Wentworth's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 28, 2020
Summary of Wentworth’s ongoing response
For additional information, visit the university’s COVID-19 Info Center
As soon as the potential threat of the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent in mid-March 2020, Wentworth President Mark A. Thompson formed a Task Force that began meeting regularly to address the crisis. Today, the administration remains laser focused on the Coronavirus outbreak; university officials are closely monitoring the situation, carefully planning for the future.
Among other measures, Wentworth has:
- formed several specialized committees that have begun to develop comprehensive scenario plans for the gradual and safe return to campus. The goal is to restore on-campus operations for Fall 2020 to the extent possible.
- replaced in-person classes with distance and virtual learning for full-time undergraduate students during the Summer of 2020 (and Spring 2020).
- helped all non-essential staff to work remotely.
- assisted faculty members with anything they needed to offer courses in a distance-learning format.
- recalled students from study abroad programs and other international trips.
- moved nearly all students out of the residence halls (those few who could not return home were able to remain on campus).
To help prospective undergraduate and graduate students with their decisions about where to pursue their degrees, the university:
- developed a Virtual Accepted Students’ Day experience.
- created a Virtual Experiences website with all the help you need to make the right college choice.
- offered and will continue to offer Graduate Student Open Houses.
To support existing students Wentworth has been:
- refunding roughly a third of the costs for housing, board/meal plan and certain other auxiliary expenses not utilized during the Spring 2020 semester.
- providing two-thirds of salaries to a majority of students who were working for the university through early March.
- providing grading systems fair to all, including a student option to make any class Pass/No Credit (those who had to halt their co-ops will receive an appropriate passing credit).
- providing care and counseling to students who may need support now more than ever.
- planning for all Spring and Summer 2020 graduates to celebrate their commencements virtually on Aug. 16 and together in person at a date TBD, when it is safe for the community to gather.
- July 2, 2020—A 15-week academic schedule is planned with classes beginning on September 8.
- June 29, 2020—University professors and staff members discuss racial inequality and how race is addressed in academia as Wentworth takes steps to reflect, educate and act.
- June 29, 2020—Part II of our discussion with Nakisa Alborz, David Simpson, Alex Cabal, Rebecca Drossman and Aaron Carpenter on the topic of race.