COVID-19 Policies on Campus

Protecting the health and safety of our campus community is Wesleyan College’s top priority. Notifications of confirmed cases will be posted on this web page as received.

Vaccinations (Updated November 5)
  • Wesleyan College strongly encourages all members of our community to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines remain a key element for returning to normal operations. 
  • So we can keep track of the vaccination status of our community, all faculty/staff and students are asked to provide evidence of vaccination (when completed). To upload your information follow these links. You must first log into WesPortal. 
  • In order to participate in clinicals, all nursing students must provide evidence of vaccination to the Nursing Department office.
  • Due to the new federal mandate, effective January 4, 2022, all staff will need to be fully vaccinated or be tested weekly for COVID, at their own expense.
     
Vaccination Status
  • In keeping with our non-discriminatory policy, no student, faculty, or staff member should be mistreated based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • Please do not ask members of our community their vaccination status, unless it is required by a program (e.g., nursing students and athletes, or required for contact tracing). 
     
Face Coverings (UPDATED November 5)

Effective November 8, masks on campus are optional for those who are fully vaccinated. Please note the following:

  1. We support and encourage anyone in wearing of a mask for their own personal health and safety.  
  2. Individuals have the right to ask others to wear a mask in their personal office or room. 
  3. Some classrooms might still require masks, as deemed appropriate by the faculty member of that class.  If you are asked to wear a mask, you must comply or leave the class.
  4. At any time we might have to reinstate the mask mandate, if the risk in the area is reassessed.
  5. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear a mask until you are fully vaccinated.
  6. As a way to stop the spread of germs, please wear a mask if you have any cold-like symptoms

Social Distancing
  • We will not be social distancing in our classrooms or meeting spaces.  
  • The CDC recommends that unvaccinated individuals continue social distancing whenever possible.
     
Quarantine/Isolation
  • See the information below on Exposure to COVID-19 for guidance on what to do if you test positive or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine if exposed to the COVID-19 virus unless they are displaying symptoms.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine off campus for a minimum of 10 days per CDC guidelines if exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
Classroom Attendance
  • Faculty will make every attempt to negotiate an individual learning plan for up to 10 days with a student who has to miss class due to COVID-19. That plan may include recording lectures, assigning readings, or giving extensions on assignments. However, it may not be possible for a faculty member to make individual plans in some classes, and if a student must isolate for longer than 10 days it may not be possible to extend those plans. Given that our classes are not hybrid, we are not able to equip all of our classrooms with OWLS or provide this option to students.
Faculty/Staff COVID-19-Related Leave
  • COVID-19-specific leave for isolation and quarantine is no longer available.
  • Employees who must isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 illness or exposure may work remotely during this time with the approval of their supervisor. The nature of their position influences whether an employee is able to work remotely.
  • Faculty who must isolate or quarantine may put their class online for the period of time they are in isolation or quarantine. All faculty must notify the Provost’s Office immediately upon the need to quarantine or isolate. It is the faculty member’s responsibility to notify their students of any change of modality.
  • When remote work is not possible, employees who must isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 must use their sick leave to be away from work. When all sick leave has been used, the employee should contact the Director of Human Resources to request a reasonable extension.
     
COVID-19 Self-Reporting and Contact Tracing
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 must report to Dean Henry and isolate off campus for a minimum of 10 days per CDC guidelines. Faculty and staff must report to Meagon Davis and isolate off campus for a minimum of 10 days per CDC guidelines.
  • Designated individuals on a campus may engage in contact tracing and may ask for a person’s vaccination status.
     
If you have been exposed to COVID-19 

If you have been in close contact (see below) with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 individual:

Vaccinated 

  • Get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You are not required to isolate while you wait for your test results, but you should wear a mask. Individuals who live in the same room or household may choose to quarantine for 3-5 days until test results are available.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 must report to Dean Henry and isolate off campus for a minimum of 10 days per CDC guidelines. Faculty and staff must report to Meagon Davis and isolate off campus for a minimum of 10 days per CDC guidelines.

Unvaccinated

  • Stay at home and separate yourself from others (quarantine). Residential students will be asked to move off campus while they are in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days per CDC guidelines.
  • Get tested immediately after a known exposure, and, if negative, get tested again in 5-7 days after last exposure.  
  • If you are a student, contact all of your faculty individually to negotiate a learning plan for the class. Please note, not all classes will be able to accommodate 10 days of absence and you may be required to drop the class.
  • Get a COVID-19 test immediately if you develop symptoms. Monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if your symptoms are severe.
  • If you do not develop symptoms you may return to campus 10 days after exposure. If you develop symptoms or have a positive test, you must wait 10 days from when symptoms occurred or 10 days after a positive test to return to campus.

COVID-19 Post-Exposure At-Home Management

What counts as close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 according to the CDC?
  • For a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period, you were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • The person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Close contact with the COVID-19 positive individual must have occurred during the time frame of 2 days prior to the individual’s symptom onset and beyond.

Covid-19 Symptoms

According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or muscle pain, congestion / runny nose, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Regardless of whether or not you have been vaccinated, if you show the symptoms of COVID-19, you may be infected and you should isolate until you are no longer contagious. 

Upon having symptoms of Covid-19

  • Get a Covid-19 test. Health Services at Wesleyan can administer one. You can make an appointment here. If an appointment is not available the same day, email Dean Christy Henry at chenry@wesleyancollege.edu to determine a plan of action.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 must report to Dean Henry and isolate off campus for a minimum of 10 days per CDC guidelines. Faculty and staff must report to Meagon Davis and isolate off campus for a minimum of 10 days per CDC guidelines.
  • Stay at home. Quarantine and isolation spaces are not available on campus and residential students will need to leave campus. 
  • If you are a student, contact all of your faculty individually to negotiate a learning plan for the class. Please note, not all classes will be able to accommodate 10 days of absence and you may be required to drop the class.
  • Monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if your symptoms are severe.
  • You may return to campus when: at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.

Positive COVID-19 test with No-Symptoms

  • If you are asymptomatic but have tested positive for Covid-19, you should isolate until you are no longer contagious, which is 10 days after a positive test result.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 must report to Dean Henry and isolate off campus for a minimum of 10 days per CDC guidelines. Faculty and staff must report to Meagon Davis and isolate off campus for a minimum of 10 days per CDC guidelines.
  • You can return to campus after at least 10 days have passed since the positive laboratory test AND if you remain asymptomatic.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has created an Isolation and Quarantine Calculator for those who have tested positive for or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Based upon the data you enter, the site offers various
scenarios. 

Please note this could change at any time. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will send updates as determined.
Spring 2020- Spring 2021

Against the background of an unprecedented year when the world’s population faced a major health crisis never experienced in our lifetime, the Wesleyan community enforced a response plan to keep the College open and our constituents safe. Making the best of a dreadful situation, a teaching and learning environment was created to provide support for everyone on campus. We are beyond proud of the way students and faculty transitioned to remote instruction and learning. We are confident that the integrity of the excellent academic experiences for which Wesleyan is known persevered through tough times.

Students exhibited maturity and demonstrated their willingness to keep one another and their community safe by adhering to guidelines set forth by the CDC and adopted by their College. Staff and faculty worked quickly to revamp the ways their departments operated. As a result, we made it through eighteen months with only fifty-two positive cases of COVID-19. Based on a population of more than 800 students, faculty, and staff who come through the campus regularly, that’s a six percent rate of infection, which is less than one third of the infection rate locally.

Our fantastic nursing department administered 520 doses of the vaccine to our community (155 doses to faculty and staff and 365 doses to students.) Because of their hard work, most of our faculty/staff and more than half of our students have been vaccinated. 

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