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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. Going forward, we will revise our health and safety policies according to CDC guidelines and as vaccinations against the newer variants become available.

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  • All students enrolling in the 2023-24 academic year are required to be up-to-date on their bivalent boosters. Medical and religious exemptions will be considered.
  • It is strongly encouraged that all employees are up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations.
  • New students must sign the COVID acknowledgment form.


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  • Masks are welcome but not required in any spaces on campus, including classrooms and health and counseling services.
  • Departments and offices can order masks by submitting a service request through the Facilities website.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who test positive should follow existing protocols for isolating and masking for 10 days.



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Students may contact Health Services for symptomatic testing, and rapid tests are available for sale at the Bookstore. Neither Harvard Pilgrim nor the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) reimburse for the cost of rapid tests, but both continue to cover testing in a doctor’s office or Health Services for students. 

Testing Positive

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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.
  • If an employee has any questions, they should contact their supervisor or HR


  • Students who test positive should 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 can advise students regarding release from isolation and answer additional questions.
  • See the Student COVID Protocols (requires Wellesley login) 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 mask around others for 10 days after exposure, test six 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.
  • It is strongly encouraged that all visitors entering buildings are up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations. Masking is optional for visitors on campus.