Campus Updates

  • March 13, 2020

    Updated moving out information

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    Dear Students,

    As you are packing up to leave on or before 3/23, we wanted to send you some reminders to assist you with your planning:

    • Remove all belongings.  Check drawers, closets, under the bed, bathrooms, common areas, etc.
    • Remove all your items from refrigerators.
    • Remove all trash, recycling, compost/debris, and dispose in the proper containers.
      • See this page for more information on proper disposal of compost: Compost Information Link
      • See this page for locations of collection bins for clothing, food and book donations
    • Return keys to Residential Life.  If you are returning keys when ResLife is closed, we ask that you put your keys in an envelope and then place them in the key drop box between North and South College. If you are unable to return to campus to return your key in person, you must mail the key back to Residential Life as soon as possible, as any credit towards the RCF cannot be processed until it is received.   Keys 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 and double check that the forwarding address for mail is up to date.  If the wrong room number is listed, send an email to reslife@wesleyan.edu , to avoid possible damage charges for a room in which you did not live.
    • If you are not able to remove your car from campus, make sure to 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.  Storage Options Link.  Free boxes are available in Exeley 141 while supplies last.  UPS will be on campus beginning on 3/16 to assist with the purchase of packing supplies and shipping.
    • Free van transportation to local storage facilities is being provided by the university. Details can be found Here

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

    Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page which provides additional information: FAQ Link

    Please email reslife@wesleyan.edu or call us at 860-685-3550 if you have any questions.

    The Residential Life Staff

     

  • March 12, 2020

    Revised Information about Moving Out of Residences

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    Dear Students,

    I’m writing to provide some revised information related to students moving out of their residences.  Given the news of the last 24 hours and after conferring with additional medical experts, we are adjusting our previous directions as follows:

    Students living within driving distance to Wesleyan and who are able to go home should move out of their residences as soon as possible and no later than March 23.  If possible, we encourage travel by car rather than public transportation.  We discourage students from staying overnight unless necessary and please limit contact with others while on campus.  Please drop off your keys at the key box located between North College and South College.  Students who leave campus will be eligible for a prorated refund of their spring semester RCF fees, regardless of whether the student is on financial aid.

    Students living beyond driving distance to Wesleyan and who are able to go home (or who are already at home) should leave campus as soon as possible and no later than March 23 or remain at home.  These students will have an extended window to move out of their residences and should plan to retrieve their personal belongings at any point prior to April 30.  We discourage students from staying overnight unless necessary and to limit contact with others while on campus.  Please submit this petition to let us know that you will move your belongings after March 23.  Options for packing/shipping/storage of your items so that you do not need to return to campus, are available here.  As above, students who leave campus will be eligible for a prorated refund of their spring semester RCF fees, regardless of whether the student is on financial aid.

    Students requesting to remain on campus should submit this petition if they haven’t already done so.  Petitions should be submitted immediately, but no later than March 18th.  A Student Affairs committee including class deans and others will review petitions daily.  Decisions will be communicated on a rolling basis as requests are received, but no later than 5:00pm on March 20.  The focus of the committee’s assessment will be on students with housing insecurity or who cannot return home, those from countries with travel restrictions, and those with other extenuating circumstances.  Note that students approved to remain on campus may be relocated by Res Life so that they are not staying in a large residence alone.

    Please be in touch if you have questions.  Wesleyan’s COVID-19 FAQs are being updated daily.

     

    All best,
    Dean Mike Whaley

  • March 11, 2020

    Suspension of in-person classes due to coronavirus/COVID-19

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    Dear friends,

    This is a message I was hoping not to have to write.

    With the CDC today reporting nearly 1,000 known cases of COVID-19 nationwide (having doubled since Monday) and Governor Ned Lamont declaring a public health emergency in Connecticut, it has become clear just how rapidly this potentially deadly virus is spreading. As hard as we work to make the on-campus Wesleyan experience the best it can be, we must apply that same diligence and care to protecting our community’s well-being in light of this growing threat.

