Greetings continuing and new members of Class of 2022

Dear members of the Class of 2022!

I hope you are managing your health and wellness with a steady dose of gentle self-care while supporting  others. Big welcome! to the newest cohorts of students transferring into the Classes of 2022 or 2023! Please keep a watch for future opportunities to meet, greet, and support each other.

I was encouraged by President Roth’s recent announcement that the university will return to a model of residential campus living and learning on August 31, 2020 and I appreciate the level of leniency you have (and I hope will continue) to exercise to me, as your class dean and to others associated with the university as we do our best to support your academic and personal health, development, and goals.

Now, I know that most folks remain uncertain about their Fall plans to return to physical campus. Please rest assure that President Roth’s recent request to submit an intention form is non-binding and should be approached as a way for us to estimate (roughly) the level of residential and instructional spaces will must reserve to align with CT state and local COVID-19 mitigation mandates. So, if you have not already submitted the form, please do so now with the assurance that no formal action will be taken unless you follow up with submission of a Leave of Absence form.

Thank you! to the countless members of the Class of 2022 who are taking gentle care of yourselves, family/friends, and each other, while also doing the difficult and intentional work to self-educate and/or advocate for elimination of racism and bigotry, viruses like COVID-19, that harms us all.

I miss you all and invite you to stop-by for an open group gathering today, Thursday, June 18 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST using:;

As always, please feel free to sign up using my calendar link for an individual meeting.

Sending positive vibes and encouragement your way for continued good health and safety,

Dean Thornton

Move Out Deadline for Housing 5/30/2020

From: All Students on campus <>
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 4:25 PM
To: All Students on campus <>
Subject: Reminder- Move Out Deadline for Housing 5/30

Good Afternoon,

During inspections of residential spaces on campus, we found a significant number of spaces that appeared to still have belongings left behind. We have already assigned a date/time to return to campus for those students who have been in contact with us in order to complete their move outs and retrieve their belongings.

If you have not yet received an assigned date from ResLife to complete your move out: you need to email regarding availability to return to campus between May 22nd and May 30th to complete the move-out process.

Do not plan to return to campus without an approved date/time from ResLife.

If you show up to campus outside of your approved date/time, you may experience a significant delay in being provided access to your housing assignment and will be assessed a judicial point for non-compliance.

If you have not yet received an assigned date, but do not need to physically return to campus due to coordinating with other students, family, or a moving company to retrieve your belongings on your behalf- please let us know by emailing if you have not already done so.

Items and belongings not approved to remain in residential spaces past the extended move out deadline of May 30th will be discarded.  If you left belongings that you would like to be discarded/donated, please let us know by emailing

As a reminder, guidelines and expectations for the move-out process can be found on the ResLife website:



Kieran J. Duffy ( He, Him pronouns)
Assistant Director of Residential Life
Wesleyan University
237 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459
(860) 685-3429

Wesleyan Public Health Update 5_20_2020

From: Tom McLarney, MD <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:30 AM
To: Renee Johnson Thornton <>
Subject: Public Health Update

To the Wesleyan Community,

Ask any driver about what irritates them, and you are likely to hear about other drivers who drive too slowly, and those who drive too fast. These tend to be subjective observations, but speed limits do give us objective guidance as to the appropriate speed of travel.

Unfortunately, there are no posted speed limits or minimum speeds listed for reopening a state. This week in Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont has announced a phased-in reopening beginning today, May 20. I would like to discuss this from a public health perspective.

As some offices, retail businesses, restaurants, and other establishments begin to re-open, my take-home message to you all is: proceed with caution. If at all possible, continue to stay home. I urge continued self-isolation even more strongly for anyone over 65 years of age, or those who have medical conditions that place them at high risk.

At Wesleyan, the majority of faculty and staff will continue to work from home for the time being. In his announcement, Governor Lamont has permitted university research labs to reopen. As with the other sectors, this is not a mandate to reopen. Wesleyan is making plans for faculty and staff to return to work including reopening research labs in accordance with state guidelines, and detailed information is forthcoming.

