Visit our return to campus plan for information on safety protocols and health guidelines, including daily symptom reporting and asymptomatic testing.

Health Services and Guidelines

Health Guidelines

The health and safety of our community is our top priority.

We are implementing several guidelines and protocols to ensure students and employees are actively monitoring and reporting symptoms that could be signs of COVID-19 infection. All returning individuals are expected to comply with these guidelines, protocols, and policies. 

Last updated: October 20, 2020

Testing

For those of us who will be on campus, our new testing protocol is one of the ways we are working to safeguard our community. The protocol has two components:

  • Testing of fulltime students who are symptomatic, which will be handled through Babson’s Health Services office;
  • Asymptomatic surveillance testing for all students, faculty and staff who will be returning to our campuses.

We have partnered with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a renowned biomedical research institution that pivoted to support COVID-19 testing, to supply test kits and process tests.

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Symptom Monitoring and Reporting

All students and employees planning to be on-campus will be required to participate in a daily symptoms reporting protocol.

Any campus community member with symptoms will be required to remain ‘at home’ and not engage in on-campus activities as they seek medical attention.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Contact Tracing

Because rapid identification of infection is crucial to controlling the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented contact tracing for the Babson community.

All Babson contact tracing will operate under the direction of our local boards of health in Wellesley and Needham for residential students and employees who live in those towns. Local boards of health will be contacted for those in other ZIP codes.

The Babson Health Services and Sports Medicine teams have completed contact tracing training and will assist in notification of students who test positive, and any close contacts identified as Babson or Olin College students.

Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a person with exposure to an individual with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes and within six (6) feet starting from two days before illness onset. Further information is available from the CDC.

If you are contacted by a public health official or contact tracing team member, answer your cell phone to protect your health, and the health of others.

Privacy of all persons involved will be respected. The name of the person with COVID-19 will not be revealed publicly or to close contacts by public health officials.

Isolation and Quarantine

All residential and off campus students should quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving at Babson. Before arriving on campus, you’ll be asked to sign an attestation confirming you’ve quarantined for 14 days.

Prior to checking into your assigned residence hall, Babson College asks you to review and attest to the following:

  • I remained at home except for going out for essential items, outdoor exercise, my job-related work, or to travel to Campus; and when outside of the home maintained social distancing and wore cloth face coverings/masks and maintained physical distancing consistent with CDC guidelines.
  • I have not experienced or displayed any of the following COVID-19 symptoms in the last 24 hours:
    • Fever or chills
    • Sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, or other respiratory symptoms
    • Muscle pain or aches
    • Severe fatigue
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • I have not had close contact with anyone over the last 14 days who is confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • I have completed the College’s virtual onboarding program, understand what is expected of me and agree to do my part to help safeguard our community by following the health and safety protocols and instructions.

Isolation is designated for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are symptomatic.

Quarantine is designated for individuals who have been identified by trained contact tracers as having been in close contact with those who have tested positive for COVID-19, but who may be asymptotic.

Return Home

Students living within 200 miles from campus are encouraged to return home, provided that a family member or guardian takes responsibility for their care and can provide transportation in a personal vehicle.

We strongly recommend that all students who live within 200 miles of Babson arrive on campus with a plan in place in the event that they must quarantine or isolate during the semester and prefer to do so at home.

Remain On Campus

Students living farther than 200 miles from campus or with someone who meets the above criteria will remain under the care of the College in designated quarantine spaces on campus.

  • All of these spaces will be disinfected and furnished, and stocked with water, nonperishable food, and cleaning supplies.
  • Students will be prohibited from having any guests and visitors, including family members, for the duration of the isolation/quarantine period.
  • Self-quarantined students will be called twice daily by Health Services.
  • Students in isolation may be managed by the Wellesley Board of Health or Needham Board of Health, depending on jurisdiction.

Please see “Frequently Asked Questions,” in the Information for Undergraduate Students section for more information.

Community Resources 

The current environment has caused many of us to feel overwhelmed or anxious, and Babson is committed to maintaining the mental health and well being of all of our community. Please know that we have resources and support available to our community that may be able to assist through this challenging time as well as moving forward.

Students: Babson Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is currently conducting tele-therapy sessions for all full-time, enrolled, returning students. We are able to provide this service to most students residing in the United States. If you are interested in meeting virtually with a CAPS clinician, please email us at counselingservices@babson.edu.

Employees: Our Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is offered through Katherine Greer Associates (KGA) and includes resources to help you and your family members on your wellness journey. You have access to the EAP, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may call KGA at 1-800-648-9557 or visit KGA’s website.

Accomodations

As we focus on the health and safety of our community, we recognize that unfortunately COVID-19 will continue to impact our community until there is an acquired immunity, vaccine, and /or treatments, and our priority is to mitigate the spread of the infection. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with more detailed information provided by the CDC about COVID-19.

We also know that some community members may be identified as “high risk” or have certain circumstances that may require reasonable accommodations. We ask those students to contact Health Services, and employees to reach out to Human Resources.