Student Ombuds

The Student Ombuds at Wesleyan are available to talk with students about their concerns related to experiences in the classroom, with their athletic team, or within other parts of their academic and campus life at Wesleyan. Each Ombud serves as a neutral and confidential* peer resource focused on empowering students to successfully navigate the institution and advocate for themselves in moments of conflict, particularly when there are power dynamic considerations.  Although separate from the University’s Ombudsperson for staff and faculty, the Student Ombuds use similar conflict resolution and restorative justice practices.

*The Student Ombuds stand with survivors of sexual misconduct, though they do not serve as a confidential resource for these matters. If you need confidential support related to sexual misconduct, please reach out to SHAPECAPSOffice of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Weekly Round Up

Some dates and events approaching that may be of interest to the Class of 2025:

  • Drop/Add Deadline ends Wednesday, February 9.
  • Student Employment is hosting an info session about how to get a job on campus on Wednesday, February 9 from 12pm to 1pm in Boger Hall. Visit Handshake on WesPortal to learn more.
  • The Gordon Career Center has posted the Summer Grants application. For more information, including deadlines, click here.
  • Study Abroad is hosting a series of events. For more information, click here.
  • Starting on Wednesday 2/9, Wes will offer a series of mini-workshops designed to help you become a more efficient and effective learner. Be sure to stop by Usdan 108 on Wednesdays at 6pm to join – feel free to bring your dinner!

Student Employment at Wes

Are you looking for an on-campus job? Interested in learning more about how to navigate Handshake and find the perfect fit? Join Gordon Career Center staff members on Wednesday, February 9th at 12:00pm to hear about the basics of searching for and landing an on-campus job. Learn about the current job postings, resources, and how to navigate the search process. Sign onto Handshake on WesPortal to learn more.

In-Person Classes Resume; Semester Start Resources

It has been great seeing so many of you on campus. I hope you have enjoyed your first few class sessions. Sharing with you some information that may be useful as you navigate the beginning of the semester:

  • WSA Text Exchange: The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) has partnered with other colleges to help students purchase textbooks at a discounted rate. For more information, check out the website here.
  • Drop/Add Deadline is Wed 2/9. There are many resources to assist you with drop/add including but not limited to:
    • Your pre-major advisor
    • Academic Peer Advisors (APAs) – in fact our APAs are hosting appointments to assist with drop/add this next week and a half. Email or click on the QR code in the flyer here.  
    • Registrar’s Office website (features FAQs)
  • CSS Info Session 2/1: For more information, visit my blog post here.
  • Enrollment Holds: If you have not already, please be sure to officially enroll for the semester. To do this, visit WesPortal. Click on the “Enroll in the University & Clear Action Items” alert box. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the red “Enroll Me” button. You may find other holds here as well – be sure to clear those holds by following the directions listed in the description of the hold.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Schedule an appt with me here or stop by my office in North College 202 for my daily office hours listed below:

  • Monday 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Friday 9:00 – 10:00 am

Take care,

Dean Dunn

Pre-Arrival Covid Test

As you prepare to return for the spring semester, please remember to upload your pre-arrival COVID test in your WesPortal, whether you test positive or negative.

If you test positive, you should isolate at home for up to 10 days from your test date/symptom onset prior to returning to campus. You can return as soon as five days after a positive test if you take a rapid antigen test with a negative result.

If you test negative, you can arrive at Wesleyan as planned. Every student should be tested again at Beckham Hall within 24 hours of your arrival. Please also remember to wear N95 or KN95 type masks while we repopulate campus. While KN95 masks are becoming readily available free of charge through local pharmacies, Wesleyan will have packages of 10 masks for sale for $10 through the Cardinal Tech store. We will have a limited supply available at the testing site for students who need them.

Please keep an eye on the weather as travel plans may be impacted by winter weather on Friday night and Saturday.  We look forward to your return and thank you in advance for your cooperation to keep the community safe!

Welcome Back, 2025

I hope you are excited to resume classes this week!

As a reminder, courses will be held virtually on Thursday 1/27 and Friday 1/28. In person classes will resume Monday 1/31.

A few items to consider as you return:

  1. Covid Protocols: Very clear covid protocols have been shared with the community through webinars and emails. If you have questions about the latest COVID protocols, including what you need to do to return to campus and what you need to do when you are back on campus, please visit the Keep Wes Safe website here.
  2. Campus Dining: Campus Dining issued a student email last week with information on dining hours from now through the spring semester. Please visit the Campus Dining website to learn more.
  3. Olin Library – the Olin Library will be closed on Friday 1/28 for maintenance. If you have physical reserves you need to access for Friday classes, be sure to visit the library before they close on Thursday, 1/27. Olin staff will assist the Wes community remotely on Friday 1/28. Visit the Olin website for contact information.
  4. College of Social Studies (CSS): CSS will hold a major info session on Tuesday 2/1 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. If you are interested in the CSS major, please be sure to attend the info session. You can find more info about this info session on my blog here.

I look forward to working with you this semester. If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out and make an appt here: calendly.com/deankellydunn.