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During this past year, the Boston University community has faced unprecedented challenges to campus life because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many colleges and universities, we have dealt with disruption, uncertainty, and understandable anxiety. But thanks to the excellence of our faculty and researchers and extraordinary cooperation from the entire BU community, we’ve been able to implement comprehensive health and safety protocols to protect our students, faculty, and staff.

For starters, by establishing and operating our own clinical testing lab, we are able to regularly and quickly test every member of the community who is on campus to make sure they are healthy. Should anyone test positive, members of our healthcare staff work closely with that person, both to identify and test close contacts, but also, when necessary, to provide rooms on campus where they can stay during their period of quarantine or isolation and receive the care they need.

We’ve also called upon thousands of faculty, staff, and students to adopt public health and safety measures in their daily lives, including self-screening and physical distancing. We weren’t surprised at their willing embrace of this “new normal.” Their continued diligence and sense of personal responsibility has gone a long way toward protecting each other and the community as a whole.

We learned a lot this fall about navigating the most complex public health challenge affecting life at our University. And as we look toward the spring semester, we will continue to make compassionate, respectful decisions in consultation with public health experts, epidemiologists, and other authorities at BU and around the world. Our commitment to providing an outstanding and healthy residential educational experience for our community has never been stronger.

Please check back here regularly for the latest information and updates.

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