Everything to Know about COVID and BU Campus Life
BU to Provide Masks to BU Community, and Other COVID Updates
Details on masking, testing, isolation and quarantine, Omicron and vaccines, and campus life
It’s hard to keep up with all the campus news about COVID-19, but it’s important to stay up-to-date, with the majority of Boston University’s in-person classes scheduled to begin January 20. What are the changes to protocols? What old rules are still in place? If you’re feeling a little like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day when your morning alarm goes off, you’re forgiven.
To try and put everything you need to know in one tidy package, we’ve compiled this cheat sheet, if you will. We break it down into five categories: Masking, Testing, Isolation and Quarantine, Omicron and Vaccines, and Campus Life.
Additionally, we’ve included some of the questions posted by students, faculty, and staff to social media, with answers provided. We hope this is helpful.
Please include other questions you have in the Comments section. We will try and get them answered
Will BU provide masks to the community?
Yes. Free KN95 masks are coming. This news came out late Friday in notes from BU officials: “Starting on Wednesday, January 19, the University will make available KN95 masks to all faculty, staff, and students. These masks can be safely worn for up to 40 hours or approximately one week as long as they are not visibly soiled and have not lost their shape.” It will be a one-month program, with enough masks distributed to individuals to cover about four weeks.
A few points about these masks: experts have suggested several ways to help extend the usable life of a KN95. After wearing a mask for a long period, like a full day, set it aside in a dry, clean spot, or in a mesh bag to let it breathe, for 24 to 48 hours, and switch to a different mask. A mask that has a little bit of moisture from breathing all day is natural, and letting it sit and dry helps extend its effectiveness, but a mask that’s saturated and wet probably needs to be replaced. Last, make sure the elastic is still taut and not stretched out, causing the mask to hang more loosely.
Are fabric masks banned?
No. If it is a three-ply cloth mask, those generally offer good protection and are more readily available. However, gaiters, bandanas, neck fleeces, scarves, and masks with exhalation valves should not be used. N95s, KN95s, KF94s all provide the greatest level of protection when worn properly. The most important thing about masking is the snug, comfortable fit to cover the nose, mouth, and chin. Cloth masks can also be worn over surgical masks or respirators, which can allow them to be used repeatedly.
Where are masks required again?
As the Back2BU website explains: “Masks are not required in private offices or in private rooms, individual residence hall rooms, or suites and apartments in University residences. Masks may be removed while actively eating in dining halls and lunch or break rooms, but we strongly encourage physical distancing whenever masks are removed. Masks are not required outdoors, except as required by a town mandate or for unvaccinated individuals who are in crowded environments with poor air circulation.”
What is “unsupervised” or “unobserved” testing?
Exactly what it says. Nobody is watching as you swab your nose. Unobserved testing, which will begin in early February, is a method of testing where BU provides students with testing kits, including their swab and vial. Students will perform the test in their homes or dorm rooms and then drop off the completed test at one of the University’s drop-off locations on the same day that they swab. (Faculty and staff were already doing this.)
So, how will that work exactly, and will it be different for employees and students?
Employees no longer have to specify a location for where to drop off their sample. Instead, they just click “Drop-Off Kiosk” and can drop it off at any of the drop-off locations on the Charles River Campus: 179 Amory St., One Silber Way, George Sherman Union, and 1019 Comm Ave. Graduate and undergraduate students, however, will still need to make appointments at specific locations and times through Patient Connect. At this time, we are maintaining separate drop-off locations for students and employees. During drop-off, you will then receive a kit for the next test (put it in a place where it’s easy to find and won’t get lost). Online, you will make an appointment to drop off the next kit. In order to ensure a smooth return to campus, all students will start the semester using the “observed” method at the 808 Gallery or the BU Medical Campus. Early in the spring semester, BU will begin transitioning students to the unobserved method. It is vital that the completed test is dropped off on the same day the sample swab is taken to ensure the validity of the sample.
From @reginajiawenw on Instagram: “So can you open more testing centers or 😐”
Kevin Gonzales (COM’08, Questrom’15), collection site operations director, replies: “For the spring semester, we are developing an additional location on East Campus for students to drop off their kits. Final details regarding exact location and operating hours will be announced very early in the semester.”
It will be vital that students remember their unsupervised test must be dropped off on the same day the swab is done. Important point: the collection site at 808 Commonwealth Avenue will remain open. Student appointments for the correct site, day, and time will be required.
