Given the current public health trajectory for Connecticut, we are hoping to welcome most students, faculty, and staff back to Middletown in safe conditions in late August. One thing we are certain about: it will be good to be together again—safely—on campus. Our abiding priority is the health and safety of every member of our community, especially the most vulnerable among us, and the realities of the current pandemic mean that this coming semester will be unlike those of the past. Wesleyan is developing protocols, in accordance with expert guidance, that best suit our particular situation.

In-Classroom and On-Campus

The University is planning for 2020 fall semester classes to begin on campus August 31 (one week earlier than initially scheduled) with the possibility of finishing online after Thanksgiving (when there would be just one more week of classes). 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. Food services and residence halls will be organized with safety in mind, as will our classrooms and co-curricular activities, and we expect to offer our athletes on-campus programs. We've also provided information on student charges and financial aid.

Information on Campus Life and Instruction

Health and Safety

Our pandemic planning workgroup is fine-tuning details for testing, monitoring, and contact tracing in close adherence to CDC guidelines. We will implement protocols to limit and document visitors to campus—including tours, lectures, and events—as well as to notify the campus community of confirmed cases and community members who may have been in contact with someone who tests positive. Additionally, the University is meticulously following state and federal cleaning, health, and safety guidelines.

Information on Health and Safety

Return to Campus for Employees

Our pandemic planning workgroup has created a phased approach for reactivating campus that prioritizes student-facing and faculty-support positions to meet the demands of the scheduled August 31 start of classes. This approach allows ample time between phases and employs proper social distancing protocols according to State of Connecticut guidelines. 

Information on Returning to Campus for Employees

Latest Campus Messages

August 10, 2020: Important Information for Fall Semester

Dear students, As our staff makes final preparations for students’ arrival to campus only two weeks from now, we look forward to the start of the semester with a mix of excitement and anxiety. Most of us have longed for the day when we can be together again on campus since we were abruptly forced apart by the pandemic last spring, yet the worsening public health conditions in much of the country are deeply troubling. Thankfully, Connecticut continues to fare well with decreasing COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths—largely thanks to the continued diligence of our state’s residents in following the rules meant to keep the public safe. Like the state, Wesleyan has its own set of rules and expectations that all students, faculty, and staff will be required to follow. We write today to remind you of these policies and practices, as well as to drive home how serious we will be about enforcing them.

August 3, 2020: Updated State Guidance on Arrival Plans

Dear students, In response to Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s recent Executive Order/Travel Advisory, Wesleyan has been advised to make changes to our arrival plans. The University is thus updating information we previously provided, and it is possible we will need to make further changes as the public health context or state guidance evolves.

August 3, 2020: New State Guidance for Faculty

Dear colleagues, In response to Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s recent Executive Order/Travel Advisory, Wesleyan has been advised to make further changes to our opening plans for the fall semester. The University is thus updating information we previously provided, and it is possible we will need to make further changes as the public health context or state guidelines evolve. 
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