DEAR WESLEYAN COMMUNITY

Since March, Wesleyan faculty and staff have been preparing to welcome each other and our students back to campus to start classes on August 17. We have attended virtual workshops, studied CDC guidelines, and prepared the campus with the safety and health of our community foremost in our minds. Our COVID-19 task force has developed guidelines for employees and students, social distancing, face coverings, class instruction, COVID testing, athletics, new cleaning procedures, and more. These guidelines have been studied and approved by the president and Cabinet, and they are posted below for your information. This website will be updated as needed. 

The Wesleyan College experience in the midst of the COVID pandemic is about so much more than earning a degree; it is about creating a community that is responsible, safe, and sustainable. We have a unique, incredible opportunity to show what a true caring academic community can be.

  • Each one of us will sign a pledge to Protect the Pack. We pledge to monitor ourselves for symptoms of the coronavirus and stay away from others if we have symptoms, wear a cloth or procedural face mask when in the presence of other people, keep a safe distance between each other, and observe best practices of hygiene and cleaning. 
  • Our guidelines will follow scientific research and best practices about COVID-19 for our community, even if those guidelines require more stringent rules for interaction than our region, state, or nation.
  • We will hold one another accountable for following the guidelines for safety in our community.
  • We will put safety first, so that we can accomplish all other goals for our academic community.

We will do these things because it is our civic duty and a sign of our commitment to each other. We can do these things because we are a small academic community on a large campus. We must do these things because the world needs our graduates: scientists, nurses, teachers, artists and musicians, business and community leaders, accountants, and so much more. This is our opportunity to lead the way, to be the solution, to model for others what a safe, responsible, caring community looks like. Welcome back! Protect the Pack! We are One Wesleyan!

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Vivia Fowler, President

We know you have questions. Here is some information that might help. Feel free to contact the Dean of Students, Christy Henry chenry@wesleyancollege.edu. if you don't find the answer to your specific question.

 

General Information

Academic Life

Classrooms

We have done a number of things so that you can still come to class and stay safe.  
  1. Classes will be conducted in various locations around campus in order to limit the number of people in hallways.
  2. Classroom furniture has been moved/positioned so students can maintain six feet of physical distance from each other.
  3. Faculty and students will be required to wear cloth or procedural face masks.
  4. Classes will meet fewer times in person because some of the instruction will be done via Zoom and/or through indirect instruction. You will still get the same great Wesleyan classroom experience, but it will be more flexible.
  5. When you enter the classroom, you will be asked to wipe down your desk and chair. That way you know it has been cleaned and you can be comfortable in the room.
  6. Students and faculty will be required to show proof they have been cleared through our SAFER Campus screening tool.

