2015-2016 Academic Catalog: Student Services and Facilities

 

ATHLETICS AND RECREATION

Stanley Vieira, Director
Nelson Recreation Center Room 202A
617-989-4159

Students are encouraged to participate in the varsity, intramural, club, and recreational athletic programs available at Wentworth. Specific information is available in the Athletic Department office in the Nelson Recreation Center. Wentworth is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and competes as a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) and Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). It is also affiliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

Varsity Sports

Wentworth offers intercollegiate competition for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Women’s intercollegiate teams include basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Schedules and up to date news can be found on the Wentworth website at http://www.wentworthathletics.com.

Intramural Competition

Wentworth offers students the opportunity to compete in a number of sports through the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) intramural program. Games are played in many sports, including basketball, flag football, indoor soccer, dodgeball, softball, volleyball, and whiffle ball. All day program students enrolled at Wentworth who satisfy the conditions of eligibility may compete. Varsity athletes may not participate in intramural competition in those sports in which they are presently competing at the varsity level.

A full listing of intramural offerings for the academic year is available on the Colleges of the Fenway website.

Tansey Gymnasium and Nelson Recreation Center

The Tansey Gymnasium and the Nelson Recreation Center contain three standard basketball courts and facilities for one-wall handball, volleyball, and similar sports. In addition, there is a fully-equipped fitness center on the third floor. Locker rooms for both men and women are available. The main athletic offices are located on the second floor.

Sweeney Field, an outdoor athletic complex on campus, consists of regulation lacrosse, soccer, and softball fields with lighting for evening use. This facility is also available for recreational and intramural uses. There are also three tennis courts located between the Nelson Recreation Center and Watson Hall.

CENTER FOR COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT (CCECD)

Robbin Beauchamp, Director
Wentworth Hall, Room 101
617-989-4101

The Wentworth CCECD offers students and graduates a full range of career services which include cooperative education and career advising, career information and resources, graduate school planning, and opportunities to network with employers. The Center is located in Wentworth Hall and is open Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and some evenings.  Call for a current schedule.

Advising

The CCECD provides career advising to students and alumni at any point in their college or post-college experience. CCECD staff assist students and alumni with researching occupational and employment information, with establishing short- and long-term career goals, with exploring different career paths, and with making informed and purposeful career decisions.

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

As a requirement for graduation, undergraduate day program students complete two cooperative education semesters, typically one in each of the junior and senior years.  Students must register for COOP 3500 or COOP 4500 to fulfill a co-op requirement. Typically, students will not take other courses during their co-op semesters. Enrollment in a co-op course maintains a student’s full-time student status.

Note that transfer students must complete at least one semester at Wentworth before being eligible for the co-op program.

Students must reach an appropriate class standing (depending on major) and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to qualify for co-op. Students not meeting this standard by the end of the semester immediately preceding their co-op term will not be eligible for co-op. These students will be dropped from their co-op enrollment.

Upon completion of the co-op and required assignments, students earn a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grade, which is recorded on the student’s academic transcript.

Occasionally students enter the baccalaureate day programs with substantial work experience in their major field. With the approval of the director of the CCECD, this work experience may be substituted for one of the co-op requirements. Students must formally petition to receive this course substitution.

Two semesters of optional co-op education are also offered, one in the summer prior to junior year for students who have completed all prerequisites for junior year courses and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0, the other for students who have successfully completed their two required semesters of co-op.

There is no co-op requirement for students in the College of Professional and Continuing Education.

Co-op Schedule

First Year Fall: Class
First Year Spring: Class

Second Year Fall: Class
Second Year Spring: Architecture Required 1
Second Year Summer: Optional Co-op; Math 3-Year Required 1

Third Year Fall: Class
Third Year Spring: Co-op Required 1; Math 3-Year Required 2
Third Year Summer: Architecture Required 2; Electromechanical Required 1; Math 4-Year Required 1

Fourth Year Fall: Co-op Required 2
Fourth Year Spring: Math 4-Year Required 2
Fourth Year Summer: Electromechanical Required 2

Fifth Year, Electromechanical ONLY:
Fall: Class
Spring: Class
Summer: Class

Those listed in bold italic are co-op semesters for all other majors not listed in the table.

