We will continue to update these FAQs and share more information as it becomes available. These FAQs apply to Phase 3.
Select a category to skip to that section of this page:
- Keeping Our Community Healthy
- General Information for Students
- General Information for Faculty and Staff
What plan do you have in place to ensure my health and safety while I am on campus?
We have developed a comprehensive health and safety campaign in accordance with guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and other trusted sources. Our goal is to ensure that our campus is as safe as possible for our community.
You can read about Phase 3 here.
- Vaccination status: All community members are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus.
- Indoor masking: Everyone on campus must wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, with the exception of certain activities during performance-related classes and programs on a limited basis. Additionally, masks will be required anytime you enter the Berklee Testing Center at 167 Massachusetts Avenue, and will remain so throughout the semester.
- Testing: All members of the Berklee community will be required to get a PCR test regularly at the Berklee Testing Center. Testing frequency throughout phase 3 varies for individuals, depending on certain factors (e.g., number of days per week on campus); most community members will get tested weekly.
- Quarantine and isolation:
- Quarantine: Vaccinated students are not required to quarantine, but will closely monitor their symptoms for 14 days, and participate in additional testing at the Berklee Testing Center. Unvaccinated students who have an approved religious or medical exemption will be required to quarantine off campus if they are identified as having potential exposure to COVID-19.
- Isolation: Residential students who test positive, whether or not they are vaccinated, will be isolated on campus for 10 days. During this time, all relevant resources and services (e.g., food delivery, daily check-ins, etc.) will be made available. Commuter students who test positive will be required to isolate at home for 10 days.
Will Berklee be a 100% vaccinated community?
While the majority of our community will be vaccinated, a very low percentage have received exemptions for medical or religious reasons from the College and will be unvaccinated. These community members will be required to follow enhanced safety protocols which may change over time, including increased testing, remaining masked at all times (except in their individual rooms in residence halls, while eating, and while attending to personal hygiene), and quarantining off-campus if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19. However, these community members will have access to all campus facilities and opportunities that Berklee has to offer, and may live in the residence halls, attend classes, eat in the dining facilities, and use all campus resources, provided they strictly adhere to the additional restrictions.
Will unvaccinated students with approved exemptions share living and eating spaces with students who are vaccinated?
Yes. Unvaccinated students will live in residence halls and eat in dining facilities. Given the very low percentage of exempted residential students, we anticipate risks to the individual and the community to be minimal. We will continue to follow public health guidance and that of our medical advisors and require rigorous enhanced safety protocols for unvaccinated community members, including increased testing, strict masking, and quarantine protocols if exposed, which may change or increase over time.
Will I be required to wear a mask/facial covering?
Everyone on campus must wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Additionally, masks will be required anytime you enter the Berklee Testing Center at 167 Massachusetts Avenue, and will remain so throughout the semester.
During Phase 3, there are a few distinctions in our classroom masking policies based on the type of classes being held.
Performance-related: In certain classes and programs, such as vocal performance, musical theater, and stage performance activities, fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff may remove their masks on a limited basis. When not engaged directly in such activities, these community members should wear their masks indoors at all times. Unvaccinated community members with approved exemptions must remain masked at all times indoors, regardless of class or activity.
- Non-performance-related: We will no longer require social distancing on campus, but masks will be required for everyone in classes without a performance component during Phase 3.
Please note that during this phase, community members who are fully vaccinated may unmask in private spaces, including offices and residence halls rooms, and in the dining hall when eating meals.
Masks will continue to be optional outdoors during this phase, per state and local guidance.
Learn more about our mask policy.
Are there specialized accommodations available for community members who are at risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19?
We encourage you to contact your physician in order to best assess the risks of living and/or studying on campus. For more information or to request accommodations:
Where can I report unsafe behavior?
Students who would like to report unsafe behavior (e.g., a community member not wearing a mask or abiding by other safety protocols) should complete this form.
Faculty and staff who would like to report unsafe behavior (e.g., a community member not wearing a mask or abiding by other safety protocols) should complete this form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will happen to Berklee community members who do not follow the safety protocols as outlined by the institution?
