WPI provides religious programming that enable interested students to pursue full spiritual growth and development, and foster a campus atmosphere in which interested members of the college community may freely express their religion and faith.
The goals of WPI's religious programming include assisting interested students to achieve the religious development they seek through:
the acquisition of skills and knowledge needed to address issues of values, ethics, and morality in life;
providing a forum for dialogue between and among representatives of the religious and the secular; and
providing interested members of the campus community with reasonable opportunity to express their faith(s).
WPI's Policy on Religious Observances
A student who is unable, because of his/her religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination or study or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study, or work requirement which he/she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day; provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon such school. (WPI catalogue)
WPI statement on religious diversity, mutual respect, and non-proselytization
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) does not tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment that consists of treating a person differently in any WPI program or activity based on their race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, genetic identity, disability, gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status or any other protected status. Furthermore, the WPI Statement on Commitment to Pluralism states that WPI is dedicated to creating an atmosphere that encourages diversity in all aspects of campus life- from academics to residence hall living, to social interactions among students, faculty and staff. In accordance with these policies, it is appropriate to further clarify that WPI, its religious groups and its Collegiate Religious Center and Chaplains are committed to mutual respect and non-proselytization. WPI will not tolerate any form of religious harassment or coercive behavior that affects one’s personal freedom to choose one’s own religious practice.