University will require on-campus students to self-isolate in residence halls or at home for COVID-19

Boston College will now require on-campus students who test positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate in their residence halls or at their permanent residence, according to an email sent to the BC community.

“As the United States and the world transition from a COVID-19 pandemic to an endemic, the University will continue to treat the virus as a manageable disease,” reads the email sent by the director. University Health Services Doug Comeau and Vice President of Human Resources David Trainor.

Prior to this change, students who tested positive for COVID-19 were quarantined in academic isolation housing on campus at Pine Manor or in off-campus housing. The campus will now be serve such as a two-year residential college and a free summer enrichment program.

Students who test positive and who live within driving distance will be required to drive home by “private/personal” car. Those self-isolating on campus will be required to wear masks and follow COVID-19 precautions.

The University will continue to require students to self-isolate for five days after testing positive or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If students show diminishing symptoms after five days, they can be released from isolation but must still wear a mask for the next five days.

“Students who receive news of a positive symptomatic test result should discuss these two isolation options and their individual plan with University Health Services, the email reads.

British Columbia will require all community members to submit a negative antigen or PCR test within 72 hours of returning to campus for the school year.

The email reaffirmed that all incoming students and faculty are required to receive their COVID-19 vaccine and first booster and strongly recommended that community members receive additional boosters by CDC and state department public health guidance and premises.

The email also says students won’t be required to wear masks and that BC’s COVID-19 protocols are subject to change as the school continues to monitor the pandemic.

“The University will remain guided by its commitment to protecting the health and well-being of the BC community and surrounding neighborhoods, and to providing as normal a campus experience as possible for our students, faculty and staff” , the email reads.

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