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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. Faculty and students will wear masks while in the classroom and be spaced six feet apart. 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: July 20, 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: I’ve changed my mind and want to conduct my semester remotely. What should I do?

Given that this school year will pose unique challenges, if you decide to attend remotely from home or elsewhere, please use this link to inform the College of your previously communicated decision that has changed so that we can help facilitate your experience.

Updated July 20, 2020

Q: How do I confirm approval of my request for remote only status for fall?

Students who requested to take classes remotely in the June or July survey will be assigned Remote Learning Only (RLO) status in Banner. You may confirm your remote status in Banner by following these instructions:

  1. Log into the Portal at https://portal.wheaton.edu
  2. Select “View holds” in Banner Self-Service under “Student Services” > “Student Records”

    Screenshot of Banner Student Records Option

  3. In the “Hold Type” column will be “Remote Learning Only RLO” if you opted to take classes remotely and live at home or in off-campus housing. This status is updated each Tuesday and Friday at 5pm.

    Screenshot of Banner Hold Type Status

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. In the event of having to shift to fully remote learning, we intend to allow students to choose to remain in their campus housing with grab-and-go dining.

Updated: July 20, 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 ask 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. Students who are participating in approved off campus programs and who also live in campus housing or participate in approved off campus activities will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis.

Updated: July 20, 2020

Q: Will I be able to study abroad?

We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide at least 30 days notice to students should spring semester plans change.

Updated: July 20, 2020

Q: Will Buswell Library be open and accessible to students?

Buswell Library will be open for student use this fall. Visit the Buswell Library COVID-19 update page for more information and updates about library hours for fall.

Updated: July 20, 2020

Q: How will I know whether my course will be taught in person or remotely, as a result of scheduling issues or faculty health issues? 

Over the next few weeks, we will be updating information in Banner to reflect whether a course will be fully remote or in-person. Please check Banner Self-Service to see how your schedule is developing.

Updated: July 20, 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 a quality remote learning experience. We will also continue to provide academic support services for students who must complete their coursework remotely. Please submit a request to learn remotely here.

Updated: July 20, 2020

Q: Who do I contact if I have other questions or need clarification?

Contact us at COVID19@wheaton.edu.

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

The DuPage County Health Department has issued guidance aligned with the Chicago Emergency Travel Order. All Wheaton College students traveling to campus from a hot spot, as defined by the Chicago Emergency Travel Order, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days before arriving on campus. This can be done at home, as long as COVID-Safe precautions are used during the trip to campus. The college is strongly recommending 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 20, 2020

Q: What does self-quarantine at home mean in terms of what I am allowed to do during these 14 days?

According to the CDC, 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 avoid going to school or work, stay home except for essential outings (doctor, pharmacy, grocery store), and monitor their health by taking their temperature twice a day while being aware of any other developing COVID-19 symptoms.

Two of our primary goals of requiring and recommending this quarantine is to limit exposures and monitor for symptoms prior to arrival on campus.  Exposure to large groups of people at a graduation party, good-bye gathering, or even through working in an environment interacting with other people could unknowingly spread the virus.  Monitoring for symptoms during this 14 day incubation period would be critical to prevent coming to campus with a mild case of the virus.  We understand that students live within families and cannot separate themselves completely, but we are asking for a heightened diligence in this time period.  We will not be requiring any formal documentation, but instead asking that you would be on the honor system with this request.

Updated August 2, 2020

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

Yes, housing will be open in the fall unless the state situation worsens and we are compelled by the local authorities to do otherwise. We are implementing ways to reduce density across campus so that students are able to maintain required social distancing. Students who want to live and learn together on campus will need to agree to upholding the COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong Commitment and safety protocols.

Updated July 20, 2020

Q: When can students move in?

New students will move in according to the orientation schedule. Returning students can arrive Sunday, August 23 or Monday August 24th between noon and 5 p.mStudents may sign up for a check-in time on the COVID-19 Housing page.

Updated August 10, 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 on residence life’s FAQ page. We are encouraging 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 for undergraduates?

