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COVID-19 Information

Health & Safety

COVID-19 Testing at Lasell

Take your COVID test: This 2-minute video explains the simple steps.

Campus Health and Safety Protocols

In order to open the campus, the state will require all colleges and universities to institute and maintain a wide-ranging set of safety protocols and behavioral standards that may include, but not be limited to, such things as:

  • Wearing masks at all times when on campus and outside of residence hall rooms.
  • Maintaining a physical distance of six or more feet whenever possible, but especially when sharing enclosed spaces with others.
  • Extensive testing for the virus and retesting when someone exhibits symptoms or has had contact with another person who has tested positive. Many people are likely to be tested multiple times.
  • Contact tracing will help determine who an individual came into contact with if he or she tests positive.
  • Isolating on campus or at home for those who test positive or become ill.
  • Quarantining those who are exposed to someone who tests positive.
  • In order to reduce density and maintain safe physical distancing, students, faculty, and staff may be assigned times when they can enjoy meals in the dining hall or Lasell may provide take-out options only.
  • Reducing the number of sections, requiring some students to switch to a different section or course.
  • Maintaining physical distancing in classrooms by reducing the occupancy limits of many classrooms. For some classes that may mean subsets of students may attend on separate days or at different times, with the balance of the course delivered online.
  • Requiring students to take some or all classes online even if they are living on campus. Students in residence are likely to be in courses taught in a variety of ways: in-person, online, and hybrid.
  • Reducing density in the residence halls, which will require some students' rooms to be reassigned.
  • Limited access to common areas in Residential Halls. Lounges, kitchen, and laundry access will be regulated to maintain safe physical distancing.
  • Limited access to all public spaces such as exercise rooms, Arnow, Glow Lounge, STC lobby, etc.      
  • Prohibiting visitors on campus, except for family members at designated times.

Graduate Students: Please visit our Graduate Fall 2020 Plan for additional health and safety information. 

Despite the best of efforts, no college or university can guarantee that every person will maintain the discipline of the established protocols and behavioral guidelines. We ask for your cooperation, your diligence and your commitment to the safety and well-being of the Lasell community.

Student Pledge

Undergraduate residential and commuter students will be required to sign a pledge that reflects the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Departments of Public Health of Massachusetts and the City of Newton, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, and Lasell University Health Services.

Resident Student Pledge>>

Commuter Student Pledge>> 

Employee Guiding Policies

Lasell University has created an employee policies and procedures document as a guide to managing the re-opening of campus to a new normal as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. All employees are expected to abide by these guidelines, however different departments may have different or additional requirements for employees based on individual job responsibilities. These policies and procedures are grounded in the priority of the safety for our employees and students. 

Employee Guiding Policies>>

Health & Safety Q&A

How tests are analyzed: Learn how the Broad Institute processes results so quickly.