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Student Fall ’21 FAQ

Teaching and Learning - Last updated 9/3/21

Vaccinations - Last updated 9/2/21

Masking - Last updated 9/3/21

Testing - Last updated 9/9/21

Contact Tracing - Last updated 8/13/21

Dining - Last updated 8/20/21

Residence Halls - Last updated 8/20/21

Student Finances - Last updated 8/20/21

Student Employment - Last updated 8/20/21

Transportation - Last updated 8/20/21

Bookstore - Last updated 8/20/21

Facilities/Cleaning and Disinfecting - Last updated 8/20/21

Athletics and Recreations - Last updated 8/20/21

Events - Last updated 8/20/21

 


Teaching and Learning

Will classes be online or on campus in the Fall 2021 semester?

Updated 8/23/21

Bridgewater State University is returning to a pre-pandemic mix of face-to-face, online and hybrid courses in the Fall semester 2021. The majority of undergraduate day classes will be conducted in-person and on-campus. Students will still have a wide array of choices, including fully face-to-face classes, hybrid classes involving a mixture of in-person and online elements, and fully online classes (both synchronous and asynchronous).

Will faculty members have office hours?

Yes. Faculty members will resume holding in-person office hours in the Fall semester. The office location and hours of specific faculty members will be posted to their class syllabus.

Will the library be open during the Fall semester?

Yes. The library will resume full operating hours during the Fall semester. Standard operating hours are: M-Th: 7:30 AM -11:45 PM; Fri: 7:30 AM- 5:00 PM; Sat: 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM; Sun: 12:00 PM- 11:45 PM. Please visit the Maxwell Library website for daily hours.

Will classrooms be reconfigured for social distancing?

In classrooms and labs, BSU has arranged desks and seats to provide for 3 feet of separation between students, as is the protocol for K-12 schools in Massachusetts. Further, the university has been working diligently during the summer to clean and disinfect classrooms, residence and dining halls. In the Fall, classrooms that are utilized will be cleaned and disinfected daily.

Will BSU be offering the full array of academic support services in the fall?

Yes. BSU provides exceptionally strong academic support, services, and resources to help each student succeed. Please visit the Academic Achievement Center website for information on the array of resources available to you and how you an access these resources.

Will students be able to study abroad in the Fall?

Updated 8/23/21

No. There continue to be travel restrictions in place, and with the global spread of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, BSU is not resuming study abroad in the Fall. Our study abroad will restart in Spring 2022, with some applications due in the Fall.

Will I be able to undertake my student teaching in the Fall 2021 semester?

Yes. We are moving forward with student teaching in a pre-pandemic mode. BSU has received guidance from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that “all districts and schools will be required to be in-person, full-time, five days a week,” and accordingly BSU student will be able to fulfill their student teaching assignments in the classroom. We are requiring student teachers to follow any safety protocols in place in their assigned school districts. The College of Education and Health Sciences will be issuing guidance shortly for prepractica (field-based experience prior to the student teaching semester).

Do I have to attest if I’m fully online for classes, but attending an in person internship, practica or placement?

Added 9/3/21

Interns that are online but participating in an IN PERSON internship must attest (and therefore be either vaccinated or exempt). Interns that are online and participating in a fully online placement do not need to attest.


Vaccinations

What is BSU’s current vaccination policy?

Added 9/2/21

BSU requires that all students must be vaccinated if they are attending in-person classes, living in residence halls, conducting research on-campus or participating in any on-campus activities.

BSU has secured agreements with our three unions on a vaccination mandate for all BSU employees. The implementation schedule for each of the unions is slightly different as a result of when agreement was reached on the MOAs. Faculty and librarians, with the exception of those teaching in the evening, needed to receive their first vaccination by September 1 and be fully vaccinated (two weeks after receiving their final dose) by October 15. APA members need to receive their first vaccination by September 7 and be fully vaccinated no later than October 19. AFSCME members must receive their first vaccination by September 15 and be fully vaccinated by October 27. All non-unit employees – non-unit professional, non-unit classified, temporary hourly staff –will be required to be vaccinated (or granted an exemption) and submit an attestation by August 31, 2021. There will be allowances for non-unit employees with a medical or religious exemption.

