MassBay COVID-19 Information
FAQs Updated August 22, 2022
With preserving the safety of our community, helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and to effectively educate our students as our paramount objectives, MassBay has returned to campus for most activities.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions regarding MassBay COVID policies →
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 someone takes the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or after taking their second Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax dose. 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 fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters, MassBay encourages but does not require masks to be worn in our building. Three feet of social distance must be maintained while 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 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 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. To provide proof of vaccination, 48 hours before your visit use 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 are reviewed and approved, you will receive an email 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 the green checkmarks may use the main entrance by the circle driveway and flagpole, the door near the Carey building elevator, or the breezeway doors. Individuals without a green checkmark, or those without smartphones, must check in with the security guard at the main entrance. Individuals using special accommodation parking should enter via the breezeway doors. Currently the North Door, across from the RWC 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.
Three feet of social distance is required wherever possible. Signage and floor clings facilitate distancing; classrooms have chairs three feet apart; common areas will be oriented to prevent gatherings in close proximity.
Restricted access. All guests must show proof of vaccination before coming to campus, and they must comply with the three-foot social distance requirement throughout their visit.
Classroom selection. MassBay is limiting the number of enrolled students in classes to a maximum of 18 to ensure all students and faculty can maintain three feet of distance in all our in-use classrooms. Only classrooms with proper ventilation standards are in use.
Is testing available? Students, faculty, or staff may pick up free antigen rapid test kits in various locations on our campuses.
Food + Beverages
- Individuals may consume food and beverages while on-campus. Food may not be consumed in classrooms when a class is in session, in computer labs, or in the library.
- A limited food service option is available on the Wellesley Hills campus. There will be no full-service kitchen/cafeteria services available. The Framingham and Ashland campuses will have vending services only available.
- Individuals may bring their own food and beverages. Microwaves are available for use.
- Individuals must continue to maintain three feet social distancing while consuming food or beverages.
Visitors + Guests
Guests coming to campus for any reason must be fully vaccinated. To provide proof of vaccination, 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 with a green checkmark. You must 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.
Computer Labs + Technology Resources
Computer labs are open and available. Please visit the MassBay Help Desk for computer lab hours.
Students may continue to borrow chromebooks for the semester. If you are interested in borrowing a chromebook, please visit: https://www.massbay.edu/chromebook
- For the fall 2022 semester, the Wellesley campus library is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Framingham campus library is open Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Electronic services are available 24/7. Check library hours here: MassBay Library
- Designated space will be available for students who need to attend remote classes while on-campus.
- Due to social distancing, quiet study space in the library and computer labs will be available at a reduced capacity and on a first come-first served basis.
- Group study space in the library will be limited.
Definition of Online, Remote, Blended Classes
While many of our classes will taking place on campus, MassBay will also offer a robust selection of courses in remote or online formats. Virtual classes are marked as “remote” or “online” in the Course Offerings database.
Remote — Remote classes are held at scheduled class times each week (synchronous delivery) using free video conference technology. The proportion and use of video conferencing will vary from course to course. Course materials will be delivered through a learning management system such as Blackboard.
Online — Online classes do not meet at a specific date and time each week (asynchronous delivery). Students are required to engage weekly with the material in Blackboard, the MassBay learning management system, and stay on track with submitting assignments. Assignments may include videos, recorded lectures, discussion boards, tests, and quizzes and can be completed any time before the assigned deadline (usually weekly).
Blended — A handful of “blended” courses may be offered, which will have both on-campus and online components. Students in blended courses will have scheduled lab meetings on campus and receive a portion of the course instruction remotely or online. The proportion of online or remote instruction will vary from course to course.
REMOTE AND ONLINE LEARNING INFOGRAPHIC →
Tips for Students Taking Online or Remote Courses
Transportation is available via Uber and the MWRTA for registered students. Schedules and more information regarding shuttle and Uber services can be found at: https://www.massbay.edu/shuttle.
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 fall 2022 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 authorized to be on campus. These events will follow all the appropriate safety guidelines such as maintaining social distance between all participants and limiting the number of people in spaces/rooms.
Student clubs will have the option to either meet in person while following all the safety guidelines, 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 show their green checkmarks 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Any individual who has an approved reasonable accommodation.
For more information regarding accomodations, please review the College's COVID Vaccination Policy (Student COVID Vaccination Policy; Employee Vaccination Policy).
What to Expect for Spring 2023
MassBay’s COVID-19 policies are changing for the Spring 2023 semester.
Read President Podell’s notice to the community about Spring 2023 →
For resources available to cope with the effects of the pandemic, visit https://www.massbay.edu/coronavirus-resources.
Last Update: November 14, 2022
Registered students should monitor this landing page and their massbay.edu email regularly for important health and safety information.