Exploring Campus Together: Questions and Answers About Student Life

Going to the gym. Hosting events. Greek life. Gatherings with friends. Hanging out on campus. And, what about Babson’s 100+ clubs and organizations? We know there are pressing questions about this year’s return to campus, and we are here to answer those questions. Rest assured, student life is alive and well at Babson.

Maribeth Flakes Maribeth Flakes, director of Student Engagement, and Kate Buckman, director of Graduate Student Life & Leadership, were on hand yesterday afternoon to field questions—from you—on Instagram. Here is a recap of that conversation.

Remember to visit the Babson Together website for all the latest information.

How can students who are remote participate in centers and institutes programs?

The centers and institutes have increased their offerings this fall and will be fully accessible for students participating online. Stay tuned for a broad spectrum of programming, including guest speakers, office hours, interactive workshops, and other experiential learning opportunities.

What changes will be made to club activities due to COVID-19?

Most club events will be virtual with the exception of small events that can practice social distancing guidelines.

Undergrad student leaders will work with the Office of Student Engagement, and grad student leaders will work with Graduate Life & Leadership on necessary meetings of less than 10 students.

If I have off-campus housing, will I be allowed to come and go off campus? What are the protocols?

Yes. Students can come to campus as needed. The protocol for being on campus is to complete a daily symptom report via an app, wear a mask at all times on campus, and maintain social distancing.

Will there be any opportunities for non-socially distanced interactions between students?

Nope. We all need to take social distancing seriously, so we can protect the community.

What will happen to Greek Life? 

Fraternity and sorority life leaders are working with staff to adjust a lot of the traditional chapter functions to comply with all safety regulations. Recruitment activities in the fall will be virtual for upper class students.

And, you can find more information here about safety protocols and health guidelines for undergraduate students.

What will theater look like? Will there be performances?

While there will not be fall performances, there will still be some offerings. You can find the most updated information at the BabsonARTS website.

Will there be club sports this fall? 

Unfortunately, there will be no Club Sports this fall semester. However, winter sports will be able to practice this fall.

Will the athletic facilities be open to students? If so, what will the restrictions be?

Yes. BRAC courts will be open to limited activity, and the cardio and weight floors also will be open. Students must reserve a time.

How do graduate students manage living off campus but wanting to be part of the community as much as possible?

The Graduate Student Council and Graduate Student Life & Leadership are preparing a bunch of exciting events and activities for the fall semester, and are working to create a robust student life experience for the fall in order to help all grad students engage and feel a part of the grad community. Look out for a message from Graduate Student Life & Leadership at the beginning of the semester with advice on all the Grad School’s on-campus and virtual activities.

Find more information here about safety protocols and health guidelines for graduate students.

Will Babson be utilizing outside venues to continue group activities?

Yes, whenever possible, outdoor events that allow for social distancing will be used.

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