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Important Update Regarding Campus Status

DEPARTMENT(S): 
February 8, 2021

This message was sent to all students.

I hope you are in good health and good spirits given the challenges of Stay In Place/Alert Level Yellow. I’m writing with some good news about easing our campus restrictions—and to thank you for working together to help create as protective a bubble as we can on our campus. Based on your commitment and your careful attention to safety guidelines:

  • As of Thursday, February 11, we will resume in-person research and lab courses being conducted within labs where social distancing is possible.
    • Students in lab courses will hear from their professors
    • Students conducting research should connect with their professors

Here is what you can look forward to next week:

  • Full return of TechFlex Hybrid classes and labs. Students should expect to hear from their professors on plans for their courses in the TechFlex mode.
  • Dine-in access (for residential and off-campus students with meal plans) in the Rubin Campus Center, Goat’s Head, and Morgan Dining.
    • Seating will still be one person per table for now, but we hope to expand that soon.
  • Take-out dining, mail, and bookstore pickups at the Rubin Campus Center for all students.
  • Individual student study spaces in the Foisie Innovation Studio, Gordon Library, Riley Commons, and the Rubin Campus Center.
  • Access to the Sports and Recreation Center for in-person courses where social distancing is possible, and for building and equipment use via advanced reservations.
    • In the coming weeks we hope to expand access to include athletic practices and more.
  • Music and theater courses and classes where social distancing and/or compliance with state guidelines regarding group gatherings is possible.
  • Academic events organized by faculty and staff will return in compliance with state guidelines
  • Shuttle transportation with additional stops at the Hampton Inn and the WPI Townhouses. 

Vigilance Still Necessary, Close Contacts Still Concerning

You know the mantra by now: cover your face, keep your distance, wash or sanitize your hands and space frequently, keep your testing appointments, log symptoms into Symptom Tracker, don’t go to class or come to campus if feeling unwell—and limit your close contacts. You can’t always know if someone is infected so avoid gathering with anyone besides roommates or housemates, even with a face covering, even while distanced.

Unfortunately, we have seen some campuses falter as they open back up, so we will continue to carefully track our testing, quarantine, and isolation data. It is only with your continued commitment that we can move forward with our planned change to a less restrictive campus status.  In fact, it is only because we know and trust this community to help us that we can make this status change at all.

Until we know it is safe to loosen restrictions further, some in-person activities and events will still be limited:

  • No in-person meetings— this includes project teams, clubs, advising/tutoring, etc.
  • No social events, gatherings, or parties on or off campus.
  • Visitors are still not allowed on campus—including residence hall rooms, apartments, or suites.
  • The Student Code of Conduct COVID Addendum includes helpful details and guidelines.

Please watch email for important messages and check the We Are WPI website regularly. Stay safe and be well.

Sincerely,

President Leshin