With our spring semester underway, we are both grateful and optimistic. We are grateful for the extraordinary efforts made by all faculty and staff during the fall semester. Those efforts have enabled our community to carry on—teaching, living, and learning together despite the enormous hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now that COVID-19 vaccinations have become a reality nationwide and in Massachusetts, we can be ever more optimistic that the spread of the pandemic will diminish. The state’s rollout of vaccines may take many months. Please watch the Back2BU website for new announcements. You also can submit non-medical questions about the vaccination process to

In the meantime, we must continue wearing masks and physical distancing—and observing our protective protocols and strategies, epitomized by our comprehensive screening, testing, and contact tracing program.

We recognize the tremendous strain caused by the virus both at home and in your professional lives. We have assessed the successes and shortcomings of our educational and support programs, and plans are in place to safely expand the staff presence on campus to more effectively support our students and faculty.

Finally, this note wouldn’t be a pandemic-appropriate communication without a reminder that we must continue the vigilance and compliance that has kept us so safe for so long. For the foreseeable future, every member of our community is responsible for every member of our community. No letting up. No shortcuts. We can do this.

Watch this website for the latest information on our workplace and medical guidance and University policies designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It’s important to understand that our circumstances are evolving, and so will our policies. Updated information will be added periodically to this website.