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Last Updated: Oct. 8, 2021

Screening testing at Bentley

Emergency Contact Information

Due to the serious nature of COVID-19, it's important that Bentley have up-to-date emergency contact and student contact information for every student. Please verify that your family emergency contact information, family address, student cell phone number and student off-campus address is up to date in Workday. Consider having a local contact near Waltham, MA, where you may wish to go if you are required to isolate or quarantine, if possible. Know the contact information for your personal physician, medical specialists, medication list and any allergies to medications or foods. Communication is key to keep our campus healthy.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required in the following areas of campus:

  • In all classrooms and in academic and administrative buildings on the upper campus, except when in a private office.
  • In all dining areas on campus, except when individuals are actively eating or drinking.
  • On the Bentley Shuttle.

All buildings requiring face coverings will have notices at the entrance. Building rules apply to all community members, as well as visitors and guests, vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Face coverings are not required at this time in the following areas of campus:

  • In residence halls, except in some areas specifically designated by signage. Face coverings are encouraged in residence halls, especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • In all areas of the Student Center, Dana Center and Bentley Arena. However, some areas in these buildings will require face coverings and will be specifically designated by signage. These areas include the fitness center, dining facilities (when not actively eating) and administrative offices, and signs will be posted as reminders. Again, individuals are encouraged to wear face coverings in these buildings, especially if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Outdoors, but encouraged if in crowded groups where physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

Unvaccinated community members must wear a face covering at all times when not in a private office or residence. 

Screening Testing

Screening tests are required for all residential students and non-residential undergraduate students through the month of October. Regular weekly screening tests are required for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff, or those who have not yet completed their vaccination process (two weeks after a final dose).

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it is important that you not go to the screening test site and instead contact the Health Center. 

Bentley continues to partner with the Broad Institute to conduct screening testing. The Broad (pronounced brōd) test procedure uses a nasal swab in the front of your nose, which is less likely to cause discomfort. Results are expected in about a day.

Screening Location

Weekly screening testing will be conducted in the lobby of the Adamian Academic Center. Each week, students, faculty and staff will be required to go to the testing site after checking in online to conduct their regular screening. After entering, those being tested will register at a check-in table where they’ll present their Bentley ID and receive a testing swab and labeled vial. They’ll then make their way to the observation table where Bentley staff will observe them self-administer their test. After swabbing the inside of both nostrils, they’ll place the swab inside the labeled vial and place it in a box on the observation table before going on their way.

The Adamian Academic Center testing site is designated for the weekly screening testing that will take place throughout the spring. Any students who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to contact the Health Center to undergo testing at a different location. Faculty and staff displaying symptoms should stay home and immediately contact their health care provider.

Students, faculty and staff can schedule their screening tests through the Bentley Health Portal, Medicat. Please read this quick reference guide to learn how to use the Bentley Health Portal to schedule tests and to check in online for your appointment before arriving.

Test Results

Within 24-48 hours of your test, you will receive an email from prompting you to create an account in CareEvolve, the Broad Institute’s test results portal. Please read these instructions to set up your account so that you can see your results.

If your test result is positive, you will be contacted by Daniel Battle, Bentley’s occupational health nurse. Make sure your contact information is current in Workday so Daniel can reach you easily.

Watch a Video about COVID-19 Testing at Bentley

COVID-19 Testing Resources

The Bentley community can access COVID-19 testing as follows:

Weekly Screening Test Program – Adamian Center Lobby 

  • For undergraduate and residential students, as well as faculty teaching this semester and frontline staff.
  • By appointment only, made on the Bentley Health Portal.
  • 24-hour result time.  

Bentley Health Center 

  • Available to all students by appointment only. Call 781-891-2222.
  • The test type determined by DPH guidelines: BinaxNOW rapid testing (15 min result time) OR Observed PCR collection (24-hour result time).  

BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test 

  • Available for purchase in limited supply over the counter (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc.).
  • Available for purchase via delivery from Capsule. Call or text Capsule Pharmacist at 617-544-2898. 

