What if I cannot move out by the Tuesday, March 17 deadline?
Students who cannot move out by the Tuesday deadline should complete the form in Star Rez. There will be a follow-up communication to students within the next 24 hours that gives information to our students on campus regarding moving and other issues.
What if I need financial support to travel home?
We understand that asking students to return home in the middle of the semester may present complications and hardships, and options are available for students and their families to potentially receive assistance. Students should complete the form in Star Rez.
If I cannot return home, can I remain on campus?
Students who need to remain on campus because they have no other option will be able to stay. This includes students who are nationals of countries to which they are unable to return, as well as students for whom returning home would be impossible or unsafe. These students will also receive instruction remotely and must prepare for severely limited on-campus activities and interactions. Students are asked to complete the form in Star Rez if they seek to remain on campus.
What are the criteria for consideration to stay on campus?
- International students and students from countries with travel bans or CDC Level 2-3 travel advisories or visa issues for travel.
- Students whose legal residence is Wellesley College.
- Students whose households include members who are confirmed or presumptive positive with COVID-19 or whose home is located in a containment zone (currently only New Rochelle, N.Y.).
- Students with home circumstances that make it impossible for them to be home.
- Students whose homes do not have internet access.
What services will be available on campus for students who remain?
The campus will remain open. Students staying on campus will be asked to move into a limited number of residence halls, and we will adjust dining options to accommodate a smaller group of students. Residential Life staff will still be on hand to support students in the residence halls.
If I stay on campus, will I have access to health care and counseling?
Health Services and the Stone Center will remain open and accessible for all students. Students on the Wellesley College health plan will continue to have coverage through mid-August.
I am an athlete. How will this decision affect the rest of my season?
All athletic events after March 13 will be canceled.
For questions regarding eligibility or varsity athletics, please contact the PERA Department.
What about senior week and commencement?
Seniors should not expect to return to campus this semester. We sincerely want commencement to happen; given the evolving situation, we will make a decision by early April.
What are the financial implications of these changes?
Room and board:
- All students who have left campus have received a credit on their student account for the unused portion of room and board, which will be prorated based on a family’s contribution to the cost of attendance. The minimum credit will be $1,200 and the maximum credit will be $4,000.
- For those who receive significant grant aid, we have increased the minimum credit from $1,200 to $1,500. These additional funds are meant to cover personal expenses that may have otherwise been met using work-study earnings.
- Students who served as resident assistants and house presidents will have an adjusted credit for the room fee due to the room waiver previously issued.
- Credits were applied to students’ accounts by March 27. If the adjustment created a credit balance on your account, you may request a refund by completing the refund request form. If you do not request a refund, we will maintain the credit balance on your account and apply it to future charges.
- The College is only able to maintain remote employment for a limited number of students. We will prioritize continuing to employ those students whose jobs cannot otherwise be performed by a staff member. Within this group of jobs, additional priority will be given to students with work-study eligibility in the spring semester.
- The Office of Finance and Administration and Student Financial Services have reviewed all student jobs and have approved those that support these priorities. SFS will contact students whose jobs are approved to continue for the remainder of the term by Tuesday, March 31, with instructions regarding work expectations and submission of timesheets. Students in approved jobs will be limited in the total number of hours they may work per week. All other student jobs will be deactivated in Workday for the remainder of the spring term.