WPI is taking measures in response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Get the latest information.

Following are communications sent to the WPI community (grouped by audience and ordered chronologically, beginning with the most recent) with information and resources regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Students & Families

3/27/20: WPI Faculty Approve Special D-term Grading Options for Undergraduate Students

First, we’d like to commend each of you on your ability to adapt to an unprecedented situation. You are meeting challenges with patience, persistence, and understanding, for which we’re immensely grateful—and proud. Thank you. We recognize this is an incredibly stressful time—not only academically, but in your personal lives as well—which is why we have made the decision to update our policy on course grading for this term.​ READ FULL MESSAGE

3/24/20: A Message to Graduate Students from Dean Camesano

You have been receiving important messages over the past weeks from President Leshin about all of the changes taking place at WPI as a result of COVID-19, but we felt it was important at this time for us to speak directly to you with information about how these changes specifically impact you. READ FULL MESSAGE

3/24/20: Updates from Residential Services

The rapidly evolving global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way WPI and other higher education institutions are operating, and that disruption has been deeply felt by our students, faculty, and staff. READ FULL MESSAGE

3/23/20: A Message to Undergraduate Students from Dean Heinricher: Virtual D-Term Arrives on Wednesday

It is now just over two weeks after the end of C-term. Hard to believe, I know, since it feels like the world has experienced two years of change in that time. In two days, we all begin WPI's first ever totally virtual D-term. It will surely be an adventure—one that everyone at WPI has been working on to keep your education moving forward. READ FULL MESSAGE 

3/20/20: Update for Students on D-Term & Spring Semester Campus Operations; No Cases of COVID-19 in Campus Community

Thank you for your support during this time of crisis and as we navigate these difficult and unprecedented circumstances.  Even though we are not all together, we are still a community. And we are doing all we can to keep our community safe, healthy, and connected in the era of COVID-19.​ READ FULL MESSAGE

3/16/20: Weekly Athletic Update (03/09-03/15)

this becomes the Weekly Update where we stop to honor our 46 seniors who represented WPI this spring.  Some may return for a fifth year (and in three cases a sixth year) but others will accept jobs or attend graduate schools at different locations.  But to those 46, THANK YOU for everything you have given to WPI Athletics. ​READ FULL MESSAGE

Faculty

3/20/20: Research Updates From Bogdan Vernescu, Vice Provost of Research

Faculty should immediately begin preparing for on-campus research to be discontinued, if they have not already done so. Access to labs will be restricted to essential personnel for maintaining research critical assets, such as lab animals, cell/tissue cultures, and maintaining essential equipment and materials. The goal is to maintain the existing research related assets in order to ensure laboratory viability and to comply with federal research regulations.​ READ FULL MESSAGE

3/20/20: Remote Support Resources 

With D-Term going completely online and students having no physical access to our computer labs and computing resources, WPI IT has brought the following new resources online for faculty teaching from off-campus. ​READ FULL MESSAGE

Employees

3/27/20: Supporting WPI Student's Well-Being 

As our students begin to re-engage classes remotely, hopefully it will provide some measure of normalcy and grounding in their daily routines. Nonetheless, these will be quite challenging times for all of us, many of us have already and will face significant losses. While our students as a whole are a young and resilient bunch, many and most are without the life experience of having lived through other times of crisis. ​READ FULL MESSAGE

3/27/20: Employee Operations Updates from Business Continuity CERT

We hope that this message finds you and your families healthy and adjusting to working from home as we all navigate these challenging times.  Although the campus has been very quiet since Wednesday, we are still making some adjustments to the operations occurring onsite for the emergency responders that continue to come to campus daily. READ FULL MESSAGE

3/23/20: Update to Facilities Team from Eric Beattie, Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management

To all members of the Facilities’ Operations, Customer Service, Environmental Health & Safety, Design and Construction, and Events Team: In light of the Governor’s announcement today and the rapidly changing information regarding COVID-19, I wanted to take this opportunity to communicate Facilities’ role during this situation.​ READ FULL MESSAGE

3/23/20: WPI Employee Operational Updates

As you are aware from President Leshin’s message on Friday March 20th, WPI is moving to limited campus operations to further restrict physical access to campus. Only employees who have been notified that they have emergency designation for academic and business continuity will be permitted to be on campus effective at 5PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. READ FULL MESSAGE

3/22/20: WPI Community Working Together to Provide Supplies to Medical Facilities

When the world faces a challenge, the WPI community responds. This weekend, WPI faculty and staff launched an effort to collect supplies to help local medical organizations respond to the coronavirus crisis.​ READ FULL MESSAGE

3/20/20: Cooking with WPI

Community development and relationship building are critical to our culture at WPI. This is especially true during this difficult time. As we work together to reimagine our work amidst this public health crisis, it is important that we also take the time to foster community, especially for those experiencing social isolation. READ FULL MESSAGE

