COVID-19 BU Policies and City Resources

COVID-19 BU Policies and City Resources

As we transition to our new normal both on and off campus, the GSO has compiled the most up to date information about BU’s COVID-19 policies and requirements for graduate students. Additionally, we have compiled a list of relevant resources within the city and specifically for our international graduate students. If you have any questions or concerns or if you wish to add something to this list, please email

Boston University Spring 2022 Policies and Practices

Spring 2022 classes will be held In-Person beginning January 20, 2022. See below for details on campus life during the spring semester.

Requirements for graduate students prior to Spring Semester:

  • Must be submit proof of full vaccination and booster shot (if eligible) by February 4th to the student portal.
  • You must take a COVID test upon arrival to campus, or when you resume regularly coming to campus. You may not attend classes in person or access BU programming until you receive a negative test result
  • You must wear a mask indoors

COVID Testing Requirements:

  • Graduate and professional students are required to complete a COVID test once weekly
  • If you feel sick, you should self-schedule a symptomatic test through the patient portal. You will have the option to speak to a nurse if needed. You are encouraged to stay home until you feel well again
  • Beginning in early February, students will engage in unobserved testing. Students will perform the test in their homes. You will make appointments at specific locations/times via Patient Connect to drop off the test and receive your kit for the next test. Tests must be dropped off on the same day the swab is taken.

If you receive a positive COVID test result:

  • You will receive immediate notification of your positive result through the patient portal.
  • You will be contacted by a Healthway nurse.
  • You should immediately notify your close contacts.
  • You will be required to quarantine for at least 5 days or until symptoms are resolving and you have no fever.
  • You will be able to watch any missed lectures via recordings.

If you are a close contact to someone with a positive test result:

  • You should get tested immediately
  • If you have no symptoms, are vaccinated, and received your booster (if eligible), you will not be required to quarantine. However you should wear a mask for a full 10 days.

Information for Teaching Fellows/Assistants

  • All classes will be taught in person and should be recorded and made available to those absent via lecture capture or Zoom
  • If you are unable to teach in person, due to a positive test for yourself or a child, you can teach classes remotely

How to get a mask:

  • The University will be providing all students with four KN95 masks starting January 19th
  • Masks can be picked up at on-campus COVID-19 testing sites after the completion of a COVID-19 test


Please remember information is constantly evolving and policies are constantly changing.  For more information visit Back2BU

Boston Area Resources

Government Resources (multilingual options)

  • COVID-19 Vaccine In Boston website – where to find vaccines and boosters in Boston
  • COVID-19 Health and Testing Information website – how to get free at-home test kits (for city residents) and where to get tested (includes a list of testing cites around the city)
  • COVID-19 Help for Residents website – information on assistance with food and housing as well as resources such as free online screenings and internet and technology support
  • State Attorney General Resources during COVID-19 website – information about rights as employees, protections from scams and fraud, and how to get help for issues with healthcare and insurance, housing, child care, food assistance, student loans, and civil rights

Other Resources

  • Casa Myrna COVID Resources website – database of organizations/entities offering assistance with food, housing, and shelter, employment and emergency financial assistance, legal and immigration services, health and safety, etc

Information for International Students

Returning to campus

  • For international students already in the US, please follow all the requirements imposed by the CDC, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Boston University (same as domestic students).
  • For international students who have traveled overseas during the intersession and/or who invited non-US-citizen relatives to the US, carefully monitor the most up-to-date requirements on entering the US, which includes testing and vaccination. Current requirements are as follows:
    • For all travel after December 6th, 2021, you will be required to show a negative COVID viral test (PCR) taken no more than 1 day prior to travel (24 hours before the flight departure). Make sure that the test report has an official seal and/or signature, and contains personal identification information in addition to your full name, e.g. date of birth, passport number etc.
  • All nonimmigrant travelers are required to be fully vaccinated with one of these approved vaccines:
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Pfizer – BioNTech
    • Moderna
    • AstraZeneca
    • Covaxin
    • Covishield
    • BIBP/Sinopharm
    • Sinovac
    • Novavax/Covovax

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