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

Graduate Student Testing and Compliance

Students can now access the electronic tools necessary to remain in compliance with Babson College health and safety protocols through our compliance portal. Please bookmark the Compliance Portal page to easily access these resources throughout the semester.

As previously shared, upon initial arrival to campus, and in order to participate in in-person learning and other activities, two negative Babson tests must be completed within 3–5 days of arrival.

To further strengthen our protocols during the first month of the semester, we are requiring all residential students, as well commuter students, to be tested twice weekly, with a minimum of 48 hours between tests. 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 and Symptom Reporting Requirements

The below processes are for asymptomatic testing. If you feel ill, please consult health services (full-time students) or your physician (part-time students).

  • Asymptomatic surveillance testing is required twice weekly, with a minimum of 48 hours between tests (we recommend longer if your schedule allows). 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. 
  • Symptom reporting is required daily. Please stay home if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All students who have received two initial negative test results at Babson, are in full compliance with testing requirements, and have reported no symptoms on their daily symptom report will receive a Daily Campus Pass via email indicating that they are eligible for the in-person experience that day. 
  • Remember to schedule tests in advance (even if same day), and bring your phone and Babson OneCard to your testing appointment. The registration process will confirm your student status and Babson email address, and your Daily Campus Pass will be sent to you via email. 
  • You should always maintain immediate access to your Daily Campus Pass, as it may be required for access to various locations on campus (i.e. BRAC, classrooms, etc.).
  • Please check your spam folder or email qualtricshelp@babson.edu if you do not receive the pass and have met all of the compliance protocols (symptom reporting and testing requirements).
  • Asymptomatic surveillance testing is one course of action to detect infection; students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should call Health Services for immediate medical assistance, or use a local health resource if our Health Services are not available.
  • If you receive a positive result at an off-campus facility, you must notify Health Services immediately by calling 781-239-6363.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 (from a non-Babson test) on or after October 13, 2020, please submit your test results to Health Services via the online student health portal, by fax at 781-239-5069 , or by email. Students who tested positive and can provide documentation are removed from the testing protocol for 90 days. Please contact Health Services with any questions.

Please contact covidtestsupport@babson.edu about testing protocols and qualtricshelp@babson.edu with any issues related to the badging.

If you will not physically be on any of Babson’s campuses during the Spring 2021 semester, you must indicate that on the Semester Location Form

Electing your semester location is not binding. We understand that needs may change throughout the semester. If your status or circumstances change for any reason, you must email healthupdate2020@babson.edu a minimum of 72 hours in advance of your return to campus to request approval to be on campus. If granted approval, you must follow symptom reporting and surveillance testing protocols prior to coming to campus without exception.

Before Your First In-Person Class

  • You must have two negative test results from Babson’s testing center prior to attending class in-person, and then regular testing is required throughout the semester
  • Second test should be taken within 3–5 days of initial test results.
  • Testing appointments must be scheduled in advance using a Babson’s digital testing and tracing interface. Testing hours available on the scheduling platform.
  • Results take 24–48 hours from the time the Broad Institute receives the specimens. Specimens from each day’s collection are sent to Cambridge every evening following the closure of the testing center. Schedule tests to allow ample time prior to your first in-person class.
  • If you do not have two negative test results on file prior to your first in-person class, you must participate remotely.
  • A limited amount of testing is available at the Babson Boston Campus (100 High St.) on Thursdays, between 4–6 p.m. Test registration in Boston will take place on the 12th floor of the Babson Boston Campus, 100 High St, Boston. Schedule an appointment in Boston.

Regular Testing Throughout the Semester

To further strengthen our protocols during the first month of the semester, we are requiring all students to be tested twice weekly, with a minimum of 48 hours between tests. 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 Process and Requirements

  • Testing appointments must be scheduled in advance using a Babson’s digital testing and tracing interface. Testing hours available on the scheduling platform.
  • 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.
  • 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. Students will be contacted by Health Services in the event they test positive.
  • A limited amount of testing is available at the Babson Boston Campus (100 High St.) on Thursdays, between 4–6 p.m. Test registration in Boston will take place on the 12th floor of the Babson Boston Campus, 100 High St, Boston. Be sure to bring your OneCard to your appointment, and wear your face covering as you proceed to the testing area. Schedule an appointment in Boston.

Symptom Monitoring and Reporting

All students (regardless of whether you are coming to campus) must report symptoms every day. If you are coming to campus, this must be completed before departing your off-campus residence. Students will receive a morning reminder to log symptoms and be expected to complete reporting, regardless of schedule, no later than noon. 

Before Your First In Person Class

  • You must have two negative COVID test results prior to attending class in-person.
  • Second test should be within 3-5 days of initial test results.

Miami campus students may get tested at a place of their choosing. The Miami-Dade testing centers system is open from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; tests may be scheduled up to 24 hours in advance, and results are generally available within 2–5 days.

If you are not a Florida resident, we have a vendor available to help you get tested at a location of your choice in the US. Please email Gustavo Trindade to coordinate the details and schedule it.

Testing Frequency

To further strengthen our protocols during the first month of the semester, we are requiring all students to be tested twice weekly, with a minimum of 48 hours between tests. 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.

Your test results must be emailed to Health Services from your Babson email account. This email serves as an acknowledgment from your part that Babson Health Services professionals, and only them, can have access to your results.

Symptom Monitoring and Reporting

All students (regardless of whether you are coming to campus) must report symptoms every day. If you are coming to campus, this must be completed before departing your off-campus residence. Students will receive a morning reminder to log symptoms and be expected to complete reporting, regardless of schedule, no later than noon.

Student Compliance Badge

Daily Campus Pass

Students will begin receiving their Daily Campus Pass when their second negative Babson COVID-19 test result is confirmed. For the duration of the semester, the Daily Campus Pass will be emailed daily to students who are in full compliance with testing requirements and who report no symptoms on their daily symptom report. Please keep the badge on your mobile phone as confirmation that you are in daily compliance.

Semester Location Form

All students must declare their intention to come to campus and participate in any aspect of the in-person experience at any point during spring 2021 by completing the semester location form. Electing your semester location is not binding. We understand that needs may change throughout the semester. You will be able to change your selection at any time if you plan to come to campus or determine that you will not be back on campus at all. The form must be completed by January 11, 2021 with your initial plans.

Contact Tracing Protocol

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.

If students are identified as a close contact of a person on campus diagnosed with COVID-19, they will be notified by a member of the local Board of Health and, in some cases, the Babson Contact Tracing team.

  • Students who receive a positive result will be informed that the local board of health will contact and monitor them per their protocol. Health Services will check in on these students daily for a symptom report and temperature attestation.
  • 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.
  • Students identified as close contacts will be provided guidance and offered testing through Babson or other off -site testing facilities. Close contacts are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.

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.