Health and Safety Protocols
Olin is requiring all employees and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19. All students and employees (including those employed through our partners at Aramark and Rebecca’s Culinary Group) must provide proof to the college that they have received a vaccine approved for use by either the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
Below, you will find information about those vaccines and where people in the United States can find a vaccination appointment.
Employees. Employees must complete the secure COVID Vaccination Status Form for Employees on the web. You will need to upload an image of your vaccination card or documentation from your health provider that your vaccination is completed. We recognize that in rare instances there are valid reasons for an exemption to this requirement due to a medical need or sincerely held religious belief. Those requesting a medical or religious exemption must also complete the COVID Vaccination Exemption Request Form. Employees who begin work at Olin after 9/1/21 must be in compliance with this policy as of their start date.
Students. Students must log in to the Student Health Portal to confirm their vaccination status. Please upload an image of your vaccination card as an “Immunization Record” in the portal. Students who have not submitted their completed vaccination card or obtained an exemption will not be permitted to move into their residence hall room and may lose their housing eligibility. If you do not have access to vaccination for COVID-19 where you currently live, please contact Beth Grampetro at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options. If you encounter problems uploading your vaccine card, or if you have questions about exemptions to this mandate, please contact Babson Health Services at email@example.com.
All members of the Olin community must participate in asymptomatic surveillance testing. Those who are fully vaccinated must test once per week. Those who are exempted or in the process of becoming fully vaccinated must test twice per week, preferably on Monday and Thursday.
We are using different software for testing this year. The first time you register for a test, please create an account using the appropriate link:
Once your account is created, please use the following link for future logins (e.g., scheduling tests, reviewing your profile, etc):
Please do not create multiple profiles within your account – if you have already tested even once since September 1, you are already registered and should not have to complete a new profile before testing again.
Because of our very high vaccination rate on campus, we have switched to pooled testing this year. Pooled testing means combining the same type of specimen from several people and conducting one laboratory test on the combined pool of specimens to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Testing is available in the Milas Hall Lobby on the following schedule:
Monday 10:05 am – 2:45 pm
Tuesday 1:05 pm – 5:45 pm
Wednesday 10:05 am – 2:45 pm
Thursday 1:05 pm – 5:45 pm
Scheduling an appointment is always preferable, but if you must test that day, please go to the testing check-in desk and ask if a walk-up slot is available. Please note that individuals with appointments will have priority over walk-up requests.
If you have symptoms of illness or have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not go to the testing desk without specific directions to do so! Testing symptomatic or exposed individuals requires additional precautions for the testing staff. Students with symptoms of illness should contact Health Services at 781-239-6363. Employees should contact Krista Chavez, Nurse Practitioner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or pursue symptomatic testing through their healthcare provider.
If you test for COVID-19 at a site other than Milas Hall or Babson Health Services and your test result is positive, you are required to inform the College. Students must inform Health Services. Employees must inform Krista Chavez at email@example.com.
Masks and Social Distancing
The CDC has recommended that those living in regions that have “substantial” or “high” coronavirus transmission should wear a mask when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Currently, Norfolk County is at “substantial’ risk. Therefore, Olin College has implemented an indoor masking requirement on campus until the public health situation indicates that masking is no longer needed.
All individuals on campus must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth in all indoor areas where other people may be present. If you have questions about particular situations, please review the FAQ. If the question is not answered there, please contact OlinAhead@olin.edu.
Please select masks made of two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric, that completely cover your nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of your face, and have a nose wire. Please note that Olin does not allow neck gaiters or face shields in lieu of a mask. In some situations, a face shield may be appropriate in addition to a mask. You can find more information about effective masks here and here.
Olin provides disposable masks for people who work in certain higher risk activities. The college may be able to supply a cloth mask to you if you need one. Please contact OlinAhead@olin.edu.
Even in some situations where a mask is not required, some individuals may feel more comfortable wearing a mask. Olin respects and supports this choice. We suggest that groups
Olin does not currently have a social distancing requirement in place, but individuals are encouraged to maintain appropriate distancing in any situation in which it would make them feel more comfortable.
Quarantine and Isolation
Regardless of vaccination status, Olin may require quarantine for individuals exposed to COVID-19 depending on the circumstances. Students who have been exposed should notify Health Services at 781-239-6363 and follow all guidance received. Employees should contact Krista Chavez, Nurse Practitioner, at firstname.lastname@example.org for direction.
For any individual who tests positive for COVID-19, isolation is required regardless of vaccination status. Students must follow any isolation instructions given to them by Health Services, Student Affairs, and/or the Needham Board of Health. Employees must follow any isolation instructions given to them by Krista Chavez and/or their local Board of Health.
All individual visitors and guess at Olin must be registered using the Visitor/Vendor Form. Visitors must comply with all of Olin’s required protocols, including masking, at all times.
If you are hosting a large group of visitors, Olin Ahead may recommend different protocols. Please email OlinAhead@olin.edu with specifics of your plans in advance of any events or large gatherings that include visitors or guests from off campus.