    After consulting with a variety of public health experts and other higher education institutions around the country, we are announcing the following preventive measures:

    • In-person classes have been suspended for the remainder of the spring semester; we will be transitioning all classes to distance learning models.
    • Undergraduate students who are able should return to campus through March 23 to gather their belongings; all students without University-approved alternate arrangements must depart campus by that time.
    • We know that there are students for whom Wesleyan is their only home. We have set up an online petition to work with them to make sure that access continues, as well as for students who would like to request an extension for picking up their belongings.
    • Students who cannot return to campus for their belongings should contact reslife@wesleyan.edu and staff will work directly with them on packing, storage or shipping solutions.

    I am enormously grateful to staff for continuing their regular work schedules on campus to support these transitions and care for students for whom leaving is not an option. I also want to express the trust I have in our faculty and students to adapt to teaching and learning in this new mode. I have always known Wesleyan to be an inventive place that rises to new challenges, and I have every confidence that the remainder of the semester, while taking a much different form than in the past, will be successful.

    While it may not diminish any sadness and frustration, it’s important to note that my colleagues and I have searched far and wide for ways to avoid this suspension of in-person classes and campus activities. Realizing that the closeness of our richly interactive community is what makes us more vulnerable to this disease has led us to this unhappy decision. And now, we are determined to find ways to empower student learning while most are away from campus.  

    We continue to update the central coronavirus/COVID-19 webpage with the latest available information, including a video message I have recorded explaining our rationale behind these decisions. Additionally, I would encourage everyone to review the list of Frequently Asked Questions we have compiled in anticipation of the many inquiries these decisions will understandably raise. Should you have further questions, please direct them to Covid-19Info@wesleyan.edu or call us at 1-888-675-2011 and we will respond as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

    With thanks for your patience and understanding,

    Michael S. Roth
    President

  • March 9, 2020

    Campus Update

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    To the campus community:

    We are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, paying particular attention to the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other leading federal agencies and organizations. In the interest of keeping our community as informed as possible, we will continue to update Wesleyan’s coronavirus/COVID-19 information page as new information becomes available.

    The health and safety of our campus community remain the University’s top priorities. To this end, and because of the virus’s recent (though anticipated) spread, Wesleyan has updated our guidelines on University travel and events. These guidelines will be effective through at least Friday, April 10, pending ongoing review:

    All travel plans should be carefully reconsidered given the evolving situation, and all leaving Connecticut should register their travel with the University.

    International Travel

    • Wesleyan has suspended University-funded travel abroad.
    • Wesleyan faculty, students, and staff who travel for personal or University-funded business to/through an area designated as Level 3 by the CDC must self-quarantine for 14 days between returning to the U.S. and coming back to campus.

    Domestic Travel

    • Wesleyan has suspended University-funded travel to or through U.S. states that have declared emergencies related to COVID-19. Those states are:
      • California
      • Florida
      • Indiana
      • Kentucky
      • Maryland
      • New York
      • Oregon
      • Pennsylvania
      • Utah
      • Washington

    Events

    • Wesleyan will cancel visits by guests from abroad and/or states that have declared emergencies related to COVID-19.

    As we work through plans to ensure the continuity of our operations and mission, we are also thoroughly preparing contingencies should the virus make its way to our campus. Rest assured, every decision will be made with the best interests of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni’s health and safety in mind.

    We appreciate your patience and support in these efforts.

    Rob Rosenthal
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Mike Whaley
    Vice President for Student Affairs

  • March 6, 2020

    Guidance on Travel and Events

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    To the campus community:

    As we enter spring break, with the health and safety of our community in mind, the University is issuing guidelines on Wesleyan travel and events:

    Travel (including Athletics over Spring Break):

    • All travel plans should be carefully reconsidered given the evolving situation.
    • Suspend Wesleyan travel abroad and to or through U.S. states that have declared emergencies related to COVID-19 (currently: California, Florida, and Washington).
    • For personal travel, Wesleyan recommends the same limitations.
    • Wesleyan faculty, students and staff who travel to or through an area designated as Level 3 by the CDC must self-quarantine for 14 days between returning to the U.S. and coming back to campus. All leaving Connecticut should register their travel and will be advised if self-quarantine if necessary.

