While the University’s decision to resume on-campus learning and research activities this fall marks the beginning of a new era of academic life, our overarching goal is to make sure our community members feel comfortable, and safe, returning to our three campuses and resuming daily activities. As we reopen the University, our actions will be guided by public health considerations and best practices around the coronavirus pandemic.
Given the evolving and uncertain nature of this crisis, we recognize that we don’t have all the answers at this time, but we are working diligently and continuously toward solutions and will supply the community with the most updated information possible.
In April, we launched a targeted and coordinated effort to investigate and test the reopening of all aspects of the residential college experience—as well as to establish an in-house testing and tracing program. The blueprint that has emerged was methodically developed by a series of working groups overseen by University President Robert A. Brown and Provost Jean Morrison.
From undergraduate and graduate studies to research operations to student residential life, each group was tasked with determining the actions needed to resume programs at Boston University, a large global research institution and home to nearly 35,000 students with more than 10,000 faculty and staff. Matters relating to University employees as well as enhanced financial options for students affected by the pandemic were also of central concern. Most importantly, the recommendations are guided by best public health practices identified by a newly created Medical Advisory Group, composed of scientists, physicians, and experts.
We know the restoration of normal operations won’t come easily or quickly, and, at first, may not resemble daily life as we knew it in 2019. But we are confident—with everyone’s continued and much-appreciated patience and commitment to help protect each other—we will get there.
Please check this site regularly, as well as the working group pages below, for the latest information.
Learn more about our plans to reopen:
- Graduate and Professional Studies
- Undergraduate Programs and Studies
- Research and Clinical Operations
- COVID-19 Student Financial Options
- Screening, Testing & Tracing
- Student Residential Life
- Employees and the Workplace
- Clarification on University Guidance for PhD Programs
- Update on the Finances of Boston University
- Return to Residential Education; Process for Requesting Workplace Adjustment for Fall 2020
- Community Health for Return to Campus in the Fall
- BU Distributes Last of Federal CARES Aid to Students Affected by Campus Closure
- BU Students Will Have Choice of In-Person or Remote Classes This Fall
- BU Suspends Study Abroad Program for Fall Semester Because of COVID-19 Pandemic
- First Step in the Reopening of Goldman School of Dental Medicine
- Planning for the Phased Return of On-Campus Libraries Services
- BU Expands Hybrid/Simultaneous Graduate Program Offerings for Fall
- BU Unveils First Phase of Campuswide Research Recovery Plan
- Some BU Students Will Qualify for Federal Aid Due to Pandemic
- Q&A Explainer: Who Will Benefit from CARES Act Dollars--and Why
- President Brown Outlines How BU Aims to Cover $52 Million Shortfall
- University Outlines COVID-19 Recovery Plan