Last updated Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

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

Deferrals and Leaves of Absence

New students were given the option to defer their matriculation to the spring 2021 semester, while returning students were able to take a leave of absence. Students were required to notify the Office of Admission (new students) or their class deans (returning students) prior to the first day of classes.

Preparing for Arrival

Students were asked to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving on campus, and especially to avoid large gatherings. In order to reduce the likelihood of a student who is COVID-positive coming to campus, Wesleyan strongly recommended that all students who were able to get tested for COVID-19 prior to leaving home do so (ideally within 72 hours of arriving on campus). If a student's test came back positive for COVID-19, or if they recently had a known exposure or experienced symptoms of COVID-19, they were asked not travel to campus, but to recover at home and seek medical advice from their health care provider. Wesleyan requires documentation from the hometown health care provider clearing the student (consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines) to return to campus. Because Wesleyan has tested all students upon arrival, those students who were not able to get a test in their home state had 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 were advised to consult with Health Services and/or their primary health care provider to decide whether returning to campus is in their best interest.

Learn more about our testing protocols.

Arrival and Move-In

Students’ arrival to campus and move-in this year looked 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. 

Students were asked to sign up and adhere to a day and time slot to move in, and to limit family members who accompanied them to campus. In order to minimize the number of individuals in each building, family members were not permitted to accompany students into their residence.

Quarantine Following Arrival

In order to have an effective quarantine on campus as required by the state of Connecticut, Wesleyan implemented a quarantine for all students for two weeks, between August 24 and September 7.  Students coming from affected states or from outside of the U.S. who arrived in Connecticut after August 24 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 only needed to quarantine from when they move in to campus until September 7.

The first week of classes was delivered remotely, beginning August 31, with in-person instruction beginning on September 7 for those courses being taught on campus. 

For the period of quarantine, all students were expected to remain in their residence with the following exceptions: 

  • To pick up meals from conveniently-located sites near residences.
  • To visit the COVID-19 testing tent.
  • To retrieve mail/packages at WesStation.
  • To go for a walk/jog (solo or with others in your family unit) outside on campus property. (See walking routes on campus.)
  • To sit outside your residence for class.

Students were not permitted to leave campus at all during these two weeks. Once a student received two negative test results on campus, students living in residence halls were permitted to expand the remaining time of their quarantine to interactions with others living on their residence hall floor or to similarly sized groups of “neighbors.” (These expanded groups are designated by the Office of Residential Life.) During the entire quarantine, students were 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.

The concept of cohorts is being actively considered by the University but will not be implemented until conditions improve.  A cohort is a small group of students living in proximity to each other who may interact for athletics, community building, and other purposes, with whom safety precautions can be relaxed. When interacting with others beyond one’s family unit or cohort, proper safety precautions (including social distancing and face coverings) must be followed. Students’ adherence to existing guidelines will be a key factor in deciding whether or not cohorts can be implemented on campus.

Gatherings and Parties

All meetings and informal gatherings such as voluntary lectures, student group meetings, social gatherings, etc. are limited to 25 or fewer individuals and should take place outdoors or in venues where physical distancing requirements can be maintained. Face coverings/masks and distancing are required when interacting with anyone outside of one's family unit. Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) is setting up an outdoor programming venue on Foss Hill in order to provide a safe venue to come together in larger groups over the coming months. Please contact with requests to use this space.  

Within residences, students are encouraged to use the lounges to gather, as no more than two people are permitted in bedrooms at a time (whether a single or double room). Kitchens are open for residents to use. Please abide by the maximum COVID-restricted occupancy that is posted in each common area.

Wood-frame residents are permitted to have other students visit their house up to the maximum COVID capacity, which is 30 percent of the fire code capacity. All students must wear masks and maintain six-foot distancing whenever someone from outside the family unit is in the house.


In an effort to reduce density in dining areas and accommodate six feet of social distance between patrons, significant changes have been 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.

Campus Facilities and Resources

Olin and Science Libraries are open. Learn more about library hours of operation. Usdan is also fully open. Learn more details about Usdan hours and operations.

Beginning September 14, the Freeman Athletic Center will be open with restricted use for students only. Students may sign up through a scheduling system application. Learn more about facility hours and guidelines.

The Davison Health Center is open by appointment only. Telemedicine and face-to-face visits are both provided. Prior to a face-to-face appointment, a student will be asked COVID-19 screening questions. If a student is having respiratory symptoms, they will be seen in the tent outside of the entrance. Students should call several minutes prior to arrival so a staff member can let them in (entrance is Davison Art Center side). The waiting room area is closed. Temperature will be checked upon arrival. Face coverings are mandatory. Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-call services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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 is providing instructions on cleaning protocols intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and expects compliance with those protocols. The University is also increasing the frequency of cleaning in all campus buildings, including residences.


Personal visitors are prohibited from campus for the fall semester.