COVID-19 Protocols for Campus Access in 2021-22
Our three campuses are open for classes, activities, and residential living. Find the latest information on our health and safety protocols on our Plan page.

2021-22 Plan for Students

2021-22 Reopening Plans

Lesley reopened its campuses for classes, activities, and residential living in Fall 2021 with a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students and employees coming to campus and other health and safety protocols described below and on our COVID-19 page.

On January 10, Lesley University announced a phased approach to the resumption of in-person classes and residential life at the start of the Spring Semester. Three emails (sent on January 10, 12 and 14) explained which groups of students are invited to return to campus housing for in-person courses and activities during the first 3-week phase, which begins on January 24. All others would return by February 14. Those emails are available on the list of Past Email Communication from Lesley University (link).

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the implementation of the phased return. See the FAQs.

Questions?

Contact Dean Nathaniel Mays at nmays@lesley.edu.

  • Academic Calendar

    Spring 2022 Academic Calendar

    The first day of classes for the 15-week semester is Monday, January 24, 2022.

    Spring Term 1 starts Monday, January 24, 2022.

    Spring Term 2 starts Monday, March 21, 2022.

    Review the Spring 2022 Academic Calendar.

  • Orientations

    Details regarding spring orientations are coming soon. Check these links for new information as it becomes available.

  • Immunization and COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

    Immunization and COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

    If you are registered to attend a residency or course on campus or are considering coming to campus for any reason, you must first submit the immunization documentation by the following date and then receive written approval from Dean Mays that you are clear to be on campus before coming to campus.

    • January 4, 2022, for On-Campus programs and courses that begin on January 24, 2022

    As of December 23, we have updated our COVID-19 vaccine requirement to require all eligible students studying on campus to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine booster. Information is available at vaxfinder.mass.gov for Massachusetts locations offering vaccine boosters.

    Due to the eligibility criteria, there will be a rolling deadline for obtaining the vaccine booster. All individuals who are eligible to receive a booster on or before January 15, 2022 must comply by February 15, 2022. Individuals who are eligible after January 15, 2022 will have 30 days from their date of eligibility to comply with this policy.

    All previously approved medical and religious accommodations specific to COVID-19 vaccination will apply to the vaccine booster requirement. Students should contact Dean Mays with any changes or questions.

    To help ensure that we receive your complete documentation and that we will have adequate time to review it and/or request additional information without it impacting your scheduled time to be on campus, please review the Immunization Information page carefully.

    Without the required documents, and written approval to be on campus from Dean Mays, you will not be able to come to campus. Note: If you were approved to be on campus for Summer or Fall 2021, you do not need to submit this information again for Spring 2022.

    Review the requirements and instructions for submitting proof of immunization.

  • COVID-19 Testing Schedule and Protocols (as of 1-20-22)

    Cataldo Ambulance Service conducts COVID-19 testing on campus in the Marran Gallery on the Doble CampusPlease register for testing in advance. The Broad Institute processes and reports the testing results.

    Here is the upcoming testing schedule:

    • Friday, January 21, 12:00 to 8:00 pm
    • Saturday, January 22, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
    • Sunday, January 23, 12:00 to 10:00 pm
    • Monday, January 24, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
    • Tuesday, January 25, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Wednesday, January 26, 12:00 to 8:00 pm  
    • Thursday, January 27, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Friday, January 28, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Saturday, January 29, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Sunday, January 30, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Spring Semester Re-Entry Testing

    Re-entry testing is required for residential students and residential staff in programs starting in person during the first week of the semester

    All residential students and residential staff must test three times during their first week on campus.

    • The first test must occur on the day they return to campus.  Residential students and staff must remain in quarantine in their rooms until they receive a negative test result (depending on testing volume at the lab, this may take 24-48 hours or more).
    • The second and third tests should be taken on day four or five and on day six or seven.

    Residential students and residential staff are encouraged to obtain a PCR test or rapid test if possible before arriving on campus.

    Re-entry testing is required for non-residential students and employees in programs starting in person during the first week of the semester

    All employees and students living off-campus must test on campus within 72 hours of the start of their in-person programs and return home to await the result.

