Return to Campus | Guidance for Undergraduate and Graduate Students | COVID-19 Response – Brandeis University

Return to Campus

We are thrilled to be welcoming students back to campus this fall. Below are three important steps to follow, as you set out to return to Waltham for the fall semester.

**All students should bring AT LEAST one rapid testing kit (with two rapid tests) to campus with them.**

  1. Test before you leave: Before you set out to come to campus, test at home as close to your departure time as possible. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 should not travel to campus. Students who test positive prior to arrival must remain off campus during isolation and contact the Brandeis Community Tracing Program (BCTP) for guidance on return to campus protocols.
  2. Masking upon arrival: All undergraduate and graduate students will be required to wear a mask while indoors with others (except while actively eating or drinking) for three days following their date of arrival. They may then follow campus masking policies after taking their third-day post-arrival test and receiving a negative result.
  3. Testing on the third day: Students will take a rapid test three days after their arrival to campus. Students who test positive three days after their arrival will continue masking, contact the BCTP for guidance and follow the appropriate on or off campus COVID protocols.

Asymptomatic Testing

Brandeis University is no longer conducting an asymptomatic surveillance testing program given the accessibility of rapid tests. The Campus Passport has also been retired. For the safety of all, and as a courtesy to our community, we suggest that all community members on campus test themselves at least once a week–via rapid or PCR test– and recommend that they do so especially when area case rates are high.

Free tests can be obtained through the US Postal Service and through all health insurance providers. Information about getting free COVID tests is available on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website. Students with health coverage through the University Health Plan can find information about coverage for and/or reimbursement of rapid antigen tests online.

Symptomatic or Close-Contact Testing

Any undergraduate or graduate student experiencing COVID symptoms may contact the Health Center for testing, or may use their own rapid test. All students are required to report positive test results, as soon as they are able, to the Brandeis Community Tracing Program.

Undergraduate or graduate students identified as close contacts by the Brandeis Community Tracing Program, may pick up a rapid test at the Health Center, or may use their own rapid test.