Will a student who is unvaccinated and has not received an exemption be allowed to take in-person classes?

Added 9/2/21

No. All students who are unvaccinated, unexempted and unattested will be unenrolled from any in-person classes if they are not compliant by September 1 or when they first arrive on campus, as they are in violation of the Student Conduct Policy. Should students come into compliance with the vaccination mandate prior to the end of the add/drop period for the semester, they will be eligible to register for classes via InfoBear once the vaccination hold has been removed, subject to course availability.

Why did Bridgewater State University make the decision to require students be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester?

Everyone wants to return to campus for in-person learning, community life and activities – everyone. The proven, most effective and safest way to accomplish this is with the COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States. The unanimous decision of the Massachusetts State University presidents is consistent with the Stop the Spread Campaign on all campuses that included testing and contact tracing. BSU joins its sister institutions in our shared commitment to ending the pandemic by vaccinating our campus communities.

How can BSU require a vaccine that has only received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?

Updated 9/2/21

The Pfizer vaccine received full FDA approval on August 23, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are awaiting full approval. The Federal Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Massachusetts Department of Health all consider the two vaccines that have received EUA safe and effective in combatting the COVID-19 global pandemic. Each of the vaccines were evaluated in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of individuals and continue to be evaluated for efficacy and safety as they are administered throughout the U.S. population.

Who should I speak to for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Your primary care physician is always the best choice because they know your medical history and can speak directly to your overall safety in being vaccinated. Another good option is to visit the state’s website that covers a number of concerns.https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions   

Will BSU be offering COVID-19 vaccines?

Yes. BSU has been approved by the state as a regional vaccination site and can administer vaccines through the Wellness Center.

If I have had COVID-19, do I still need to get a vaccine?

The CDC recommends that individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19 obtain a vaccine as soon as they have cleared isolation unless they were treated with monoclonal antibodies. Please see CDC website   for more information.

What vaccines will BSU accept?

All three vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) – Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson – are acceptable for BSU’s vaccine requirement. Based on guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, BSU will also honor all vaccines approved for use by the World Health Organization (WHO) 

What is the definition of "fully vaccinated"?

For the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you are fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose. For the J&J vaccine, you are fully vaccinated two weeks after the single dose. If these requirements are not met, you are not considered fully vaccinated. Students should plan to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus for the fall semester.

How will students prove they have met the vaccine requirement?

Students have been asked to complete a vaccination attestation form in which students indicate the type of vaccine they have received and the dates of their first and second vaccinations. Students may optionally provide their vaccine certification so there is a record of it for them to access if they need it in the future.

What if a student submits false information on the vaccination attestation form?

Updated 8/13/21

A high vaccination percentage for the campus is what makes our return possible. Failure to abide by university policies and expectations designed to ensure our collective safety will be addressed swiftly and strongly. The submission of false information on COVID-19 attestation forms or failure to participate in university testing requirements may lead to separation from the university, including from housing, without a refund.

Can BSU verify that students have received a COVID-19 vaccine?

Updated 9/2/21

Yes, vaccination attestations are verifiable. BSU has access to the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) database and can verify student vaccinations. BSU is in the process of confirm the accuracy of all attestations that we have received.

Will commuter students be required to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Updated 8/13/21

Vaccines are mandatory this fall for undergraduate and graduate students who are attending in-person classes, conducting research on campus and participating in any on-campus activities, or visiting campus for any reason whatsoever.

Will unvaccinated students taking all classes online have access to facilities on campus?

All students engaging in on-campus life or activities must be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccination prior to accessing on-campus facilities.

What if I am an international student without access to the vaccines currently in use in the U.S.?

Based on guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, BSU will honor all vaccines approved for use by the World Health Organization (WHO).   

How do I go get a religious or medical exemption from taking the COVID-19 vaccination?