Community members who do not follow health and safety protocols will be managed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Human Resources and the Office of Community Standards and Conflict Resolution.
- For students, noncompliance could lead to disciplinary probation, suspension, loss of on-campus housing, or loss of rehearsal and practice space.
- For faculty and staff, continued noncompliance may result in restricted access to campus or removal of one's ability to work on the physical campus.
Am I required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to be on campus?
All students at our Boston and New York campuses this fall must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your final dose of the vaccine.
Learn about Berklee's COVID-19 vaccination policy, including how to submit your proof of vaccination.
Faculty and Staff
All faculty, staff, and vendor partners are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to the Boston or New York campuses for the fall semester.
Learn about the vaccination requirement, including how to submit your documentation.
How do I submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
- If you entered Berklee in the summer of 2019 or later, you have a Magnus Health account. Log in to that account to submit your proof of COVID-19 vaccination under the "Berklee Immunization Form and COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation" requirement.
- If you entered Berklee in the spring of 2019 or earlier, and do not have a Magnus Health account, please email a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card to email@example.com.
Faculty, Staff, and Vendors
If you have not submitted your proof of vaccination or requested a religious or medical exemption yet, you should see a Workday task in your Workday inbox from July 2. Please complete that task, and submit your proof of vaccination documentation (i.e., a photo of your vaccination card) by July 12. Learn more about the vaccination requirement.
How do I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
If you are in Massachusetts or the U.S., and have questions about how to sign up to get vaccinated, you can learn more at mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine or cdc.gov. You may also find it useful to visit sites such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and local medical/community health centers to sign up for vaccination appointments.
Which vaccine should I get?
We will accept a complete series of any COVID-19 vaccine, whether it is FDA- or WHO-approved or not.
However, if you have received a vaccine that is not authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO (e.g., Sputnik), we strongly encourage you to consider getting a vaccine that is authorized for emergency use by the FDA after arriving on campus.
Learn more about Berklee's COVID-19 vaccination policy.
All students at our Boston and New York campuses this fall must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your final dose of the vaccine."
Individuals are considered to be “fully vaccinated” for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine.
Students who receive a medical or religious exemption or students who have just completed or are in the midst of their vaccination course (at the beginning of the semester) are considered “unvaccinated” for the purposes of this FAQ. Two weeks after a student completes a vaccination course, they will be considered “fully vaccinated” and they will no longer be expected to adhere to these restrictions.
Please note that unvaccinated students who have not received an approved exemption or special permission (for the partially vaccinated) will not be allowed to enter campus buildings.
Berklee expects unvaccinated students to adhere to the following restrictions for their own health and safety and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.
What are the masking requirements if I am unvaccinated?
Unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask at all times, including in private practice or rehearsal spaces on campus. Exceptions include:
- When working alone in a private office with the door closed.
- In your own residence hall room, or when attending to personal hygiene (masks must be worn in the hallway between your room and the bathroom).
- While eating or drinking in the 160 Caf, Cafe 24, and Cafe 939.
Also, all community members, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks. The only exception is for vaccinated individuals in specific defined classes and programs, including vocal performance, musical theater, and stage performance activities, for limited periods of time at the professor’s discretion.
Will I be required to socially distance myself from others?
Are there different testing requirements if I am unvaccinated?
Unvaccinated individuals will be required to take a PCR test twice a week at the Berklee Testing Center. Upon arrival to campus, and in cases where individuals have not gotten tested in 14 days or more, all community members—including those who are unvaccinated—will be required to take two baseline tests: a BinaxNow rapid test and a traditional PCR test.
Will I be required to quarantine when I arrive on campus?
No. Quarantine will not be required for unvaccinated individuals when you arrive on campus, unless you receive a positive COVID-19 test result. If you receive a positive test result, you will be required to follow the protocols detailed below.
What happens if I refuse to wear a mask or follow any of these requirements?
Community members who do not follow health and safety protocols will be managed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Human Resources and the Office of Community Standards and Conflict Resolution. Noncompliance could lead to disciplinary probation,withdrawal from courses, suspension, loss of on-campus housing, or loss of rehearsal and practice space.
