Daily campus update for COVID-19 operations

Information about COVID-19 guidelines and protocols at Brandeis has changed frequently as public health guidance has changed; please be aware that the information in this letter may be outdated. For the latest information, please visit the COVID-19 Response website.

March 19, 2020

Here are today's updates for our campus community.

Pay for student workers

Please see the following guidance from Student Financial Services on how students can be paid for work during this time:

Student Emergency Funds still available

Students who are experiencing financial difficulty around the transition to online learning can continue to apply for assistance by emailing emergencyfunds@brandeis.edu. Thank you to our warm and caring community that has so far donated nearly $135,000! Contributions are still being accepted and 100 percent of donations will go directly to students in need.

Access free or discounted internet/data during COVID-19 period

The Federal Communications Commission’s “Keep America Connected” (pdf) initiative pledges to suspend common penalties and expand internet access across the U.S. Several internet and telecom service providers are committed to offering free access to the internet (via WiFi hotspot), discounted internet service and/or increased data allowances to ensure people can get online during this unprecedented time. To learn more, review offerings from the service providers below.

Questions about community member testing positive

It’s understandable that individuals have questions about the community member who has tested positive for COVID-19. It was determined by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Mass DPH) that this individual had no contact with other members of the Brandeis community and there is no known risk to the campus community from this particular case. When the Brandeis Health Center was notified that a member of the Brandeis community tested positive, the university collaborated with Mass DPH and the Waltham Board of Health to conduct a case contact tracing. This process involves reviewing an individual’s interactions during a determined period in which they could have possibly infected people. The university supports and actively participated in this important best practice. Anyone identified as a potential close contact would have been notified directly by the Waltham Board of Health or the Brandeis Health Center. That will be the process with any positive tests of community members in the future, and we will keep track of the number of cases reported to us on the Health Center website.

Information on the Brandeis Counseling Center

The Brandeis Counseling Center (BCC) remains available to provide care to our students, on or off campus. Until further notice, all appointments including urgent care will be over the phone or via a HIPAA compliant platform. To reach the BCC, please call our 24/7 answering service at 781-736-3785.