Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated Monday, August 10, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.

  • What is Wesleyan’s plan for Fall 2020?

    Wesleyan will begin fall classes on August 31 (one week earlier than initially scheduled), with the possibility of finishing the semester online after Thanksgiving (there will be no traditional fall break). We will be taking many precautions to keep the campus community safe and healthy, including frequent testing, contact tracing, disinfecting of surfaces, and requiring people to follow safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing face coverings when around others. To enable student learning from any location, Wesleyan will offer a full array of in-person, online, and hybrid courses so that all students can engage in our rich and diverse curriculum while making progress toward their degrees. Departments, faculty, and class deans will work with each student to adjust their schedules in light of changes to the curriculum. We also anticipate a vibrant co-curricular experience on campus, though events and activites will necessarily look different this semester.

    For safety reasons, visitors—including parents and other family members—will not be allowed on campus following move-in.

  • How will COVID testing and contact tracing work on campus?

    Wesleyan is partnering on testing with the Broad Institute out of Cambridge, MA. The Broad Institute will be using a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, an anterior nasal swab that students, faculty, and staff will self-administer in an outdoor testing site under the observation of Davison Health Center staff. The sensitivity of this test (detection of true positives) is believed to be greater than 95 percent, and the Institute has promised a turn-around time for tests of 36 hours.

    All students will be tested for COVID shortly after arriving on campus in late August. More information on arrival testing and quarantine requirements is available here.

    Following arrival, students will be tested twice weekly. We may consider reducing testing frequency to weekly if initial results indicate low rates of infection during the first weeks of the semester. Wesleyan faculty and staff will also be tested regularly.

    Students who test positive for COVID will be provided with supportive isolation (using rooms at the Inn at Middletown as well as designated University housing) until they are no longer contagious. Students in isolation will have daily check-ins with Health Center staff, will attend classes virtually (if able), and meals will be delivered to them.

    With any positive tests, Wesleyan will perform contact tracing to contain the spread of contagion. Wesleyan will cover the cost of all testing. Needless to say, if a student, staff, or faculty member will be doing 100 percent of their work virtually (off-campus), there is no need to come to campus for a COVID test. We are not planning to do antibody testing on campus, as these tests do not tell if someone has an active disease, nor do they necessarily mean that person is immune to reinfection from COVID-19.

    Additional information can be found on the Testing webpage.

  • How will move-in and residential life work this year?

    For health and safety reasons, students’ arrival to campus and move-in will be quite different than in the past. All undergraduate students may sign up for a move-in day and time slot between August 24 through August 30 using this form. The number of time slots is limited by hour and location in order to facilitate physical distancing as students are moving in. Students living in program houses, wood frame houses and apartments (other than Fauver, Low and High Rise) do not need to sign up for a day and time slot, but should plan to arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on one of those days. 

    We are asking all students to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving on campus, and—if possible—to get tested for COVID in their home state in order to reduce the likelihood that someone will arrive on campus with COVID.

    Residential Life will designate family units (groups of students who live together as roommates or housemates) who may interact for orientation, community building, or other purposes). When interacting with others beyond one’s family unit, students must follow proper safety precautions, including social distancing and wearing face coverings. Student social events and parties with others outside of family units or cohorts are prohibited.

    Additional detailed information on residential life and move-in can be found on the Residential Life website.

  • How will the academic calendar and experience look different this year?

    Fall classes will begin on August 31 (one week earlier than initially scheduled), and the first week of in-person classes will be delivered remotely in order to comply with the state of Connecticut's quarantine requirements. There is a possibility that fall semester classes will finish online after Thanksgiving (there will be no traditional fall break). Classes with a final exam will offer an online option. If in-person classes do end before Thanksgiving, students who leave campus for Thanksgiving will not be able to return to campus afterwards. There is a possibility that students can stay on campus through Thanksgiving and complete their semester on campus.

    Currently, approximately half of classes are scheduled to be online while the remaining will be in-person or hybrid. More information can be found on this Curriculum and Instruction page. Students with individual questions or concerns about their course planning are encouraged to speak with their faculty advisors, class deans, or faculty members leading the course in question.

    Science labs will be open for students to work in, though space in the labs will be limited to abide by 6-foot distance requirements. All art studios will also be open, and all arts departments will offer a combination of in-person, hybrid and online coursesCertain ensembles will be able to offer in-person experiences. Libraries will be open, with adjustments to available seating and services to accommodate social distancing. 

    We have compiled short video interviews of faculty across the divisions talking about their courses to assist you as you think about your classes and consider the different teaching modalities. In these videos, you’ll hear more about what a hybrid course might look like, how a fully online class has been enriched and developed, and what you can expect from an in-person experience.



  • What measures will be taken to ensure that faculty, staff, and students comply with the policies and directives issued around Covid?

    In order to help mitigate health risks and comply with current guidelines, all employees will be expected to abide by a Community Agreement and other policies and directives issued as we navigate this difficult time. These public health precautions should be followed at all times and are subject to change as the local and global situation evolves. 

    All students who plan to come to campus this year are required to abide by guidelines in the student Code of Conduct. The agreement will be posted in students’ WesPortal and must be reviewed and acknowledged prior to students arriving on campus and picking up their keys. Non-compliance will result in a student being immediately required to leave campus on an expedited basis in order to protect the health and safety of others.

  • What counseling and psychological services will be available for students on and off campus?

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) received new licensing to be able to provide services to students who are studying remotely in other states. Unfortunately, students who are studying abroad will not be able to access CAPS services. The CAPS team will employ a combination of in-person and teletherapy meetings with students. They also have expanded student access to ProtoCall therapists who provide 24/7 support. In addition, a new “Thriving Campus” community referral network enables students to more easily identify and connect with local community resources. The CAPS staff will offer several virtual groups as well as community education initiatives to students  during the fall term.

  • What conditions would have to be present to suspend residential student instruction? If that occurs, would refunds be provided?

    We are still determining the specific measures that would dictate a suspension of residential student instruction. Some measures would be if the state or CDC mandate a closure of student housing, and if there is an outbreak on campus that has a significant impact on the availability faculty/staff and/or the availability of isolation space. More specific details are forthcoming.  

    If the on-campus portion of the semester is shortened unexpectedly, credits to the residential comprehensive fee (RCF) will be provided. Financial aid awards will be adjusted accordingly for the revised cost of attendance. Tuition will not be refunded.