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Testing & Contact Tracing

  • Will COVID-19 testing be conducted on campus? If so, how often and will there be a cost to students, faculty, or staff?

    Yes. Wentworth is requiring once per week testing for all students, faculty, staff, and vendors studying, living, or working on campus this summer. This requirement applies to unvaccinated and vaccinated persons. Symptom monitoring should continue and be reported daily via the CoVerified app.

  • What method of COVID-19 testing is the University using?

    We are using anterior nares (lower nostril) testing method, not the nasopharyngeal swab. This test is far less invasive and much more comfortable for the individual.

  • Should there be a surge of COVID-19 this fall, what is the threshold for determining whether to vacate campus and switch to remote learning?

    We will be working closely with our medical experts, following city and state health requirements and guidelines, and monitoring our campus environment closely. Wentworth has established a comprehensive Early Warning Indicator Guide to help safely guide its decisions. 

  • Do I have to schedule an appointment for a test?

    While walk-ins are always welcome, scheduling an appointment is highly encouraged to assist in reducing wait times for testing. Everyone is strongly encouraged to schedule their weekly testing time using the CoVerified app, and appointments can be made for 5-10 minutes from the time they are scheduled.

  • Where do I get my test results?

    Test results are available through the CoVerified app under the ‘TESTING TAB’. In the top right corner of the app, click on the clipboard icon [See Steps 1-3 below].

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  • My residence hall tests on Mondays, can I test on another day based on my class schedule?

    No. All students must adhere to the testing schedule for their residence hall. Athletes will continue to follow their weekly team testing schedule. If for good reason, you cannot test on your designated day, contact the C19 Team and apply for an exception to test on an alternative date instead.

  • I am only on campus every other week. Do I still need to be tested weekly?

    Yes. Everyone who comes to campus must comply with Wentworth’s weekly surveillance testing protocol. Please note that test results from outside providers cannot replace mandatory surveillance testing at Wentworth’s Test Hub.

    In situations where faculty, staff and students come to campus every other week, we ask that you still test weekly. This will ensure that your CoVerified status remains cleared and also helps to ensure that everyone who comes to campus will be tested on a weekly basis.

    If you are a faculty member, staff member, or student who comes to campus less frequently than every other week, you will need to schedule a test at the Wentworth Test Hub during the week before you come to campus. You will also need to schedule a test during the week(s) you are on campus. This ensures that Wentworth is testing everyone before their arrival on campus after an extended absence, and those who are on campus each week.

    In those cases where faculty and staff are coming to campus only once or twice during the semester, such visits must first be approved by the divisional Vice President to ensure they are necessary to the mission of the department. Anyone with departmental approval must first test at the Wentworth Test Hub and also receive a negative test before they may come onto campus to perform work.

  • I live in Boston off-campus and take only online courses [or I am on co-op], do I still have to come to campus for weekly testing?

    Yes. All students living within the city of Boston should participate in Wentworth’s weekly surveillance testing, regardless of whether you are attending in-person classes or not. When you first log into CoVerified, you must be sure to take yourself off of “REMOTE” status. You will then be able to access the app to report your symptoms daily, schedule tests weekly at Wentworth’s Test Hub, and access your test results at any time.

  • If I leave campus for the weekend do I have to get tested when I return to campus?

    It is NOT recommended that students travel off-campus or out of state. While traveling, students need to track their symptoms daily in CoVerified. Upon returning to Boston, students must test for COVID-19 immediately at the WIT Test Hub, comply with quarantine orders, cooperate fully with instructions from the WIT COVID-19 Team, and then resume weekly testing protocols for their specific residence hall.

  • I have an in-person class, but the CoVerified app says that I am restricted until I receive my test result back. What should I do if I cannot attend class?

    You should make every effort to ensure that your status is CLEARED on the CoVerified app well in advance of class. If you cannot attend class due to your restricted status, you should contact your instructor as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements.

  • Am I required to report my positive test results even if I obtain them somewhere else?

    Yes. Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must notify the COVID-19 Team. All currently enrolled students – including remote and co-op students – must notify the COVID-19 Team of any positive test results. The university will engage in contact tracing in cooperation with the MA Department of Public Health, the Boston Public Health Commission, and/or another state or municipal public health agency.