Disinfecting of Spaces
  • Between Classes – Paper towels and disinfectant adhering to CDC guidelines will be placed in each classroom for members of the incoming class to disinfect their seating area.
  • Daily – In public spaces, trash and liners will be removed, and the tops of desks, chairs, door handles, doors, light switches, computer peripherals, and furniture will be disinfected daily by National cleaning staff.
  • Positive Case Reported – National cleaning staff will be notified if someone diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in a classroom, and the room will be disinfected. The room will not be available for use for at least 24 hours after it has been disinfected. The Registrar’s Office will find a substitute room for any classes that have been displaced, and students and faculty will be notified.
Entry and Exit of the Room
  • In order to ensure social distancing while entering and exiting a room, students should not enter the classroom until 5 minutes prior to the class beginning and should wait outside of the building until time to enter the room. Upon entering the room, students should follow the cleaning protocol posted in the classroom.
  • Students should leave the room immediately after class is dismissed by the faculty member (with the first rows closest to the door leaving first.) Faculty should end classes promptly, especially if there is another class immediately using the room. If a student needs to talk with the faculty member, they should let the faculty member know so they can arrange a meeting space outside of the classroom.
Food and Drink
  • Food will not be permitted in classrooms, and beverages should be in closed containers with straws. 
  • Beverages should be sipped by inserting the straw underneath the bottom of one's mask, so the mask may remain secure around the individual's nose and mouth at all times. 
Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located at the entrance of each building, in elevators and near restrooms. 
  • Bottles of hand sanitizer will be placed at the entrance of each classroom.
Illness
  • No one should enter a classroom while experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms - coughing, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath. All members of the community will verify they do not have symptoms through the SAFER Campus screening tool. 
  • Wall mounted thermometers will be at the entrance of each building and should be utilized to verify a temperature lower than 100.3, if it has not been verified prior to entering the building. 
Masks
  • No one will be allowed in a classroom without a mask, except those with an accommodation that has been approved by Disability and Advocacy Services. Faculty will be notified if an accommodation has been approved.  
  • Masks are required to be worn throughout the entire class period.
  • Faculty will be given a “smile” mask with a transparent mouth cover and an additional optional face shield to be worn during the class period.
Seating Chart
  • Students will be assigned to a seat in the classroom and are expected to sit in the same seat all semester. This will allow us to notify other students in the room if there has been a positive COVID-19 case reported.
Social Distancing
  • Social distancing is required in all instructional spaces on campus, and individuals should maintain at least six feet of distance from others within classrooms and common areas. Each classroom has been given a new COVID-19 capacity that is indicated on the door of the classroom, and that capacity should not be exceeded. If you need to be assigned to a different room, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
  • Classrooms have been set up to maintain six feet of distance and, therefore, the furniture should NOT be moved. 
  • Extra desks and chairs might need to be left in the classroom and will be taped off if they are not to be used. Please do not remove the tape.
Compliance

Anyone who utilizes a Wesleyan classroom and does not comply with the COVID-19 Classroom Policies and Procedures will be required to leave the space. Repeat offenders will be subject to disciplinary action and should be reported to the Provost’s Office. 

What if I can’t attend class because of COVID-19?

We are equipping our classrooms with technology so you will be able to attend remotely if you can’t join us in person. It is YOUR responsibility to let your instructor know if you can’t attend. You must tell EVERY instructor, and he/she will give you instructions on how to attend remotely.  

What if I need an accommodation for the classroom?

If you need an accommodation due to COVID, you must talk with Jill Amos (jamos@wesleyancollege.edu). She will work with you to determine next steps.

Other Academic Questions

What technology do I need for Fall?

At times, classes will be held remotely via Zoom. Therefore you need access to a computer with a webcam and internet service. You will also have access to Willet library and the computer labs on campus.

Can I still study abroad?

Study abroad trips have been cancelled for the Fall semester. Please contact Dr. Saralyn DeSmet for planning for the future.

How will tutoring support work with the social distancing recommendations?

Wesleyan student tutors will still be available and will be following social distancing guidelines. Students will also have access to online tutors.

Can I still use the library?

Willet Library is open for business. The main door will remain locked until classes begin. Students, faculty, and staff can enter the building using their 24-hour badge access between 8am-5pm, Monday-Thursday. All library users must follow the Covid-19 policy. Non-Wesleyan visitors to the library must call ahead (478) 757-5200 and make an appointment to enter the building. These visitors will be limited to one hour per day.