Undergraduate students will sign up online for a check in time. All new and returning students will report to a Fall 2020 Check-In Station at the check-in time for which they signed up. At the check-in station, a student will provide a copy of their negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than five* days before arrival (*we will accept a test taken 6 days before coming to campus if the lead time includes a Sunday when labs are often closed for processing). Each student will also need to provide confirmation that the Schoology (re) orientation tutorial has been completed.  Once confirmed, students will be given their ID card for access to campus dining,facilities, and classes. Specific move-in guidance, including how to sign up for your preferred check-in time, was sent to students on August 7th. Students who do not check in during the approved check in times will not be allowed to move into campus housing until they provide their negative test results to Student Health Services.

Updated August 10, 2020

Q: How is Wheaton planning for a COVID-Safe check-in for graduate students?

Graduate students attending class in person (includes traditional and flex students) will provide a copy of their negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than five* days before arrival (* we will accept a test taken 6 days before coming to campus if the lead time includes a Sunday when labs are often closed for processing). Graduate students attending class in person will also provide confirmation that the Schoology tutorial has been completed.  Once confirmed, students will be given access to campus dining, facilities, and classes. Specific check-in guidance will be provided to students no later than 30 days before their first day of in-person class. Students who do not check-in may not attend classes until they provide their negative test results to an authorized Wheaton College employee.

Updated August 10, 2020

Q:  I am having a hard time getting a COVID-19 test, and the results within five days. What should I do? 

A: 

To protect our campus community, all students must present negative COVID-19 test results at check in taken no more than 5* days before returning to campus (* we will accept a test taken 6 days before coming to campus if the lead time includes a Sunday when labs are often closed for processing). Here are some options for you to consider: 

 

FINDING AND PAYING FOR A TEST: Visit this website to identify testing locations in your area. You should also check with your doctor, who may also be able to authorize and administer a test. We recommend that you hold onto your receipt, regardless of where you are tested, and submit it to Student Financial Services (sfs@wheaton.edu) to see if you qualify for reimbursement. 

 

HAVING A HARD TIME GETTING A TEST: 

 

Great news!  We have contracted with Let’s Get Checked, which will mail a COVID-19 test directly to an address you specify within the contiguous United States. This Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test is performed through a self-collected lower nasal swab with step-by-step video instructions. 

 

If you choose to use this test option, please secure by clicking on this link, as arrival times to campus are approaching quickly. You will receive a pre-paid envelope for return overnight shipping, and you will have the option to track the test over the course of 24-to-72 hours, the typical timeframe for the turnaround of results once the lab receives your test. The results will be sent both to you and to Student Health Services, allowing for a streamlined check-in process. 

 

If you choose this option for testing, the $115 cost will be billed to your student account. If you are Title IV-eligible (meaning you have filled out a FAFSA and are eligible to receive Federal funds), you can, upon request, receive reimbursement for the entire cost of the test through CARES Act funding. Other students may apply to Wheaton’s COVID fund for reimbursement help—a form to request reimbursement is available here

Updated August 10, 2020

Q:  What if I did not take a test or my test results did not return by the time of my check-in?

Due to the new mail-in option for all students, students will no longer be allowed on campus without a negative COVID-19 test. Instead, you will need to stay in quarantine off-campus until you have a negative test result from a locally acquired test or until your test results come back. Blocks of hotel rooms have been reserved for Wheaton College for a discounted rate (see next FAQ).  While in quarantine, you will have access to remote learning and other remote activities so that once you receive a negative test result, you can seamlessly join in-person classes and campus life.

Updated August 10, 2020

Q:  What off-campus accommodations will be available if I have not been able to secure a negative COVID-19 test prior to my assigned check-in time?

A:  Students requiring off-campus accommodations as they await a negative COVID-19 test result to check-in on campus, may book a room through the Wheaton College Room Block at Holiday Inn and Suites, 150 S. Gary Avenue, Carol Stream, IL 60188. The room block extends from August 19-30, 2020. Rooms start at $89.00 plus tax per night. To make your reservation, call 630-665-3000 or go online to www.holidayinn.com/chi-carol. Enter the dates of your stay, then enter the group code: WCH. You must use the group code to receive the discounted rate. Please note, for any student under the age of 21, your parent/guardian will need to complete a credit card authorization on your behalf. Please contact the hotel directly to obtain and submit the necessary paperwork prior to your arrival. Other hotel options in the area can be accessed through the Wheaton College Travel Portal. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result en route to campus or while staying in off-campus accommodations, please contact Student Health Services at student.health.services@wheaton.edu  immediately.