Religious and medical exemptions will be accommodated according to state and federal law, following the same exemption procedures BSU uses for other vaccination requirements. If you have a sincerely held religious belief that prevents you from vaccination against COVID-19 or a documented medical exemption, please download the appropriate form below and then contact the Wellness Center at 508.531.1252 or wellnesscenter@bridgew.edu once you have filled out the exemption form. Please note: exemptions based on sincerely held religious belief are not to be used in place of philosophical disagreements with vaccination or the COVID vaccine in particular.

Medical exemption 
Religious exemption 

Will BSU work with students who choose not to be vaccinated for the start of the fall semester?

Updated 8/19/21

The university requires all students attending in-person classes, living in campus housing, participating in on-campus activities, or accessing on-campus facilities to be fully vaccinated or have a properly filed medical or religious exemption before coming to campus. Students who desire to be on campus for any reason whatsoever are required to be vaccinated. Students who have not been vaccinated will not be allowed on campus for the fall semester. BSU has many online classes and will work with students to help them understand their course options. However, we do not plan to add additional online classes to the fall schedule and faculty are not expected to accommodate requests to conduct courses in any different format than offered.

Why can state universities require the COVID-19 vaccine when the state Department of Public Health does not?

Massachusetts State Universities informed the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Higher Education, Department of Public Health, and the governor’s office, of the decision to require COVID-19 vaccines. The state DPH takes the position that Massachusetts institutions of higher education can require other vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, not currently required by their 2020-2021 vaccination schedule.


Masking

Does BSU require that students wear a mask on campus?

Updated 9/3/21

Yes. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends indoor mask wearing in our region of the state due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant of COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution to enhance the safety of our campus community, effective August 23, 2021, BSU is requiring that all members of our campus community (including vaccinated students, faculty, staff and visitors) wear a mask in indoor public places. This mandatory policy will continue through September 30, at which time we will reevaluate our masking policy based on the vaccination status of our campus and updated public health information. Residence Halls and dining areas will have special guidelines unique to those areas.

BSU also requires that all employees wear a mask in indoor public places.

Are there exceptions to wearing a mask?

Yes. Masks are only mandatory in indoor public spaces Masking is not required when students are outdoors, and students do not need to wear a mask when they are in their own residence hall room, showering or brushing their teeth, and when eating or drinking in our dining facilities.

What if I am unable to wear a mask?

Updated 8/13/21

Students who have a medical condition that precludes mask wearing must have an approved medical exemption on file with the Wellness Center to secure an appropriate accommodation.

Can I wear a gaiter mask or mask with exhalation valves?

Some mask styles such as “gaiters” or masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted on the BSU campus because they do not meet the medical criteria for use as personal protective equipment (PPE).

If I have an on-campus class, what are the requirements for mask wearing?

Students will need to wear a mask in the classroom.

What if I am in an internship or a practicum placement?

If students are in internship or practicum placements that are not on the BSU campus, they are still expected to follow the BSU guidance and any additional guidance provided by the host specific to their placement.

 


Testing

Does BSU share its testing data?

Added 9/9/21

Yes. As we did last year, BSU will update its online dashboard weekly. The dashboard can be accessed through the Fall ’21 website and updates will be posted on Fridays beginning September 10.

Does BSU administer individual PCR tests or does it use pool testing?

Added 9/9/21

BSU will utilize pool testing in which one laboratory test would be conducted on 10 individual samples collected in a combined pool. If there are any positive results in the pool, all 10 individuals would be immediately contacted by the Wellness Center with instructions on how to isolate pending a negative individual test result, and all people in the pool would be individually tested to determine who in that pool has the COVID-19 virus.

When is BSU offering testing?

Added 9/9/21

BSU offers COVID-19 testing Monday-Thursday in the Wellness Center from 8:30am-10am and 2:30pm-4pm, and symptomatic testing on Friday by appointment only. Please contact the Wellness Center at 508-531-1252 to schedule a symptomatic testing appointment.

What should I do if I tested positive for COVID-19 but the test was not conducted at BSU?

Added 9/9/21

If you have received a positive test that was conducted outside of BSU or you know of anyone at BSU who has tested positive, please immediately contact the Wellness Center utilizing this COVID-19 exposure form. This site is monitored several times every day, including weekends and holidays.

