Coming together again on campus safely will take the cooperation of all members of our community. To keep us safe and healthy, students, faculty and staff will be required to follow these practices.
Last Updated: August 6, 2020
The universal wearing of face coverings is shown to reduce disease transmission and is one of several layers of public health interventions to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 on campus. As an extension of the governor’s COVID-19 Order No. 31 requiring face coverings in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Bentley University has adopted the following policy:
- On the Bentley University campus, indoors and outdoors, all adults and children over the age of two shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering, except in the specific circumstances detailed below.
- Face coverings are not required 1) in a private office while alone, 2) in a vehicle alone, 3) in student residence hall rooms, suites or apartments when only the resident(s) assigned to that room are present, 4) while seated in areas configured for eating in accordance with distancing requirements, 5) while exercising using fixed equipment that is configured in accordance with distancing requirements and 6) while exercising outdoors in organized activities controlled by Athletics, or Student Programs and Engagement, conducted in accordance with distancing requirements.
- A person who is unable to wear a face covering on the advice of their healthcare provider due to a medical condition may be accommodated in accordance with the university’s Americans with Disabilities Act Policy for employees and the policies of the Office of Disability Services for students.
- Non-compliance will be addressed in accordance with student or employee disciplinary policy.
- This policy remains in effect until rescinded and may be modified from time to time based on the university’s evolving understanding of COVID-19 or standards put forth by local, state or federal authorities.
Maintain 6 feet of distance from other people when on campus. Areas of campus including classrooms and dining areas have been reconfigured to allow for responsible physical distancing.
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.
Community members will be required to regularly self-check for any symptoms related to COVID-19, no matter how minor. The symptoms will be updated as the CDC updates them. Currently, the symptoms include:
- Fever (100°F or greater)
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell or taste
- Muscle/body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
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 options to attend remotely if this is in their best interest. All students living on campus should have a three month supply of medications taken on a regular basis.
All residential students will be required to have a screening test for COVID-19 administered by the university when they arrive on campus and then regularly thereafter. The university will pay for all costs associated with screening tests for residential students. For diagnostic tests administered when a student is sick with COVID-19, health insurance will cover the cost of those diagnostic tests. Please verify your student health insurance coverage.
For students arriving to Bentley who are 18 years or younger, at the time of their arrival on campus, please utilize the Health Portal and download, print and have signed by a parent or guardian the Consent to Treat Under 18 document housed under Uploads.
In addition to residential students, all students who intend to be on campus at any time, as well as faculty and staff, will be screen tested on a weekly basis.
Bentley is partnering 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.
Weekly screening testing will be conducted in the lower level of the Miller Parking Deck will be the designated site for weekly testing. Each week, students, faculty and staff will be required to go to the Miller Parking Deck after checking in online to conduct their regular screening. After entering the lower parking deck, 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 of the labeled vial and place it in a box on the observation table before going on their way.
The Miller Lot site is designated for the weekly screening testing that will take place throughout the fall. 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.
In the event a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student will be required to follow protocols established to isolate themselves. These protocols require that students participate in classes remotely for the isolation period and move out of their housing assignment to self-isolate, returning home if possible. For those unable to travel home, the university will provide on-campus isolation accommodations.
Roommates or suitemates of students who test positive will be required to self-quarantine and follow recommendations by the university.
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.
Call (781) 891-3131 if you’re experiencing a medical or emotional emergency.
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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.