Information for Students

Last Updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 4:30 p.m

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting thousands of cases of COVID-19 nationwide and Governor Ned Lamont declaring a public health emergency in Connecticut, Wesleyan has suspended in-person classes for the remainder of the spring semester. All classes will transition to distance learning models. Students are urged to depart campus as quickly and efficiently as possible, unless they have made University-approved alternate arrangements.

This page provides the latest information and resources from University departments.

Important Dates

  • Students who live beyond driving distance of Wesleyan and who are able to go home (or who are already at home) have a deadline of April 30 to retrieve their personal belongings from campus residences.  We discourage students from staying overnight unless absolutely necessary and urge them to limit contact with others while on campus.

Housing and Moving Out

As you plan for and pack up to leave campus please review the following reminders. 

  • Remove all belongings.  Check drawers, closets, areas under the bed, bathrooms, common areas, etc.
  • Remove all your items from refrigerators.
  • Remove all trash, recycling, compost/debris, and dispose of it in the proper containers.
  • Return keys to Residential Life. 
    • If you are returning keys when ResLife is closed, place them in an envelope and leave them in the key drop box between North and South College.
    • If you are unable to return to campus, you must mail your key back to Residential Life as soon as possible, as any credit towards the residential comprehensive fee (RCF) cannot be processed until it is receivedKeys must be mailed via priority/registered mail; a tracking number will help ensure we receive your key and that you are not charged for a lock change.
  • Check your WesPortal to ensure that your current room number is accurate. If the wrong room number is listed, send an email to reslife@wesleyan.edu in order to avoid possible damage charges for a room in which you did not live. Also please make sure that your forwarding address is current.
  • If you are not able to remove your car from campus, you must park it in the Vine Street lot, at the end near the tennis courts.  (Physical Plant has repairs scheduled for the other half of the lot.)
  • A variety of options are available for help with packing, movement and/or storage of your belongings.  Free boxes are available in Exley 141 while supplies last.  UPS will be on campus to assist with the purchase of packing supplies and shipping.
  • Free van transportation to local storage facilities is being provided by the University.
  • Please email reslife@wesleyan.edu or call 860-685-3550 if you have any questions.

Events and Gatherings

In compliance with CDC recommendations, parties and other social gatherings are strictly prohibited on campus.

Please check out ResLife's Frequently Asked Questions page which provides additional information.

Classes and Academics

In-person classes have been suspended for the remainder of the spring semester; all classes will transition to distance-learning models.

  • The University is committed to working with faculty to ensure the completion of all courses taking place this semester so that students can earn full credit.  Faculty may choose to adapt certain classes as needed. 
  • Graduate students should consult with their faculty advisors about ongoing projects.

Teaching and Learning Remotely

Wesleyan provides many applications via a virtual application environment. You can run these applications (apps) on personal device without having to install them locally. Myapps.wesleyan.edu provides access to the following applications:  

(Note that these applications run on either Windows or Mac-based systems, even if an individual application is Windows-only based.)

MyApps and Dragon require the use of a VPN client for off-campus access. Information about how to install a VPN client on your Mac is available here. Information for how to install a VPN client on your Windows machine is available here.

Google Meet/Zoom

All students have access to Google Meet in their Wesleyan Google environment.  Additionally, all students can access Zoom, enabling them to schedule meetings. 

Microsoft Office 365

All students have access to the full Microsoft Office suite (Office 365), including Teams. Students can Login to the Office365 portal with their Wesleyan username and password. 

Other software for students

Some software titles are being made available by manufacturers without purchase, in response to the pandemic. Please consult the list Information Technology Services maintains for more information. Please note that students should also consult the ITS software page for titles already available for students.

ITS is maximizing user support throughout the department, including student staff, specifically to support  student needs.  The fastest way to obtain service is through the "Report an Issue" link at https://service.wesleyan.edu. 

For Students Remaining on Campus: Health Services

You should not return to campus if you’re coming from a high-risk location or believe you may have been exposed to another individual with COVID-19. If there are extenuating circumstances and you do return to campus, please contact Dr. Tom McLarney, at tmclarney@wesleyan.edu, or Joyce Walter, at jwalter@wesleyan.edu, or call the Health Center at 860-685-2470. Staff will assist with making isolation arrangements.

If you start experiencing symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (fever, cough and/or shortness of breath), or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID19, we urge you to call the Davison Health Center (DHC) at 860-685-2470 to speak with a staff member. The health center is open weekdays (unless otherwise announced) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After-hours and weekend callers will be connected with the on-call provider. We are not accepting walk-in patients. CALL us and we will advise you on the best course of action.

The possible recommendations that may be made are as follows:

  • SELF-MONITORING: This is the process of continually being mindful of any symptoms you develop, particularly fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Students should check their temperatures twice a day.
  • ISOLATION: This involves keeping those with a contagious disease away from others who are well. It is not as strict as quarantine. One may leave their residence, but should not interact with others.
  • QUARANTINE: This is the process of staying inside one’s residence without leaving for a specified period of time, and only when cleared by a medical professional.

If after assessing you, we believe that you may have COVID-19 (test kits are limited throughout the country, and especially in Connecticut), we will require that you quarantine yourself for at least 14 days. If you are not already in a single with your own bathroom and kitchen, you will be moved to another residence. We will ensure that you have food delivered, and you will be supplied with linens. Trash should be doubled bagged and left outside your door each morning.

We stress that if you are under quarantine, that you DO NOT LEAVE your room for the duration of the quarantine. This is critical to decreasing the spread of COVID-19. If you are asymptomatic, the duration of the quarantine will be 14 days. If you have symptoms at the time of quarantine or develop symptoms during quarantine such as fever or cough, we will follow the protocols for care as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control.

If you become acutely ill during quarantine, you should call the health center to speak with one of our on-call providers (available 24/7). If you feel you need emergency care (such as if you are struggling to breathe), call 911 (Public Safety will be alerted) and you will be assessed and taken to the closest appropriate medical facility for care.

While in quarantine, you will be checked on daily by phone to see how you are doing.

The following safety measures are strongly recommended for all students:

  • Hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds, or if not readily available, hand sanitizer (rub into your hands until dry).
  • Avoid sick people.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Maintain 6 feet (2 meter) distance from people.
  • Frequently wipe down high-touch areas (door knobs, counters, and table tops). You may want to avoid using another person’s keyboard.
  • Avoid groups of people, particularly more than 10 in one place.
  • Do not share drinks.
  • Cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow.

Student FAQs

For additional information, including questions not answered here, please read all the student-related Frequently Asked Questions.