For the Fall 2021 Semester, we expect residence halls to be back to traditional capacity and rooms will revert back to their standard single, double, triple, and quad occupancy, based upon room size.
Limited on-campus quarantine and isolation housing will remain in place, although it will likely be a different location on campus. Bringing and having ready a Quarantine Bag is an essential thing to have while on campus. This will contain necessary items and supplies in the event that you are moved to quarantine housing – which is likely to happen unexpectedly and require urgency.
We encourage our students to continue to limit their travel off-campus. Students who must leave campus are encouraged to take safety precautions to mitigate the risk of transmission of the virus.
Quarantine and Isolation
Quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing will continue during the fall semester for any on-campus positive COVID-19 test results based on federal and state guidelines.
- Students who test positive or are symptomatic will be required to isolate in the residence hall designated for quarantine and isolation or at an off-campus address per CDC guidance.
- Students who are identified as a close contact of a positive case are not required to quarantine so long as they are cleared by a healthcare professional as fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days and are asymptomatic. If at any time the student experiences symptoms within the 14 days following exposure, they will be expected to quarantine in the residence hall designated for quarantine and isolation or at an off-campus address per CDC guidance.
- Faculty and staff who are identified as a close contact of a positive case may not be required to stay off-campus so long as they are cleared by a healthcare professional as fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days and are asymptomatic.
We are committed to providing a robust dining experience for our community. For the Fall 2021 semester, we do not anticipate any restrictions specific to the dining facilities that are in addition to the campus policies already in place. Masks will not be required inside dining facilities when eating or drinking. Dining protocols are established in accordance with emerging state and federal guidelines, which may mean dialing back at any time due to changing conditions. Outdoor tables and seating are available for use.
At this time, there should be no eating in classrooms. Exceptions will be made for students who have a documented medical condition where they would need to be provided the opportunity to eat in a classroom.
It is permissible to briefly remove your mask to take a quick sip of a drink, even if masking is required where you are. In the interests of public health, individuals should refrain from talking when drinking, and their mask should be replaced immediately. The preferred manner of drinking is to use a reusable, eco-friendly straw that does not require you to remove your mask.
When eating in dining areas, individuals may remove masks only when actively eating and drinking. Unvaccinated individuals should ensure they take steps to plan and protect themselves while eating and drinking by remaining physically distanced from others. Anyone who is not actively eating or drinking should wear a mask.
Campus buildings and offices will be open and available to campus community members. Please keep in mind that some buildings may require proof of your “cleared” status on the CoVerified app confirming that you have submitted your daily symptom checker.
Student Support Services
The Counseling Center will be providing both in-person and teletherapy support this coming academic year. Students are encouraged to connect with the Counseling Center to learn about services and schedule an appointment. Beginning the first day of classes (8/31/21) students can connect with the Counseling Center by calling (508-286-3905), Stopping by (42 Howard St), or submitting an Appointment Request Form on InsideWheaton.
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.