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Preview: Student Commuter Pledge Spring 2021

This pledge 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. As guidance changes, this pledge will be updated. Completing the COVID-19 Course and signing this pledge are conditions of coming to campus, and are required of students who will take classes and participate in other in-person activities on campus during the Spring 2021 semester. A glossary of terms that may be new or confusing can be found at the end of this form.

If you have questions about completing this form, please contact Health Services (617-243-2451 or

Culture of Health and Well-being

  • I acknowledge that I have a critical role in Lasell University’s culture of health and well-being, in maintaining the health and safety of all students, staff, and faculty on campus and of people in the community, and in the university’s ability to stay open as a residential campus. I understand that I must adopt behaviors that advance our collective ability to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. I commit to doing my part and meeting my obligations to my community, and I recognize that this commitment relates directly to the following two Core Curriculum outcomes: Civic & Community Engagement and Moral & Ethical Reasoning.

Health Services Requirements

  • I agree to complete all the health requirements for Health Services indicated in the student health portal:
  • I understand that influenza (flu) symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19 (see below). Because there is similar symptomology for these two infections, quarantine for individuals who have any symptoms is required, until tested negative for COVID-19. Therefore, to avoid unnecessary quarantine, I agree to receive the 2020–21 flu vaccine, before arriving on campus. I agree to provide documentation before the start of classes. If medically contraindicated, I will provide a letter from my medical provider attesting the same.

Physical Distancing

  • I agree to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from others to the greatest extent possible, both on and off campus.

  • I agree that, even while maintaining physical distance, I will not congregate with other students in groups of more than 25 people at any time either on or off campus.


  • I agree to frequently and thoroughly maintain hand hygiene by frequent hand washing or using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

  • I agree to not share personal items, including utensils, glasses, pens or pencils, laptops, keyboards, microphones, or other similar personal products, without disinfecting or sanitizing before and after using them, and to frequently disinfect or sanitize my high-touch surfaces, such as phone screens, keyboards, desks, etc.

  • I agree to responsibly dispose of any sanitizing or disinfecting wipes and related materials that I use.

Face Covering/Masks

  • I agree to wear a face covering or mask at all times on campus, unless given explicit permission not to by Lasell University Health Services, or unless eating (while maintaining 6 feet of distance from others).

  • I agree that my face coverings or masks will fit securely and snugly against the sides of my face, extend from below my chin to above my nose, and cover my nose and mouth completely.

  • I agree to not use a gaiter as a face covering.

  • I agree to maintain a minimum of 5 clean, reusable face coverings or masks, or have access to an adequate supply (~100 days) of single-day-use masks.

  • If I use single-day-use masks, I agree to dispose of them responsibly.

Surveillance Testing and Symptom Monitoring

  • I agree to be tested free-of-charge for COVID-19 between 2 and 3 days prior to coming to campus for the first day of classes, and once or twice per week thereafter, on a schedule to be determined by Health Services; to be notified of test results through the CoVerified app; to have results shared with Health Services, the Broad Institute, CoVerified, the City of Newton Department of Public Health and/or my local Department of Public Health, and other health agencies.

  • I agree to monitor myself daily for symptoms of COVID-19 using the CoVerified app, which may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus, which include fever or chills, cough (wet or dry), shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. In the event I have one or more symptoms, I agree to notify Health Services and stay home until I receive guidance from Health Services.

  • I agree to display my CoVerified badge at checkpoints, to activity leaders, and/or my professors prior to engaging in any in-person activities on campus. I agree that in the event I am RESTRICTED, I will not participate in on-campus in-person activities, including dining.

Contact Tracing

  • I agree that in the event of receiving a positive test for COVID-19, I will supply the names and contact information for individuals with whom I have been in recent, close contact, to the contact tracer (Health Services, City of Newton Department of Public Health or other local public health department, or Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health, or other health agency).


  • I agree that, in the event of a positive test for COVID-19, I will isolate in my home immediately and remain there until I receive further guidance from Health Services, have no physical contact with others except for medical care, monitor my symptoms, and continue my studies online to the best of my ability.
  • I agree that unless I am in isolation, I will not have physical contact with an individual who is in isolation.


  • I agree that, in the event I am notified a contact has tested positive for COVID-19, I will quarantine in my home immediately and remain there for a minimum period of 8 days, monitor myself for symptoms, continue my studies online to the best of my ability, and not return to campus until I have permission from Health Services to end quarantine. The name of the individual testing positive will not be shared with contacts.

