Code of Conduct

Last updated Friday, January 29, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

 

COVID Agreement for Students (Spring 2021)

Wesleyan University continues to be informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Connecticut’s Department of Public Health (DPH), and other agencies in determining how to safely operate our residential campus in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. All members of the Wesleyan community – faculty, staff, and students – must to do their part to protect themselves as well as other members of the campus and surrounding communities. Maintaining public health requires shared responsibility and collective action by everyone. The health crisis will continue to impact our experience at Wesleyan, and the University will make health-informed decisions to protect our community.

In order to help mitigate health risks and comply with current CDC and DPH guidelines, all students will be expected to agree to and abide by these policies. These public health precautions should be followed at all times and are subject to change as the local and global situation evolves.  Updates will be shared as soon as they are available.

Students are expected to follow these polices as a condition of being on campus (there is a nearly identical version of these policies for employees).  Students unable or unwilling to follow these guidelines should study remotely and not return to campus:

Compliance

  • All Wesleyan community members will act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for the health and safety of others on campus and are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard. The policies outlined here represent our best options for reducing the risks of contagion and everyone must follow them in order for them to be effective.  Accordingly, the University will initiate judicial charges for students who fail to adhere to these policies and may immediately require a person to relocate or leave campus on an expedited basis if it determines that the person presents a health or safety risk to others. In some cases a simple warning or reminder may be adequate, but the Dean of Students will implement interim procedures (already included in the Code of Non-Academic Conduct) for egregious or repeated non-compliance.
  • Community members should understand that not all people come from public health-conscious backgrounds/cultures. While this does not excuse them from following these policies, please intervene in ways that are effective but do not emphasize personal wrongdoing or excessive blame.

Returning to Campus

  • Students who have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, and loss of taste and/or smell) or have had a known COVID-19 exposure prior to arrival should delay their return to campus until they are symptom-free or until they have completed a 14-day quarantine period. Those who develop symptoms or have a known exposure to COVID-19 after returning to campus should remain in their residence and report their symptoms to Health Services.
  • Students at high risk for complications of COVID-19 should decide whether returning to campus is in their best interest. Those who believe that they have high-risk medical conditions should consult with Health Services and/or with their primary health care provider.
  • Students must follow instructions for pre-arrival and arrival testing.
  • Arrival quarantine – all students must adhere to a state-mandated 14-day arrival quarantine during which they must stay in their residence except to pick up meals, visit Beckham Hall to be tested, or to exercise. Face coverings must be worn at all times during this period, except when a student is in their bedroom or bathing.

Campus Community Guidelines

  • Physical distancing – Students will adhere to physical distancing standards whenever possible. This means maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone not considered part of your family unit. For these purposes, a family unit is a group of students who live together as roommates or housemates.  When interacting with others beyond one’s family unit, COVID precautions (including physical distancing, face coverings, and limiting the size of gatherings) should be followed at all times. Family units will collaborate with Res Life to develop specific guidelines for their space(s).
  • Face coverings – Students must wear masks or face coverings that cover the mouth and nose at all times when outside of the private residential space that their family unit occupies and any other time when physical distancing standards cannot be maintained. 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.
  • Precautionary Sanitization – Students will exercise precautionary sanitization practices to include wiping shared surfaces, thorough and regular hand washing, and other recommended actions to promote good hygiene. The University will provide instructions on cleaning protocols intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and expects compliance with those protocols. The University will increase the frequency of cleaning in all campus buildings, including residences.
  • Reduced Capacity – Students will adhere to reduced capacity limits in residences, classrooms, assembly and dining locations to permit appropriate physical distancing.
  • Gatherings – All meetings and informal gatherings such as voluntary lectures, student group meetings, social gatherings, etc. are limited to 10 or fewer individuals and should take place outdoors or in venues where physical distancing requirements can be maintained. Face coverings/masks and distancing are required when interacting with anyone outside of one's family unit. COVID capacities of student residences limit the number of individuals who may be in the unit at any one time, and should never be exceeded. Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) can help student groups book space for safe gatherings – please contact stuact@wesleyan.edu.
  • Travel – All University-sponsored travel is suspended through the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year. Student travel off campus will not be permitted during the arrival quarantine and may be restricted beyond quarantine based upon the campus alert level at the time.  If conditions in the community improve later in the spring semester, off-campus travel may be permitted within Middletown for medical appointments, pharmacy and groceries.  Students will be advised of any changes on the University’s COVID alert level webpage.  Students are expected to comply with COVID precautions (including physical distancing, face coverings, etc.) as directed by local businesses/agencies when interacting with the local community.
  • Testing and Contact Tracing – Students will be required to follow COVID-19 testing and contact tracing protocols established by the University. Students who miss more than three tests will be immediately required to leave campus and study remotely for the rest of the semester.
  • Mandatory Flu Vaccine – Students will be required to obtain a standard influenza vaccination prior to February 5, 2021 (unless exercising an exemption permitted by Connecticut State law). Students who were unable to attend the on-campus vaccination clinics during the fall semester may receive the vaccine through their primary care provider or pharmacy.
  • Dining – Students will be expected to follow published guidelines related to dining services.
  • Quarantine/Isolation – All persons must comply with all public health and safety directives issued by University officials related to COVID-19 cases and those deemed to be close contacts. Students determined to be a COVID case, by either a positive test or diagnosis of symptoms, will be provided isolation housing for a minimum of 10 days. Close contacts will be quarantined for approximately 10-11 days. Contacts in quarantine will be administered a COVID test on or after their 9th day of strict quarantine and will be released from quarantine if the result is negative. For both cases and contacts, students will not be permitted to leave their residence during this time, will have their meals delivered to them, and will continue their studies online. 
  • Campus Visitors – All visitors are prohibited from campus for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year. Similarly, no speakers, performers, vendors, admission tours, etc. are permitted, except where granted an exception by Academic Affairs, Chief Administrative Officer, or Student Affairs.
  • Remote StudyStudents choosing to study remotely will reside at their home address and take all of their courses online. Remote students do not participate in Wesleyan’s COVID testing.  For public health reasons, these students are not permitted to come to campus for any reason during the semester without prior permission from the Office of the Dean of Students.

 

As indicated above, maintaining public health during this pandemic requires shared accountability and collective action by all members of the Wesleyan community.  I acknowledge that I have reviewed these expectations as well as the COVID Moodle information developed by the WSA, and I agree to adhere to these requirements in order to maintain the health and safety of the Wesleyan and Middletown communities.  In addition to following these guidelines as a condition of my presence on campus, I will take constructive action to promote others adhering to these safety measures.  Individuals who fail to abide by the above expectations constitute a public health threat and may face immediate removal from campus.

 

I further understand that I am assuming increased risks associated with communal living and the higher education environment, including potential exposure to COVID-19. These risks are elevated in such an environment despite reasonable mitigation measures, and may only be avoided by not returning to campus.