Massachusetts DPH Mail-Order Testing 

  • Massachusetts residents who are 18 or older.
  • Check eligibility and order testing here. Eligibility reasons include COVID-19 symptoms (see link for details); recommendation to test from health care provider; exposure to COVID-19; OR you live or work in a congregate setting.

Resources for students in quarantine or isolation

Isolation and Quarantine

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low. They should closely monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days. Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must isolate and get evaluated and tested for COVID-19. Unvaccinated people must quarantine and be tested as soon as they are identified as a close contact of a positive case. 

Read the Guidelines

Regular Self-Check

Students, on and near campus, will be required to do a daily health self-check to verify they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. This requirement applies to all members of the entire Bentley community who plan to be on campus, including faculty and staff. We urge all students to contact the Health Center  by calling 781-891-2222 for any new symptoms of COVID-19 per CDC guidelines.

Currently, the symptoms include:

  • Fever (100°F or greater)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Muscle/body aches
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue

Daily COVID-19 Checklist

Personal Health

Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water as often as possible. When on the go, be sure to use one of the hand sanitizing stations that have been added across campus.  

  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • If you don’t feel well, it’s important to stay home. Seek medical care for even a very mild symptom or symptoms.

  • Avoid shaking hands and coming into bodily contact with other people. 

  • Avoid sharing common items such as laptops, phones, tablets, pens, pencils, utensils, personal hygiene products, drinks, vaping/smoking materials and food. Clean these items regularly.

Bentley will recommend following public health guidance for all activities in the Boston-metro area. These include the recommendations listed elsewhere including small group gatherings, face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene and reporting any illnesses for appropriate medical care. Off-campus activities should ideally be limited to those that are necessary depending on current public health guidance. Travel out of state is not recommended unless necessary. Continue to follow Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance for gatherings and travel.

Students should communicate with their personal health provider if they have a health condition to discuss on-campus living versus remote learning options. Students have the option to attend remotely if this is in their best interest. All students should have a 3-month supply of medications taken on a regular basis.

The Health Center is working with Osco Pharmacy to develop a process where medications can be delivered to campus and picked up at a designated mail room location. This service will be for residential students only. Students can set up an account with Osco to begin this process.

Watch a Video about Ways to Stay Healthy

Stay Home If You're Sick

If you don’t feel well or are experiencing even very mild symptoms, do not go to class or report for work. Students should contact the Health Center at (781) 891-2222. Faculty and staff should contact their healthcare provider and their supervisor.

Students should communicate with their personal health provider if they have a preexisting health condition to discuss on campus living. Students have the option to attend remotely if this is in their best interest. All students living on campus should have a 3-month supply of medications taken on a regular basis.

The Health Center is working with Osco Pharmacy to develop a process where medications can be delivered to campus and picked up at a designated mail room location. This service will be for residential students only. Students can set up an account with Osco to begin this process.

Screening Test Portal

Contact Tracing

If students or other community members are identified as a close contact of a person on campus diagnosed with COVID-19, they will be notified by a member of the Department of Public Health as well as the Bentley Contact Tracing team/COVID response team. Records of this information will be entered into a secure medical record system. Close contacts should be tested for COVID-19. A close contact is defined as a person with exposure to an individual with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes and within 6 feet. Further information is available at the CDC website. If you are contacted by a public health official or contact tracing team member, please answer your cell phone to protect your health. Privacy of all persons involved will be respected; the name of the person with COVID-19 will not be revealed publicly or to close contacts by public health officials.

Health Center: Sick Visits and Routine Health Visits

For the health and safety of the Bentley community, the Health Center is no longer offering walk-in appointments. Students seeking medical care should call the center to schedule an appointment. Wherever possible, we will utilize technologies such as phone calls, secure messages and telehealth services to supplement in-person visits, thus improving safety while ensuring access to health care.

