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COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies

At Babson College, we have two guiding principles when it comes to our pandemic policies: the health and safety of our community members and assurance of academic continuity.

Our COVID-19 policies continue to emphasize personal responsibility within the recommendations of public health officials and consultants. This direction is aligned with local, state, and federal guidance as well as with our environmental health and safety consultants.

Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to carefully monitor conditions on campus and locally, making adjustments to our policies and protocols as needed.

Anyone who is not feeling well or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should remain at home and not come to campus/attend in-person class.

Students

We have highlighted portions of the current COVID-19 Health and Safety plan below. For more information and specific instructions relating to our COVID-19 Health and Safety plan, please download the COVID-Specific Health and Safety Policy for Students (pdf).

  • All community members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any appropriate boosters, before returning to campus.
  • Timely submission of proof of vaccination is required.
  • Please visit our Compliance Portal for details.
  • Please take a COVID rapid test within 24 hours before you return to campus. Be sure to notify Health Services of any positive tests done outside of the health center.
  • Please bring COVID-19 rapid tests with you for your use on campus. Eight free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests are available to U.S. households — Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests.
  • Symptomatic testing is available for students at Health Services.
  • Babson is partnering with Color and The Broad Institute for symptomatic COVID-19 testing. Students are encouraged to create a Color account in advance of testing needs.

Testing FAQs

When will I get my results?

Results typically take 1–3 days, though the actual time may vary. If you feel you are experiencing severe or worsening symptoms, seek medical care immediately. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people experiencing the following symptoms get emergency medical attention: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to stay awake or wake after sleeping, bluish lips or face.

How will I receive my results?

You will receive your results online. Color will send you a text and email notification as soon as they are available, and you will log into your Color account to view them. When you click on your report, you will be able to download it to easily share with your doctor.

Who will see my test results?

You, the provider who ordered your test and the staff of Babson College Health Services will receive a copy of or have access to your results. Color will also share your results with your state and/or local health department, as required by law. 

Why does Color say I am not eligible when I try to create an account?

Please ensure that you are entering your Babson email address correctly. If you are still experiencing an error, please contact support@color.com.

Why do I enter my local address and not my home address when registering?

In the event of a positive test result, notification goes to the Local Board of Health in the town associated with the positive test sample. For example, if you live in Wellesley during school but listed Springfield, the Springfield Board of Health receives the notification and this significantly delays processing for public health officials.

Color Patient Support

Available to test participants regarding accessing test results or any testing issues.

Email: mycovidtest@color.com 
Phone: 844-352-6567
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. ET

Masks are welcome for those who choose to wear them but are no longer required on campus except in designated areas, including Health Services and Sports Medicine at BRAC and on College-provided transportation (shuttles, vans). Those locations will be clearly marked that masks are required.

  • Please bring your own masks to visit any location where masks are required.
  • Per CDC policy, masks are required for an additional five days for those community members who completed a five-day isolation period following a positive test.
  • We expect kindness and respect for any individual decisions around when or whether to wear a mask.

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID, you do not need to quarantine as long as you remain asymptomatic, regardless of your vaccination status. You must wear a mask any time you are around others inside your home or indoors in public for the 10 days following your exposure, unless you are unable to mask*.

If you were exposed and develop symptoms at any time, isolate and take a test and stay home until you know the result. If the result is positive, follow isolation protocols. If your test is negative or if you have remained asymptomatic, take a test on day 6.

  • If you have not had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you can test with either a rapid antigen or PCR test.
  • People who had COVID-19 in the last 90 days should test with a rapid antigen test, not a PCR test.
  • People who had COVID-19 in the last 30 days are not recommended to test on day six but should use a rapid antigen test if they develop any symptoms.
* You are unable to consistently wear a mask due to young age or medical or behavioral condition.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate, regardless of vaccination status. Isolation space on campus is limited. Non-residential students who test positive must isolate off campus. Residential students are asked to isolate off campus. Students who test positive and must remain on campus will isolate in place. Only in rare circumstances will a dedicated isolation space be provided. Students in on-campus isolation must remain in their isolation space as often as possible. The majority of meals will be grab-and-go. Students will have the option of being assigned a case manager who will check in daily to help answer questions and explain the process.

On day six, you may return to campus activities while masked for an additional five days, if:

  1. your symptoms have improved,
  2. you have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications, and
  3. you have completed five full days of isolation.

All meals are grab-and-go for the additional five-day period. You must continue to wear a mask for those additional five days in public places and around others.

It is up to individual students to notify their faculty members of a positive test result. Please work with faculty to ensure you have access to class work while sick. Please follow the guidelines outlined in each course syllabus. As class policies may differ, check with faculty on absent policies.

Due to vaccination and masking protocols, as well as following common sense sanitization and handwashing procedures, you will not need to relocate. A test is recommended after day five of exposure, or if you experience any symptoms.

Visitors are welcome in permitted public areas of campus.

Advanced cleaning and disinfecting methods and protocols will continue to be deployed. Enhanced air filtration systems implemented over the past year will remain in place.

Faculty & Staff

All Babson College community members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any appropriate boosters, before returning to campus. Timely submission of proof of vaccination is required and can be uploaded to Workday.

For questions related to entering your booster or vaccine information, please email Jennifer Forbes, Director of Benefits, or see Getting Started: Adding Your COVID-19 Booster Information (pdf).

Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should remain home, contact their physician, and be tested off-campus. Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests.

It is the individual student’s responsibility to notify their faculty members of a positive test result to ensure they have access to class work while sick. Faculty members are reminded to review classroom policies at the start of the semester to ensure students are clear on expectations.

  • Masks continue to be welcome for those who choose to wear them.
  • Masks are required in designated areas including Health Services and Sports Medicine at BRAC and on College-provided transportation (shuttles, vans). Those locations will be clearly marked that masks are required.
  • Per CDC policy, masks are required for an additional five days for those community members who completed a five-day isolation period following a positive test.

Employees who test positive are asked to confidentially provide that information to our nurse practitioner at employeehealth@babson.edu.

If you test positive, you must remain home and isolate in place for at least five days. On day six, you may return to campus activities while masked for an additional five days, if:

  1. your symptoms have improved,
  2. you have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications, and
  3. you have completed five full days of isolation.

CDC requires that you must continue to wear a mask for an additional five days in public places and around others.

There are no changes to travel policy at this time. We will update you should that change.

Advanced cleaning and disinfecting methods and protocols will continue to be deployed. Enhanced air filtration systems implemented over the past year will remain in place.

Visitors, Vendors, & Suppliers

Babson community members or business units who are hosting visitors are responsible for ensuring that they adhere to Babson’s health guidelines and campus protocols. Specific guidelines for visitors may vary by College department. We ask that visitors familiarize themselves with any specific guidance prior to visiting campus.

Visitors, vendors, and suppliers who feel sick or who are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 must contact their host/department and should not come to campus.

All vendor employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Masks continue to be welcome for those who choose to wear them.
  • Masks are required in designated areas, including Health Services and Sports Medicine at BRAC and on College-provided transportation (shuttles, vans). Those locations will be clearly marked that masks are required.
  • Per CDC policy, masks are required for an additional five days for those community members who completed a five-day isolation period following a positive test.

Last updated Thursday, September 1, 2022

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