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Requirements for Visitors
Guidance, Definitions, and Scope
These requirements govern MassArt campus visitors during Fall 2021, guided by the following principles:
- The health and safety of the MassArt community is the college’s top priority.
- The health and safety of the MassArt community is enhanced by reducing the number of people on campus.
- The College follows all health and safety protocols required by federal, state, and local regulations.
- People wishing to visit the MassArt campus are required to adhere to new protocols in place to keep everyone safe.
Visitor is defined as any individual seeking to enter MassArt property who is not an employee (faculty or staff), a currently enrolled student, or someone who lives in an on-campus residence. The following categories of visitors are permitted on MassArt property provided they have been invited by a host and approved as provided in "Requirements for Visitors" below:
- Vendors and suppliers of goods and services to be delivered to or performed on campus
- Resident students from partner institutions
- Prospective students
- Other visitors, on official college business, as approved by the relevant Dean or Vice President
Host is defined as a MassArt office/department, employee, student, or registered student organization requiring or inviting a visitor to come to campus.
These requirements apply to all visitors to property owned or leased by MassArt. These requirements are meant to supplement — not replace — any federal, state, and local health and safety regulations with which MassArt must comply.
MassArt’s campus spaces, facilities, and buildings are open only for official college business and are not open to the general public until Phase 2 of MassArt's Phased Reopening. This includes the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM), the Morton R. Godine Library, and all dining facilities.
Personal visitors, including family members and friends of students or employees are not allowed into campus buildings. Personal visitors are allowed into MassArt Residence Hall building lobbies only as permitted in the housing guidelines which specifically prohibit overnight non-residents or guests.
Requirements for Visitors
All visitors permitted on campus will be required to follow health and safety protocols adopted by the College and as required by federal, state, and local regulations. This includes self- monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms before coming on campus; complying with the College’s requirements regarding face-coverings/masks, physical distancing, regular handwashing, and signage posted in the buildings they are entering. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in action including but not limited to revocation of campus access.
In addition, the following requirements apply:
Employees of vendors or independent contractors who regularly and consistently interact with the College community for significant periods of time
Employees of college vendors who regularly and consistently interact with the College community for significant periods of time (for example, the College’s food service provider) as determined by the Vice President of Administration and Finance will be subject to the College’s Screening, Testing, and Tracing Program and other public health interventions that are applicable to similarly-situated college employees.
All contractors must follow college COVID-19 safety guidelines and develop written site-specific COVID-19 safety plans for projects on campus that comply with all federal, state, and local requirements before work can begin. All contractors will be required to have their written site-specific safety plans reviewed and approved by MassArt Facilities and Environmental Health and Safety prior to commencement of work on campus and will be subject to continuous review by the College leading up to project completion. Contractors who employ subcontractors are required to ensure that their subcontractors, if any, comply with this requirement.
Vendors and suppliers of goods and services to be delivered to or performed on campus
As a condition for continuous or intermittent access to college campuses or facilities, vendors and suppliers of goods and services must maintain a COVID-19 safety plan that complies with all federal, state, and local requirements. Companies are required to ensure that their subcontractors, if any, comply with this requirement. Plans must be provided to the College upon verbal or written request. Vendors and suppliers of goods and services must comply with the College’s requirements regarding face-coverings/masks, physical distancing, regular handwashing, and signage posted in the buildings they are entering.
Vendor and supplier deliveries must be facilitated through Central and Administrative Services for the department requesting the service(s). Shipping and Receiving will arrange with vendors and suppliers to make and receive deliveries at a centralized location in each building to minimize contact with faculty, staff, and students.
Resident Students from Partner Institutions
In addition to following all federal, state, and local requirements relative to COVD-19 safety guidelines and regulations, all resident students from partner institutions must follow MassArt COVID-19 safety guidelines as they pertain to building common spaces, College policies and directives, and relevant College license provisions regarding the safe operation of their premises. Partner institutions that employ contractors, suppliers, and delivery services must follow College COVID-19 common area building rules relating to physical distancing, wearing of masks, COVID-19 signage and personal hygiene. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will serve as the host and point of contact for all resident matters.
Resident students who regularly and consistently interact with College students, faculty, or staff may be included in the College’s screening, testing, and tracing program and other public health interventions that are applicable to similarly situated College employees. The Director of COVID-19 Operations will determine which residents, if any, fall under this provision.
The MassArt Admissions Office may conduct limited 1:1 tours by invitation and appointment only during off-peak/non-class hours. The College is offering virtual and self-guided neighborhood walking tours as well as virtual information sessions to all other prospective students. Please visit massart.edu/visit for more details. All visitors must comply with the safety protocols and guidelines established by the College.
Other visitors on official College business, as approved by the relevant Dean or Vice President
Deans and Vice Presidents may approve other visitors on official College business not cited above, provided that they comply with the safety protocols and guidelines established by the College.
Requirements for Hosts
When a Host invites a Visitor to MassArt property, they must ensure that the following occurs:
- Inform Visitors of this requirement and confirm compliance prior to their visit in writing.
- To the extent possible, schedule the visit during low-pedestrian travel times and within places with as few people as possible.
- Ascertain whether a Visitor has traveled to Massachusetts from out of state and if so has quarantined otherwise they may not enter the campus unless they have recent proof of a vaccination or negative COVID-19 test no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival, consistent with state travel restrictions.
- If a Visitor shows symptoms of COVID-19 or otherwise is not following MassArt health and safety protocols, they will be asked to leave campus immediately.
- Collect the contact information – names, email addresses, and phone numbers – of all Visitors. If there is a positive COVID-19 case, health officials may need this information for a contact tracing investigation.
Requests for access to campus by those not described herein will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should be submitted at least 48 hours in advance of the requested access to the relevant Dean or Vice President and Director of COVID-19 Operations for review. Such access will not occur without their approval.