St. Matthew's University Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Information Regarding Spring (January) 2022 Semester

St. Matthew's University is excited to welcome all students back to the University campus for the Spring 2022 semester. All students in the basic science portion of the program are expected to be on campus in time to attend the first day of classes in January. Remote access will not be available for the Spring 2022 term.  Additionally, consistent with the school's priority of protecting the health of our community, including the Cayman community, vaccinations will be required for all returning students, faculty, staff and administrators. Given the logistics of vaccination, and traveling to Grand Cayman (including government entry approval), students should plan their vaccinations immediately (if not already complete), and book their travel as soon as possible. Availability of flights to Grand Cayman is often limited at the start of a school term. This will be especially true for this coming January semester due to the holidays. You may have to arrive on Grand Cayman prior to the start of the term in order to be in classes at the start of the term.

Below is additional information regarding the return to St. Matthew's University for the Spring 2022 semester. If you have any additional questions, or require help with travel or quarantine on Grand Cayman please contact returning-students@stmatthews.edu.

CAMPUS VS ONLINE 

Will the Spring 2022  semester start in person or online? 

All students will be welcomed back to in-person learning on campus on Grand Cayman for the Spring term. It is mandatory to be on campus, in person from the first day of the semester (Orientation is on January 3, 2022 and classes begin on January 4, 2022).  Attendance will be taken from the first day of classes forward, and any absences will be recorded in accordance with the school's attendance policy.

Our priority is protecting your health, and that of the Cayman community, by preventing the spread of the disease. As part of our plan for a safe return to campus life, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all returning students, faculty, staff, and administrators. 

Will virtual learning be an option? 

No, virtual learning will not be available for the Spring 2022 term.

COVID-19 AND VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS 

For the most up-to-date information regarding coronavirus on Grand Cayman and the actions being taken in accordance with the situation, please navigate to the following link: https://www.exploregov.ky/coronavirus

Is the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory? 

Yes. As part of our plan for a safe return to campus life, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all returning students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

What safety measures and protocols have been put in place on campus to prevent the spread of the virus? 

The school has implemented the appropriate infection control public health measures to protect the St. Matthew's University community on campus. While the University community will be fully vaccinated, we continue to encourage everyone to follow the Cayman Islands Government safety guidelines. 

The re-opening of Grand Cayman remains a phased approach and is continuously monitored by the government. 

The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic remains fluid, and the Cayman Government reserves the right to change any conditions at all times when the circumstances require such. 

The United States Center for Disease Control has categorized the Cayman Island as the lowest COVID-19 level -- Level 1 (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-1/coronavirus-cayman-islands). 

Does the student health insurance cover COVID treatment and testing? 

Yes, COVID-19 medical treatment is covered and considered like any other medical treatment. COVID-19 testing is covered if deemed medically necessary (does not include testing required for travel). The St. Matthew's University sponsored health plan covers accident or illness as described in the student health insurance brochure. https://www.uhcsr.com/faqs 


TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS 

What are the travel requirements for travelling to Grand Cayman?  

Please see below for the following details regarding entry into Grand Cayman. 

Please read and review the link regarding entry into Grand Cayman - https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-travel-reopening

Ensure you travel with a copy of your Cayman student visa approval letter, pre-arrival negative PCR testing result, Travel Cayman approval certificate and your vaccination card.

If you haven't already applied for a student visa this needs to be done IMMEDIATELY. 

APPROVED REPATRITION FLIGHTS: INBOUND FLIGHTS 

Cayman Airways

Persons wishing to travel on a Cayman Airways flight should book directly with Cayman Airways  by calling Cayman Airways Reservations on 345-949-2311, or:

British Airways

British Airways is operating a service between Grand Cayman and Heathrow Airport, UK. To make a booking contact British Airways directly at www.ba.com 

Please ensure you complete the following steps before filling out the Travel Cayman application:  

Once you have a confirmed airline reservation and quarantine location, please proceed to fill out and complete the Travel Cayman application on https://www.exploregov.ky/traveltime. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Apply to Travel Cayman" and proceed to fill out and complete the Travel Cayman application. Please keep in mind that if travel/quarantine details change, a new Travel Cayman application will need to be submitted. If you need any assistance with filling out the Travel Cayman application, please contact the Travel Cayman team directly by email at TravelCayman@gov.ky or you may also call their customer service representatives on +1 345 743 8463. Phone lines are open 8.30am to 5pm (Cayman time), Monday through Friday. Also, it is a good practice to periodically check the Travel Cayman website for any new or modified requirements.

In order to gain entry into Grand Cayman, all travellers must have evidence of a negative PCR COVID test in accordance with the requirements below. Please note that this documentation will be checked by an airline representative, as part of the check-in process. Please note that it will be checked again, by CBC officers, on arrival - https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-travel-reopening

Please visit the Cayman Islands government website (https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-quarantine-info) for up to date information regarding quarantine requirements. 

I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Will I need to quarantine when I get to Grand Cayman?

Yes. Please review the following link. https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-quarantine-info 

Are there quarantine sites on Grand Cayman?

Yes, as detailed on the Travel Cayman website. Please see the link for other quarantine locations (https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-quarantine-info).

Application process/requirements 

Will St. Matthew's University admissions requirements/deadlines become more flexible or change as a result of COVID-19 disruptions? How will this impact my application review and decision on acceptance? 

Our Admissions Committee has made a number of accommodations to provide extra flexibility to students affected by COVID-19. While there are no changes to our admission standards, the Admissions Committee understands that many external examinations have been cancelled or postponed during this pandemic. We continue to monitor the changes and the availability of external test administrations and are prepared to offer conditional acceptances and to exercise reasonable flexibility in making admissions decisions. 

Please contact your admissions officer or admissions@stmatthews.edu for specific details. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been disruptions in the administration of the MCAT examination. Will St. Matthew's University make any changes to the application requirements as a result of these disruptions? 

While St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine requires the MCAT for US citizens, permanent residents and nationals, we understand that COVID-19 may have interfered with your ability to take the MCAT. As such, the school will waive the MCAT score requirement for applicants to the Spring 2022 (January) term who are not able to secure a test date. Applicants who have an MCAT score, or a pending MCAT score, are required to submit their score(s) with their application.

If my undergraduate institution has switched to virtual learning during this pandemic, will that affect my admissibility? 

We understand that the disruptions caused by the coronavirus may have changed the course of your education. Please be assured that your candidacy will not be negatively impacted by the fact that your labs/lectures were conducted virtually. 

Thank you,

St. Matthew's University