    Required Testing for Spring Semester

    All residential students, residential employees, student-athletes, and athletics staff must test twice each week during the Spring Semester.

    All approved, unvaccinated students and employees must test twice each week during the Spring Semester.

    All other students and employees who are scheduled to be on campus at least once a week must test once each week during the Spring Semester.

    Voluntary Testing

    The Doble Campus testing is also available for all other students and employees.

  • COVID-19 Reporting and Response Protocols (as of 1-14-22)

    Positive Test Results – Reporting and Response

    Reporting Positive Test Results

    The University will have information about COVID-19 positive test results obtained through the University’s testing protocol. The University will contact individuals who test positive.

    Any student or employee who is approved to be on campus and tests positive for COVID-19 outside of the University’s testing protocol must immediately report that to COVID_Update@lesley.edu and to the Dean of Student Life, nmays@lesley.edu, for students or Human Resources, hr@lesley.edu, for employees.

    Those who test positive must share a list of any close contacts with Lesley and local public health officers for contact tracing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines close contacts as those who were within 6 feet of a person who tested positive for a cumulative total of 15 minutes within a 24-hour period.

    Please note that given the current Omicron surge, the University will not be able to conduct contact tracing in every case.  Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should please immediately notify their close contacts.

    Individuals who test positive for COVID-19

    Residential students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 must:

    • Stay in their rooms until further instruction from Student Health Services or Residential Life.
    • Move to residential space designated for COVID-19-positive cases for isolation
      • for a period of at least five days (if asymptomatic or symptoms resolve after five days) and
      • until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and improvement in other symptoms.
    • While in isolation housing, receive meals delivered from Dining Services with contactless delivery.
    • Consult with Student Health Services (for residential students) or physician or another healthcare provider (for residential employees).
    • Identify and notify personal contacts and assist the University in contact tracing efforts.
    • Answer the call from the local board of health or tracing collaborative.
    • Notify their advisor (for students) or supervisor (for employees) that they will be unable to come to attend campus activities for a period of time.
    • Only return to campus activity when cleared by the Dean of Student Life (for students) or Human Resources (for employees).
    • For a period of five days after the isolation period, always wear a mask when around others indoors and outdoors.

     

    Commuting students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must:

    • Isolate in their homes
      • for a period of at least five days (if asymptomatic or symptoms resolve after five days) and
      • until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and improvement in other symptoms.
    • Consult their physician or another healthcare provider.
    • Identify and notify personal contacts to assist the University in contact tracing efforts.
    • Answer the call from the local board of health or tracing collaborative.
    • Notify their advisor (for students) or supervisor (for employees) that they will be unable to come to campus for a period of time.
    • Return to campus activity when cleared by the Dean of Student Life (for students) or Human Resources (for employees).
    • For a period of five days after the isolation period, always wear a mask when around others indoors and outdoors.

     

    Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will not be required to participate in the University’s weekly routine testing program for a period of 90 days.

    Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19

    To the extent possible, close contacts of COVID-19 positive cases in the Lesley community will be alerted and provided with instructions and information, including requirements for staying off-campus and testing, following our “Close Contact Exposure – Reporting and Response” protocols outlined on this page. Please note that given the current Omicron surge, the University will not be able to conduct contact tracing in every case.  Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should please immediately notify their close contacts.

    Lesley will endeavor to maintain the confidentiality of the infected person but will identify the infected person as necessary for contact tracing purposes and for implementing these protocols.


    Close Contact Exposure – Reporting and Response

    The CDC defines close contacts as those who were within six feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes within a 24-hour period.  The time period for contact tracing is defined as contact beginning two days before onset of symptoms (or the date a positive test was taken, if asymptomatic).

    For purposes of protocols regarding close contact exposure, "up to date on vaccinations" means that an individual has had a COVID-19 vaccine booster, completed the primary series of the Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine within the last six months, or completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months.

    Protocols for persons who are close contacts differ depending on vaccination status; please see below.

    In the case of close contacts who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the University will implement the procedures under the “Possible COVID-19 Symptoms – Reporting and Response” protocols below.

