We have implemented robust safety protocols to effectively protect the safety of our community and keep our infection rate low. We are following a phased approach, and will continue to follow Phase 3 protocols for the spring semester.
Phase 3: Updated Health and Safety Protocols
Updated January 7, 2022
Please note that this information is subject to change, and the community will be notified of any changes accordingly. We continue to develop our plans in partnership with Tufts Medical Center, along with guidance from state and local authorities.
All students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated unless an approved exemption has been granted.
In addition, as of February 15, 2022, you must get a vaccine booster shot for COVID-19 when you are eligible, unless you have received an approved medical or religious exemption. Learn about our vaccination requirement.
All community members—regardless of vaccination status—must wear a mask for all indoor on-campus activities.
- Acceptable masks: N95, KN95, KF94, 3-ply surgical mask, or a surgical mask doubled with a cloth mask are all acceptable options.
- Vocalists, wind, and brass instrumentalists must use specialized masks. Wind and brass instrumentalists must also have and use bell covers. These specialized masks and bell covers are available for purchase at the Berklee Bookstore.
- Masks that are no longer accepted: Simple cloth masks, bandanas, gators, scarves, or other non-medical mask alternatives are no longer allowed.
Masks must be changed daily, and cannot be reused, so please take appropriate steps to ensure that you have sufficient masks on hand.
For emergencies only, 3-ply surgical masks will be available at Public Safety desks, Student Affairs offices, the Berklee Testing Center, and division offices across campus. Single masks will be available until supplies are depleted, and so we ask that you take seriously your responsibility to obtain your own masks.
Please note that at this time we are no longer able to allow exceptions to the masking policy for lessons, classes, ensembles, or rehearsals at faculty or administrator discretion. In consultation with their students and the appropriate chair and dean, faculty may opt to hold private lessons and lab classes that require unmasking remotely.
All members of the Berklee community are required to get a PCR test regularly at the Berklee Testing Center: once weekly for vaccinated individuals, and twice weekly for individuals with approved exemptions.
In addition, two-step baseline testing is required for community members who have fallen out of compliance and have not been tested in 14 days or more. Learn about the testing compliance policy.
Read about Phase 3 testing protocols.
Event Attendee Policy
All visitors must abide by Berklee policies while on campus, including wearing an acceptable mask (as outlined above) during their visit.
Public Events and Performances
View the protocols for public events and performances.
Non-Ticketed Performances and Culminating Experiences
All on-campus student and faculty performances will be open exclusively to current Berklee faculty, staff, and students until February 1. We will review the policy for potential changes after this date as we assess operations through January.
Performers may be allowed to unmask during performances with the following increased precautions:
- Audience members must be distanced from performers by at least two empty rows.
- Event leaders will require and be responsible for ensuring that all participants undergo:
- an additional PCR test at the Berklee Testing Center five to seven days prior to the performance, and
- a rapid test on the day of the performance at the Berklee Testing Center. On days when the Berklee Testing Center is closed, rapid tests will be available for event leaders to distribute.
Clean, high-quality masks are required in all rehearsals, including specialized masks for vocalists, wind, and brass instruments. Bell covers for brass and wind instruments are also required.
When possible, we strongly encourage physical distancing during rehearsals and performances.
Campus Visitor Policy
Quarantine and Isolation
We are working with our food service partners to find appropriate grab ‘n’ go options for the first part of the semester. We are taking additional measures below to ensure health and safety while using our dining services:
- Reduce in-person seating in order to maximize physical distancing in dining spaces
- Using disposables so students can take their meals away as seating will be limited
- Removing self-service salad stations to reduce congestion
- Increasing the presence of managerial staff to reinforce masking expectations and physical distancing, and to monitor higher congestion areas
- Encourage all to use the mobile ordering option at our satellite locations
- Students: We encourage you to limit non-essential travel and follow CDC guidelines should you need to leave Boston during this time.
- Faculty and staff: Berklee allows essential business-related travel that is approved by a senior vice president. Read the full travel policy (login required), including guidance for personal travel.
Information for Unvaccinated Students, Faculty, and Staff
Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff with approved religious or medical exemptions will have a baseline test (rapid test plus PCR test), will be required to wear a mask indoors at all times, and will be tested twice weekly.
COVID-19 Test Results Dashboard
We maintain a public dashboard with the COVID-19 test results, which is 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.
Noncompliance could lead to disciplinary probation, suspension, loss of on-campus housing, or loss of rehearsal and practice space. In addition, you may lose your access to Berklee facilities through the deactivation of your ID. The Office of Community Standards and Conflict resolution may also investigate and review your conduct. Learn about the testing compliance policy and consequences for students who do not follow the protocols.
Faculty and Staff
Human Resources will continue to monitor testing compliance for faculty and staff as they have been since last spring. Continued noncompliance may result in restricted access to campus or removal of one's ability to work on the physical campus. Learn about the compliance policy.
COVID-19 symptoms: If you experience any COVID-19–related symptoms, 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.
Learn about how to access medical care for students, including telehealth through Tufts Medical Center.
Faculty and Staff
Contact your primary health care provider.
Efforts by the State and the Greater Boston Area
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.
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 (login required).