Co-op Institute

This five-week session provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully obtain a co-op position. Students are taught by co-op and career advisors who support their individual majors.  Guest instructors are industry employers.  Students learn about resume and cover letter development, interviewing skills, professionalism on the job, networking, and how to successfully register for their co-op semesters.

Career Tools

The CCECD assists students and alumni who seek to explore possibilities that match their career goals, develop job-search competencies and methods to present themselves effectively, obtain information on employment opportunities (full-time and co-op) and prospective employers, connect with employers, and develop and maintain relationships with employers.

Through WITworks, an online job posting and recruiting system, an annual career fair, and specialized recruiting events, students and employers are able to connect for co-op and full-time job opportunities.

Graduate School Planning

The CCECD assists students and alumni in obtaining information on graduate/professional schools and preparing for the graduate/professional school application process.

 

CENTER FOR COMMUNITY & LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS

Erik Miller, Director
553 Huntington Avenue
617-989-4993

The Center is the result of years of faculty, staff, student and community efforts to create partnerships that address neighborhood concerns while enhancing the educational and professional environment at Wentworth. The Center utilizes assets and relationships as a means to creating reciprocal and transformative partnerships between the Wentworth community and the surrounding communities of Mission Hill, Roxbury, and Fenway. These partnerships are maintained and strengthened through several programs under the community engagement umbrella at the Center including but not limited to community work study (CWS), alternative spring break (ASB), co+build: the community building project, and the volunteer income tax assistance program (VITA). Additionally, students are able to take advantage of these partnerships on a long-term basis by participating with faculty on service learning projects. Service learning projects can be executed through coursework under the direction of faculty; through participation in student clubs and organizations; through community cooperative learning positions with community organizations; or through the Institute-wide, required senior year capstone. Students who engage in extensive community-based work can also enroll to earn a Certificate for Community Learning as part of their degree. Information about the Center’s many projects, programs, and resources can be found on the web at www.wit.edu/clp.

 

CENTER FOR WELLNESS AND DISABILITY SERVICES

Maura Mulligan, Director
Watson Hall, Room 003
617-989-4390

The Center for Wellness and Disability Services is staffed by professionally trained counselors who are available to discuss various mental health, disability, and wellness issues with students. Mental health counselors are frequently consulted for a number of reasons, which may include family issues, problems in relationships, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, stress, and adjustment to college life. Students with documented disabilities also access the Center to arrange necessary accommodations and for individualized support for academic difficulties.

Students seeking mental health services may be seen for short-term therapy or can be given a referral to an off-campus therapist. The services of the Center are available without charge. All sessions with counselors are strictly confidential.  In addition to counseling services, the Center provides referrals to local psychiatric services for students in need of medication management.

Faculty and staff can play an integral role in identifying students who may need a referral to a counselor. If there are concerns about a student, faculty and staff are encouraged to consult with the Center. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to contact the Counselor-On-Call via Wentworth Public Safety for any issues related to serious mental health concerns that may arise during the evenings and weekends.

A student with a learning, physical, medical or psychiatric disability should contact the Center. Support services and reasonable accommodations can be arranged. Timely notification is necessary for coordinating appropriate services.

The Center is located on the ground floor of Watson Hall, Room 003. The Center’s hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Early morning and evening appointments are available throughout the year. Appointments may be made in person, by calling 617-989-4390, or by e-mailingcounseling@wit.edu.

HEALTH SERVICES

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Student Health Services
578 Huntington Avenue
617-879-5220

Harvard Vanguard Student Health Services is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from September to May. Summer hours are weekdays from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., with appointments available from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Please call 617-879-5220 to make an appointment.

Wentworth students also have access to medical care at Harvard Vanguard’s Kenmore practice (133 Brookline Avenue, across from Landmark Center) when Health Services is not open. This would include weekday mornings from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., weekday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays and holidays from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Please call 617-879-5220 to make an appointment.

Students are strongly encouraged to register as a patient with Health Services before their first appointment. Please call 800-249-1767 to register. Please identify yourself as a Wentworth student and have your insurance information (i.e. insurance card) available.

Health Services will bill students’ insurance plans for all services rendered. Students must present their student identification cards and also their health insurance cards at every appointment, just as they do when accessing their doctor’s office at home.

Health Services respects student confidentiality under the HIPPA laws. No health information is released to parents or college staff without the student’s written authorization unless required by law or unless it is a life-threatening situation. For additional information about Health Services, please visit http://www.wit.edu/campus-life/health/index.html.

