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: July 31, 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.

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

All students returning to Babson, whether face-to-face or virtually, will experience a significant shift in the student experience. As such, a required on-boarding program will help students prepare for and better understand new expectations for the fall semester. During the week August 3, 2020, students will receive an email link to the Canvas site along with detailed instructions on how to complete the course’s three (3) required modules: Safety and Wellness, Navigating Campus, and Preparing for Academic Success.

Each module will house training tools and resources that students can access at any point during the fall semester. Sample topics include:

  • Safety and Wellness: PPE/face mask policy, accessing Health Services, testing and symptoms reporting, quarantine and isolation plans.
  • Navigating Campus: residence hall expectations, campus signage, expectations for social gatherings, changes to Babson Dining, accessing BRAC, and community standards.
  • Academic and Classroom Experience: guidelines for face-to-face classes, best practices for group work in a virtual environment, technology considerations, and moving between face-to-face and a virtual learning environment.

Required materials will be listed as assignments with key take-away information included in a culminating quiz for each module. Students will be required to achieve 80% on each quiz. Failure to successfully complete the quizzes for each module by August 24, 2020 (first day of classes) may result in a cancellation of their fall registration.

Orientation for Residential Students

All residential students will participate in an in-person orientation managed by staff in Residence Education. This orientation will include review of behavioral agreements, policies/expectations, and a physical walk-through of the building highlighting changes in designation for entrances/exits, use of elevators, and access to shared-spaces including restrooms, laundry facilities, kitchens, and common areas.

Optional tours will be available to all returning students throughout the month of August. Students will walk key areas of campus including dining venues, BRAC, classrooms, and Health Services.

Pre-Arrival Quarantine

All students should quarantine at home for 14 days prior to arriving at Babson and must complete an attestation confirming pre-arrival quarantine.

If possible (though not required), students are asked to complete a COVID-19 test (not from Babson) no more than 72 hours before arrival. If your results are positive, please delay your return to campus for 10 days.

All students must schedule a Babson COVID-19 test to be completed within the first 24 hours of being on campus. Health Services will communicate with students before arrival with instructions for signing up for a testing appointment.

Students who have attested that they have quarantined at home for 14 days prior to arrival must quarantine until receiving a negative result from a Babson-administered COVID-19 test. Test results typically take 24 hours. During that time, students must remain in their assigned residence hall, use only their assigned household bathroom, and leave only to get grab n’ go food. Off campus students are expected to quarantine at their off campus residence.

Unable/Unwilling to Quarantine

Residential students, who do not quarantine before arrival or are unable/unwilling to sign the attestation confirming quarantine, will move their belongings into their residence hall and immediately enter a designated quarantine space on campus. These students will remain in quarantine until they receive two negative test results (up to seven days). Students residing off campus must receive one negative Babson-administered COVID-19 test before attending classes in person. Off campus students must remain off campus until classes begin, with the exception of coming to campus to complete an asymptomatic screening test. Students should schedule a Babson COVID-19 test early (between August 15-19) and aim to have the test completed at least three days before their first class. Off campus students who are not able to sign the attestation that they quarantined for 14 days must remain quarantined at their off campus residence, coming to campus only for the purpose of asymptomatic testing. These students must produce two negative tests prior to attending class in person.

Family Members

Family members or individuals accompanying students and assisting with move-in must complete the visitor registration form prior to arrival. Individuals from Massachusetts, a state identified as “lower risk” or those who plan to immediately leave the state following drop off (no overnight stay) are exempt from the Massachusetts Travel Order. All others must meet the requirements of the travel order.

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 the Office of Academic Services and the Registrar.

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

Questions?

Students should contact the Office of Academic Services at 781-239-4075 or academicservices@babson.edu with any questions.

Testing

All students must schedule a Babson COVID-19 test to be completed within the first 24 hours of being on campus. Health Services will communicate with students before arrival with instructions for signing up for a testing appointment.

Off-campus students are encouraged to schedule their testing early, any time between August 15–19, to prepare for the start of classes.

Learn more about testing »

Contact Tracing

DPH recommends COVID-19 testing symptomatic students and close contacts of a known case. Babson will conduct testing on campus for full-time Babson students as needed on weekdays. On weekends, students will be directed to affiliated care sites (CareWell clinic or Newton-Wellesley Hospital) for testing.

Symptom Monitoring and Reporting

All students planning to be on-campus will be required to participate in a daily symptoms reporting protocol. Students with symptoms will be required to remain ‘at home’ and not engage in on-campus activities as they seek medical attention.

Using a mobile-friendly app, students will be required to complete a symptoms checklist each day and follow the guidance prompted. The screening tool will include an attestation of the student’s temperature. To facilitate this detection effort, Babson is supplying each student with a digital thermometer upon arrival to campus.

Quarantine and Isolation

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.

Students have the option of returning home and remaining on campus for isolation and quarantine. For specifics, please visit Health Guidelines.

The Office of Academic Services 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 should contact the Office of Academic Services at 781-239-4075 or academicservices@babson.edu with any questions. 

We are excited to welcome incoming and returning students back to our residence halls this fall. 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.