Updated August 6, 2020

Q: Can parents and friends help new and returning students move in?

To reduce campus exposure we regret to say that parents and others will not be able enter housing to assist with moving in. ThunderMovers will be available at the residence halls to help bring student belongings to the room. Those who are driving a student to campus are welcome to wear a mask when helping to unload their belongings from the vehicle.

Updated July 22, 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.

Updated July 20, 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?

The College has increased disinfection protocols and frequencies for washrooms, public spaces, and classrooms with an emphasis on high-touch surfaces, using an EPA-registered disinfectant, approved for use against SARS-CoV-2. This product will not only be used by the custodial team, but also made available for use by our campus community in offices, classrooms, and dining facilities. It was selected based on its efficacy and safety. Additionally, the College expects to implement electrostatic sprayers with a similarly safe and effective EPA-registered disinfectant, which will assist in disinfecting large spaces quickly. Because of the electrostatic application, the disinfectant will not linger in the air to be breathed in by those nearby.

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 July 22, 2020

Q: What steps are being taken to protect me in my campus housing? 

A: We foresee students who share a living space (roommates, suitemates, housemates, apartment mates) 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. Students living in campus housing can have one current Wheaton College student visit, as long as they maintain social distance and wear face coverings, and are in good standing with the COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong commitment.

Updated July 20, 2020

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

In order to provide COVID-safe dining, we will serve our students according to the State of Illinois’ mandated safety guidelines. Bon Appetit will continue to provide their usual high-quality food, including meals for those with dietary concerns, however many changes to our service are required to feed students in a COVID-safe manner. Students will be assigned meal times at the lunch hour (to ensure those with lunch-time classes have opportunity to eat), and potentially breakfast and dinner as well.  The State-mandated six-foot social distancing requirement means lines will be long, and therefore we will use hallways and tents, with six-foot markings on the floors, to queue students safely.  We will extend our meal periods to three hours, offer “to-go” items during the breakfast meal period for students to take for lunch, and provide additional “Grab and Go” options at lunchtime. We will also provide dinner on Sundays. Food options will be much more limited than usual, and will be served in disposable “to-go” containers. Students must wear masks at all times while in line and receiving their food, and as they move to the seating areas. Seating will be distributed throughout upper and lower Beamer. However, the number of seats will be limited and some students will have to eat their meals elsewhere on campus during each meal period. Tables will have plexiglass dividers, providing each student with their own safe eating space. Students will have to clean their eating space using provided supplies before they sit down to eat. After eating, students must put on their mask back on and observe social distancing as they deposit their used food containers in provided trash cans and exit Beamer. Finally, Sam’s will offer limited menu options and will not accept cash payment; the Stupe will be closed. With full cooperation from our students, we believe this plan will provide safe and effective dining in the Fall. For more detailed information, please click here.

Updated August 5, 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?

We will immediately test all close contacts, realizing that some may have an asymptomatic presentation. If test results are positive, students will be moved to East Campus for their isolation period of a minimum of 10 days. If results are negative, 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 and reporting to SHS for testing if symptoms develop.  Classes will continue remotely during this time, and we will deliver pre-packaged meals to a central point in student housing if the student lives on campus. Their meal plan or student account (if not on a meal plan), will be charged for the delivered meals.  If the student is sharing a bathroom on campus, they will need to follow specific protocols for cleaning between use.  Students may elect to quarantine at home but will need to apply for permission to go off campus for this 14 days, while monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 and testing at home if symptoms develop.  Upon return, students must report to SHS for clearance to return to campus. Permission forms will be provided at a later date.

Updated July 20, 2020

Q: How will isolated and quarantined students eat?

Students in quarantine and isolation will have packaged meals delivered to their building that will be charged to their meal plan or student account. Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are not on a meal plan will be charged $15 a day to have three meals delivered. They will need to wear a mask to walk to the pickup location or have a friend in the building bring it to their bedroom door.