Classrooms
Disinfecting of Spaces
  • Between Classes – Paper towels and disinfectant adhering to CDC guidelines will be placed in each classroom for members of the incoming class to disinfect their seating area.
  • Daily – In public spaces, trash and liners will be removed, and the tops of desks, chairs, door handles, doors, light switches, keyboards, mouse and furniture will be disinfected daily by National Cleaning staff.
  • Positive Case Reported National Cleaning staff will be notified if someone diagnosed with COVID has been in a classroom and the room will be disinfected. The room will not be available for use for at least 24 hours after it has been disinfected. The Registrar’s Office will find a substitute room for any classes that have been displaced and students and faculty will be notified.
Entry and Exit of the Room
  • In order to ensure social distancing while entering and exiting a room, students should not enter the classroom until 5 minutes prior to the class beginning and should wait outside of the building until time to enter the room. Upon entering the room, students should follow the cleaning protocol posted in the classroom.
  • Students should leave the room immediately after class is dismissed by the faculty member (with the first rows closest to the door leaving first.) Faculty should end classes promptly, especially if there is another class immediately using the room. If a student needs to talk with the faculty member, they should let the faculty member know so they can arrange a meeting space outside of the classroom.
Food and Drink
  • Food will not be permitted in classrooms, and beverages should be in closed containers with straws. 
  • Beverages should be sipped by inserting the straw underneath the bottom of one's mask, so the mask may remain secure around the individual's nose and mouth at all times. 
Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located at the entrance of each building, in elevators and near restrooms. 
  • Bottles of hand sanitizer will be placed at the entrance of each room.
Illness
  • No one should enter a classroom who is experiencing any COVID symptoms - coughing, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath. All members of the community will verify they do not have symptoms through the SAFER Campus screening tool. 
  • Wall mounted thermometers will be at the entrance of each building and should be utilized to verify a temperature lower than 100.3, if it has not been verified prior to entering the building. 
Masks
  • No one will be allowed in a classroom without a mask, except those with an accommodation that has been approved by Disability and Advocacy Services. Faculty will be notified if an accommodation has been approved.  
  • Masks are required to be worn throughout the entire class period.
  • Faculty will be given a “smile” mask with a transparent mouth cover and an additional optional face shield to be worn during the class period.
Seating Chart
  • Students will be assigned to a seat in the classroom and are expected to sit in the same seat all semester. This will allow us to notify other students in the room if there has been a positive COVID case reported.
Social Distancing
  • Social distancing is required in all instructional spaces on campus and individuals should maintain at least six feet of distance between people within classrooms and common areas. Each classroom has been given a new COVID capacity that is indicated on the door of the classroom, and that capacity should not be exceeded. If you need to be assigned to a different room, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
  • Classrooms have been set up to maintain 6 feet of distance and therefore the furniture should NOT be moved. 
  • Extra desks and chairs might need to be left in the classroom and will be taped off if they are not to be used. Please do not remove the tape.
Compliance

Anyone who utilizes a Wesleyan classroom and does not comply with the COVID-19 Classroom Policies and Procedures will be required to leave the space. Repeat offenders will be subject to disciplinary action and should be reported to the Provost’s Office. 

Face Masks on Campus

Everyone is required to wear a cloth or procedural face mask on campus.

Transparent masks/shields will be issued to any interpreters assigned to students, faculty and staff working directly with those students, certain peers of students if deemed necessary and any other persons as applicable, for optimum communication. Face masks with vents are not acceptable. Find out more information about face covering policies at Wesleyan for the Fall.

What will happen if I don’t wear a face covering?

Cloth or procedural face masks are required of everyone on campus, except in your private space or while eating. Any member of the Wesleyan community who is unwilling to comply will be asked to leave the public space. 

How many face masks should I have on hand?

It is recommended that you have enough face masks that you can wear a clean one each time you are in public spaces on campus.

What if I forget to wear my face mask and come to class?

Classes and events MIGHT have a few disposable masks available. However, if one is not available, you will be asked to leave and come back with an approved face mask.

Are there areas of campus where I am not required to wear a face mask? 

Masks are not required in a student's room or outside if you can not see any other people around or in your private space (e.g., room or office for an employee). Masks are required in the dining hall except while eating. 

What if I can’t wear a mask?

Requests for accommodations must be sent to Jill Amos, Director of Disability and Advocacy Services at jamos@wesleyancollege.edu.

Campus Life

We still plan to have campus activities. We are just going to do them a little differently for the year. As you use the campus, it is important that you do not move the furniture, as it has been placed so we can maintain six feet of physical distance from each other.  

Will work study be available?

Yes! Students will be able to work. Supervisors will be following the COVID policies to ensure that the work environment for students is safe.

Will there still be convocations?

Yes! We will have some convocations this semester. Any large events will be held in the chapel or Porter auditorium and will require participants to be seated six feet apart and wearing a cloth or procedural face mask.

Will there be campus activities?

