Faculty FAQs

Last updated Friday, August 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing
  • I am vaccinated. Will I still need to test?
    Testing is optional for vaccinated faculty and will be available on August 31 for one day only. Optional testing will return for vaccinated faculty beginning on September 7 and will continue until further notice. Testing is Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Beckham Hall in Fayerweather. Although appointments are not required, we anticipate delays during peak testing hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please try to test outside of those hours. Alternatively, use the CT Testing Locator to locate the nearest off-campus testing site. Learn more about testing.
Course Design and Delivery
  • What level of flexibility do we have in designing our fall classes?

    In-person teaching is the expected modality for all courses. Faculty are free to supplement their classes with any effective online tools, and have the discretion to deal with travel, illness, or other temporary circumstances that require them to be away in whatever manner works best for their class. Faculty should contact their department chair and dean to communicate any issues and unexpected circumstances. If you have specific dependent care or health issues, such as immunosuppression, that prevent you from teaching on campus for the Fall semester, Academic Affairs and Human Resources can work with you to discuss leaves or other particular arrangements.

  • Will classrooms have reduced occupancy limits?

    After reviewing our plans with public health experts, the University’s high vaccination rates and mask requirements allow us to return to fully occupied classrooms without the need for social distancing. Outdoor classrooms are available through November.

Health and Safety
  • Are masks required on campus?

    Masks are required indoors on campus except when alone in one’s own private residential bedroom or when alone in one’s own private office. This includes in shared public spaces, such as classrooms/meeting rooms, the library, dining, residential common areas and some office configurations. When in doubt, please wear a mask. Unvaccinated faculty with exemptions should wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors), except when alone in one’s own private office.

  • What do I do if I test positive?

    Faculty and staff who test positive should contact Director of Employee Benefits, Donna Brewer of Human Resources Human Resources, 860-510-1193, and self-quarantine until cleared by a health care provider.

  • What do I do if a student(s) in my class tests positive?

    If a student tests positive, they will be directed by the Davison Health Center to isolate for 10 days and then will need to be cleared by the medical staff at the Health Center. Students should reach out to their professors for course material they will miss while quarantined. Assuming most vaccinated individuals will be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, they should be able to keep up with course work.

    Academic Affairs is available to assist in developing pedagogical strategies to support those students such as posting materials on Moodle or allowing students to participate via cellphone with FaceTime or Zoom. If a high number of students in a specific course test positive, Academic Affairs will assist that faculty member with developing hybrid or remote options.

Campus Operations
  • Are visitors allowed on campus?

    Yes. Wesleyan requires all visitors (contractor, vendors and attendees to athletic events, conferences and performances) to be vaccinated. For some contracted work, individual employees may seek an exemption through their employer. All visitors should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination. Vaccinated visitors may attend outdoor events and outdoor activities unmasked.

  • Is University travel permitted?

    University-funded travel (domestic and international, including study abroad) is permitted for vaccinated employees and students so long as the destination is rated COVID-level 3 by the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC). If a country rises to COVID-level 4 after tickets are purchased, travel to that country should be cancelled or delayed until the country returns to level 3 or below. Learn more about CDC Travel Guidance. To assist employees and students traveling abroad, the Fries Center for Global Studies has set up a travel registry. Faculty, students, and staff traveling outside the United States are encouraged to sign up.