Updated August 6, 2020

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

Campus will be closed following Thanksgiving break as our classes transition to remote learning, 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 2021. 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 July 20, 2020

Q: Can family members and other non-Wheaton College people visit me from off-campus?

To prevent the spread of infection, we will not allow off-campus visitors for students to be on campus and/or to enter campus buildings. Students living in campus housing can have one current Wheaton College student who is adhering to the COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong Commitment, visit at a time, as long as you maintain social distance and wear face coverings. 

Students may socialize with non-Wheaton College people in local socially distant outdoor nature options off campus (e.g., forest preserves, local biking/walking trails, local parks, walking in the neighborhood).

Updated August 10, 2020

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

As the pandemic is continuing to expand across the country, we anticipate that the spring semester may need to operate in a similar fashion, with the spring academic calendar details to be announced at a later date.

Updated July 20, 2020

Q: Will the College issue refunds if campus closes due to COVID-19?

If the College decides or is required to halt in-person classes and activities due to COVID-19, we plan to have students  “shelter in place” in their College residence, continue to attend classes online, and obtain food from the dining hall.  In this situation, students may also choose leave campus housing, drop their meal plans, and return home.  Students who do elect to return home in the event of a mid-semester, College-wide shift to remote learning will receive a prorated refund of room and board charges for any unused full weeks remaining in the semester.

Updated July 27, 2020

Q: When does Bon Appétit begin serving students who are on meal plans?

Students on meal plans may eat their first meal at breakfast on Monday, August 24.  Students arriving early for Orientation and other programs should check with their program contact to determine if meals are available prior to August 24.  Meal plans end after dinner on Friday, November 20.

Updated July 28, 2020 

Q: Will my student be able to obtain enough food at the dining hall since meals are served “To Go?”

Bon Appétit will provide ample quantities of food to our students. They will serve hot items in large “To-Go” containers, measuring 9” x 9” x 3”; these containers are larger than our regular plates. At the point of service, students may request the amount of food they desire and Bon Appétit will serve it. In addition, Bon Appétit will provide students with pre-packaged salads, fruit, yogurt, sandwiches, and desserts in separate containers. Finally, they will offer snack food items for purchase at SAM’s; these items are not part of the meal plan, and are available via “non-cash” purchase only.

Updated July 28, 2020 

Q: Will my student who has dietary restrictions be able to eat at Bon Appetit?

Yes, Bon Appétit will continue to provide meal options to students with dietary restrictions, at the “At Your Service” station in Anderson Commons. Students with more complex dietary restrictions are encouraged to email Chef Roger at Bon Appétit, and he will work with them to develop solutions to meet their dietary needs. His email address is: roger.herring@cafebonappetit.com.

Updated July 28, 2020 

Q: Who do I contact if I have other questions or need clarification?

Contact us at COVID19@wheaton.edu.

Q: Will the Campus Store be open and can I still order my course materials for fall?

Yes and Yes! The Wheaton College Campus Store is pleased to meet your textbook and supply needs this fall. Please keep in mind that the store will implement changes that will result in extremely long lines, due to significant State of Illinois restrictions regarding the number of people who can be in the store at one time. We strongly encourage all students to order your books online prior to coming to campus, have them delivered to your home, and bring them with you when you come to campus. More information is available here. 

Updated July 29, 2020

Q: What if I can't have my books delivered to my home, can I still pick them up at the campus store?

Yes. Two pickup options will be available to students: In-store pickup and curbside vehicle pickup. These lines are expected to be very long but should move quickly.  We strongly encourage you to choose home delivery to avoid waiting. Further instructions regarding in-store pickup during rush week can be found here.

Updated July 29, 2020

Q: Can I shop in person at the campus store during rush week?

Yes but please understand that the wait times will be significant. Extended store hours will be listed here. During the rush week of August 24th the apparel and gift sections of the store will be closed to the public. If you wish to purchase any of these items please do so online; we can include these items with your course material purchase and deliver them together. Again, please keep in mind that our capacity limits are extremely minimal and a long wait is to be expected for in-store purchases. Stay home, stay safe, and please order your materials/apparel for home delivery prior to coming to Wheaton!

