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

Information for Undergraduate Students

Information for Undergraduate Students

Students will return to campus this fall. As Babson comes together in a phased return, our plan continues to evolve in accordance with guidance from public health authorities. Please check back frequently for updates.

Last updated: October 7, 2020

Information for All Undergraduate Students

Updates regarding specific areas of the undergraduate student experience are outlined below; please check back frequently for new information. Please also watch the June and July undergraduate community forums. 

International students, please visit the Information for International Students section for details specific to travel and immigration.

A Babson degree is globally recognized. Our graduates are in high demand, and our alumni network stands 43,000 strong, with many ready to connect, network and hire other Babson graduates.

We are confident in our ability to deliver a high quality, impactful learning experience in any format and have made many of the changes necessary for this current situation by building on our nearly 20-year history of successful distance learning and innovative curriculum development. Investments nearing $9M have been made in faculty development, hardware, and software as well as safety and health preparations that will elevate the student experience. We have been charging the same per credit rate across course delivery formats for many years, as such, there are no plans for refunds or discounts in current or future courses. While we have significant additional infrastructure and operating costs due to the pandemic, we are not increasing tuition and are not introducing any new fees to offset these special costs.

Course Delivery

Undergraduate students have two primary choices for fall classes: hybrid and fully online classes. Both hybrid and fully online classes are accessible to all students, regardless of whether they are on campus.

Hybrid classes blend face-to-face instruction with technology to accommodate our de-densification needs, and includes teaching techniques such as split attendance, small groups, and blended learning.

Fully online classes provide engaging and dynamic delivery of content completely online.

Visit the Academic Continuity section for more information on hybrid and fully online classes »

Academic Calendar

Changes to the undergraduate academic calendar include:

  • Early start: Classes will begin Monday, August 24.
  • Early end: Classes will end Thursday, November 19, prior to Thanksgiving break.
  • Undergraduate residence halls close November 28.
  • Students will not return to campus between Thanksgiving break and the end of the semester.
  • Final exams will take place virtually between Monday, November 30, and Saturday, December 5.
  • Classes will be held on Labor Day (September 7) and Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day (October 12).

Additional Time Between Classes

To promote physical distancing and help students avoid clustering in the hallways when moving to and from classes, there will be 30 minutes between class times. Classes will be held at new time blocks: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Reopening Registration

While we have honored as many prior registrations as possible, there were a number of changes that make it important for undergraduate students to review their schedule and possibly make new selections for the fall. We will reopen registration for returning undergraduates starting Monday, June 29, and keep it open through Thursday, July 2, at 4:30 p.m. More information will be sent via email from Student Advising & Success and the Registrar.

New students have a separate registration process; please see the “New Student Registration” section below.

Questions?

Students can email Student Advising & Success or call 781-239-4075 with any questions, or visit the Student Advising & Success section for more information.

Testing

All students must schedule a Babson COVID-19 test to be completed within the first 24 hours of being on campus. See all student testing protocols »

Contact Tracing

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.

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.

Symptom Monitoring and Reporting

All students (regardless of whether you are coming to campus) must report symptoms every day. This must be completed before leaving residence hall or off-campus housing. Students will receive a pass for on-campus participation or be asked to remain at home and provided with additional instructions. They will receive a morning reminder to log  symptom and be expected to complete reporting. regardless of schedule, no later than noon.

Students are required to wear masks/face coverings at all times with the following limited exceptions:

  • While inside their assigned residence hall room
  • While using assigned household individual or communal bathrooms (residential students only)
  • While eating or drinking
  • During a medical emergency

In accordance with CDC guidelines: 

  • Masks should fit snugly over the nose and under the chin.
  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVD-19. Gaiters are not allowed as face coverings on Babson campuses.

Students are responsible for laundering cloth masks and for disposing of one-time use masks. Students are encouraged to bring additional masks/face coverings with them to campus. Face masks will also be available for purchase in the Campus Store.

Read the student face mask policy in COVID Specific Health and Safety Requirements (pdf).

