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From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, the situation rapidly evolved, and new information continues to be made available. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is of the upmost important to us. The following questions and answers reflect how the university is responding to the global pandemic while operating remotely. Many of our in-person services can now be conducted online and by phone. Worcester State continues to work in real-time to provide updated, accurate information to our community and to continue to answer questions as they arise.
Student Health Services is available to provide students with support and information related to the coronavirus. Student Health Services can be reached at 508-929-8875.
Employees who have questions and concerns about the coronavirus should contact Human Resources at 508-929-8117.
Updated: August 11, 2020 12:00 p.m.
Worcester State has long supported students in need with the Student Emergency Fund, which assists Worcester State students by providing limited emergency financial support when they need assistance with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable circumstances that jeopardize their ability to successfully continue in school. More information about this fund can be found at https://www.worcester.edu/Student-Emergency-Fund/.
Additionally, information related to the CARES Act funds received by Worcester State can be found at https://www.worcester.edu/CARES-Act/.
Training for faculty has included accessibility considerations, as well as methods of teaching that are not fully online.
To discuss your personal situation, please reach out to Student Accessibility Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, must inform Health Services at 508-929-8875.
Close contact is defined as:
Admission events, including campus tours, information sessions, transfer decision days, and group tours are being offered in a variety of modalities. Please review our Visit Us page, as well as our Transfer Students page, and find our admissions events calendar for more information.
Faculty and staff must contact Susan Moore, Executive Director for Human Resources, at 508-929-8117 if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if they have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
Please call in sick per your normal departmental protocol and use sick time to cover your absence. If you are absent in order to care for a family member, you should use sick-in-family.
Employees should use personal, vacation, and/or compensatory time to cover their absence for the purpose of caring for a child until they can arrange for alternative childcare.
Depending upon the employee’s role at the university, and with authorization from Human Resources, other options may be available. Please contact Susan Moore, Executive Director for Human Resources via email to inquire about your options.
The University is committed to working with employees and their health care provider to determine appropriate avenues for the maintenance of their well-being. If you have concerns about your ability to remain in the workplace because of a pre-existing medical condition or similar higher-risk situation, please contact Sue Moore directly for further discussion at 508-929-8117 or by email.
Supervisors should not approve any work-from-home or other alternative modality options for their employees without the authorization of Human Resources. Specific parameters and guidelines will be set for any reasonable accommodations put in place. The supervisor will be involved in the conversation as it relates to the responsibilities of the job. Medical information will remain confidential in Human Resources.
Given that the best way to prevent the virus is to avoid being exposed to it in the first place, all members of our campus community are encouraged to be vigilant in practicing social distancing (minimum of 6' between individuals).
Please follow the CDC's guidelines on how best to protect yourself. This includes:
For information regarding the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, please visit their coronavirus information page.
Worcester State University, the MASCAC, and the NCAA have canceled the fall season and championships.
All athletics activities, including all athletic events, team meetings, practices and contests, both on and off campus, have been suspended.