Yes! There will be campus activities, but they will look a little different. Events will be limited to certain spaces to accommodate physical distancing, and all students will be required to wear a cloth or procedural face mask. To plan or host an event, students must complete an Event Registration Form that requires special COVID-19 considerations and have it approved by their sponsor, campus advisor, or the Lane Center for Service & Leadership. For questions, please contact Melissa Rodriguez, Director of the Lane Center for Service and Leadership at mrodriguez@wesleyancollege.edu.  

Can I have guests on campus?

Guests are permitted to visit you on campus. However, they must follow all of the procedures that students must follow to include social distancing, wearing a cloth or procedural face mask and not coming to campus when sick or if the have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Residential students will be required to discuss guest visitation with their roommates and suitemates at the beginning of the semester and sign an agreement to which everyone agrees regarding guests in rooms and apartments. For more information see our visitor policy.

Will students have travel restrictions?

Students will be allowed to depart and return to campus as they wish. However, we encourage students to come to campus in August and remain on campus until Thanksgiving break when in person classes end to minimize exposure risks to themselves and our community. We expect that all students will take safety precautions when they leave campus to safeguard their health and the health of all students, faculty and staff some of whom may have a greater susceptibility to illness. Students are expected to follow guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the CDC at all times when off-campus. 

Can I use the MAC?

The MAC will be open and students will need to follow the posted instructions for safe use of the MAC.

Residence Life
Move-In Day Schedule Information

Wesleyan College is excited to welcome our community back to campus for fall semester 2020. Because of coronavirus, move-in day will run a little differently this year and will occur over three days.

  • New student move-in will be held on Friday, August 14th. 
  • Returning students move-in Saturday and Sunday, August 15th and 16th.

Read detailed instructions on scheduled plans for move-in day.

 

Will there be special policies or procedures in place for residential students?

There are policies and procedures in place that will affect residential students. Please see the Residence Life COVID-19 information.

Will I be responsible for cleaning my own room/bathroom?

Students will continue to be responsible for cleaning their room and bathroom.

Will I be provided cleaning supplies?

Cleaning supplies will be placed in common spaces within each Residence Hall to be used to maintain cleanliness in that specific space. The College will not provide cleaning supplies for students to use in the rooms.

What if my roommate refuses to wear a mask/has visitors/doesn’t sanitize her hands/etc…

Students who are experiencing roommate conflicts should report these concerns to their assigned Resident Advisor. Roommate conflicts are taken seriously and will be addressed in a timely manner.

What do I do if my roommate tests positive?

If your roommate tests positive for COVID, you will be asked to self-quarantine. Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. This process will be coordinated by our Health Services Department. Your roommate will be placed in isolation away from your room. Our Cleaning Services provider, National will use CDC guidelines to clean your room and bathroom.

Will I have to leave campus if I test positive?

Commuter students who test positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus. Residential students who test positive will be required to isolate and follow all instructions per the Director of Health Services. If a student were to experience adverse effects from COVID-19 they may be hospitalized. 

Athletics
Will there be athletic events fall semester?

The NCAA has postponed the 2020 seasons and moved them to the spring. Read more

Cleaning
How often will common areas/door knobs/handrails be cleaned?

Throughout each week, National will clean all common spaces and high touch areas. 

Will Wesleyan provide hand sanitizer?

Hand sanitizing stations will be strategically placed around campus in high traffic areas and should be utilized as often as possible.

Dining Hall

Metz is committed to following the Governor’s rules for food service and all of Weslyean’s policies. You will see a number of changes in food service as the year begins.

  • All food will be served by an employee, instead of self-service.
  • The food service area will be one way traffic and customers will need to follow the directional signs.
  • The dining hall tables have been spaced six feet apart and fewer people can sit at a table.
  • Spray bottles and paper towels will be available so you can wipe down the table prior to beginning to eat.
  • Diners are required to wear a cloth or procedural face mask in the dining hall except while eating.

You can find the full plan developed by METZ Guidelines here.

