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Fall 2020 FAQs for Students and Families

We're excited to welcome you back to campus in August. We are committed to sharing information about returning to campus in a timely manner, so check back here often for the most recent updates.

Q: Will in-person classes resume in the fall 2020 semester?

Wheaton College will offer its distinctive Christ-centered liberal arts undergraduate and graduate classes this fall 2020 semester, and coursework will continue with the Wheaton tradition of rigorous instruction, regardless of the delivery method. Wheaton faculty eagerly await students’ return to campus, and they are preparing to reconvene for an adaptive in-person semester with live instruction.

We are pursuing a coronavirus-safe campus environment, which includes social distancing and safe gatherings in classroom space. Given the need to reduce the number of students in each classroom, some courses will require students to alternate between attending in-person and participating via on-line streaming. We are continuing to monitor the evolving pandemic and appropriate Illinois regulations, and we will communicate any adjustments to this plan later this summer.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: What is the adapted calendar for this fall semester?

We have modified the academic calendar for fall 2020 to maximize in-person and face-to-face instruction. Fall Break is deferred to November to allow for a weeklong Thanksgiving Break followed by two weeks of remote learning and then on-line finals.

  • W, 8/26: Classes Begin
  • M, 10/19: B Quad Begins
  • W, 10/21: No Classes
  • F, 11/20: Last Day of On-Campus Classes
  • M-F, 11/23-27: Thanksgiving Break
  • M, 11/30: Remote Classes Begin
  • M: 12/14: Reading Day
  • T-Th, 12/15-17: Finals

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: Do returning students need to re-register for the adaptive in-person semester?

Returning sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students do not need to register again for their fall courses and in most cases should be able to keep their existing schedule for fall. Incoming transfer and first-year undergraduate and graduate students will register as planned this summer.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: How will the adaptive in-person fall semester affect coursework?

Wheaton College remains committed to our Christian liberal arts curriculum with high standards of academic excellence. Each course will fulfill our accreditation standards through the Higher Learning Commission for a full 50 hours of faculty instruction, while meeting the same learning outcomes and curricular goals of past semesters. We remain rooted in our shared commitment to practicing the liberal arts through instruction, discussion, student collaboration, and applied learning. We understand the need to make principled adaptations during this time so that our core mission of teaching and learning continues in a safe and healthy way. We strongly recommend that students come to campus with a laptop computer so that they have ongoing access to the tools they need to succeed academically during this highly flexible period.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q:  How will courses continue if the State of Illinois sees a resurgence of COVID-19 and the College has to pivot back to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan? 

Faculty are preparing their fall courses with the possibility of this scenario in mind. If we need to pivot to remote learning due to increased COVID-19 spread, we will be prepared to do so.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: How will students attend class in the event of illness or need to quarantine?

All Wheaton faculty have been asked to prepare for teaching their courses in person and through remote instruction (via on-line streaming). Students will have access to their course content even if they are sick or spending time in quarantine. We will respond with flexibility and safe practices to promote our community’s health as well as our students’ academic and personal well-being. We strongly recommend that students come to campus with a laptop computer so that they have ongoing access to the tools they need to succeed academically during this highly flexible period.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: What changes will students encounter in specialized courses that involve active, applied learning?

Our faculty are developing plans to allow for safe and adapted science labs, music instruction, theater, and studio art. The College will adapt experiential and active learning for the campus’ COVID-19 safety standards while remaining focused on academic excellence and meeting learning outcomes. We will communicate adaptations of specialized courses to students via their faculty instructors.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: Will students be able to participate in off-campus academic internships and practicums?

For the safety of our community and our neighbors, we will strongly encourage students to stay on campus and limit off-campus activities. We are working to identify how students may fulfill specialized degree requirements, including off-campus academic experiences, in a safe manner. In those situations where off-campus academic experiences are not possible due to safety restrictions, we will work with students to identify alternatives.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: Will I be able to study abroad in the fall?

The College is evaluating whether COVID-safe study abroad is possible. Given the significant regional variation in the pandemic, the feasibility of curricular and co-curricular programming is being constantly monitored. Final decisions will be made no later than 30 days before the start of each program.

Updated: July 8, 2020

Q: What if I am unable to come to campus this fall?

