COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

UPDATE Spring Term     (3/22/2019)

In the midst of a very challenging situation due to the spread of COVID-19, NEIT continues to evaluate the guidance of state and federal public health agencies and government officials. NEIT is first and foremost concerned about the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

To maximize the possibility of bringing students back to campus, we are postponing the start of our Spring term for our undergraduate programs to May 4, 2020. NEIT is preparing to start the term in a fully online format and as the term progresses, we will assess, based on guidance from the public health agencies and the government officials, whether we can bring students back on campus to complete the term.

We thank all of you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented global health crisis. We are all in this together.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email your Student Advisor or your Admissions Officer, if you will be a new student beginning in the Spring Term.

UPDATE Spring Break

New England Tech (NEIT) continues to carefully follow the course of the coronavirus outbreak and NEIT staff have been in constant contact with our state health officials.  The policies and procedures described below have been thoughtfully considered by our entire senior staff, including our academic leaders and healthcare experts.  Many colleges and university campuses around the country are instituting similar measures. By acting now, before our students return from spring break, we can put in place practices to prevent the virus from spreading.

I want to emphasize that, at present, there are no known or suspected cases of coronavirus or anyone with symptoms requiring action on the New England Institute of Technology campus. Out of an abundance of caution, however, we are proactively taking the following steps to mitigate the future risk of virus on campus and ensure that all members of the NEIT community stay safe and as healthy as possible during this escalating global health crisis.

  • Although the campus will remain openNEIT will extend Spring Break by an additional 2 weeks until April 5, 2020.  
  • The tentative dates for the Spring term will start on Monday, April 6, 2020 and end on Saturday, June 13, 2020.
  • All University offices will remain open. Based on personal circumstances and departmental needs, some non-essential employees may work from home with their supervisor’s approval. We encourage our staff to engage in social distancing while on campus.
  • We strongly discourage non-essential meetings and will postpone or cancel all upcoming March events of 100 or more people.
  • All students, staff and faculty are urged to monitor their email for further updates.

We know it can be disappointing when plans change and events are cancelled, and we appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work together to maintain the health of the NEIT community. Again, we do not have any cases of coronavirus on campus and we are acting affirmatively for the safety and health of all students, staff and faculty.

The NEIT senior leadership team will continue to monitor the progress of this virus and continue to update protocols and practices to ensure the health and safety of all NEIT students, faculty and staff and to prevent the spread of the virus. We thank you for your cooperation as we begin to institute this new series of policies and practices. The situation remains fluid, and we will continue to keep you updated though emails and our web page.

March 10, 2020 Update

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Break Week

New England Tech (NEIT) continues to be in contact with the Rhode Island Department of Health regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is closely monitoring updates by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  NEIT’s emergency response team (ERT) is monitoring and assessing institutional planning related to the 2019 COVID-19.

Break Week (March 16, 2020 – March 21, 2020): We strongly advise those of you with plans to travel over the break to consult the CDC COVID-19 website for updates on the virus. Advice there includes being up to date on immunizations as well as having a flu shot. A page specific to spring break travel has helpful tips. Students who travel internationally should regularly consult with the state department travel advisory regarding travel restrictions before and during the spring break. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ and  Check email, and NEIT’s Student website, regularly for important updates from NEIT.

March 1, 2020 Update

New England Tech (NEIT) has been in contact with the Rhode Island Department of Health regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is closely monitoring updates by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  NEIT’s emergency response team (ERT) is monitoring and assessing institutional planning related to the 2019 COVID-19.  To date, there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus on any of NEIT’s campuses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people take the following simple but effective cautionary steps:

  • It is not too late to get a seasonal flu vaccine. (Call your primary care provider or stop by any pharmacy as many now offer flu shots.)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes in your elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home, or if you are a resident student, stay in your room, in order to protect yourself and other people.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading any virus to others or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Seek medical care if you are experiencing flu like symptoms.

More information from the CDC about the coronavirus can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html.

Break Week (March 16, 2020 – March 21, 2020): We strongly advise those of you with plans to travel over the break to consult the CDC COVID-19 website for updates on the virus. Advice there includes being up to date on immunizations as well as having a flu shot. A page specific to spring break travel has helpful tips. Students who travel internationally should regularly consult with the state department travel advisory regarding travel restrictions before and during the spring break. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ and  Check email, and NEIT’s Student website, regularly for important updates from NEIT.

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