Campus Safety Protocols
Our top priority, at all times, is the health and safety of our community.
Babson is working with Environmental Health and Engineering (EHE), a nationally recognized public health consulting firm, to evaluate infrastructure and practices and support planning and decisions that prioritize the health and safety of our community members. EHE is among many sources we are relying upon to inform and guide our plan elements.
Bringing Babson Together requires the attention and diligence of everyone. Together with everyday preventive actions, these protocols are additional steps to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe. 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:
Last updated: June 30, 2020
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. This includes offices, classrooms, common areas, dining halls, and any other facility where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
This policy shall apply to all property owned or controlled by the College and shall remain in effect until further written notice. This policy may be modified from time to time as determined by the College to be appropriate in accordance with evolving circumstances and public health standards.
Read the complete Babson College Student Face Mask Policy (pdf).
Ensure the proper side of the mask is facing outward.
Fully cover your mouth and nose. Be sure there are no gaps in coverage.
Place the mask correctly.
Together, we will support good public hygiene practices. We are 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:
- 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 afterward.
- Frequently disinfect surfaces with wipes.
- Avoid nonessential travel to highly affected countries or regions in the world.
Together, we will practice 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. Signage regarding occupancy/capacity limits will be appropriately posted. Buildings and rooms across campus will be appropriately modified to promote social distancing and reduce close contact between people.
Babson community members are encouraged to:
Limit discretionary travel, including shopping trips and social visits.
Use drive-thru, delivery, and take-out options.
Avoid nonessential use of public transportation.
Not host or attend gatherings.
Opt for virtual meetings and gatherings, including academic group work.
Maintain mental and physical health through exercise and fresh air.
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.
Our Facilities team, in conjunction with EHE, is evaluating all of our building HVAC systems to determine optimal settings to allow for increased air flow. CDC guidelines recommend increasing outside air to interior spaces, where possible, to reduce the potential for airborne exposure.
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.
- 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. When you arrive the Babson College Wellesley campus this fall, you'll see directional signage to help you maintain physical distance.