Last updated Monday, August 3, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

Additional detailed information about Fall 2020 semester housing and move in can be found on the Office of Residential Life's website.

Deferrals and Leaves of Absence

In the event that a new student—domestic or international—is unable to either travel to campus or begin remote learning on August 31, 2020, the Office of Admission will defer their matriculation to the Spring 2021 semester. Returning students wishing to take a leave of absence should contact their Class Deans regarding protocols prior to the first day of classes on August 31.

Preparing for Arrival

Students will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving on campus, and especially to avoid large gatherings. Though students may not “test out” of the state's 14-day quarantine requirement for anyone entering Connecticut from affected states (those with high levels of Covid activity) or from other countries, in order to reduce the likelihood of a student who is COVID+ coming to campus, Wesleyan is strongly recommending that all students who are able to get tested for COVID prior to leaving home do so. The state is recommending this test be performed within 72 hours of arriving on campus. Students will be asked to upload a record of a negative test result to an app. If a student's test comes back positive for Covid, or if they have a known COVID-19 exposure or experience symptoms of COVID, they should not travel to campus, but should recover at home and seek medical advice from their healthcare provider. Wesleyan will require documentation from the hometown healthcare provider clearing the student (consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines) to return to campus. Because Wesleyan will be testing all students upon arrival, those students who are not able to get a test in their home state will have their first test upon arrival to campus.

Students who believe that they have a high risk for complications of COVID-19 due to medical conditions should decide whether returning to campus is in their best interest by consulting with Health Services and/or with their primary health care provider.

Learn more about our plans for testing.

Arrival and Move-In

Students’ arrival to campus and move-in will be quite different than in the past in order to minimize the number of students moving into each location at the same time, maintain social distancing, reduce the number of family members on campus, and facilitate arrival testing for COVID-19. 

All undergraduate students may sign up for a day and time slot between August 24 through August 30 using this form. The number of time slots is limited by hour and location in order to facilitate physical distancing as students are moving in. Students living in program houses, wood frame houses and apartments (other than Fauver, Low and High Rise) do not need to sign up for a day and time slot, but should plan to arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on one of those days. Any student whose travel plans have them arriving after 7:00 p.m. should email  and we will leave their keys at Public Safety for them.

Students are expected to adhere to their assigned day and time, and limit family members who accompany them to campus. In order to minimize the number of individuals in each building, family members are not permitted to accompany students into their residence.

Students who live within a few hours driving distance of campus may drop off their belongings the weekend of August 22-23. They will be given access to their residence, but will not receive their key until they return the following weekend. More details regarding this option will be sent in August.

Quarantine Following Arrival

In an effort to have an effective quarantine on campus, as required by the state of Connecticut, Wesleyan has determined that all students on campus will be expected to quarantine for two weeks—from August 24 until September 7. To be clear: Students coming from affected states or from outside of the U.S. who arrive in Connecticut after August 24 will still need to meet the state’s 14-day quarantine; thus, their quarantine may extend beyond September 7. Those students coming from Connecticut and other states not on the list of affected states will only need to quarantine from when they move in to campus until September 7.

All classes will be delivered remotely for the first week, beginning August 31.  For those courses being taught on campus, in-person instruction will begin on September 7. (Students affected by the state’s Travel Advisory who arrive on campus after August 24 may still need to access instruction remotely at this point due to the quarantine requirement and faculty are prepared to make the necessary accommodations).   

For the period of quarantine, all students will be expected to remain in their residence except to pick up to-go meals and to get a COVID-19 test at the testing site. Students will not be permitted to leave campus at all during these two weeks. Students will be tested two times per week, with the first test taking place upon arrival to campus. Once a student receives two negative test results, students living in residence halls will be permitted to expand the remaining time of their quarantine to interactions with others living on their residence hall floor or to similar sized groups of “neighbors.” (These expanded groups will be designated by the Office of Residential Life). During the entire quarantine, students will still be expected to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing.

Family Units and Cohorts

Students must adhere to social distancing standards whenever possible. This means maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone not considered part of your family unit.  For these purposes, a family unit is a group of students who live together as roommates or housemates.  Residential Life will also designate small cohorts.  A cohort is a small group of students living in proximity to each other who may interact for orientation, community building, and other purposes. When interacting with others beyond one’s family unit or cohort, proper safety precautions (including social distancing and face coverings) should be followed.

Gatherings and Parties

Per current Connecticut guidelines, all meetings and informal gatherings (such as voluntary lectures and student group meetings) are limited to 25 or fewer individuals and should take place in venues where social distancing requirements can be maintained. Face coverings must be worn at all times when such gatherings are indoors or where social distancing guidelines cannot be reliably practiced.

Student social events and parties with others outside of family units are prohibited. When interacting with others beyond one’s family unit, precautions (including social distancing and face coverings) must be followed. The concept of cohort is being actively considered by the University but will not be implemented until conditions improve. Student’s adherence to existing guidelines will be a key factor in deciding whether or not cohorts can be implemented on campus.


In an effort to reduce density in dining areas and accommodate six feet of social distance between patrons, significant changes will be implemented to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. These changes include activating new spaces to serve as dining halls, focusing on to-go offerings, and the use of a mobile order app. Learn more about dining services.

Precautionary Sanitization

Students are expected to exercise precautionary sanitization practices, including wiping shared surfaces, thorough and regular hand washing, and other recommended actions to promote good hygiene. The University will provide instructions on cleaning protocols intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and expects compliance with those protocols. The University will also increase the frequency of cleaning in all campus buildings, including residences.


Personal visitors are prohibited from campus for the fall semester.