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 SchoolVaccine Required Y/NWho is required to be fully vaccinated?Date of school updateLink to school vaccine informationMasking GuidelinesDate of School UpdateLink to school mask information
Boston CollegeBostonYesAll faculty, staff, and students by August 13, 2021Boston 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 UniversityBostonYesAll faculty, staff, and students by September 2, 2021July 19, 2021Boston UniversityFor 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
MITCambridgeYesAll students, faculty, staff, and contractors by July 30, 2021June 9, 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
HarvardCambridgeYesAll community members (student, staff, faculty, researchers)July 6, 2021HarvardMasks will be required indoors regardless of vaccination status.July 29, 2021Harvard
SimmonsBostonYesAll students (by arrival) and campus-based employees (by October 1, 2021)August 30, 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
BerkleeBostonYesAll community members (students, staff, faculty, vendors)BerkleeIn an effort to establish a “Berklee bubble,” Berklee will require everyone on campus between August 20 and September 17 to wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.August 24, 2021Berklee
Northeastern UniversityBostonYesAll students (by arrival) and U.S.-based faculty and staff (by September 8, 2021)August 2, 2021NortheasternAll 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
NECBostonYesAll students, faculty, and staffAugust 11, 2021NECNEC requires all students, faculty, and staff to wear masks on campusNEC
Suffolk UniversityBostonYesAll students, staff, and faculty by August 16, 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 TechnologyBostonYesAll students by August 14, 2021Wentworth 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 DesignBostonYesAll studentsMassArtIn 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
MCPHSBostonYesAll students (by August 1, 2021) and all staff (by August 31, 2021)MCPHSAll 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
EmanuelBostonYesAll students (by August 4, 2021) and all faculty and staffMay 3, 2021EmmanuelBased on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masking will now be required for anyone in a campus building regardless of vaccination status. Those who come to campus who are unvaccinated are expected to be masked both indoors and outdoors. Emmanuel

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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