From: Rick Culliton
Date: December 20, 2021
The Pandemic Planning Committee is writing to let you know that, out of an abundance of caution, those winter session classes previously scheduled to take place in-person will now be virtual.
We recognize that this change will only affect a small number of students, faculty, and staff, as most of our winter classes were already taking place online. However, the continued uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant and upcoming holiday travel has led us to take this precautionary measure.
Spring courses currently remain on track for in-person learning, as we had done throughout the fall semester. That is why it is critical that everyone follows our vaccination booster policy and, if within 30 days of CDC eligibility, gets their booster shot before returning to campus. As a reminder, all students must have received a COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine to register for classes. For those eligible, they must upload a copy of their updated vaccination card to WesPortal, reporting the date on which they received their vaccinations, by Friday, January 14.
For those students registered for in-person winter session classes and not yet on campus, we encourage you to avoid traveling back to Middletown until spring semester. Faculty teaching these courses are well prepared for online learning. The Office of Continuing Studies and Graduate Liberal Studies will contact you shortly with more details.
LIVING ON CAMPUS
For those that are living on campus throughout winter break, we are confident that Wesleyan will remain as safe an environment as it has been throughout the fall. As always, we encourage you to reach out to the Davison Health Center if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms. If you are feeling unwell prior to Davison re-opening on January 3, please go to urgent care—Public Safety can assist with transportation, if necessary.
Masks will also continue to be required indoors on campus except in one’s own private residential bedroom or in one’s own private office. This includes shared public spaces, such as classrooms/meeting rooms, dining, and residential common areas.
We hope these changes to the winter session will have minimal impact on our community and thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to keep our campus safe for a return in the spring.
The Committee will be in touch the first week of January with any further updates and a reminder of steps to take before returning to campus.
Rick Culliton, Chair Pandemic Planning Committee and Dean of Students