July 28, 2021
Due to the recent increase of COVID cases among those who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated, and due to the new CDC recommendations issued July 26, effective immediately, masks will be required in all public indoor spaces on the Wesleyan campus for all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will notify you immediately of any changes. Those who do not comply with this mandate will be asked to leave campus.
Once again, we are committed to protecting the PACK. The quickest way for us to be free from the danger of COVID and from further restrictions is by increasing the number of vaccinated students, faculty, and staff. If you have not been vaccinated, please do so today.
We look forward to returning to the full Wesleyan experience in August, while remaining vigilant in our pledge to Protect the Pack from the continuing pandemic. Several weeks ago we began a weekly messaging campaign urging students to be vaccinated before returning to campus. Local, state, and national experts are especially worried about the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and only those who are fully vaccinated are safe from serious illness (97% safe!). So far, we are encouraged to see the high percentages of vaccinated Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff, and we will begin one more round of vaccination clinics as soon as students return to increase that number even more.
Protect the Pact 2.0 is based on a community of honor and personal responsibility. With the exception of the athletic department’s need to comply with USA South and NCAA standards, we do not plan to monitor vaccines, testing, quarantine, isolation, or rates of COVID infection among Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff. We do plan to encourage responsible behavior and support each other. Here are some things you need to know as you prepare to return to Wesleyan’s campus, knowing that conditions at the local, state, or federal level may cause us to change our behavior and policies at any time.
Let’s all work together to make this a safe, productive, and rewarding year for all of the Wesleyan community. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please begin the process right away.
Against the background of an unprecedented year when the world’s population faced a major health crisis never experienced in our lifetime, the Wesleyan community enforced a response plan to keep the College open and our constituents safe. Making the best of a dreadful situation, a teaching and learning environment was created to provide support for everyone on campus. We are beyond proud of the way students and faculty transitioned to remote instruction and learning. We are confident that the integrity of the excellent academic experiences for which Wesleyan is known persevered through tough times.
Students exhibited maturity and demonstrated their willingness to keep one another and their community safe by adhering to guidelines set forth by the CDC and adopted by their College. Staff and faculty worked quickly to revamp the ways their departments operated. As a result, we made it through eighteen months with only fifty-two positive cases of COVID-19. Based on a population of more than 800 students, faculty, and staff who come through the campus regularly, that’s a six percent rate of infection, which is less than one third of the infection rate locally.
Our fantastic nursing department administered 520 doses of the vaccine to our community (155 doses to faculty and staff and 365 doses to students.) Because of their hard work, most of our faculty/staff and more than half of our students have been vaccinated.
Wesleyan College is privileged to steward many arts and cultural events and share them with the community. Most are free and open to the public. Wesleyan art galleries are open M-F 1:30 – 5:00 PM and on Wesleyan Market Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Tour our beautiful 200-acre campus featuring Georgian architecture, lush green spaces, recreational facilities, residence halls, and worship center.
Wesleyan College is home to five NCAA Division III sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball. In addition, we offer an award-winning Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Equestrian program.