Information for Start of Spring Semester – Jan 19, 2022

To the Wesleyan community:     

We want to thank you for attending our spring semester webinar last week. We know that the delay to the beginning of the semester has been challenging for some families, and we appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we strive to keep the Wesleyan community safe. We are taking a cautious approach now with the hope that it will allow for a full and rich semester of activity.   The University looks forward to welcoming students back to campus beginning January 27. Based on questions asked during the webinar, and to help you get ready for a safe return, we are sharing some important information.    

Upcoming Webinar: Spring Semester 2022 Protocols

To the Wesleyan community,

We invite you to join us for a webinar Friday, January 14, titled Campus Update: Spring Semester 2022 Protocols.  The webinar for staff and faculty will take place at 10 a.m. EST.The webinar for students and families will take place at noon EST.  President Michael S. Roth and members of the University’s Pandemic Planning Committee will discuss the plans for the upcoming spring semester. There will also be time to answer your questions. 

Raising COVID-19 Alert Level to Yellow – Jan 10, 2022

To the Wesleyan Community:   
With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing on campus and throughout the state, as a precautionary measure, the Pandemic Planning Committee has decided to raise the current alert level to Yellow.
The positivity rate on campus is 5.5 percent, as of Friday, January 7.  Please note the following changes and reminders.

Delaying Start of Spring Semester – January 4, 2022

Dear friends, 

Given the rise in COVID-19 cases and predictions about the trajectory of the pandemic, Wesleyan will delay the beginning of spring semester classes until Thursday, January 27. Spring break will now be March 12–20. 

Classes on Thursday, January 27 and Friday, January 28 will be held virtually before in-person classes resume on Monday, January 31. This will allow students to be tested for COVID-19 at Beckham Hall, and receive results, before they return to in-person learning. Housing will open beginning Thursday, January 27.

Winter Session Classes Going Virtual

To the Wesleyan community:    

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.    

Preparing for Spring Semester – December 16, 2021

To the Wesleyan community:

We want to update you on the COVID-19 protocols we have planned for the spring semester.  

While we watch the data on the Omicron variant with concern, thanks to our vaccination, booster and mask policies, we are well-poised to safely continue our in-person classes and co-curricular activities in the spring semester.  

Update from the Pandemic Planning Committee

To the Wesleyan community:

The Pandemic Planning Community continues to closely monitor our COVID-19 positivity rate. Test results from this week—14 new positive cases from a total of 2971 tests—are lower than the rate of positive cases reported prior to the Thanksgiving break.

Our campus positivity rate remains low in the context of the surrounding area. In addition, those who have tested positive have experienced either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Please review the COVID dashboard for updated information.

Vaccine Booster Requirement for Spring 2022

To the Wesleyan community,

Thanks to our high vaccination rates, mask mandates, and robust testing protocols, the Wesleyan campus community has consistently maintained COVID-19 positivity rates lower than our surrounding area. This remains the case, even as we have seen an increase in positive campus cases. Most importantly, since we have the protection of vaccinations, the COVID-19 cases we’ve had thus far have been asymptomatic or mild. Vaccine booster shots are now available, and they offer an important additional layer of protection.

December 22, 2020: Winter Break Testing Schedule

Dear colleagues,

Just ahead of winter recess, I write with a reminder of the testing schedule and a clarification on who should be testing over break.

The schedule for once-weekly COVID testing in Beckham Hall will be adjusted due to the holidays.

Testing will take place today, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For the month of January, beginning Jan. 6, testing will return to Wednesdays from 7 a.m.­­ to 4 p.m.

Throughout January, testing will be limited only to those positions designated as essential personnel and to those positions that directly support students remaining on campus over break. Other employees should not be testing on campus but will resume testing for the spring semester in early February. Please direct any questions to your supervisor.

December 17, 2020: Winter Break COVID Reminders

To the campus community,

As we approach the winter recess, I write with several important reminders:

For employees working on campus over the coming weeks:

COVID testing in Beckham Hall will continue to operate on a reduced schedule for those staff whose work requires them to be on campus: Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Due to the holidays, the weekly testing will shift to Tuesday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 29 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., before returning to Wednesdays again on January 6, 2021. All students and employees working on campus should test once per week. Please remember to book your testing appointments online in advance in order to avoid unnecessary crowding in Beckham Hall. Only Wesleyan students, employees, and subcontractors may test on campus.