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What You Need to Know Now

Updated September 7, 2021

  • As levels of COVID continue to rise, the WPI community must remain vigilant. Read important information about virus mitigation and details about changes to WPI's COVID testing process.

  • If you are a close contact to someone with COVID-19, refer to the updated Close Contact Guidelines so you know what to do.

  • WPI will now require that all university employees and all other individuals in WPI’s COVID-19 testing protocol become fully vaccinated, complete their COVID-19 vaccine series (i.e., two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine), and enter their vaccination information into Workday on or before October 11, 2021.

  • All WPI offices, classrooms, labs, meeting spaces, bathrooms, elevators, shuttles, and the Sports and Recreation center have returned to 100% capacity. More details can be found here.
  • Everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering/mask in all WPI buildings and vehicles unless in a private office or living environment; masks are optional in private settings. Face coverings are required in dining areas except when you are actively consuming food or beverages. Additional details about face coverings and return to campus are here
  • For vaccinated individuals in outdoor spaces, face coverings/masks are optional. For unvaccinated individuals, masks are advised if social distancing is not possible. Masks will be required at some large outdoor events, especially those that include large numbers of off-campus visitors. Make it a habit to always carry a mask with you.
  • All community members coming to campus for work or school this fall, including people who are fully vaccinated, will be required to test at least once a week.

 

Face Coverings on Campus

Everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering/mask in all WPI buildings and vehicles unless in a private office or living environment; masks are optional in private settings. Face coverings are required in dining areas except when you are actively consuming food or beverages. For vaccinated individuals in outdoor spaces, face coverings/masks are optional. For unvaccinated individuals, masks are advised if social distancing is not possible. Masks will be required at some large outdoor events, especially those that include large numbers of off-campus visitors. Make it a habit to always carry a mask with you. Additional details about face coverings and return to campus are here. Exceptions include those who 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.

 

Vaccinations

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. All current employees must complete their COVID-19 vaccine series (i.e., two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and enter their vaccination information into Workday on or before October 11, 2021.

 

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. 

 

Testing

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 the testing process and testing hours.

 
 

 

Required Health Monitoring

Students, faculty, and staff will be expected to use WPI's Symptom Tracker if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, are a close contact, or have tested positive for  COVID-19. 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.