Medical advice is also available to students during times when neither Health Services nor the Harvard Vanguard Kenmore practices are open. This can be accessed by calling Health Services at 617-879-5220.

In the case of a life-threatening emergency, students should immediately contact Wentworth Office of Public Safety at 617-989-4400.

HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL LIFE

Phillip Bernard, Director
Evans Way, Room 002
617-989-4160

The Office of Housing and Residential Life (OHRL) promotes a safe and inclusive residential community that supports student success through intentionally designed programs and services.

Wentworth accommodates over 2200 students in 15 residential buildings that are organized into seven communities.

  • Baker Hall is a traditional-style residence hall. The five floors in Baker Hall provide a community atmosphere with frequent opportunities to interact with other students. The building has community lounges for group studying or socializing.
  • Evans Way Hall/Tudbury Hall is comprised of suites accommodating 4 to 12 students.  Each suite has a central living room, one to two bathrooms and two to four bedrooms. This community also has a study room, exercise room and a multi-purpose auditorium.
  • The Apartments @ 525 houses upperclass students in apartments of four to five people. 70% of the bedrooms in the Apartments @525 are singles, and each apartment has a common area, kitchen with a dishwasher, bathroom, and washer/dryer. This area also features a bicycle storage room and public meeting rooms.
  • 610 Huntington Avenue houses upperclass students in apartments with double bedrooms, a common area, kitchen and bathroom. 610 Huntington Avenue also features an exercise room, a large lounge, a pool room and a meeting/study area.
  • 555 Huntington Avenue houses upperclass students in apartments ranging from 4 to 9 students in single, double, and triple bedrooms. All apartments have a kitchen area, a common area and bedrooms.  Each floor has a lounge/study area.
  • Edwards/Rodgers Apartments houses upperclass students in two person studio and three person one-bedroom apartments. Each apartment has a kitchen and dining area, bathroom, living room and bedroom. (In the studios, the living and bedroom are one room.) 
  • Louis Prang/Vancouver Apartments are available for upperclass students. These apartments offer a variety of living arrangements from studio apartments to multiple person apartments. All units have kitchen and bathroom facilities and provide the off-campus apartment feel with the convenience of living on campus. 

Each of the residential communities are coeducational and overseen by a building staff which includes a live-in professional Resident Director and student Resident Assistants. Building staff are responsible for creating an inclusive, welcoming, educational and purposeful community which focuses on personal and social student development. If students have questions or concerns about their living situation, they are encouraged to seek the help of the Resident Assistants or the Resident Director who oversee their residential community.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.wit.edu/reslife, email housing@wit.edu, call 617-989-4160, or visit the Housing and Residential Life Office located in The Apartments @ 525, room 101.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES

Jeanmarie Ambrose, Director
Student Service Center
Phone: 617-989-4391

International Student Services (ISS) staff members are available to assist international students in maintaining their legal non-immigrant status in the United States (U.S.) and strive to ensure that students experience a smooth transition to life in the U.S. through International Student Orientation and other programs throughout the year. ISS is available to assist students individually in their personal, social, and academic adjustment to Wentworth and the U.S.

ISS is the source of information at Wentworth regarding the regulations and policies of the U.S. government as they pertain to international students. Any international student with questions regarding his or her F-1 Student status should contact ISS to obtain an analysis of, and recommendations for, his or her specific situation. ISS will address questions related to employment, maintaining valid status, obtaining a new visa or Form I-20, or any other related topic.

It is the responsibility of each student to maintain his or her valid status in the United States. Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) records of international students are maintained through ISS in order to provide information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on each student as required by law.

Visiting/Exchange Students

Students pursuing degrees abroad at institutions with a signed articulation agreement with Wentworth Institute of Technology may apply to enroll at Wentworth for one or two semesters as a non-matriculating/exchange student with the approval of their home institution.

Visiting/exchange students are required to live on campus and to purchase health insurance through Wentworth.

Applications for enrollment will be reviewed for academic eligibility by the appropriate academic department and by International Student Services for eligibility for non-immigrant student status.

