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What You Need to Know Now

Updated June 10, 2021

  • Face coverings no longer required outdoors when social distancing by 6 feet.
  • Employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and should enter their vaccine information into Workday by June 15, 2021. 
  • All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in on-campus classes and/or conducting research in on-campus labs will be required to be vaccinated by August 1. 
  • Employees: If you're taking time off this summer, you'll need to remain in compliance with WPI's COVID-19 testing program. Read more.

Health & Safety Changes for Summer 2021

As of June 15:

  • Face coverings are no longer necessary on campus while outdoors and maintaining six feet of social distancing
  • For indoor mask use during the summer months:
    • Masks are not required indoors for fully vaccinated individuals who can maintain social distancing - except in the Health Services and Student Development and Counseling Center (SDCC) offices and in WPI-sponsored transportation/vehicles. 
      • Individuals are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after the final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. 
    • Partially vaccinated individuals should wear a face covering and keep socially distanced.
    • Unvaccinated individuals are strongly advised to wear a face covering and keep socially distanced.


Face Coverings on Campus

As of June 1, face coverings are no longer required outdoors when social distancing by 6 feet. Cloth face coverings are still currently required indoors and outdoors when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible. You are not required to wear a cloth face covering if you are sitting alone in a private office or residence, or if you have a disability accommodation from WPI because of a medical condition or another reason that would make wearing one unsafe. Based on the CDC’s most recent guidance, vented masks, gaiters, and bandanas will not be allowed to be used as protective face coverings on the WPI campus. Read CDC guidance on how to best wear a face covering.



Vaccination provides the best protection against COVID-19, and provides the best chance for us to return to the daily activities that are so critical to college life. Our campus vaccination rate will significantly influence our operations for the fall; to get back to unrestricted status, models suggest that vaccination levels of at least 90% are necessary to prevent the continued spread and dire health impact of the virus. 

WPI will require that all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in on-campus classes and/or conducting research in on-campus labs, whether they live on campus or off, be fully vaccinated by August 1, 2021. Employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and should enter their vaccine information into Workday by June 15, 2021 so we can monitor total vaccination levels on campus. 


Physical Distancing

Students, faculty, and staff should always ensure social distancing of 6 feet or more between themselves and others on campus. Building-specific signage (including elevator limits, one-way hallways and stair wells, and restroom limits) along with reconfigured workspaces, classrooms, offices, and common spaces will help facilitate appropriate physical social distancing on campus. 



WPI has a robust COVID-19 testing protocol that requires all students, faculty, staff, and contract workers to be tested before they come back to campus. WPI is also conducting ongoing routine testing, as well as symptomatic testing and symptom tracking.See the Testing Protocols page for more information and details about summer testing hours.



Required Health Monitoring

Students, faculty, and staff will be expected to conduct a daily self-check of their symptoms prior to coming to campus. WPI created a Symptom Tracker to make it easy and quick for community members to monitor and report any COVID-19 symptoms. We’re following a simple two-step process for tracking:

(1)    Review COVID-19 symptoms and take your temperature. If you have no symptoms and no fever, you may come to campus.

(2)    If you have any symptoms, indicate that in the Symptom Tracker immediately and the Health Team will contact you.


Healthy Practices

Each of us has a role to play in keeping the WPI community safe. All students, faculty, and staff working and learning on campus are expected to follow these guidelines, including personal health practices. Because the risk of virus exposure is everywhere, we encourage you to continue practices, such as thorough cleaning, hand washing, social distancing, and wearing cloth face coverings, to limit the chance of virus exposure when at home or away from campus, such as when visiting a grocery store or a gym. This is absolutely critical to protect the health and safety of our community.


Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

The WPI Facilities staff cleans and disinfects all campus buildings at least daily and more frequently as needed, focusing on frequently touched surfaces and high-traffic areas, including building entrances, door handles, elevator buttons (inside and outside), classroom/lecture hall desks and tables, etc. Learn more.

Employees are expected to clean and disinfect their own personal workstations and shared spaces (such as conference rooms) between use. WPI will provide cleaning supplies for each workplace in centralized locations. You are encouraged to wipe down your workstation or shared space at the start and end of every work shift or organized activity. Frequently cleaning surfaces and objects touched by multiple people (e.g., tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, touch screens, equipment, screens, computer keyboards and mice, phones, printers/copiers, coffee makers) is important. It is helpful to keep a checklist of the surfaces and items to clean, to avoid skipping anything.

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