For the fall 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 3: Health and Safety Protocols
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 before returning to campus unless an approved exemption has been granted. Learn about our vaccination requirement for the fall 2021 semester.
For Phase 3, we will require everyone on campus to wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Additionally, masks will be required anytime you enter the Berklee Testing Center at 167 Massachusetts Avenue, and they will remain so throughout the semester.
We will continue to assess when we will return to optional masking indoors for fully vaccinated members of our community.
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, fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff may remove their masks on a limited basis at the faculty member’s discretion and with chair approval. 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.
Two-step baseline testing is required for community members who are new to Berklee's testing protocols, and for those who have not been tested in 14 days or more.
In addition, all members of the Berklee community are 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.
Read about Phase 3 testing protocols to learn about testing, testing frequency, and how to view your test results.
Space on Campus
As of July 1, we no longer require social distancing in any instructional or performance venues, work spaces, lounges, or the dining hall. Classrooms, ensemble rooms, recording studios, labs, practice rooms, and performance venues no longer require downtime to air out between use by different individuals or groups.
We have kept our existing protective barriers, HEPA filters, and sanitation stations in place, and returned to a pre-COVID cleaning schedule. While we still encourage you to clean the spaces you use, that cleaning will no longer be required.
Guests and Visitors
Enrolled students may invite up to two people to attend their performances and culminating experiences. All guests will be required to wear masks indoors. Residential students will not be permitted to have non-Berklee guests in the residence halls during Phase 3 (with the exception of two approved guests for move-in).
Visiting artists will be required to attest to their host department that they are fully vaccinated before coming to campus, and they must submit evidence of a negative PCR test to Human Resources.
Quarantine and Isolation
Our quarantine and isolation processes will change this semester based on vaccination status.
- Vaccinated students will be notified of potential exposure by the contact tracing team, but they will not be required to quarantine. Instead, they’ll be asked to closely monitor their symptoms for 14 days and participate in additional testing at the Berklee Testing Center (one test on day one, and one on day four or five after exposure).
- 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. In these instances, students’ emergency contacts will be notified.
- 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.
- Students: We encourage you to limit non-essential travel and follow CDC guidelines should you need to leave Boston or New York City 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.
Daily Symptom Check
We will no longer require daily symptom attestation. All community members should monitor symptoms and contact a medical professional with any symptom concerns. If you do not feel well, please stay home. Building access for restricted community members will be managed on a case-by-case basis in coordination with Human Resources, Student Affairs, and Public Safety.
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.
- 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, 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.
Effective August 31, telehealth is currently unavailable, but will return soon. In the meantime, if you need medical attention after hours, go to the nearest urgent care center or emergency room.
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
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).