For a student to apply to enroll as a visiting/exchange student and receive documentation needed to obtain the appropriate U.S. non-immigrant status, the following application materials must be received by International Student Services by March 15 of the year in which a student applies:

  • Completed Enrollment Application for international exchange students
  • Complete official transcript showing all grades received at the home institution and any other institution of higher education the student has attended
  • Essay from the student describing his/her interest in the particular program he/she is applying for and why he/she would like to study at Wentworth in and the U.S.
  • Letter from an official at the home institution stating that credits earned at Wentworth Institute of Technology will count toward the student’s degree program
  • Proof of English proficiency. Please refer to Wentworth’s website under Admissions for details on acceptable forms of proof
  • Financial documentation showing the student has enough readily available money to pay for living expenses, books/supplies, etc. during their studies in the U.S.  Specific amount is updated by ISS each year. Tuition is paid to the home institution
  • Copy of passport pages showing name, date of birth, country, and expiration date
  • Students applying to study in the Wentworth Architecture or Design & Facilities Departments may also be required to submit a portfolio, for example drawings made for classes

Visiting/exchange students are regarded as members of the Wentworth community and as such are encouraged to participate in campus life through engagement in student club activities, etc. Visiting/exchange students are also responsible for adhering to the Student Code of Conduct as well as any other rules set forth by the Institute.

OFFICE OF CAMPUS LIFE

Carissa Durfee, Director
026 Flanagan Campus Center, Beatty Hall
617-989-4080

The Office of Campus Life works with the student clubs, organizations, and interested students to plan programs and activities for the Wentworth community.

Opportunities for involvement at Wentworth are extensive. Organizations and professional associations affiliated with students’ majors provide a way to get involved, round out their college experience, and pursue their interests. A listing of the recognized clubs and organizations is available in the Campus Life suite and at www.wit.edu/campuslife.

Programs coordinated and offered by Campus Life include leadership programs, the spring awards program, Family Weekend, the Flanagan Campus Center, and Colleges of the Fenway co-sponsored events, Campus Life also provides advising and support for each individual club, as well as the Wentworth Student Government (WSG), the Wentworth Events Board (WEB), and the WIRE internet radio station.

Wentworth also offers students the opportunity to join one of its club sports: cycling, mountain biking, men’s rugby, women’s rugby, marksmen, and ultimate Frisbee. These teams offer training and compete at the collegiate level.

For more information, contact Campus Life at 617-989-4080. Also consult the web page at www.wit.edu/campuslife and the weekly events email for various links and announcements. The Office of Campus Life is open Monday-Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Flanagan Campus Center

The Flanagan Campus Center is the heart of campus. Students can shoot pool, watch TV and collaborate on projects. The Schumann Fitness Center and the cafeteria are both located within the Flanagan Campus Center. Students can use the Meditation Room for prayer or meditation. Student organizations are encouraged to utilize the Student Organization Office for their resources and needs. The Info Hub offers general information and discounted tickets to various movie theatres, museums, shows, and Boston attractions.

The Flanagan Campus Center is open Monday through Friday from 6AM-11PM, Saturday from 8AM-11PM, and Sunday from 10AM-11PM with reduced hours during holidays and breaks. Contact the Info Hub at 617-989-INFO (617-989-4636). 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

William Powers, Director
610 Huntington Avenue
617-989-4400

The 24-hour Public Safety Office is located at 610 Huntington Avenue on the first level of the residence hall. The department provides 24-hour police, medical, and security services to the campus community. Public Safety assistance or safety escorts may be obtained by calling 617-989-4400, or activating an information/emergency call box located throughout campus. In case of an emergency, call 617-989-4444.

We strongly encourage all community members to promptly report criminal and suspicious activity, potential threats to the community, and other emergencies to the Public Safety Department.

STUDENT AFFAIRS

Annamaria Wenner, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Rubenstein Hall Room 003
617-989-4702

The Office of Student Affairs is a resource, referral agent and advocate for students. Staffed by the Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, and Assistant to the Deans, The Office of Student Affairs provides support, information, and referrals for students regarding matter impacting their college experience. The Office advocates for students through various initiatives and committees that focus on the student experience at Wentworth.

Through the Office of Student Affairs, students can:

  • Report violations of the Student Code of Conduct
  • Receive information regarding Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Receive information on diversity initiatives, programming, and resources
  • Inquire about services, resources, and opportunities available on campus
  • Receive assistance in long term absences from the Institute
  • Register for alcohol or drug education classes
  • Learn about student leadership opportunities
  • Receive a Wentworth Student Handbook