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Worcester Campus

Pursuant to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s order, all physical MCPHS campuses will be closed until until at least Monday, May 4, 2020. However, all coursework will continue through our online platforms.

On-Campus Residents

Worcester residential students are not required to move out of their rooms. However, if you have concerns about remaining on campus, please contact the Residence Life professional staff member who supervises your building (Rachel Newman for 25 Foster Street and 379 Main Street; Garland Mann-Lamb for Lincoln, Lancaster and Salisbury).

The University has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Due to the rapidly evolving circumstances and out of an abundance of caution, we are taking steps to minimize gatherings and limit space access.

Effective Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, at 5:00 pm and until further notice:

  • All residence halls will only be open to residents living in the building.
  • Residents may be asked to show their MCPHS student ID and have their resident status verified by MCPHS staff.
  • The guest policy remains suspended. All non-resident students and outside guests will be denied entry to on-campus facilities, including the library and classrooms.
  • Lockers will not be available after 3/18 at 5pm. You may not access lockers after this time. You may keep your items in your locker. We will not clear out lockers or cut locks.

Please see below for more specific information regarding your residence hall.

Residents will only be allowed in the following building areas:

  • Their individual residential room. The guest policy remains suspended. No one but the resident(s) should be present in a residential room.
  • Mailboxes
  • 7 Lancaster basement for laundry (no social gathering)

 

Residents will only be allowed in the following building areas:

  • Their individual residential room. The guest policy remains suspended. No one but the resident(s) should be present in a residential room.
  • Mailboxes
  • 11 Lancaster basement for laundry (no social gathering)

 

Residents will only be allowed in the following building areas:

  • Their individual residential room. The guest policy remains suspended. No one but the resident(s) should be present in a residential room.
  • Mailboxes
  • 15 Lancaster basement for laundry (no social gathering)


Residents will only be allowed in the following building areas:

  • Their individual residential room. The guest policy remains suspended. No one but the resident(s) should be present in a residential room.
  • Mailboxes

Residents will only be allowed in the following building areas:

  • Their individual residential room. The guest policy remains suspended. No one but the resident(s) should be present in a residential room.
  • Mailboxes

Residents will only be allowed in the following building areas:

  • Their individual residential room. The guest policy remains suspended. No one but the resident(s) should be present in a residential room.
  • Mailboxes
  • 72 Salisbury basement for laundry (no social gathering)

Residents will only be allowed in the following building areas:

  • Their individual residential room. The guest policy remains suspended. No one but the resident(s) should be present in a residential room.
  • Foster basement for laundry (no social gathering)
  • Trash room on their floor
  • Foster 6th -floor mailboxes
  • Foster café for grab-and-go food (no social gathering)
  • Foster 9th floor for individual supervised quiet study. Supervised quiet study will be monitored by Public Safety. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm

Residents will only be allowed in the following building areas:

  • Their individual residential room. The guest policy remains suspended. No one but the resident should be present in a residential room.
  • Lincoln basement for laundry and mail access (no social gathering)
  • Trash room on their floor
  • Lincoln 9th-floor kitchen for cooking (no social gathering)
  • Lincoln café for grab-and-go food (no social gathering)
  • Lincoln 6th floor for individual supervised quiet study. Supervised quiet study will be monitored by Public Safety. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm

Main Street residents will only be allowed in the following building areas:

  • Their individual residential room. The guest policy remains suspended. No one but the resident(s) should be present in a residential room.
  • Mailboxes
  • Laundry and trash room on their floor (no social gathering)

We understand that these measures may impact your routine and appreciate your help in keeping our communities safe and healthy. Please continue to monitor the University’s COVID-19 webpage and your MCPHS email for the most up to date information.

  • In addition to the University measures above, we encourage you to practice good hygiene practices, self-care, and social distancing (see flyer below). For those of you looking for local eateries and virtual activities, please visit this site for alternatives in the Worcester area.

RA Staff/Office

  • Effective March 16, 2020 the RA offices at Lincoln Square, Foster Street and Salisbury Street will be closed until further notice.
  • Some RA staff will remain on campus, but their role will be modified. For the week of March 16th, there will not be RAs on call. Beginning the week of March 23, RAs will be on-call on a limited basis.
  • Please direct any questions you would typically ask your RA to professional staff: Rachel Newman (for 379 Main Street and Foster) or Garland Mann-Lamb (for Salisbury, Lancaster, and Lincoln).
  • The RA and Residence Life staff will not be holding programs or large-scale events for the remainder of Spring 2020.

Mail/Packages

  • Mail will continue to be delivered to your mailbox, though it may be on a more limited basis. Access to your mailbox will not change.
  • Packages may be picked up at the Public Safety Desks at 10 Lincoln Square and 25 Foster Street. Please pick-up your package as soon as you are able upon receiving notification from Public Safety (via e-mail) that it is there. If you receive package notification and know you will NOT be able to pick it up in a timely manner, please respond to the e-mail notification so your package can be stored.
  • We ask that you limit package delivery to only necessary items at this time.

Emergency Response/On-call

  • The professional Residence Life staff will continue to serve on-call for emergency issues outside business hours.
  • For any urgent issues outside business hours, please contact Public Safety at 508-373-5800. Public Safety will continue to be on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • For the week of March 16, there will not be RAs on call. Beginning the week of March 23, RAs will be on call on a limited basis.
  • Please contact Public Safety (508-373-5800) if you are locked out. Public Safety officers will be the only staff conducting lock-outs. You may need to wait if the officers are responding to other situations.

Campus Resources

  • The gym at 25 Foster Street is closed.
  • The cafes at 25 Foster Street and Lincoln Square will remain stocked and accessible for the time being.
  • Some faculty and staff will transition to telecommuting. Staff will be available to you, but they may not be available in person. Email is the best way to communicate. Staff can set up phone meetings with you.

Social Distancing

  • We encourage all students to practice good hygiene and social distancing habits. You should not congregate in common spaces (lounges, hallways, café, etc). Visit the CDC website for guidelines on social distancing practices and more.
  • The guest policy has been suspended until further notice. Only students with current MCPHS lanyards/IDs will be permitted into the residence halls. If you have specific inquires regarding planned visits, please contact the professional staff members for your building.

Off-Campus Residents

Although we are moving to online classes, and some students may decide to go home to family, it is not advisable to break (suddenly end) a lease. There could be serious financial implications including a reduction in credit score if you break a lease. A lease is a legally binding agreement. Please review your lease and communicate with your landlord directly. See the information found here about moving out. No matter what is stated in your lease, you should give your landlord at minimum a 30-day notice.

You can also find information about Massachusetts Laws from both a landlord and tenant perspective.

Again, we thank you for all your efforts and cooperation during this unprecedented challenge.