Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated Monday, October 12, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

  • How is Wesleyan keeping its campus safe during COVID-19?


    Wesleyan has taken numerous precautions to keep the campus community safe and healthy, including frequent testing, contact tracing, disinfecting of surfaces, and requiring people to follow safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing face coverings when around others. To enable student learning from any location, Wesleyan is offering a full array of in-person, online, and hybrid courses so that all students can engage in our rich and diverse curriculum while making progress toward their degrees. We are also working to foster a safe and vibrant co-curricular experience on campus. Employees must check in daily before coming to work on campus and affirm that they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID or illness in general. All campus community members are urged to stay home if they are unwell.

    For safety reasons, most visitors—including parents and other family members—are not allowed on campus.


  • How does COVID testing and contact tracing work on campus?

    Wesleyan has partnered on testing with the Broad Institute out of Cambridge, MA. The Broad Institute is using a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, an anterior nasal swab that students, faculty, and staff self-administer in an outdoor testing site under the observation of Davison Health Center staff. The sensitivity of this test (detection of true positives) is believed to be greater than 95 percent, and the Institute hass been able to turn around test results within 36 hours or less. 

    Students are being tested twice a week, and Wesleyan faculty and staff who are working on campus are also being tested regularly.

    Students who test positive for COVID are provided with supportive isolation (using rooms at the Inn at Middletown as well as designated University housing) until they are no longer contagious. Students in isolation have daily check-ins with Health Center staff, may attend classes virtually (if able), and meals are delivered to them. Employees who test positive are advised to stay home and contact their health care provider for medical advice.

    With any positive tests, Wesleyan performs contact tracing to contain the spread of contagion. Wesleyan is covering the cost of all testing. Needless to say, if a student, staff, or faculty member is doing 100 percent of their work virtually (off-campus), there is no need to come to campus for a COVID test. (Employees may opt out of testing using a form located in their WesPortal in the COVID-19 Resources bucket). We are not conducting antibody testing on campus, as these tests do not tell if someone has an active disease, nor do they necessarily mean that person is immune to reinfection from COVID-19.

    Additional information can be found on the Testing webpage.

  • How does residential life work this year?

    Residential Life is designating family units (groups of students who live together as roommates or housemates) who may interact for orientation, community building, or other purposes). When interacting with others beyond one’s family unit, students must follow proper safety precautions, including social distancing and wearing face coverings. Student social events and parties with others outside of family units or cohorts are prohibited.

    Additional detailed information on residential life can be found on the Residential Life website.

  • How has the academic calendar changed for the 2020-21 academic year?

    Wesleyan began fall classes on Aug. 31 (one week earlier than usual), and will have no traditional fall break. The majority of students are to leave campus for Thanksgiving recess and complete the remainder of fall semester classes online. Students with special considerations (such as international students for whom travel is not advisable or students who depend on Wesleyan for housing) may petition to remain on campus over winter break. All other students must depart no later than Wednesday, Nov. 25 at noon.

    Students may return to campus for the spring semester beginning Friday, Feb. 5, and classes will begin online on Tuesday, Feb. 9, with a two-week, campus-wide quarantine at the start of the spring semester. Students whose theses or capstone projects require them to be on campus may petition to return prior to Feb. 5 on a case-by-case basis.

    We expect the semester to end in late May, with final exams May 18-21. We anticipate hosting Commencement on Sunday, May 30, and will determine the celebration’s format, as well as the celebration for the Class of 2020, as we get closer to the spring.

    See the Academic Calendar for additional information.

  • What counseling and psychological services will be available for students on and off campus?

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) received new licensing to be able to provide services to students who are studying remotely in other states. Unfortunately, students who are studying abroad are not able to access CAPS services. The CAPS team is employing a combination of in-person and teletherapy meetings with students. They also have expanded student access to ProtoCall therapists who provide 24/7 support. In addition, a new “Thriving Campus” community referral network enables students to more easily identify and connect with local community resources. The CAPS staff is offering several virtual groups as well as community education initiatives to students during the fall term.

  • What conditions would have to be present to suspend residential student instruction? If that occurs, would refunds be provided?

    Wesleyan's COVID-19 Dashboard includes a color-coded alert level to indicate the present state of operations. We consider a variety of factors in determining the alert level, including new weekly positives, the number of students in isolation/quarantine, turnaround time for tests, availability of PPE, ability to provide essential services, state and federal guidance, and other factors affecting the surrounding region. A "red," or "very high" alert level would necessitate the closing of academic buildings and of residence halls to all students except those who receive special exceptions.

    If the on-campus portion of the semester is shortened unexpectedly, credits to the residential comprehensive fee (RCF) will be provided. Financial aid awards will be adjusted accordingly for the revised cost of attendance. Tuition will not be refunded.