We recognize that some of our students will be unable to return to campus for a variety of reasons. We will work with them to provide quality, remote learning experiences. We will also continue to provide academic support services for students who must complete their coursework remotely. Additional information on how students need to submit a request for attending remotely is forthcoming.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: How does Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order impact me if I am traveling from one of the 15 restricted states?

This current emergency travel order applies only to those going to the city of Chicago and not the full state of Illinois. At this time, new and returning students who are coming from the currently restricted travel states should plan to arrive at their appointed arrival times and do not need to come to campus earlier. The college is asking that all students self-quarantine and stay safe at home for 14 days prior to coming to campus and being a part of our community.

Updated July 8, 2020

Q: Is Wheaton planning on opening housing in the fall?

Yes, we plan to open housing in the fall if allowed by the State of Illinois. We are evaluating ways to reduce density across campus so that students are able to maintain required social distancing. We will continue to update students as plans further develop over the summer months.

Updated June 10, 2020

Q: When can students move in?

We are planning for new students to move in according to the orientation schedule. Returning students can arrive Sunday, August 23 or Monday August 24th between noon and 5 p.m. Returning students who are not approved to arrive early but have a conflict with the dates listed can learn more here

Updated May 27, 2020

Q: What should I bring or not bring to campus?

Along with packing a few CDC approved face masks and some hand sanitizer, check out our lean and light packing list for what to bring and our list of what not to bring on residence life’s FAQ page. We encourage students to begin the semester with the basics in case they do need to relocate quickly in response to COVID-19.

Updated May 27, 2020

Q: How is Wheaton planning for a Covid-safe move in?

Just as our nation has incorporated social distancing into our daily lives, Wheaton will adjust its move-in instructions. Specific move-in guidance will be provided to families later this summer.

Updated May 27, 2020

Q:  What should I do if I need a special housing accommodation in the fall due to health concerns around COVID-19?

Though we desire every student to attend on campus in the fall, we strongly advise that students who are medically at-risk consider not coming to campus due to the potential exposure to the virus through asymptomatic individuals, but instead to continue learning remotely until a vaccine or treatment becomes available. Specific medical exception housing questions can be emailed to housing.services@wheaton.edu.

Updated May 27, 2020

Q: What if my roommate does not return for the fall semester?

A roommate choosing not to return is a common occurrence. We acknowledge that it can be disappointing to experience an unexpected roommate opening before the year begins. Our first priority is to make sure every student has a room assignment. Therefore, the housing department may need to assign a returning student or a transfer student in an open bed. The housing office will make every effort to communicate soon after a roommate leaves as well as the name of the new roommate. We appreciate your patience as we work through these issues in the coming weeks.

Updated May 27, 2020

Q: What will the cleaning protocols be across campus?

Sanitation levels will be increased across campus to help prevent the spread of germs. Students will also see increased health and safety signage along with hand sanitizer stations and transaction windows where appropriate. Community bathrooms in the residence halls and in campus buildings will be cleaned multiple times a day according to the Illinois health and safety expectations. Students living in Fischer hall, campus apartments, or campus houses will be encouraged to clean their bathrooms regularly. All students will be asked to assist with frequent cleaning across campus in communal spaces (e.g. desks, dining, etc.) before and after use,  by using the cleaning supplies that will be made available.

Updated May 27, 2020

Q: What will the public health protocols be for students living closely together in campus housing?

We have drafted COVID-19 Campus Expectations which will be released closer to the beginning of the semester. These expectations include measures to prevent the spread of infection as well as for testing, isolating students who test positive for COVID-19, and quarantining students in close contact with someone testing positive. We foresee students who share a living space (roommates, suitemates, housemates, apartment mates, floormates) to act with and care for each other as extended family. To protect our students, access to housing will only be available to current residents. Guests will not be allowed in residential spaces.

Updated May 27, 2020

Q: How will dining services and access to meals be adjusted to care for our community?

