COVID-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for Boston Area Colleges and Universities

The table below contains information about the COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirements for the colleges and universities in the district, as well as some other major institutions in the surrounding areas.

School NameLocation of SchoolWho is required to be fully vaccinated?Date of school updateLink to school vaccine informationWho is required to have a booster?Date of School UpdateLink to school booster informationMasking GuidelinesDate of School UpdateLink to school mask information
Boston CollegeBostonAll faculty, staff, and students by August 13, 2021Boston CollegeMembers of the community who plan to be on campus at any point during the spring semester must obtain a COVID-19 booster vaccination when eligible and upload their card (see below) by February 9, 2022December 14th, 2021
Boston CollegeFully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students will not be required to wear masks on campus, but should feel free to do so if they prefer, including in offices and classrooms. Those with approved University COVID-19 vaccination exemptions must wear masks outdoors and while in all campus buildingsAugust 11, 2021Boston College
Boston UniversityBostonAll faculty, staff, and students by September 2, 2021July 19, 2021Boston UniversityAll member of the community —students, faculty, staff, and affiliates—who are eligible to demonstrate that they have had the booster shot by February 4 (or as soon as eligibility allows).N/ABoston University
For summer and fall 2021, face coverings should continue to be worn indoors in classrooms, offices, public common areas, the BU Shuttle, and healthcare facilities. Masks are not required in private offices; private rooms, suites, and apartments in the University residences; and when eating in the dining halls and lunch break rooms. Masks are not required outdoors, except as required by a town mandate.Boston University
MITCambridgeAll students, faculty, staff, and contractors by July 30, 2021June 9, 2021MITEffective January 14, 2022, Covid-19 vaccine boosters are required of all eligible MIT employees, faculty, and enrolled students, as well as anyone else who studies, works, or lives on MIT’s campus or who regularly accesses MIT facilitiesDecember 16th, 2021MITMIT will continue to require face coverings to be worn inside campus buildings until further notice, and masks will remain mandated in specific spaces required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, such as MIT shuttle buses.
There are exceptions to this policy, including for faculty and instructional staff when they are teaching; residents when they are alone in residential common areas or alone (or with their roommates or suitemates) in their rooms; employees when they are alone in their workspaces; and when anyone is eating or drinking.
July 28, 2021MIT
HarvardCambridgeAll community members (student, staff, faculty, researchers)July 6, 2021HarvardHarvard will require COVID-19 boosters for all members of our community who are eligible, including students, faculty, and researchers.December 16th, 2021HarvardMasks will be required indoors regardless of vaccination status.July 29, 2021Harvard
SimmonsBostonAll students (by arrival) and campus-based employees (by October 1, 2021)August 30, 2021Simmonscampus-based Community members should get their COVID-19 booster by January 18, 2022, or 14 days after they become eligible for the boosterDecember 16th, 2021SimmonsA facial covering, such as a disposable mask or reusable cloth face covering, must be worn by all staff, faculty and students while inside campus buildings except for private, single-occupancy offices, private residence rooms, or while eating or drinking.Simmons
BerkleeBostonAll community members (students, staff, faculty, vendors)BerkleeAs of February 15, 2022, all eligible members of the on-campus community will need to have obtained a vaccine booster shot for COVID-19.
N/ABerkleeBerklee requires that everyone on campus wears a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.August 24, 2021Berklee
Northeastern UniversityBostonAll students (by arrival) and U.S.-based faculty and staff (by September 8, 2021)August 2, 2021NortheasternAll faculty and staff who work at one of Northeastern University’s U.S. campuses, and all students attending or visiting a U.S. campus, are required to receive a booster shot by January 18, 2022, or seven days after they become eligible
All students, faculty, staff, and vendors across Northeastern’s network of global campuses are currently required to wear masks indoors, effective when students move into university housing or on Monday, September 6 for faculty, staff, and students not in university housingNortheastern
NECBostonAll students, faculty, and staffAugust 11, 2021NECNEC will require all faculty, staff, and College students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster by February 1, 2022, or within fourteen days of eligibility.N/ANECNEC requires all students, faculty, and staff to wear masks on campus.NEC
Suffolk UniversityBostonAll students, staff, and faculty by August 16, 2021SuffolkSuffolk University is requiring all students, faculty and staff without a medical or religious exemption to provide evidence that they have received a “booster” vaccination against COVID-19 by March 1, 2022 or as they become eligible in order to remain in compliance with the Suffolk University vaccination policy
Vaccine Requirements - Suffolk UniversityFrequently Asked Questions regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine
December 16th, 2021SuffolkIn any location other than a private office, people will be required to wear face coverings. This includes all outside areas on campus even if maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others.Suffolk
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyBostonAll students by August 14, 2021Wentworth Institute of TechnologyWentworth will require all students — who are eligible for the booster — to demonstrate that they have had the booster shot by January 18, 2022 (or within two weeks of when they become eligible during the Spring 2022 semester).N/AWentworth Institute of TechnologyEffective August 23, 2021, Wentworth is temporarily reinstating an indoor face covering requirement for everyone regardless of vaccination status.August 24, 2021Wentworth Institute of Technology
Mass Art and DesignBostonAll studentsMassArtStudents are encouraged to get a booster as soon as they are eligible, and are required to receive it by no later than March 4, 2022.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to receive their booster as soon as they are eligible.
N/AMassArtIn pubic areas on campus, including dining halls. masks are required for all community members regarding vaccination status while not eating or drinking. Masks are not required in private offices or residence halls for those who are fully vaccinated. Masks are never required outdoors. MassArt
MCPHSBostonAll students (by August 1, 2021) and all staff (by August 31, 2021)MCPHSMCPHS will require all eligible students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster by Friday, February 4, 2022 (or as soon as your eligibility allows). N/AMCPHSAll students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks in public areas. Of course, students may remove masks when in their room, apartment, or suite and when eating and bathing.MCPHS
EmanuelBostonAll students (by August 4, 2021) and all faculty and staffMay 3, 2021EmmanuelAll students without a prior medical or religious exemption are required receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination
December 15th, 2021EmmanuelMasking in classrooms will remain in place for the entire semester. Masking in all other indoor spaces, for now, remains mandatory for all, regardless of vaccination status.October 20, 2021Emmanuel

To view the mask guidelines for each of the cities/towns in the district, as well as the K-12 schools in the district, you can visit this post.

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