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A Return to Campus

The University’s decision to resume on-campus learning and research activities in fall 2020 marked the beginning of a new era of academic life, with the overarching goal to ensure our community members feel comfortable and safe returning to campus and resuming daily activities. Our actions continue to be guided by public health considerations and best practices around the coronavirus pandemic.

Learn from Anywhere

At BUSSW, we have implemented a maximum 2-cohort class rotation that allows at least 50% of students per class to attend MSW courses in-person, while the other half participates remotely. With a 2-cohort model, every student will have the opportunity to attend an in-person session every other week, although there may be some variations in the implementation of this plan. Our course planning schedule will be continually updated with the latest information.

Screening, Testing, Tracing

In April 2020, the University 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 was methodically developed by a series of working groups overseen by University President Robert A. Brown and Provost Jean Morrison.

  • 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 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 doesn’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.

For detailed information on screening, testing and tracing, please go here.

Visit our COVID-19 Information page and review our Fall 2020 FAQs