COVID-19 Update – May 19, 2021


The College’s updated face covering policy applies until further notice and is based on the CDC recommendations, Governor Cooper’s most recent mandate, and NC DHHS guidance for non-vaccinated persons.

COVID-19 vaccinated employees and students in small groups may remove their masks indoors. Unvaccinated persons should continue to wear their masks indoors. Outdoors, individuals may remove masks unless clustered in large groups.

Vaccination information is protected medical information and can only be discovered on a voluntary basis. Please be considerate and empathetic with fellow campus community members who may choose not to share this information.

We continue to navigate a very sensitive stage of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and policies may continue to change. We appreciate every one of you who has contributed to the successful journey we’ve had thus far.


COVID-19 Update – October 28


There are four weeks left before the end of the fall 2020 term. We remain confident that we can make it to November 24th with on-campus, face-to-face instruction. Over these next few weeks, please reference the Wesleyan Pledge as a reminder of each of our responsibilities as part of the Wesleyan Community. As we come to the end of this term and begin planning for the next, continue to visit our website for updates to the College’s Reopening Plans for spring 2021.


Campus Remains in Phase 2.5 Until October 5


We are in Phase 2.5 (as a College) until October 5 or whenever the Governor gives his next update. The only thing that has changed as a College is that indoor mass gatherings are limited to 25 and outdoor mass gatherings are limited to 50 unless the event supports the instructional mission of the College.

(CONTROLLED Phase – ORANGE)

  • All employees should report to work as normally scheduled, unless you are still considered in the vulnerable population category. Those individuals can work with their managers and HR regarding telework if possible.
  • Tours may continue but face masks must be worn at all times while on campus, unless you are outside with more than six feet between you. Tours of residence halls will not be permitted during this time.
  • Continue enhanced cleaning of all buildings.

All employees will be required to wear a mask when:

  • They are working with other employees in the same location, less than 6 feet apart or if office space is shared.
  • When walking inside buildings from one location to the next.
  • During meetings when 6 feet of space is not available.
  • During any outside (non-activity) event where social distancing is not possible.

Campus Remains in Phase Two-Until Sept 11


Because NC is still in phase two through September 11, we will remain in our phase two as well. As a reminder, here is phase two for Wesleyan.

During Phase Two (CONTROLLED Phase – ORANGE)

  • All employees should report to work as normally scheduled, unless you are still considered in the vulnerable population category. Those individuals can work with their managers and HR regarding telework if possible.
  • Tours may continue but face masks must be worn at all times while on campus, unless you are outside with more than six feet between you. Tours of residence halls will not be permitted during this time.
  • Continue enhanced cleaning of all buildings.

All employees will be required to wear a mask when:

  • They are working with other employees in the same location, less than 6 feet apart or if office space is shared.
  • When walking inside buildings from one location to the next.
  • During meetings when 6 feet of space is not available.
  • During any outside (non-activity) event where social distancing is not possible.

Campus Remains in Phase Two (Controlled- Orange Phase)


Because NC is still in phase two through September 11, we will remain in our phase two as well. As a reminder, here is phase two for Wesleyan.

During Phase Two-Until Sept 11

  • All employees should report to work as normally scheduled, unless you are still considered in the vulnerable population category. Those individuals can work with their managers and HR regarding telework if possible.
  • Tours may continue but face masks must be worn at all times while on campus, unless you are outside with more than six feet between you. Tours of residence halls will not be permitted during this time.
  • Continue enhanced cleaning of all buildings.

All employees will be required to wear a mask when:

  • They are working with other employees in the same location, less than 6 feet apart or if office space is shared.
  • When walking inside buildings from one location to the next.
  • During meetings when 6 feet of space is not available.
  • During any outside (non-activity) event where social distancing is not possible.

Campus Remains in Phase Two through August 7


Because NC is still in Phase Two through August 7, we will remain in our phase two as well. As a reminder, here is phase two for Wesleyan. Please see our revised phase two guidelines below.

During Phase Two-Until August 7

All employees should report to work as normally scheduled, unless you are still considered in the vulnerable population category. Those individuals can work with their managers and HR regarding telework.

Tours may continue but face masks must be worn at all times while on campus, unless you are outside with more than six feet between you. Tours of residence halls will not be permitted during this time.

  • Additional guidelines may come from our VIRT team.
  • Continue enhanced cleaning of all buildings.

All employees will be required to wear a mask when:

  • They are working with other employees in the same location, less than 6 feet apart or if office space is shared.
  • When walking inside buildings from one location to the next.
  • During meetings when 6 feet of space is not available.
  • During any outside (non-activity) event where social distancing is not possible.

Campus Remains in Phase Two


Friday, June 19, 2020 5:00 PM

On Monday, June 22, the College was scheduled to go into phase three of reopening. Governor Cooper is scheduled to discuss next steps for NC on June 26 so Wesleyan will remain in phase two until that time. Modifications may be made to our plan based on the Governor’s announcement.

Please see below for how campus is responding to the State’s Phase II Reopening Plan as released by Governor Cooper.

Campus Remains in Phase Two-Until July 17


The decision was made that NC will remain in Phase Two of reopening for three additional weeks. Because of this, the College will remain in our phase two of reopening as well, which will go through July 17. Also, we will adhere to the new requirement of wearing a face mask while in public. Please see our revised phase two guidelines below.