Will I have access to all campus facilities?
Yes. Unvaccinated students with approved exemptions may live in the residence halls, attend classes, eat in the 160 Caf, Cafe 24, and Cafe 939, and use all campus resources, provided they strictly adhere to these additional restrictions.
Will I be required to quarantine if I am exposed to someone with COVID-19?
Unvaccinated individuals will be required to quarantine off-campus at their own expense for 10 days if exposed to an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
What should I do if I start having COVID-19 symptoms?
All students, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate immediately and contact the Berklee Testing Center for guidance at (617) 747-2019.
What will happen if I test positive for COVID-19?
Regardless of vaccination status, students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days.
For residential students, you will isolate on campus if availability allows, and resources will be made available to you.
For commuter students, you will be required to isolate off-campus at your own expense.
Are there any travel restrictions on unvaccinated students?
Unvaccinated students should limit out of state travel to emergency circumstances only. A negative PCR test will be required prior to returning to campus and resuming activities.
If I live on campus, will my roommates be told that I am unvaccinated?
No. Vaccination status of all students is considered confidential. An individual's vaccination status will only be shared with those staff or faculty members with a need to use it for a legitimate educational reason, such as the legitimate educational interest of a student; the health and safety of students, staff, faculty, or others; or for building site and workplace safety for employees.
Will my professors or Residential Directors be told that I am unvaccinated?
Yes. While your vaccination status is considered confidential, it may be shared with the faculty whose classes you are taking and/or Residential Directors in your residence hall for residential students (Residential Directors are professional staff of the College and are not students). Only your vaccine status will be shared, the reason for your exemption or any information you provided to the College in requesting an exemption will remain confidential. Disability-related information, including exemption from a vaccine for medical or religious reasons, constitutes a student record, the disclosure of which to school officials is governed by FERPA. Here there is a legitimate educational interest in having the ability to monitor compliance with our mask and testing requirements for unvaccinated students and to protect the safety of all community members, vaccinated and unvaccinated, if one or more become ill.
Will my professors or Residential Directors tell other students or faculty members that I am unvaccinated?
All faculty and staff have been instructed that when a student’s vaccination status is shared with them for a legitimate educational purpose, that information is on a need-to-know-only basis and is not to be shared with anyone.
If you feel that a faculty or staff member may have shared your vaccine status with others or in any way that makes you feel uncomfortable due to your vaccine status, please complete this form as soon as possible. Faculty and staff who observe this behavior should complete this form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I do if my professor discusses or points out my vaccination status in class?
Do my rapid and PCR baseline tests take place on the same day?
Yes, your rapid and PCR baseline tests will take place at the same time (you will only need to come to the testing center once to take both tests). You will receive your rapid test result in about 15–20 minutes, and your PCR test result in 24–48 hours.
Will I be tested for COVID-19 while I’m on campus?
All members of the Berklee community will be required to get a PCR test regularly at the Berklee Testing Center. Testing frequency throughout phase 3 varies for individuals, depending on certain factors (e.g., number of days per week on campus); most community members will get tested weekly.
Learn more about the testing protocols.
How frequently do I need to get tested during the semester?
After baseline testing, individuals will get tested at a frequency determined by how often they are on campus and whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
- Vaccinated students, faculty, staff, and vendors who are on campus at least one day per week will participate in weekly PCR testing at Berklee’s Testing Center.
- Faculty and staff who are on campus periodically must complete the two-part baseline test process at the Berklee Testing Center any day they visit. campus or email email@example.com the negative result of a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their planned day on campus.
- Individuals who have received an exemption due to medical or religious reasons will be required to take a PCR test twice a week.
- Students who arrive in Boston partially vaccinated will be required to test twice a week until they have reached full compliance.
Are COVID-19 test results communicated to the Berklee community?
A public dashboard is now available at berklee.edu/btb/dashboard, and it's updated daily. The dashboard does not include any individuals’ names or personal information; it only shows the number of positive cases in our community.
