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.
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
Services and Activities
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
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
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.