If I test positive through BU, what happens next?
One change is you will no longer get a phone call from Healthway about a positive result. Instead, your result will be released immediately to your patient portal, so you’ll know if you need to isolate as soon as possible, says Judy Platt, BU’s chief health officer and executive director of Student Health Services. An important next step is to let any close contacts know as soon as possible and notify them of their potential exposure. (Healthway will no longer be handling contact tracing.) Any further messaging and instructions about your isolation will be sent directly to students through Patient Connect and to faculty and staff through BU’s secure email platform DataMotion. Look for the subject line “COVID Results.”
Do I still have to submit a daily attestation about how I feel, and if not, what happens if I feel lousy?
No. Daily attestations are no longer required. You are responsible for monitoring your own symptoms. If you feel a stuffy nose, a scratchy or sore throat, muscle aches, or you have a dry cough, those are all early signs of possible infection. If you feel symptoms, schedule a symptomatic test (those are processed faster) through Healthway at the Health Services Annex.
Why are undergraduate students required to test twice a week now, but not others? What if faculty, staff, or graduate students want to test twice a week, rather than the required once per week?
Surveillance, or routine testing frequencies, are determined by prevalence and risk of transmission, says Platt. She adds, however, that on-demand testing for symptoms or exposure is available for faculty, staff, and graduate students. So don’t wait for your next week’s test if you have symptoms or have been exposed—in that case you can test sooner.
If I test positive using a rapid test, or at an outside testing facility, do I need to report that to BU?
“Yes,” Platt says. If you test positive outside of BU, you should upload proof or a photo of your test result to the appropriate student or faculty/staff portal and isolate for five days.
If I test positive before getting my booster, should I still get my booster shot or postpone it?
If you test positive, you will not be required to receive a COVID-19 booster within the 90-day period after your positive test. The booster, however, is required after the 90-day period has elapsed and is strongly recommended after your isolation period ends and the appropriate time has passed since the initial vaccination series (five months past completing the Moderna or Pfizer vaccination series, and two months past the Johnson & Johnson vaccination).
After testing positive, is regular community testing still required?
No. If you test positive, Healthway will remove you from regular community testing for 90 days from that initial positive test. You should not test during that period unless a healthcare provider suggests you take a test.
ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE
What’s changed with isolation rules if you test positive?
BU has adopted the CDC guidance and shortened isolation to a minimum of five days. When a person can come out of isolation is based on the date of your positive test. But if you are still having symptoms at the end of five days, you should continue to isolate until you are fever-free for 24 hours and have significant improvement in your symptoms. You’re then required to wear a mask for an additional five days.
The new quarantine rules are a little overwhelming. How do I know if I need to quarantine? And what do you mean by “masking for a full 10 days is a critical component of these newer guidelines.” Does that mean I need to wear my mask around my roommate?
Roommates do not need to mask up. But BU has adopted the CDC and Massachusetts updated quarantine policy. If you learn you have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, you may need to quarantine based on your vaccination and symptom status. If you develop symptoms after an exposure, schedule an expedited test at the Health Services Annex and stay in place until you receive a negative test result. If you are eligible for a booster but are not yet boosted, or are not vaccinated, you will need to quarantine for five days after an exposure, even if you do not have symptoms. You must schedule a test on the fifth day after exposure. Masking around others, especially those outside your household, is important until 10 days after your exposure. Follow this helpful quarantine graphic to learn more.
OMICRON AND VACCINES
With the deadline of February 4 coming for BU community members to receive a COVID booster shot, will BU offer any booster clinics?
Yes. There will be three upcoming Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics: January 25, 26, and 27 for students, staff, and faculty 18 years or older. Eligible people must meet any of the following criteria:
- Received a primary series of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least five months prior
- Received a primary series of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least five months prior
- Received a primary dose of Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine two months prior
If I am an unvaccinated new student or new employee, how long do I have to get in compliance with the vaccine mandate?
Platt says new students and employees are required to follow the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, including the booster mandate. In other words, submit vaccine documentation or a medical or religious exemption immediately. If you have received one dose of an mRNA vaccine series within the last four weeks, you will be compliant until you are eligible for the second dose. Similarly, if you have received your second mRNA dose within the past five months, you are compliant during that time until you are officially five months past the second dose.
What if I am not eligible for a booster shot until after the February 4 deadline?
