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Spring Move-in Schedule

The safety of our community is our utmost priority and on-boarding testing is a crucial measure to limit potential exposure and spread of COVID-19 within our community. Our move-in schedule will begin on January 30, 2021 and allow for a gradual re-population of campus. More details on the move-in schedule and arrival process can be found on the Residential Life’s Spring 2021 Arrival page.

We recommend all students review the 2020-21 Packing Guide to help students determine what to bring to campus.  It is particularly important that ALL students prepare a “Quarantine Bag” to ease the transition to Quarantine and Isolation housing an urgent need were to arise to have you relocate.

Student Housing

On-campus student housing is limited to single and double rooms to allow for adequate social distancing within the residence halls. Additionally, residence hall occupancy was adjusted to account for potential medical needs of high risk students and to create necessary isolation and quarantine spaces.

Students are encouraged to carry out as much of their responsibilities via virtual means, reduce in-person contact with other students, and to limit travel off campus. The use of common areas will be limited to the residents, and the use of restrooms will be limited to those on their floor, house or suite of the building, for the course of the entire semester. Students being picked up by a parent(s), guardian(s), or friend(s) must meet them outside.

Guest and visitor guidelines are subject to change given the frequently changing landscape of the pandemic. Up-to-date information on this and other residential policies can be found on the 2020-21 Residence Hall Safety Expectations page.

To respect the principles of college residential living, Wheaton will not be regularly monitoring guests.  Access to residence halls is only provided to residents and it is incumbent on the community to self-monitor and ensure compliance with these guidelines. Failure to comply with the guest policy will result in removal of guest privileges and may result in removal from housing.

All on-campus residents are strongly encouraged to minimize travel off campus. Travel should be limited to essential needs such as attending medical appointments or work. It is expected that all residents abide by current college policy and Massachusetts state regulations regarding off-campus or out-of-state travel and the subsequent requirements for self-isolation.

Changing Your Residency Status

During the 2020-21 academic year, students will have the option of choosing where they will complete their studies. If you wish to remain in the same status, no action is required as your residency status for the Fall will automatically transfer to the Spring. If you have any questions about how your student status may affect your billing, please contact Student Financial Services at sfs@wheatoncollege.edu.

RETURNING STUDENTS who are looking to change their status can do so by completing the Spring Semester Residential Status form found in the Campus Life section on InsideWheaton. We recommend doing so prior to November 22nd, particularly for those interested in returning to live on campus, for the best opportunity for housing.

NEW STUDENTS entering their first semester at Wheaton will need to indicate their chosen residency status from the options available to them.  The do so by completing the Spring Semester Residential Status form found in the Campus Life section on InsideWheaton.

Living Off-Campus and Commuting to and from Campus

Everyone on campus or coming to campus on a regular basis will be required to be a part of our testing protocols since this is critical to protecting the entire community. Thus, commuting students will still undergo testing and the frequency will depend on how often they are coming to campus. Those not living on campus will need to adhere to all campus protocols and guidelines as they travel on public transportation, interact with those at home, with employers and with co-workers at their jobs and internships.

Isolation and Quarantine Housing

Students who are symptomatic and awaiting test results, or have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, are required to isolate as required by the Massachusetts Department of Health and the American College Health Association (pdf).

Students who have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have traveled from areas where quarantine is encouraged by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health or CDC, will be required to quarantine in accordance with American College Health Association (pdf).

The college will designate specific residential spaces for use by students who have been directed to isolate or quarantine. The college has developed a comprehensive protocol for isolation and quarantine housing that includes staffing to support students in the transition to and while in isolation and quarantine, including meal delivery and cleaning procedures.

Students may also choose to return home or to another off-campus location for this duration of their isolation or quarantine. Families and caregivers should take note of the potential risks of transporting and housing students in isolation and quarantine. More information can be found at CDC’s Considerations for Higher Education.

Dining

We are committed to providing a robust dining experience for our community. There will be modifications in all dining locations on campus, including but not limited to enhanced cleaning, physical distancing practices for staff and diners, no buffet style or shared food service, change traffic flow patterns, social distancing signage, and increased grab and go options.

Dining guidelines will be developed in accordance with emerging state and federal guidelines.  Students should expected dining to be limited to grab and go during the beginning portion of the Spring semester.  We will continually evaluate our dining program as it relates to the pandemic that would hopefully increase offerings (i.e. in-person dining), but may also mean dialing back at any time due to changing conditions.

Student Support Services

The College is committed to providing inclusive mental health support services for students both on and off campus. For students located within Massachusetts, virtual teletherapy services through the Counseling Center may be a good fit for you. For students located outside of Massachusetts, comprehensive case management services as well as consultations are able to be offered to help you identify appropriate care where you are living.

Any student, no matter where you are in the world, is able to access the Counseling Center Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week anytime Counseling staff is unavailable. While this is not ongoing therapy, clinicians are on call to help you manage in the moment. You may call this FREE resource as much as you need, and language options other than English are available.

To discuss how we might be able to support you, or access the Counseling Center Mental Health Support Line, please give us a call at 508-286-3905 and follow the voicemail prompts to be connected to the right resource.

Student Billing

If you choose to live off campus your merit aid will be applied in full to your tuition. Need-based aid will be calculated based on your cost of attendance. If you have any questions about your cost of attendance, please contact Student Financial Services at sfs@wheatoncollege.edu. We will also adjust our normal Refund Policy for students who withdraw or move off campus after the semester begins to provide more flexibility given the uncertainties. Please see the Refund Policy on the Student Financial Services website for more details.