Visit the Babson Together website for information about our spring return to campus plan.

Employee Testing, Reporting, and Tracing Protocols

Employees and affiliates whose functions must be performed on campus, and who have been formally authorized by their managers and senior leaders to work on campus, must be tested twice weekly. A minimum of 48 hours (longer if possible) between tests is required. 

The requirement to test two times per week is planned until February 15. At that time, we will assess the appropriate testing frequency for community members living, learning and working on campus.

Testing hours are available on the scheduling platform. All testing will take place in Babson’s Webster Center.

Surveillance Testing Process

  • Testing appointments must be scheduled in advance using Babson’s digital testing and tracing interface. 
  • Consent forms will be required prior to registration, and made available upon scheduling via a link to be provided. 
  • Test registration will take place on the Webster Center second floor mezzanine, overlooking the basketball court. When entering and exiting the Webster Center, please use the doors on the second floor, closest to the parking lot and facing the BECC garage. Be sure to bring your OneCard to your appointment, and wear your face covering as you proceed to the testing area.
  • Please do not come to campus for testing if you feel ill. If you are symptomatic, please consult with your physician.
  • Testing is self-administered in the Chandor Dance studio; participants will swab their nostrils themselves, under the observation of a health professional, using an anterior nasal swab. The anterior method is a more comfortable alternative to the nasopharyngeal swab, which involves inserting an elongated swab deep into the nose to the upper part of the throat.
  • Within 24-48 hours of receiving the test, the Broad Institute will issue a result through Babson’s digital testing and tracing interface. Employees will be contacted by a clinical staff member in the event of a positive result.
  • In the event that you test positive for COVID-19, we have outlined what to expect: Employee Testing Protocols for Re-entry (pdf).
  • Faculty are required to receive two negative test results over an approximately seven-day period, before resuming in-person hybrid learning.

Symptom Reporting

All employees (faculty and staff) who return to campus are required to complete daily symptom monitoring through Buoy Health by visiting Buoy.babson.edu.

Employees are to report their symptoms each day they plan to come to campus, three hours before their anticipated start time, or as soon as possible thereafter. Reporting can be done from your desktop or your smartphone.

Employee Badge Spring 2021

Return to Campus Badging Process

When two negative tests have been verified, employees will receive a “Return to Babson” digital badge via email, which confirms that the initial re-entry testing protocols have been satisfied. Employees on campus should expect to have this digital badge with them at all times, as it may be requested for access to classes and campus resources. For example, this badge is required for entrance to the Babson Recreation and Athletics Center (BRAC). Beyond the initial testing process, daily symptom reporting and regular asymptomatic testing are required for all students and employees working on campus. The daily symptom reporting process produces a green badge for campus access and a red badge when symptoms need to be evaluated and employees should remain home.

Contact Tracing

All employees who participate in on-campus testing and receive a positive result will be notified by a Babson clinical staff member and their local board of health or a member of the state's contact tracing collaborative (CTC).

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 6 feet starting from two days before illness onset. Further information is available from the CDC.

  • The Babson Human Resources team will be notified about any staff member identified as a close contact of a positive case for further investigation. The local board of health of the employee’s hometown will manage official tracing and monitoring.
  • Answer the Call: 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.