Is BSU requiring students to undergo weekly testing?

Updated 8/13/21

If you are vaccinated, you will NOT need to undergo regular testing. However, if you have been granted a medical or religious exemption from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you must be tested weekly through the Wellness Center. The Wellness Center will be communicating with all students who have been granted an exemption to provide them the schedule and location of testing.

How does BSU administer its COVID-19 tests?

BSU works with the world-renowned Broad Institute for our testing process. Our tests are conducted through a simple, self-administered dry nasal swab that takes only a few minutes to complete.

What if a student does not comply with the testing requirement?

Updated 8/13/21

The testing requirement is NOT optional. Students who fail to comply with testing requirement will be subject to progressive disciplinary measures through the Student Conduct process which may result in sanctions up to and including suspension without refund.

Will students be charged for testing?

There will be no charge to students for the weekly mandatory testing. The university is assuming this cost.

What is the classroom protocol if a student tests positive on a COVID-19 test?

Updated 9/9/21

Any individuals who receives a positive COVID-19 test result will be immediately contacted by the BSU Wellness Center with instructions on how to isolate. Any student or employee, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, who tests positive for COVID-19 must follow the same isolation protocol  that has been in place since the beginning of the pandemic. Those individuals would NOT be permitted to come to class or utilize labs, rehearsal spaces or other facilities.

What if a student is a close contact of a student who tests positive for COVID-19?

Added 9/2/21

If the student is fully vaccinated and has no symptoms, they would be able to attend classes in person. They would be required to wear a mask for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after exposure. The student would not need to quarantine.

If the student is not fully vaccinated, they will need to utilize their quarantine plan until they know for sure if their classmate has tested positive. If a classmate tests positive and the student is considered a close contact, the student will be given further information about quarantine by the BSU Wellness Center. The student will need to quarantine for seven days after receiving a negative test result. It is important to note that the test must occur no sooner than day five after being exposed or later.

 


Contract Tracing

How will BSU notify students who may have unknowingly come in contact with a someone infected with the virus?

Tracing will be a key component for the continued monitoring of the campus and rapid response for preventing further transmission and spread of the virus. Tracing will be carried out by a specific contact tracing team led by Health Services, leveraging technology developed by the Division of Information Technology. Only the information required to enable immediate contact tracing will be collected and reported.

BSU’s contact tracing system has worked very successfully in helping us to quickly identify and contact any members of our community who may have come in contact with an infected person. The system draws from multiple sources of data that affords us a high level of precision in determining where a person with COVID-19 has been and with whom they may have come in contact.

 


Dining

What has BSU done to ensure safety in our dining halls?

BSU’s food service provider, Sodexo, has developed an extensive safe return plan for Bridgewater State University based on its far-reaching global experience in managing food preparation and delivery in a way that protects students and food service staff. BSU Dining has created a Clean Team who will sanitize high-contact service areas multiple times a day, disinfect and sanitize dining areas twice a day during a one hour midday shut down and at closing. Each dining room goes through a deep clean overnight while closed, including the kitchen area. All vendors are required to go through a safety check before entry and wear a mask while indoors. All BSU Dining employees are committed to a health check each day when they enter for work and sign off on a COVID check in at punch in time.

Will BSU’s dining halls be open?

BSU will have three full dining halls open in the fall – Bear’s Den, East Campus Commons (ECC) and Crimson Dining and Student Lounge.

What’s new for fall dining offerings?

Each semester we expand and provide new offerings based on food trends and what you tell us you most want. Crimson Dining and Student Lounge will be fully operational and will feature enhanced menus at all the Crimson stations and new options, including Natural! - a vegan/vegetarian focused station open for breakfast and lunch. At the Bear’s Den we are introducing a new Park Ave Diner station. Starbucks will return to Maxwell Library and the Dunkin’ located in the ECC will now be included in the Bridgewater Dining program, accepting meal plans and offering an expanded menu. Each of our campus dining halls offer a variety of homestyle menus, vegan, vegetarian, international flavors, and gluten-free and allergen-free options. The Bear Trap in Tinsley Center will be reopening and once again offering smoothies and healthy snacks.

