Community Safety Guidelines

Last updated Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

All community members are expected to take personal responsibility for keeping our community healthy and safe, including following these steps to prevent the spread of illness:

  • Wear masks or face coverings that cover the mouth and nose at all times when outside of private residential spaces or private offices. This includes shared public spaces, such as classrooms, and outdoor areas on campus. (Note: Students who are unable to wear a face covering or mask because of a medical condition are required to consult with Health Services and/or with their primary health care provider to document their condition and need for an accommodation. Employees who are unable to wear a face covering or mask because of a medical condition must complete the Special Considerations Form). When in doubt, wear it.
  • Adhere to social distancing standards and reduced capacity limits in campus spaces. This means maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and others in all buildings and shared outdoor spaces on campus.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or if not readily available, hand sanitizer (rub into your hands until dry).
  • Follow COVID-19 testing and contact tracing protocols established by the University. Anyone who misses two tests will be contacted by a member of the Pandemic Planning Team. If unable to follow the testing protocol, they will need to remain off campus.
  • Avoid sick people.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Maintain 6 feet (2 meter) distance from other 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.
  • Wesleyan buildings that are equipped with card access are locked and require a valid employee or student ID to unlock the door during all business hours.

In compliance with state guidelines, Wesleyan faculty and staff must complete COVID-19 training before returning to campus. To meet state regulations for contact tracing, faculty and staff must sign in using logbooks, QR Codes, or portal logins upon entering and exiting buildings. In addition, the state requires that employees who are working on campus submit a daily affirmation that they are symptom free and record their visits to campus buildings using the On Campus Visit Form, located in the WesPortal in the COVID-19 Resources bucket.

In addition, students will be required to obtain a standard influenza vaccination prior to January 20, 2021 (unless exercising an exemption permitted by State law). The University will sponsor flu clinics where students may receive the vaccine. Students may also receive the vaccine through their primary care provider or pharmacy.