Safety Protocols

Campus Safety Protocols

Our top priority, at all times, is the health and safety of our community.

Bringing Babson Together requires the attention and diligence of everyone. The following mandatory safety protocols (which may change or shift according to health, safety, or government guidance) must be followed by all Babson College students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and visitors to campus.

Students, please review COVID Specific Health and Safety Policy for Students (pdf).

Dear Babson Community,

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued a new series of executive orders – effective Friday, November 6 – in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases across the state. Earlier this week, Massachusetts reported its seven-day average positivity rate as 1.78% statewide. In comparison, here at Babson, our community’s seven-day average positivity rate is 0.12%.

Over 10 plus weeks of testing, as of Monday’s results, we have identified a total of 20 cases with no evidence of secondary transmission. Student and employee testing compliance has been ranging between 95% and 97%, and our efforts to follow health and safety protocols – and keep our community together – have been working. 

That said, we must be vigilant about ongoing testing, symptoms monitoring, physical distancing, face covering, hand washing, and compliance with new executive orders in the coming days and weeks. Adhering to these protocols is critical to keeping us on campus as planned.

Beginning Friday, November 6, our community will meet the new executive orders, which are outlined below and include a stay-at-home advisory and revised gathering limits.

Our community has come together in many ways to support each other and safely maintain our presence on campus throughout this pandemic. We recognize the toll these restrictions place on all of our lives; however, we must collectively increase our vigilance to keep our community healthy, safe and together. Your diligence and support are needed now, more than ever.

Thank you,

Kelly Lynch, Chief Operating Officer
Lawrence P. Ward, Ed.D., Vice President and Dean of Campus Life

MA Exec Order and Stay at Home Advisory 11/5

Face Masks

All students and employees are required to wear face masks in accordance with CDC guidelines in all facilities and shared spaces, including outdoor spaces and while traveling across campus, regardless of whether you can maintain six feet of distance

  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19. Gaiters are not allowed as face coverings on Babson campuses.
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Mask or face covering required while riding in a car with people who are not members of your household. 
  • Runners/walkers, on or off campus, must be masked.

The full student face mask policy can be found in COVID Specific Health and Safety Policy for Students (pdf).

Mask Placed Correctly.

Mask placed correctly.

Wash your hands before touching your mask

Wash your hands before touching your mask.

Ensure the proper side of the mask is facing outward.

Ensure the proper side of the mask is facing outward.

Fully cover your mouth and nose. Be sure there are no gaps in coverage.

Fully cover your mouth and nose. Be sure there are no gaps in coverage.

Mask placed correctly

Place the mask correctly.

Hand-washing

We have providing hand-sanitizing stations in public spaces across campus. To assist in our efforts to protect the health of our community, we ask that community members take the following preventive measures that can help avoid infection:

  • 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 afterward.
  • Frequently disinfect surfaces with wipes.
Handwashing Instructions

Physical Distancing

Keeping at least 6 feet of space between you and others is the best way to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and to decrease the risk of infecting others. 

Modified occupancy and capacity limitations continue to be assessed throughout campus. Appropriate signage regarding occupancy/capacity limits will be appropriately posted. Buildings and rooms across campus will be appropriately modified to promote social distance and reduce close contact between people.

Gathering Limits

  • Indoor gatherings in residence common areas restricted to 10 people.
  • Indoor gatherings at private residences restricted to 10 people. 
  • Outdoor gatherings at private residences restricted to 25 people.
  • All gatherings, regardless of the size and location, are encouraged to conclude by 9:30 p.m. to meet the stay-at-home advisory.
  • Limits on outdoor gatherings in public spaces or event venues have not changed. However, event organizers are required to report known positive cases to the local board of health and to cooperate with contact tracing.

Babson community members are encouraged to:

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Limit discretionary travel, including shopping trips and social visits.

 
Get Takeout

Use drive-thru, delivery, and take-out options.

 
Avoid Public Transit

Avoid nonessential use of public transportation.

 
Not host or attend gatherings

Not host or attend gatherings.

 
Virtual Gatherings

Opt for virtual meetings and gatherings, including academic group work.

 
Stay Mentally Physically Healthy

Maintain mental and physical health through exercise and fresh air.

 
Stay One Biz-Length Apart


Stay-at-Home Advisory

  • Unnecessary activities should be avoided, and all campus residents and community members should stay home, between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • Off-campus and commuter students are advised to depart campus by 9:30 p.m.
  • Campus residents are reminded to only leave campus for essential needs (which include emergency medical care, grocery store or pharmacy trips, take-out food, receive deliveries, or exercise)

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Babson’s Facilities team has deployed enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols that align with CDC guidelines. These practices allow for more frequent and focused high-touch surface cleaning and include the use of technology that covers larger spaces with more precise targeting of disinfectant. These specialized cleaning protocols will be used nightly to clean all campus facilities, including classrooms, offices, residence halls, and shared spaces with frequent sanitization of classrooms and other spaces throughout the day.

Navigating Campus Spaces

To help maintain physical distancing, our reopening plan also includes the following strategies across all facilities and campuses:

  • Increased visual cues and signage to advise community members on reconfigured foot-traffic flow expectations both outside and inside of campus buildings. 
  • One-way directional signage has been established for buildings, common spaces, and other facilities. Download printable signage for your space »
  • Designated ingress/egress plans have been established; entrances and exits will be limited to entry or exit only, unless large enough to accommodate both while allowing for physical distancing. There also will be designated entrances/exits at interior spaces (classrooms, office, shared spaces) where feasible to allow for proper social distancing.
  • Limiting access to, and use of, common spaces, including some common spaces and conference rooms across campus that will remain closed for group gatherings and meetings. Furniture in common spaces will be moved or designated appropriately to adhere to proper social distancing practices.
  • Installation of physical barriers/screens continues to be assessed by Facilities across campus, where they may further assist with physical distancing.
Take a Look Around: Navigating Campus this Fall

Take a Look Around: Navigating Campus

Take a look around. When you arrive the Babson College Wellesley campus, you'll see directional signage to help you maintain physical distance.