New Campus Life: Undergraduates

Welcome Students,

Welcome to a residential campus experience that is unlike anything that any of us imagined.

Who would have thought that someday directional signage on Comm Ave would tell us which way to walk, and that students who live on the first four floors of a building would be asked to use the stairs rather than an elevator? The good news is that all of those protocols, advisories, and guidelines have allowed us to maintain an extremely low rate of positive results to testing for COVID-19 for most of the fall semester. We thank everyone in our community for taking the necessary new rules of life seriously.

This campus website for undergraduate students describes our current health and safety guidance, and, it is important to note, it includes a few updates made in response to recent increases in positivity rates, as well as our increasing understanding of the virus. One update, for example, warns that students who fail to comply with their assigned testing frequency and/or daily symptom attestation will face disciplinary action that may prohibit them from participating in any classroom or academic activity, either in person or remotely. Another change mandates that students who attend a social gathering of more than 10 people off campus or on campus will be suspended through the academic year, and will not be able to attend classes in person or remotely. Several other important changes involve Move-In dates, dining services, and ways of getting around campus.

Our original protocols gave us a good start, but the updated policies explained in this guide are what we all need at this moment. We fully expect that we will have more updates as we respond to this evolving pandemic and as we discover new ways to control the spread of the virus. All of those updates will be announced, and they will all be published on the Back2BU website for undergraduate students.

Please check back often to see what’s changed. It’s up to all of us as a community of students, faculty, and staff, to respect all of these changes on campus—wearing face coverings in public, maintaining physical distancing, reporting symptoms—and to live our lives in a similar manner during informal times when we are on our own. I heard someone suggest that the vaccine we need, right now, is solidarity. This is our collective work and responsibility for the health of the community. I hope we can agree to a level of mutual accountability with each other as a way to interrupt the spread of the virus, protect this community, and maintain a healthy environment for all of us. It will only work if we make it work.

Please, let’s continue to pull together to get ahead of  COVID-19,

Kenneth Elmore
Associate Provost and Dean of Students