Reactivating Campus in Fall 2020, July 8

From: Michael S. Roth <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:02 AM
To: Renee Johnson Thornton <>
Subject: Reactivating Campus in Fall

Dear friends,

As promised in my June message, I am writing now with more specificity concerning our plans to reactivate campus in late August. Since our first priority is the health and safety of our community members, these plans may have to be adjusted in response to changing public health conditions. Whatever these challenging conditions may be, we intend to provide an excellent educational experience (on campus or remotely).

We have developed a robust set of resources on our website about our campus reactivation, including information on instruction and campus lifehealth and safety, and returning to work on campus. Here are some highlights:

We will begin fall classes on August 31 (one week earlier than initially scheduled), with the possibility of finishing the semester online after Thanksgiving (there will be no traditional fall break). Students will be asked to avoid large gatherings in the weeks before coming to campus and to take increasing precautions, in addition to wearing masks and social distancing. Students who are able to get tested will be encouraged to determine that they are negative for Covid-19 within 48 hours of traveling to campus. Everyone on campus will be tested shortly after arrival, and there will be frequent testing on a regular basis thereafter. Those on campus who test positive for Covid-19 will be provided with supportive isolation until they are no longer contagious. Students who test positive will be able to continue their coursework remotely.

Faculty have been given the choice as to whether they will teach their classes in person, remotely, or in some combination. It is likely that many students will have a portion of their instruction online, whether they return to campus or not. While some staff members will continue to work remotely, there will be a presence of staff on campus.  Apart from the commuting of employees (who will be tested for the virus), we expect little travel to campus.  There will be no program of intercollegiate sports or club sports, but we do plan to have safe athletic training on campus.

Despite the economic challenges we are all contending with, Wesleyan remains firmly committed to both enrolling a socio-economically diverse student body and meeting the full demonstrated need of our financial aid students. Given new regulations from Washington, Wesleyan is particularly concerned about our international students, and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure that they can continue to make academic progress in Fall 2020.

Please consult the website for detailed information most relevant to your own circumstances, and feel free to reach out to the appropriate department with your questions. We will continually update this site with more information as it becomes available. We will send out another community message in August, or sooner depending on the public health trajectory. Obviously, we are very concerned about the recent surge in cases in the South and West and are monitoring the situation closely. Our plans may have to change.

We believe in the value of an on-campus education, and the basic steps we need to take are clear. The simple act of wearing a mask consistently reduces the likelihood of transmission. Masks combined with rigorous testing, tracing and supportive isolation will make our campus safer. I look forward to a fall semester in which we take good care of one another and continue to excel in learning together.


Michael S. Roth


Dining Services over Spring Break update 3_5_20
Thu 3/5/2020 2:24 PM

All Students on campus <>

Good Afternoon – We have heard from a number of students that their plans for spring break have changed based on the most recent updates about the coronavirus.  Students may still sign up to use their current spring semester meal plan swipes and points by emailing by Friday at noon.  If you plan to be here for all or part of the break please sign up so Bon Appetit can plan the break.

All students who sign up and are on need-based aid will be eligible to receive additional points that will be able to be used for the remainder of the spring semester. If you are not on financial aid you can add additional points at any time by contacting the Wes Card office.

If you have specific questions or concerns to your particular situation, please email

For the latest information about the University’s monitoring of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, please visit

Questions? Email

News & Announcements for the Class of 2022

Friday, Feb 28 Deadlines:

  • 2/28/2020 at 5:00 – deadline for withdraw from third-quarter courses

Note: Do not confuse with the last day to withdraw from full semester courses which will be Wednesday, 04/29/2020
Last day to withdraw from full semester & 4th quarter classes

Employment/Leadership/Internship Opportunities:

Health Concerns:

Remember to take good care during this cold and flu season which coincides with midterm exams, research papers, and projects.

Review the email sent earlier this month from Wesleyan’s medical director in which reminds the community members that there is still time to get a flu vaccine and encourages the use of the Davison Health Center and the DHC’s online information about flu prevention and self-care.

Dean Wood’s 5 Steps to Organization:

  1. Plan out your time wisely.
  2. Break down big assignments into smaller, manageable chunks
  3. Make study guides for tests/using flash cards and/or quizlets. Try to predict the questions.
  4. Study in groups so that you can help/quiz each other.
  5. Take time out to decompress and practicing self-care.

(shared by Dean Jennifer Wood, Dean for Class of 2023, 2/27/20))

ATTN INTNL Students – Wesleyan Word of Wisdom Party – March 6

Wesleyan Word of Wisdom Party

March 6, 6-7 pm @ Fries Center for Global Studies

Is there information you wish you had known when you were a first-year international student? Do you have any advice for incoming international students or your peers? The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) is launching Wesleyan Words of Wisdom for current international students to give a 1-2 pieces of advice to new international students. Come share your advice, enjoy free food, and have your profile photo taken. Your photo, country flag(s), and advice will be featured on the digital signage at Fries Center for Global Studies and the OISA Facebook page.

We Speak We Stand

Become an active bystander!

Register for We Speak We Stand Bystander 101 Training! (New Curriculum)

Saturday, February 23rd

1:00-3:00 pm Usdan 108

Empowered bystanders create a safer campus by standing up and speaking out when they witness situations that could potentially harm the health and safety of others.

Intervening with peers can be difficult for a number of reasons and

training will provide you with the skills to

move from inaction to action

and intervene safely and effectively.

The training features two distinct and separate tracks:

interpersonal violence prevention and alcohol education and intervention.

Please register here by Wednesday, February 20th!

[For questions please contact WesWell’s Bystander Intervention Intern at:]

Fall Break/Homecoming/2nd Quarter Courses/Emergency

Dear 2022’ers,
It might seem hard to believe that we are seven weeks into the Fall semester. The high winds and cool temperature outside set the scene for an ideal Autumn in New England. Although some of you will depart campus for this short Fall break (beginning 10pm on F: 10/19 and ending 8am on 10/24), many people will remain on campus to enjoy Homecoming Weekend. However, you choose to use the break, I wish you well.

Seven weeks into the semester is also a time to draw your attention to 2 things:
Re: Academics – If you are enrolled in less than 4 credits, you should meet with your faculty advisor or me to explore adding a .25 credit (usually in PE or QAC). See WesMaps for courses that will begin in the 2nd quarter on or after Oct. 24, 2018.


The Drop/Add period for 2nd Quarter courses will be 5 days after the first meeting of the specific 2nd quarter course, no exceptions

Re: Any Emergency Matters – If you encounter any emergency (or concerning) situations while on campus, do not hesitate to immediately contact the Office of Public Safety. Please save the following two Public Safety numbers in your phone in the event that you (or someone else) should ever need it.

Emergency 860-685-3333
Non-Emergency 860-685-2345

The Office of Student Affairs utilizes a rotational On-Call system for emergency incidents on campus so someone is usually available to discuss options with you after Public Safety is notified. Additionally, as your class dean, I will usually follow-up with you when I return to the office on the next business day. You and your peers should not feel that you have to manage crisis situations on your own without the assistance of Public Safety. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come in to meet with me during my daily drop-in sessions.

All the best,
Dean Thornton