Student Advising & Success will provide academic and personal support advising through the class dean, both in person as well as virtually, during the fall 2020 semester. The following protocols will be in place:

  • Students may schedule an appointment online or by calling the office.
  • Students may request to meet in person or via Webex.
  • Appropriate health and safety precautions will be in place for in-person meetings including:
    • Determination of an appropriate location of meeting (e.g., private office or larger conference room to ensure 6 feet of physical distance between staff member and student)
    • Use of face coverings by everyone
    • Regular disinfecting and cleaning of shared common surfaces before and after each meeting

Students can email Student Advising & Success or call 781-239-4075 with any questions, or visit Student Advising & Success for more information.

Being together on campus means updated expectations as we prioritize health and safety. A full outline of updated policies and expectations for students living in residence halls can be found on the Residence Education page on the Hub.

Common Spaces

As part of phase two of our reopening, residence hall common spaces are now open to all residential students. This includes sommon spaces in suites and towers. 

Residents assigned to another building must be hosted by a resident of the building to obtain access and are not permitte din any privately assigned bedrooms other than their own.

Room Rates

The College has made significant investments to safety and health preparations throughout the residence halls for a successful fall semester. 

Housing rates for returning students will be consistent with the student’s original assignment prior to de-densification. Students who are relocated or assigned to a new room type due to de-densification are not responsible for the housing rate associated with the designated occupancy of their new housing assignment. Students can review all room types and associated cost in the Housing/Residence Hall section of the Hub

Capacity

To de-densify our residence halls and mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19, there will be no triple or quad rooms for this academic year. We are actively examining opportunities to increase residential capacity to better meet the demand for on-campus housing. We will make our best effort to work with students to maximize opportunities to live near friends, if living with them is no longer an option.

Household Units

To assist with contact tracing efforts, students in residence halls will be organized in households and assigned specific restrooms, and may have scheduled laundry and kitchen access. Suite and roommate agreements will be drafted and reviewed with roommates and households to clearly outline shared expectations for community living, specifically focused on cleaning, use of shared spaces, and facial coverings in private locations. All residence halls will continue to be supported by student resident assistants and live-in professional staff focused on safety, inclusion, and community building.

Cleaning

Facilities will frequently clean high-touch surfaces in the common areas of the residence halls, which include hallways, doorknobs, elevators, light switches, handrails, stairwells, kitchens, lounges, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Visitors

Students are highly encouraged to limit non-Babson visitors to campus; if and when the presence of a guest is necessary, guests and student hosts are expected to limit their time in campus buildings and instead, utilize outdoor gathering spaces or communal gathering areas in public buildings on campus. Any individual who is not a member of the Babson community (including family and friends of students) is expected to register with Public Safety prior to their arrival and check in at Public Safety once on campus as well as to comply with campus safety policies. Public Safety will then notify the student of their visitor and a designated location to meet the visitor.

Outside of regulated move-in and move-out periods, residential students are not permitted to host any guest in the residence hall. Vendors who are offering services to students, such as laundry and food delivery, are not permitted inside the residence halls.

Questions?

Contact Student Life: studentlife@babson.edu or 781-239-4500.

Babson Dining is working hard to prepare safe and flexible plans for students to return in August. Babson Dining will have a tiered reopening operations plan that aligns with government health and safety requirements and allows us to adjust for capacity and capabilities as conditions on campus change. It is important to note that all tiers anticipate some measure of social distancing and strict adherence to industry safe-serv guidelines.

Fall 2020 Meal Plans

The structure of the fall Meal Plan offerings was adjusted to accommodate the changes in food preparation and service as communicated by the Board of Health. There will no longer be “unlimited” offerings, instead offering Boost Dollars and additional locations for the use of Dining Dollars to provide students greater value and flexibility. Boost Dollars can be utilized in the Reynolds’ Crossroads Café and Create, Horn’s Centennial Café, and Dunkin’ Donuts. For more information on the meal plan please visit the Babson Dining website for regular updates.

