Student Ombuds

This semester we are launching a Student Ombuds program at Wesleyan, which is an initiative inspired and informed by student voices.

The Student Ombuds are available to talk with students about your concerns related to experiences in the classroom, with your athletic team, or within other parts of your 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 yourselves in moments of conflict.

Here’s just a few of the ways Student Ombuds can offer support:

  • Serve as a private, confidential thought partner for students considering options for resolving an issue
  • Hold a safe and supportive conversational space, simply listening and serving as an impartial sounding board
  • Provide insight on managing challenging conversations
  • Share information about campus resources
  • Explain institutional policies and processes, including those regarding how to make a formal complaint to the University
  • Communicate any observed patterns of concern to university leadership

The Student Ombuds partner with and are supported by Dr. April Ruiz, Dean for Academic Equity, Inclusion, & Success.

Students can connect with any of the individual Ombuds they wish, or they can email studentombud@wesleyan.edu to reach out to the full team and to be assigned to any Ombud whose availability matches theirs.

Our Student Ombuds stand ready to support you throughout the academic year.

Class of 2024 Campus Tours

Greetings Class of 2024,

This past year has been difficult in many ways for all Wesleyan students, but the Class of 2024 is unique in that many students will be coming to campus for the first time as sophomores, and others who were able to be on campus couldn’t get to know the real Wes in a typical year.

Upperclassmen have volunteered to host modified “campus tours” for members of the Class of 2024 during WesWOW (Sept 6th-Sept 12th)! Your upperclassmen tour guides can show you all the best places to know about on campus! Sign up on the Excel sheet below if you would like to take a walk through Wesleyan and learn about it from another student’s perspective and make upperclassmen connections!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tQVIj0-y6gwRtMIslDZiTAGEFZGHp570LBGT0PSvfWM/edit?usp=sharing

We will be capping each tour at 5 students per group, so if there are already 5 names listed, please sign up for another time. The designated meetup location for the tours is in front of North College, on the side facing High St. The last day to sign up will be Sept 4th!!

If you have any questions, feel free to email schang@wesleyan.edu or hallisonway@wesleyan.edu.

Class of 2024 Welcome Activities

Saturday, September 4

10:30 a.m.       Got Balance? Mindful Wes (Hogwarts Tent)
1:00 p.m.         Waste Not Tag Sale (Garage behind 44 Brainerd Ave)
8:00 p.m.        Welcome Back to Campus Open Mic (tent behind Usdan)

Sunday, September 5

9:00 a.m.         WesBAM (Wes Body and Mind) Workouts (Fayerweather Rehearsal Studios)
10:00 a.m.       Catholic Student Organization Brunch (Zelnick Pavillion)
10:00 a.m.       Throw Culture: Ultimate Frisbee (Foss Hill)
2:30 p.m.         Wesleyan Student Assembly Info Session (Usdan 108)
3:00 p.m.         Meet the Muslim Student Association (Usdan 110)
3:00 p.m.         Wesleyan Christian Fellowship (TBD)
4:30 p.m.         Class of 2024 Photo and Welcome from President Roth (behind Olin Library)
6:00 p.m.         “Sunday Serenade” A Cappella Concert (Memorial Chapel)
8:00 p.m.         Wesleyan Jewish Community S’mores Night (Bayit backyard)
9:15 p.m.          Residential Community Meetings

Monday, September 6

12:00 noon     Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan (Albritton 022)

Tuesday, September 7

12:30 p.m.       Navigating COVID-19 Boundaries (online)

Wednesday, September 8

11:30 a.m.        Getting around Middletown 101 (Huss Courtyard)
12:00 noon      Health Professions Overview for your First and Second Year
12:00 noon      CAPS 101
1:00 p.m          Consent@Wes for the Class of 2024 (Usdan 108 and online)
3:30 p.m          Student Affairs and Financial Aid Open House (North College 2nd floor)

Thursday, September 9

11:00 a.m.       Study Abroad Fair (online)
11:00 a.m.       Student Employment Fair (Usdan Tent)
12:00 noon     CAPS 101
4:30 p.m.        Class of 2024 Welcome Reception with Dean Mike and Dean Phillips (Labyrinth tent)
7:00 p.m.        Theater Fall Productions Info Session (Online)
8:00 p.m.        Screening: Singing in the Rain (Goldsmith Family Cinema)

Friday, September 10

1:00 p.m.         Writing at Wesleyan (Shapiro Center for Writing)
2:00 p.m.         IDEAS Lab Open House
2:00 p.m.         Student Involvement Fair
4:30 p.m.         Introduction to Student Journalism and the Argus
8:00 p.m.         Screening: Nomadland (Goldsmith Family Cinema)

Saturday, September 11

8:00 p.m.         Screening: Beatriz at Dinner (Goldsmith Family Cinema)

“Be-Friend” Initiative

What is be-friend?
BE-FRIEND aims to pair Wes students with each other to connect and share thoughts, ideas, and themselves. It is open to all Wed students regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or ability. We hope to foster connections in the midst of a time characterized by social distancing and disconnect.

How it works:
Interested participants will complete an initial survey designed to help the chaplain’s office pair you with someone based on your preferences, including faith or no-faith tradition, gender identity, race/ethnicity/ethnic identity, and any specific preference you might have.

The program will begin on March 22 and go through the end of April. If the pair of “friends” want to continue to meet, in-person or online, that’s up to them. We will gather safely outside in early May to enjoy a celebratory meal (provided by a local restaurant). For those participating from elsewhere, we will mail a care package to their preferred address. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt.

Here is the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/qE1HTwXpPQJMm9GZ8

Petition to Remain On Campus after Thanksgiving Recess

Thanksgiving recess begins Wednesday, November 25 and all students must depart campus by 12:00 noon on this day.  Students may return to campus for the spring semester beginning Friday, February 5.  Classes will begin online on Tuesday, February 9.

Students with special considerations (such as international students for whom travel is not advisable or students who depend on Wesleyan for housing) may petition to remain on campus after Thanksgiving recess.  The deadline to submit the petition is Friday, October 23, at 5:00 p.m.