Updated July 29, 2020

Q: Can I send my campus store order to CPO for pickup?

The College Post Office (CPO) has asked that students not send course materials to CPO for delivery/pickup, as CPO faces significant challenges providing students with their letters and packages in a COVID safe fashion. To help assist our campus partners and help keep you safe, please order for home delivery and bring your course materials with you to campus.

Updated July 29, 2020

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

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus. Some people are more likely than others to become severely ill, which means that they may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may even die. We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as more information becomes available, CDC will continue to update and share information about risk for severe illness. Older adults and people with underlying conditions are considered high-risk for serious infection should they contract the virus. Please consult with your health care provider to determine whether or not you should come to campus due to your risk factors during COVID-19.

Updated: July 20, 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: I am having a hard time getting a COVID-19 test, and the results within five days, what should I do?  

To protect our campus community, all students must present negative COVID-19 test results at check in taken no more than 5* days before returning to campus (* we will accept a test taken 6 days before coming to campus if the lead time includes a Sunday when labs are often closed for processing). Here are some options for you to consider: 

FINDING AND PAYING FOR A TEST: Visit this website to identify testing locations in your area. You should also check with your doctor, who may also be able to authorize and administer a test. We recommend that you hold onto your receipt, regardless of where you are tested, and submit it to Student Financial Services (sfs@wheaton.edu) to see if you qualify for reimbursement. 

HAVING A HARD TIME GETTING A TEST: 

Great news!  We have contracted with Let’s Get Checked, which will mail a COVID-19 test directly to an address you specify within the contiguous United States. This Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test is performed through a self-collected lower nasal swab with step-by-step video instructions. 

If you choose to use this test option, please secure by clicking on this link, as arrival times to campus are approaching quickly. You will receive a pre-paid envelope for return overnight shipping, and you will have the option to track the test over the course of 24-to-72 hours, the typical timeframe for the turnaround of results once the lab receives your test. The results will be sent both to you and to Student Health Services, allowing for a streamlined check-in process. 

If you choose this option for testing, the $115 cost will be billed to your student account. If you are Title IV-eligible (meaning you have filled out a FAFSA and are eligible to receive Federal funds), you can, upon request, receive reimbursement for the entire cost of the test through CARES Act funding. Other students may apply to Wheaton’s COVID fund for reimbursement help—a form to request reimbursement is available here.

Updated: August 10, 2020

Q:  What if I did not take a test or my test results did not return by the time of my check-in?

Due to the new mail-in option for all students, students will no longer be allowed on campus without a negative COVID-19 test. Instead, you will need to stay in quarantine off-campus until you have a negative test result from a locally acquired test or until your test results come back. Blocks of hotel rooms have been reserved for Wheaton College for a discounted rate (see next).  While in quarantine, you will have access to remote learning and other remote activities so that once you receive a negative test result, you can seamlessly join in-person classes and campus life.

Updated: August 10, 2020

Q:  What off-campus accommodations will be available if I have not been able to secure a negative COVID-19 test prior to my assigned check-in time?

Students requiring off-campus accommodations, as they await a negative COVID-19 test result to check-in on campus, may book a room through the Wheaton College Room Block at Holiday Inn and Suites, 150 S. Gary Avenue, Carol Stream, IL 60188. The room block extends from August 19-30, 2020. Rooms start at $89.00 plus tax per night. To make your reservation, call 630-665-3000 or go online to www.holidayinn.com/chi-carol. Enter the dates of your stay, then enter the group code: WCH. You must use the group code to receive the discounted rate. Please note, for any student under the age of 21, your parent/guardian will need to complete a credit card authorization on your behalf. Please contact the hotel directly to obtain and submit the necessary paperwork prior to your arrival. Other hotel options in the area can be accessed through the Wheaton College Travel Portal. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result en route to campus or while staying in off-campus accommodations, please contact Student Health Services at student.health.services@wheaton.edu immediately.

Updated: August 6, 2020

Q:  What if I tested positive for COVID-19 several weeks ago and my entry test taken 5 days prior to arrival still tests positive?

