East Greenwich, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, announced that the university will welcome back students, faculty and staff for the fall term beginning October 5, 2020. Keeping the health and safety of all members of the NEIT community at the forefront, the university’s Re-Opening Plan has been developed in conjunction with recommendations from the Governor’s Office and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). The plan will be amended as needed as NEIT continues to adapt to the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic based on guidance from health and government officials.
NEIT’s goal is to continue to provide its students with a high quality, experiential learning environment that the university is well known for while all members of the campus community work together to protect the health and wellness of one another. Appropriate steps have been implemented in accordance with the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other guidelines as they relate to physical space utilization, cleaning and disinfecting, screening procedures, proper handwashing, wearing cloth face coverings, social distancing and taking personal responsibility to keep the community as safe as possible.
The fall term is scheduled from October 5, 2020 to December 19, 2020. Classes will be offered both on-campus and online to reduce the number of students in classrooms and labs thereby mitigating risks and promoting a healthy environment. On-campus housing will be provided at approximately 50% occupancy utilizing single rooms only. Assistance to locate housing will be provided to students who wish to reside at off-campus facilities.
The dining center, student center, fitness center, library and other places of public assembly will be open on a limited basis and will be operating in accordance with guidelines set forth by RIDOH and the Governor’s Office. Limited on-campus student activities will also be provided. All student support services and administrative offices will be operational in accordance with official guidelines and requirements.
Dr. Sherman stated, “Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to provide well designed on-campus and online academic programs while keeping the campus community as safe as possible. We are committed to supporting all students as they continue to achieve their academic and career goals during this challenging and unprecedented time.”