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

Fall Move-In

  • All students living on campus will be assigned a specific move-in date/time between August 20 and August 22, based on their residence hall assignment, to allow for physical distancing during the move-in process.
  • Any student who would like to request a different move-in day/time may do so through an application.
  • Students are permitted one guest to help them move into their residence hall during their assigned move-in day and timeframe. All guests on move-in day must comply with Babson health and safety guidelines and register as a campus visitor prior to arriving on campus.
  • More information will be shared with students in mid-July.

Students who live locally have the opportunity to drop off items the weekend of August 15–16. Those who participate in this early drop off opportunity will not officially check into their residence hall and receive a key, as students will not be permitted to stay overnight. Further information and instructions will be provided by Housing Operations in mid-July.  

For students who do not live within driving distance to campus and are facing travel restrictions, and rigid travel times, we have organized an early move-in period to accommodate their needs. Students can apply for early arrival, and approved students will be billed a flat fee of $750. Early arrival move-in will begin August 9 and be scheduled by Housing to ensure physical distancing. Further information and instructions will be provided by Housing in mid-July.

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.

Moving Off Campus

Some students have communicated that living off campus may be a better option for them and raised concerns about housing refunds. Ultimately, students and their families have to make the decision that is in their best interest, including exploring off-campus housing accommodations. Students who determine that living off campus is in their best interest have the opportunity to cancel their housing without penalty. 

  • First-year students have the option to petition for release from the on-campus housing requirement. Should a student wish to apply for this exemption, they must submit the 2020–2021 First-Year Petition to Live Off Campus Application by July 10. 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.

 

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

In order to protect all members of the Babson community, students are required to wear masks/face coverings whenever they are in a public space, when traveling across campus, and when gathering with multiple people whether indoors or outdoors.

  • Students are not required to wear a face mask while inside their assigned residence hall room, but should always maintain appropriate physical distance from a roommate. Whenever that is not possible or when receiving a visitor, students should wear a face covering.
  • Students using shared bathrooms should enter and exit with a mask.
  • Students are responsible for laundering cloth masks and for disposing of one-time-use masks.

Students will be provided with two cloth masks upon return to campus with details to be communicated at a later date. Face masks also will be available for purchase in the Campus Store. Students are encouraged to bring additional masks/face coverings with them to campus.

Read the complete Babson College Student Face Mask Policy (pdf).

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.

 

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 should contact the Office of Academic Services at 781-239-4075 or academicservices@babson.edu with any questions.

With the health and safety of the Babson community as a top priority, Fall Orientation 2020 will be transitioned to a virtual format.

Our orientation experience will take place in a virtual platform that is intentional about building community and reinforcing engagement opportunities. Students will take part in modules that will introduce them to the policies and procedures of the College and also help guide them through the steps needed to complete registration.

Orientation Dates

Virtual orientation will begin Monday, July 27, 2020, and will last four weeks leading up to the first day of classes. Students will receive their invitation to Wisr, our virtual orientation platform, the first week of July and will be able to start connecting with other students, staff, and faculty, participate in a virtual social event, meet their peer mentor; and have weekly virtual meetups.

All new students will have the ability to connect regularly with their peers, affinity groups, and a variety of departments across campus. Additionally, our Campus Activities Board will be hosting a fun, virtual social event each Wednesday during the four weeks leading up to their arrival on campus.

Truly, the best way to maximize the orientation experience is to participate fully—it’s a great time to engage with the College and classmates in preparation for arrival on campus in August.

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.

Arriving at Babson College

If possible (though not required), we encourage you to obtain an FDA and EUA approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test 72 hours before traveling to campus. If you receive a positive result, you must delay your travel to campus for 10 days and until medically cleared.

Yes, 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.

Residential students who do not quarantine before arrival, or are unable/unwilling to sign the attestation confirming quarantine, will move their belongings into their residence hall then immediately enter a designated quarantine space on campus.

These students will remain in quarantine until they receive two negative test results (up to seven days). Students should pack a bag for seven days, including personal linens, for quarantine.

Off campus students who do not quarantine before returning to Babson’s campus, or are unable/unwilling to sign the attestation confirming quarantine, can only be on campus for Covid-19 testing and must remain quarantined at home until they produce two negative tests.

Students who have attested that they have quarantined for 14 days prior to arrival at Babson will be tested within 24 hours of arriving on campus and must quarantine until receiving a negative result. Test results typically take 24 hours. During that time, students must remain in their assigned residence hall, use only their assigned household bathroom, and leave only to get grab n’ go food.

Students who are unable to quarantine before arrival, or are unable/unwilling to sign the attestation confirming quarantine, will follow the process listed above.

All students must schedule a Babson COVID-19 test to be completed within the first 24 hours of being on campus, ideally prior to checking in to your residence hall. Health Services will communicate with students before arrival with instructions for signing up for a testing appointment.

Off-campus students are encouraged to schedule their testing early, any time between August 15–19, to prepare for the start of classes.

Your first test should happen within 24 hours of arrival on campus. From there, you’ll take a second test within the first three to five days on campus as part of our regular weekly asymptomatic screening protocol.

