For the summer semester, we have implemented robust safety protocols to effectively protect the safety of community members and keep our infection rate low. We are following a phased approach as we progress to being fully back on campus.
Phase 2: Health and Safety Protocols (July 1–August 20, 2021)
We are currently in Phase 2, which runs from July 1 to August 20, 2021. Please note that this information is subject to change, and the community will be notified of any changes accordingly. These plans were developed in partnership with Tufts Medical Center and with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
During this phase, as more members of our community are fully vaccinated, restrictions for faculty, staff, and vendor partners who are fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final vaccination) have been lifted substantially. Throughout the summer as we continue to collect vaccination documentation, any individuals who are in the process of getting fully vaccinated or anyone who is not yet vaccinated will continue to follow strict health and safety protocols. Before the fall semester begins, you will need to be fully vaccinated or to have received an exemption for medical or religious reasons through Health and Wellness (for students) or Human Resources (for faculty and staff).
During Phase 2, regardless of your vaccination status, continue to follow these protocols:
- Complete your daily symptom reporting through CoVerified.
- Use CoVerified to get a clearance badge to enter campus buildings.
- Continue to schedule your tests through CoVerified.
When You Return to Campus
This process remains the same as Phase 1; you will be required to provide a negative PCR test taken no more than three days in advance of your return to campus.
- Faculty and staff can upload your result through CoVerified or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students will receive instructions before your program begins; you will upload your result through the CoVerified app or email email@example.com.
Once you return, you will get tested once per week.
If You Have Already Returned to Campus
As of July 1, the testing cadence for all students, faculty, and staff has shifted to once per week. If you did not receive an email about your updated testing day, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are fully vaccinated: As of July 1, masks are no longer required indoors for those who are fully vaccinated. Many of you may wish to continue to wear masks for personal protection, despite having been fully vaccinated. We encourage everyone to respect the personal preferences of our colleagues in making choices that make them most comfortable. In alignment with the guidelines set forth by the state of Massachusetts, masks are not required outside on the Berklee campus.
- If you are not yet fully vaccinated: Until you are fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a mask at all times on campus, whether indoors or out.
Facilities and Events
- Social distancing is no longer required in any of our instructional or performance venues, work spaces, lounges, or the Berklee Dining Hall.
- In-person classes and meetings can take place without masks for those who are fully vaccinated.
- On-campus programming such as events and performances follow the same guidelines as described above.
- Performance and event spaces are limited by seating capacity; no standing room will be allowed at this time.
- Singing may occur on stage in all performance spaces, with all unvaccinated performers and attendees wearing masks.
- Outdoor events will continue to align with city and state guidelines.
- Catering and regular dining services have returned, following city and state guidelines for food service providers.
Campus tours have resumed for families and prospective students with limited indoor viewings and will not include stops inside the residence halls. You may invite up to two people to attend your performances and culminating experiences. Unvaccinated guests will be required to wear masks.
Visiting artists are required to acknowledge that they are fully vaccinated before coming to campus.
COVID-19 Test Results Dashboard
We maintain a public dashboard with the COVID-19 test results, to be updated daily. The dashboard does not include any individuals’ names or personal information; it only shows the number of positive cases in our community.
Reporting 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.
Community Members Who Do Not Follow Safety Protocols
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.
COVID-19 symptoms: If you experience any COVID-19–related symptoms, report them in the daily symptom report in the CoVerified app. Then, call the Berklee COVID-19 Testing Center (617-747-2019, option 1). The testing manager will listen to your concerns and refer you to a medical provider if necessary.
Non-COVID-19 urgent/primary care: Tufts Medical Center is our preferred medical provider serving currently enrolled Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students. Students experiencing medical concerns that are unrelated to COVID-19 may call the dedicated Berklee phone number at Tufts (617-636-6006) for an appointment.
The preferred access specialist will ask you some basic questions and then schedule an appointment at Tufts if appropriate. A round-trip ride to/from campus will also be coordinated at no charge. It is highly recommended that you select a Tufts primary care provider to ensure continuity of care during your time at Berklee.
This summer, nurses from Tufts Medical Center will be on campus to help students with minor ailments. The nursing staff will be available for walk-ins at 167 Massachusetts Avenue, the same building as the testing center (no appointments necessary). If you would like to speak to a nurse first, you can call 617-747-2019. The nurses are available seven days a week, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
You may also access a medical provider via telehealth 24 hours a day and seven days a week through Online Connect.
Learn about how to access medical care for students.
Faculty and Staff
Contact your primary health care provider.
Efforts by the State and the Greater Boston Area
The Public Health Commission has comprehensive information available on the City of Boston COVID-19 website about efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. For information on state-wide initiatives, visit Mass.gov.
In addition, the MBTA has made several changes and enhancements to service and operations in order to help protect the health and safety of individuals who rely on public transit.
Accommodations for Students
If you are at an increased risk of severe illness if you 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, please contact email@example.com.
Accommodations for Faculty and Staff
If a faculty or staff member’s health condition falls within one of the CDC's high-risk categories, as described in the CDC guidelines, the employee may seek a temporary COVID-19 workplace accommodation through Human Resources using the reasonable accommodation process. Employees are not required to disclose if they are in a high-risk category based upon age or a pre-existing medical condition. If an employee voluntarily discloses any medical information, it will be handled with the highest degree of sensitivity and confidentiality.
Various options that support a healthy and safe work environment will be considered. Continued remote work arrangements with periodic reviews of return-to-campus dates may be provided.
Learn more about what faculty and staff can expect.