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WPI Campus Update: June 1, 2021

Note: This is dated information and may not reflect the current policies in place on campus. Please refer to We Are WPI for the latest information.

June 1, 2021

This message was sent to the WPI community.

WPI is on our way toward a better normal and is planning for a full return to living, learning, teaching, and working on campus for fall ’21. There will be some significant, but measured, changes, and this newsletter will provide regular updates and insights.

Beginning June 1

Community-Wide Changes

For Employees

  • Faculty and staff will now have access to the Sports & Recreation Center.
  • Full return-to-campus process begins June 1 and extends through August 1. 
    • Talent & Inclusion is working with Division and Department Heads to make this process as seamless as possible.
    • Supervisors will connect with employees to work out details. 
  • WPI has developed a new policy around remote and hybrid work; watch for upcoming communications about FlexWork this week.
  • Following domestic travel and/or an absence of two weeks, fully vaccinated employees will no longer have to go through the onboard testing process; more details here
  • Offices that opened during Pathways 1, 2, or 3 can discontinue employee sign-in process.
  • All offices can use water coolers, refrigerators, coffee machines, microwaves, etc. – provided there is signage and supplies so common use items can be cleaned once per day. 
  • Any offices not in use since last year should flush coolers/refrigerator water lines.
  • Face coverings are currently required indoors, unless you are alone in a private office.
  • All on-campus employees, even part-time or fully vaccinated, must be in WPI’s COVID-19 testing routine. Card access provided to those in the testing program.
  • Reminder: Please enter your vaccine information into Workday by June 15.

For Students

Reminder: All students must enter their vaccination information into Medicat as soon as they are fully vaccinated or by August 1, 2021 at the latest. 

Looking Ahead

  • Visitor & Vendor Policies: Expected policy changes as of June 15.  WPI Update will provide details next week.
  • Campus Capacity Limits: Expected policy changes as of June 15 for offices, meeting spaces, bathrooms, elevators, shuttles and the Sports and Recreation Center, internal events admissions tours, etc. WPI Update will provide details next week.
  • Fall Travel Guidelines: Update by July 15.