    Events

    • Wesleyan will cancel visits by guests from abroad and/or states that have declared emergencies related to COVID-19.

    Guidelines on travel and events will be effective immediately and through at least Friday, April 10, pending ongoing review. 

    Requests for exceptions should be routed through supervisors/academic structure and through Student Affairs for students and external groups who have contracted for events in university spaces.

    As a reminder, please consult Wesleyan’s new website for information about the coronavirus, an FAQ addressing common questions and concerns, and links to other resources.

    We wish everybody a safe and relaxing spring break.

     

    Rob Rosenthal
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Mike Whaley 
    Vice President for Student Affairs

  • March 4, 2020

    Pre-Spring Break Update on Coronavirus

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    To the campus community:

    As our campus looks forward to spring break, we are writing again with an update on the global coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We plan to provide regular updates going forward until the situation stabilizes. We have also created a new website with the latest information about the virus for the Wesleyan community, along with an FAQ addressing common questions and concerns, and links to other resources.

    To date, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at Wesleyan or in Connecticut. As the virus continues to spread through the U.S. and the rest of the world, the Wesleyan Emergency Response Team is actively managing our readiness and response to the epidemic. Health and safety continue to be the University’s top priority.

    We are also closely monitoring the situation in countries around the globe. Earlier this week, we made a decision to close our study-abroad program in Bologna, Italy. Students in the program are instructed to return to their homes, and we’ve asked them not to visit campus until after spring break. Classes in the program will be offered online for the remainder of the semester. Students in several independent Wesleyan-approved programs in South Korea have also been sent home.

    As many students prepare to leave campus over break, we urge everyone to make informed and thoughtful decisions about travel in consultation with their families. Wesleyan has made a recommendation that faculty, staff, and students should not travel internationally at this time. The Centers for Disease Control’s informative website contains resources to track COVID-19 cases by geography, advice for avoiding illness, and much more.

    We are asking all faculty, staff, and students to register any travel beyond Connecticut—domestic or international—on this form.

    As a reminder, Wesleyan’s campus will remain open over spring break. Students are permitted to remain in residences, and dining service and other supports will be available

    As always, no matter where you are in the world, please take common sense measures to stay healthy, such as washing hands and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

    We will continue to communicate regular updates to the campus. If you have questions about services over spring break, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (860) 685-2772. Questions about study abroad can be directed to Associate Director of Study Abroad Emily Gorlewski at egorlewski@wesleyan.edu.

     

    Rob Rosenthal
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Mike Whaley 
    Vice President for Student Affairs

  • February 27, 2020

    Email to non-immigrant (or foreign national students)

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    Dear F-1 Visa Holders,

    The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) is writing to draw your attention to the below email that went out to the campus community yesterday evening, and especially to highlight the fact that the U.S. Department of State is not permitting re-entry to the U.S. for travelers returning from mainland China who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For details, please see proclamation 9984 issued on January 31, 2020.

    As you know, this is a rapidly changing situation, and it’s quite possible that travel restrictions could be expanded in the near future to other countries affected by COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus). Thus, OISA strongly recommends that you do not travel outside the U.S.—not only for your own health and safety, but because there is a risk you could become stranded.

    If there are urgent conditions, such as a family emergency, that require you to travel internationally, please make sure that you:

    • bring a valid passport (at least 6 months into the future), an unexpired F-1 visa and your I-20 with a valid travel signature. A travel signature is good for 12 months. It needs to be valid on the date you return to the U.S., not the date you depart the U.S. If you need a new travel signature, please visit OISA during drop-in hours (Tues. 11:00 am-12:00 pm; Wed. 11:00 am-12:00 pm; Thurs. 3:30-4:30 pm; Fri. 2:00-3:30 pm).
    • inform OISA of your international travel plans. Please email oisa@wesleyan.edu to let us know your travel dates and destination(s).