3/20/20: Update for Employees on Limited Campus Operations; No Cases of COVID-19 in Campus Community

Thank you for your support and focus during this time of crisis and as we navigate these difficult and unprecedented circumstances.  This message has two important updates: there are currently NO cases of COVID-19 among WPI faculty, staff and students, and the university will be moving to limited campus operations. ​READ FULL MESSAGE

3/18/20: Important Student Supervisor Information

As you are aware, students have been told not to return to campus for class or work until notified.  WPI recognizes this is a very difficult situation for students and we want to support them as much as possible during this time.  Students will be paid for all hours scheduled to work for the weeks of March 16 and March 23 regardless of whether the work is performed.​ READ FULL MESSAGE

Prospective Students

3/16/20: Office of Undergraduate Admissions to Offer Virtual Accepted Student Days

Due to the rapid growth and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), WPI’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Team has been working around the clock to determine the safest ways to proceed when responding to this ever-evolving situation. It’s because of this that the difficult but necessary decision has been made to cancel Accepted Student Days and all campus visits through May 1. READ MORE

University Community

3/26/20: WPI Emergency Assistance Fund Established

First, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe, and that you are adjusting to our new normal at WPI and in our homes. As we all know, the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to drive major changes in the way we conduct our work and lives. READ FULL MESSAGE

3/25/20: COVID-19 Cases Update

I am writing to inform you that the first two cases of COVID-19 within our community were confirmed last evening and today. These cases are unrelated to each other. I can report that these two members of the WPI community are recovering in self-isolation in their respective homes. It’s been more than 15 days since either person was on campus, so any danger to others in our community is extremely low. READ FULL MESSAGE

3/19/20: Gordon Library will move fully online beginning Friday, March 20 at 4 pm

All Gordon Library services will move fully online beginning this Friday at 4pm. All of our staff will be available online and working to support you and our students in whatever way we can.​ We will continue to provide services including online library instruction, support for obtaining and linking to digital course materials, interlibrary borrowing of digital materials, virtual research consultations for you and your students, and more.​ READ FULL MESSAGE 

3/18/20: Updates on Campus Operations and D-Term: Message from President Leshin & the Coronavirus Emergency Response Team

This has been a challenging few weeks - both around the world and here at WPI.  We know that students miss their friends and being in the dynamic learning environment on campus. It is also clear that, despite these unprecedented circumstances, faculty and staff are working incredibly hard to be able to deliver WPI’s education to our students, and to keep our campus operating.​ READ FULL MESSAGE

3/16/20:  Gordon Library Service Updates, March 16-24 

Due to COVID-19-related changes in D-Term schedules and library staffing: From March 16-20 we will be open 9am to 4pm. The Gordon Library building will be closed beginning at 4 pm March 20, but most services will be continued online. Future changes to library hours and operations will be announced on the Library’s home page and on the Library hours page as the situation evolves. ​READ FULL MESSAGE

3/15/20: Updates on Campus Operations/Remote Working: Message from President Leshin & the Coronavirus Emergency Response Team

This message is intended to give you the latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and to give you a sense of some of what we are planning for in the days and weeks ahead. The situation is fast-moving, and the Coronavirus Emergency Response Team (CERT) is working continually to ensure that we take appropriate action as COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth increase.​ READ FULL MESSAGE

3/13/20: Update on Course Delivery Changes and University Operations: Message from President Leshin & the Coronavirus Emergency Response Team

On Wednesday, I wrote to you about our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including the decision to make some changes to course delivery and university operations in the face of this rapidly changing crisis. These actions were not undertaken lightly, and are meant to prioritize the health and safety of our community.​ READ FULL MESSAGE

3/11/20: Important COVID-19 Update: D-Term Delayed; Classes Online; Travel Cancelled

Our Coronavirus Emergency Response Team has been working around the clock to ensure that WPI responds thoughtfully and appropriately to this rapidly evolving situation. There are currently no confirmed or presumptive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at WPI. READ FULL MESSAGE

3/6/20: Additional Info About the Suspension of University-Sponsored International Travel, Including D-Term Project Center Travel

I’m writing to follow up on Wednesday’s announcement about the cancellation of international travel during D-Term. I understand how devastating this news has been to many members of our community, especially students ...​ READ FULL MESSAGE

3/4/20: Suspension of University-Sponsored International Travel, Including D-Term Project Centers

The university has been following the guidance of local, regional, and national authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. State Department, and the Massachusetts Governor’s office as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues worldwide.​ READ FULL MESSAGE

2/28/20: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Spring Break Travel

Given the global concerns regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and, specifically, concerns regarding impacts on both domestic and international travel, WPI wanted to provide the following updates.Spring Break Travel With spring break approaching, many of you may be planning to travel. ​READ FULL MESSAGE