Driven by Science. Engineered for WPI.

On July 1, President Laurie Leshin announced a plan to welcome the WPI community back to campus for the new academic year. Driven by science, WPI engineered a plan that adjusted for academics, research, projects, work life, residential life, dining, clubs and activities, athletics, and events in order to reopen the campus in a safety-focused, socially distanced manner.

Continuing a slow, deliberate, and careful process that began in late May, researchers and staff moved back to campus in phases and welcomed more faculty and students with a move-in that began August 23, and classes that began August 31.

In order to keep our global community safe, all domestic, international, and Massachusetts-based IQPs, MQPs, and GQPs are being conducted remotely or on campus at WPI in A- and B-Terms. WPI is working with faculty advisors and project center directors to continue to host meaningful and fulfilling project experiences despite this travel restriction.

•  Students were allowed the option to engage remotely in classes through a newly developed TechFlex program. Then again, this highly flexible approach to teaching and learning was already in WPI’s DNA.

•  Priority for in-person academics was given to labs, projects, and discussion sections.

•  Faculty and staff who can accomplish their work effectively from home have continued to do so, with accommodations for those with high-risk factors.

• Students, faculty, and staff on campus were required to attend health and safety training sessions and be tested for COVID-19; ongoing testing will be a part of campus life.

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