    Please know that if you decide to travel internationally, Wesleyan University is not responsible for the financial loss incurred if you are unable to return to the United States as planned. The University will not be able to provide legal or immigration assistance if/when the travel restrictions expand. 

    If you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to oisa@wesleyan.edu. We will get back to you within one business day.

    Office of International Student Affairs

  • February 27, 2020

    Email sent to non-immigrant (or foreign national) faculty/staff/scholars

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    Greetings everyone,

    I’m writing to draw your attention to the below email that was sent to the campus community yesterday evening, and especially to highlight the fact that the U.S. Department of State is currently not permitting re-entry to the U.S. for travelers returning from mainland China who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For details, please see proclamation 9984 issued on January 31, 2020.

    As you know, this is a rapidly changing situation, and it’s quite possible that travel restrictions could be expanded in the near future to other countries affected by COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus). Thus, the University strongly recommends that you do not travel outside the U.S.—not only for your own health and safety, but because there is a risk you could become stranded.

    If there are urgent conditions, such as a family emergencies, that require you to travel internationally, please make sure that you:

    1. Travel with a valid passport (at least 6 months into the future), as well as a valid travel visa showing your current non-immigrant/work status within your passport, and valid approval notice (H-1B and TN statuses) or DS-2019 document (J-1 status) showing your current/active status
    • J-1 and J-2 visa holders should also ensure that you have a valid travel signature on your DS-2019 documents.

    o   Keep in mind that a travel signature is good for 12 months, and must be valid on the date you return to the U.S., not the date you depart the U.S.

    o   If you need a new travel signature, please contact me right away.

    1. Inform me of your travel plans, and include the specific travel dates and destination(s).

     

    Please know that if you decide to travel internationally the University is not responsible for the financial loss incurred if you are unable to return to the United States as planned, and may be constrained in its ability to provide legal or immigration assistance if/when travel restrictions expand. 

    If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.

    Jennifer Bomar
    Faculty Resource & Immigration Specialist

  • February 26, 2020

    Update on Global Coronavirus Emergency, Recommendation Against International Travel

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    To the campus community:

    We are writing with an update on the global coronavirus emergency, as it impacts the Wesleyan community. There are no suspected cases at Wesleyan, nor in Connecticut.

    To date, clusters of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and its spread is difficult to predict. Moreover, the U.S. Department of State has made the decision not to allow re-entry into the U.S. for travelers returning from mainland China who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. As the threat of COV-19 expands, these restrictions could very well extend to other countries. Therefore, the University is recommending that students, faculty, and staff do not travel internationally.

    If there are urgent conditions, such as a family emergency, that require you to travel, please take precautions by registering with International SOS and using their service for pre-trip advice. You should also closely track and follow the relevant advisories from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The CDC has indicated it is likely that COVID-19 will spread widely in the U.S. in the future, and we are actively making preparations for such a scenario. We encourage everyone to take reasonable, common sense measures to keep yourself healthy such as washing hands and not sharing drinks.

    As you may know, our campus remains open over spring break and students are permitted to remain in residences. Food services and other supports will be available on campus.

    Given the rapid spread of coronavirus around the world, we’re also closely monitoring the situation in countries where our students are studying abroad, particularly those with confirmed clusters of coronavirus. A program in South Korea, in which several of our students are enrolled, has been cancelled, and our Office of Study Abroad is working to either enroll these students in different study abroad programs or bring them back to the U.S. We are consistently evaluating the situation in Italy, and making determinations about our Bologna program there. Our Paris program is not currently affected, though France has recommended isolation and quarantines for travelers returning from affected areas.

