WPI Plans for Fall Opening Latest Information

It’s not just the academics that make WPI a special place. Events outside the classroom are an important part of campus life and a student’s overall college experience, offering opportunities to learn more, engage more and build a sense of belonging at WPI. This fall we will continue to promote and support events in a reimagined way. From virtual experiences to small group gatherings to a mix of both, we are thinking creatively with a focus on our community needs guided by the health and safety of all.

What You Need to Know Now

  • The WPI events office has developed a COVID Reference Guide for plans and protocols including attendance maximums, physical distancing and face covering-wearing. 
  • All events for fall should strongly consider being reimagined as a virtual experience.
  • Events during A and B terms will be limited in keeping with local, state and federal guidelines. The first 2 weeks of A term will be relegated to training and student events.
  • All large-scale events for fall will be reimagined in a virtual setting.
  • Small group events may be offered in-person following all state and WPI guidelines. Virtual events are strongly suggested.
  • External events including external visitors will not be allowed on campus this fall.

Internal Events

  • Large events that normally attract large numbers of guests to WPI, including the career and global fairs, Homecoming and Family Weekend, will not be held on campus during fall semester, and will instead look to utilize virtual technologies.
  • Attendance for events will be capped at a max of 25 people, including hosts and service providers. All attendees must also adhere to WPI’s strict health and safety protocols. Maximum attendance numbers may change if the state guidelines change.
  • If hosting an event on campus, responsibilities include creating and maintaining a registration roster for every event to track attendance, providing approved hand sanitizer (60% or more alcohol content) to guests, and being present at the event to assist with onsite social distancing monitoring. Services may also be restricted or limited. Rental furniture and external food vendors are prohibited. Chartwells must be used for catering and audio/visual equipment can be arranged through the Academic Technology Center (ATC).

Club Sports and Intramurals

The Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics and Student Activities Office will work on a case by case basis with club sport leaders to discuss possible adjustments to meet social distancing and safety practices, where possible. Intramural activities will be offered remotely in the fall. Learn more about Athletics.

Admissions Events

WPI is not hosting in-person campus visits at this time. Undergraduate Admissions is hosting a variety of virtual information sessions, student-led virtual campus tours, personal interviews and academic department overviews.

Use of Event Spaces

  • All locations, including conference rooms, will have reduced capacities and de-densified seating.
  • The Rubin Campus Center and other common area gathering spaces may have limitations subject to public health orders.
  • Some event spaces may be repurposed for academic use.
  • Additional time will be planned between events in the same location to ensure sufficient enhanced cleaning between events.

External Group Events

External events, such as conferences, competitions, and performances, will not be allowed on campus this fall. No external visitors will be allowed at any event.

External Visitor Policy for Events

No external guests will be allowed. External speaker/performer will be limited to one (1) per event and must be pre-approved.

Additional adjustments to our reopening plan and operations may be needed based on updated guidance and public health trends. We recommend you check back regularly for the latest updates.