During Phase Two-Until July 17

All employees should report to work as normally scheduled, unless you are still considered in the vulnerable population category. Those individuals can work with their managers and HR regarding telework.

Tours may continue but face masks must be worn at all times while on campus, unless you are outside with more than six feet between you. Tours of residence halls will not be permitted during this time.

  • Additional guidelines may come from our VIRT team.
  • Continue enhanced cleaning of all buildings.

All employees will be required to wear a mask when:

  • They are working with other employees in the same location, less than 6 feet apart or if office space is shared.
  • When walking inside buildings from one location to the next.
  • During meetings when 6 feet of space is not available.
  • During any outside (non-activity) event where social distancing is not possible.

Campus changes updates and guidelines


Friday, May 22, 2020 5:00 PM

On Tuesday, May 26th, teleworking comes to an end and all employees should report to work as normally scheduled, unless you are still considered in the vulnerable population category. Those individuals can work with their managers and HR regarding telework.

Employees should follow the guidelines below:

  • Do not come to work if you are sick.
  • Continue to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. A complete list of symptoms can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
  • If you have known exposure, you should not come to work and self-isolate for 14 days or provide evidence of a positive COVID-19 antibody test (test for past infection) to the Director of Health Services, Jessica Brys-Wilson, for clearance.
    • For employees wishing to have an antibody test, the College’s PA, Jessica Brys-Wilson, will provide prescriptions for COVID-19 antibody testing (a test for past COVID-19 infection) for curb-side pick-up. Curbside pick-up hours will be announced early next week (NOTE: Antibody testing does not detect a current infection. If you think you might be sick with COVID-19, contact your primary health care provider for screening and information on how to test for an active infection).
    • All COVID-19-related testing is free for those with the College’s health insurance plan (Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina) and for many other plans.
  • Employees are encouraged to maintain 6ft of social distance if possible and wash/sanitize hands regularly.

Admissions/athletics tours may resume for all indoor areas but residence halls (exception: admissions tours may visit the residence hall showroom in Roberson Hall). Protective face masks for visitors on tours of inside buildings are required and can be provided for the College.

Remove the following restrictions on campus:

  • Open the back gates for entrance and exit of College grounds as of Friday, May 21, at 12pm.
  • Library capacity increases from 10 total to 10 in the collaborative zone and up to 10 in all other areas of the college (including the quiet zones, labs, and conference rooms)—20 total. Library visitors must maintain appropriate social distancing (6ft) from other library visitors unless in coming in a group. Groups no larger than 4 should sit together.

Guidelines for campus visitors:

  • Guests are permitted in outdoor spaces (tennis courts, walking trails, etc.).
  • Family members of employees over the age of 2 are permitted to visit campus and come into campus buildings (within the confines of the Children in the Workplace policy). Family members visiting campus should wear masks indoors if they are not able to practice social distancing of 6ft or more (NOTE: Children under 2 are generally advised not to wear masks and cannot be fully protected in Phase II campus reopening conditions indoors. Thus, we ask that these children do not come indoors).
  • Campus visitors (including those scheduled for campus tours) are asked not to come to campus if they are symptomatic or have a known exposure in the last 14 days.
  • Per the Governor’s orders, institutions of higher education are exempt from the indoor mass gathering limit of 10 provided persons wear masks, use appropriate social distancing, clean high touch surfaces regularly, and wash/sanitize hands regularly.

The College is open to allowing building reservations for groups of 20 or fewer at a time in one location provided they are practicing social distancing. Outside groups renting space must also pay a daily sanitation fee to be set by Facilities.

  • There will be continued enhanced cleaning of all buildings.

Commuter Book Return

Commuter students may return their books from the Spring 2020 semester at a Book Drop-Off Event at the Hardee’s Building on Friday May 29 from 8am – 4pm and Saturday, May 30 from 8am – 1pm.

We encourage everyone to use every precaution to remain safe and well.

Phase One with the Stay at Home order in effect


Monday, April 27, 2020 3:02 PM

Based on Gov. Cooper’s last press release, NC is currently in Phase One with the Stay at Home order in effect until May 8th. Below is our current phased plan to reopen campus based on current recommendations. If those recommendations change, this plan may change as well.

During Phase One (After May 8)

  • Teleworking continues.
  • Allow for limited tours of prospective students (less than 10)  touring the outside of buildings on campus. Students and parents can enter the Welcome Center only. Those invited to campus will be asked to wear protective face masks and we will have some on hand to provide if needed. Social distancing will be enforced.
  • We will lessen some of the restrictions on campus for students. This communication will come from the VIRT team.
  • Continue enhanced cleaning of all buildings.


During Phase Two (Starting May 26)

  • On Tuesday, May 26th, teleworking comes to an end and all employees should report to work as normally scheduled, unless you are still considered in the vulnerable population category. Those individuals can work with their managers and HR regarding telework.
  • Continue method above for tours but allow participants to tour any building except residence halls. Protective face masks for visitors are optional.
  • Remove most restrictions on campus. This communication will come from the VIRT team.
  • Continue enhanced cleaning of all buildings.

During Phase Three (Starting June 22)

  • Resume all normal operations while still practicing some social distancing, proper hygiene, and common sense practices if you are showing any symptoms.
  • Continue enhanced cleaning of all buildings.