If you are not eligible for a booster shot as of February 4, you will be compliant for the requirement until you’re eligible. At the time of eligibility (five months past completing the Moderna or Pfizer vaccination series and two months past the Johnson & Johnson vaccination), you will need to upload documentation.
From Daryl Healea (STH’01, Wheelock’11), reader’s comment on a BU Today story: “Out of curiosity, can you share what our sequencing efforts have revealed over the past month? When, for example, was Omicron first detected on our campus? What proportion of our positive cases have been Omicron and how has that evolved to date?”
“The first case of Omicron at BU was detected the second week of December,” Platt says. “The first week it was detected within our community, it made up less than 10 percent of the cases. In the third week of December, Omicron made up roughly 60 percent of cases and that percentage, consistent with percentages across the state, has continued to increase week to week.”
From @damnyjammy on Instagram: “So can I check into my dorm and then go get tested or do I have to get tested to go to my dorm?”
David Zamojski, assistant dean of students, replies: “Yes, you are welcome to check in to your residence first and then get tested. I would recommend that once you schedule your move-in date and time block via the My Housing Portal, you then schedule your COVID-19 test via Patient Connect. Your test should be scheduled for the same day as your move-in. You should plan to stay in place until you receive one negative COVID-19 test result via a BU collection site.”
Can students living off campus use isolation housing on campus if they test positive? What about students on campus who share a sleeping area with roommates?
This is another shift. The isolation housing units are now reserved only for students in on-campus residential housing who share a common sleeping area. If the University exceeds its isolation housing capacity, students will be allowed to isolate in their on-campus residences. Students in on-campus residential housing who have a private bedroom, and students who reside off campus, will be expected to isolate in place at their residence and only leave for food and medical appointments.
Is BU providing any special arrangements for faculty, staff, and students who test positive (lecture capture, teach from home, caregiver dispensation)?
There have been some arrangements put in place, temporarily, for the start of the semester. Some faculty may provide recordings of lectures to students who are in isolation (through February 18, at which point it will be reassessed to see if the date should be extended). Also, through February 18, faculty who test positive may pivot to remote teaching during their isolation period, which is typically a minimum of five days. And similarly, in the event of a temporary disruption of care, those who are caregivers for elderly or immunocompromised individuals or who have children, can work with their dean or supervisor to make remote or hybrid work arrangements or teach via Zoom until the issues resolves.
The theater continues.
It’s over, the fear mongering media has been instructed to change course. They are now onto the midterm election. We will look back at the pictures of solo drivers who are fully masked, forced experimental vaccines to children, and economic woes just to get DJT out of office.
“Students in on-campus residential housing who have a private bedroom… will be expected to isolate in place at their residence and only leave for food and medical appointments.“
Does this apply to students who live in a single in a suite? For example, if I live in a single bedroom in a suite with a shared bathroom in 1019 or Myles Standish or South Campus, would I isolate at home or not? Does “leaving for food” include accessing the dining hall?
Thank you for your question.
Yes, students who live in a single, in a suite with an in-suite shared bathroom will be expected to isolate in place at their residence (e.g., 1019 Comm. Ave., Myles Standish Hall, 33 Agganis Way, Kilachand Hall, Bay State Road, South Campus, and Fenway CCSR, etc.)
• Students on a meal plan who are quarantining or isolating in place will have access to GrubHub Campus Dining at 25+ retail dining locations on campus, including the GSU Food Hall, for food ordering and pick-up (GrubHub Campus Dining delivery is not available).
o Students on a meal plan can also use GrubHub Campus Dining to order Late-Night Café dining options at West, Warren, and the Fenway Campus Center Dining Hall for pick up only at the entrance to the dining hall.
o Rhetty To Go is also available for pick up only at three CRC dining halls (West Fresh Food Co., Warren Fresh Food Co., and Marciano Fresh Food Co.
o The Fenway Campus Center Dining Hall will have a program similar to Rhetty To Go available for students isolating in place at the Fenway campus.
o In addition to the Rhetty To Go menu options, students on a meal plan will be able to select a meal of the day from the dining hall menu (for take-out only) with their other Rhetty To Go items for pick up.
My daughter just moved in at 8am on Friday, Jan 14th, 2022. She is a CGS student and first time to BU. She got tested early that morning and then was notified in the evening she was positive and had to go to isolation housing…..she was told she cannot get out until 9am Thursday morning. She got put in Fenway housing and now cannot get her books, go to orientation, or anything.
