Information for Undergraduate Students and Families

Last updated: September 25, 2020 at 1:43 PM

Skyline Residence Hall

The fall 2020 semester at Brandeis looks different from past fall semesters. Yet the university’s mission and values — everything that makes Brandeis such a special place to learn and grow — remain.

Our highest priority is protecting the health and safety of all our community members. Students are pursuing rigorous academic studies and enjoying life-enhancing social connections. And the Brandeisian commitment to equity, inclusivity and accessibility is as strong as ever.

We are excited to have our students on campus this fall. Although the university has made modifications to residence halls and set aside housing for isolation and quarantine needs, incoming first-year undergraduates as well as returning undergraduates who already have housing contracts are living in on-campus housing during the fall semester. Undergraduates and graduate students residing off-campus in Waltham and around greater Boston are also coming to campus for in-person components of classes and to use Brandeis' facilities.

The university has offered a wide array of in-person, online and combination (both in-person and online) courses that maintain the standard of excellence that defines undergraduate education at Brandeis. Flexible options and extra support allow students to enjoy a stimulating, challenging and well-rounded college experience.

Please keep in mind, however, that our plans for the fall semester will succeed only if our entire community adheres to stringent social-solidarity practices. All of us — students, faculty and staff — must continue to follow health and safety protocols to the letter, without fail, to keep one another safe. We share a responsibility to reduce the probability of COVID-19 transmission within our community. Violations of health and safety protocols will lead to disciplinary actions that may include suspension, restriction from campus, removal from campus housing, withdrawal from one or more classes, or the revocation of parking privileges.

Continuity, Flexibility, Opportunity

Our plans for student living and learning during the upcoming semester are designed, first and foremost, to help the Brandeis community remain safe. As a result, they depend upon a high degree of compliance — on the part of every community member — with health and safety protocols.

None of us knows what course the virus will take over the coming months. Every member of our resilient community will be ready to pivot to address new concerns should they unexpectedly arise.

Despite all the unavoidable uncertainty, we are committed to ensuring that students’ instructional, research and engagement opportunities during the fall — and beyond — remain as rich and robust as ever.