Code of Conduct

The code of conduct was last updated on January 31, 2022, and is subject to revision to reflect new guidance from the state and other health authorities.

Community Values Code of Conduct During the COVID-19 Pandemic–for the Spring of 2022

All Spring 2021 Wellesley College students 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 distance from others, to practice exceptional personal hand hygiene, wear face masks when required by College health and safety protocols, 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 health and safety expectations are in place. As health conditions change and the public health guidance changes, we will modify these expectations as appropriate.

  1. Compliance with laws, regulations, and community policies
    1. 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;
    2. Wellesley College is following the guidance from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Mass DPH). These directives can be found on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website;
    3. Wellesley College is also following the direction of the Town of Wellesley and the Wellesley Board of Health (BOH), including local closures and restrictions;
    4. Wellesley College’s own COVID-19 health and safety protocols may be stronger or more restrictive than the federal, state and local guidance.
  2. 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 during the COVID-19 Pandemic will be handled by an administrative resolution[i] 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.
  3. Behavioral expectations of for all Spring 2022 Wellesley College students
    1. Health considerations
      1. Students are required to prevent the spread of COVID by wearing a face mask in all academic and administrative buildings and in residence hall common rooms;
        1. All students must wear a face mask in all buildings including the residence halls except when in their own rooms. Face masks may be removed in the dining halls when seated and eating.  Students are encouraged to wear a mask anytime they personally feel more comfortable doing so;
        2. Unvaccinated students and all guests must wear a face mask at all times on campus, except in the dining halls when seated and eating or if outdoors and more than six feet from other people;
        3. Face masks are required on all College-sponsored transportation and strongly encouraged on all other public and private transportation systems.
      2. Students are required to follow the gathering limits and requirements set forth on the Keeping Wellesley Healthy website;
      3. Students are required to participate in COVID testing when directed by the College or Health Services, including returning promptly for retesting when requested;
      4. Students are responsible for monitoring their own health carefully for COVID symptoms as established by the CDC. If experiencing any symptoms, students are expected to use the Symptom Tracker to alert Health Services and self-quarantine in room or off campus residence until they hear from Health Services. If a student believes they may have been exposed to the COVID virus, they are expected to report in the Spring 2022 Documentation Toolbox;
      5. 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 and follow any directions by the College or public health authorities to quarantine or isolate;
      6. 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 answering calls from contact tracers and participating in contact tracing applications and tools that may be developed for use at the College.
    2. Travel
      1. Students are permitted to travel away from campus within the United States.
        1. Local and in state travel does not require approval. Students are required to practice health conscious behaviors while off campus including wearing a face mask, frequently washing hands, and maintaining ample physical distancing;
        2. Out of state domestic travel is allowed however students must test upon return and cannot return to the classroom until they have received the results of a negative test.

        3. Students are not permitted to travel out of the United States without prior approval from the Dean of Students and upon return must comply with all directives imposed by the Dean in consultation with Health Services, including but not limited to quarantine and frequent testing.
    3. Guests
      1. Guests are defined as any person who is not Wellesley faculty, staff, or on campus residential student currently residing in a College owned or leased residence;
      2. Commuter students are defined as any student, enrolled in Wellesley College courses, not residing in College owned housing;
      3. Guests, including commuter students, will not be permitted in any buildings during the first month of the spring semester.  In March, this guidance will be re-examined based on the state of the pandemic and student compliance with health and safety measures; 
      4. Guests are welcome to visit with students in the outdoor areas of campus;
      5. Access to academic or administrative buildings or the campus center is limited to visitors on college business and requires advance registration and submission of proof of vaccination through this form.
    4. Gatherings
      1. Social events on campus must not violate the health and safety protocols set forth on the Keeping Wellesley Healthy website (face masks, size of gathering and physical distancing); The Office of Student Involvement must be consulted on all large social gatherings and provided health and safety protocols must be followed.
      2. All campus gatherings must be hosted by a Wellesley College student, faculty or staff member who will assume responsibility for guests.
    5. 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.
    6. 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 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 test prior to return;
      5. The Wellesley College Responsible Action Clause does not change and is still applicable.
    7. 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.
  4. Residential Housing
    1. Room assignments and moves
      1. Students will be assigned an individual bed space within a single, double, triple, or quad occupied room, suite, or on campus apartment. College provided furniture, window screens, and other college furnishings are not to be removed from their assigned locations;
      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;
      3. All students residing in College housing will be issued a room or apartment key unique to them and are responsible for the return of the same key within 24 hours of vacating the space or a fee will be assessed to cover costs of a lock change and key replacements. Students may not duplicate residential keys under any circumstances.
    2. Common areas, lounges, living rooms, exercise facilities, and kitchens
      1. All common areas in the residence halls are open including lounges, living rooms, exercise facilities, and kitchens. Students must wear face masks when gathered in in common rooms. College owned furniture, window screens, and other equipment are not to be removed. Students are expected to remove any personal belongings and waste when they leave a common area;
      2. Students are permitted to use in-hall kitchens and are required to remove any personal belongings and waste when they leave. Any food left in kitchen cabinets or common refrigerators must be labeled with student name, room number, and date. Unlabeled items will be discarded. 
    3. Dining
      1. All students are required to tap or swipe their One Card before entering all culinary centers; 
      2. Students are required to wear face masks in all culinary centers except when seated and eating or drinking;
      3. Students are not permitted to remove any dishes, cups, or utensils from the culinary centers; to-go containers and utensils are available at some locations.

[i] An administrative resolution is a meeting with the dean of students or her designee and another administrator to discuss your conduct. This meeting will provide you with an opportunity to share your thoughts about the incident and any explanations that might provide context for the behavior in question before a determination of findings regarding potential violations of the Community Values Code of Conduct. The Administrative Resolution process is used to ensure that potential violations of the Community Values Code of Conduct are handled in a timely manner. Potential outcomes of an Administrative Resolution for Covid-19 health and safety violations could include a formal warning or the loss of on-campus housing, though outcomes will vary based on the specifics of the incident.