Fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students are not required to wear masks on campus, but should feel free to do so if they prefer, including in offices and classrooms. Those with approved University COVID-19 vaccination exemptions must wear masks outdoors and while in all campus buildings. Non-BC guests visiting campus who are not fully vaccinated must also follow this mask policy. In accordance with Boston Public Health regulations, masks must be worn in indoor public spaces open to the public, including the McMullen Museum, BC dining halls located in Boston (except while eating or drinking), and in the BC Bookstore in Maloney Hall on the Lower Campus. Effective September 2, masks must be worn in indoor public spaces that are open to the public in Newton, including dining halls (except while eating or drinking), and the BC Bookstore in McElroy Commons.
Yes. Masks are mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations).
Yes. In order to safeguard the health of the BC community, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated before participating in any on-campus activity related to the 2021–2022 academic year.
All undergraduate and graduate/professional students who plan to be on campus this academic year are required to upload a copy of their vaccination card to their patient record in the Agora Portal under Health Services.
To submit the vaccination card and dates through the Health Services Portal, please follow the steps below:
- Take a picture of the vaccination card or document and save it on your computer or phone to upload into the Agora Health Services Portal (https://services.bc.edu), found under OTHER SERVICES.
- Choose the UPLOAD ICON and upload the picture under the appropriate vaccine name (Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer) in the drop-down menu (Note: the drop down menu is below the list of "documents available to upload"). Click SELECT FILE, choose the file that you are uploading and hit the UPLOAD button.
- After uploading the picture, select the IMMUNIZATION ICON on the Health Services portal. Choose via the “required” drop down the vaccination name, and record the vaccination dates. Click SUBMIT to save.
Yes. Testing is required for all BC community members regardless of vaccination status.
Student testing will take place in Conte Forum August 22-29, in accordance with schedule move-in times. The testing schedule is as a follows:
- Sun 8/22
9 am – 5 pm
- Mon 8/23
8 am – 7 pm
- Tue 8/24
9 am – 7 pm
- Wed 8/25
6:30 am – 7 pm
- Thu 8/26
9 am – 7 pm
- Fri 8/27
8 am – 7 pm
- Sat 8/28
9 am – 7 pm
- Sun 8/29
10 am – 5 pm
To access the testing center, all students must present the BC symptom check via the BC Check app upon entry to Conte Forum, and will need to wear a mask while in the building. Upon completion of the test, wristbands will be distributed, which we ask all members of the BC community to wear through September 3. All who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days must acquire a wristband at the Conte Forum test site. BC will utilize its on-campus laboratory and continue to work with the Broad Institute to analyze the tests; individuals who did not do so during the 2020-2021 academic year must sign a testing consent form prior to testing, either at check-in or electronically at bc.edu/consent.
Students who are not in compliance with the University’s vaccination policy by August 23 will face the following consequences:
You will be withdrawn from all classes and will lose access to all University services.
Your housing placement (if applicable) for the fall semester will be canceled effective August 24th.
Your access to Canvas will be disabled, which will impact your ability to access your classes.
An administrative hold will be placed on your University student account.
A registration hold will be placed on your account and you will not be able to drop/add classes.
Please note that a withdrawal from classes may void any fall semester financial aid award you may have received and result in a loss of your spot in selected classes.
Yes. Given the possibility of “breakthrough” COVID-19 cases, faculty, staff, and students should once again monitor their health on a daily basis utilizing the BC Check app (bc.edu/check), which may be required for access to certain venues on campus. During the daily self-check, faculty, staff, and students who indicate that they have no symptoms will receive a green “OK” notice on their smartphone. Anyone who indicates symptoms will be instructed not to travel to campus; students living on and off campus will be directed to phone University Health Services for consultation regarding next steps.
Yes. All non-BC guests visiting residence halls must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Their hosts must ensure that their visiting guests, friends, and family members upload their vaccination cards, and provide contact information for possible contact tracing purposes prior to entering any University housing. Additional details about the guest registration process via the BC Check app will be announced shortly. Students inviting guests to campus must be sure that they abide by BC Residence Hall room capacity requirements, as follows:
- Traditional residence hall rooms – 2 guests per resident
- Apartments and suites – 4 guests per resident, maximum of 24 people (including resident hosts)
- Registered parties – 5 guests per resident, maximum of 36 people (including resident hosts) for indoor parties
The University has set the following health safety protocols and conditions for those students who have not yet achieved full vaccination status:
- Students who are not yet fully vaccinated will be required to test regularly for COVID-19 through Boston College's testing program. These students will receive an e-mail notification for each required test. The frequency of testing may be adjusted depending on positivity rates and other COVID-19-related factors.
- Until students are fully vaccinated, they are required to wear a mask outdoors and while in all campus buildings, including in classrooms, laboratories, dining halls, Connell Recreation Center, and residence halls/University housing (including residence hall rooms). These students may remove their mask when eating/drinking and sleeping in their residence hall room.
- Pending full vaccination status and per state and local departments of health guidelines, if students who are not fully vaccinated test positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days, in accordance with BC’s isolation protocols.
- Pending full vaccination status and per state and local departments of health guidelines, if students are identified as a close contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. In such a case, students will be required to follow BC’s quarantine protocols, including COVID-19 testing during this period.
- Students are expected to perform their daily self-health check utilizing the BC Check app (bc.edu/check), which may be required for access to certain venues on campus. If students are are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, they must not leave their room or come to campus, and should immediately contact University Health Services.
- Once students are fully vaccinated, they should alert University Health Services, and upload their vaccination card.