COVID Testing 11/20 – 11/24

Reminder, the COVID testing site closes at 2:45PM today (11/20).

Monday November 23, testing will be available between 10AM and 6 PM.

Tuesday November 24, testing will be available between 7AM and 2:45PM.

For those of you leaving campus, please see the Residential Life website for additional information about preparing to leave campus and remember to TURN  IN YOUR KEYS to Residential Life.

 

 

New Restrictions on Campus for Health and Safety – COVID Update

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.

 

Sincerely,

Rick Culliton

Dean of Students

Chair, Pandemic Planning Committee

 

CAPS Presents Bridging Gaps Tomorrow – 11/19

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.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/99320057002?pwd=anc2cWRqWFRHNHBucUVhVEwwZUlGdz09

Meeting ID: 993 2005 7002
Passcode: 900281

Converted Bridging Gaps Flyer

Stop by the “Before You Go” Resource Tent! – 11/18

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!

Important Campus Updates – 11/4

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.

Sincerely,

Dean Rick Culliton

Dean of Students

Chair, Pandemic Planning Committee

Wesleyan Town Hall: Coping in Crisis: A Discussion about Race, Faith, and Mental Health – 10/12

When: October 12, 2020,Indigenous People’s Day 
 
Town Hall Description:Racial injustice and COVID-19 are exacerbating the mental health crisis in communities of color and on college campuses. This Town Hall webinar brings 4 prominent and outspoken leaders to the Wesleyan community to talk about their life journeys and explore issues about mental health, faith, culture, and brain science, with Wesleyan students, staff, and faculty. We will set this discussion amidst the background of systemic racism, the global pandemic, police brutality, social justice marches, uncertain job market, and struggling economy. 
 
Town Hall Panelists: Former NBA star, Olympic Gold medalist, and non-profit founder Allan Houston, Yale Professor of Psychiatry Nii Addy, Pastor Marichal Monts, leader of the Ebony Singers, and Angie Makomenaw, Mental Health Education and Prevention Coordinator at Wesleyan University. 
 
Moderator: Demetrius Colvin, Director of the Student Resource Center at Wesleyan University.
 
Audience Discussion Leader: Dr. Smith Kidkarndee from CAPS at Wesleyan.
 

Post-Town Hall Breakout Rooms at 7:00 PM:

From 7:00-7:30, we invite the audience to continue discussions and interactions with the panel speakers and moderator in breakout rooms

Room 1: Professor Nii Addy

Room 2: Dr. Angie Makomenaw

Room 3: Rabbi David Teva – Meditation Session*

Room 4: Demetrius Colvin

*The Meditation Session, entitled “From Theory to Practice: Cultivating Wholeness and Well-Being Through Contemplative Mindfulness”, will be led by Rabbi David Teva, with Tyla Taylor ’21 and Jada Reid ’22. Tyla is the Mindfulness Intern on campus; she leads the group Mindful Wes, a student group working to bring conscious awareness to ourselves, our community, and our environment by offering spaces to learn and practice meditation. She also helped start the SOC Healing Space on campus. Jada is a Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality intern at the Resource Center. She founded and leads the SOC Healing Space, which focuses on creating a community for students of color to explore journaling and meditation practices.

Thank you in advance for your interest and participation.

Salud,

Fitzroy ‘Pablo’ Wickham

Head Resident Foss Hill

Senior Class President

Wesleyan c/o ’21

Town Hall Coping in a Crisis

Upcoming Flu Clinics for Students

This is a repost of a message sent by Joyce Walter on October 8th.

Dear students,

Reminder about upcoming flu clinics and note sent out earlier this week:

As we wrote to you last month, due to COVID-19 and the potential risk of influenza occurring simultaneously, the University is mandating that all students receive a flu shot by January 20, 2021. If you would like to get your flu shot on campus, please use the booking app to reserve your appointment during one the flu clinics being held at the Freeman Athletic Center on the following dates:

  • October 12—10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 2-6 p.m.  FULLY BOOKED!
  • October 13—10 a.m.-1 pm; 2-6 p.m.
  • October 14—10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 2-6 p.m.
  • October 15—9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Health Center has a limited number of vaccines and will not accept walk-ins, so please book your appointment in advance. You must show a copy of your reservation (on your phone or printed copy) when you arrive at the Freeman Athletic Center’s Bacon Fieldhouse so please include your email when registering. Please also bring your Wes ID and flu permission form, which can be found on the Health Center’s website, along with more information.

The cost of the vaccine is covered under the student insurance plan, while students with private insurance will receive a statement to file with their insurance company for reimbursement.

You may also choose to get a vaccine at a local pharmacy. We recommend you call ahead for information and an appointment to the pharmacy of your choice. If you get a vaccine off-campus, you are required to send a copy of your vaccine paperwork to healthforms@wesleyan.edu.

 

Be well,

Davison Health Center staff

Visiting Students in Other Residences

The following is a repost of the email message sent by Asst. Dean Fran Koerting on October 5th.

Thanks to the low number of COVID cases on campus,  effective Thursday, October 8, 2020, students living on campus will be permitted to visit their friends who live in other residences.  Posted COVID capacity in common areas may not be exceeded, and no more than two individuals may be in a bedroom at the same time, including the room occupant(s). Face coverings must be worn at all times. Due to the potential risk to the community, sanctions for violations are likely to be more severe than in ordinary times.  Please visit responsibly.

If the number of cases increases, or students are not following the guidelines of wearing face coverings and maintaining six foot distancing, this flexibility will be revoked.  We will revert to more cautious measures again in the beginning of next semester .

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Fran Koerting
Director of Residential Life