April 2, 2020: Student Employment Update

From: Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez
Subject: Student Employment Update

Dear Members of the Wesleyan Community:

I would like to share some important information concerning the student employment program at Wesleyan.

All student employees should speak with their supervisors to determine whether remote work is possible for the positions they held prior to the transition to a remote campus. Students who can continue to work remotely should do so and, in accordance with the University’s student weekly payroll schedule, submit their hours for approval on a weekly basis.

Students who had been working…

April 2, 2020: Message on Commencement

From: Michael S. Roth
Subject: Message on Commencement

Dear friends,

Although I’d been delaying this decision in hopes that we might still have an opportunity to gather together in late May, I’m writing now to let you know that we will have to find another time and place to celebrate the 2020 graduation. There is so much uncertainty about what the next few months will hold, and we don’t think it is responsible to plan to bring a large group together on Andrus Field in May.

I know this will be greatly disappointing for many, particularly for…

March 31, 2020: Public Health Update

From: Tom McLarney, MD
To: Lauren Rubenstein
Subject: Public Health Update

To the Wesleyan Community,

The Davison Health Center sends our wishes for good health and safety to everyone.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely at the local, national and international levels.

Over the next few weeks, experts in the field predict increased cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Coupled with the lack of a vaccine, medication trials still in early phases, and troubling shortages in testing, personal protective equipment, and ventilators around the country, it is understandable to see high levels of fear and anxiety as we worry about our own well-being and the health of our loved ones.

With all these challenges, I would again like to stress the measures that we can all…

March 31: Academic Policies and Guidelines During the Covid19 Pandemic

From: Michael Whaley
Subject: Academic Policies and Guidelines During the Covid19 Pandemic

Dear Students,

I write with these important updates and adjustments to academic policies for this semester as a result of the pandemic:

Academic Affairs Policies and Guidelines of Interest to Students Adopted During the Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis

CR/U: Students may request a change from letter grades to CR/U for any course they were enrolled in when the transition to distance learning occurred.  All departments have agreed to accept CR/U grades in courses required for the major, minor, or certificate for the spring 2020 semester.

The mechanism for activating the grade mode change is a simple request to the instructor by the student made on or prior to the last day of class.  Students should consult with their departments about “specialty” courses such as thesis or graduate courses.  Students anticipating applying for postgraduate schools should contact the schools in which they’re interested regarding their policies accepting CR/U.

March 26, 2020: Health Advisory from the Davison Health Center

From: Tom McLarney, MD
Subject: Health Advisory from the Davison Health Center

To the Wesleyan Community:

In light of the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in New York (especially in New York City and Westchester County) we urge students, staff and faculty to avoid travel to and from New York at all costs.

Travel to an epicenter such as we are seeing in New York not only increases your own risk of…

March 22, 2020: Accessing health services on campus

From: Tom McLarney, MD
Date: Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 8:46 PM
Subject: Accessing health services on campus

To our students remaining on campus:

Thanks to everyone who attended the Zoom meeting this evening. As we mentioned, the Davison Health Center will be in operation from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for the remainder of the semester or until otherwise announced.

As you have been advised in prior correspondence, in order to prevent potentially infecting others, DO NOT WALK IN to the health center. Instead, please call us at 860-685-2470 to speak with one of our staff members.

For the same reason, if you are seeking…

March 19, 2020: Staff Update

From: Lisa Brommer
Subject: Staff Update

As we continue to support our students and faculty through the transition to a distance-learning model, Wesleyan remains fully committed to the health and safety of each and every one of our colleagues. Whether you are supporting faculty, helping students move off campus, ensuring that technology resources are available, or thinking creatively about how you can continue your daily work in new ways, we are deeply grateful for you and your commitment.

Currently, the majority of us are working remotely. Cabinet members are collaborating…

March 19, 2020: Refund of Residential Comprehensive Fee

From: Robert Mirabal and Chris Olt
Subject: Refund of Residential Comprehensive Fee

Dear Students,

The Student Accounts Office has started to process adjustments to Residential Comprehensive Fees (RCF) for students who have turned in their keys to Residential Life. Please review the student FAQs for more information regarding turning in your key, which will initiate the RCF process.

As a reminder, students who have been approved to remain on-campus will not receive an RCF adjustment.

March 13, 2020: Public Health Update

From: Tom McLarney, MD
Subject: Public Health Update

To our student body:

As we transition from in-class learning to distance online learning, the University is promoting social distancing to ensure the safest environment for all. This includes picking up your personal belongings on campus. As this is difficult for any of us as social human beings, I feel you should know the medical rational behind this.

Dr. Anthony Fauci from the NIH gave an excellent answer to this question when he recently testified to Congress.  The essence of his presentation:

The best way to decrease the spread of this virus is to prevent…

March 13, 2020: Staff Update on COVID-19

From: Wesleyan Human Resources

Subject: Staff Update on COVID-19

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the University has suspended all in-person classes and is moving to a distance-learning model because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus. I encourage you to review President Roth’s message to the campus community and to review the central coronavirus website.

While this outbreak and the difficult decisions it has necessitated are unprecedented for Wesleyan, we will continue to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all who remain on campus. The University will remain open and staff shall continue to work during this period. It is also important to note that the demands…