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Wheaton College Statement on Coronavirus

February 27, 2020

Wheaton College seeks to provide proactive and responsive care for all students to thrive physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and intellectually. We are committed to the safety of the campus community.

College officials are monitoring the evolving international health situation resulting from an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

Wheaton’s Student Health Services (SHS) will follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to colleges and universities. The SHS maintains close contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the DuPage County Health Department regarding preventive care and treatment recommendations.

Global Programs and Studies (GPS), which coordinates any College-sponsored international travel, is monitoring developments via outlets including the U.S. State Department, the CDC, the World Health Organization, our international assistance provider, and our study abroad partners. GPS will keep the campus community apprised of travel updates, changes and recommendations related to College-sponsored travel. At the current time, we do not have any College-sponsored international spring break travel to locations affected by the outbreak.

The College’s undergraduate and graduate admissions offices seek to serve those affected by travel interruptions, standardized test cancellations, or other complications resulting from the outbreak. We are able to extend deadlines, make accommodations, and offer alternatives for completion of applications. Please contact your admissions counselor for additional information.

Campus leaders have reached out to inform students, faculty and staff of the comprehensive resources available via Student Health Services, Global Programs and Studies, International Student Programs, the Wheaton College Counseling Center, Graduate Student Life, Learning and Accessibility Services, Student Care Services, Residence Life, and the Chaplain’s Office.

Several news outlets have reported a surge of attacks against Asian people that appear to be motivated by fear of the virus. As a Christian liberal arts institution committed to treating all individuals as equal image-bearers of Jesus Christ, we reject racism and xenophobia, and stand in prayer and support for students, faculty and staff whose home communities, families, or churches have been affected by the outbreak.