As faculty and staff members return to campus, some offices and campus spaces will require new layouts and protective barriers to promote physical distancing and separation.
Last Updated: October 26, 2020
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remain paramount in our decision-making process on reopening the campus. We believe it is important to support creative and flexible work arrangements for our community. Therefore, faculty and staff will be given flexibility in their work arrangements, where possible, as part of our goal to provide a safe working and learning environment for all members of our community.
The Facilities Team will disinfect high-touch surfaces in office spaces at least daily. This includes door handles, restroom surfaces, elevator buttons, staircases. Staff will be responsible for cleaning shared office surfaces such as fax machine keypads or coffee makers.
Additional cleaning measures include:
- The installation of 180 more hand sanitizing stations across campus
- The cleaning of bathrooms twice daily
- Daily cleaning logs
- Signage across campus emphasizing the use of face coverings and the importance of 6 feet of distance
- The modification of airflow and ventilation to increase the circulation of fresh air in buildings
If a staff member on campus tests positive for COVID-19, any staff who had close contact* with the first staff member will need to quarantine and be tested. Quarantine lasts 14 days, regardless of the outcome of the test. However, if the test is positive, then a secondary contact trace will be started to identify any close contacts of the second individual. Any positive case individual’s office/workspace, as well as shared spaces used in the two days prior to illness onset, will be disinfected by Facilities Management.
A close contact is defined by distance and time—with or without a face covering—making it important to avoid prolonged interactions at less than six feet of physical distance even if everyone is wearing a face covering.
If student who tests positive and a staff member in an office is part of the contact tracing line, the staff member who is a close contact would need to quarantine for 14 days and be tested. Since the CDC defines close contact by proximity to an infected person (i.e., not proximity to a close contact of an infected person), the whole office would not need to quarantine. However, if the staff member’s test is positive, then a second contact trace would begin to identify anyone in the office who had close contact with the first staff member during the two days prior to specimen collection.
* The CDC defines a close contact as, “someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated."
The Boston Marathon, previously rescheduled for a planned state holiday on September 14, 2020, has been canceled. The university and academic calendars have been amended. Classes will be held and offices will be open.
The traditional October Break has been canceled (Oct. 12 - 13). Classes will be held.
Administrative offices will be closed on Oct. 12 for Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day.
In March, the university began reviewing business travel by faculty and staff, and non-essential domestic and international business travel was suspended through June 30. The university has now extended that suspension of all non-essential domestic and international business travel by faculty and staff through Dec. 31, 2020. Bentley-related travel must be approved by a vice president or provost.
The university will follow the Commonwealth of Massachusetts travel quarantine instructions in place at the time of return from travel. As of now, anyone returning from anywhere other than New England, New York, and New Jersey must quarantine (stay at home and not have contact with other people) for 14 days. In consultation with their manager, the employee may be able to work from home. However, if the employee cannot perform their job duties from home they will need to use accrued time off. Faculty or staff who are planning personal international travel anywhere in the world are asked to notify their vice president or dean.