The health and safety of our entire Wells community is our highest priority. When you arrive on campus, things will be different in all areas of college life — academics, residential living, dining services, campus facilities and more. The seriousness of COVID-19 cannot be overstated, and the success of this plan depends upon a shared responsibility to keep each other healthy and safe, and each of us doing our part by making good choices.
On this website, you will find guidance on many important topics related to the College's plan for reopening the campus for the fall 2020 semester. Each of the following pages includes additional details plus a list of frequently asked questions.
Wells has instituted community-wide COVID-19 policies and testing protocols with a major regional health care provider, for all to follow without exception. These include the following fundamental behavioral guidelines:
Failure to follow protocols will be treated as a violation of the College’s honor code. More information will be available shortly and updated regularly on our website.
Students will be asked to select a specific date and time for arriving on campus, so that the College may undertake a phased approach to having small groups of students move in and get settled safely. New students will be assigned a move-in date and time based on housing assignments by the College on either Aug. 21 or 22. After assignments are made, there will be a process to request a change if needed. Returning students will be contacted to sign up for a return date and time. on Aug. 25, 26, 27 or 28. Please arrive on campus only on your scheduled date and time.
Those who are coming from a state on New York’s list of travel restricted states must quarantine for 14 days after arriving in New York State; you can find the most current list of states at this link. Students arriving from outside the U.S. must also quarantine for 14 days. Those who must quarantine may arrive as early as Monday, Aug. 17, so that they can finish quarantine prior to classes beginning two weeks later. Students coming from a restricted state are also permitted to quarantine elsewhere in New York State at their discretion. Those needing to quarantine on-campus must complete this form to register to move into campus.
All students, especially those coming from areas with increasing cases of COVID-19, should take extra precautions against possible exposure to COVID-19 at least two weeks in advance of your first day on campus, and avoid large group gatherings (especially indoors) and unnecessary travel. We also strongly recommend that all students independently obtain a COVID-19 test before arriving on campus. In the event of a positive test, you will be better off staying at home to complete the period of isolation required by your home area.
This page was last updated Aug. 6, 2020.