  • I agree that I will not have physical contact with an individual who is in quarantine, even if I myself am in quarantine.

Visitors and Guests

  • I agree that I will not bring visitors or guests to campus.

  • I agree that I will not enter any University residence building.

University Closure

  • I acknowledge that, if indicated by public health orders from Lasell University, the City of Newton, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or the federal government, I may have to suddenly and immediately depart campus in the event of campus closure, and continue my studies online to the best of my ability.


  • The University recognizes that there may be circumstances in which the potential for disciplinary action for violations of COVID-19 policies could act as a barrier to students who want to seek assistance for themselves or others and/or report an incident involving a serious violation of policy. In instances where students may have violated COVID-19 policies related to another incident they wish to report or seek assistance for, the following apply:
    • If a student seeks medical attention for themselves or other(s) for an alcohol or prohibited substance-related medical emergency, the University will apply the Good Samaritan Amnesty Policy and will also treat the violation of COVID-19 policies primarily as a health and safety matter, not as a disciplinary incident.
    • If a student reports or files a complaint or otherwise participates in the investigation or resolution (other than as a respondent) of serious violations of policy (for example instances of sexual misconduct, hazing, possession of weapons or dangerous objects, etc.), the University will not pursue disciplinary action against the student for violation of any COVID-19 policies.
    • Students or student organizations who call for help or report violations under this policy may still be required to comply with wellness follow-up, including, but not limited to: educational requirements, guidance by medical or public health officials, and quarantine and self-isolation.
    • This statement of amnesty applies to violations of COVID-19 policies but does not preclude the University from taking disciplinary action to address other serious or flagrant violations of policy including, but not limited to, violence, sexual assault, harassment, serious property damage, hazing, or the manufacture, sale, or distribution of prohibited substances. It also cannot preclude or prevent action by police or other legal authorities.
    • In cases where there have been other violations of policy, calling for assistance for an individual in need of help may be considered a mitigating factor in any disciplinary process arising out of such violations.


  • I acknowledge that my failure to abide by, or my inability to meet, the above conditions and commitment to the community will have endangered the health and safety of the community, and may result in forfeiture of the privilege of coming to campus or participating in in-person activities, and that I will have to complete the semester remotely, without a change in my tuition and fees.

  • I agree to share in the responsibility, along with all other community members, to monitor and enforce these safety and health protocols by politely asking anyone I observe not in compliance, to comply. I acknowledge that these protocols are in place not just for my own protection, but also for the protection of all community members with whom I come in contact. I further acknowledge that the failure to comply with these protocols puts at risk all members of the Lasell community, including students, employees, vendors, residents of Lasell Village, local merchants, and neighbors.

I agree to all of the above conditions of being a commuter student at Lasell University for the duration of the Spring 2021 semester.


Broad Institute

A highly regarded academic research institution founded in conjunction with Harvard University and MIT, which has developed a COVID-19 test based on viral RNA retrieved by a self-administered swab of the nasal cavity. See
Contact Tracing A program to reach out to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, and contacts of these individuals, to help reduce the spread of the disease, to ensure they have the support they need to isolate or quarantine. The names of individuals who have tested positive are not released to their contacts.
CoVerified A free app for Google Play and iPhone that integrates with the Broad Institute’s testing platform, and allows users to monitor symptoms, receive test results, and get clearance for classes and activities. See
COVID-19 The disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV2.
Disinfection A type of cleaning that destroys or inactivates the pathogen (bacterial, viral, or fungal, as identified on a cleaning product's label) on hard, nonporous surfaces. Disinfecting hard, nonporous surfaces is one of the most reliable ways to help lower the risk of spreading pathogens from surfaces by touch. For a current list of products that can be used to disinfect surfaces from COVID-19, please click here.
Isolation The physical separation of people who have a contagious disease from people who do not have the disease. Learn more about isolation here.
Quarantine The physical separation and restriction of movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease, for monitoring for development of illness. Learn more about quarantine here.
Sanitization A type of cleaning that reduces the pathogen (bacterial, viral, or fungal, as identified on a cleaning product's label) on surfaces and in laundry.
Surveillance Testing The monitoring of the current state of the epidemic of COVID-19, especially on the Lasell campus, the goal of which is to quickly identify when/if the virus is present on campus and to minimize its further spread.