Meal PlanMeal Swipes per Week
(Saturday - Friday)
Boost DollarsDining DollarsPlan Cost
19+400 19 Meal Swipes $350 $400 $3,206
19+200 19 Meal Swipes $350 $200

$3,064

15+150 15 Meal Swipes $280 $150 $2,957
10+300 10 Meal Swipes $175 $300 $2,868

 

Dining at Trim

There will be fewer opportunities to dine in at Trim, as gathering and physical distancing guidelines significantly reduce seating. We are identifying locations around campus, indoors and outdoors, for students to eat and socialize. We also are increasing the availability of prepackaged self-service opportunities to de-densify crowds during meal times and provide more dining options that are convenient for students in between classes. Daily meal times will be adjusted to allow Facilities and Babson Dining to deep clean dining venues throughout the day.

Trim Xpress Dining

Trim will be divided into two spaces to allow for more expedient service with the main dining room being one space; and a combination of Roger’s and the Grille Room being branded as Trim Xpress, both offering a faster-paced service with some or all foods prepackaged.

Food Preparation and Service

Because of limited dine-in capacity, all food will be prepared fresh on campus but largely prepackaged and prepared for grab and go. Menus will continue to rotate and change daily, but there will be less variety offered. Students will see increased portion sizes for added meal plan value. Where possible, fresh foods will be displayed and served by Babson dining staff. There will be no self-service of any kind.

Retail

Operations in Reynolds, Dunkin’, and Centennial Café will be transitioned to an all-mobile ordering platform allowing for physical distance in these tighter spaces. This cashier-less system will reduce interactions with dining staff and guests to prioritize health and safety. Initial menus will offer less variety but will provide the most popular options.

Dietary Restrictions

Babson Dining remains committed to serving food across campus for all dietary needs, including allergen-free foods, and food that meets approved medical and religious accommodations.

Questions?

Contact Babson Dining: dining@babson.edu

Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-2021 Programs

We made the difficult decision to suspend fall 2020 education abroad programs. We know that this is deeply disappointing for many of our students, but safety is our top priority. We have reached out directly to students impacted by this change, and encourage anyone with questions about study abroad, or re-registering for fall classes, to contact the Glavin Office or their class dean.

Winter and Spring Programs

No decision has been made for winter or spring education abroad programs. The College is closely monitoring expert guidance and working with our international partners to best understand the evolving coronavirus picture and its impact on global mobility. In all cases, we are contingency planning and will communicate any decisions related to winter and spring study abroad programs with plenty of lead time so students can pivot and successfully register for classes and housing at Babson.

Global Learning Opportunities

Global learning remains important to the Babson experience. The Glavin Office is actively pursuing virtual exchange experiences with select international partner universities to pilot this fall and beyond. As more information becomes available, the Glavin team will share details on this unique opportunity with students.

Questions?

Contact the Glavin Office: glavinoffice@babson.edu or +1-781-239-4565.

Varsity Athletics

With the evolving and ongoing developments related to COVID-19 combined with prioritizing the health and safety of our student-athletes and coaches, the decision was made to cancel all varsity sports competition in the fall semester. Sports impacted include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball.

The start of the winter sports seasons, comprised of men’s and women’s alpine skiing, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, and men’s and women’s swimming & diving, will be postponed until January 2021. An announcement on the status of the winter and spring sports seasons is expected sometime in the fall semester.

The decision was made in concert with our primary athletics conference, the NEWMAC. The NEWMAC Presidents Council unanimously voted to cancel the fall regular season conference schedule and championships and delay the start of the winter sports seasons until January 2021.

We will continue to explore all options of bringing teams together for competitive training, group activities and workouts while following all federal, state, NCAA and National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) guidelines, including the NCAA’s Core Principles to Resocialization in College Sports.

Intramurals, Club Sports, and Recreation

Low-risk intramural sport and recreation opportunities will be offered during the fall semester on a limited basis. Due to the increased expectations of extensive oversight and added resources necessary to keep students healthy and safe, club sports will be postponed this fall. The hope for the spring semester is that we will be better able to offer more robust opportunities in these areas.

Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC)

The Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex is used for general campus recreation, individual exercise, club and intramural sports, group fitness classes and activities, aquatics, and other opportunities for physical well-being. We are committed to safely providing a space to meet the need for physical activity for the campus community. Research has shown positive effects of exercise on the immune system and many chronic diseases (including diabetes, obesity and heart disease) that place individuals into higher-risk groups for COVID-19. Exercise also has positive impacts on psychological well-being. Intramural and recreational programming will be limited as we begin the semester.

