The following reposted message was sent to the campus community by Dean Culliton on November 19th.
To the Campus Community:
I write today with an important update on Wesleyan’s operations, as we have seen a cluster of COVID-19 cases on campus in recent days. Given the community spread we see all around the country and our own new positive tests, we have determined that additional measures are needed to restrict interactions among those on campus.
Starting tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 20), those classes that were to meet in-person before Thanksgiving, will meet remotely. Faculty will be in touch with students about all relevant adjustments.
With Thanksgiving recess less than a week away, students who have received a negative result from their most recent test are advised to leave campus as soon as they are safely able to do so. Students who have not yet received the result of their most recent test should wait to travel. Students who receive a positive test result, experience any symptoms, or believe they may have been exposed to COVID in recent days should contact Health Services at 860-685-2470. Before leaving campus, students must return their keys to one of the key drop boxes (located at North College, Exley parking lot, and Admission parking lot), and follow the closing instructions.
For the safety of one’s family and home community, upon returning home, students should ideally quarantine for 14 days. However, some health authorities have recommended a four-day quarantine followed by a COVID test with negative results.
Immediately, we are implementing additional campus restrictions:
- Gatherings are restricted to your ‘family unit.’
- Organized athletic activities are suspended.
- Dining is exclusively grab-and-go.
- The libraries are closed, but contactless book pick-up is available.
- Freeman Athletic Center remains closed.
- Residence halls, program houses and wood-frame houses are open only to their residents.
- Students are not to leave and return to campus other than for essential trips (e.g., to the doctor or pharmacy).
Students who have petitioned and received permission to remain on campus over break may still do so. These students are encouraged to take a test on November 24. Testing will be closed from Nov. 25–30 for Thanksgiving. If during this time, students remaining on campus become ill or are concerned about a COVID exposure, they should contact Health Services at 860-685-2470. Testing will resume on campus on December 2 and will operate on a reduced schedule: Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. All students and employees on campus will test once per week.
Cabinet members will continue to work with staff to determine positions that are needed on campus for student and faculty support and for other University needs.
As always, it is critical that everyone follow the COVID safety guidelines at all times, including mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing, avoiding gatherings, and staying home when sick.
Thank you for your continued cooperation to keep our community safe. We will update you as necessary.
Dean of Students
Chair, Pandemic Planning Committee
Join doctoral clinical extern Sara Jalber, M.A., LPC for a webinar focusing on exploring the components of facilitating challenging conversations, managing emotions, and cultivating understanding among family members. Skill such as reflecting, inquiring, and perspective taking will be explored.
Meeting ID: 993 2005 7002
I write with an update on library services between now and the extended break.
Please note that between Thanksgiving and the Extended Break
- Olin and Science buildings will close as of 12 noon on 11/25 for the Thanksgiving break.
- Starting Monday, 11/30 through Friday, 12/11, Olin and Science will be open daily 12noon-5pm. Online services and in-building pickup continue as usual.
- From Saturday, 12/12 to Thursday 12/23, Olin and Science buildings will be closed. Online services continue as usual.
- If you are on campus, you can request books and other materials online and pick them up in the Olin vestibule beginning Monday, December 14th. Hours for pickup are 9-5pm, Monday-Friday except during holiday breaks.
- If you are off-campus for the extended break, you can request books and other materials online and ask us to mail them your home address.
- All loans (except for DVDs) have been extended until February 2021
I will be in touch regarding January building hours at a later point. Should changing campus conditions warrant any changes in hours or services, I will let you know. You can see the latest information on the Library Services During COVID web page: https://www.wesleyan.edu/libr/services.html
If you have time, I encourage you to attend “Before You Go” on Wednesday, November 18th 4:30-6:30pm in the Labyrinth Tent. Folks from the Writing Workshop, Presentation Studio, Library, Peer Advisors, Math Workshop, CAPS, and the Resource Center will be there to connect you with resources and advice to support finishing the semester and completing final exams, papers, and projects remotely and successfully. There will be snacks.
We in the library wish you the best on a successful conclusion to the semester. Have a restful and safe break and we look forward to seeing you again very soon, both on campus and online.
Andrew White, University Librarian
Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian
Wesleyan University – Middletown CT
Worried about working remotely for final exams and projects this year? We get it. “Before You Go” for the end of the semester, stop by the Labyrinth Tent this Wednesday (Nov. 18th) between 4:30-6:30pm to see what campus resources are still available for you as many of us leave campus! Enter a raffle just by coming to the event, and pick up a goodie bag while you’re there, too. The Writing Workshop, Presentation Studio, Library, Peer Advisors, Math Workshop, CAPS, and the Resource Center will all be there to give more information about the support they offer.
