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COVID-Conscious Residential Model
  • We will be housing students in singles and doubles (and adjusting room occupancy accordingly).
  • We will be setting aside a number of rooms necessary for Quarantine and Isolation spaces.
  • We will be coordinating a process to address student needs that pertain to underlying medical conditions who choose to live on campus.
  • We have developed a Housing Flexibility Plan. Given that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 will be a reality in the Fall semester, it is likely that some students may not be comfortable or able to be on campus, even with substantial safety protocols in place.

Under the COVID-Conscious Residential Model, we are empowering students to choose the way in which they pursue their education while the threat of infection from the Coronavirus and other factors remain concerning.

Please note that the options outlined assume that state regulations and public health guidance allow us to open the campus and are subject to change at any time as the situation evolves.

Spring Semester Residency Options

As in the Fall semester, 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.

Students are able to request a change their residency status beginning on November 1, 2020.  The request process will be emailed on that date.

While we are able to house additional residents on campus and still maintain the Fall occupancy limits noted above, we cannot guarantee at this time that those interested in returning to housing can be accommodated or specific room types will be available.  Our goal would be to honor all requests to live on campus in the Spring.

Please be mindful of the Refund Policy for students who withdraw or move off campus even after the semester begins to provide more flexibility given the uncertainties.

A student’s options include:

  • Residential —  Students who live on campus will be in single or double occupancy spaces and will experience a residential experience with limited access to services, clubs, and organizations. Classes may be offered face-to-face, online, or as hybrid courses incorporating both in-person and virtual experiences.
  • Commuting — Students living at a parent, guardian, or other family member’s permanent residence and coming to campus to attend classes.
  • Off-Campus — Students living in a residence that you own, rent, or lease and coming to campus to attend classes.
  • Remote  Students living in a residence off campus and studying remotely
  • Studying Away — Students living and studying off campus as a part of a specific program (i.e. study abroad).
  • Leave of Absence (returning student only) – Students in this case may choose to temporarily suspend their studies at Wheaton until the Spring semester. Additional paperwork required.
  • Deferred Enrollment (new students only) – Students in this case may choose to temporarily suspend the start of their studies at Wheaton until the Spring semester. Additional paperwork required.

Please contact Student Financial Services if you are considering changing your residency status. A change in your residency status may impact your financial aid award for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.

No matter which option students choose, there will be full access to all the academic support, advising, counseling, and other services that Wheaton provides.

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