COVID-19: Employee Information
Last Update: Thursday, March 19th
Effective immediately, exterior doors to all academic and administrative buildings except for Beatty Hall will be secured. Beatty Hall will remain open and will have an increased public safety presence. Residence halls will remain accessible only to authorized staff and to those students approved to remain in residence.
The Nelson Recreation Center will be closed effective March 18, 2020, with no card access until further notice. Additionally, please note that the Schumann Fitness Center will remain closed for the remainder of the semester.
Faculty and staff needing access to academic and administrative buildings should ensure that they have their active ID cards and that they are working properly. Every faculty and staff member should have a current Wentworth ID. The current ID is oriented longer vertically with the Wentworth at the top, the photo in the middle and a bar code across the bottom. When programmed properly the current ID can unlock an exterior door by tapping on the electronic locking mechanism next to the door. ID Card access is only available to faculty and staff, Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If access cards are not working correctly or you are not certain, please visit the Public Safety Office in person or call 617.989.4400. For any assistance with access issues, please contact the Department of Public Safety, which is open 24 hours every day. Replacement cards may be obtained at the Copy/ Mail Center located on the first floor of Wentworth Hall. The Copy/ Mail center phone number is 617.989.4055.
Important Update: COVID-19 Response
Dear Faculty and Staff,
I want to thank you for all the efforts made by faculty and staff as we implement our plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your support for our students is vital, particularly during these uncertain times. While this situation is an incredibly dynamic one, we will make every attempt to keep you updated on our plans, and I encourage you to ask questions at any time. The leadership team is continually monitoring developments and the impact on daily operations at Wentworth. Our website will be updated regularly.
Please remember the importance of following CDC guidelines for self-quarantining that are on our COVID-19 website. Each person needs to consider their own circumstances in minimizing risk of exposure. We want to be as flexible as possible in responding to our employees’ needs while still serving our students and meeting the operating needs of the University. Any requests for working remotely or need for flexible and alternate work schedules should be vetted with your manager and Human Resources staff.
Additionally, should you become absent due to contracting the COVID-19 virus, or wish to work remotely due to high risk conditions listed on our website, the University will temporarily suspend the requirement for employees to provide medical documentation. Please note, however, that the University reserves the right to request a doctor’s note or other documentation upon return to work. Should you become disabled from working due to COVID 19-related illnesses, we are instituting a ten-day paid administrative leave. All absences should be reporting through your normal departmental procedure.
We are encouraging supervisors to be flexible and to allow for remote working as much as possible when any employee requests such arrangements. Remote working requires that you are available during your regular work schedule via phone, email, Skype, and Zoom.
Due to an overabundance of caution, some employees have been reassigned to work from home today surrounding potential exposure from a third-party source. We have no current reports of any faculty, staff, or students having tested positive for COVID-19 virus. These steps to temporarily assign employees to work from home are to protect and support these individuals and those around them. We will keep you apprised of any developments with timely and transparent information.
Please note that any employee returning from travel internationally will be required to work remotely for 14 days following their return.
For employees who would like to drive to work, Public Safety will provide temporary parking permits which will expire May 6, 2020. The parking permit allows parking in any lot other than the West Lot. They may be obtained at the Public Safety Office any day or time of the week. Please expect to provide name, contact information, vehicle description and plate number. Persons requiring any special accommodation for retrieving permits may call or email Helen Walker at Public Safety at 617-989-4400.
For employees who have our health insurance coverage, co-pays will be waived for testing as it relates to the COVID-19 virus with the costs for those tests paid for by Wentworth.
Respectfully Yours, Mark A. Thompson, Ph.D. President
Flexibility for Employees
Faculty and staff will continue working from campus. We know that Covid-19 is especially concerning for vulnerable populations. Members of our faculty and staff may have heightened concerns about exposure to the virus at work and the risk of disease transmission. To that end, we want to reiterate that if you are sick, or think you are sick, please stay at home. Please contact your medical care provider and follow their advice.
Faculty and staff who are considered high risk will be able to work remotely. Anyone with questions about their ability to work remotely due to heightened health risk, as outlined above, should consult with their supervisor and/or Human Resources to coordinate.
The CDC has identified several high-risk groups:
Personal Travel Plans
Faculty and staff who have personal international travel plans should share those plans with their supervisor to ensure we can manage return to campus plans appropriately.
Resources for Faculty
Learning Innovation and Technology has created resources to help faculty prepare to deliver their courses remotely.