  • Do student commuters have to be tested?

    If a commuter student is living off campus and is required to be on campus for a lab or studio, they will be required to be tested weekly at no charge.

Vaccination

  • Will Wentworth require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19?

    In order to keep maintain campus operations in a safe and effective way, Wentworth has required that all students who are living on campus or registered for classes or co-op, or coming to campus for activities, athletics, events, or any other kind of anticipated on-campus presence in the 2021-22 academic year to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is to protect the health and safety of our entire university and the community that surrounds us, particularly those among us at increased risk for severe illness from the virus.

    Public health experts advise that COVID-19 booster shots are critical to enhancing immunity and public health. Accordingly, Wentworth will require all students — who are eligible for the booster — to demonstrate that they have had the booster shot by January 18, 2022 (or within two weeks of when they become eligible during the Spring 2022 semester).

    Additionally, in compliance with the City of Boston’s “B Together” vaccine mandate issued on December 20, Wentworth will now require all Wentworth employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as well as to secure a booster vaccine when they become eligible

  • Why is Wentworth requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19?  

    We are requiring students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of our entire university and the community that surrounds us, particularly those among us at increased risk for severe illness from the virus. The vaccinations are effective and the best way for us to ensure that we can create the most engaging and rewarding experience for everyone this fall. A fully vaccinated student population will help to prevent severe infections and long-term adverse health effects of COVID-19, reduce transmission of COVID-19 at the university and in the Boston community, and create a safer and more secure community by alleviating anxiety for those fearful of the virus.  

  • Are students enrolled in co-ops during the 2021-22 academic year required to be fully vaccinated?  

    Yes, all Wentworth students are required to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and booster. Students enrolled in co-ops will be a part of the campus community during the 2021-2022 academic year and are expected to be fully vaccinated. 

  • What COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States?  

    Currently, if you live in the U.S. you must receive one of the following vaccines in order to meet Wentworth’s fully vaccinated requirement: 

    • Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (two doses spaced 3 weeks apart)
    • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (two doses spaced 4 weeks apart)
    • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (one dose)
  • How do I get vaccinated? 

    If you are living in Massachusetts and wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19, please pre-register at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov to be notified when you are eligible to schedule an appointment at one of the state’s current mass vaccination locations. All individuals sixteen or older – including students – who live, work, or study in Massachusetts are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  

    If you are living outside Massachusetts, but in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers links to a nationwide VaccineFinder as well as to your state’s Department of Health. 

    If you are living outside the U.S., please check your local and national public health agency. 

  • Will Wentworth be able to host vaccine clinics for students? 

    Wentworth is currently working to provide an on-site vaccine clinic, and we expect to provide more information soon. 

  • What does it mean to be “fully” vaccinated? 

    According to CDC guidelines, being “fully” vaccinated means having received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and having allowed for two weeks post vaccine. 

  • How do I seek an exemption under Wentworth’s required COVID-19 vaccine policy for students? 

    Wentworth will be adhering to exemption guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Health that are in place for other vaccines.   

    “Medical exemptions (statement from a physician stating that a vaccine is medically contraindicated for a student) must be renewed annually at the start of the school year and religious exemptions statement from a student, or parent/guardian if the student is <18 years of age, stating that a vaccine is against sincerely held religious beliefs) should be renewed annually at the start of the school year.”

    In early June, Wentworth will provide information about where to upload supporting documentation for students qualifying for a medical or religious exemption under the COVID-19 vaccine policy. Questions may be directed to immunizations@wit.edu.  

  • What happens if a student does not meet the deadline to become fully vaccinated? 

    If a student, not otherwise exempt, does not meet the deadline for becoming fully vaccinated before the start of the Fall 2021 semester, the student will not be able to access campus in any way until the student can demonstrate they are fully vaccinated. Wentworth will work with students throughout the summer to support their efforts to become vaccinated. 

  • If I have had the COVID-19 virus, does that mean I need to get vaccinated? 

    Yes, students should be vaccinated regardless of whether they have already had COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible that you could be infected with COVID-19 again.  

