Events and Gatherings

All Wheaton College Community-Members and outside visitors participating in an event or gathering on campus must adhere to the guidelines outlined below.

First and foremost, masks are required at all indoor events, regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to exercise caution when conducting or planning meetings and gatherings, and we will prioritize the use of spaces on campus for the in-person student experience. Most faculty and staff meetings will remain virtual.

At the beginning of the semester, we are holding larger events and gatherings outdoors and attendees should be encouraged to practice physical distancing when possible. Masks will be required to be worn at large outdoor events where physical distancing is not possible.

  •  Indoor events, meetings or gatherings cannot exceed 100 people.
    • Weber Theatre, Chapel Sanctuary, Haas Athletic Center, and Clark Recreation Center may exceed the 100-person maximum but will be limited to 50 percent of their official capacity.
  • Food service at events is permitted. 
  • Pre-registration and registration check-in for all events is recommended to maintain an accurate attendee list. Event hosts should maintain this list for at least three weeks following the event. 
  • A symptom check of all attendees prior to entering the gathering is recommended. This may be a sign, CoVerified app, or attestation prior to the event.
Indoor Events and Gatherings

When the College is at red, orange, or yellow alert levels, indoor gatherings and events are restricted. When the College is at green or blue alert levels, indoor gatherings and events may be permitted in academic or administrative spaces subject to the following:

For College-Sponsored Events indoors, hosting departments and registered student organizations must ensure that their attendees are at all times abiding by current College protocols related to COVID-19 exposure mitigation, including mask wearing, physical distancing, hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection.  Occupancy restrictions may apply.  Food and drink may be permitted so long as the College’s policies related to indoor dining are followed.  Attendees should be informed in advance of an event that it will include food and beverage and reminded of College policies.

Non-Sponsored Gatherings indoors (such as informal social gatherings, student study groups, lunches, etc.) are subject to College policies related to guests and may not, under any circumstance, exceed occupancy capacities at any time.  Student hosts of gatherings within residence halls must monitor attendance to ensure compliance with this policy. Eating and drinking at indoor, Non-Sponsored Gatherings outside of designated eating and drinking spaces (dining halls, cafes, kitchenettes, etc.) is prohibited.

For Private Events, attendees are subject to any safety protocols outlined in their respective agreement with the College.

Outdoor Events and Gatherings

When the College is at red or orange alert levels, outdoor gatherings and events are restricted. When the College is at yellow, green, or blue alert levels, outdoor gatherings and events may be permitted subject to the following:

For College-Sponsored Events outdoors, hosting departments and registered student organizations must ensure that their attendees are at all times abiding by current College protocols related to COVID-19 exposure mitigation, including mask wearing, physical distancing, hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection.  Food and drink may be permitted so long as College policies related to outdoor dining are followed.  Attendees should be informed in advance of an event that it will include food and beverage and reminded of College policies.

Non-Sponsored Gatherings outdoors (such as informal social gatherings, student study groups, lunches, etc.) are permitted so long as attendees are at all times abiding by current College protocols related to COVID-19 exposure mitigation, including mask wearing, physical distancing, hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection.  Food and drink may be permitted so long as the College’s policies related to outdoor dining are followed.

For Private Events, attendees are subject to any safety protocols outlined in their respective agreement with the College.