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In It #WPITogether

Let’s start off with the obvious: this past year and a half has been hard. None of us have ever dealt with anything like this before, and through all the changes and adaptations, you’ve stepped up. That’s huge. None of this—an open campus, a low positivity rate—would have been possible without your collective commitment to health and safety. Because of that commitment, we’ve turned a corner. Vaccines are here and restrictions are being lifted.

That light at the end of the tunnel? It’s closer than ever before.

Although certain safety measures are being lifted, we're all handling these changes and the better normal at a different pace. While some who are vaccinated are excited to attend large group outings without a mask, others may be more hesitant, and are more comfortable continuing wearing a mask and keeping their distance. Both decisions should be respected, and we know the WPI community is able to do just that.

Join in on the effort, not just by following WPI’s updated safety protocols and respecting the decisions of others as we navigate this better normal together, but by sharing the messages with those around you. Post them online, print them out as reminders for yourself and others, and show everyone exactly how and what it means to #RespectTheHerd.

(And remember, don’t be that goat.)



sick as a goat

Feeling Sick? Stay Home!

We know you’re committed to your classes, labs, and other on-campus activities, but don’t be afraid to press PAUSE in order to help #ProtectTheHerd. A runny nose, sore throat, coughing congestion--when in doubt, assume it’s COVID and stay home at the first sign of symptoms. Fill out the Symptom Tracker, contact your professors (trust us, they’ll understand), and focus on resting and getting well. 

Health & Safety Protocols

As more pieces of our better normal fall into place, WPI’s health and safety protocols are changing to best suit the needs of our community. The latest information is available on the Health & Safety page; check it out for the latest on summer 2021 protocols, as well as links to scheduling a test, WPI’s community testing dashboard, vaccine information, student and employee toolkits, and more.

A photo of Riley Hall and the Gompei statue with "Respect the Herd" written in red and white.

Respect the Herd

What really sets WPI apart is its community—a community that’s always there to lend a helping hand or encouraging ear to others. While respect is already commonplace on our campus, we ask that it continues to be as we all prepare for this return to a better normal at our own paces and comfort levels. Let’s not only keep protecting the herd, but respecting the herd as we continue on #WPITogether.

mask up vax up

Vaccination Information

We’ve always been all about numbers at WPI, and the one we’re focusing on now? 90. That’s the minimum suggested vaccination percentage we need to get back to unrestricted status on campus. All undergraduate and graduate students who will be on campus for any reason are required to be fully vaccinated by August 1, 2021(recognized exemptions excluded). Faculty and staff are highly encouraged to get vaccinated as well. Check out the Vaccine Information page for all the details.

Spread the Word, Not the Virus

By not being that goat, completing requirements to return to campus, and more, you play an important role in protecting the herd. We need your commitment, flexibility, dedication, and empathy to help us maintain a campus that’s as safe and healthy as possible.

We’ve done it before, and we can do it again—but we need your help.

So what do you say, WPI? Are you up to the challenge?

Downloadable Graphics

Looking for a way to use your Instagram account to remind others to follow COVID-19 safety protocols?


See something that would be perfect on a digital screen on campus?


From gifs and graphics to email signatures and PDFs, we’ve got you covered. Find your favorites, then download the graphics for your own personal use.



Customizable Captions

Now that you’ve got the graphics, how about some captions to go with them? We've put together some drafts to provide some inspiration and get you startedgrab one or two, pair them with your favorite graphic, and make it your own.


  • #DontBeThatGoat and judge a face by its cover. #RespectTheHerd
  • We can get through the #pandemic together—help us #ProtectTheHerd by following COVID-19 safety protocols. #WPI