COVID-19 Information from the Health Center

Fall 2023 Update

Recent changes to state and federal policies have prompted Framingham State University to update its COVID-19 pandemic policy.


The University will no longer require incoming students to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 beginning with the fall 2023-2024 semester.

The University continues to strongly recommend that all students remain up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.  

Updated CDC Guidelines recommend individuals 6 years and older should get 1 updated COVID-19 vaccine.

Bring Masks with You to Campus

Masks are optional in 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 to campus 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 may cover the cost.

Get Tested

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.

Free at home rapid antigen tests can be picked up outside of Foster Hall, Room 208 as needed, M-F 8am-5pm during the academic year.

Follow Isolation Protocols

CDC COVID 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

CDC Exposure Protocols

  • 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.

*Please note: This page contains the most recent CDC recommendations and FSU policy- this page will be updated as needed.