The BRAC reopening will include a phased approach and an extensive operations plan that will closely adhere to or, in most cases, exceed institutional guidelines as well as CDC, federal, state, and local public health requirements and best practices to protect the health and safety of campus community members and visitors. Babson community members will be welcomed to BRAC beginning on August 24 with a reduced schedule from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for our first week of operation. Hours for BRAC will be evaluated and increase with demand on the facility by students, faculty and staff.

In order to meet mandated capacity requirements, all BRAC members, including students, will be required to reserve a workout time slot in advance of arriving at the facility. More information about the new online reservation system will be forthcoming and outlined on the Babson RecFit website. De-densification, physical distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, and cleaning protocols are measures that will be implemented and enforced.

The College is committed to aligning all campus recreation services, policies, procedures, and communications with the aforementioned guidelines and requirements. We anticipate that club sports will be delayed until at least the second semester. However, our intention is to regrow our program and slate of offerings over time as we better understand the success of our mitigation strategies.

 

Phase 2 Updates

Indoor and outdoor gatherings now have increased maximum gathering size of 25 people.

We are actively working with clubs and organizations to offern in-person events and programming beginning in October.

 

Fall Programming

Student life will look different this fall. But the Student Engagement team is committed to Babson traditions, including the Org Fair, Founder’s Day, celebrating seniors, as well as a fun social life.

Student Engagement staff will continue to support campuswide programs, events, and activities. In-person initiatives will follow health guidance for physical distancing and gathering capacity with opportunities to shift as guidance evolves. Programs will be more intimate, require registration for head count, and utilize outdoor locations whenever possible. Larger programs will likely be designed as drop-in, passive, or held virtually.

Students involved in clubs and organizations will participate in training programs to guide them through safe organizational operations. Student Engagement and the Student Government Association will be partnering with students to think creatively about programming and maintaining important campus traditions. Because of health and safety challenges, Club sports practice and play will be paused for the fall semester.

Read the complete Office of Student Life What to Expect for Student Clubs & Organizations (pdf) document.

Students are highly encouraged to limit non-Babson visitors to campus; if and when the presence of a guest is necessary, guests and student hosts are expected to limit their time in campus buildings and instead, utilize outdoor gathering spaces or communal gathering areas in public buildings on campus.

Any individual who is not a member of the Babson community (including family and friends of students) is expected to register with Public Safety prior to their arrival and check in at Public Safety once on campus as well as to comply with campus safety policies. Public Safety will then notify the student of their visitor and a designated location to meet the visitor.

Outside of regulated move-in and move-out periods, residential students are not permitted to host any guest in the residence hall. Vendors who are offering services to students, such as laundry and food delivery, are not permitted inside the residence halls.

Our success in keeping our community operational and safe is dependent on each of us abiding by Campus Safety Protocols. It’s on all of us as community members to uphold these expectations for behavior; individuals should feel empowered to have polite conversations with other community members about adherence to the set expectations. As this next normal is a new adjustment for all of us, let us know when you have a conversation about non-compliance so that we can appropriately track and follow up if needed.

Students who choose to not follow Campus Safety Protocols will be referred to the Student Conduct Process for a violation of the Babson Code of Ethics (pdf).

Information for New Students

In order to provide more options and flexibility for first-year undergraduate students, Babson has created a fully online First-Year Pathway (FYP), in addition to our on-campus hybrid coursework. This is an opportunity for first-year students to take their first semester entirely online while still accessing the full Babson experience. There are many reasons students may consider this the best fit, including:

  • Travel restrictions
  • Local or global pandemic trends
  • Personal health concerns

In FYP, students will enroll in a select set of courses that will be coordinated to facilitate the best learning experience for a fully online first-year student. In addition, they will be together in the First-Year Seminar as a cohort.

Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship

This online option includes the required first-year experiential learning course: Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship. Through the online version of this yearlong course, first-year students will learn about Babson’s approach to entrepreneurship, all the key aspects of business management, self-awareness, and working with others to research, launch, and grow a venture funded by Babson. Our online version will intimately address the modern realities of virtual teams and online commerce, as well as building effective teams and ventures with all members dispersed around the world.

