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2020-2021 Student Code of Conduct Addendum

This document was updated on January 11, 2021.

Purpose of this Addendum

To best support the health and well-being of the campus community during the current COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure compliance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), local, state, and federal requirements, orders, mandates, guidelines, and/or law, specific policies have been established to align student behavior with the requirements of the University. This addendum will be effective August 15, 2020 and remain in place until further notice is given.

It is expected that students read and understand these policies. Failure to comply with policies may result in disciplinary proceedings that could impact your status as a student. Questions regarding this addendum should be directed to the Dean of Students Office at dos@wit.edu or by calling (617) 989-4702.

For complete details on the University policies surrounding re-entry and COVID-19, please refer to the Spring 2021 COVID-19 Campus Plan, which can be accessed through myWentworth.

Policies

Face Coverings 1

In consideration of guidance set forth by the CDC as well as regulations at both the state and local level, all students must wear a face covering/mask. Face coverings/masks should cover the mouth and nose of the individual. Face coverings/masks must be worn in all public spaces on campus, including, but not limited to, outdoor pathways, academic buildings, Beatty cafeteria, and in the hallways and common spaces of all residence halls. Students who are dining together in a public space should ensure that they are wearing their face covering/mask at the completion of their meal.

Physical Distancing 2

  • The University follows CDC guidance in defining physical distancing, wherever possible, unless otherwise required by the activity.
  • Physical distancing, also called “social distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. The University defines “home” as your on- or off-campus housing. To practice social or physical distancing:
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

Gatherings3

In consideration of guidance set forth by the CDC as well as regulations at both the state and local level:

  • To maintain physical distancing, indoor gatherings greater than 10 will not be permitted on campus. Outdoor gatherings greater than 25 will not be permitted on campus. Face coverings/masks must be worn, and 6-feet must always be maintained regardless of the number of people gathered.
  • Students living in the residence hall must comply with specific guidelines or restrictions as outlined in the Spring 2021 Housing Agreement Addendum.

Students who are found in violation of hosting a social gathering or party on-campus will face separation from the University.

 

For students residing off-campus: To ensure you are practicing social distancing, you should limit the number of guests in your home. Creating situations where there are large group gatherings, you are putting yourself, others, and the community at risk of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

The University and its members have an obligation to protect the health and wellness of our neighboring communities especially during this public health crisis; therefore, complaints forwarded to the University for gatherings that are considered disruptive, a risk to public health, and/or a violation of local, state, and federal requirements, orders, mandates, guidelines and/or laws will be reviewed and addressed swiftly and may have more severe consequences.

Students who are found in violation of hosting a social gathering or party off-campus will face separation from the University.

Guests

  • Guests will not be permitted on campus, including but not limited to, academic buildings, campus center, cafeteria, and residence halls. Access to residence halls is limited to those students assigned to that building. Additional information on residential restrictions can be found in the Spring 2021 Housing Agreement Addendum.

Capacity Restrictions

  • The capacity of spaces across campus has been reduced to account for social distancing. Students are expected to adhere to the posted capacity restrictions for all spaces on campus, including but not limited to, academic, recreational, common, office and residential spaces.

Adherence to Club/Organization Guidelines

  • Student clubs/organizations must adhere to the guidelines set forth for meetings and programming. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will addressed by the Center which oversees that club/organization. The Student Organization Manual Addendum, which can be accessed through myWentworth.

Self-Monitoring/Testing

  • Students who live on campus, are required to come to campus, or live in Boston must monitor their symptoms daily through CoVerified. This includes temperature taking.
  • Students who live on campus, are required to come to campus, or live in Boston must comply with the testing protocol set forth by the University

Disclosure of symptoms/positive test/possible exposure

  • Students must notify the University, either through the CoVerified app or to the COVID Contact Tracing and Case Management Team at c19team@wit.edu, if they are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, if they have tested positive, or may have had a possible exposure. Failure to disclose this information restricts the University’s ability to respond and places the campus and surrounding community at risk.
  • Students who are experiencing symptoms or believe they may be sick, must stay off-campus or in their assigned residence hall bedroom and comply with directives given by COVID Contact Tracing and Case Management Team.
  • Actively participate in Contact Tracing as outlined in the Spring 2021 COVID-19 Campus Plan, which can be accessing through myWentworth.

Isolation and Quarantine

  • Students must adhere to University protocol which can be reviewed in the o Spring 2021 COVID-19 Campus Plan, which can be accessed through myWentworth.
  • Students must comply with University isolation/quarantine protocols until they receive notification of discontinuation clearance from the COVID-19 Team.

Falsification of symptoms/positive test

  • Students who falsify their symptoms or results of COVID-19 testing are unnecessarily using University resources and endangering the safety of the campus community.

Good Samaritan Policy

As a community committed to Social Solidarity, we are each responsible for adherence to these guidelines and are encouraged to speak up when we see others not in compliance. We understand that in some situations, other factors, may prevent a student from speaking up or reporting non-compliance. These factors may include, but are not limited to, the presence of alcohol in a room or guests in space where they are not permitted. To continue to promote a culture of students seeking assistance, we are expanding the Good Samaritan Policy to include good faith reporting of non-compliance with COVID guidelines. The personal use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, and/or other illegal substances in the presence of COVID non-compliance will not be adjudicated through the Student Code of Conduct if the non-compliance is reported to a University official. The reporting party and those involved may be asked to participate in an educational conversation about the presence and/or use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, and/or other illegal substances. The use of the Good Samaritan Policy will be used at the discretion of the Dean of Students office.

Sanctions

If a student is found responsible for violating any of the above policies, they will be subject to all available sanctions which can be imposed through the Student Code of Conduct. Given the seriousness of this pandemic and the significant impact it can have on our community, violations of these policies could result in the following:

Disciplinary Warning

Students placed on disciplinary warning are afforded the opportunity to change their behavior to align with the University’s expectation. This disciplinary standing can and will be considered in any future violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Loss of On-Campus Access

Students who lose on campus access will need to complete their courses remotely. This disciplinary standing prevents a student from accessing all campus property, which includes campus grounds, academic and residential buildings. Students will not receive a credit or refund for room or board charges.

University Suspension

University Suspension is a separation from the university for a designated period. Students who are suspended from the University are restricted from all University premises and activities, including but not limited to, course registration, class attendance, participation in co-curricular activities and University housing. Students returning from University Suspension must contact the Assistant Dean of Students at least two weeks prior to the semester of their return and follow any additional sanctions assigned to them. A person’s presence on Wentworth property upon during University Suspension will be viewed as trespassing and may be subject to arrest.

University Expulsion

University Expulsion is a permanent separation from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Students are prevented and prohibited from completing any academic progress towards a Wentworth degree including registering for coursework, attending classes or being present in or on Wentworth property. Students are administratively withdrawn from their courses and therefore will not receive grades for their academic work for the semester this sanction is implemented. Students must also turn in their Wentworth issued laptop to DTS immediately to avoid being charged the full value of the unit. A person’s presence on Wentworth property upon being expelled will be viewed as trespassing and may be subject to arrest.

As the University receives information regarding changing federal, state, and local orders, mandates, guidelines, and/or laws, we reserve the right to amend this addendum. Notification of these changes will be sent to students through their University assigned email.


1 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

2 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html

3 Gathering guidelines are determined using guidance from the Governor, therefore this may change if state regulation changes. Students will be notified via University email of any changes to gatherings.