    If you have questions about services over spring break, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (860) 685-2772. Questions about study abroad can be directed to Associate Director of Study Abroad Emily Gorlewski at egorlewski@wesleyan.edu.

    As this disease spreads, we are mindful of members of our community from these areas as well as their families and friends dealing with the repercussions of the pandemic. Please let us know if there are ways that we can offer support in the coming days and weeks.

    We will keep the university community updated as this situation evolves.

    Rob Rosenthal
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Mike Whaley 
    Vice President for Student Affairs

  • January 27, 2020

    Update: Student Tests Negative for Coronavirus

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    To the Wesleyan community:

    I’m writing to inform you that the Centers for Disease Control has reported that the Wesleyan student being monitored has tested NEGATIVE for the coronavirus. The student is doing well.

    As I wrote in my earlier messages, please take common sense steps to prevent the spread of illness during this cold and flu season. This includes not sharing drinks; coughing into the crook of one’s arm rather than the hand; and frequently using hand sanitizer or washing hands in soap and water for 20 seconds.

    If you have a cough and fever, and have recently been to China or have been exposed to a person with known coronavirus, please seek immediate medical attention. We will continue to monitor this global health situation, but there is no need for alarm.

    Tom McLarney MD
    Medical Director
    Davison Health Center

  • January 24, 2020

    Public Health Update: Student Being Tested for Possible Coronavirus

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    To the Wesleyan community: 

    I am writing with an update to the public health advisory I sent out earlier this week regarding the novel strain of the coronavirus, which causes a respiratory illness. A student who was at a large international airport where another person was identified to have the coronavirus presented at the health center with a cough and fever. Out of an abundance of caution, we are presently working with the state Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to determine if the student has contracted the coronavirus or not. No diagnosis has been confirmed yet.

    The student is in isolation, and we are providing healthcare and other services. We have been in touch with everyone with whom the student had close contact since returning to campus in order to monitor them. To date, none of these individuals have exhibited symptoms of concern.

    As I wrote in my earlier message, if you have a cough and fever, and have recently been to China or have been exposed to a person with known coronavirus, please seek immediate medical attention. 

    We will keep the campus apprised of any substantive developments.

    Tom McLarney MD
    Medical Director
    Davison Health Center

  • January 22, 2020

    Wesleyan's Public Health Advisory on Coronavirus

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    To the Wesleyan Community:

    Welcome back from winter break. I hope it was restful and rejuvenating.

    As many of you know from news reports, there is a viral illness that has affected the Hubei Province (mainly in Wuhan) China.

    This virus is a novel (new) strain of the Corona virus, which causes a respiratory illness.  In many cases, this illness is self-limited and lasts less than a week. However, there have been severe cases noted with a number of deaths attributed to this.

    Symptoms are non-specific and are the same symptoms one would see with the influenza virus as well as common cold viruses.  These include cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat, fever and malaise (the feeling of being unwell).  The major difference is the risk of exposure.  One would have needed to be in the Wuhan area or to be exposed to a person who had contracted the virus.  Of note, a person could contract this from another person or from an infected animal (either alive or dead).  A fish and poultry market in Wuhan was identified as the source of this outbreak and was subsequently closed.  However new cases are being identified in persons who had not been at that market.

    Travelers from Wuhan are being screened by the airlines for fever and symptoms prior to disembarking. 

    To date, there is one reported case in the US in a traveler from China who developed symptoms after he arrived on the West Coast.

    At this time, there is no threat to the Wesleyan community but the University will be monitoring this and will keep the community apprised of any developments.

    If you have a cough and fever, and have recently been to China or have been exposed to a person with known Corona virus, please seek medical attention. During this cold and flu season, we recommend following common sense measures to prevent the spread of illness, including not sharing drinks; coughing into the crook of one’s arm rather than the hand; no mouth to mouth kissing; and frequently using hand sanitizer or washing hands in soap and water for 20 seconds.

    Tom McLarney MD
    Medical Director
    Davison Health Center