The frequency of asymptomatic screening tests may be adjusted up or down as the semester progresses, based on public health guidance and community needs.

We expect test results to be available within 24 hours. While awaiting initial test results, residential students must remain in their assigned room, use only their assigned household bathroom, and leave only to get grab n’ go food. Off campus students are expected to quarantine at their off campus residence.

Residential and off campus students who quarantined before arriving on campus and received a negative result on their first test are permitted to move about campus observing COVID-related policies and expectations.

Any student, residential or off campus, unable to quarantine prior to arrival must remain quarantined until receiving a second negative test result.

Based on the Massachusetts executive order, individuals from Massachusetts or a state identified as “lower risk” (Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii) are not required to quarantine before accompanying their student to campus. Note the distinction of low vs. high risk states is subject to change.

If a parent/guardian/family member is entering Massachusetts only to drop off their student and plans to immediately leave the campus and the state, they are exempt from the quarantine/testing order. Anyone who plans to stay overnight is subject to the requirements of the travel order and are required to complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, and receive a negative test within 72 hours of coming into Massachusetts or attest to other options regarding post-arrival quarantine for 14 days.

All visitors to campus must complete the Campus Visitor Registration Form prior to arrival. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not come to the Babson campus.

Off-campus students are expected to quarantine for two weeks prior to entering Babson’s campus and must receive one negative COVID Babson test before attending classes. Off-campus students must remain off campus until classes begin, with the exception of completing an asymptomatic screening test. Students should schedule a Babson COVID-19 test early—anywhere from August 15–19—and aim to have the test completed at least three days before their first class. More information on appointment scheduling is coming soon.

Off campus students who are unable to sign the attestation that they quarantined for 14 days prior to entering Babson’s campus must remain quarantined at their off campus residence, coming to campus only for asymptomatic testing. These students must produce two negative tests prior to attending class.

Students traveling to Massachusetts from out of state who will be living off campus are expected to adhere to the Massachusetts Travel Orders.

All students should quarantine for two weeks prior to arriving on campus, regardless of home state or location, and will be asked to sign an attestation confirming their 14-day quarantine. Students also are encouraged to get a COVID-19 test not more than 72 hours before coming to campus.

If possible, local students should schedule a time between August 15–19 to deliver their belongings to campus before their assigned move-in time.

Babson testing and quarantine policies are the same for all residential students.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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 is working with Olin and Wellesley Colleges to determine how changes to each institution's academic experience will impact cross registration. We will update our students when information on the status of cross registration for this fall becomes available.

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.

Virtual orientation will begin Monday, July 27, 2020, and will last four weeks leading up to the first day of classes. Students will receive their invitation to Wisr, our virtual orientation platform, the first week of July and will be able to start connecting with other students, staff, and faculty, participate in a virtual social event, meet their peer mentor; and have weekly virtual meetups.

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. 

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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.

  • 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.

Students who will be relocated to the College's isolation/quarantine spaces will be provided with fresh linens, cleaning supplies, and pantry items. In addition, health services will provide students with self-care kits, which will include: cough drops, Tylenol, a thermometer, and an information sheet.

In addition to providing students in quarantine/isolation with water and pantry items, three meals a day will be provided by Babson Dining, to be delivered to the student's door by an administrator.

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.

All students living on-campus will be assigned a specific move-in date/time  between August 20 and August 22, based on their residence hall assignment, to allow for physical distancing during the move-in process. Any student who would like to request a different move-in day/time may do so through an application. Students are permitted one guest to assist them in moving into their residence hall during their assigned move-in day and timeframe. All guests on move-in day must comply with Babson health and safety guidelines and register as a campus visitor prior to arriving on campus. Information will be shared with students regarding move-in by mid July.

All undergraduates living on campus may be reassigned housing as necessary, in order to de-densify certain areas, to set aside rooms for quarantine and isolation, and similar needs.  At this time the following adjustments have been made:

  • Limited occupancy: Room occupancy is limited to two students per room.  A maximum of two students per bedroom, or four to six students per suite will be applied without exception.
  • Single rooms: The College will work with students to accommodate single-room requests for those who are immunocompromised or have other health considerations.  Contact Accessibility Resources for information about the Medical Housing Accommodation Process.
  • Expanding housing options: Additional rooms in Woodside will be available for the 2020–2021 Academic Year.

The College will be reducing the occupancy of students currently assigned to triple-occupancy rooms and smaller double-occupancy rooms, and reassigning the returning/continuing students currently assigned to Park Manor West and Park Manor Central in order to accommodate the incoming class on Lower Campus. The affected students will be contacted by the Housing Office in early July with further information on how these reassignments will be processed.

Note that during the academic year, room changes will not be granted except for emergencies or extenuating circumstances.

The College recognizes that there may be barriers to getting back to Babson. Students who are unable to get back to Babson due to country flight bans will not be charged cancellation fees once their situation is verified. 

Residents will be able to submit a request to change their scheduled arrival date and time. Because of a limited number of arrival appointments to account for the physical distancing necessary for the health and safety of our community members, not all requests can be accommodated. More information regarding how students can request a change in their arrival time will be provided by Housing.

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.