Follow all COVID-19 protocols, testing every 3-4 days (schedule here), and complete your Symptom Report daily. View the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Undergraduate Student Testing and Compliance

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

Upon initial arrival to campus, and in order to participate in in-person learning and other activities, two negative Babson tests must be completed within 3–5 days of arrival. Following that clearance, all residential students, as well commuter students, must be tested twice weekly, with a minimum of 48 hours between tests.

Student Testing Requirements

All students returning to campus will need to schedule in advance and complete a Babson administered COVID-19 test immediately upon arrival to campus and prior to entering their assigned residence hall. Students must then maintain self-quarantine expectations in their residence hall, and grab and go food until receiving one negative test result. Students living off-campus are only permitted on campus for testing until receiving two negative test results. Testing hours available on the scheduling platform.

Asymptomatic surveillance testing is required twice weekly, with a minimum of 48 hours between tests (we recommend longer if your schedule allows). The requirement to test two times per week is planned until February 15. At that time, we will assess the appropriate testing frequency for community members living, learning and working on campus.

  • Schedule tests in advance. Recurring appointments can be scheduled on the Compliance Portal. Please pick your days and stick to them. Same day appointments are available.
  • When scheduling your tests, use your Babson email address and note that you are a student under the “affiliation” category. You will not get credit for the test unless these points are correct.
  • Bring your phone and Babson OneCard to your testing appointment.  
  • Student Testing Consent Form (pdf) will be required prior to registration.
  • Test registration will take place on the Webster Center second floor mezzanine, overlooking the basketball court. When entering and exiting the Webster Center, please use the doors on the second floor, closest to the parking lot and facing the BECC garage. 
  • Testing is self-administered in the Chandor Dance studio; participants will swab their nostrils themselves, under the observation of a health professional.
  • Test results are typically available on Babson’s digital testing interface within 24-48 hours. Students will be contacted by Health Services in the event they test positive. 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, we have outlined what to expect: Student Testing Protocols for Re-entry (pdf).
  • If you receive a positive result at an off-campus facility, you must notify Health Services immediately by calling 781-239-6363.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 (from a non-Babson test) on or after October 13, 2020, please submit your test results to Health Services via the online student health portal, by fax at 781-239-5069, or by email. Students who tested positive and can provide documentation are removed from the testing protocol for 90 days. Please contact Health Services with any questions.
  • Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should remain at home and call Health Services (full-time students) or your physician (part-time students) for immediate medical assistance.
  • Please contact covidtestsupport@babson.edu about testing questions. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 protocols contact studentsuccess@babson.edu 

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. You will receive a morning reminder to log symptoms and be expected to complete reporting, regardless of schedule, no later than noon.

Student Compliance Badge

Daily Campus Pass

Students who have received two initial negative test results at Babson, are in full compliance with testing requirements, and have reported no symptoms on their daily symptom report will receive a Daily Campus Pass via email indicating that they are eligible for the in-person experience that day.

Please maintain immediate access to your Daily Campus Pass as confirmation that you are in daily compliance. It may be required to access various locations on campus (i.e. BRAC, classrooms, etc.).

Please check your spam folder or email qualtricshelp@babson.edu if you do not receive the pass and have met all of the compliance protocols (symptom reporting and testing requirements).

Semester Location Form

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

Contact Tracing Protocol for Students

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

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

  • Students who receive a positive result will be informed that the local board of health will contact and monitor them per their protocol. Health Services will check in on these students daily for a symptom report and temperature attestation.
  • Answer the Call: If you are contacted by a public health official or contact tracing team member, answer your cell phone to protect your health, and the health of others.
  • Students identified as close contacts will be provided guidance and offered testing through Babson or other off-site testing facilities. Close contacts are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Please send additional questions about student testing to healthupdate2020@babson.edu.

If possible, 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.

Students will need to be tested within 24 hours of when they return. All testing will be conducted by appointment.

Regular asymptomatic surveillance testing will take place in the Webster Center’s Chandor Dance Studio, with registration on the second floor mezzanine (overlooking the basketball court).

Tests will be self-administered, under the direction of a health professional, using an anterior nasal swab. The anterior method is a more comfortable alternative to the nasopharyngeal swab, which involves inserting an elongated swab deep into the nose to the upper part of the throat.

Tests are sent to the Broad Institute for processing and analysis. Babson will use Nucleic acid amplification tests, or molecular tests, which detect active COVID-19 infection.

Tests identify the presence of characteristic sequences of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material (RNA) in respiratory samples of patients. If the viral RNA is detected, it suggests that the virus might be present. Use of the molecular RNA test enables rapid detection of infection, even in asymptomatic community members.

Within 24-48 hours of receiving the test, the Broad Institute will issue a result through Babson’s digital testing and tracing interface. Students will be contacted by Health Services in the event they test positive. 

Continue to go about your day-to-day activities, while observing proper public health precautions like social distancing and wearing a mask.

Off-campus students are expected to quarantine for 14 days prior to entering Babson’s campus and must receive two negative COVID Babson tests before attending classes.

Off-campus students must remain off campus until classes begin, with the exception of completing asymptomatic screening tests and picking up essential items like course materials and laptops.

Students should schedule two Babson COVID-19 tests prior to January 22, with 3–5 days between tests. Test results delivered within 24–48 hours.

Students must continue to be tested twice weekly, with a minimum of 48 hours between tests (we recommend longer if your schedule allows). The requirement to test two times per week is planned until February 15. At that time, we will assess the appropriate testing frequency for community members living, learning and working on campus.

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