All students must first verify if they are traveling from a state that has been deemed HIGH RISK or LOW RISK and follow the appropriate drop-down below:
If you leave the Springfield area during the spring semester, check for symptoms before returning to campus. Take your temperature and verify that you do not have any of the following symptoms: cough; shortness of breath; fever in excess of 100 degrees; chills; muscle pain; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or feel you may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, it is best to stay home and get tested. If you must return to campus, you should make an appointment through the Health Services PATIENT PORTAL to be tested and should not return to your residence hall or to the campus until told to do so.
Students are discouraged from traveling outside of Massachusetts while attending in-person classes and/or living on campus. Students are responsible for checking if a state is listed as HIGH RISK prior to [and while] traveling to ensure they comply with the Massachusetts Travel Order (mass.gov/masstraveler). This list is updated daily, so it is important to verify before each trip outside of Massachusetts.
This means, if you travel to a HIGH RISK state or internationally, prior to coming back to campus, you will be required to:
Students who are not tested prior to their return and need to be tested on campus will be charged the $90 fee if insurance doesn’t cover the cost. Most insurances will not cover this kind of testing, so please check with your insurance company. Students will be required to remain in quarantine off-campus at their own expense until proof of a negative test result is provided to Health Services and confirmed. Students cannot be on campus for any reason while waiting for their test result.
Approval Process to Receive Access to On-Campus Quarantine Housing for Upcoming Travel to High Risk Areas
On-campus quarantine housing after a student travels to high-risk areas is not normally permitted. When extenuating circumstances necessitate travel to a high-risk state, on-campus resident students can submit THIS FORM to request the ability to quarantine on campus upon return. Students must submit the form a minimum of 2 business days prior to traveling and receive approval.
If the form is DENIED and the student chooses to travel to a high-risk area, they will not be able to return to campus until they comply with the Massachusetts Travel Order. This means they will have to stay OFF CAMPUS at their own expense until they receive an approved negative test result or complete the required 10-day quarantine period.
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