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Below you will find important details on vaccination policies, masking requirements, expectations for campus visitors, campus life and the classroom experience. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact us at healthupdate@babson.edu.

Last updated Tuesday, December 7, 2021

  • Weekly testing is required for all community members through December 21.
  • Students exiting campus for the holidays should take a Babson PCR test in the 72 hours prior to departing campus, even if it means testing two times in one week.
  • All students must update the Semester Location Form when departing campus to be removed from testing and compliance for the remainder of the semester.
  • Masking continues to be required in all indoor locations, with the exception of the Mask Optional Zones. Continued diligence and compliance is necessary for these spaces to remain mask optional.

As you prepare to arrive on campus, there are important steps to take to protect yourselves and others. We recommend all students take two important precautions prior to arriving on campus, regardless of vaccination status:

  • ​​Wear masks indoors and while in any crowded area
  • Avoid densely populated areas whenever possible

Additional guidance is as follows, for those students who are traveling to arrive on campus:

Vaccinated International Travelers

Adhere to CDC guidance for international travel.

Unvaccinated Students

Exempt students are strongly encouraged to test in the 72 hours prior to traveling to the U.S. or arriving at Babson. Students who test positive should remain off campus and Email Health Services or call 781-239-6363.

All community members, regardless of vaccination status, must complete a Babson PCR test within 24 hours of returning to campus for the Spring semester.

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All students must complete the Semester Location Form by stated deadlines to ensure your arrival to campus is noted for compliance purposes. We understand that arrival dates may shift for some students, and the Semester Location Form will remain open for you to update accordingly.

Please note that to participate in ongoing COVID-19 surveillance testing, all students must complete a consent form which is sent from Health Services.

The Babson Testing Center is located on the second floor of the Webster Center. Please schedule your test in advance and bring a passport, license or OneCard. Additional testing information is available on the Health and Safety page. Please be advised masks are required at the Testing Center, Sports Medicine, and Health Services per CDC guidance.

Any student participating in the in-person campus experience will be required to comply with all applicable College policies, which may evolve as we continue to monitor data, trends, and state guidance.

Download Babson College’s COVID Specific Health and Safety Policy for Students (pdf)

A vaccinated Babson community will allow us to continue to meet our goal of helping to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment. COVID-19 vaccination is required for all students attending classes on any Babson campus, including full-time, part-time, residential, and commuter students. Our community vaccination rate—encompassing students, faculty and staff—exceeds the Massachusetts Higher Education Testing Group’s recommendation for effectively repopulating campuses safely this fall (90%+). That group’s recommended threshold is based on data and guidance from federal and state public-health experts, including the CDC.

Students who do not submit documentation of vaccination by the stated deadline may be at risk of course registration and/or campus housing assignment cancellation.

Email Health Services or call 781-239-6363 immediately if you have not submitted vaccination documentation.

All vaccinated community members are strongly encouraged to receive their booster when eligible. If possible, students should make plans to receive their booster while away from campus for winter break.

We anticipate ongoing weekly surveillance testing and will notify the campus of any changes to that period as we evaluate current data. Students should test once a week (every 7 days).

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“Mask Optional” zones have been designed where fully vaccinated community members can choose to wear a mask. Vaccinated individuals must receive their negative arrival test results before removing masks in designated areas.

In addition to our residence halls, these designated larger open spaces are Reynolds Campus Center, Olin Hall’s Markey Commons on the ground floor, Trim Dining Room, Babson Commons, Horn Library, and BRAC. Note: administrative offices, conference rooms and private work spaces in these spaces are excluded from this new policy and masks remain mandatory. Signage indicates mask optional spaces.

Masks are required in all other campus spaces including classrooms, regardless of vaccination status. Non-vaccinated individuals and all visitors must continue to be masked at all times indoors when on a Babson campus. Masks may be removed in dining areas by individuals who are actively eating or drinking.

Housing

With guidance from our environmental consultants, the College is once again providing four room-type options for the 2021–2022 academic year: singles, doubles, triples, and quads.

Masks may be removed in residence hall restrooms and by roommates in private sleeping quarters, in addition to when actively eating and/or drinking.

Please visit the Housing section for additional information.

Dining

Need to find food? Check out the interactive Campus Dining Map or download the print version.

For hours of operation across campus, visit the hours of operation page or download the Dine on Campus mobile app.

Enhance your dining experiences by utilizing these smartphone apps across campus.

Our Smart Markets are designed to combine modern design and branding trends with the latest snack and beverage offerings. Our Market at PMW (Park Manor West Innovation Center) and Market at Olin Café (downstairs in Olin Hall) are open late for any time of day dining needs. Find out how it works.

Olin Café will reopen for the new academic year and will offer an in–person and mobile ordering experience via Boost Mobile Ordering. Guests will be able to order from the following stations on Boost: BRKFST & Co., Rosso Verde, Bok Choy and Chaat House.

We have increased capacity for events, gatherings, and all student activities, with very limited restrictions to typical student organizational priorities. Babson sponsored events or gatherings on or off campus which may include Babson community members and/or non Babson community members should follow the College’s event and complete the Event/Gathering Form to have the event approved.

Whenever possible, events and gatherings should be hosted outside and we encourage community members to work with Babson College Dining for safe food handling processes.

Additionally, we have a full Babson Athletics schedule with spectators once again invited to cheer on our teams.

Please see Information for Visitors.

Overnight guests (outside of the Babson community) are not permitted in Babson residence halls. Please note that we will continue to evaluate this policy in the coming weeks and evolve as appropriate.

To help prioritize the health and safety of our campus community, nonessential personal travel is discouraged during the academic year. Any students who are not fully vaccinated and have an urgent need to travel internationally are required to quarantine off campus at their own expense and to follow the policy outlined below. In limited cases, if travel is essential (i.e. family emergency), requests may be made for on-campus quarantine and isolation space. 

Babson will follow federal, local and state guidance on traveling and continue to evaluate the steps outlined below as further guidance and data becomes available. 

International Travel Policy

All students who wish to travel internationally must complete the International Travel Form.

  • Fully vaccinated students: Required to test 3 to 5 days after returning to campus, sooner if symptoms arise. Must continue to mask indoors per college policy. May resume in-person activities, including attending face-to-face classes.
  • Unvaccinated (including exempt) and partially vaccinated students: Required to test within 24 hours of return, and again 3 to 5 days after return. Must continue to mask indoors per college policy and wait for negative test results before returning to the classroom. Must quarantine off-campus at own expense pending results of two negative tests as outlined above.

Domestic Travel Policy

  • Unvaccinated (including exempt) and partially vaccinated students: Required to test within 24 hours of return and again 3 to 5 days after return. Must continue to mask indoors per college policy.

International travelers (any student arriving at Babson from an international location) must adhere to CDC guidance for international travel.

International students are encouraged to review the Information for International Students section for additional information around immigration regulations, travel, and common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The page will remain continuously updated ahead of the fall semester.

Babson’s commitment to our community’s health and safety and our high standards for providing academic continuity enabled us to return to a more recognizable campus community, including in person instruction.