  • Are Wentworth faculty, staff, and contractors required to be fully vaccinated? 

    While Wentworth is not requiring it, Wentworth is strongly encouraging faculty, staff, and contractors to become fully vaccinated before September 2021. Many have already been vaccinated, and we anticipated the vast majority of faculty, staff, and contractors will be fully vaccinated by the beginning of the fall semester given the public health importance of having all community members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  We are also working to assist our employees in securing their vaccines including supporting upcoming clinics.  

  • Once I am vaccinated, do I still need to continue participating in Wentworth’s surveillance testing program? 

    Yes, available vaccines prevent serious illness and death; however, vaccination does not prevent infection or prevent you from passing the virus on to others.  

    We can best think of vaccines as another layer of protection or mitigation measure. For the time being, Wentworth’s policies around mask wearing, physical distancing, participating in COVID-19 surveillance testing, hand hygiene, and other appropriate health and safety protocols will remain unchanged.  

  • How should international students plan and prepare to be fully vaccinated? 

    Wentworth understands that international students face differing circumstances regarding obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination in their home countries. The University is aware that COVID-19 vaccinations may not be readily available in some countries. Wentworth is developing a plan for international students to have the ability to be vaccinated once in the United States, if an international student has not already been fully vaccinated before arrival. Depending on changes in recommendations, international students may need to arrive in the U.S. earlier than the beginning of the fall semester. Wentworth will provide more information directly to international students in June. International students with questions should contact Dena Reuben, Director of International Student Services, via email at ambrosej@wit.edu or by phone at 617-989-4680. 

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Physical Distancing

  • Do I need to wear a mask in outdoor spaces on campus?

    In accordance with CDC guidelines and changes in state and city outdoor masking requirements, Wentworth now does not require that face coverings be worn in outdoor spaces on campus. This relaxing of the mask requirement in outside campus spaces is effective Monday, May 24.

  • Do I need to wear a mask in indoor spaces on campus?

    Masks will continue to be required in public indoor settings on the Wentworth campus. Given that cloth masks are considered largely ineffective in preventing the spread of the virus and the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, only appropriately fitting KN95 or N95 will be permitted. KN95 masks will be distributed at no cost at the Wentworth Testing Hub and will be available at other locations across campus.

    This requirement does not apply to someone who is alone in an office space or within their own room or suite in the residence halls or when someone is eating or drinking.

  • Given the importance and campus requirement of wearing face coverings in all public areas, will the University provide masks to the community free of charge?

    KN95 masks will be distributed at no cost at the Wentworth Testing Hub and will be available at other locations across campus. The University will provide other personal protective equipment as appropriate due to health and safety needs in certain campus settings, such as in laboratories. If you are required to wear protective goggles or face shields while in class, you will be notified by your faculty member and provided with this equipment.

  • What adjustments to residence halls, dining areas, and other common spaces have been done to ensure physical distancing is maintained?

    Residence halls, classrooms, laboratories, studios, dining halls and common spaces have been de-densified, including the removal of furniture, to accommodate physical distancing. Signs, flags, banners and decals will be deployed across the campus to remind members of the Wentworth community that face coverings are required on campus, as well as the need to maintain physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and use the daily symptom tracking app.

Using and Issues with Co-verified App

Symptom Tracking

  • How do I report my symptoms?

    Open the Coverified App and tap the REPORT icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. Select the REPORT SYMPTOMS tab. You will be taken to a list of symptoms that can be associated with COVID-19. If you are not experiencing any of the listed symptoms, select the NO NEW SYMPTOMS option at the top of the list. Then scroll to the bottom of the list and press submit.

    If you are experiencing new symptoms, please select the applicable options from the list provided. Then press ‘SUBMIT’ at the bottom of the screen.

    Note: You are not required to report migraines, allergies, injury related symptoms, or other symptoms that are not new to you. Recurring chronic symptoms or allergies should not be reported.

  • What do I do when I have COVID-19 symptoms?

    In the CoVerified app, first, select ‘REPORT’ in the bottom left corner, and then select ‘REPORT SYMPTOMS’. Check off any new or unexplained symptoms from the list and press ‘SUBMIT’.

