Follow the University's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 11, 2020
April 9, 2020
Summary of Wentworth’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
[For more complete details and updates, visit the university’s COVID-19 Info Center].
When the full reality of the COVID-19 pandemic began to emerge in March, Wentworth immediately formed a Task Force that has been meeting almost daily since then.
The Task Force has:
- opted to suspend face-to-face learning and on-campus living for the summer 2020 semester (coursework for the summer 2020 semester will be delivered via distance learning).
- moved nearly all students out of the residence halls (those who could not return home were able to remain on campus).
- recalled students from study abroad programs and other international trips.
- helped all non-essential staff to work remotely.
To help prospective undergraduate and graduate students with their decisions about where to pursue their degrees, the University has:
- developed a Virtual Accepted Students’ Day experience.
- offered and will continue to offer Graduate Student Open Houses.
To support existing students Wentworth is:
- refunding roughly a third of the costs for housing, board/meal plan and certain other auxiliary expenses not utilized during the spring 2020 semester.
- providing two-thirds of salaries to a majority of students who were working for the university through early March, even if they are unable to work right now.
- providing grading systems fair to all, including a student option to make any class Pass/No Credit. And those who had to halt their co-ops will receive an appropriate passing credit.
- providing care and counseling to students who need support now more than ever.
- creating a way for all seniors to celebrate their spring graduation later, in August.
The University has been surveying its students, who for the most part report having a good experience transitioning to distance learning.
- April 7, 2020—“This project is part of Wentworth’s DNA,” said Monique Fuchs, associate vice president for innovation and entrepreneurship. “When the community has a need, the university mobilizes.”
- March 20, 2020—Wentworth joins other arts and engineering-based schools in shifting learning opportunities.
- January 16, 2020—Calling it a model example for the rest of the city, Walsh took a personal look at a program that has helped Boston’s youth develop transferable skills for future careers.