In the Dean of Students’ office, you’ll meet staff committed to promoting your personal and academic growth and representing your concerns. We provide programming to engage students with the University and each other, assist students in need, and oversee the Division of Student Life. Our mission is to help you enhance your character, quality, and perspective during your time at Boston University.
The Division of Student Life encompasses offices that advise student organizations, plan your orientation, help you find belonging, provide service to the Greater Boston community, oversee accommodations for students who need them, and set and regulate standards for student conduct. This includes – Residence Life, Orientation, the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, Student Activities, Outreach and Engagement, Disability and Access Services, the Community Service Center, and Parent and Family Programs.
Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
VACCINATON AND UPLOADING
- Do I need to get the COVID-19 vaccine for BU this fall?
Yes, Boston University will require all students living, studying, or working on our Charles River, Fenway, and Medical campuses in the fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
- How do I get vaccinated?
You can get vaccinated anywhere in the United States as well as internationally.
In Massachusetts: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/
In the U.S.: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/
Abroad: check out local hospitals, medical facilities, pharmacies and health departments in your area.
- Will BU have vaccinations on campus?
BU will be conducting on-campus vaccine clinics as doses become available. We plan to reopen on-campus vaccine clinics in mid-August for all students, faculty, and staff who have been unable to get vaccinated before August 1. If you are unable to receive a vaccine due to extenuating circumstances, you may request to be vaccinated on campus, in August, by requesting an extension through Patient Connect. If your request is approved, upon your return to campus, you will be required to schedule a vaccine appointment by September 1.
Information can be found on the Back2BU page, found here: https://www.bu.edu/back2bu/campus-life-undergraduates/student-health-safety/covid-19-vaccination-information/
- Can I get my first vaccination dose at home, and my second at BU or in Massachusetts?
Yes, in most cases you can get one dose of the vaccine in your home state, if in the US, and get the second one of that same series here in Massachusetts or at BU.
- What is the deadline for getting my vaccination if I want to live on campus this fall?
Sunday, August 1, 2021, is the deadline for all students to upload their vaccine documentation in Patient Connect. If you do not upload by this date, you will lose access to campus housing and facilities. If you have one dose and have uploaded your vaccine card, we will be aware that you’ve begun the process and you will not face repercussions. However, we will ask you to follow the procedure listed in question 8 of these FAQs to get your second dose as soon as you are eligible.
- Can I get both my vaccine doses when I arrive at BU in August?
We encourage everyone to get, at least, their first dose before they arrive on campus for the fall semester. This will facilitate on-campus housing move-in and other in-person activities. However, you may request to be vaccinated on campus, in August, by submitting an extension via Patient Connect (see FAQ #9). If your request is approved, you will receive an email, from Patient Connect, with information on how to schedule a vaccine upon your arrival. This must be completed by September 1, 2021.
- What if I’m an international student?
BU plans to accept all vaccines being offered outside the United States, including those without US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization or approval or WHO authorization or approval. However, CDC guidance regarding quarantine only covers individuals who have received an FDA-authorized or approved vaccine. Quarantining after travel or after close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required if you are vaccinated with non-WHO approved vaccines.
Full guidance for international students can be found here: https://www.bu.edu/provost/2021/04/28/fall-2021-vaccination-information-for-international-students/
International students may also request to be vaccinated on campus, in August, by requesting an extension through Patient Connect. If your request is approved, upon your return to campus, you will be required to schedule a vaccine appointment.
8. How do I upload my vaccine information?
- Log in to Patient Connect
- Select the “Medical Clearances” menu option
- Select the “Update” button next to “COVID-19 Vaccines”
- Review the instructions and requirements for documentation
- Scroll down and select “Upload” to add your COVID-19 vaccine documentation
- Scroll down to the “Doses of Covid-19 Vaccine” section, enter the manufacturer and dates of administration.
- Click “Done” once completed
More information on how to use Patient Connect can be found here: https://www.bu.edu/tech/support/using-student-patient-connect/#vaccine
9. How do I request an extension due to extenuating circumstances?
- Log into Patient Connect.
- Select the “Messages” menu option, then select “New Message.”
- Select the “COVID-19 Message” option, then the “I request an extension to be able to receive my COVID vaccine once I arrive in Boston” as the reason, and continue.
- Complete the attestation on the next page, indicating that you attest that you are not able to receive the COVID vaccine prior to returning to Boston and agree that upon arrival in Boston you will promptly schedule a vaccine appointment at a BU vaccine clinic or in the community by September 1.
Once approved, you will receive an email, from Patient Connect, with information on how to schedule a vaccine upon your arrival.
- When should I upload my vaccine information?
As soon as possible. Even if you only have one dose, we are asking that you upload your vaccine information.
- Will I be limited in what I can do if I only have one dose when I arrive on-campus? What if I haven’t received my second dose by the time school starts?
If you have one dose and have uploaded your vaccine information, Student Health Services will be aware that you’ve begun the process and you will not face repercussions. However, we will ask you to follow procedures to get your second vaccine dose as soon as you are eligible.
- If I’m fully vaccinated, will I need to wear a mask or face covering during the fall semester?
As of June 1, 2021, BU has lifted mask and face covering requirements outdoors for those who are fully vaccinated. However, BU still requires everyone to wear a mask indoors – for example, within classrooms, inside labs, during indoor meetings and at indoor events.
- What will the social or physical distancing requirements be during the fall semester?
During the fall semester, all social and physical distancing requirements will go away.
- If we’ve all been vaccinated, why do we still need to test?
While we are encouraged by the efficacy of the vaccines, we know that they will never protect our entire community 100%. Some individuals may not be able to be vaccinated for various reasons or there may be mutations of the virus that the vaccines are less effective against. By continuing to test, we can monitor the virus in our community and trace or isolate individuals most at risk.
Everyone – students, faculty, and staff –will be required to test once a week.
- What happens if I decide to not get the vaccine?
As with most vaccination requirements, exemptions are possible for medical or religious reasons only. You can request an exemption by sending a message in Healthway Patient Connect. Select “COVID-19 (Coronavirus)” then “Request for COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption” from the message options.
- Who can I speak with to ask more questions?
- For compliance-related questions from students, contact the Dean of Students Office at email@example.com or (617) 353-4126
- Students with non-medical questions should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Healthway at (617) 353-0550 and press 4, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., 7 days a week. To speak to a Healthway nurse, call (617) 353-0550 and press 2.
- Students, faculty, or staff with medical questions related to the vaccine and post-vaccination side effects should call Healthway at (617) 353-0550 and press 2 to speak with a triage nurse, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week
- International students with visa or travel questions can contact ISSO at email@example.com
MOVE-IN AND HOUSING
- Will housing density return to normal in fall 2021?
Yes, housing density will return to normal capacity with the use of doubles, triples, and quads.
- What is the testing protocol for vaccinated and unvaccinated students on arrival?
All students will be required to test on move-in day and weekly thereafter.
- What Charles River Campus COVID collection sites will be open in August and September?
Agganis Arena (until September 24), and 808 Commonwealth Avenue.
- Will domestic and international students be required to “stay in place” until they receive a negative test?
Yes, all students will be asked to limit their interactions with others until they receive a negative COVID test, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated.
- Will unvaccinated students with approved exemptions from Healthway share living and sleeping spaces with students who are vaccinated?
Yes. We will still require students to test once each week. By continuing to test, we can monitor the virus in our community and trace or isolate individuals most at risk.
- Will a green badge be required to enter student residences, dining halls, and FitRec?
Yes, a green badge will be required for entry through the fall 2021 semester.