COVID Testing | Isolation | Quarantine

Covid Testing

On-campus rapid testing will be available for employees, those who have been exposed to COVID-19, and those who are symptomatic. To receive a test on campus, contact the Director of Health Services, via email or phone.

Testing for COVID
  • If a student believes she has symptoms of COVID-19 she should first call or email the Director of Health Services for a telehealth consult. The student should NOT come to the health clinic for testing. 
  • If the Director of Health services believes symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 and testing is necessary, an appointment for testing will be made. Testing is available on campus.
  • If the Director of Health Services is unavailable, the student should make a telehealth appointment with https://www.augustahealth.org/expresscare/covid-19-virtual-screening for virtual screening. If COVID testing is ordered, the student will notify the Director of Health Services by email. 
Testing Positive for COVID
  • Students who have tested positive for COVID, MUST contact the Director of Health Services to report the test results. Positive test results will be reported to the Department of Public Health for further contact tracing.
  • Residential students who test positive will be moved to the isolation location and roommates/suitemates will be required to self-quarantine. The student must remain in isolation until the conditions of discontinuing self isolation are met. Students who are in isolation must comply with directions from the Director of Health Services.
  • The Department of Public Health will be notified of any positive cases on campus so that contact tracing can occur.
  • Residential Self Isolation spaces on campus will be marked with a sign that indicates, “Authorized Personnel Only”.
  • During self isolation, meals will be delivered to the student and the Director of Health Services will connect with the student daily Monday - Friday.
  • Non-residential students are not allowed on campus until the conditions outlined on when to discontinue self isolation as outlined below. 

Isolation 

  • Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.  
  • Faculty/staff and students who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others (see when to discontinue isolation.)  
  • Residential students will be provided a different room to isolate in, other than their own room.
  • While in isolation you should:
    • Stay home except to get medical care
    • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately
    • Stay in a separate room
    • Use a separate bathroom
    • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
    • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils
    • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people, if able
 Who needs to isolate?

People who tested positive for COVID-19 and are able to recover at home whether they have symptoms or have no symptoms (asymptomatic).

When to Discontinue Isolation

Symptomatic individuals with positive testing will follow the following guidelines to discontinue self-isolation according to the CDC:

Symptom-based strategy. Exclude from school/work until:

  • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Test-based strategy. Exclude from work until:

  • Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and
  • Negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 test from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens).

Asymptomatic individuals with positive testing will follow the following guidelines to discontinue self-isolation according to the CDC:

Time-based strategy. Exclude from school/work until:

  • 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test. If they develop symptoms, then the symptom-based or test-based strategy should be used.  

Test-based strategy. Exclude from school/work until:

  • Negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 test from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens). 

I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms:

You can be with others after:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved and
  • Received a negative test result (Wesleyan College provides rapid testing, see Health Services for an appointment)

I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms:

  • If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since your test and
  • Received a negative test result (Wesleyan College provides rapid testing, see Health Services for an appointment)
  • If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.”

Quarantine

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

While in quarantine:
  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
Who needs to quarantine?
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. This includes people who previously had COVID-19 and people who have taken a serologic (antibody) test and have antibodies to the virus.
  • What counts as close contact?
  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
When to Discontinue Quarantine:
  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • If symptoms occur during this time, seek medical attention right away
Notification of Isolation or Quarantine:

In order to ensure the operation of the college the following should be notified upon needing to isolate or be quarantined:

  • Students - You must first contact the Director of Health Services to verify the need for isolation or quarantine. You then must immediately contact EACH faculty member via email, letting them know you will be isolating or are in quarantine.  
  • Faculty - Notify the Provost and students in each class that the class will be going remote for the period of isolation or quarantine.
  • Staff - Notify your immediate supervisors so arrangements can be made for work. Also notify the Director of Human Resources. 

Whether you are a first year, transfer, or international student, we are looking forward to helping you start your journey at Wesleyan College. If you need a COVID-19 related accommodation, please contact Jill Amos (jamos@wesleyancollege.edu), Director of Disability and Advocacy services. Accommodations must be documented and will be based on CDC guidelines. 

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