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Covid-19 Update

COVID-19 Programming Updates

Update on Coronavirus

On Monday, May 18th, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced details of a phased reopening plan for the Commonwealth that includes guidelines for the reopening of offices beginning on May 25th.  As SEA navigates putting these guidelines in place, faculty and staff continue to work remotely. The best way to contact us is by e-mail.

As COVID-19 commands the world’s attention with its continued global spread, please know that we are monitoring developments closely. We are alert to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s advice that additional spreading of COVID-19 should be anticipated. We will continue to gather information from the CDC, the World Health Organization, New Zealand’s Health Ministry, the US State Department and the Massachusetts Department of Health.

At this time, we have made the below listed changes to our spring, summer and fall programs.

If additional modifications to programming or special precautions in Woods Hole or abroad are indicated, we will be in contact with students, their families, and their sending institutions directly, and post additional updates here.

Governor Baker has also recently announced new rules and restrictions controlling entry to the state of Massachusetts in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Beginning August 1st all persons arriving in Massachusetts from outside of New England, New Jersey, New York and Hawaii must self-quarantine for 14 days or provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test that was administered within 72 hours of arrival.

Follow this link to the MA government website for the full order. 

Contact Information

Please call us with any questions or concerns at 508-540-3954 x 770, or email our Associate Dean for Student & Financial Services, Virginia Land McGuire, at vland@sea.edu.

FAQs

Is SEA still planning to run its high school summer programs?

SEASCape and SEA Expedition have been cancelled.  A remote high school summer program, SEA Quest, is offered as an alternative. 

How will SEA communicate information about program cancellations or changes?

Enrolled students will be contacted directly by our admissions department. For regular updates and information, please check this page.

How is SEA preparing for Fall 2020 programs?

As we prepare for fall programs, Sea Education Association (SEA) continues to monitor advice from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, helping to guide our thinking during the Covid-19 pandemic. Likewise, we are and will continue to follow all requirements and modifications as set forth by the governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. At this point we believe fall programs will include alterations as listed below. However, we will continue to modify and amend our protocols and practices as new information becomes available.

Please read SEA Fall 2020 Planning: COVID-19 for additional information.

Is SEA Semester still accepting applications for its Fall 2020 programs?

Yes!  Alternative coastal-Atlantic programs have been developed. We encourage interested students to contact our admissions department to begin the online application process.

Program Changes


SEA Semester S-291, Oceans & Climate (Program Modified)
February 10 - May 7 | Christchurch, New Zealand >> Pape'ete, Tahiti

  • The sea component has been cancelled.
  • Students have left campus and returned home. Online classes are currently being organized so that students may complete their coursework and receive full or near full credit.

SEA Semester C-291, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation (Program Cancelled)
March 23 - June 13 | St. Croix, USVI >> New York City, NY

  • The program has been cancelled. All students, families, and sending institutions have been notified of options to enroll in a future program or to receive a refund.

SEA Semester S-292, Pacific Reef Expedition (Program Cancelled)

April 20 - June 24 | Honolulu >> Honolulu

  • The program has been cancelled. All students, families, and sending institutions have been notified of options to enroll in a future program or to receive a refund.

SEA Semester S-293, Protecting the Phoenix Islands (Program Cancelled)

June 8 - Aug. 13 | Honolulu >> American Samoa

  • The program has been cancelled. All students, families, and sending institutions have been notified of options to enroll in a future program or to receive a refund.

SEASCape & SEA Expedition High School Summer Programs

  • Theses programs have been cancelled. An alternative remote learning program, SEA Quest, is offered.

Fall SEA Semester Undergraduate and Gap Programs

  • Atlantic-based programs - Cruise tracks modified to meet health and safety guidance..
  • Pacific-based programs - These programs have been cancelled. All students and home institutions have been notified. (Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems and Climate & Society: New Zealand)
  • Alternative, coastal Atlantic-based programs have been developed as alternatives to Pacific programs. 