My question is regarding this article. https://www.bu.edu/articles/2022/bu-spring-covid-protocols/
It says the 5 days is based on the date of the test.
Well she had her test early morning Jan 14th. So how do you figure she can’t go back until 9am on Jan 20th. That is 6 days not 5, what am I missing?
For students who test positive, Day 0 is the positive test date or the day they get tested. Days 1-5 follow and then the student is cleared the morning of the 6th day to return to campus activity.
We follow the same timeline as CDC and Mass Department of Public Health.
Are those students allowed to purchase food at locations that accept dining points but don’t offer contactless pickup through GrubHub, namely City Convenience and Buick Street Market?
Students who are self-isolating are permitted to utilize the City Convenience stores or 10 Buick to purchase food.
Just a long list if ways BU shows how much they don’t care for their students. We’re in a surge of a pandemic but you want to stop contact tracing and the calls…? This is ridiculous. If you want everyone on campus to contract Covid, then BU you are doing a great job!
You might need to widen your understanding of what BU is doing because in comparison to other schools, BU is doing a lot. My parents work at a college that will not require or provide: testing, masks, or vaccines/boosters. The fact that BU requires testing, masks, and vaccines/boosters, in addition to having a system in place for isolation shows me that they care about keeping students on campus. Could the university do more? probably… but honestly it’s doing much more than most colleges/universities across the US.
I 100% agree with you. This is ridiculous. The fact that they aren’t even providing options for us is so insane. Everyone I know from BU is upset, me included.
Panic-induced decisions once again..
Requiring boosters for healthy 18-30 yr old students that may also had a prior infection on top of their 2-doses vaccination series makes no sense at all. We know that vaccines offer stellar protection against severe disease, but almost no protection when it comes to infection/transmission. What is the point to mandate boosters to those that are not in risk of severe disease then, when we also know that mRNA vaccines are associated with a low (but non-zero) risk of myocarditis for this exact population? What is the risk/benefit ratio that BU took into account when it mandated boosters for students? Other than to flatter the terrified hypocrites of academia?
So are we going to address how uncomfortable some students and faculty are with this? Do any of our opinions matter? I’m TERRIFIED to go back to in person learning. I don’t understand why last year we were hybrid but this year with the increase we are in person. It makes no sense. The argument of “omicron isn’t as severe” is absolutely the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Though that’s true in most cases, there are still individuals with underlying health issues or just unlucky individuals who catch it and have severe symptoms. Hospitals are overflowing. Everyone is contracting the virus left and right. Yeah sure you might be safe, but what if the person you infect right next to you dies because the virus is affecting them differently? THIS IS INSANE.
BU please, i’m begging you to provide options. Take some accountability. Our health and lives are in the hands of your choices. I think it would be much more fair if we were able to make choices for ourselves.
totally agree, LFA should be an option at least.
I agree with you, Anna. For those with chronic underlying health conditions and those who are immuno-compromised, being required to work in person with colleagues who exhibit risky behaviors is very stressful.
We have colleagues who congregate without masks, who insist on in-person meetings, who attend sporting events, weddings, big social gatherings, eat out at restaurants…and then say things like “I take lots of risks and haven’t caught the virus, so it really isn’t that bad”…
Yes, they choose to behave that way. Can I choose to stay isolated, work remotely and protect my health? It doesn’t feel like it.
Are you kidding me BU? I am so disappointed in the decision to go fully in person.
Right there with you.
We are so appalled by how small of a voice we have for our own health and safety. We can’t believe that BU is practically forcing us to be okay with contracting the virus. All of this just isn’t right at all. It would be greatly appreciated if BU could come up with some options for people, or honestly to just treat the pandemic and surge like an actual pandemic and surge. This is health and people’s lives on the line, it’s not “just a mild cold”.
And if BU still refuses to see any other way, then we would love for BU to list out all the options we could have and WHY they wouldn’t work.
Why will BU reevaluate their remote learning protocols on Feb 18? Why not just keep recorded lectures in place? There will be students and lecturers who test positive for COVID even after that arbitrary date, so why take away their only option for keeping up with class lectures? Moreover, recorded lectures are helpful in even in normal circumstances because students can review class materials at their own pace. It bewilders me that BU spent so much money installing LfA infrastructure, and it’s clearly still relevant, but they’re already abandoning it.
