A look at campus in the time of COVID-19
The University has made adjustments to accommodate social distancing guidelines on campus
To promote social distancing, Brandeis has added some outdoor features to campus. Brandeis placed tents around campus — including outside of Skyline Residence Hall (pictured) and the Shapiro Campus Center — to add outdoor seating due to restrictions in dining hall capacity.
Brandeis placed Adirondack chairs around lower campus, including in front of the statue of Louis Brandeis, where students can eat meals.
Brandeis placed decals promoting social distancing guidelines on the sidewalks of campus.
Rabbi Stephanie Sanger-Miller, Associate Director of Brandeis Hillel, helps a student at the weekly Shabbat market. Because Hillel is not able to host weekly Shabbat dinners, the organization began hosting weekly Shabbat markets so that students would be able to celebrate the holiday responsibly with their friends.
To ensure social distancing and safety in food distribution, Sodexo has implemented plexiglass protectors at their retail dining locations, including Einstein Bros. Bagels. Community members can also order food from these retail locations on the new BiteU Mobile Ordering App.
Every person on campus is required to self-administer COVID-19 tests, as demonstrated by Sophia Koolpe ’24. The frequency of the tests is determined by how often the person visits campus. According to the Brandeis University Plans for Fall 2020, anyone living on campus or making more than three trips to campus a week must get tested twice a week, anyone making one or two trips to campus a week must get tested once a week and anyone coming to campus less than once a week needs to get tested upon every visit to campus.
When a student is done self-administering the test, they hand it to a worker who ensures that the test meets the requirements set by the Broad Institute.