Fall 2022 Health Protocols
The goal of Worcester State’s Safe Campus planning is to protect the health of the campus–and the broader–community, while enabling students to progress toward their educational goals. Current protocols are subject to change as conditions evolve and we receive further guidance from federal, state, and city health officials. Worcester State is eager to welcome students back to campus as safely as possible.
Updated: August 19, 2022
Mask Optional Campus
Worcester State will continue to be mask optional throughout most of the campus. However, as a mask-friendly campus we encourage mask wearing as a proven and effective tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19:
- Classrooms/Instructional Spaces Masks will be required in all class/lab/studio spaces during scheduled class times for the fall 2022 semester.
- Library Public spaces of the LRC will no longer require individuals to wear a mask unless in a classroom/instructional space during a scheduled class time.
- Shuttles/Transportation Students and employees do not need to wear a mask while on Worcester State shuttles, buses and other vehicles.
- Student Health Services As with all health care settings in Massachusetts, masks will continue to be required when visiting the Student Health Services office.
- Single-Occupancy Offices Employees have the option of requiring that a mask be worn in their individual single-occupancy offices.
Masks will be available throughout the academic year to all members of the Worcester State community. First-floor sanitation carts will continue to be stocked with supplies on a regular basis and are located across campus.
Departments can request replenishment of mask supplies via the Stock Room.
All members of the campus community are required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine or to have an approved waiver on file.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after the primary COVID-19 vaccine series is completed.
- Students All undergraduate, graduate, and all other Worcester State students who are attending in-person classes, conducting research on campus, living in residence halls, or participating in campus life activities are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of classes (September 6, 2022). If you have already submitted your vaccine information or received an approved waiver, you do NOT need to take any further action for the fall semester. All vaccine information should be submitted to the Student Health Services office.
- Employees If you are a current employee who has already provided evidence of your vaccination status or previously requested and received an approved waiver from the vaccination mandate, you do NOT need to take any further action for the fall semester. All vaccine information should be submitted to Employee Services.
Students may request religious and medical exemptions by submitting the vaccination and immunization waiver form found on the Health Services web page (under the Forms & Requirements section). Any questions concerning the student waiver process should be directed to Student Health Services at 508-929-8875 or email@example.com.
Worcester State will not be offering routine weekly surveillance testing for the 2022-2023 academic year, however continual monitoring of health for symptoms is encouraged on a daily basis.
Worcester State will follow the updated guidance from public health officials on quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 and isolation protocols. Additional information on updated quarantine guidelines and isolation can be found here:
If you test positive for COVID-19, you are required to self-isolate regardless of vaccination status. Residential students will receive additional information outlining on campus isolation protocols.
Self-Test Kit Availability
Free rapid test kits will be available to the Worcester State community at the start of the semester at the following campus locations:
- Information Desk in the Student Center
- First floor sanitation carts located throughout campus buildings
- Residence Life and Housing Office in Sheehan Hall
Test kits will be refreshed at the above-listed locations twice weekly based on supply.
Symptomatic testing for students is available through Student Health Services by appointment beginning September 6.
Worcester State strongly encourages students or employees with approved vaccine waivers to test weekly by utilizing free rapid tests that will be available to the campus community.
Worcester State is monitoring updates about the Monkeypox virus. More information about the disease can be found on the City of Worcester and Massachusetts Department of Public Health websites: