Staff, faculty and students coming to campus must complete a symptom screening checklist on the Emerson app every day. If an individual does not have access to the mobile app, they should complete the screening on our symptom checker on the web via a desktop, laptop or tablet.

Students must complete the symptom screening prior to leaving their residence hall room/suite or arriving on campus. The screening asks each individual to report how they are feeling and specifically asks about COVID-19 symptoms. In order to leave your residence hall room/suite or come to campus, you must be free of ANY and ALL COVID-19 symptoms. 

Your Boston building tap access is disabled at 12:00 a.m. each morning, and re-enabled after you submit a symptom-free self-assessment via the Emerson app. Those experiencing symptoms will learn next steps via the app. Please refer to the Testing and Symptom Checking Policy.

At this time, COVID-19 symptoms include those listed below. 

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

Please note this list may change as additional information about COVID-19 is learned.

If you have any symptoms listed above or have been informed that you have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, you cannot leave your residence hall room/suite or come to campus. Contact the Center for Health and Wellness for further evaluation of symptoms and testing recommendations. (If you experience any of those symptoms on a regular basis, you will have the opportunity to discuss them with a medical clinician at your initial baseline test. That discussion will form the basis for your interpretation of those symptoms in the symptom checking app going forward.) If you are contacted by a contact tracer, you will be provided with additional guidance and resources for quarantining or isolation. 

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Please check the CDC guidance on people who are at higher risk for an up-to-date listing of conditions. Those conditions may include:

  • Older adults (aged 65 years and older)
  • People with HIV
  • Asthma (moderate to severe)
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
  • Severe obesity
  • Being immunocompromised

If you are concerned about your ability to return to campus, please consult Online-Only Learning.