The Spring 2021 semester will start on February 1. There will be no February weeklong break, and we will have a reduced Passover break. The remainder of the spring semester calendar is unchanged at this time, including the last day of classes and the May 23 date for Commencement. For complete information, visit the COVID-19 Response: What's Now, What's Next website.
GSAS has decided to keep the tuition rate the same as last year instead of increasing tuition for Soring 2021.
We are waiving the requirement that all members of the dissertation defense committee must be physically present. Until further notice, we are not setting a limit on the number of committee members who may participate remotely in the defense. Non-committee attendees must view the defense virtually.
In-person conference attendance falls under the University’s current travel policy that prohibits all university-sponsored international travel for students, faculty, and staff. Domestic travel should be limited and must have prior approval of the Provost. Students are welcome to attend conferences virtually as desired.
All international travel is suspended on Brandeis business or with Brandeis programs, for all faculty, students, postdocs and staff.
This includes any travel associated with one’s scholarly activities as a Brandeis employee, even travel funded by a government grant, foundation, company or another university.
Rare exceptions to this policy will be considered, but the request must be made in writing to the Provost.
Brandeis urges extreme caution and judgment before traveling domestic travel.
Massachusetts is now requiring travelers from out of state, including those returning home, to quarantine for 14 days after out-of-state travel unless they have taken a COVID-19 PCR test (the kind offered by Brandeis) within 72 hours of their arrival (or after their arrival) and received a negative result. The only exceptions are individuals traveling from lower-risk states as designated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. These states change frequently and it is the responsibility of individuals to check to see if the state they wish to visit is on the list.
Massachusetts requires all travelers from outside of exempted states to fill out a form; the state penalty for violating the quarantine order is $500.
Undergraduate and graduate students who have arrived on campus must limit their travel to the Greater Boston area.
In case of an emergency that requires a student to travel out of state, the student must notify the Dean of Students Office and follow Massachusetts state guidelines regarding COVID-19 travel quarantine upon return to campus.
If you would like to take a leave of absence for a semester or academic year, you should work with your program to determine the best course of action and to complete the leave of absence form. If you need to take a medical leave, you need to reach out to the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli, to request information about the process. Once the leave of absence form is complete, it should be returned to Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli at email@example.com.
Students who take a leave of absence will not lose their spaces at GSAS.