This is one of our biggest challenges during the pandemic. Students will continue to have access to our nationally ranked meal service in Anderson Commons. However, we will need to serve our many students in a way that aligns with the mandated safety guidelines. To accomplish this, we will have fewer food options, and they will be served by staff in a “to go” manner. Students will be divided into groups with assigned meal periods to ensure that we are able to keep everyone appropriately distanced and served in the time available. We plan to repurpose space throughout the Todd M. Beamer Center upper and lower levels, to provide a limited number of socially distanced dining tables with plexiglass table top dividers; a number of students at each meal period are likely to have to eat their meals outside of Beamer.

Updated June 29, 2020

Q: How will my housing be affected if I come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or if I test positive?

Barring additional state or federal guidelines, our goal will be to quarantine a student in their current housing location where possible (i.e. easy access to a bathroom, minimal interaction with groups of students) if they come into close contact with someone who tests positive with COVID-19. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be relocated from their assigned room to a space the College has established for temporary medical isolation and recovery with access to the resources needed to continue their schooling remotely.

Updated May 27, 2020

Q: How will isolated and quarantined students eat?

Students in quarantine will have their meals delivered.

Updated May 27, 2020

Q: Can I remain in campus housing after Thanksgiving break until the end of the semester?

Campus will be closed following Thanksgiving break, which means there will be no in-person classes or access to the dining hall. To care for our community and prevent any possible holiday outbreaks we are encouraging everyone to return home to finish the semester before returning in January. However, Wheaton will continue to provide availability of housing and meals for students supported by the International Student Programs office as well as varsity student athletes, as needed. We will also work to accommodate students with educational continuity needs such as engineering students, nursing students, and student teachers. All other individual requests to stay on campus beyond thanksgiving break must receive approval through the Student Development Office.

Updated June 5, 2020

Q: What is Wheaton College planning to do for spring semester?

Right now we are focused on successfully launching fall 2020 in a way that is safe for our community. We will communicate additional information about spring 2021 later this calendar year.

Updated May 27, 2020

Q: What demographics are considered medically at-risk should they become infected with COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people with the following conditions are considered high-risk for serious infection should they contract the virus:

  • People 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised
      • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
    • People with a body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher
    • People with diabetes
    • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • People with liver disease

Please consult with your health care provider to determine whether or not you should come to campus during COVID-19.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: How should Wheaton College students who are considered medically at-risk plan to engage with classes and work in the fall semester 2020?

We strongly advise that you consider not coming/returning to campus where there is a chance for exposure through asymptomatic individuals, but instead to continue your learning remotely until a vaccine or treatment becomes available if you fall into one of the high-risk categories.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: Will testing for the COVID-19 virus and/or testing for antibodies that show previous COVID-19 infection be required prior to starting in the Fall?  

In consultation with our local DuPage County Health Department, we will not be mass screening at the start of the year but instead have a low threshold for testing when symptomatic, as well as spot testing for specific higher-risk groups such as the fall varsity athletes and conservatory students. We have contracted with Tempus Labs to secure 3,000 COVID-19 PCR  tests (the current gold-standard for detecting the virus) for the fall semester, which will be offered at no cost to the student when indicated. Currently, the significance of a positive antibody test is that it shows a previous COVID-19 infection, but we do not know how long individuals are protected after infection. Therefore, we will not be using antibody tests for decisions about return to campus or different expectations for behaviors. Antibody testing may prove helpful in the future as we learn more about how long individuals are protected after infection.

Updated: June 12, 2020

Q: What will be the public health expectations all campus members should be prepared to follow throughout the fall semester?

We are drafting a COVID-19 Campus Expectations document and will plan on releasing it closer to the beginning of the semester. These expectations will include best practice measures to prevent the spread of infection as well as for testing, isolating those who test positive, and quarantining others who come into close contact with those who test positive.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q:  What will happen if I test positive for COVID-19?

We are arranging separate housing for students should they test positive for the virus.  Students will receive assistance to move; meals will be delivered; Student Health Services will provide medical support; students can engage with courses online; or if students are too ill to engage with coursework, course excuses will be communicated to faculty members.  