Summer 2020 Refund Policy

Based on the fluid and ever-changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, SEA has revised our refund policy for summer 2020 SEA Semester undergraduate and summer high school programs to provide students with more time to commit to enrolling.

All refund language below refers to deposits, tuition, and program fees only. SEA will not refund any personal costs incurred in association with the program, including but not limited to airfare, visas, etc.

Refund Policies for Summer 2020 SEA Semester & High School Summer Programs

If SEA cancels the program:

  • Program cancellation before the program start = students may apply funds to a future SEA Semester or SEA High School Summer program pending space available. If a future program is not possible, we will issue a full refund.
  • Program cancellation after the program start = partial refund prorated based on the week of cancellation. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester summer programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

If a student chooses to voluntarily withdraw from the program:

  • Withdrawal 20+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 19 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester summer programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

If a sending institution suggests that a student not participate in the program:

  • Withdrawal 20+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 19 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester summer programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

If a sending institution requires that a student not participate in the program:

  • Withdrawal 20+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 19 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester summer programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

Fall 2020 Refund Policy

Based on the fluid and ever-changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, SEA has revised our refund policy for fall 2020 SEA Semester undergraduate and gap programs to provide students with more time to commit to enrolling.

All refund language below refers to deposits, tuition, and program fees only. SEA will not refund any personal costs incurred in association with the program, including but not limited to airfare, visas, etc.

Refund Policies for Fall 2020 SEA Semester Undergraduate & Gap Programs

If SEA cancels the program:

  • Program cancellation before the program start = students may apply funds to a future SEA Semester program pending space available. If a future program is not possible, we will issue a full refund.
  • Program cancellation after the program start = partial refund prorated based on the week of cancellation. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester fall programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

If a student chooses to voluntarily withdraw from the program:

  • Withdrawal 30+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 29 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

If a sending institution suggests that a student not participate in the program:

  • Withdrawal 30+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 29 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

If a sending institution requires that a student not participate in the program:

  • Withdrawal 30+ days prior to the program start = 100% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal 29 to 0 days prior to the program start = 50% refund of total program cost (less deposit).
  • Withdrawal after the program start = no refund. Unfortunately, no partial credit will be granted for SEA Semester programs, and SEA cannot support remote completion of any SEA Semester coursework.

How You Can Help

Every year, we ask our community to make gifts to SEA’s Annual Fund. Donor support keeps us sailing through shifting winds and this year we ask for your support to help us weather this global pandemic.

With the world closing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to cancel spring and summer SEA Semesters and short programs because it’s the right thing to do.

Like all non-profit educational institutions, tuition alone does not fully cover our operating costs. We count on contributions from generous donors like you!

With your continued support at this critical time we look forward to inspiring ocean scholars, stewards and leaders for generations to come.

Make a Gift

Giving Options

How Your Gift helps SEA

Your donation helps us:

· Provide scholarships for future students. We never want the cost of our programs to be a barrier.

· Continue to develop programming that enriches and inspires.

· Keep our ships and campus in Woods Hole ship-shape and ready for students.

New Tax Deductions for Non-Profit Giving:

COVID-19 Stimulus Package / CARES Act

· The bill makes a new deduction available for as much as $300 (individual)/$600 (filing jointly) in annual charitable contributions for those who don’t itemize.

· The second change is an increased limit on charitable deductions for those who do itemize. Donors can now deduct 100% of their 2020 donations to public charities, like SEA, from their AGI, except through Donor Advised Funds.

Giving Information

Sea Education Association is a Massachusetts 501(c) 3 educational non-profit.

Make a gift online.

  • Become a Navigator: SEA’s recurring gift society
  • Send a check to: Sea Education Association: PO BOX 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543
  • Stock & Annuities: please contact Kerry Sullivan in the Development office, ksullivan@sea.edu
  • Donor Advised Funds

While our campus is closed, our staff is working remotely and eager to hear from you. If you have a question or would like to speak with someone in the Development Department, please email: development@sea.edu.