    Response to Close Contact Exposure

    Close contacts who are up to date on vaccinations (see definition above):

    • Will not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.
    • Must wear a mask when around others indoors and outdoors for ten days and in accordance with Lesley policy (which always requires wearing a mask when indoors and in the presence of others).
    • Must obtain proof of a negative PCR test taken no sooner than the fifth day after exposure to the COVID-19 positive individual and as directed by the University.
    • Remain in contact with the Dean of Student Life (for students) or Human Resources (for employees).

     

    Residential students and residential employees who are close contacts and are not up to date on vaccinations (see definition above) must:

    • Stay in their rooms until further instruction from Student Health Services or Residential Life.
    • Move to a residential space designated for quarantine for a period of five days.
    • While in quarantine housing, receive meals delivered from Dining Services with contactless delivery.
    • Consult with Student Health Services (for residential students) or physician or another healthcare provider (for residential employees).
    • After the quarantine period, wear a mask when around others indoors and outdoors for an additional five-day period and in accordance with Lesley policy (which always requires wearing a mask when indoors and in the presence of others).
    • Obtain proof of a negative PCR test taken no sooner than the fifth day after exposure to the COVID-19 positive individual and as directed by the University.
    • Only return to campus activity when cleared by the Dean of Student Life (for students) or Human Resources (for employees).

     

    Commuting students, faculty, and staff who are close contacts and are not up to date on vaccinations (see definition above) must:

    • Quarantine in their homes for a period of five days.
    • Consult their physician or another care provider.
    • After the quarantine period, wear a mask when around others for an additional five-day period and in accordance with Lesley policy (which always requires wearing a mask when indoors and in the presence of others).
    • Obtain proof of a negative PCR test taken no sooner than the fifth day after exposure to the COVID-19 positive individual and as directed by the University.
    • Only return to campus activity when cleared by the Dean of Student Life (for students) or Human Resources (for employees).

    Possible COVID-19 Symptoms – Reporting and Response

    Reporting Symptoms

    Any student or employee who is approved to be on campus and has any new or changed symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19 symptoms must immediately report that to COVID_Update@lesley.edu and to the Dean of Student Life at nmays@lesley.edu (for students) or Human Resources at hr@lesley.edu (for employees) and must immediately stay off-campus or in their on-campus residence rooms until further instruction. 

    The health of our community relies in part on individual attention and responsibility, including notifying the University of a possible illness. Please note that some symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other illnesses.

    Students will be contacted by Student Health Services or Residential Life. Employees must consult their physician or another healthcare provider.

    Lesley will not inform other students and employees if an individual has symptoms until the University implements the COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 close contact procedures under these protocols.

    Response for Symptoms

    Students and employees who have new or changed symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19 symptoms must:

    • Isolate
    • Submit proof of a negative PCR test.
    • Have improvement in symptoms.
    • Have been free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g. Tylenol, Motrin, etc.).
    • If symptoms are significant and an evaluation is performed by Student Health Service (for residential students) or their healthcare provider (for commuting students and employees) and an alternative diagnosis is reached (strep, etc.), they may return to the university based on medical guidance.
    • Be cleared to return by the Dean of Student Life (for students) or Human Resources (for employees).
  • Health and Safety Protocols

    Lesley University Community Compact

    All students with campus access are required to sign the Community Compact. Students must sign the Community Compact, which contains health and safety requirements for campus activities, by:

     

    • December 15, 2021, for On-Campus programs and courses that begin on January 3, 7, and 10, 2022
    • January 4, 2022, for On-Campus programs and courses that begin on January 24, 2022

     

    Students must first receive written approval from Dean Mays that they are clear to be on campus before coming to campus.

    Face Masks

    All Lesley students and employees are required to wear a face mask when indoors in the presence of other people even if physically distanced. Masks are required on Lesley’s shuttle service and on public transit as well as in most off-campus buildings.

    Unvaccinated students and employees are strongly advised to also wear a face mask outdoors where physical distancing is not possible.

    Students should bring a supply of appropriate face coverings and carry a mask with them at all times. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not acceptable face coverings.

    Limited Visitors

    We are limiting access to most campus buildings to current Lesley students and employees who have been approved to be on campus and pre-approved vendors. The no-visitors policy includes family members (apart from during their scheduled times on move-in days) and other guests from outside of the Lesley community. Student Accounts, Enrollment, and Campus Security allow pre-approved visitors, and the ground floor retail areas of University Hall are open to the public.

