Information regarding coronavirus

Wheaton College officials are closely monitoring the ongoing developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), following the guidance and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health as they evolve, and will continue to keep the campus community updated on its impact to the Wheaton community.

Latest updates
Wheaton moved to remote course instruction and student operations for the remainder of the spring semester, effective Monday, March 23.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Academics

Academic-Related Policy Changes

Remote Teaching, Learning, & Advising
There are several campus resources to support remote teaching and advising work including the Center for Collaborative Teaching & Learning, the Wallace Library, Advising at a Distances: Strategies for Success Blog, and a FAQ for Faculty.

Technology
Google Hangouts Meet, Zoom, or conference calls are recommended modes for communicating with students. Faculty can contact Media Services at av@wheatoncollege.edu to request Zoom accounts, training, or equipment recommendations. Google’s “Teach From Home” is an excellent resource for ideas on how to use Google suite’s applications for remote teaching and advising.

Summer Session
With the circumstances and projections being what they are, we cannot reasonably expect the restrictions on face-to-face academic delivery to ease before the start of our summer session (May 19). As a result, the decision has been made to deliver all summer session courses remotely, too. This has resulted in even more additions to the summer course schedule, so please check out the exciting course offerings.

 

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Housing

All students were expected to leave campus by Sunday, March 22, at 5 p.m., and not return to campus until further notice. College offices developed a financial policy to address this disruption in room and board.

After Sunday, March 22, students did not have access to the residence halls. With the anticipated lifting of the Stay at Home Order in Massachusetts, we are planning to have students return to campus between May 20 and May 31 to retrieve belongings. To best manage the number of people coming to campus, students must register for an arrival time. Instructions for personal belongings pick-up were emailed to students on May 14.

The deadline to petition for on-campus housing has passed. We expect that students will have found alternative living arrangements at this time. If you have any questions, please email the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@wheatoncollege.edu. Only extenuating circumstances will be approved. If approved, it is important to note that the on-campus experience will be limited to housing and dining.

For students remaining on campus for the summer:

  • All dining locations will be closed. Students will have access to the food pantry and residence hall kitchen facilities.
  • There will be no in-person, social programming during this time.
  • All non-Wheaton guests are prohibited from visiting residence halls and campus buildings.
  • Students on campus who are seeking services from Counseling, Health Services, Public Safety, Residential Life or any on-campus office should email, call or text first.
  • Wheaton will continue its heightened cleaning protocols.

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Campus events and staffing

All on- and off-campus college events are suspended through August 1. Event and program organizers should explore the use of remote technology to deliver programming virtually during this time and even explore online possibilities for the remaining summer months.

Honors Convocation

Among the many unfortunate changes Wheaton College had to make this semester is that the annual Honors Convocation ceremony slated to be held on April 30, 2020, had to be cancelled. All award recipients were contacted by the Office of the Provost and the official 2020 Honors Convocation program is available online.

Commencement

We have decided to schedule an in-person Commencement celebration on Saturday, August 15. We have certainly seen how dramatically and how quickly plans can be affected by this pandemic and we have set June 1 as the final date to evaluate if we can go forward with these plans. For now, we hope you can save the date and you will hear much more about the plans for August Commencement and related activities very soon.

The official graduation date for seniors (the date on a student’s diploma and transcript), as set by academic policy and the calendar, remains Saturday, May 16. Thus, we will conduct a virtual commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on that day to mark this important occasion.

More details on Virtual Commencement

Reunion

On Saturday, May 16, Reunion classes will be able to hold virtual Parlor Parties, attend webinars with faculty and staff, and watch a State of the College video address from President Hanno. In October, a few reunion classes will gather in person to celebrate their Reunion over Fall Fest weekend as part of the Alumni Association’s 150th Anniversary.

More details on Virtual Reunion 2020

Athletics

The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) made the decision to suspend all conference competition for spring sports, effective March 16. Wheaton College will be suspending all participation in spring sports competition, both NEWMAC and non-conference, effective March 16, 2020. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has canceled all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.

View the message from Director of Athletics and Recreation Gavin Viano

Staffing

The college has moved to a temporary remote work model. Remote operations for staff began on Wednesday, March 18. As of Saturday, March 21, only those employees defined as essential staff will be permitted on campus, in order to support those students remaining on campus.

View the COVID-19 Guidelines and Information for Staff

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Travel guidelines

All college-sponsored travel has been suspended, until further notice. Please cancel any tickets and reservations you currently have. 

Wheaton College updated its self-quarantine procedures on March 15. Any community member who has traveled internationally is not permitted to access campus for 14 days after the date they returned to the U.S. We encourage them to return to their family home or to an off-campus residence, to self-quarantine AND practice social distancing.

International Students: Maintaining Your U.S. Visa Status
U.S. government agencies recently issued guidance regarding COVID-19 adjustments to academic programs and maintenance of visa status. The guidance allows for greater flexibility than usual. The Center for Global Education will provide more information via email to our international populations.

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Past campus communications

President Hanno Community Updates

Provost White Faculty Updates

Student and Campus Procedures

Please continue checking our coronavirus (COVID-19) information page for further guidance and stay alert to ongoing updates from the college.

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