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We understand that the situation regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. The following reflect the university’s current responses and Worcester State is working in real-time to provide updated, accurate information to our community and to continue to answer questions as they arise.
Note: see our Learning in Times of Disruption FAQs for information specific to the shift to distance learning at Worcester State.
Updated: March 30, 2020 6:30 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.
Yes, a special change in policy has been adopted granting undergraduate students a number of options for the Spring 2020 semester only. See the policy for exact details. In summary:
Worcester State will be crediting resident student accounts for a pro-rated portion of room and board charges as of March 30.
Pro-rated adjustments will be posted to the student's account. If these adjustments result in an overpayment, the student will receive a refund. Processing of adjustments and refunds will begin the week of March 30. Refunds to the student will be processed via direct deposit to the student's bank account. Instruction regarding enrollment in direct deposit can be found on WebAdvisor.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Worcester State residence halls will be closed effective Monday March 30.
All resident students have been sent information via email on when to retrieve their personal belongings from campus. Move out will be completed in two-hour blocks between 9am and 5pm, March 18-20. This will ensure that we limit the number of people in any area to under 25 at a time.
If you cannot move out during your assigned date/time, you will need to contact ResLife at (508) 929-8074 or email@example.com for further assistance.
The university is working with the State of Massachusetts to determine when and how refunds may be made available to resident students. At this point no decisions have been made and we are awaiting guidance from the Commonwealth.
Resident students whose circumstances allow have been asked to leave residences by 7pm on Friday March 13th. Students with extenuating circumstances who need to remain in the residence halls between March 13-28 must submit their request to stay by Thursday March 12 at 10pm. Requests will be responded to by Friday March 13 at 12pm.
Students who are approved to remain on campus will not be allowed to have visitors during the residence closure.
Residential students who have questions with regards to accessing their room should contact Residence Life at 508-929-8077.
If you need to visit a specific office or offices, please call prior to coming to 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.
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.
Congratulations Day for Accepted Students, originally scheduled April 4th, has been canceled.
We are currently exploring options to offer accepted students this important programming in the future when it is safe to do so.
Information regarding upcoming events will be posted on our COVID-19 admissions page, as well as on our accepted student website.
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.
Close contact is defined as:
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.
Staff and Students: Please follow the CDC recommendations regarding returning to the United States from countries with widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission
Staff: If you traveled to, or intend to travel to, a country deemed Level 2 or 3, you must notify Human Resources prior to returning to work.
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.