Safety Guidelines

All members of the Wesleyan community are expected to take personal responsibility for keeping our campus healthy and safe, including following these steps to prevent the spread of illness:

  • Practice Social Distancing

    Adhere to social distancing standards and reduced capacity limits in campus spaces. This means maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and others in all buildings and shared outdoor spaces on campus.

  • Wear a Mask or Face Covering

    Wear masks or face coverings that cover the mouth and nose at all times when outside of private residential spaces or private offices. This includes in shared public spaces, such as classrooms, and outdoor areas on campus.

    Note: Students who are unable to wear a mask or face covering 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.
    Employees who are unable to wear a mask or face covering because of a medical condition must complete the Special Considerations Form.

    When in doubt, wear it.

  • Testing and Contact Tracing Protocols

    All community members must follow COVID-19 testing and contact tracing protocols established by the University.

    All students must be tested twice a week.

    Faculty and staff who are on campus three or more days a week must be tested twice a week. All other faculty or staff who come to campus regularly should review the Testing Schedules and Frequency information.

    Testing is by appointment only, scheduled via the online booking app.

    Anyone who misses two tests will be contacted by a member of the Pandemic Planning Team. If unable to follow the testing protocol, they will need to remain off campus.

  • Check In On Campus Daily

    Employees must check in via their WesPortal every day they come to work on campus and affirm that they have no symptoms of COVID or of illness in general. For employees working on campus regularly, there will be a check-in button to click at the top of the Portal.

    For employees working remotely who only come to campus periodically (ie. those who have opted out of testing), please use the “Employee Daily Campus Check-In Form” in the COVID-19 Resources Bucket in WesPortal.

  • Travel

    All University-sponsored travel is suspended through the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year.  

    Students may leave campus only for travel within Middletown – be it trips to grocery stores, pharmacies, or for medical appointments. Students may also go into Middletown for work, internships, retail shopping and take-out dining. But, students are restricted from dine-in restaurants and off-campus fitness centers. 

    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.

  • Athletics Spring Sports Guidelines

    The University is planning for a limited schedule of outdoor spring sports, if pandemic conditions remain stable. With safety foremost in mind, the athletic department will be conducting additional pre-competition antigen testing of athletes and coaches.

    There will be no overnight stays, no outside spectators, and the travel radius will be limited. Moreover, if athletes and coaches test positive prior to a competition, that event will be cancelled. Athletes, like all students, will continue to adhere to the twice-weekly campus testing requirement. Visit Athletics to review the complete list of protocols.

  • Other Guidelines to Follow

    • Stay home if you're sick. Do not go to class or work.
    • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or if not readily available, use hand sanitizer (rub into your hands until dry).
    • Avoid sick people.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Maintain 6 feet (2 meters) of distance from other people.
    • Frequently wipe down high-touch areas such as door knobs, counters, and table tops. Avoid using another person’s keyboard.
    • Avoid groups of people, particularly more than 10 in one place.
    • Do not share drinks.
    • Cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
    • As you move around campus, be sure to carry your employee or student ID to unlock card access doors in Wesleyan buildings.