We are aware of the current recommendations from the CDC and the research finding that for some individuals, COVID-19 will be detected in your system for several weeks after infection.  We would ask that you still re-test for COVID-19 prior to entry. If the entry test is positive but you are able to present the original positive test result taken greater than 10 days prior AND you are no longer experiencing symptoms AND you have been fever-free for greater than 24 hours, you will be permitted to come on to campus.

Updated August 2, 2020

Q: Will you accept test results from another country? 

We will be unable to accept test results from other countries. 

Updated: July 30, 2020

Q: What will the public health protocols be for students?

Each student must comply with the COVID-19 safety protocols (known as the COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong Commitment).   All students must complete the COVID-19 Schoology Online (re) orientation Course.

Updated: August 10, 2020

Q: What campus-wide safety measures are being taken?

Our safety measures include an isolation facility for students who test positive for COVID-19, requiring quarantine of students who have been within six feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for longer than 15 minutes; installation of plexiglass barriers in housing bathrooms between sinks; the reduction of lounge furniture across campus to facilitate social distancing; wearing of mask within all campus buildings (except in bedrooms), and outdoors when not able to socially distance; providing remote instruction and virtual event opportunities to assist with maintaining distance; reducing the capacity of spaces across campus to 50% or less; and requiring frequent testing of those who are considered to be in a higher risk group for exposure such as student athletes and certain music students.  

Updated: July 20, 2020

Q: I’m living off campus this semester. Do I need to be tested and follow the COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong commitment?

Undergraduate students living in off-campus housing who come to campus for any reason will be required to abide by the COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong commitment. In addition, there will be a requirement to schedule with Student Health Services or secure a local testing option for a weekly COVID-19 test that will enable continued access to campus facilities. Reimbursement for the cost of the tests can be requested through CARES act funding while available by emailing sfs@wheaton.edu from their Wheaton email account stating their out-of-pocket costs.

Updated: August 6, 2020

Q:  What type of testing will be available throughout the Fall?

Student Health Services will have a low threshold for testing students when symptomatic, as well as testing as required by the NCAA for practicing varsity athletes and vocal/wind majors. We have contracted with several testing service providers to acquire COVID-19 tests for the fall semester, which will be offered to the student when indicated based on symptoms or for surveillance testing. We are providing a fee based mail in solution for students who require weekly testing at their own expense. Local testing options are also available should students wish to pursue those instead to meet the weekly testing requirement.

Updated: August 10, 2020

Q:  Should I have an antibody test to determine if I have had COVID-19 in the past?

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: July 20, 2020

Q: Do I have to wear a face covering on campus?

A: You must wear cloth face coverings in ALL campus buildings (including but not limited to offices, academic buildings, classrooms) at all times and outside on campus when a minimum of six feet of social distancing cannot be consistently maintained. The masking requirement is in effect unless you are in a room completely alone, in your bedroom, eating a meal, or outdoors and able to maintain six feet of distance from other people. Activities such as sitting in class, walking to lunch, studying at the library, and working out at Chrouser will all require a face covering. We realize that this is one of the most inconvenient aspects of keeping each other safe from infection, but face coverings will be part of our daily routine as a COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong community. Read the Wheaton College COVID-19 Face Covering policy for more information.

Updated: July 20, 2020

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

Best practice measures to prevent the spread of infection include daily self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19, isolating those who test positive, quarantining those who come into close contact with positive cases, wearing a face covering, social distancing, washing hands frequently, and avoid touching one’s eyes and nose with unwashed hands.

Updated: July 20, 2020

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

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

Students may elect to self-isolate at home but will need to apply for permission to go off campus for a minimum of ten days, symptoms are improving, and fever-free for 72 hours.  If asymptomatic, isolation will be 10 days from the collection of the positive test result.  Upon return, students must report to SHS for clearance to return to campus.

Permission forms will be provided at a later date.

Updated: July 20, 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. If test results are positive, students will be moved to East Campus for their isolation period of a minimum of 10 days. If results are negative, 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 and reporting to SHS for testing if symptoms develop.  Classes will continue remotely during this time, and we will deliver pre-packaged meals to a central point in student housing if the student lives on campus. Their meal plan or student account (if not on a meal plan), will be charged for the delivered meals.  If the student is sharing a bathroom on campus, they will need to follow specific protocols for cleaning between use.  Students may elect to quarantine at home but will need to apply for permission to go off campus for this 14 days, while monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 and testing at home if symptoms develop.  Upon return, students must report to SHS for clearance to return to campus. Permission forms will be provided at a later date.

