One Emerson Policies at a Glance

Emerson is providing this information based on its current plans and in accordance with health and safety information currently available. Emerson may, in its discretion, or under direction of government or health authorities, change plans regarding modalities of courses or activities, and physical access to any facilities. 

Policies listed here will be updated as appropriate. 

Last updated 3:46 p.m., August 25, 2021


Distancing Policy

As of June 1, all meeting spaces, function rooms, elevators, and common spaces have returned to their original capacity limits. 

Classrooms are scheduled to have 3 feet of distancing for the fall term and appropriate signage will be posted in each space with adjusted capacities. Students and faculty will no longer be required to follow a special entrance/exit plan for classrooms. 

Certain buildings will have signage posted indicating up and down directions for stairwells. Elevators have their capacities posted. 

The Dining Center is operating at full capacity for students, staff, and faculty, with options for both dine-in and grab-and-go. The Bookstore and Print Copy shop are open to all campus community members; Bookstore capacity is capped at 25 people, Print Copy shop at three (3). Lounges and The Max are at pre-pandemic capacity.

In-person meetings, seminars, and performances are allowed, provided all other COVID-related protocols and policies are followed.

Masking Policy

The College plans to follow the City of Boston's indoor mask mandate. As such, individuals who are working and studying on the Boston campus are required to wear a mask while in campus spaces (except for in private offices or private rooms with one occupant) regardless of vaccination status. 

It is the College’s hope to return to a mask-optional policy for a majority of the Boston campus (i.e. with the exception of Center for Health and Wellness and ECAPS) for fully vaccinated individuals, dependent on city regulations and public health recommendations. Masks will continue to be required anytime you enter the TMC test site at 116 Harrison Ave. 

Students studying at the LA Center and Kasteel Well will receive information from their programs directly. Emerson Los Angeles (ELA) is under a county mandate where masks ARE required indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

Testing and Symptom Check Policy

Completion of the Daily Symptom Check is still required each day an individual will be on campus, however it will not be linked to your campus access. DO NOT come to campus or attend classes or in-person activities if you are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.

All members of the community (faculty, staff, students, and vendors) working and studying in person on the Boston campus this fall are required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing in partnership with the Tufts Medical Center. Individuals on campus for one day or more per week will be required to adhere to this testing cadence. The College continues to partner with the Broad Institute to conduct our COVID testing. This year they have introduced a new “pooled testing” method which will increase efficiency in testing. 

Upon arrival to campus/prior to the start of the term, all members of the Emerson community on campus will need to take two baseline tests their first time back on campus. One is a rapid BINAX Now test, and one is a traditional PCR test. Use of these two tests will allow us to avoid quarantining vaccinated individuals upon arrival, provided the rapid BINAX Now test is negative. If you have been testing weekly over the summer, you will skip the baseline test and continue your weekly testing.

Unvaccinated students with religious and medical exemptions and students who are not yet fully vaccinated (14 days past the Johnson & Johnson shot or the second Pfizer or Moderna shot) arriving back to Boston (residential or off-campus) are required to quarantine/stay in their room for seven days after their baseline test and test again between days 3 and 5. This is to remain in compliance with CDC guidance.

Weekly, ongoing testing will be required and will again be scheduled through the Emerson App.

Travel Policy

Students and employees will no longer need to pre-register any personal overnight travel that will take place out of the Boston Metro area. We ask that all members of the Emerson community who choose to travel, check on and adhere to all local, state and federal guidance for their destination, as it relates to COVID. 

Vaccination Policy

Community members are required to be fully vaccinated or receive an approved medical or religious exemption. You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or 14 days after receiving a single dose (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. The College accepts all FDA-EUA and WHO-EUL approved vaccines for the start of the fall term.

Unvaccinated students with religious and medical exemptions and students who are not yet fully vaccinated arriving back to Boston (residential or off-campus) are required to quarantine/stay in their room for seven days after their baseline test and test again between days 3 and 5. This is to remain in compliance with CDC guidance.

Visitor Policy

To help rebuild the Emerson bubble, we will not allow non-Emerson guests on-campus from August 30 through at least September 17. This is to limit exposure to the greater Emerson community.