Questions?

Students can email Student Advising & Success or call 781-239-4075 with any questions, or visit the Student Advising & Success section for more information.

New students will receive information from the Registrar about your date/time to register for fall classes on July 6, 2020. An online tutorial will walk you through the registration process (this is titled, “Registering for your First Semester at Babson College”). Refer to the New Student site on The Hub.

Please note: students who are unable to register on the aforementioned dates may still do so, but course selections could be limited as a result. Online Registration will remain open until Friday, August 28, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Students have two primary choices for fall classes: hybrid and fully online classes. In online courses, all student and faculty will be participating virtually. In hybrid courses, some students may be on campus and some may be participating virtually. You may take either of these options, though understand that your classmates in hybrid courses may be in-person on campus while you participate virtually via Webflex technology.

International students, please visit the Information for International Students section for details specific to travel and immigration.

  • Babson is training faculty and hired additional instructional designers to redesign hundreds of courses for simultaneous in-person and online delivery.
  • Babson has made multimillion dollar investments in technology—beginning before the pandemic—to enable students to attend classes in person or online.
  • We are introducing a fully online program for first-year undergraduate students to ensure their first experience at Babson is as rich and engaging as possible.
  • We are delivering a special onboarding program for all students to establish a culture of success and standards of professional performance in the context of hybrid learning. And we are preparing students for new guidelines and safety protocols as they re-enter campus.

Babson, Olin, and Wellesley Colleges are pleased to announce that they will be offering cross-registration for the Fall 2020 semester.  All courses must be taken remotely and students will only be permitted to cross-register for a maximum of one course at the host school during the Fall semester.  Please note the substantial calendar differences and plan your schedule accordingly. Please visit the BOW Cross-Registration page for more information including important information from each school and important dates.

With the evolving and ongoing developments related to COVID-19 combined with prioritizing the health and safety of our student-athletes and coaches, the decision was made to cancel all varsity sports competition in the fall semester. Sports impacted include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball.

The start of the winter sports seasons, comprised of men’s and women’s alpine skiing, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, and men’s and women’s swimming & diving, will be postponed until January 2021. An announcement on the status of the winter and spring sports seasons is expected sometime in the fall semester.

The decision was made in concert with our primary athletics conference, the NEWMAC. The NEWMAC Presidents Council unanimously voted to cancel the fall regular season conference schedule and championships and delay the start of the winter sports seasons until January 2021.

We will continue to explore all options of bringing teams together for competitive training, group activities and workouts while following all federal, state, NCAA and National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) guidelines, including the NCAA’s Core Principles to Resocialization in College Sports.

The BRAC reopening will include a phased approach and an extensive operations plan that will closely adhere to or, in most cases, exceed institutional guidelines as well as CDC, federal, state, and local public health requirements and best practices to protect the health and safety of campus community members and visitors. Babson community members will be welcomed to BRAC beginning on August 24 with a reduced schedule from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for our first week of operation. Hours for BRAC will be evaluated and increase with demand on the facility by students, faculty and staff.

In order to meet mandated capacity requirements, all BRAC members, including students, will be required to reserve a workout time slot in advance of arriving at the facility. This applies both to general gym use as well as any fitness classes. More information about the new online reservation system will be forthcoming and outlined on the Babson RecFit website.

Low-risk intramural sport and recreation opportunities will be offered during the fall semester on a limited basis. Due to the increased expectations of extensive oversight and added resources necessary to keep students healthy and safe, club sports will be postponed this fall. The hope for the spring semester is that we will be better able to offer more robust opportunities in these areas.

In order to provide more options and flexibility for first-year undergraduate students, Babson has created a fully online First-Year Pathway, in addition to our on-campus hybrid coursework. Importantly, this online option includes the required first-year experiential learning course, FME. Through the online version of this yearlong course, first-year students will learn about Babson’s approach to entrepreneurship, all the key aspects of business management, self-awareness, and working with others to research, launch, and grow a venture funded by Babson. Our online version will intimately address the modern realities of virtual teams and online commerce, as well as building effective teams and ventures with all members dispersed around the world.