Taking in-person classes is not the only way students are able to learn, so it’s pretty clear that BU is forcing students to be on campus in order to maximize the amount of money they get. It’s a bad look, especially when other schools in the area are going remote out of an abundance of caution. I wish that BU would put their students’ health first. I’m more nervous about being on campus this semester more than any during this pandemic.
Can immunocompromised students get distanced/online education？As an international student who is immunocompromised ，I feel much more helpless.
So are the “green screens” going away? How will faculty and staff check whether students are compliant with the testing protocols?
Students will still have badges that reflect testing status, even though the symptom attestation is no longer in place. A green badge indicates that a student has tested according to their cadence, which is twice weekly for undergraduates and once weekly for graduate students.
While students will still have badges, it seems faculty/staff don’t have badges at all anymore. Our badges used to be generated by the daily symptom survey which is no longer required and not even available on the faculty/staff Healthway portal for us to fill out.
Are faculty still instructed to require badges before allowing students to enter the classroom? For staff who are also students, it’s impossible for them to get a badge since they can’t use the student system/Patient Connect and now there’s no way to get a badge through the faculty/staff system.
If a staff+student is barred from the classroom by an instructor demanding a badge, who should they contact to ensure they can access their class?
Faculty/staff badges are no longer available as they only reference symptom status and not testing status. Student badges remain available and reflect testing status. Professors may request badges but are not required to do so. Any staff who are also taking classes should indicate this to their professor if questioned.
I understand staff members (who often take classes) no longer have badges. I am not clear how this will affect their ability to take classes or access other BU facilities in the future.
It seems to be that if you are asked for your badge by your professor, remind them that faculty/staff don’t have badges anymore. The professor should have also noticed this as they don’t have to submit the survey anymore/they can’t get a badge either.
If the prof questions you, show them your BUID card that shows your primary affiliation is facult/staff.
I don’t know if other facilities like FitRec and the dining halls will require badges except from students. Mugar has already stopped asking anyone to present a badge.
Thanks for all the updates, but some need more clarification.
Please clarify why a positive student/person will not be tested after 90 days?
I have positive friends again after catching the virus in June of 2021. Then I will be in class with positive students because if we stop testing, how do we know that everyone is negative? It does not matter any more?
Or all the information is based on AI?
Those who test positive will not be tested again for 90 days because after you have COVID, you develop antibodies that could result in a positive test result even if you are not actively infected anymore and not symptomatic. I can’t find a BU-specific page about this, but here are a few explanations from other institutions.
You don’t get retested because they don’t want a false positive to occur that results in you being put back into quarantine even though you aren’t infected/contagious at the time.
Where do students get their N95 masks?
Students will be able to pick up their KN95 masks starting on January 19th at the 808 Commonwealth Avenue and Medical Campus collection site locations. Please see more details here: https://www.bu.edu/dos/2022/01/14/kn95-masks-for-students/
My son is a freshman at the Warren Towers dorm. Before he gets a negative result from the routine test, he is not allowed to the dining hall to get food which is included in the meal plan. Instead he has to buy from elsewhere and pay additional out of pocket even though his meal plan already covers every meal in the dining hall. I find this paying extra because he is waiting for the test result to be really unreasonable. Or is his understanding incorrect he can still get some food covered by meal plan somewhere?
Your son is permitted to use the Dining Hall . The badge turns from yellow to green when they arrive for their test. Your student does not have to wait for the result for the badge color to turn. If the student is positive or should quarantine, Healthway changes the badge color and notifies them.
Most of the universities in Boston are conducting classes online due to the spread of Omicron.Why are you risking student health why having classes on campus.Why dont you start offline classes once the Covind spread moderates.
i don’t know about most. emerson started online last week but is in person this week. BC starts in person this week and their big news is a TEMPORARY mask mandate. this whole thing is frustrating but BU is hardly the most reckless institution going around this.
PhD students at Stanford University have started a petition against booster mandates. The text explains in a concrete and reasonable way, why mandating boosters to students is a bad, unethical and panic induced decision. I hope decision makers at BU take these arguments into account.
I agree … I also don’t understand the university’s insistence that students and faculty follow its own position on a controversial (and non-reversible) health mandate.
See, for example, the opinion of Paul Offit, a very well respected pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and vaccines, described in the Atlantic:
“Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told me that getting boosted would not be worth the risk for the average healthy 17-year-old boy. Offit advised his own son, who is in his 20s, not to get a third dose.”
So many fully vaccinated people still got Omicron. And still health experts only mention vaccination and masks.
