Face Coverings

As a result of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts and heightened concerns about the transmissibility of the Delta variant, the University has adjusted its face-covering protocols in accordance with the City of Boston’s new mandate requiring that facemasks be worn in all indoor spaces accessible to the general public.

The University requires that face coverings be worn in all indoor locations on campus with the exception of:

  • Employee work spaces that are not generally open to the public, including private offices, cubicles, and open-floor-plan work spaces
  • Conference rooms when distance can be maintained
  • Dining halls when individuals are actively eating or drinking
  • Residence hall rooms and residence hall lounges; masks ARE required in residence hall lobbies, elevators, and all other lounges on campus
  • Study rooms and enclosed Library spaces occupied by a single student

All unvaccinated individuals who have received a medical or religious exemption from the University’s vaccination requirement and unvaccinated visitors must continue to wear a mask at all times and in all locations on campus except when alone in an office or in their own residence room.

Fully vaccinated individuals who prefer to wear a mask in spaces exempted from the University’s mask requirement should feel very comfortable doing so. Masks should be worn by employees and students entering someone else’s immediate workspace, unless the employee or student is fully vaccinated and the occupant of the workspace invites the person entering their workspace to remove their mask and that person chooses to do so.

The face covering protocols also apply to campus visitors.

We understand that for faculty it may be difficult to effectively communicate to a large classroom of students while wearing a mask, so all classrooms will be equipped with microphones to help faculty with voice projection. Faculty may be asked or they can choose to use a mask that has a clear window to assist students who may rely on reading lips and facial expressions to effectively communicate. Masks with clear windows will be available upon request and can be obtained by completing this form.

If a faculty or staff member is not able to safely wear a mask due to a preexisting medical condition, you should reach out to Human Resources to submit an accommodation request. Please do not include any personal information in your initial email to Human Resources.

The University will continue to monitor and assess public health conditions and guidance and adjust our face coverings policy as appropriate.

Any questions can be directed to Human Resources.