In addition to testing symptomatic students and those identified by our trained contact tracers as ‘close contacts’ of any student who has tested positive for COVID-19, the College will provide mass asymptomatic surveillance testing for all on-campus community members, including students, faculty, and staff. We will provide testing for all community members upon their return to campus, and will continue testing once a week until otherwise noted. 

View all student tesitng protocols »

Students who are ill or who report experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 on their daily symptom reporter should contact health services immediately for a phone triage and/or to schedule an appointment. You should not attend class or any other meetings or events until cleared to do so by a medical professional. Symptomatic students and those identified as close contacts of students who test positive for COVID-19 can get tested on campus at health services. Students’ health insurance will be charged for the cost of these tests.

If your roommate gets sick or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should contact health services immediately for a phone triage and/or to schedule an appointment. If your roommate tests positive for COVID-19, you will also need to get tested, and will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. We will also activate cleaning and disinfecting protocols of that room.

All full-time students, regardless of whether they live on or off-campus, are eligible for health services. For off-campus students, if you get sick, you should either contact health services or your primary care physician for consultation and medical advice, or seek care at an urgent care clinic or emergency department for more severe illness. In addition to providing on-campus care, health services will also be providing tele-health services for students who wish to communicate with a provider via WebEx or phone.

Students enrolled at the College who are registered for classes, but live out of state or out of the country, are required to demonstrate that they have health insurance. All full-time students are eligible to purchase Babson’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield, regardless of whether they are a residential or commuter student or taking courses fully online.

For students currently covered by SHIP, your policy remains in effect through August 9. The effective dates of the upcoming policy year are August 10, 2020 – August 9, 2021.

If a student elects to start their courses in the spring semester, they can purchase SHIP at that time.

If returning to campus after traveling out of state, you must follow MA state travel guidelines including but not limited to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to returning to the state, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts and test is approved by Babson Health Services.
  • If you are traveling from another country or an area that is considered a high risk state or area, you should contact Babson Health Services at HealthServices@babson.edu or +1 781-239-6363 to see what other requirements may be needed, and to schedule a COVID test directly at Health Services, not at the general testing location. You are not allowed to be in any community parts of the campus or attend in-person classes until you are cleared. 
  • For everyone’s safety, you need at least one negative test, but may need 2 negative COVID tests before you can be on Campus or attend in person classes, depending on your circumstances. 

During self-quarantine, commuter students should self-quarantine at their off-campus residence and are not permitted to access any on-campus facilities, with the exception of attending testing appointments. All policies regarding wearing facial coverings and maintaining physical distancing must be followed.

In addition, you must attest that you have not experienced any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours:

  • Fever or chills
  • Sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, or other respiratory symptoms
  • Muscle pain or aches
  • Headache
  • Severe fatigue
  • Changes in taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

You must complete symptom reporting before noon every day. You can access the symptom tracker here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to studentsuccess@babson.edu

  • Isolation is designated for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and who may or may not have symptoms
  • 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, and who are asymptotic.
  • Close contact is defined as being within six feet of an individual for at least 15 minutes, regardless of wearing a facial covering.

If a student requires isolation or quarantine, we will work with the student and their family to determine if they can safely return home or to another off-campus location for the duration of isolation/quarantine. The College has set aside designated temporary housing for students who require isolation or quarantine, but who may not be able to return home during their monitoring and recovery time. Each student would be assigned a case manager, likely Dean Travia or Dean Capozzi. Health Services will check-in with students daily, and arrangements will be made for food service and laundry pick-up. Students residing off-campus would isolate or quarantine at their place of residence.

Self-quarantine is a period of observation to determine if any individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 develop symptoms. According to current guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, any visitors coming to Babson from outside of New York, New Jersey, or New England states are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Students coming to study at Babson’s Wellesley campus for the fall semester are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to traveling to campus. Students will be asked to complete an arrival form stating that they have completed the 14-day self-quarantine prior to checking-in on campus. If unable or unwilling to complete this form, students will be moved to a quarantine space on campus. All students will be tested upon arrival to campus and expected to report daily monitoring of symptoms through a tool designed specifically for our student community.