On its website, the state has posted rules for each sector of the economy on reopening. General guidelines for all sectors include:

  • Promote social distancing by placing tables, chairs, etc. 6 feet or more apart.
  • Many facilities will have a 50 percent capacity limit, and no waiting areas.
  • When applicable to the business, service by appointment only.
  • Employees and patrons will be required to wear face coverings (which may be removed if eating or drinking).
  • Employees will be required to stay home when ill.
  • Staggered shifts for employees.
  • Employees should work at home if possible.
  • Touch-free appliances (soap and paper towel dispensers, automatic doors, etc.).
  • Meticulous sanitizing between customers/patrons.
  • Businesses to log employee shifts and whereabouts to help with contact tracing, if needed.

It’s important to remember that even if a business is complying with all the reopening recommendations, there is no guarantee of how safe it is to visit. It may be prudent to wait two or three weeks before going to a shop or restaurant, for example, to see if there is a spike in Covid-19 cases after the reopening. If there is, then we would suspect safety measures aren’t working.

If you do go out, do your best to maintain a 6-foot distance (imagine an inflated inner tube around your waist), don’t touch your face, and try not to touch things such as paper towel dispensers, sinks, door handles, etc. Take the stairs rather than the elevator, when possible, and never enter a crowded elevator. In a business setting, don’t use any shared equipment (phones, keyboards, etc.) when possible, or at least disinfect between users. Follow the instructions on the state’s website, follow your gut, and err on the side of caution.

From a public health perspective, it is anticipated that any re-opening in our state will result in an increase of Covid-19 cases. These need to be kept at a minimum and preparations must be in place to address increased cases. Once again, I urge you to proceed with caution and to consider staying home if at all possible, especially if you have added risk factors.

In closing, I wish you all health and safety. We are all suffering from “pandemic fatigue,” but try to embrace the positives, such as more time with family and the beautiful spring weather. I also want to congratulate all the members of the Class of 2020.  As you wrap up your time at Wesleyan, you deserve extra recognition for your strength, flexibility, and resilience these past few months.  Best wishes for success in your future endeavors!

Tom McLarney, MD

Wesleyan Public Health Update 5_7_20

Thu 5/7/2020 4:03 PM
To the Wesleyan Community,

Once again, I hope this note finds you all safe and well. My thoughts go out to all of you who have been personally affected by Covid-19.

As we continue to follow the course of this pandemic, we see parts of our country (and the world) start the process of reopening while other areas brace for possible increased cases of Covid-19. As of this week, Connecticut has over 30,000 confirmed cases and over 2,000 deaths, but has seen an overall significant decline in hospitalizations over the past two weeks. Governor Lamont is looking at criteria for beginning to re-open the state, including 14 days of decreased hospitalizations; adequate testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and healthcare capacity; substantial contact tracing; and protection of high-risk populations. If these goals are met, we may see a partial re-opening by May 20.

What is new?

In my last update, I briefly mentioned that the drug Remdesivir was being evaluated in clinical trials. Since last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this anti-viral medication to treat Covid-19 following a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) showing efficacy. This study was a randomized, double-blind study (meaning neither the provider nor the patient knew who was receiving Remdesivir or the placebo; this helps eliminate bias in a clinical study) with over a thousand patients enrolled. Efficacy was demonstrated in 50 percent of the patients receiving Remdesivir. The patients who received the medication improved by day 10 and 11 (depending on whether the medication was administered for five or 10 days) compared with the placebo group, which improved at 15 days on average. The death rate was 8 percent for those receiving Remdesivir and 11.6 percent for those receiving placebo. (This, however, did not meet the criteria for being statistically significant).

Remdesivir has a good track record showing safety in humans when trialed a few years back during the Ebola outbreak. It works by mimicking the amino acid adenosine in the virus’s RNA, which causes it not to be able to replicate or infect. (It’s kind of like replacing the fuel injector in your car with the wrong part. Your car is not going to run.) Of course, this is only one study and more research is needed. A prior study conducted in Wuhan with over 200 patients and published in The Lancet was inconclusive. If Remdesivir is ultimately able to decrease hospital stays, it will reduce the chance of hospitals becoming overwhelmed.

Progress is also being made on antibody testing. The FDA has approved a number of tests under the EUA (Emergency Use Authorization Act). At this time, we do not know how sensitive or specific these tests are. Nor do we know if a test showing past exposure to Covid-19 means that a person has protective immunity. Further research and time will tell.