We will continue to feature mobile food ordering through GrubHub, our ever-popular Bear Bites food truck, and of course the newest addition to our campus, our robot food delivery service!

 


Residence Halls

Are BSU’s residence halls open?

Our residence halls are fully open in the fall. Any students looking to live on campus will be able to get a space. We anticipate that life in our residence halls will return to what it was like pre-pandemic. We want you to be able to reconnect with your friends, to have a social life. Students will be allowed to have guests from other residence halls and from outside the BSU community visit their rooms. Common areas will be open for student gatherings and in-person residence hall programming will return.

If you have any questions about living on campus, or would like to live on campus at any time during the spring semester, please feel free to contact Residence Life and Housing at ResLife@bridgew.edu or 508.531.1277.

Are face masks required in residence halls?

Yes, face coverings are required in all common areas in residence halls. This includes hallways, lobbies, stairwells, lounges, common rooms, elevators, and other spaces where you may be in close proximity to others using publicly accessible space. Residents and their visitors are not required to wear face coverings in their assigned residence hall rooms.

What if my roommate is sick?

A student with symptoms should isolate themselves, wear a mask and contact the Wellness Center to schedule a consultation and symptomatic test.

If you are vaccinated:

If you are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, continue your normal routine. You should wear a mask or stay more distanced in the days following your last exposure. If your roommate tests positive, you will be considered a close contact. If so, you should wear a mask for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after exposure. You do not need to quarantine.

If you are not fully vaccinated:

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to utilize your quarantine plan until you know for sure if your roommate has tested positive. If they test positive, you will be considered a close contact and be given further information about quarantine by the BSU Wellness Center. You will need to quarantine for seven days after receiving a negative test result. It is important to note that the test must occur no sooner than day five after being exposed or later.

Am I able to host visitors within my residence hall room?

Resident students may host visitors if each resident occupying that room/suite/apartment has given their consent. As has always been the policy, visitors will be prohibited from being signed in to visit the room/suite/apartment if all roommates have not given consent.

Visitors are defined as anybody that is not assigned to the room, suite, apartment, or residential facility they are visiting. All visitors must be registered before coming into the residence halls to visit and must abide by all BSU rules, policies, and procedures. This is inclusive of all COVID-19 safety policies and procedures. Hosts are responsible for the behavior of their visitors and must be with them at all times while they are within the residence hall.

Do visitors have to be vaccinated in order to come into the residence hall?

While vaccination of all visitors is highly recommended in order to help us continue to provide healthy and safe residential environments, proof of vaccination will not be required in order for a visitor to be registered and admitted. Visitors will be asked to wear masks in accordance with the BSU face mask requirement when on campus.

Will programs and events be occurring live and in-person within and outside of the residence halls?

Yes! We are excited to be able to host programs and social events both within and outside of the residence halls. Resident students will be able to gather and attend events in group settings once more. You will see events and gatherings right in the lounges on your floor, in your building’s lobby and outside of your residence hall in various campus locations.

Are we able to use floor lounges and other public spaces within the residence halls?

Yes! All study lounges, game rooms, floor lounges, television lounges, and other gathering spaces within the residence halls will be open for their full-capacity and intended use. We look forward to having these spaces active again this year!

 


Student Finances

What is BSU doing to help students who have been financially impacted by the pandemic?

Bridgewater State University is working to provide emergency funding for students who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. Thru June 30, 2021, BSU has disbursed nearly $8 million in emergency support to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. BSU is continuing to distribute federal stimulus and recovery funding known as HEERF II & HEERF III (student relief) to enrolled BSU students throughout 2021-2022 academic year. If you are struggling financially because of this pandemic, this is a way to get help.

A few things to know about this funding:

  • This is a grant and you will not have to pay it back
  • Current undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled at BSU can apply for emergency funding
  • This funding will not impact your federal or state aid
  • Priority in funding will be given to those with the highest financial need
  • If you receive funds, you must have a United States bank account and will be required to set-up direct deposit

Students can apply for three types of assistance:

  • CRRSAA Stimulus Student Book Assistance
  • CRRSAA Student Emergency Funds $1500 or less
  • CRRSAA Student Emergency Funds $1501 and above.