Updated: July 20, 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 commitments (coming soon) 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 and speaking to fellow members if they observe concerns before sharing the concern to Student Care Services through the CARES referral form on the Wheaton portal.  Students who do not uphold their commitment to COVID-Safe, Thunder Strong will participate in a process to determine if they will be required to return home or remain off campus to engage their courses remotely.

Updated: July 20, 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 by calling 630-752-5072. 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: July 20, 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 timely 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: July 20, 2020

Q: Many families have state-based health insurance plans that do not offer coverage for non-emergency care in Illinois.  Does Wheaton have access to a gateway for those students to purchase a health insurance plan with more robust coverage in Illinois?

Wheaton College is unable to offer a health insurance plan for students due to Illinois laws that require health insurance plans to offer what the College believes to be abortifacient products.  While the College offers an accident and illness policy to international students which is not under the same requirements, this plan is not available to domestic students.  But we do highly recommend that all students would secure insurance while at Wheaton, especially during these times.  Many insurance plans will offer a guest membership out of state with an application process.  Students may also qualify for the Illinois Medicaid program but they must enroll.  Under the CARES Act, most COVID related care is free to patients. Contact www.student.insurance@wheaton.edu for additional questions regarding insurance.

Student Health Services (SHS) will offer sick visits for all students with providers at no cost this fall to encourage students to report for early identification and isolation of COVID-19.  All COVID-19 tests administered by SHS will be free for symptomatic patients.  If medications and other tests are required, standard fees will apply for these additional services.

Updated: August 10, 2020

COUNSELING CENTER FAQs

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: July 20, 2020

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

In compliance with CDC guidelines for social distancing the Counseling Center 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: July 20, 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: July 20, 2020

Q: Who do I contact if I have other questions or need clarification?

Contact us at COVID19@wheaton.edu.

Q: How is Wheaton College making decisions about how to keep the Wheaton College community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Wheaton College leadership is prayerfully evaluating information from many different sources in an effort to make the best possible decisions in an ever changing environment. We have decided to follow—and in some cases exceed—U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois and DuPage County Department of Public Health, and American College Health Association guidelines. We are also closely monitoring peer institutions in our region who have a similar student body census. We are expecting that everyone who returns to campus will faithfully adhere to campus safety protocols so that we can continue to live and learn together in community.

Updated July 20, 2020

Q: What will Chapel be like this semester?

Co-curricular events, Chapel, and other student activities will have space constraints. We are preparing a rich program for spiritual encouragement through chapel worship, with opportunities for students to participate in groups. Chapel, events, and co-curricular activities will be made available to remote students so that they have access to life on campus.

Updated: July 20, 2020

QWill lower Beamer, and other hangout space be open like they usually are to study and connect? 

The need to reduce capacity indoors requires that we make significant adjustments to how these spaces are configured and used. Each space on campus will have a sign indicating the “COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong” room capacity. Lower Beamer space will be configured to facilitate additional socially distanced dining space. When it is not in use for dining, students can study, if they leave the furniture in its original COVID-Safe layout. Students will be encouraged to congregate outside, in a socially distanced manner. We will have tents around campus to facilitate connections in a safe way. Students are also encouraged to bring an outdoor blanket to campus and/or a portable chair to facilitate conversation safely with friends outdoors.  Academic buildings will be open seven days a week to provide additional space for COVID-Safe, Thunder Strong gatherings. 

Updated: July 30, 2020

QWill I be able to meet with faculty or staff face-to-face or will the interactions be virtual? 

Many faculty and staff fall into the “high risk” category for COVID-19. For their health and safety you will primarily interact with faculty and staff virtually through video, emails, or phone calls. Connecting with students is core to our mission and something we love to do, and we appreciate your understanding as we keep our social distance to protect our community.

Updated: July 20, 2020

Q: Am I required to stay on campus?