The Health Center may refer many preventive health and routine visits — including preventive examinations, contraception, routine blood work/laboratory testing and vaccinations — to local medical practices, so that we can focus on the urgent needs of the campus during the pandemic. We can assist you with referrals to the many excellent health care providers in the area. We appreciate your understanding as we adjust our services to keep the campus safe and healthy.

If you are feeling unwell, please call the Health Center at 781-891-2222 and we will assist you with your concerns.

Vaccine and TB Screening Requirements

Massachusetts state law requires verification of students’ immunizations and TB screenings. Students who are new to Bentley or have missing requirements can find more information in our Health Center Forms.

For the 2020-21 academic year, state law requires influenza vaccination for all students attending university in Massachusetts by Dec. 31, 2020. Bentley encourages vaccination by Oct. 31, 2020. Influenza vaccination must be documented in the Bentley Health Portal by uploading documents verifying the administration and date of the vaccine. This will be added to the vaccines required for Massachusetts state vaccine compliance.

To obtain your influenza vaccination, you may attend the influenza vaccine clinics on campus operated by Osco Pharmacy if you are participating in the screening test program and permitted to be on campus. Notification of these clinics was sent by email to eligible students. You may also obtain vaccination at a local pharmacy including many of those listed in our health resources including:

51 Linden Street Waltham 
(781) 894-4522 

Osco Pharmacy at Star Market 
535 Trapelo Road Belmont 
(617) 489-6452 
Osco is accessible by campus shuttle 

Bentley is requiring all faculty and staff who are working on campus and part of the on-campus COVID-19 screening test protocol to receive a flu shot for the 2020-2021 season by Oct. 31.

Students, faculty and staff are required to bring their health insurance card with them to their flu shot appointment. 

Residential Students Traveling Off Campus

Bentley recommends following public health guidance for activities in the Boston-metro area, including residential students who travel off campus. These include the recommendations listed above for small group gatherings, face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene and reporting any illnesses. Ideally, off-campus activities should be limited to those that are necessary. Likewise, travel out of state is not recommended unless it is necessary. Please continue to follow Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance for gatherings and travel.

Students at Risk due to Medical Conditions

Students can apply for a medically required academic accommodation if they have an underlying medical condition. Disability Services provides this service. We recommend that students speak with their physician about the decision to live on campus if they have a serious medical condition. All students have the option to learn remotely. All students who take medication on a regular basis should have a 3-month supply on hand.

The Health Center is working with Osco Pharmacy to develop a process where medications can be delivered to campus and picked up at a designated mail room location. This service will be for residential students only. Students can set up an account with Osco to begin this process.

Health Insurance

Massachusetts state law requires all persons to have adequate health insurance. We recommend the Student Health Insurance plan (SHIP) if your insurance is based out of state and you will be living in MA. The SHIP insurance provides students with excellent health coverage, which is especially important this year given that the COVID-19 pandemic increases the risk for illness. Know your health insurance coverage and which local hospitals are covered, as these may be limited if the student’s plan is based out of state. Please see University Health plans, our partner for health insurance, for more details.

Student Health, Counseling and Wellness

When you’re not feeling well, need someone to talk to, or just want to improve your well-being and self-care, turn to the Centers for Health, Counseling and Wellness at Bentley. Our expert staff are here to support your physical and emotional well-being.

The staff at the Centers for Health, Counseling and Wellness are available to talk to you remotely and we listen to your concerns and provide you with strategies to improve your health and succeed academically. Together, we’ll help you thrive.

Health Center

Counseling Center

Wellness and Health Promotion

Call (781) 891-3131 if you’re experiencing a medical or emotional emergency.

Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness

The Office of Human Resources provides support to help faculty and staff understand, improve and maintain physical, emotional, social and financial health.

The Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a Bentley-sponsored counseling and work life program available to all employees and their adult household members. The university's EAP provider is KGA, Inc., a well-respected consulting firm. Employee assistance services are designed to help with the issues of everyday life.

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