Wentworth Planning for Return to Campus for Fall 2020 Semester

July 30, 2020

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Wentworth Institute of Technology President Mark A. Thompson has announced the framework for a comprehensive plan to return students to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. The university is planning to offer a combination of in-person, virtual and hybrid instruction, depending on course content and the need for applied learning. Additionally, students will be able to live on campus with numerous public health practices in place.

“While we are confident that we can minimize risk while providing an outstanding education and a high-quality student experience, we will be asking everyone in the community to take individual responsibility for protecting themselves and others," said Thompson.

Key features of the plan include:

  • A 15-week academic schedule with classes beginning on September 8 and ending with a final exam period that concludes on December 15.
  • Across all majors, many lecture-based courses will be delivered through an interactive, virtual learning model for students living on or off campus.
  • Classes such as labs and studios, will be delivered in person with measures in place that will include a combination of personal protective equipment, physical distancing, and cleaning protocols. Using the virtual learning approach for lecture-based courses creates the space that is required to de-densify the labs and studios to achieve public health guidelines.
  • A select group of courses will be delivered in a hybrid model that includes both virtual and in-person learning, when this approach is best suited to achieving learning goals.  
  • Students who need or prefer to remain off campus may elect to complete the entire semester via virtual learning.

Returning to labs, studios and living quarters will require de-densifying space (reducing overall occupancy), health monitoring, testing, use of personal protective equipment including face coverings, physical distancing, strict attention to personal hygiene procedures, contact tracing, and intensive and frequent cleaning of spaces.

“We are focusing heavily on the concept of social solidarity where we are all united in taking individual and collective actions to care for ourselves, each other and our broader community,” said Thompson.

Move-in dates will be expanded and staggered to avoid crowding and allow for physical distancing. In-person co-curricular activities will be modified. Wentworth is collaborating with student leaders to develop innovative engagement opportunities for student clubs, organizations, and events. Overall, dozens of staff and faculty members are working on several teams at Wentworth, guided by medical, public health, and emergency management expertise, to implement best practices for returning to campus.

Thompson noted that plans are subject to change to respond to evolving federal, state, and city regulations, and as conditions around the pandemic fluctuate.

Read about how the Wentworth community has been helping during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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