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Health & Safety

  • Are face coverings required on campus? (Updated 4/21/22)

    Face coverings are optional indoors and outdoors on campus. However, given the continued presence of COVID in our community, and the prevalence of colds and flu, we continue to strongly encourage use of a KN95 or a snug-fitting single-use surgical mask when indoors.

  • What should I do if I think I have COVID-19 symptoms? (Updated 9/20/21)

    If you are experiencing severe symptoms or a medical emergency while on campus, call 508-831-5555 for WPI Police, or call 911. Anyone with COVID-19–like symptoms should stay home or in their residence hall room and self-quarantine immediately. See a list of symptoms here. Symptoms should also be immediately reported via the Symptom Tracker. Please note, with the COVID variants, symptoms may be milder and may seem to be a simple sort throat, a cold, or even allergies. Don't dismiss them! 

    Faculty, staff, and contract workers should contact their personal physician to see whether symptomatic COVID-19 testing is needed. They should also contact their supervisor to note that they are ill and discuss taking time off or working from home if well enough. Students can also contact Health Services at 508-831-5520 to arrange for follow-up assessment. 

Testing, Isolation & Quarantine

Vaccines

Student Vaccination Requirement

Employee Vaccination Requirement

  • Is the COVID-19 vaccine required for employees? (Updated 12/17/21)

    Yes, both the primary COVID-19 vaccination series and the COVID-19 booster shot are required for WPI faculty and staff.

    Primary COVID-19 Vaccination Series (i.e., two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine)

    1. All current employees must have completed their primary COVID-19 vaccination series and entered their vaccination information into Workday on or before October 11, 2021.
    2. Employees hired after July 14, 2021 must be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of work at WPI and enter their vaccination information into Workday.
    3. Employees classified as fully remote must be fully vaccinated on or before January 18, 2022 and enter their vaccination information into Workday.

    As announced by President Leshin on December 16, WPI will now require that all faculty and staff receive a vaccine booster shot by January 18, 2022, or within 30 days of becoming eligible, whichever is later.

    COVID-19 Booster Shot (i.e., a booster shot of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine received at least 6 months after completing the primary COVID-19 vaccination series with Pfizer or Moderna or at least 2 months after completing the primary COVID-19 vaccination series with Johnson & Johnson)

    1. All current employees, including employees classified as fully remote, must have completed their COVID-19 booster shot and entered their booster information into Workday on or before January 18, 2022 or within 30 days of eligibility for their booster shot.
    2. Employees hired after January 18, 2022 must have completed their COVID-19 booster shot and entered their information into Workday prior to their first day of work or within 30 days of eligibility for their booster shot, whichever is earlier.
    3. Unvaccinated employees who have an approved medical or religious accommodation to the primary COVID-19 vaccination series do not need to apply for another accommodation; their accommodation will apply to the booster.

    Review WPI’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement here.

  • Why is WPI requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19? (Updated 11/1/21)

    Vaccination provides excellent protection against severe illness from COVID-19 and the best chance for the WPI community to continue to return to the daily activities that are so important to college life.  Currently, the CDC recommends that everyone aged 18+ get a vaccine booster shot as soon as they are eligible.

    As a federal contractor, WPI also is required to comply with the Biden Administration’s September 9 Executive Order and guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force requiring that employees of federal contractors be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • How does an employee request a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination record if they lost their vaccination card? (Added 11/1/21)

    Even if you were not vaccinated in Massachusetts, please follow these instructions from Mass.gov on how to request a copy of your vaccination record: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/requesting-a-copy-of-your-covid-19-vaccination-record.

    Employees who were vaccinated in Massachusetts can also complete an Immunization Record Request Form from the MA Department of Public Health. Please note that this process can take up to 2 weeks.

Where Can I Get Vaccinated?

Events

Visitors & Vendors

Global StudiesGlobal Studies

  • WPI is currently reviewing all global projects on a case-by-case basis, weighing public health trends for each site. Updates will be provided to affected students via email from the Global Experience Office (GEO), or you may contact your project advisor with questions. 

Athletics

  • Is the Sports & Recreation Center open? (Updated 4/21/22)

    The Sports and Recreation Center, including the pool, is open to faculty, staff, and students who are approved to be on campus. Harrington Auditorium is open, as well. (COVID testing has been moved upstairs at Harrington Auditorium.)

    WPI varsity athletics will continue to follow the guidelines set by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), CDC, ACHA, Massachusetts governor and our conference, NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference).

    Check Athletics for updates and information.

International Students

Financial AidFinancial Aid

  • Information about Financial Aid and Student Literacy can be found here. Specific questions can be directed to finaid@wpi.edu.

Admissions

Research

  • Have research operations resumed fully? (Added 6/22/21)

    Research has resumed normal operations. Activities in laboratories follow the same health and safety protocols as other campus buildings. Students should work with their faculty advisors on options for continuing and completing their project work.

Travel

  • Is overnight travel permitted for clubs and organizations? (Updated 1/26/22)

    Clubs and organization can plan overnight travel, following appropriate approvals. Each person is required to have their own bed in a room. 

  • What is considered “WPI-sponsored travel”? (Updated 3/5/21)

    WPI-sponsored travel is all travel by WPI students, faculty, and staff that is part of academic, scholarly, or business work in which the traveler is representing WPI, that is funded, in whole or in part by WPI funds (regardless of purpose) or by a grant, foundation, company, or other university. Such travel may include, but is not limited to travel for: teaching, research, academic study, attendance at a conference, official global project programs, internships, volunteer or work programs and other experiential learning, field studies, performances, athletic contests, or trips abroad in connection with a WPI-recognized student organization, academic or administrative unit.

  • What is not considered “WPI-sponsored travel”? (Updated 4/13/21)

    Personal travel is not considered WPI-sponsored travel. 

  • What are WPI's travel policies for WPI-sponsored domestic and international travel (not related to projects)? (Added 8/12/21)
    • There are currently no prohibitions on WPI-sponsored domestic travel for students, faculty, or staff, regardless of vaccination status. If travel costs will exceed $1,000, prior financial approval is required; travelers must submit a Workday Spend Authorization Form prior to incurring travel expenses.
    • WPI students and employees who are not fully vaccinated are expected to follow all CDC travel guidelines, including getting tested 1-3 days before traveling.
    • WPI-sponsored international travel is not permitted for any employee or student who is not fully vaccinated (regardless of medical or religious exemptions).

    More information can be found here.

Student Life & Dining on Campus

See the Student Experience web pages for details about Student Life and Dining. 

Residential Life

See the Residential Services web pages for details about Residential Life.