Alert Levels help the community understand the current level of risk on campus and how the college is reacting. Depending on specific health and safety conditions on and off campus, the campus alert level may change and/or specific restrictions relaxed or applied, as appropriate.

Current Alert Level: Green – Low Concern

The Campus Alert Status Level is determined by Wheaton College’s President’s Council, in consultation with the COVID-19 Task Force and in consideration of a number of internal and external COVID-related factors that include:

  • State and local guidelines and mandates.
  • Positivity and vaccination rates in local and state communities.
  • On-campus positive test rates and contact tracing.
  • Campus capacity for healthcare, quarantine, and isolation.
  • Campus access to appropriate supplies and staffing for infection protection, mitigation, and ongoing operations.
  • Observations and recommendations from the Return to Campus Task Force and the President’s Medical Advisory Council
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BLUE LEVEL: Limited Concern
High-Density, In-Person Activities

Not anticipated for Academic Year 2020-2021.

Summary:

  • Prevention practices and mitigation protocols are gradually lifted.
  • In-person activities on campus return to a pre-pandemic normal or close.
  • Offices are staffed at normal levels; with a majority of the staff working on campus.
  • In-person dining is offered.

Indicators and/or factors for consideration:

  • Near-zero incidences of infection on campus.
  • Low off-campus infection rate and increased rate of vaccination.
  • Majority of the campus community has received an effective vaccine and a plan is established to vaccinate the remainder of the population.
  • Public Health Officials and State Guidelines permit for reduced social distancing and other pandemic mitigation measures.

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GREEN LEVEL: Low Concern
Hybrid Academics and Reduced In-Person Activities

This will be the default status of campus for Academic Year 2020-2021.

Summary:

  • Academics will be taught through a hybrid tutorial model to allow for reduced class sizes and flexibility with remote learning options.
  • Housing will be limited to single and double occupancy only.
  • Robust testing, use of PPE, and social distancing are required to allow for some in-person activities such as events, tours, and use of college resources like the Fitness Center, library, and dining halls, though access to these locations are significantly reduced from a typical semester on campus.
  • Community members must adhere to all aspects of Wheaton’s Community Commitment to maintain this alert level.
  • Athletics and other campus events may occur with additional safety precautions.
  • Offices are staffed at reduced levels with a mix of in-person and remote work.

Indicators and/or factors for consideration:

  • The underlying threat of a global pandemic remains, but with low prevalence on campus.

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YELLOW LEVEL: Moderate Concern
Hybrid Academics and Restricted In-Person, Co-Curricular Activities

Summary:

  • Academics remain in the Hybrid Tutorial Model to allow for both in-person and remote learning
  • All other in-person activities are subject to restriction based on the information available at that time from contact tracing and potential sources of the spread.
  • Only essential personnel are required to work on campus. Other personnel should limit their time on campus.

Indicators and/or factors for consideration:

  • Rising levels of positive and symptomatic tests but not to the level of capacity concerns in quarantine and isolation housing.
  • The standard mode of operations to start each semester to encourage a gradual reopening of the campus.

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ORANGE LEVEL: Elevated Concern
Academics and Student Experience shift to remote operations; Only Essential Operations and Personnel on Campus

Summary:

  • Instruction is 100 percent remote for a period of time or for the remainder of the semester.
  • Access to campus and buildings is restricted.
  • Resident students are told to stay in place {modified quarantine}
  • Only essential personnel are required to work on campus, but with reduced staffing where appropriate. Other personnel should limit their time on campus.

Indicators and/or factors for consideration:

  • Isolation and Quarantine housing is nearing capacity levels.
  • Levels of positive tests on campus continue to increase.
  • Staffing levels are impacted by positives and close contacts.
  • Stay-at-home orders and/or restrictions at the state or local level.

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RED LEVEL: High Concern
Fully Remote Operations

Summary:

  • Instruction is 100 percent remote for a period of time or for the remainder of the semester.
  • Access to campus and buildings is restricted.
  • Resident students are told to go home.
  • Only essential personnel are on campus and with limited staffing.

Indicators and/or factors for consideration:

  • Isolation and Quarantine space is at capacity.
  • Unmitigated spread on campus, overwhelming contact tracing and resources to support students and the community to stay safe.
  • Stay-at-home orders and/or restrictions at the state or local level.

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