In addition to testing and monitoring, residential students are expected to remain on campus for at least 14 days, without taking any trips into the surrounding community. Dining will be take-away only until September 6. As previously shared, all community members are required to wear a facial covering at all times and observe physical distancing guidelines.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to enter an isolation space, either in one of the designated rooms on campus or off-campus, under the care of a family member or guardian, assuming it is safe to do so and they can make arrangements for a family member to pick them up from campus to bring them home. While it is possible to isolate two positive individuals together, it is not recommended to quarantine individuals together who may have been exposed to a positive individual. The reason for this is, if one of the individuals ends up testing positive, then the other individual would need to start their entire quarantine period all over again.

Please note that contact tracing is a confidential process, so a person identified as a “close contact” will NOT be provided the name of the individual who identifies them.

Yes. Student designated for quarantine will be given the option of remaining on campus or, if possible, to return home, provided that a family member or guardian can safely transport them from campus to their home in a personal vehicle (no public transportation or ride shares), where they will need to stay for the recommended period of time (generally 14 days).

Each student who requires isolation or quarantine will be assigned a case manager, generally a senior student affairs staff member. In addition, a clinician from health services will check-in with students daily regarding their health status and symptoms. Students will need to be medically cleared by health services prior to being approved to return to campus.

No students should return without clearance from Health Services and their local board of health. If a student shooses to leave campus, they should not come back until their quarantine (14 days) or isolation (a minimum of 10 days) is completed.

Students who determine that living offcampus is in their best interest will have the opportunity to cancel their housing without penalty by July 10, 2020.  All requests must be submitted by July 10, 2020, for a cancellation to be considered without penalty.

  • First-year students have the option to petition for release from the on-campus housing requirement. Should they wish to apply for this exemption, they may submit the 2020-2021 First-Year Petition to Live Off Campus Application by July 10, 2020. All applicants will be notified of the status of their petition application by the end of July. 
  • Continuing/Returning students with confirmed on-campus housing for the 2020-2021 academic year may cancel their on-campus housing and meal plan without penalty until July 10, 2020. Housing Operations will be reaching out to all returning students with confirmed on-campus housing with further details.

The fall housing license period will run from August 23 through November 28. Residential students will need to check-out of their fall housing assignment by 8pm on November 28.

Housing Operations is examining the option of a petition process for fall residents with a confirmed spring assignment to remain on campus between semesters. This option would be available for those residents who are unable to travel home. More information will be shared as decisions are made.

In the event that the College needs to move students off campus due to COVID-19 this fall, room and board costs, which include all meal plans, will be prorated for the remainder of the semester.

Meal plans remain a requirement for all students living on campus. 

For the fall semester, Roger's Pub will be used as an additional dining venue called Trim Xpress. Regular pub operations will be temporarily suspended until large, indoor gatherings can be resumed safely. In the interim, the Student Engagement team will work closely with the Senior Week committee to plan regular Wednesday night programming for seniors throughout the fall semester. The programming may be in-person in outdoor spaces or held virtually based on health and safety guidelines in place during the fall semester.

Given the importance of limiting travel off campus in support the well-being of community, Student Engagement and the Student Government Association have updated the Uber Subsidy Program for this fall aimed specifically to provide students with access to essential items and assistance with arrival to campus at the start of the semester and departure from campus at the close of the semester. 

Consequently, the local area program offerings would provide students with access to two grocery store options and CVS Pharmacy. The arrival and departure programs would provide students with access to/from Logan International Airport and South Station (Amtrak, MBTA, buses).

We are confident in our ability to deliver a high quality, impactful learning experience in any format and have made many of the changes necessary for this current situation by building on our nearly 20-year history of successful distance learning and innovative curriculum development. Investments nearing $9M have been made in faculty development, hardware, and software as well as safety and health preparations that will elevate the student experience. We have been charging the same per credit rate across course delivery formats for many years, as such, there are no plans for refunds or discounts in current or future courses.  While we have significant additional infrastructure and operating costs due to the pandemic, we are not increasing tuition and are not introducing any new fees to offset these special costs.