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There are 10 comments on What Students, Faculty, and Staff Need to Know about Spring Move-in and Returning to Campus

  1. This article makes the travel quarantine sound like an advisory. I reached out to Residence Life after reading this article and they said that all returning students are required to complete a travel quarantine for no less than 7 days and until they have 3 consecutive negative COVID tests on campus, but this article makes it sound like they only need to follow MA regulations, which require 1 negative test to complete quarantine. BU really needs to be sending consistent messages to students, especially on something this important.

    1. The travel quarantine requirement has been issued by Massachusetts and can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order. The 1 week stay-in-place advisory issued by BU goes beyond the state requirement and strongly advises students to minimize all interactions until they have received consecutive negative tests (3 for undergrad and 2 for grad). The graphic posted by Amy Laskowski is a helpful reference.

  2. The country has been averaging around 250,000 to 300,000 new cases per day. BU’s case numbers are also on the rise, and the numbers at the end of last semester were troublesome. Most students haven’t returned yet, but there are currently 62 in isolation. What would happen if BU’s isolation and quarantine housing becomes full? Would students be forced to lock down in their rooms for several weeks? Would BU send all those students home? The situation is much worse now than it was in the fall — why are we bringing students back to campus?

    1. Dear RS,
      The Community Health Oversight Group and the Medical Advisory Group and BU regularly review our community dashboard to ensure that we are bringing students back to campus in a manner that reduces risk as much as possible while ensuring that we have adequate quarantine and isolation capacity at all times.

  3. Thank you for all the safety precautions you put in place. The move-in was kind of a challenge, but safety is the priority, so we try to stick to all the requirements.

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