Code of Conduct: COVID Agreement for Students

Last updated Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

COVID Agreement for Students (Fall 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 do their part to protect themselves as well as other members of the campus and surrounding communities. 

In order to help mitigate health risks, all students will be expected to abide by the directives of the Davison Health Center staff and the Pandemic Operations Committee as a condition of being on campus.  Updates will be shared via email and posted to the Keep Wes Safe webpages.  

Compliance

  • All Wesleyan community members must act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for the health and safety of others by following the policies outlined here.  The University will initiate disciplinary proceedings against students who fail to adhere to these policies.  In some cases a simple warning or reminder may be adequate, but the Dean of Students may refer cases to be reviewed by the Community Standards Board for non-compliance.

Returning to Campus

  • Students must comply with the vaccine requirement in order to return to campus for the fall semester.
  • 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. 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.

Campus Community Guidelines

  • Face coverings – Students must wear masks or face coverings that cover the mouth and nose indoors other than in their private residential space or when they are eating/drinking in a dining hall. 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 continue regular cleaning in all campus buildings, including residences.
  • Capacity– Students will adhere to normal capacity limits in residences, classrooms, assembly and dining locations.
  • Travel – Student travel off campus will be permitted during the fall semester but students are advised to take precautions (including physical distancing, face coverings, etc.) when leaving campus and particularly in settings where the risk of transmission may be greater (restaurants, bars, and stores).
  • Testing and Contact Tracing – Students will be required to follow COVID-19 testing and contact tracing established by the University. As the semester begins all students will be tested upon arrival to campus and will be asked to have one additional test in the week after their arrival.
  • 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 advised to self-quarantine in their residence or relocated to quarantine housing assignment for a minimum of 10 days. Vaccinated students who are COVID cases will be advised to wear a face covering, take their meals to go and will be directed not to attend classes until they are cleared to return by Davison Health Center staff.  Close contacts who are vaccinated will be advised by health services to wear a face covering, take their meals to go and get tested at health services in 3-5 days after their exposure. Close contacts will be permitted to attend classes but will be required to wear a mask until they receive a negative COVID test result.
  • Campus Visitors – For arrival day, each student is limited to two guests who are allowed to enter their residential building to assist with moving in, as long as they are fully vaccinated.  After moving in, only students, faculty, and staff will be allowed in campus residences.

In addition to following these guidelines, all students are expected to take constructive action to help others adhere to these safety measures. Maintaining public health during this pandemic requires shared accountability and collective purpose. Together, we can do this!