MassBay COVID-19 Information
Updated January 29, 2023
Throughout the pandemic preserving the safety of our community, helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and to effectively educate our students have been our paramount objectives.
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The policies and procedures outlined below are subject to change as the conditions of the pandemic evolve and as federal and state guidelines change. All Massachusetts community college students, faculty, staff, and guests coming to campus for classes, activities, or work must be in compliance with the COVID Vaccination Policy (Student COVID Vaccination Policy; Employee Vaccination Policy) and submit verification of their fully vaccinated status to the College absent an approved reasonable accommodation. In accordance with the CDC definition, MassBay defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after a single dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two weeks after taking their second dose in a two-dose series, such as Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax. MassBay will also allow access to campus to those who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization.
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Instructions for STUDENTS to upload proof of vaccination here →
Instructions for FACULTY AND STAFF to upload proof of vaccination here →
For the spring 2023 semester, MassBay encourages but does not require masks to be worn in our buildings.
Anyone in the MassBay community who tests positive for COVID-19, has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, or who is experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms should remain at home and fill out the COVID-19 Self Reporting form on the MassBayGo app. Once they have filled out the form, they will be provided with immediate guidance regarding campus access. Individuals who prefer to complete the process over the phone may call Public Safety at 781-239-2222 and must remain off campus until cleared to return.
For more detailed information, please visit the MassBay COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: MassBay COVID-19 | FAQs →.
Here is what you can expect when you come to campus.
Coming to Campus
Any student who is planning to come to any MassBay campus and/or affiliated clinical sites will need to provide documentation proving they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, absent an approved reasonable accommodation, such as a photo of their vaccination card. This applies to the following students:
- Students enrolled in any on-campus class;
- Students who seek to access any on-campus services; and
- Students who are required by program or activity to be vaccinated as a condition of participation (e.g. athletics, clinical placements).
There is a two-step process for MassBay students, faculty, and staff to gain access to the MassBay campus:
STEP 1: Download MassBayGo, the MassBay mobile app. Search MassBay Community College in your App Store to find it. You will use the My Campus Pass title to enter MassBay buildings. If you have the old MyMassBay app on your phone, please delete it.
STEP 2: Upload your proof of COVID vaccination document. Follow the instructions:
Short how-to-video for Students →
Short how-to-video for Faculty and Staff →
Students can find more information here: www.massbay.edu/immunization
Guests coming to campus for any reason must be fully vaccinated, absent an approved reasonable accommodation. To provide proof of vaccination, at least 48 hours before your visit, please fill out the MassBay Guest Pass Form. Enter your name and email, and use the Form to upload a photo of your vaccination card. Once your Form and photo have been reviewed and approved, you will receive an email from our partner, Ready Education, with a green checkmark. You must show that green checkmark at the entrance to enter our buildings.
On the Wellesley campus, students, faculty, staff, and guests with a green checkmark may use the main entrance by the circle driveway and flagpole or the breezeway doors. Individuals using special accommodation parking should enter via the breezeway doors. The North Door, across from the Recreation & Wellness Center is exit only. In Framingham, all members of the MassBay community and guests must use the entrance near the flagpole and check in at the security desk next to the MassBay Office of Public Safety.
Key Precautions in Place
The policies and procedures below are currently in place but are subject to change as the conditions of the pandemic evolve and as federal and state guidelines change.
Masks are encouraged but not required in our buildings. Free KN95 and surgical masks are available at entrances. Understanding the wearing of masks is a choice, we ask all members of the MassBay community to treat one another with compassion and respect, whether someone chooses to wear a mask or not.
While masks are optional in general, you may be required to wear a mask for a set period of time after being exposed to COVID-19 or following your recover from COVID-19, in accordance with current public health guidelines.
Restricted access. All guests must show proof of vaccination before coming to campus, absent an approved reasonable accommodation.
Visitors + Guests
Guests coming to campus for any reason must be fully vaccinated, absent an approved reasonable accommodation. To provide proof of vaccination, at least 48 hours before your visit, please use the MassBay Guest Pass Form. Use the Form to upload a photo of your vaccination card. Once your Form and photo are reviewed and approved, you will receive an email from our partner, Ready Education, with a green checkmark. Please be prepared to show that green checkmark at the entrance to gain entry into our buildings.
Anyone from the MassBay community who intends to invite a guest to campus is asked to share this policy with their guest. Again, 48 hours’ notice is required to clear a guest to come to campus.
MassBay administrative offices will be open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on the Wellesley Hills campus, and Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm on the Framingham campus for the spring 2023 semester.
Students will also be able to access services remotely by visiting: https://www.massbay.edu/studentresources.
Student Life + Clubs
MassBay will continue to offer virtual events for all students as well as in-person events for vaccinated students who are in compliance with the College's vaccination policy.
Student clubs will have the option to either meet in person, continue to meet virtually, or have hybrid meetings/events.
For more information on Student Life, please visit: https://www.massbay.edu/studentengagement
For a listing of college events, please visit the Online Event calendar:
For more information about MassBay clubs, please visit: https://www.massbay.edu/clubs
Recreation & Wellness Center
The RWC is open. Users must check in using the QR code feature on the MassBayGo mobile app to gain access.
External Special Events
On-campus special events that can safely be held will be approved. Contact the MassBay Special Events Manager, Jessica Merisier, for more information and to apply to hold your event on campus: email@example.com.
Who is not required to provide proof of vaccination
Students who are only taking online courses, whether full or part-time, credit or non-credit, and who will not access campus for any reason, such as instruction, advising, and/or other purposes; and any indivudual who has an approved reasonable accommodation are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
For more information regarding accomodations, please review the College's COVID Vaccination Policy (Student COVID Vaccination Policy; Employee Vaccination Policy).
For resources available to cope with the effects of the pandemic, visit https://www.massbay.edu/coronavirus-resources.
Last Update: January 29, 2023
Registered students should monitor this landing page and their massbay.edu email regularly for important health and safety information.