Students within driving distance of the campus are encouraged to speak with their respective families before returning to campus in the fall about the preferred recovery option in the event of a positive COVID-19 test: 1) drive home to recover; or 2) recover in housing provided by the College.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: What will happen if I am named as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

We will immediately test all close contacts, realizing that some may have an asymptomatic presentation. According to CDC guidelines, we will ask students to quarantine in their own living space for 14 days after their last contact with the positive case, while monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.  Classes will continue remotely during this time, and we will deliver meals to the student. If the student is sharing a bathroom, they will need to follow specific protocols for cleaning between use.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: What should I do if I have concerns about another student, faculty member, or staff member who may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or is not abiding by Campus Expectations?

We recognize that returning to campus this Fall will require a shared commitment to caring for those with whom we are living in community by following the shared Campus Expectations (to be shared later this summer) and separating ourselves from others at the first sign of any illness.  We will also be required to show healthy charity to others. We ask that each individual join us in our efforts to keep everyone in the Wheaton College community safe by taking personal responsibility.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: What if I am not comfortable wearing a face covering, can I still come to campus? 

All students and employees will be required to wear a face covering where required on campus. The nature of our shared community requires that everyone on campus abide by the same safety protocols. This disease can spread asymptomatically, and according to the CDC wearing a face covering is a primary method of reducing the spread of contagion.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: Will Student Health Services (SHS) be available to care for my medical needs that are not COVID-19 related?

SHS anticipates offering most of its regularly provided services. All patients will need an appointment, as opposed to walk-ins. Patients also will be screened for symptoms with a questionnaire and temperature prior to entering the clinic. SHS will offer Telehealth appointments as an alternative to an in-person appointment. There will be a designated area of the clinic with a separate entrance to care for patients with potential or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: What if my symptoms of COVID-19 are serious enough to require hospitalization?

Student Health Services clinical staff will be available to evaluate every student presenting with symptoms of COVID-19, whether minor or severe, with the goal of rapid testing. If symptoms require, students will be taken to Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, 10 minutes west of campus, for further evaluation and care.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: Will students arriving in the U.S. from international locations be required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to participating in orientation/on-campus activities?

CDC guidance currently advises that travelers arriving in the U.S. from international locations must self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days. Unless the CDC updates the guidelines, students should plan their travel and arrival to the U.S. accordingly. 

On June 3rd, Wheaton College emailed new and continuing international (F-1 Visa / MK / TCK) students to ask if they are arriving next semester from international locations. Students arriving this fall from an international location, who did not receive the June 3rd email, must notify isp@wheaton.edu. This will help the College identify those who need additional information because their arrivals are impacted by the CDC guidelines.

Updated: July 10, 2020

Q: How can I make an appointment with the counseling center?

You can call 630.752.5321, email counseling.center@wheaton.edu, or you can visit our webpage and follow the “Book an appointment” link found there.

Updated: June 4, 2020

Q: Will I be able to see a counselor face to face?

In compliance with CDC guidelines for social distancing, we will not be seeing students for face to face appointments during the fall semester. We will continue to offer telebehavioral health sessions until guidelines change and allow us to safely see students one on one in the counseling center offices.

Updated: June 4, 2020

Q: Can I walk into the counseling center to set up an appointment?

No. We ask that you contact online by email at counseling.center@wheaton.edu or by phone (630.752.5321)

Updated: June 4, 2020

Q: Is the counseling center offering walk-in mental health emergency service?

Yes, but these will remain virtual until further notice. We ask that you call 630.752.5321 or reach out to resident life staff to assist you in having an emergency appointment.

Updated: June 4, 2020

Q: How can I fill out all the paperwork required for a first appointment?

All intake paperwork and consent forms are accessible online and once an appointment is set you will be sent a link to those forms.

Updated: June 4, 2020

Q: Will the counseling center be offering any groups this fall?

Yes. We will be offering several groups online with announcements made specific to those at the start of the semester.

Updated: June 4, 2020

Q: Can I receive counseling services if I choose not to return to campus this fall, but continue online learning?

The counseling center staff is only licensed to serve students residing in the state of Illinois. If you live outside of the state of Illinois we can still offer you consultation and referral for services in your home state.

Updated: June 4, 2020

Q: How will we do Chapel with social distancing? 

We are currently working to reimagine Chapel, as we will not be able to meet all together in Edman. More information on Chapel is forthcoming.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: Will the Library, lower Beamer Center, and other hangout spaces be open like they usually are to study and connect?

