Reopening Safely

Members of Framingham State University’s faculty, staff and administration are working every day to ensure a safe return to campus for students and employees in the fall. As the summer progresses, check back to this page for information on safety training, printable posters and other materials that can be hung in offices, and other guidance that everyone will need to follow to ensure a safe return.

Also, be sure to review the Baker Administration's Reopening Massachusetts site, as our decisions and recommendations will be based off this guidance. If you have questions, suggestions or feedback, e-mail c19suggestions@framingham.edu.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is paramount. The University is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Baker Administration, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure we reopen in a manner that is as safe as possible.

Courses: Approximately 30% of courses will be offered fully or partially on-campus during the fall. Academic Affairs has prioritized those courses that are better suited to an in-person experience. For courses that will be taught remotely, extensive training is being offered to faculty throughout the summer months to ensure a high quality remote learning experience.

Classrooms: Classrooms are being reconfigured to ensure that there is plenty of space for six feet of physical distancing. The need for the instructor to have access to a white board and to move around in front of the class will be considered in this configuration. Face coverings will be required for all participants in all classrooms in accordance with the Commonwealth’s requirements. All classes will allow for remote participation for students who are unable to attend. Recordings will be available for students unable to participate at the time of the class meeting.

Residence Halls: At this time, we are projecting residence halls to be open at approximately 65% capacity, which will allow us to reconfigure spaces in a way that reduces the number of students using shared bathrooms. Students who have reserved rooms for the fall semester should have received an e-mail from Residence Life with further details about specific policies and procedures related to COVID-19.

Dining Services: Dining Services will be open with public health compliant safety modifications and will offer individual meals and takeout options.

Face coverings: Everyone on campus will be required to wear a face covering on campus.  Further details on this requirement will be released soon outlining individuals’ responsibilities for complying with this directive.

Campus Health and Safety: The university will adhere to CDC and State guidelines related to cleaning, providing protective barriers, controlling foot traffic flows, and using elevators and stairwells. Requested work adjustments will be reviewed for anyone who falls into a high risk category for complications resulting from contracting COVID19.

Screening and testing: The University, in coordination with the Department of Higher Education and Department of Public Health, will develop plans over the summer to address screening and testing for campus community members. No matter how careful we all are, we must anticipate that we will face Covid-19 cases in the fall. Therefore, we want to be confident that we have the capacity to spot an outbreak quickly and limit its spread.

While we cannot anticipate, much less eliminate all risks, a number of residence hall policies and adaptations are planned to support public health and reduce risks. At this time, these include:

  • The required use of face coverings in all residence hall public areas.

  • There is a no guest policy in the residence halls to limit the number of people entering each hall. This includes guests who live in other halls.

  • Elevator occupancy limits will be in place. Use of stairwells will be strongly encouraged for residents medically able to use stairs.

  • Social distancing guidelines will be in place, and there will be limitations on gatherings.

  • Certain residence hall lounges and common areas will be closed to allow staff to concentrate sanitation efforts in high touch/traffic areas.

  • A reduction in the number of residents in areas with shared community bathrooms. In these areas most residents will be assigned to rooms without roommates.

  • Security desks will implement a no-touch self-scan process and plexiglass will be placed between SDAs and scanners.

  • Soap dispensers are being added to all community bathrooms.

  • Certain common areas and stairwells will have directional indicators directing foot traffic.
  • Residents will be asked to provide emergency travel plans and off-campus treatment and isolation plans in case the halls are required to close or in case of illness or medically recommended self-quarantine.

  • The maximum number of persons allowed to be present in any residence hall bedroom will be limited to the number of occupants plus 1 person. Suites will be limited to the number of occupants plus 2 additional persons.

  • Community bathroom use will be restricted to a designated number of users at any given time and use will be limited to floor members. In some areas schedules will be created to help provide predictable shower access given lower occupancy limits.