Code of Conduct

Last updated Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

COVID Agreement for Students

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 repopulate our residential campus in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. All members of the Wesleyan community – faculty, staff, students, and visitors – must to do their part to protect themselves as well as other members of the campus and surrounding communities. Maintaining public health will require shared responsibility and collective action by everyone. The health crisis will impact our experience at Wesleyan, and the University will continue to make health-informed decisions to protect our community. 

In order to help mitigate health risks and comply with current CDC and DPH guidelines, all members of the Wesleyan community 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 immediately require a person to relocate or leave campus on an expedited basis if it determines that the person is not complying with these policies and therefore 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 guidelines, 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, arrival, and subsequent testing.

 

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 and face coverings) should be followed at all times. Family units will collaborate 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 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 25 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. Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) is setting up an outdoor programming venue on Foss Hill in order to provide a safe venue to come together in larger groups over the coming months. Please contact stuact@wesleyan.edu with requests to use this space. 
  • Travel – All University-sponsored travel is suspended through the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. Students are discouraged from traveling outside of the Middletown area (beyond a 25-mile radius from campus), and will be required to self-quarantine upon return to campus as per CDC and DPH guidelines. A student requesting to travel beyond the 25-mile radius should complete this form prior to departure. In addition, students traveling within the 25-mile radius, however leaving campus for an extended time or attending a large gathering, should complete this form prior to doing so. 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.
  • Mandatory Flu Vaccine – 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.
  • Dining – Students will be expected to follow published dining guidelines related to dining services.
  • Quarantine/Isolation – All persons must comply with all public health and safety directives issued by University officials. This includes directives related to quarantining, isolating, etc.
  • Campus Visitors – No campus visitors (speakers, performers, vendors, admission tours, etc.) are permitted through the remainder of the 2020 calendar year, except where granted an exception by Academic Affairs, Chief Administrative Officer, or Student Affairs. Personal visitors are also prohibited from campus for the fall semester.

As indicated above, maintaining public health during this pandemic will require shared accountability and collective action by all members of the Wesleyan community.  I acknowledge that I have reviewed these expectations and 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.

 

All students who plan to come to campus this year are required to abide by these guidelines. The agreement is posted in students’ WesPortal and must be reviewed and acknowledged prior to students arriving on campus and picking up their keys. 

See also the Wesleyan Student Assembly's "COVID 101: Coronavirus at Wesleyan" report, and COVID 101 mini-lecture videos by Professors William Johnston and Frederick Cohan.