You can apply for these funds by completing an application  .

How do I apply for BSU CCRRSAA Book Assistance?

BSU Book Assistance is designed to help relieve students of the financial burden of the cost of books during the COVID-19 pandemic for the fall 2021 through spring 2022 semesters. The application is now open for fall semester requests. Books can be obtained ONLY at the BSU Follett Bookstore via a onetime credit issued in the student's name. This credit will be good for books necessary for student's fall 2021 classes only.

 


Student Employment

Will there be student jobs for Fall 2021?

Yes, there will be a Student Employment program for the 2021- 2022 academic year. Student employment will be returning to pre-pandemic operations with student employment jobs being offered on campus. Student employment positions will follow the same safety protocols as staff working on campus. All job postings are on our recruitment website . You can find more information on the Student Portal under Student Employment.

When can I begin working?

You may begin working once all of your paperwork has been processed and you receive communication from Student Employment and your supervisor. Hire dates for Fall semester depend on the position that you hold on campus (see below).

  1. Non-Work Study Positions begin on or after August 15, 2021.
  2. Work Study Positions begin on or after September 1, 2021.
  3. Graduate Assistants begin on September 13, 2021.

Am I eligible to work on campus?

You must be enrolled in a program of study, maintain good academic standing, and register for at least 6 credits per semester.

Do I need to be vaccinated to work on campus?

Yes. All students need to be vaccinated to participate in any on-campus activities.

Do I have to be COVID-19 tested to work on campus?

If you are vaccinated, you do not need to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. If you have received a religious or medical exemption, you will need to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

What are the rules that I must follow as a student employee?

There is a Student Employment Manual   on the Student Employment website. All work policies/rules are included here.

What do I need to do if I want to become a student employee?

All job postings are on our Student Employment recruitment website   . You will create an account and then search for student jobs. You will need to attach a resume and cover letter to attach to your job application. Work study positions will be listed as such and students with work study as part of their financial aid package are eligible for these positions. Non-work study positions are available to all undergraduate students registered for at least 6 credits. You will be contacted directly by a department to interview for the position.

As a student employee is there a maximum number of hours per week I can work?

Students are only allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week (combining all positions held). This allows you to be a student first and gives you time for your studies. All hours worked must be recorded weekly on a timesheet and submitted for approval to your supervisor. All work must be performed outside of your scheduled class times.

Through the Financial Aid Office, I received a Work Study award. What does this mean?

If you received a Work Study award through your financial aid package, you received funding that can be earned by working on campus. Work Study jobs will be listed as such on the job postings. Students who received a Work Study award as part of their financial aid package are eligible to apply for Work Study jobs.

I did not receive a Work Study award through Financial Aid. Can I work on campus?

Yes, students who did not receive a Work Study award are also eligible to work on campus. All undergraduate students can apply for Non-Work Study jobs. Non-Work Study jobs will be listed as such on the job postings.

What happens after I apply for a student employment job?

After you apply for a student employment job, your application will be reviewed by the hiring department. If you meet the qualifications for the position and there are still open positions, you may be contacted by the hiring department to interview for the position.

What happens if I am hired?

If you have worked on campus before, you do not need to complete any additional paperwork with Student Employment. If you have never worked on campus, you will need to complete an electronic new hire packet which includes a personal data sheet, federal tax form, state tax form, direct deposit, CORI/SORI and I-9. In order to complete the I-9 Form, we will need to collect copies of personal ID’s from you:

  • Picture ID (example: driver’s license) and:
  • Birth Certificate or
  • Social Security Card or
  • Passport

Appointments will be scheduled with Student Employment for you to bring the personal identification to our office to complete the hiring process.

 


Transportation

Will BSU continue to run the shuttle and bus service for students?

BSU will operate the shuttle and bus service for students on a normal basis. Based on state guidelines, all riders must wear masks while on our buses and shuttles.

Do students need to wear a mask on BSU buses and shuttles?