    For students: When reporting new symptoms, please call Optum Health Services at (617) 879-5220 or your own medical provider for clinical advice. Students are advised to ask their provider about symptoms and seek their provider’s advice about getting a COVID-19 test and following quarantine protocol.

    For faculty, staff, and vendors: When reporting new symptoms, please call your medical provider for clinical advice and seek your provider’s advice about getting a test for COVID-19 and following quarantine protocol.

    Note: Do NOT come directly to Wentworth’s COVID-19 testing hub if you are experiencing symptoms.

  • I am experiencing symptoms, should I go to the Wentworth Test Hub?

    No. If you are experiencing any symptoms, you should not go to the Wentworth Test Hub. You should submit your daily symptoms report on CoVerified and follow this protocol:

    Students: Stay at home. Do not leave your home, apartment, or dorm room. Call your medical provider or Optum Student Health Services immediately for clinical advice.

    Faculty/staff/vendors: Stay at home. Do not come to campus. Instead, call your healthcare provider for clinical advice and then notify your supervisor.

    After speaking with your medical provider, then you should contact the C19 Team to provide information about your applicable quarantine period and next steps required to help keep the community safe and healthy.

  • I have seasonal allergies, should I report these as “new symptoms?”

    No. Chronic symptoms or seasonal allergy symptoms that are usual for you should not be reported in CoVerified as new symptoms. For example, if you usually experience a runny nose during the fall season due to allergies, then this would not be considered a new symptom for you. Only report symptoms that are new or unexplained.

  • I get migraines, should I report a headache when I get one?

    No. You should only report symptoms if they are new or unexplained. If you regularly have headaches or migraines, then this would not be considered a new symptom for you.

  • I reported symptoms by accident, what should I do?

    Contact the COVID-19 Team at (617) 989-4019 or C19Team@wit.edu. You may also go directly to the Wentworth Test Hub and ask to speak with the nurse on duty.

  • I reported symptoms last week, but the app still shows that I am restricted. What should I do?

    Once you report symptoms, you will automatically be restricted in CoVerified for up to two weeks, which is the standard period of time for quarantine. After consulting with your medical provider, you may follow up with Wentworth’s COVID-19 Team at (617) 989-4019 or C19team@wit.edu to evaluate your clearance status in light of your recently reported symptoms.

Academics

  • How is Wentworth going to resume classes on campus?

    Our ultimate goal has been the safe return of our community to the transformative, hands-on learning experiences that make Wentworth special in the classroom, labs, studios, and other learning spaces on and off campus. This fall, we make a full return to on-campus learning and a “new normal.” The majority of our off-campus, academic experiences in Boston and beyond (within the US) have also returned. Our commitment to hands-on learning is stronger than ever and the lessons we learned from the pandemic will inform our ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation in STEM, design, and leadership education. To that end, learning spaces are at full capacity and our learning partners in the field are ramping up their co-op educational opportunities. We will also strive for the continuity of learning in the case of quarantine or isolation, these practices are essential for our community’s health. Please see the related policies for more information.

  • If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19 and misses academic work due to illness, how will this be handled by faculty?

    The University is committed to working with students to ensure their success and their ability to continue to make academic progress during this pandemic. Every situation will be different based upon the course and what academic work is missed due to illness. Students are advised to consult with their faculty member should they become ill and need assistance to make accommodations for their course work.

Campus Infrastructure - Facilities

Quarantine and Isolation

Compliance and Enforcement of PPE Protocols

  • How will PPE recommendations and other security measures inside residence halls be enforced?

    We expect that every member of our campus community will hold themselves and others accountable to keeping our community safe. Security and oversight in our residence halls will remain the same - a joint partnership between Public Safety, the Office of Housing and Residential Life and students. Like other policy violations, if students are concerned that a member of our community is not complying with policies, they can bring this to the attention of Public Safety, their Residence Director and/or Resident Assistant. Strict compliance is expected by all members of the Wentworth community.

  • What is the University’s plan for those who choose not to comply with the rules and protocols established?

    Everyone is required to play a role in creating the safest environment possible for our community. We will set forth accountability measures that will be communicated and strictly enforced among all members of our community. Appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken for noncompliance and violation of policies set forth.