Important adjustments to the spring semester due to COVID

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We have all seen the impact in recent weeks of the Omicron surge across the country and here on campus.  While the surge is disheartening, the evidence that Omicron typically results in mild or asymptomatic illness in those who are vaccinated and boosted is reassuring, particularly given our community’s extraordinarily high vaccination rate.

Our community’s embrace of our COVID protocols thus far has enabled us to minimize spread and significant illness; it will be important for us to adhere even more stringently to mask-wearing, to testing, and to getting booster shots as soon as eligible.  Our impressive vaccination rate is likely to significantly mitigate the degree of illness we experience on campus. However, we should all be prepared to see much higher positivity rates in our COVID testing program due to Omicron.

In order to manage the operational impacts of Omicron to start the semester, Brandeis is also making the following adjustments:

Please wait for additional instructions on where and when to upload your booster shot documentation (or exemption request) – do not upload booster documentation to the Campus Passport.

Testing prior to returning

Please note: only asymptomatic individuals should test at Brandeis’ testing centers.


Vaccinations, boosters, testing, masking, and compliance with our campus guidelines have helped to mitigate the impact and spread of COVID on our campus thus far.  The transmissibility of Omicron presents challenges to us as we begin to understand how we will be living with COVID both now and into the future.  Please continue to check the COVID-19 Response website for more details about these changes as well as updated policies, protocols, and guidance for our campus during this surge.

We are deeply grateful to the Brandeis community for everyone’s ongoing efforts to keep each other safe throughout the many challenges and changes we’ve experienced since March 2020.  Thanks to your partnership, we have been able to continue the important work of our teaching and research mission since then. The resilience everyone has displayed has inspired us time and again, and we hope you are inspired by each other as well.  Thank you for all you bring to Brandeis.

Sincerely,

Ron Liebowitz, President
Carol A. Fierke, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stew Uretsky, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration
Raymond Lu-Ming Ou, Vice President of Student Affairs