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We have revised our COVID-19 policies in ways that will allow us to teach, learn, collaborate, and build community more easily. As we update many of our guidelines, we also recognize that members of the community may choose to mask or test more often than required based on their individual health and family situations, which we encourage.

The following COVID protocols are in effect at Wellesley as of August 1, 2022. Going forward, we will revise our health and safety policies according to CDC guidelines and as vaccinations against the newer variants become available. Because we have discontinued broad-based asymptomatic testing, we no longer maintain the COVID dashboard.

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As a general rule, masks are optional on campus and in all campus buildings, with the exception of classrooms, Health Services/Counseling, and in the testing center (the College Club), where they are required. This general policy is subject to the following qualifications:

  • Faculty members may make masking optional in their own classrooms, laboratories, and studios at their discretion.
  • Masks are required during the five-day isolation period for individuals who have tested positive and for the next five days.
  • Masking is required for 10 days for close contacts of individuals who have tested positive.
  • Masking is encouraged for several days following out-of-state or international travel.


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  • All faculty, staff, and students must be up to date with COVID vaccinations, which includes having received at least one booster. Students are required to get the bivalent booster.
  • Medical and religious exemptions will be considered.
  • New students and new employees must sign the COVID acknowledgment form.


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  • Faculty, staff, and students can opt in to weekly testing at the College Club, no appointment needed.
  • Hours are typically Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 7 a.m.–11 a.m. and 12 p.m.–4 p.m. See the toolbox to confirm the schedule for a given week.
  • Testing is recommended if:
    • You are symptomatic. (Symptomatic testing is now allowed at the College Club.)
    • You are exposed as a close contact (test on day six).
    • You have traveled out of state or internationally (test on day six).
  • Continue to report positive results of COVID tests taken off campus. You will be excluded from testing for 90 days from your verified test date since you can continue to test positive on a PCR, but it isn’t a new or active infection.
  • We use the Color platform to manage test results. The Broad Institute processes the test samples. At the testing center, you will use your smartphone or a tablet that will be available to activate the Color test. The initial registration process for each first-time tester with Color takes between five and ten minutes. Testing staff are on site to assist.

Rapid test insurance coverage

  • Employees participating in the Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan can submit for reimbursement of up to eight over-the-counter at-home COVID tests per member, per month. See the HR website for details on the reimbursement process.
  • For students, many insurances (including SHIP) will cover over-the-counter COVID-19 (rapid antigen) tests from CVS pharmacy at no cost. For more details, see Over-the-Counter COVID-19 tests on the Health Services website. 

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Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty and staff who test positive should isolate at home for five days, then wear masks for another five days, and refrain from eating with others.
  • If faculty and administrative staff feel well enough to teach or work remotely during the isolation period they can, but they are not obliged to do so.
  • Catherine Cuddy, Wellesley’s COVID coordinator, will advise employees regarding return to work. If you have questions, you may contact her via email or phone 781.474.0383.


  • Students who test positive will isolate in their residence hall rooms then wear masks for another five days, and refrain from eating with others.
  • During the five-day isolation period, students must not attend class or leave their residence hall room except to use the restroom/shower, pick up to-go meals in a dining hall, or for medical attention/an appointment at Health Services.
  • Following the five day isolation period, students who tested positive may attend class, but they must remain masked and refrain from eating with others for an additional five days.
  • Health Services will advise students regarding release from isolation.
  • See the Fall 2022 Student COVID Protocols for more details.

Close contacts

Close contacts of individuals who tested positive are not required to quarantine and are expected to attend class and work on campus.

  • Close contacts (especially roommates) should test six days after exposure, mask around others for 10 days after exposure, and be careful about eating with others.
  • Close contacts who have symptoms should test and contact their health care provider. 


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  • Campus buildings continue to be closed to the general public and will require swipe access where available. However, members of the College community may invite guests into buildings. In addition, events (such as lectures, performances, or competitions) may be designated as open to the public, and public-facing facilities (such as the Davis Museum, Bookstore, Global Flora, and the Office of Admissions) may be open at specified hours. Visitors should check event organizers regarding parking recommendations.
  • All visitors entering buildings must be vaccinated and must complete the vaccination attestation form. Individuals, departments, or offices inviting guests and members of the general public to the campus are responsible for communicating the College’s vaccination requirement to them. Masking is optional for visitors on campus.

Key Contacts

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