Return to Campus for Employees

Last updated Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Wesleyan is implementing a phased approach for reactivating campus that prioritizes student-facing and faculty-support positions to meet the demands of the scheduled August 31 start of classes. This approach allows ample time between phases and employs proper social distancing protocols according to State of Connecticut guidelines.

The University will explore telecommuting as an alternative to traditional work arrangements for appropriate positions, and we will make the greatest possible accommodations for staff in high-risk categories. Alternative work arrangements for faculty will include teaching in a variety of in-person, hybrid, and distance pedagogies. Wesleyan will be taking steps to protect the safety of all its employees, particularly those whose jobs require the most contact with students and others, including providing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and frequent testing. We continue to work through all available options for critical services for our campus community.

Community Agreement

Wesleyan is committed to the health and safety of its students, staff, and faculty. We must all do our part to protect each other and ourselves. In order to help mitigate health risks and comply with current guidelines, all members of the Wesleyan community will be expected to abide by the Community Agreement at all timesThese are subject to change as the local and global situations evolve, and updates will be shared with the campus community as soon as they are available.


The University will be as flexible as possible for employees who have childcare needs because of new school schedules or continued closure of daycares and summer camps.

Neighborhood Preschool is reopening in July, operating at a reduced capacity with fewer students in each room. It is likely that the demand will exceed the capacity—this is normal, as there is traditionally a waitlist for enrollment. We will continue to monitor developments of the local schools districts and adjust plans as necessary.

HR Policies and Benefits

Additional information for employees on policies, benefits, retirement accounts, and more can be found on the Faculty & Staff Information and FAQ pages.


The University will continue to limit visitors to campus for the fall semester. This includes candidate interviews, tours, lectures, and events. All visitors providing essential services—such as vendors and contractors—are required to submit COVID-19 work plans to Wesleyan’s satisfaction prior to entering campus.