Fall Practices & Protocols

  • All students will be required to wear face coverings/masks on-campus, except when inside their residence hall rooms or apartments, eating, and when physical distancing of 6’ is possible. However, face coverings/masks will be required in all classrooms and meeting spaces.

  • All students will be expected to self-monitor on a daily basis for symptoms including high temperature, cough, loss of smell or taste, labored breathing, and headache or muscle aches.

  • Testing, contact tracing, and if necessary, quarantine and isolation, will be key components of our plans for the fall semester. Additional details will be shared in July.   

  • All residential students will be required to sign an addendum to the housing agreement prior to move-in. This document will be available in the MyResLife forms section of the Agora Portal.

  • Move-in days for on-campus housing will be extended to ease congestion. The move-in schedule will be posted on the Residential Life website in July.

  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be able to select a move-in time through MyReslife in the Agora Portal. First-year students will be advised of their move-in time, which will be according to their local, national, and international region.

  • Students are encouraged to pack lightly for the fall semester, bringing essential items only. Please avoid bringing large pieces of furniture.

  • Elevators on campus will be limited to four people or fewer.

  • Non-BC guests will not be allowed to visit residence halls during the fall semester. 
      
  • Physical gathering policies, including the number of people allowed in student rooms, will be based on physical distancing guidelines. More information will be provided on the Residential Life website.

  • Student travel/excursions off campus should be limited during the fall semester, especially out-of-state travel. 

FAQ for Students

Boston College intends to begin the 2020–2021 academic year on Monday, August 31 with on-campus, in-class instruction. Students will have access to the full-range of campus support services—either in-person or remotely—and the University will adhere to the guidelines of federal and state public health authorities in an effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all members of the BC community. These FAQs, divided into sections, should be of help to students.

Health and Safety

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Boston College is developing mandatory education/training on public health practices, campus safety policies, and student expectations.Details will be shared in the coming weeks.

Residential Life

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Residential Life staff are looking at extending the move in time frame for returning students. They are also looking at an app to allow students to pick move-in times to allow for de-densification in common areas like elevators, entryways, and hallways.

Services and Activities

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Disability Accommodations

Can students receive accommodations for online learning?

Yes, students with disabilities that would affect their ability to engage in in-person classes may request reasonable accommodations that could include online learning. Students should register with the Disabilty Services Office if they think they may need this accommodation as soon as possible. 

Enrollment and Financial Aid

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The Postpone Enrollment deadline for the fall semester was June 1. Students approved for a Gap Year/Postponed Enrollment will retain the original housing offer (3 or 4 years) as indicated in their acceptance letter.

Study Abroad

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Unfortunately, after much consideration, the Office of International Programs announced on June 12 that it was cancelling its study abroad programs for the fall semester. This decision was based on travel and visa restrictions, ongoing CDC guidance related to international travel, and the likelihood that our international partners would not be able to offer a true immersive experience for our students.

Athletics

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The ACC is reviewing options for the possibility of intercollegiate competition this fall. Decisions, made in concert with state authorities, will be shared once finalized.

Orientation

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Yes. Orientation will be offered as a hybrid of virtual content delivered over the course of June, July, and August, and on-campus programming will take place August 27–30. 

International Students

What if my arrival to campus this fall is delayed due to visa issues or travel restrictions. Will online courses be offered? 

Yes. The University is creating online courses to accommodate international students who may be unable to arrive this semester.

BC Dining Services

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BC Dining plans to utilize McElroy, Corcoran, and Stuart as primary dining halls for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.) with amended service layout and decreased seating to facilitate physical distancing. Initially, late-night service will not be offered. In Phase II, when we have sufficient student staffing, late-night options will be offered through the GET mobile order system and pick up will be available at the three primary dining halls.

Lyons will be open Monday through Friday for continental breakfast and lunch between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dining Halls will close between meal periods to sanitize the service area and the dining room and to restock products. A self-serve sanitizing supply station will be available in dining rooms for guests to use before and after meals.

Transportation

How will BC transportation adjust to the challenges of COVID-19?

Transportation will establish pavement markings and signs promoting physical distancing at BC bus stops, and passengers will board from the rear of the bus. Seating will be limited to every other seat. Buses will be increased, particularly during peak hours of 7–10 a.m. and 3–6 p.m. Buses will be cleaned and disinfected after peak periods.