We are still working through these details but at this point can share that these spaces will probably not be open “as usual.” We will need to ensure that we meet social distancing measures, including reducing the number of people who can be in a space at one time. We are investigating ways to extend hangout space outdoors (at least before the snow comes) in a safe way.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: What else is going to be different on campus this semester?

Above all, Wheaton will still be Wheaton, providing exceptional Christ-centered, rigorous, liberal arts education. The Restore Illinois Plan will require that we be at Phase 4 before we are able to bring our students back to campus. Phase 4 continues to require a minimum of 6 feet of social distancing; the wearing of face coverings when around others; or within 6 feet of each other outside; frequent hand washing/ cleaning; and group gatherings limited to 50 people maximum (socially distanced). We also know that the current science shows that extended periods of time in an enclosed space with other people and unnecessary interactions with others can increase chances of COVID-19 transmission. So, as you can imagine, many typical activities on a College campus will need to be adjusted. Know that Wheaton College faculty and staff are deeply passionate about providing a rich Christ-centered living and learning community for our students, and we will work tirelessly to accomplish this goal.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: Where can I find out more information about Learning and Accessibility Services?

Visit our website at www.wheaton.edu/las

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: How will ADA accommodations be provided if a student remains at home for the semester and attends classes online? 

Accommodations for online classes may be the same or differ from accommodations utilized in an in-person context. The LAS Office can work with you directly for any new accessibility or accommodations needs that arise in the online context. Email: las@wheaton.edu

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: How can I make appointments with LAS staff if I need to discuss accommodations, accessibility, learning strategies, support for learning from home, or other academic/class-related topics?

All regular LAS services will continue to be offered in the fall for students who are living on-campus and students who are attending classes remotely. All meetings will be virtual except in rare circumstances.  Email las@wheaton.edu to schedule an appointment.

Updated May 27, 2020

QWhat are the plans for varsity athletics this year?

Discussions about the plans for varsity athletics in 2020-21 are ongoing as we collaborate with the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and its leaders to translate Center for Disease Control guidance, American College Health Guidance, state government guidance (i.e. Restore Illinois), local health department guidance and campus decisions into a framework for varsity athletic practice and competition. Once those plans for varsity athletics are finalized we will communicate that information to our student-athletes and their families both directly and on the Wheaton Athletics website.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: Will there be club sports and intramurals 2020-2021?

Club sport practice and competition as well as intramural opportunities will be suspended for the fall 2020 semester. The ability to have club sports and intramurals will be re-evaluated for Spring semester

Updated: June 4, 2020

Q: Will Chrouser Sports Center be open to students in the fall? 

Chrouser Sports Center will be prioritized for student recreational and varsity athletics use, though we will need to adjust how it operates to meet safety standards. Occupancy will be limited to accommodate social distancing rules and increased risk that occurs with heavy mouth breathing. Hours will need to be adjusted to allow for frequent cleaning. Outside equipment and equipment rentals will not be permitted.

Updated: May 27, 2020

Q: When will tuition, room, and board charges be posted to student accounts?

Tuition, room and board, and other institutional charges for the fall semester will be assessed and posted to the student accounts on August 10, 2020.  All bills and statements will be in electronic form and may be accessed in the Wheaton Portal. (For instructions on how to view your bill and other common questions, please visit the SFS How Tos page.)

Updated: May 29, 2020

Q: When will student account payments due?

Electronic bills will be sent out on August 10 for all students registered for the fall 2020 semester. The due date for the fall term bill is September 10, including the first installment payment for those students enrolled by September 9 in the Wheaton College Payment Plan.

Updated: May 29, 2020

Q: What financial support is available if COVID-19 has impacted my financial situation?

If your family has faced a financial set-back due to a job loss, reduction in earnings, or other extenuating circumstances, you may be able to appeal for additional assistance. To initiate this process, contact your Student Financial Services Advisor to discuss your situation. For details on the process, please read the Appeal Procedure explanation.

Updated: May 29, 2020

Q: How will the altered academic calendar affect tuition, room, and board charges?

Our academic plans include a full semester of instruction.  Tuition will be billed at the published rates.  We are evaluating potential adjustments to room and board charges given the altered calendar.

