course administrative team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Self-isolate (Information on self-isolation can be found on the NHS website. Additional direction is available here for individuals who are told to self-isolate by the NHS.)
- Review additional NHS guidance on receiving a positive test result
If you need support from Student Services, please either email email@example.com or call 01772 893020. If you need urgent support, please contact Security on 01772 892068 or via the SafeZone app.
Students who are immunosuppressed or have a pre-existing medical condition may contact Dr. Andy Ginty, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs – UK Track, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their situation.
Complio Submissions (for Clinical Site Requirements)
Yes. Uploading your proof of vaccination to the AUC Safe App ensures you are in compliance with AUC’s vaccine policy, but the Complio requirement is a separate process to help facilitate your compliance with our clinical partners’ vaccine policies and requirements.
For privacy reasons, AUC is not able to transfer your proof of vaccination to our clinical partners/outside of the university.
An exemption from AUC’s vaccine policy only applies to AUC and does not guarantee an exemption from our clinical partners’ vaccination requirements. Please be aware that many of our clinical partners are not granting any exemptions for unvaccinated individuals.
Clinical partners that accept AUC’s vaccine policy exemptions as part of their own exemption determination procedures may require proof of your AUC exemption. If so, upload your exemption letter or email into Complio. We strongly encourage you to speak with your clinical advisor as soon as possible by emailing email@example.com to discuss the requirements of your clinical site(s) and alternative vaccine arrangements or clinical site options, if needed.
Students are subject to their clinical site requirements, which may include COVID-19 vaccination or testing. Students who do not comply with those site-specific requirements may not be allowed to access the site, which could lead to additional consequences as set forth in the Student Handbook and Academic Catalog.