To reinforce the “Wheaton Bubble,” students living on campus must stay on campus. Off-campus activities requiring students to leave campus are prohibited unless absolutely essential. A process for approving essential off campus activities such as work or internships will be communicated in the coming weeks. Students approved to engage off campus will need to submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test to Student Health Services in order to continue. 

Updated: July 20, 2020

Q: Can I socialize with friends or other people off campus?

Students may socialize in local socially distant outdoor nature options on campus and off campus (e.g., forest preserves, local biking/walking trails, local parks, walking in the neighborhood).  Students may not leave campus for outdoor dining, coffee shops, or visit other locations where non-Wheaton College people are present. Students may not travel into Chicago for recreational purposes. We would encourage students to investigate using food delivery services in natural settings as an option. That being said, curbside grocery/shopping pick up, drive thru pick up dining, haircuts, doctors appointments are allowable as you practice COVID-Safe behaviors. 

Updated: July 30, 2020

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

Above all, Wheaton will be providing exceptional Christ-centered, rigorous, liberal arts education. The Restore Illinois Plan requires that we remain at Phase 4 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 with others can increase chances of COVID-19 transmission.

Updated: July 20, 2020

Q: How will traffic patterns change across campus as we try to social distance in tight spaces? 

When traversing campus, everyone will need to follow posted signage in hallways and stairways, staying to the right side, and limiting talking. Please connect with friends once you are outside, keeping social distance. Elevator capacity will also be limited and reserved for people who are unable to use stairs.

Updated: July 20, 2020

Q: What other impacts will social distancing have on my life on campus? 

Expect longer wait times for services. For example, the College Post Office will require that paper mail and packages be limited so that wait times at pick up are manageable for students. We encourage students to only direct required mail to campus.

Updated: July 20, 2020

Q: If I live off campus does that mean I can avoid following the rules?

Undergraduate students living in off campus housing who come to campus for any reason will be required to abide by the COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong commitment. Included in this will be a requirement to submit a negative COVID-19 test result on a weekly basis to Student Health Services (SHS) that will enable their continued access to campus facilities.

Updated: July 20, 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

Q: Who do I contact if I have other questions or need clarification?

Contact us at COVID19@wheaton.edu.

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 NCAA guidance, 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. To learn more about current guidance from the NCAA, read their sport socialization guidance here.

Updated: July 20, 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? 

Yes. However, the decreased capacity limits require that Chrouser usage be significantly restricted. We anticipate reopening August 3 to faculty, staff and students with limited hours. Face coverings will be required while working out.  Access will not be extended to family members and community members at this time. More information will be coming soon about how to sign-up to secure a work-out time.

Updated: July 20, 2020

Q: Who do I contact if I have other questions or need clarification?

Contact us at COVID19@wheaton.edu.

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?

We have reduced our originally published room and board charges for the fall to account for a shortened time on campus. Our academic plans include a full semester of instruction. Tuition will be billed at the originally published rates. Updated room and board costs can be viewed on the Housing and Dining Costs page

Updated: July 20, 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. 

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 20, 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. Information was emailed on June 26th.

Updated July 20, 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: 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. If you would prefer to study remotely please let us know. 

Updated July 20, 2020

Q: Do I need to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result if I have been approved to self-quarantine in on-campus housing upon arriving from an international location? What if I am completing my self-quarantine off campus?

Students that have been approved to self-quarantine in on-campus housing, after international travel to campus, do not need to also bring proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test result. Completing self-quarantine on campus meets this requirement for students. Students who plan to live on campus for the fall semester may use our online form to request on-campus quarantine housing.

Students completing the self-quarantine requirement off campus, locally or outside of IL, will still need to bring proof of a negative Covid-19 test result (taken within 5 days of arrival) when arriving on campus in August.

Updated July 22, 2020

 

Q: If I get a negative COVID-19 test result while in self-quarantine may I end my quarantine early?

 

A: No. Since the incubation period for Covid-19 can last up to 14 days, if you are required to self-quarantine due to international travel you are not able to end this quarantine early (even if you test negative while in quarantine).

Updated July 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

Q: Who do I contact if I have other questions or need clarification?

Contact us at COVID19@wheaton.edu.