Babson College will be altering regular operations due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Additional Resources and Support

For questions or concerns not addressed through our communications, please email healthupdate2020@babson.edu.

 

The College asks that all students, faculty and staff review the CDC anti-stigma guidelines issued recently regarding coronavirus. The CDC advises that we collectively focus on the disease that is causing the problem and avoid casting blame on individuals, cultures or nationalities. For example, if you see an individual wearing a protective mask that does not mean the individual is sick, but likely taking extra precautions to protect themselves. This is common in many countries and cultures and should not be ridiculed, judged or stigmatized.

Students who may be affected emotionally by this situation can seek support through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Faculty and staff similarly are encouraged to contact Human Resources for guidance in accessing Babson’s Employee Assistance Program.

Expectations and Directives

The following defines the College’s expectations and directives to best protect our community:

Self-Quarantine

Effective immediately, if you, or a family member, have come into close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been contacted by the Board of Health, you must self-quarantine for 14 days.

In addition, if you have recently traveled to a designated Level 3 country or have plans to do so in the immediate future, you are required to self-quarantine and stay away from Babson’s campuses (Boston, Wellesley or Miami) for 14 days following your return date to the United States, whether or not you are symptomatic.

Utilizing Sick Leave

If an employee feels ill, particularly with flu-like symptoms, they are encouraged to remain at home and contact their primary-care physician.

Managers are asked to contact Human Resources on each case.

Time Reporting

If an employee is sick, they should use available sick time for the period of absence.  Employees who are out of work to care for a spouse, dependent child, domestic partner or parent with flu-like symptoms should use available Family Illness time for the duration of their absence. If the employee does not have available sick or family illness time, please contact the Benefits Department.

Childcare

Employees whose childcare provider/facility or school is not operative due to factors related to COVID-19, are to contact their manager as soon as possible to arrange for time off.

In addition, please be aware there is back up childcare available through the College’s relationship with KinderCare

EAP

Our EAP provider is KGA. KGA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may call KGA at 800-648-9557, or visit KGA's website.

Important reminders on health:

  • If you have any cold or flu symptoms, including fever or respiratory issues, we advise you not to travel as a precautionary measure, even if you are in an unaffected area.
  • Students on campus and feeling ill should contact Health services to schedule an appointment, or visit a local urgent care center before returning home.
  • Staff and Faculty who are sick or have questions about their health are strongly encouraged to contact their personal physician or contact an urgent care center.

While the majority of individuals who have contracted Coronavirus have recovered, it is important that as a community we consider impact on all audiences, regardless of immediate risk exposure. People with the highest risk are pregnant women, individuals with compromised immune systems, and the elderly.

Taking the following preventive measures can help avoid infection:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Frequently disinfect surfaces with wipes.
  • Avoid non-essential travel to highly affected countries or regions in the world.