Practices & Protocols
- All students are required to wear face coverings/masks on-campus, except when inside their residence hall rooms or apartments and while eating. Face coverings/masks are required in all classrooms and meeting spaces.
- All students are 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. Go to bc.edu/check to complete the symptom check.
- Testing, contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation are key components of our plans for the spring semester.
- Non-BC guests are not allowed to visit residence halls during the spring semester.
- Physical gathering policies, including the number of people allowed in student rooms, are based on physical distancing guidelines. More information is provided on the Residential Life website.
- Student travel/excursions off campus should be limited during the spring semester, especially out-of-state travel.
- Maintain appropriate physical distancing and mask use in classrooms, dining spaces, residence halls, and whenever recreating on or off-campus, especially in the presence of those who may be especially vulnerable to the coronavirus because of age or health issues.
- All of us play an important role in ensuring the safety and well-being of the BC community and surrounding neighborhood. We are strictly enforcing a "no parties" policy on and off campus. The consequences of hosting and/or attending a party on or off campus may include suspension and/or the loss of on-campus housing.
- All undergraduate students are required to adhere to the expectations outlined in the Eagles Care Pledge.
For faculty, staff, graduate/professional students, and undergraduates living off-campus:
Tuesday, January 19, 8 am – 6 pm:
Wednesday, January 20, 7 am – 6 pm
Thursday, January 21, 8 am – 6 pm
Friday, January 22, 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, January 23, 9 am – 5 pm
For undergraduates living on campus:
Sunday, January 24, 8 am – 7 pm
Monday, January 25, 8 am – 7 pm
Tuesday, January 26, 8 am – 7 pm
Wednesday, January 27, 7 am – 7 pm
For late arriving undergraduates living on campus, and any remaining faculty, staff, graduate/professional students, and off-campus undergraduates
Thursday, January 28, 8 am – 7 pm
Friday, January 29, 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, January 30, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, January 31, 9 am – 5 pm
All students are required to quarantine in their residence halls or off-campus apartments until their test results are returned. The expected turn-around time for test results is within 26 hours of tests reaching the lab/ Food will be provided during the quarantine for students living on-campus through BC Dining Services.
Yes. As in the fall, faculty, students, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days via a valid PCR test are exempted from the test. Students meeting this criterion must upload the appropriate documentation to University Health Services via the University’s AGORA portal no later than 24 hours prior to their test day on campus. Faculty and staff must provide documentation of a positive PCR test to University Health Services in Conte).
Students who contracted COVID within 90 days and provide proof of a positive PCR test (if tested outside of Boston College) are exempt from asymptomatic surveillance. These students are not subject to quarantine. Students should upload any positive test obtained outside of Boston College to the Agora portal to be reviewed and approved by UHS. Per Massachusetts Department of Public Health travel order guidelines released last week, a positive PCR test is the only acceptable test to achieve exempt status.
Vaccinated students are still subject to asymptomatic surveillance testing, but as of 3/8/2021, per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, students who have gotten two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days ago, are not required to quarantine following an exposure.
All undergraduate and graduate students living on and off-campus are expected to comply with all public health and University policies and directives, including the Eagles Care Pledge, regarding health and safety requirements related to COVID-19. Among other things, the University requires students to:
- wear appropriate face masks or coverings,
- maintain appropriate physical distancing on and off campus,
- participate in move-in testing and quarantining,
- participate in ongoing surveillance testing,
- be responsive and comply with contact tracers,
- monitor symptoms,
- limit travel and follow travel directives,
- adhere to quarantine and isolation protocols, and
- follow additional directives from the University and public health officials.
Students who do not comply with COVID-19 policies and directives may be referred to the student conduct process and be sanctioned, including but not limited to Housing Suspension and University Suspension. These expectations apply to all students, regardless of previous testing status or receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Yes. Students living on campus are expected to comply with all Residential Life policies and agreements, including the Conditions for Residency–COVID-19 Addendum. Currently, for students living in traditional-style residence hall rooms (singles, doubles, triples, and quads), only one guest at a time is permitted in the entire residential unit. For students residing in suite or apartment style housing, a total of two guests at a time are permitted in the entire residential unit. Only other residential students are eligible as guests, and therefore, off-campus students, commuter students, and non-BC affiliates currently are not permitted in the residence halls.
Given the heightened health and safety risks associated with gatherings that do not easily allow attendees to physically distance and abide by other University expectations, undergraduate and graduate students may not host or participate in social gatherings or parties, indoors or outdoors, in which physical distancing is not or cannot be maintained or which do not comply with Massachusetts limitations on gatherings in effect at the time (www.mass.gov). These expectations apply to all locations, including, but not limited to, off-campus apartments, restaurants/bars, private homes, hotels/Airbnb, other colleges and universities, and vehicles, including party buses and limos. Students hosting and/or attending such gatherings or parties will be subject to sanctions through the Student Conduct process, including but not limited to Housing Suspension and University Suspension. Generally, students who organize or host a gathering that violates University policies will receive increased status sanctions, including, without limitation, University Suspension.
Boston College has received 100 vaccine doses, which it has distributed to first responders on campus. We await details from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts about schedule and distribution of vaccines to students, faculty, and staff.
Targeted Asymptomatic Testing Resumes on Monday, February 1, in the Connell Recreation Center MAC Court Testing Site: Mondays - Thursdays 8 am – 3:30 pm
Boston College's 2020–2021 academic year began on Monday, August 31 with a combination of on-campus, in-class instruction, and remote and hybrid classes. 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 and parents.
Health and Safety
All students living on-campus are required to quarantine in their room until they receive a negative test result. This policy applies to all residential students, regardless of home state or any COVID-19 test results prior to arriving on campus.
Services and Activities
Disability & Remote Learning Accommodations
Enrollment and Financial Aid
BC Dining Services
BC has developed new pages for Dining Hours and Dining Menus:
Boston College Facilities Services is totally committed to your safety and well being and is following approved federal, Commonwealth and city guidelines and directives. Primary among the agencies is the Center for Disease Control. While we have worked long and hard to meet all needs, we all must understand that this may be a process of constant communication and improvement.
All building systems were run through a rigorous pre-occupancy check process recommended by CDC (especially HVAC, domestic water, and life safety) and are operating properly.