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 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.


Spring Semester FAQ for Students and Parents

General FAQ for Students and Parents

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


Residential Life

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


Study Abroad




International Students




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.