How about vitamins C, D, zinc, quercetin? When it comes to health, look at healthy people and follow what they do.
I applaud BU for getting our students back to campus as scheduled for the invaluable in-person experience! Thank you!
I’m confused. What happened to LfA? If it was so successful that it was worth the same amount of money, why not switch back in the interest of students’ safety?
Question: How are those who have tested positive and have been removed from the testing pool for 90days supposed to get their KN95 masks?
Hello, Anonymous. Thank you for your question. Individuals who have tested positive within 90 days and are no longer part of the testing program are still eligible to pick up their masks. We are encouraging everyone to collect their masks when they arrive for their test, but an individual just needs to present their BUID cards to receive their allotted masks. We are using the Collection Sites and Kiosks for convenience but a test is not required for mask distribution.
Mr. Most observes that the recent changes in the university’s COVID response might have left students, staff, and faculty wondering “What are the changes to protocols? What old rules are still in place?” and went on to suggest “If you’re feeling a little like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day when your morning alarm goes off, you’re forgiven.” Mr. Most might note that in Mr. Murray’s world every day begins the same way. No so on Commonwealth Avenue.
What about the students who have only eLive courses that only going to show up once a month or not even that if they have to miss a in-person class? It makes no sense to require these students to test every week while some of them have to drive 3-4 hours to get on campus, especially when they don’t even go every month.
Please consult the following on Back2BU regarding testing frequencies for specific populations:
Is Rhetty To Go dining hall pickup only available to those who have to self-isolate?
I would rather not sit in the dining hall, especially when it gets super crowded.
The Rhetty-to-Go program is only available to those students who are self-isolating.
Could you please define “exposed to COVID confirmed case” and its quarantine rules properly? If I have been in contact with a COVID positive person but both of us were 6 feet apart and masked, does it still count as exposed to COVID confirmed case? It says above that I should only test after 5th day of exposure, if I don’t develop symptoms. What if I have false symptoms and get tested negative, will I be relaxed from 5 days quarantine rule?
Exposures happen regularly but there are certain interactions that make transmission after that exposure more likely. Many of us have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 whether we realize it or not. It is therefore important to monitor yourself for symptoms, wear a mask consistently, and get tested within 5 days after a known exposure.
If you have a close contact exposure, typically defined as a 15 minute interaction within 6 feet (indoors) then you may need to quarantine depending on your booster status and whether or not you have symptoms. Please see the graphic here: http://www.bu.edu/back2bu/files/2022/01/COVID_CloseContactProtocol.pdf
Where do staff members get the free KN95 masks?
At any of the drop-off locations where you drop off your test. They have a box next to the swap kits that they give you.
What about the people that can not get tested any longer because they tested positive?
So according to the information here, faculty members “may,” if they so deign, choose to provide lecture recordings for students who have to isolate (but only for the next month), and no accommodations are required to be given for students who miss exams due to positive tests, imposing obvious academic consequences on students who have breakthrough infections, yet undergrads are expected to collect and submit their unsupervised tests on an honor system when the university provides clear incentive to avoid being detected as positive? Yikes.
Furthermore, the steadfast commitment of the administration to keep undergraduates on campus, in close quarters, and (of course) paying room and board is downright insulting to the immense and life-dominating effort given by the testing, sequencing, data analysis, and public health policy workers and students, whose resources are cut and whose recommendations are ignored in favor of profit and optics. I witness their work on a daily basis with awe for their monumental workloads and frustration for the extent to which their work, the actual qualified scientists, is discarded as soon as it falls to support the policies most advantageous or appealing to the university. Do better, BU.
It is insane that tenured science professors have become right wing activists refusing to wear masks and making fun of students and anybody around them who does.
Why isn’t BU enforcing masking indoors and allowing these professors who are absolute bullies to make their own rules?
My child has an underlying condition and they put his life in peril daily. For what? The professors are selfish, and the administration a joke. Where do you think you are, Florida? Texas? I expected better from BU. Very upsetting, and possibly illegal? You can’t wait a few more weeks to get past the surge and go virtual for a few weeks? Are you signing off on a few deaths as ok?
I’d be happy to name names here but these bully professors are known for retribution. If the administration cares,
Email me. Obviously I expect nothing. If the media is interested, definitely contact me.
If a person that tested positive no longer has symptoms after five days, what is the process for returning to campus activities? How does their badge turn from red to green? Do they need to get permission from anyone after five days, or is it an honor system?