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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, May 3, 2022

  • The Babson Testing Center in Webster will be closed beginning Friday, May 13, and asymptomatic testing (required and voluntary) will be paused.
  • Symptomatic students will continue to test via Health Services.
  • Faculty and staff experiencing Covid symptoms should remain home, contact their physician, and get a test off campus. Employees who test positive are asked to confidentially provide that information to our nurse practitioner at employeehealth@babson.edu.
  • Newly arriving summer students will self-test upon arrival to campus or be tested as a result of international travel requirements.

As of February 14, Babson has transitioned to an automated test result notification process for students; an approach comparable to what state and local public health authorities have adopted.

Students who test on campus will receive an email from Care Evolve with the subject line “Lab results available from your provider.” The link in that email will convey both positive and negative test results. This shift will empower students who test positive to begin protecting others right away. It is critical that students check their Babson email account regularly and carefully follow the instructions in all communications.

Students who test positive through Babson testing will continue to be called by the Health Services team. In addition, to ensure important health and safety information is conveyed, students will receive an email with specific instructions for isolating, masking, close contact identification and more.

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.

COVID-19 vaccine boosters are required for all eligible Babson College community members. Students, faculty and staff participating in on-campus activities must provide vaccination information by February 1 or within 21 days of becoming eligible for a booster (unless previously granted a medical accommodation or religious exemption).

All community members should make plans to receive a booster while away from campus for winter break (Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccine finder). Students should upload booster documentation through the Compliance Portal. Eligible community members who have tested positive for COVID-19 can receive a booster as soon as they are released from isolation and have recovered.

This decision is informed by current public health recommendations, Babson’s surveillance testing trend data, and expert guidance from the College’s external consultants, Environmental Health & Engineering (EHE). Importantly, the latest scientific evidence indicates that boosters provide improved protection against the Omicron variant.

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

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)

Beginning May 16, masks will be welcomed, but not required, across all campus locations, including in classrooms. Masks continue to be required in Health Services.

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 reduced restrictions for Babson-sponsored events and gatherings. Please review the College’s Event and Gathering Safety Protocols and Process Update (pdf) and continue to follow COVID-19 protocols.

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.