    Access by ID Card

    All members of the University community must use their Lesley ID for card-tap access to campus buildings. Carrying your Lesley ID card at all times is important, as buildings will be locked. Please do not unlock or hold doors open for anyone who does not have a Lesley ID card.

    Follow these instructions if you do not yet have a Lesley ID card or need to replace a lost card.

    Room Capacity

    Most classrooms and indoor spaces are operating at pre-pandemic capacity without requirements for physical distancing. \Gatherings in indoor spaces are subject to the meeting space limit; larger spaces are limited to 30 people or 40% of the room capacity, whichever is more.  Access to the Lesley campus is limited to current Lesley students and employees approved to be on campus and pre-approved vendors and visitors.

    Cleaning

    We are following our normal cleaning routines and schedules for classrooms and other common spaces. We ask that everyone be attentive to cleaning up after themselves if they use a common space to work or eat. Practicing good hand hygiene is advised. Hand sanitizer will be available.

  • COVID-19 and Other Vaccines

    COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster

    All Lesley students are required to submit proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have obtained the vaccine booster or to have an approved medical or religious exemption in order to participate in any on-campus experience.

    Over 98% of our faculty and staff are vaccinated. In addition, we require vaccination for employees in certain positions subject to approved medical and religious exemptions.

    Read more about our immunization requirements, how to submit proof of vaccination, and/or how to apply for immunization exemption.

    Flu Shots

    All students living on campus are required to submit proof of a current flu shot. Being protected against the flu is especially important this year because flu and COVID-19 symptoms can be similar.

  • Classes & Campus Services

    Technology Improvements

    We have made significant technology improvements to over 50 classrooms on our Porter Campus and on South Campus (formerly known as Brattle Campus) to enable HyFlex instruction. Most undergraduate courses have an in-person component, and class sections meet on Porter (in University Hall and the Lunder Arts Center) or on South (in Sherrill, Washburn, and Burnham Halls).

    The classrooms on Doble are not in use this year, but Doble still offers student housing and dining (White Hall cafeteria and Ava’s Kitchen). The Fitness Center, the Residential Life Office, and the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice Office as well as Academic Support, Disability Services, Campus Safety, and other services will remain available on Doble. Our Interactive Directory of Services is available online 24/7.

    Transportation

    Our shuttle service offers transportation between the 3 campuses on weekdays. Students may request rides are through Public Safety at times when the shuttle is not running. Masks are required on our shuttles.

    We encourage non-resident students to use public transit to commute to campus and everyone to walk or bike between campuses, weather and ability permitting.

  • Housing

    We are offering housing on our South Campus (formerly known as Brattle Campus), Doble Campus, and local hotels.

    All students living in University housing are required to present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 with the full lab report (not a home test) taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus, and to be re-tested on campus within 3-5 days after arriving. A positive test result will require the student to remain off-campus and follow the return to campus protocols.

    Read more about our housing plan.

  • Meals

    We will be offering dining services at White Hall, Washburn Commons, and other grill and café stations across campuses. 

    Read more about our meal options.

  • Transfer Student Supports

    In Fall 2020, we launched a Transfer Student Success Office embedded with our advising teams in our Coordinated Student Success area in the Provost’s Office.

    Associate Provost Jennifer Serowick and her team are ready to assist transfer students with everything from transfer credits, questions about student life and academics, understanding financial aid or billing, and finding the supports you need at Lesley.

  • Community Standards of Conduct

    During a global pandemic whose trajectory is uncertain, even limited use of campus facilities carries some risks that each individual must weigh carefully.

    Lesley students who have been accorded the privilege of campus access are responsible for protecting each other’s health and well-being and must hold each other accountable. 

    The Community Standards of Conduct will apply to students regardless of whether they are living at home, off-campus, or in a local hotel room.

  • Internships & Field Placements

    We will provide information about in-person, hybrid, and remote placements in the Spring. Students can make their own decisions about how and where they participate. 

    Read more about our internship and field placements for 2022.

School, Program, and Activity-Specific Plans