Yes. Masks are mandatory on all forms of public transportation.

How will BSU make sure that buses and shuttles are cleaned?

Bus drivers will be continuously cleaning, disinfecting high touch points during down times and between bus routes. All of our shuttles and buses will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected using electro-static sprayers at least once every 24 hours.

 


Bookstore

Will the BSU bookstore be open to customers this semester?

Yes. The bookstore is currently open. We strongly encourage students to order their course materials online before arriving on campus to avoid the large crowds and lines that occur during the first week of classes. Course materials, clothing, and gifts that are available at the store are also available on our website for home shipping or in-store pickup. The bookstore's website can be accessed at Bridgewatershop.com  or through the "find my textbooks" link in InfoBear.

How do I order textbooks from the online BSU bookstore?

  1. Click the "textbook" link at the top of the bookstore’s website, Bridgewatershop.com .
  2. Use the dropdown menus to choose your term and courses and click "find your course materials."
  3. Select the course materials you need for each course and click "add to bag."
  4. When you are finished adding items to your bag click "view bag and checkout."
  5. Follow the steps to enter your payment information—if you are using book advance funds or any type of book voucher, select "financial aid" as your method of payment.

What are my textbook options?

Textbooks are available in new, used, rental, or digital formats. The bookstore has been working throughout the summer to make as many titles available in digital format as possible to complement the increased numbers of online courses this fall.

 


Facilities/Cleaning and Disinfecting

What can I expect with regard to cleaning and disinfecting classrooms and other areas on campus?

BSU Custodial Services operates 24 hours per day/seven days per week. In the fall, classrooms that are utilized will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Restrooms in buildings where classes will be held will be cleaned and disinfected routinely throughout the day, while restrooms in buildings without classes will be cleaned and disinfected a minimum of once per day. Please see the Cleaning & Disinfecting policy on the Fall ’21 Return site for additional information about residence halls and common spaces.

I am concerned about indoor air quality. How does BSU manage this?

All BSU buildings meet or exceed building ventilation air change rates established by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Our building preventative maintenance schedule includes the timely change of air filters that ensure systems are operating efficiently and safely.

 


Athletics and Recreation

Will there be a full season of competition for fall sports?

Yes. The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), of which BSU is a member, has announced the return to full intercollegiate competition for fall sports. The MASCAC has adopted stringent public health policies, including vaccination, testing and masking protocols, to ensure the safety of athletes, coaches and spectators. Please visit https://bsubears.com/landing/index   for more information on fall sports.

Will there be Intramurals?

BSU will be returning to a full slate of intramural sports offerings and club sports in the fall. Registration for Intramural sports will open Wednesday, August 25th. Please visit https://bsubears.com/Campus_Recreation/index  for more information on intramurals, club sports and outdoor adventure.

Will the Thornburg Fitness Center be open in the fall?

Yes. The Thornburg Fitness Center is resuming normal operating hours and will be operating at full capacity for the fall. Please visit https://bscbears.prestosports.com/fitness/index  for more information on fitness.

 


Events

Is BSU permitting in-person, on-campus events this semester?

BSU is working with student organizations to offer a variety of student programs, including a mix of virtual and in-person events in the fall.

Is there a process for scheduling/hosting a virtual event?

Leaders of recognized student organizations should contact the Center for Student Engagement at bsuinvolved@bridgew.edu in advance of planning any in-person or virtual experience to ensure they are registered, reserved and supported appropriately.

Will outside organizations be able to lease space for events at BSU in the fall?

The University has made the difficult decision to restrict the use of campus space for events sponsored by external organizations during the fall semester. BSU’s focus will be welcoming our faculty, staff and students back to campus at full capacity; therefore, our limited resources and staffing will be dedicated to ensuring the University can meet the needs of its internal programs. We regret having to make this decision as BSU has many wonderful partners who regularly utilize space on our campus. We will be revisiting this decision on an ongoing basis and look forward to welcoming our friends back to campus when it is safe and feasible to do so.

Please contact University Events at UniversityEvents@bridgew.edu if you have questions or are interested in leasing space beyond the fall semester.