COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All students who plan to be on campus must follow these safety requirements:

Bring Masks with You to Campus

Masks are optional in nearly all settings at Framingham State with individuals choosing for themselves whether or not to wear a mask depending on the situation, medical reasons or their own comfort level.

Bring Rapid Antigen Home Tests with You

Any student with Covid symptoms, including mild cold or allergy symptoms, is encouraged to test before coming to campus or going to class.

Rapid antigen home tests can be obtained from most pharmacies and health insurance will cover the cost.

Be Up-To-Date with the Vaccine Mandate

  • Students, employees and all community members must be vaccinated with initial series and one booster.  If you have received a booster, FSU is not requiring vaccination with subsequent boosters at this time.
  • If a student is not in compliance, they will not be allowed to register for next semester’s classes.
  • If a student is fully remote and not living on campus, or participating in athletics, no action is needed to be in compliance.
  • If you have not received a booster and are due (or overdue), CDC recommends, as of 9/1/22, receiving the new Omicron booster which is effective against variants B4 and B5.  This booster will be available by October. Students will have until 11/1/22 to receive it.

Get Tested

Routine testing is not required at this time.

There are times when testing is strongly encouraged;

  • If you are experiencing symptoms that could be caused by Covid, you should perform a rapid antigen home test before coming to campus or going to class.
    • If the test is positive, follow isolation protocols.
    • If the test is negative, you may come to campus and go to class but must wear a mask at all times.
      • Repeat rapid test every 24-48 hours while symptomatic.
      • Continue to wear a mask until you have 2 negative test 48 hours apart or until symptoms resolve.
    • Routine, asymptomatic PCR testing is no longer required or recommended. There may be times when you want a confirmatory test after a negative antigen test or after exposure to someone with Covid. FSU will provide limited PCR testing on campus

Follow Isolation Protocols

  • If you test positive either with a PCR or a rapid antigen test, you mush isolate for at least 5 full days (Day 0 is the day you test positive).
  • If your symptoms have resolved on Day 6 and you have had no fever for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication, you may leave isolation.
  • You must wear a mask Days 6-10 whenever you are around other people.
  • You make end masking before Day 11 if you have 2 negative tests taken 48 hours apart.

Follow Exposure Protocols

  • Quarantine is no longer required if you are exposed to Covid.
  • Testing is recommended 5 days after exposure and any time you get symptoms.
  • You must wear a mask when you are around other people for 10 days after last exposure.