See you Wednesday!
Repatriation, Indigenous Rights, and Museum Collections: A Conversation for NAGPRA’s 30th Anniversary
Thursday, November 12th at 4:30-6:00PM (EST)
Link to register for this Zoom event:
Meeting ID: 966 5472 3894
Shannon Martin (Enrolled citizen of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians – Gun Lake Tribe & descendant of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa)
Lucy Bell, Sdahl K’aawas
Wendi Field Murray, Wesleyan University
November 16-20 is International Education Week!
Units and student organizations on campus have come together to organize these events before we depart for the semester!
From discussions about activism and life during a pandemic to info sessions about international fellowships and study abroad, come celebrate IEW with us!
… and if you don’t want to Zoom in from your room, come to Fisk 201 to tune into any of these events!
This is a repost of an email sent by VP for Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Alison Williams on Nov. 6th.
Pride in STEM Virtual Conference
“Join Pride in STEM to celebrate the third annual LGBTQ+ STEM Day at the LGBTQ+ STEM Day Virtual Conference on 18th November, 2020!
To commemorate American Astronomer and gay activist Frank Kameny’s US Supreme Court fight against workplace discrimination, the conference is about what motivates and challenges us – in our professional lives, in our personal lives, in our practice as researchers, in our lived experiences as members of plural, intersecting, communities, in our pasts and in our futures.”
Learn more at
This is a reposted message from SALD sent on November 6th.
As a follow up to the email from Dean Culliton, there are a limited number of indoor spaces that can be reserved for groups of ten or less, and in addition, as of next week, the academic tents. Reservations must be made at least 72 hours (3 days) in advance via Room Request, which can be found on your WesPortal. If you are unfamiliar on how to reserve spaces, information and a video tutorial can be found on the Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) website. Events may not be open invitations, nor advertised on social media. In person events may occur on Foss Hill by completing the Foss Hill Events Form in WesNest.
Note that all spaces will be used as is, and additional furniture or services cannot be added. Please also keep in mind that the amended student event policy and Covid Guidelines / Agreement still apply.
Lounges in residence halls and program houses are not available for reservation, as it is the only place within their residence that students may interact with more than one person. Woodframe residents will received additional information regarding use of their backyards, which is also limited to ten individuals.
Please contact SALD@wesleyan.edu with questions regarding room reservations and student event planning.
Student Activities and Leadership Development
This is a repost of the message sent by Dean Culliton to the campus community on November 4th.
To the campus community,
I hope this finds you well and safe as we enter the final stretch of the fall semester. I write today with several important updates and reminders.
First, Freeman Athletic Center is closed and will reopen on Tuesday, November 10. We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution due to a few recent COVID-19 cases on campus tied to Athletics.
With winter weather approaching, the COVID testing site will relocate indoors to Beckham Hall in Fayerweather with fewer registration stations, beginning Monday, November 9. The weekday testing schedule remains the same: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an additional hour from 7 to 8 a.m. for Physical Plant, Public Safety, SMG, and Bon Appetit employees. We are asking everyone to please book testing appointments online in advance to avoid unnecessary crowding inside Beckham Hall. Additional testing information is below:
- Twice weekly testing will continue on weekdays through Tuesday, November 24 for students, faculty, and staff working on campus.
- Testing will be closed from November 25–30 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
- For the months of December and January, we will move to once weekly testing—Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.—for all students remaining on campus and for staff and faculty who continue to work on campus.
I remind you to please stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness or believe you may have been exposed to COVID. If this occurs, employees should contact their personal healthcare providers or get tested at a local drugstore or urgent care center. Do not come to the Wesleyan test tent to be tested if you are ill, believe you have been exposed, or are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms. Students who are experiencing symptoms or believe they may have been exposed should contact the Health Services team at 860-685-2470.
Please continue to follow COVID safety protocols at all times. Infections in Connecticut are rising and Governor Lamont this week announced that the state is rolling back to “phase 2.1,” reinstating many restrictions on both indoor and outdoor gatherings. We continue to follow state and federal guidance closely and will communicate with you as the situation evolves.
Dean Rick Culliton
Dean of Students
Chair, Pandemic Planning Committee