Campus Update for COVID-19 operations 3-20

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changed frequently as public health guidance has changed; please be aware that the information in this letter may be outdated.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 20, 2020

Dear Brandeis Community,

Below you will find the last operational update in what has been an extraordinary week for all. Brandeis is grateful to the faculty, staff and students who have worked incredibly hard to make the transition to online learning, to enable students to move off campus much earlier than anyone would have liked, and to do everything possible to protect the well-being of students who have been approved to stay on campus. Thank you to families who have welcomed their students back home long before they ever anticipated, and those who have provided support to students who need help with this transition through the Emergency Student Grant Fund. The fund is now approaching $140,000. Many students will continue to face unanticipated needs due to these changes, and the fund will remain open for donations and requests for assistance. Students who wish to access the fund can email

To students’ families: you’ve been receiving these daily updates along with the rest of the campus community due to the intense activity around move-out and the establishment of online learning. After today, you will continue to receive information from Brandeis, but not as many operational updates. At a time when you are busy transforming your own work and home lives, Brandeis does not want to inundate your inbox. We will continue to update our FAQs page and address individual questions at

Early registration for fall classes — new dates

Early registration for Fall 2020 has been postponed until April 20th through April 24th. Please check the Office of the Registrar for up to date course registration information.

Bookstore info and free eBooks

The college bookstore in the Shapiro Campus Center will be open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. now through March 27. The bookstore’s priority is to ensure the campus community has textbooks and other essential items. You may also check the campus bookstore website for updates and online orders.

During this time Follett is offering the following:

Spiritual support remains available to all students

Center for Spiritual Life staff members are available to speak with students by phone or Zoom for the remainder of the semester.  

The Brandeis Hillel will support all students over the next few months, no matter where they are, providing opportunities for meaningful relationships and deeper connections to Judaism. All students are encouraged to fill out the Hillel’s Here For You form to receive updates.