Last week I discussed potential issues with Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers for patients with Covid-19. The New England Journal of Medicine published the results of three observational studies that, when taken together, seem to indicate that Covid is not worsened by these medications. Thanks to the parent who shared an article with me that theorizes these medications may actually help with recovery from Covid by increasing the ACE-2 receptor that is free floating in our blood, which traps the virus. If found to be true through further studies, that would be great news.

Researches are also looking for other, less invasive ways to test for active Covid-19. Anyone who has had the nasal swab performed will tell you it is about a millimeter shy of a brain biopsy. Thanks to another parent who shared a paper noting that a saliva test out of Rutgers University’s Human Genetics Institute has been approved by the FDA (under the EUA). There are also some initial studies being done in California looking at swabbing the cheek. At this time though the nasal swab still remains the gold standard.

Please continue to send me questions, comments, and other information you think might be useful to share with the community.

As we move forward, common sense and reason will be our best allies. Be safe. I truly believe our researchers and scientists will get us to where we need to be. Yes, the future is uncertain, but we all have each other and will get through this together.

Tom McLarney, MD

Updated Move Out Timeline: Retrieving Belongings

From: All Students on campus <>
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2020 4:12 PM
To: All Students on campus <>
Subject: Updated Move Out Timeline: Retrieving Belongings

Good Afternoon!

I’m reaching out today to provide some updates regarding the move-out process for those students who still have belongings on campus.  If you have already completed your move out, returned your key, and don’t have any belongings left on campus, please disregard this message.

If you have belongings left on campus:

If you have been approved for an extension to the move out timeline or have other extenuating circumstances that resulted in belongings being left on campus, you need to collect your belongings by May 30th.  We are planning to facilitate access for students to return to campus to retrieve their belongings between May 22nd – May 30th.  Due to the ongoing public health crisis, the move out process is more restrictive than usual.  You should use the form linked below to indicate your availability to complete the remainder of your move out.  We will use this information to assign you a date within the 5/22 – 5/30 range, based on your availability, during which we will be able to provide access to your room.

Move Out Form

Please complete and submit the form by Thursday, May 7th at 12:00 PM.

You should take a moment to review the overview of the move out process and guidelines found on the ResLife page here: Move Out Guidelines and FAQ’s

If you have any questions that are not already covered in the guidelines and FAQ’s page, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at!



Kieran J. Duffy ( He, Him pronouns)
Assistant Director of Residential Life
Wesleyan University
237 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459
(860) 685-3429

Wes COVID-19 Public Health Update 4_15_2020

From: Tom McLarney, MD <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 4:56 PM
To: Renee Johnson Thornton <>
Subject: Public Health Update

To the Wesleyan Community,

I trust this note finds everyone in good health. I write today with another public health update on the coronavirus pandemic.

Since my last update, the CDC has announced that there will be antibody testing available within the next few weeks, which will measure two antibodies: Immunoglobulin M (IgM) and Immunoglobulin G (IgG).

Let me offer a quick Immunology 101 lesson: When we are exposed to an illness, our body produces IgM to fight it. During our recovery period, we produce IgG, which in many instances (but not all) gives us lifetime protection against the illness.  If a person is IgM negative and IgG positive, this suggests they had the disease and are now recovered with hopefully long-term protection.  If one is IgM positive and IgG negative, this suggests that they have the active disease and have not yet produced the protective antibody. If one is IgG and IgM negative, this suggests they have never been exposed to the disease or are incapable of producing antibodies. If one is both IgG and IgM positive, they may be early in the recovery phase or one of the tests is a false positive. What does all this mean? In theory, from a societal point of view, if one is IgM negative and IgG positive for COVID-19, they may be able to return to work without fear of contracting COVID-19. If one is IgG negative, they remain at risk for contracting COVID-19 and need to avoid exposure.

While this testing offers important information for the eventual re-opening of society and return to “business as usual,” there are still many critical questions left to answer. What are the sensitivity and specificity of these tests? In other words, what is the chance of getting a false positive or negative? Does a positive IgG correlate with lifetime immunity (as we see in chicken pox, measles, mumps, etc.) or will we be at risk for reinfection (such as influenza or strep throat)? When a vaccine is available and is given to those who are IgG negative, how long will it take after the injection for the full effect? And what is the percent of people who will be fully protected from the vaccine?

