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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.
Note: see our Learning in Times of Disruption FAQs for information specific to the shift to distance learning at Worcester State.
Updated: May 26, 2020 4:00 p.m.
We are open with most employees working remotely. Buildings on campus are closed and notice to University Police and card access is required in order to enter buildings.
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/.
In-person services in the library and the Learning Resource Center are closed as of March 16.
Training for faculty is currently in process to introduce new (remote) modalities for teaching and learning. You can find all the relevant information and training schedules here. This includes 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 email@example.com.
After consulting with class officers and soliciting feedback from academic department chairs, President Maloney has decided to postpone the 2020 undergraduate and graduate ceremonies until August.
The new time for undergraduate ceremony will be Friday, August 14, 2020, in the evening, at the DCU Center in Worcester. Our graduate ceremony will take place on Friday, August 28, 2020, at 6 p.m. in the Wellness Center on campus.
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:
All on-campus admission events, including campus tours, information sessions, transfer decision days, and group tours have been canceled through Monday, April 6th. Please do not visit campus during this time. We will update our admissions events calendar as more information becomes available.
Yes. The admissions deposit deadline has been extended from May 1 to June 1, 2020. We want to ensure that you have the information and time you need to make an informed decision on choosing to enroll at Worcester State.
Deposits can be made online at deposit.worcester.edu.
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.
On March 23, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of over 10 people in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. On March 24, the Department of Public Health issued a Public Health Advisory advising residents to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and activities.
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 spring season and championships.
All athletics activities, including all athletic events, team meetings, practices and contests, both on and off campus, have been suspended.