Updated: May 29, 2020

Q: Will students arriving in the U.S. from international locations be required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to participating in orientation/on-campus activities?

CDC guidance currently advises that travelers arriving in the U.S. from international locations must self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days. Until the CDC guidelines change, students should plan their travel and arrival to the U.S. accordingly. Students may self-quarantine in off-campus housing, with family/friends, or request campus housing for this purpose. 

Updated June 22, 2020

Q: What housing and dining resources will the College offer students who need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in the U.S.? 

Students who plan to live in campus housing for the fall semester and are arriving from an international location, may request early move-in to campus housing to complete the 14 days of self-quarantine. Students may also choose to self-quarantine in off-campus housing or with friends/family. On June 26th, international students were emailed the form to request campus quarantine housing, if needed.  

Students planning to participate in New Student Orientation should arrive by August 5th if needing to self-quarantine. Student leaders arriving early for training should arrive by July 28th. Returning students should arrive by August 12th to complete self-quarantine prior to the first day of classes. 

Students will have the option to request a meal service while in self-quarantine (recommended for new students). The cost of meals for 14 days will be approximately $400. While completing the quarantine housing application form, students may opt-out of the meal service if they prefer to coordinate their meals on their own. More information is available in the June 26th email.

Updated June 26, 2020

Q: I already bought my ticket and now am learning that I have to self-quarantine. Should I change my ticket to arrive earlier?

Each student and family will need to decide what is best in this situation. Until the CDC guidelines change, students arriving from international locations must complete the 14 days of self-quarantine prior to participating in-person for campus activities and classes. If you cannot arrive 14 days early, you can still begin the fall semester during your self-quarantine period in the U.S. by participating virtually in orientation programs and classes.

Updated June 22, 2020

Q: What housing and dining resources will be available if Wheaton College has to change mid-semester to fully online classes due to a second wave of Covid-19?

Wheaton College remains committed to its international students and understands the unique needs in this situation. Similar to March 2020, international students will have authorization to remain in campus housing until the end of the fall semester. The College will also aim to continue providing food via student meal plans until these end on November 20th. Undergraduate international students who need housing during Christmas break (December 18th, 2020 to January 9th, 2021) will be able to request to stay on campus if they cannot return home. Between November 20th and January 9th, students staying on campus will be responsible for the cost and preparation of their meals. 

Updated June 22, 2020

Q: How safe is it for me to return to the U.S.? My family is concerned about how the U.S. is responding to Covid-19 and news outlets in my country have shown videos of violent protests in Chicago and other major cities. 

Your concerns about safety are understandable. Students and families can monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Restore Illinois websites to learn how our national and local governments are responding to Covid-19 and to view the guidelines Wheaton College is using to plan for the fall semester. 

We also understand the concern about the protests in the U.S. related to a nation-wide call for justice and equal treatment for all people in the country. While there has been violence related to the protests, it is important to note that the majority of national protests, and all the protests in the Wheaton area, have been peaceful, respectful, and prayerful. Wheaton College remains committed to the safety of students studying and living as part of our community.

Updated June 22, 2020

Q: If I stay outside of the U.S. for the fall semester, will I need to participate in classes synchronously (CST timezone) or will there be an option to participate asynchronously (my timezone)?

Wheaton College faculty will work with students to provide quality, remote learning experiences. As noted in President Ryken’s June 5th email, students who plan to enroll remotely will be required to have a video consultation with an academic advisor to review the student needs and assess if the student can be successful in their expected course schedule. Please report your plans to study remotely using the short fall student survey to request a video consultation and learn more. 

Updated June 22, 2020

Q: How will the College ensure that F-1 visa students can participate in the adapted in-person fall semester in compliance with the government regulations that limit online/remote learning for visa students in the US?

Similar to the spring and summer semesters, Wheaton College will use SEVP guidelines to ensure visa students who return to campus for the fall 2020 semester are enrolled in a program of study compliant with all regulations. The campus DSO team will work with the Academic leadership team if SEVP issues new guidelines and notify students accordingly.

Additional answers specific to F-1 visa students are found on the F-1 Visa Covid-19 FAQs Fall 2020 website. The DSO team will also regularly send updates to F-1 visa students via their college email. 

Updated June 22, 2020