Fall 2021 COVID Policies

Below are Brandeis' COVID-19 policies for fall of 2021. These policies are subject to change based upon public health guidance at any time; please check this page frequently for the most up-to-date policies.

More than anything, Brandeis encourages our community members to exercise respect, kindness, and common sense in their approaches to health and safety on campus where ambiguity or uncertainty may exist.

Policies

  • All individuals regardless of vaccination status must wear a mask in all Brandeis indoor settings, except in:
    • Private offices, no more than 4 persons
    • Private labs, at discretion of the principal investigator (PI)
    • Private rooms, suites, and apartments in the University residences or while attending to personal care in public bathrooms, e.g., showering, tooth brushing
    • When actively eating or drinking
    • When swimming in the Lindsey Pool
    • Varsity athletics practices and play, at discretion and supervision of a coach
    • Noted exceptions in classes (below)
  • Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask at all times — indoors or outdoors — with the exception of eating and drinking while maintaining 6-foot distancing or when alone in an indoor space.
  • Classes. Masks are required in all indoor classes with the following exceptions:
    • In classes where pedagogical needs do not allow for masks to be worn (i.e. theater, language classes, vocal performance, physical education, etc.), it is an option, at the discretion of the instructor, for fully vaccinated students to demonstrate a green-only Campus Passport to participate without a mask (no yellow).
    • When speaking in a group setting where all others present are masked (e.g., a faculty member, instructor or TA giving a lecture; a guest speaker at an event; a student giving a presentation); a speaker may lower or remove their mask while speaking and then raise or replace their mask to allow others to speak.
  • In the library and classrooms, eating is not allowed (unless permitted by the instructor), though masks may be lowered briefly while sipping a beverage.
  • Upon request, and out of respect for others, all individuals must have a mask “at the ready” to put on if others present are wearing one.
Indoor Gatherings
  • No distancing or capacity requirements based on the room (up posted capacity). Unvaccinated individuals should maintain 6 feet of distance as much as feasible.
Outdoor Gatherings
  • No distancing or capacity requirements
  • All students will test twice per week (every 96 hours).
  • Any unvaccinated community members will continue to test twice per week (every 96 hours).
  • Vaccinated faculty and staff will will continue to test once per week (every 168 hours).

Visitors, including families, must take the Daily Health Assessment prior to coming to campus. Some facilities may require visitors to display the email they will receive clearing them to come to campus, so visitors should print that out or have it ready on their phone. All visitors and contractors must wear a mask at all times on campus except while eating, and maintain distancing when possible.

Proof of a negative rtPCR test from a sample taken within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus and shown to the campus host is required only for:

  • Overnight or multi-day visitors and contractors
  • Visitors and contractors who come to campus from an international location
Classrooms
  • No distancing or capacity requirements based on room (up to room capacity)
  • Masks are required in all indoor classes.
  • In classes where pedagogical needs do not allow for masks to be worn (i.e. theater, language classes, vocal performance, etc.), it is an option, at the discretion of the instructor, for fully vaccinated students to demonstrate a green-only Campus Passport to participate without a mask (no yellow).
Physical Distancing (in general)
  • Vaccinated Individuals: No distancing requirements
  • Unvaccinated Individuals: minimum of 6 ft., when feasible
Unvaccinated Individuals
  • Must wear a mask at all times with the exception of eating or drinking while maintaining 6 ft. distancing
  • Must maintain 6 ft. distancing as much as possible
  • Prohibited from participation in higher risk activities including singing, wind instrument playing, theater acting, group dance performance, and university-sponsored travel
  • Those wishing to access campus after personal travel must follow CDC guidelines for quarantine and testing after travel before accessing campus. This means taking two negative tests (upon arrival and on day 6) and 7 days of travel quarantine
  • For Undergraduates: Travel outside the six New England states of CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT or internationally for any unvaccinated undergraduate student will be permitted on an emergency basis only and requires prior written permission from the Dean of Students Office
  • Fully vaccinated individuals may travel domestically on university-sponsored travel or for personal travel without special approval
  • Fully vaccinated individuals may travel internationally on university-sponsored travel with prior written permission from their Dean or VP (undergraduates apply to Dean of Students; graduate students apply to their Graduate Dean: GSAS, Heller, IBS)
Food
  • Food must be consumed in accordance with the masking, distancing, and gathering policy, as applicable for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals
  • There is no eating in the Library
Move in and Arrival to Campus
  • All students must submit a sample for COVID-19 testing upon arrival to campus.
  • Fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students, while awaiting their negative test result from on-campus testing (or until 10 a.m. the day after they submit their sample, in the case of pooled testing) must limit their indoor socializing but are permitted to collect food via grab-and-go, submit samples at the testing sites, attend appointments at the Health Center, and engage in outdoor activities while remaining masked at all times.
  • Unvaccinated students arriving to campus from all domestic or international locations must remain in travel quarantine for 7 days per CDC guidelines and must submit tests upon arrival and on day 5, but are permitted to collect food via grab-and-go, submit samples at the testing sites, and attend appointments at the Health Center while remaining masked at all times.While in travel quarantine, unvaccinated students are prohibited from socializing with others face-to-face, indoors or outdoors, for any reason.
  • Students must upload proof of vaccination IN ENGLISH to the Campus Passport Portal, or students will be considered unvaccinated and a 7 day travel quarantine will be required.
  • Families and friends may help students with move-in