Code of Conduct

The code of conduct was last updated on February 2, 2021, and is subject to revision to reflect new guidance from the state and other health authorities.

Community Values Code of Conduct for Student Residential Living During the COVID-19 Pandemic

All students residing in Wellesley College owned or leased buildings, on campus or in the surrounding community, agree to be extraordinarily mindful of the community responsibility to the health and safety of all Wellesley College community members. There is an individual responsibility to maintain physical distancing from others, to practice exceptional personal hand hygiene, wear face masks, and to act in a way that minimizes the risk of infection for all community members. All College policies remain in effect during this time; however, in light of the specific circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, additional explicit residential expectations are in place. As health conditions change and the public health guidance changes, we will modify these expectations as appropriate. Please note the highlighted updates.

I. Compliance with laws, regulations, and community policies

  1. Wellesley College acknowledges the declaration of a national emergency by the White House on March 13, 2020;
  2. Wellesley College is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Information on the CDC’s recommendations may be found on the CDC website;
  3. Wellesley College acknowledges Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s March 10, 2020, State of Emergency address, and is following the guidance from the Governor and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Mass DPH). These directives can be found on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website;
  4. Wellesley College is also following the direction of the Town of Wellesley and the Wellesley Board of Health (BOH), including local closures and restrictions.

II. The Honor Code

  1. As a Wellesley College student, I will act with honesty, integrity, and respect. In making this commitment, I am accountable to the community and dedicate myself to a life of honor.
  2. In this unconventional time, Wellesley College students are expected to apply the Honor Code to community living and to adhere to the following behavioral expectations. Health and safety COVID related measures and the rules requiring adherence are additive to the Honor Code and must be handled expeditiously. Violations of the Code of Conduct for Student Residential Living During the COVID-19 Pandemic will be handled by an administrative resolution and may result in loss of on-campus housing privileges. The Dean of Students or her designee will meet with each student to resolve each case. There is no appeal to an administrative resolution. The College has discretion to also pursue Honor Code charges depending on the circumstances, which could result in disciplinary sanctions including suspension or dismissal from the College.

III. Behavioral expectations of for all residents of Wellesley College Housing

  1. Health considerations
    1. Students are expected to prevent the spread of COVID by wearing a face mask at all times outside of their individual residence room, maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet, washing hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and regularly cleaning surfaces.
    2. Students are required to participate in COVID testing when directed by the College or Health Services.
    3. Students are responsible for monitoring their own health carefully for COVID symptoms as established by the CDC including using the Daily Health Check App and must promptly contact Health Services if they are experiencing any symptoms or believe they may have been exposed to the COVID virus.
    4. Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or come into close contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19, may be required to move into isolation or quarantine housing on campus and follow any directions by the College or public health authorities to quarantine or isolate.
    5. Students are expected to cooperate with Wellesley College in all activities necessary to rapidly identify those with whom they may have had close contact, including participating in contact tracing applications and tools that may be developed for use at the College.
  2. Travel
    1. Students are not permitted to travel out of state during the academic term. If a student must travel out of state, they may not be permitted to return to campus for the remainder of the academic term or may be required to quarantine for 14 days. Students must request permission to leave the state at least two weeks prior to date of travel by contacting the Dean of Students.
    2. Students are expected to remain on campus or the local Town of Wellesley surroundings. Students may leave campus to visit local Town of Wellesley businesses or for medical appointments and they are expected to practice preventative behavior when off campus including wearing a mask and maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet. Students are not permitted to travel beyond the Town of Wellesley to other cities and towns in Massachusetts. Students are not permitted to hold off campus in person jobs or internships.
    3. Students are expected to socialize on campus and are not allowed to visit the homes of friends off campus or attend off campus parties including those of non-residential Wellesley Students. Further, social events on campus must not violate the health and safety protocols (masks, size of gathering and social distancing).
  3. Guests
    1. Guests are defined as any person who is not Wellesley faculty, staff, or a student currently residing in a College owned or leased residence. At this time, students residing off campus are considered guests.
      Guests are not permitted in any building or facility owned or leased by the College at this time, including overnight or daytime guests;
    2. Guests are no longer permitted on campus, indoors or outside.
    3. Students may have one parent or family member on campus to assist with initial move-in or end of term move-out of a student in housing. Said family member must be healthy, wear a mask at all times, practice safe hygiene in accordance with CDC recommendations, and comply with Mass DPH directives. Family members are not permitted in the residence halls and may assist outside only.
  4. Trespass
    1. Students are not permitted in any unauthorized area at any time. This includes, but is not limited to, tunnels, rooftops, offices, and unoccupied residence halls. Students found to be in an unauthorized space will be immediately removed from the residence halls;
    2. Students are expected to abide by restrictions on use of buildings other than residence halls (e.g. academic buildings), previously communicated or determined at a later point in the academic term.
  5. Alcohol, drugs, and other substances
    1. Possession or use of alcohol by students under age 21 is prohibited;
    2. Possession or use of alcohol by students 21 or older is not is not permitted in common areas, as part of a game, or through open source containers;
    3. Possession or use of illegal drugs or controlled substances is prohibited, including marijuana, which federal law prohibits on the Wellesley College campus;
    4. Students found to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or other substances will be transported for care and should expect follow-up from a Community Director; and if they are overnight in an emergency room where COVID is present, they may need to quarantine for 14 days.
    5. The Wellesley College Responsible Action Clause does not change and is still applicable.
  6. Disorderly conduct and compliance
    1. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of the campus community. Students are not permitted to act in a manner that threatens, endangers, harasses, or disrupts others, or to verbally abuse College officials acting in performance of their duties;
    2. Failure to comply with, resisting, or interfering with the directives of College officials acting in the scope of their duties and/or failure to comply with these behavioral expectations and preexisting College policies, will not be tolerated.

IV. Residential Housing

  1. Room assignments and moves
    1. Students will be assigned an individual room and a restroom and fixtures in the residence hall and are expected to use only the restroom and fixtures assigned to them; and respect posted occupancy limits.
    2. Students are not permitted to move into a new room or change rooms with another student without the explicit permission of the Office of Residential Life and Housing. During this time, it is highly unlikely the Office of Residential Life and Housing will approve any student-requested room changes;
  2. Common areas, lounges, living rooms, exercise facilities, and kitchens
    1. Physical distancing practices must be exercised at all times in the residence halls. As such, use of common areas, lounges, and living rooms requires sufficient spacing to maintain six feet of distance. Students are expected to limit occupancy (in all cases fewer than 10 people in a space or as otherwise noted in the room), wear a mask at all times, and remove any belongings or waste when they leave;
    2. Students are not permitted to use in-hall kitchens or kitchesn in other campus spaces such as cultural houses. Students may sign up to cook alone or as a pair of blockmates in Residential Life managed halls, during Community Engagement hours after March 1.
    3. Students must eat with their meal block only. Students may choose to eat in dining halls, six feet apart in outdoor spaces, or alone in their individual room. Eating in common areas, in other students’ rooms, or with students outside of a meal block is not permitted.
    4. Students are permitted to visit the rooms of their residential blockmates only, with no more than two students in a room at a time; the resident plus one blockmate. Students are expected to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet and wear a mask at all times.