Fortunately, we have many bright scientists working to answer all these questions.  In many cases, it is a matter of time.

On another note, I had the pleasure of speaking with Father Bill Wallace, Wesleyan’s Catholic chaplain, last week.  He reminded me that the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (OSRL) is a wonderful resource to help our students who are dealing with the stressors of isolation, fear of contracting COVID-19, and the major and abrupt changes in routine we are all experiencing.  Our emotional, behavioral, and spiritual well-being is certainly being put to the test. We are lucky to have both the OSRL and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) here on campus.  Contact information for all the University’s chaplains can be found here, while CAPS can be reached at or (860) 685-2910. Faculty and staff may contact the Employee Assistance Program at (800) 854-1446.

I would be remiss if I didn’t continue to stress the principles of physical distancing.  Presently this is our best (if not our only) option to ‘’flatten the curve’’ and this appears to be happening.  We cannot let our guard down now. It’s important for everyone to follow these steps:

  1. Wear a face covering when in public. This is to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19 as infected people can be asymptomatic for two days prior to symptoms or may be completely asymptomatic.
  2. Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from others.
  3. Do not meet in groups of over five people.
  4. Wash hands frequently.
  5. Do not touch your face. Be especially cognizant when donning or doffing your masks.
  6. Cough into the crook of your arm.
  7. Avoid people who are ill.
  8. Wipe down frequently touched surfaces, such as door knobs.

We will continue to forge ahead caring for ourselves and others while maintaining appropriate distancing. We are in this together and will take each day as it comes.

Stay well, be safe, be kind,

Tom McLarney, MD

4th Quarter Courses

For those of you who need to add credit, here is a list of 4th quarter courses.  To add a course to your schedule, send a group email to the instructor, your advisor, and your class dean with a request that you be added to the class.  With approval from the instructor and your advisor, you class dean will add you to the course.

Subject Catalog Section Title Instructor
CSPL  262 01 Intro to Soc Entrepreneurship Kingsley,Makaela Jane
E&ES  195 01 Sophomore Field Course Ku,Timothy C.W.
PHED  102 01 Tennis, Intermediate Fried,Michael A
PHED  104 01 Golf Potter,Christopher J.
PHED  106 02 Fitness, Beginning Black,Drew
PHED  107 01 Inner Game of Golf Woodworth,Mark A.
PHED  118 03 Strength Training, Intro Mullen,Kate
PHED  118 04 Strength Training, Intro Reilly,Joseph P.
PHED  119 02 Strength Training, Advanced Mullen,Kate
PHED  123 01 Lifeguard Training Solomon,Peter Gordon
PHED  138 02 Indoor Cycling McKenna,Jodi
PHED  139 01 Running for Fitness Reilly,Joseph P.
PHED  140 01 Racketlon Kerr,Shona
PHED  155 01 Plyometric Training DiCenzo,Daniel A
PHED  157 01 Pickleball Meredith,Eva Bergsten
PHED  159 01 Cross Training Fitness Black,Drew
QAC  154 01 Working with MATLAB Thayer,Kelly Marie
QAC  155 01 Working with Python Oleinikov,Pavel V
QAC  156 01 Working with R Kaparakis,Emmanuel I.
QAC  311 01 Longitudinal Data Analysis Kaparakis,Emmanuel I.

RCF Rebate Update 3_19_20

From: All Students on campus <>
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:41 PM
To: All Students on campus <>
Cc: Christopher Olt <>; Robert Mirabal <>
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.

For students with outstanding account balances, the RCF adjustment will first be applied to that balance.  In cases where the RCF adjustment creates a credit balance, these balances will remain on the student account and will be applied to future charges, unless a cash refund is specifically requested.

A cash refund can be requested by completing this form.  All refunds will be made via direct deposit to the student’s bank account on file.  If direct deposit has not been set up, a check will be mailed to the student’s home address.  Please be sure to review your home address in WesPortal for accuracy.  

Students with direct deposit on file should expect to receive their refund within 3-5 business days.  Students without direct deposit should expect a check to be processed within 7-12 business days of requesting the refund.

Students and authorized participants can review account activity via your Student Account Center in WesPortal or via

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Accounts Office at


Robert Mirabel

Director of Student Account

Chris Olt

Associate Vice President for Finance