If you are listed as a “close contact” of someone who tested positive, you will receive a call from the Berklee Contact Tracing Team and a call from the state’s Commonwealth Tracing Collaborative. Learn more about Berklee's contact tracing protocols.
If I test positive for COVID-19, or if my roommate, a classmate, or one of my professors tests positive, how will the institution handle the illness and the health of those who may have been in contact with me/them?
We follow the isolation, quarantine, disinfection, contact tracing, and other protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to minimize as best as possible the spread of COVID-19. We are proactive about contact tracing when confirmed cases become known to us, and a member of the Contact Tracing Team will contact you directly if you have been identified as someone who has potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We are mindful of the important need to respect the privacy and confidentiality of student medical information while also following state and federal guidelines for notifying individuals who may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Learn about Berklee's contact tracing protocols.
Do I have to pay for my COVID-19 tests?
All tests conducted in Berklee's testing facility are paid for by Berklee. Students, faculty, and staff do not need to pay for tests through Berklee.
What kind of COVID-19 test does Berklee use?
With the exception of the rapid test used for baseline testing, the Berklee Testing Center uses the PCR nasal swab.
If I previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have fully recovered prior to my arrival to campus for work or class, must I participate in Berklee's COVID-19 testing protocols?
Berklee will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance related to positive test results and the 90-day period following those test results. Therefore, if you have previously tested positive, you will not be included in the testing protocol and testing schedule for a period of 90 days after your initial COVID-19 diagnosis. Berklee will remove you from testing requirements until the 90-day post-diagnosis period is complete. Scientific research indicates that individuals will likely continue to test positive for a period of 90 days post-diagnosis, despite the fact that they are no longer infectious. After 90 days following a COVID-19 diagnosis, you will be included in the required testing protocols.
If you tested positive within 90 days of arriving to campus and are cleared to resume your normal activities by a treating physician, you must bring evidence of the COVID-19 diagnosis that indicates the date you were diagnosed and when you were cleared to safely resume activities and interactions before reporting to campus for work or classes.
- Faculty and staff: Submit documentation to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students: Submit documentation to email@example.com.
During the 90-day post-diagnosis period, continue to monitor your health and wellness, and if at any time you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, contact the Tufts Medical Team at 617-636-6006, or consult with your primary care physician, who can assess your condition and discuss appropriate next steps.
How do I check my test results?
We will use a new platform called Berklee School Testing, where you will receive your test results. After you have completed your baseline testing, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions to activate your berklee.schooltesting.org portal account.
To request test results for tests conducted prior to August 20, please contact the Berklee Testing Center at 617-747-2019.
Who should I contact if I have trouble accessing Berklee School Testing for my test results?
How do quarantine and isolation protocols work?
The terms “quarantine” and “isolation” both refer to the process of maintaining physical separation from other people for a period of time to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The term quarantine refers to separating individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are asymptomatic. Quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19 typically lasts for eight to 10 days from the last day of suspected exposure.
If you are fully vaccinated, per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines, you do not need to quarantine if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive.
At Berklee, the term isolation refers to separating someone who is infected with COVID-19 (whether symptomatic or not) from people who are not infected. Isolation after a confirmed infection can last for 10 days or more.If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to isolate.
Residential students who test positive, whether or not they are vaccinated, will be isolated on campus for 10 days. During this time, all relevant resources and services (e.g., food delivery, daily check-ins, etc.) will be made available.
Commuter students who test positive will be required to isolate at home for 10 days.
Learn about Berklee's quarantine and isolation procedures.
Will there be isolation space on campus if I test positive for COVID-19 during the semester?
- On-campus students: If you need to isolate during the semester, you will be assigned temporary housing at 32 Fenway. You will receive more details from the Contact Tracing Team and an on-call staff member.
- Commuter students: You will isolate at your off-campus apartment.
What do I need to do before and when I arrive on campus?
What should I do if I need an accommodation because of a disability?
Where can I find more information for faculty and staff?
To view detailed information, visit the Boston Faculty and Staff page (login required) and the Frequently Asked Questions: Faculty and Staff page (login required).