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.

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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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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 will not have access to the residence halls and will need to contact Residential Life to coordinate pickup. With the Massachusetts’ Governor’s stay-at-home advisory, we will be placing a hold on students and/or proxies retrieving any belongings on campus until April 7, 2020. As the advisory evolves, we will communicate the process for coming to campus after April 7, 2020 to retrieve your belongings closer to that date. If you have already scheduled a time with Residence Life, those appointments will be postponed until after April 7, 2020. The college will keep your items until the end of the semester, but at this time, you must plan to have all belongings picked up by the semester close on Saturday, May 9. 

Students should also fill out the Spring 2020 Check Out Confirmation form to let Residential Life know if you have returned your key and/or left items in your room. (Your browser must be logged into your Wheaton Gmail to access).

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 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:

  • Dining will be offered on a limited basis with heightened hygiene protocols, including limited self-service options in Emerson Dining; all other dining locations will be closed.
  • There will be no 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 and will be conducting deep cleaning in all areas after move-out on March 22.

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Campus events and staffing

All on- and off-campus college events are suspended, until further notice. Event and program organizers should explore the use of remote technology to deliver programming virtually. No decision has been made yet in regards to end-of-semester activities such as Senior Week, Reunion and Commencement.

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

The college is moving to a temporary remote work model. Remote operations for staff will begin 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

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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