We are asking all students to self-quarantine at home for fourteen (14) days before they first arrive on campus. (“At home” here refers to wherever students will be for the two weeks before move-in or, for off-campus students,— the first time they will physically be on campus.)

Quarantining at home means:

  • Limiting travel outside of home except for required doctor's visits, appointments, etc.
  • Wearing a face cover when outside the home
  • Maintaining at least six (6) feet of physical distance from others when outside the home
  • Refraining from large gatherings and crowds
  • Practicing good hand hygiene (washing hands thoroughly with soap for at least 20 seconds and using hand sanitizers when soap is not available)
  • Beginning to check your daily symptoms online

Students will need to attest to Tufts Medical Center staff during the baseline COVID-19 test that they have completed a 14-day quarantine immediately preceding their arrival at Emerson.

Should you decide to take a COVID-19 test prior to your travel to Boston, please note: 

  • That test will not release you from the requirement for baseline testing upon arrival
  • You should NOT travel to Boston until you receive your results
  • If you are experiencing ANY COVID-19 symptoms you should NOT travel to Boston, but seek medical guidance where you are

Participation in Testing, Symptom Screening, & Contact Tracing

Students returning to campus must participate in our COVID-19 testing program, starting with a baseline COVID-19 PCR self-swab test prior to moving in or starting classes.

  • Students living on campus will have a baseline test on the day of their move-in prior to moving into their residence hall. A test time will be assigned that precedes the move-in time. Students will be expected to self-quarantine on campus after move-in until their individual test results are available. This will require students to remain in their room except for use of the restroom. Test results may take up to 24-48 hours. Basic meals will be provided by the College during this time.
  • Students living off-campus will be contacted shortly by Off-Campus Student Services to review their plans for arrival in Boston in preparation for planning their baseline test at Tufts Medical Center. The test must be completed within seven (7) days prior to the start of in-person classes. Off-campus students who have not completed their baseline test will not be able to access campus buildings.
  • After receipt of the initial test result, residential students will continue to quarantine through the end of the day on Friday, January 29, during which time students will be permitted to leave their assigned residential spaces to pick up meals, check mail, and attend medical/testing appointments. Most campus buildings/spaces other than residence halls and dining facilities will remain closed during this period. Classes will be held online. Students living off campus are also encouraged to self-quarantine as fully as possible through January 29.

What does it mean to quarantine on campus through January 29?

After students test, move in, quarantine in their room/suite, and receive a negative test, students are expected to adhere to a Stay-in-Room policy through the end of the day on Friday, January 29. The purpose of this policy is to limit mobility and interaction of individuals around campus, allowing us to establish a “bubble” within the Emerson community, similar to the bubble developed in the Fall semester. 

During the Stay-in Room period, students should be in their room except when they are doing the following:

  • Going to the Dining Center to retrieve a meal
  • Picking up a package or mail from the mailroom in the Little Building
  • Going to and from the Emerson Testing Center for your twice-a-week COVID test
  • Going to a designated medical appointment

During this time, students are not permitted to visit any other rooms or socialize in the lounges. Students are not allowed to have any guests in their space. Access to administrative buildings will be restricted, as classes will be exclusively online. Other social or gathering spaces on campus will either be closed, or access will be reduced to a maximum occupancy of one.

Students with on-campus jobs should work with their supervisors to work remotely before February 1. Contact Student Employment with further questions. Students are able to work at off-campus locations, provided that their workplace allows them to maintain social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and minimize close contacts.

In addition to baseline testing, students returning to campus must:

  • Complete the symptom monitoring app each day —before leaving their residence hall room/suite, or, for off-campus students, arriving on campus.
  • Conduct a self-swab test every four days at Emerson’s testing site at Tufts Medical Center through the end of the academic year or until notified otherwise by the College.
  • Wear a face cover at all times during Emerson activities and in Emerson spaces except the student’s own residence hall room/suite and follow the guidelines for appropriate use and care of face covers.
  • Maintain social distancing and engage in appropriate hand hygiene.