Health and Safety Protocols

Please note that this information is subject to change, and the community will be notified of any changes accordingly.

Learn about Berklee's current COVID-19 vaccination and booster requirement.

Where to Get Vaccinated or Boosted for NYC Students

COVID-19 vaccines are free in the U.S. and available to everyone ages six months and up. Visit in a new window) to find a vaccination site, pharmacy, or health center. 


COVID-19 Testing Before the Fall 2022 Semester

Every student is required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid test before they arrive on campus for Orientation Check-In.

The test must have been taken no more than 24 hours before check-in. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on September 2. 

Every student will be emailed a link to submit proof of their negative test to their Berklee email on September 1. 

Students will be required to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination along with their other immunization prior to the start of orientation. If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 you are not required to wear a mask on campus. If you have a medical or religious exemption, you are required to wear a mask while on campus. 

If you are experiencing any COVID-19-related symptoms please do not come to campus. 

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Fall 2022 COVID-19 Policy

Berklee NYC will require all students enrolled this fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the fall 2022 semester. This section outlines the important safety protocols that our New York campus will have in place to protect our community.

All faculty, staff, and students are required to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus, unless an exemption has been granted for medical or religious reasons. While we expect that our domestic students will have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one of the Johnson & Johnson, we will accept a complete course of any vaccine, whether it is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), or not.

However, if you have received a vaccine that is not authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO (e.g., Sputnik), we strongly encourage you to consider getting a vaccine that is authorized for emergency use by the FDA after arriving on campus.


Mask Policy

Mask wearing is optional on the NYC campus. 

If you choose to continue wearing a mask, please be sure to wear a properly fitted, high-quality mask, such as N-95, KN-95, or KF-94 masks. 

It is also recommended that all close contacts wear masks for at least three days after exposure to a positive case. 


Testing Policy

We do not require regular testing on campus. If you are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms you are required to test before returning to campus.

If you test positive for COVID-19 during the semester you must immediately email Harley Seger, manager of student services, at and comply with the necessary contact tracing steps. 



Vaccinated students will be notified of potential exposure by the contact tracing team, but they will not be required to quarantine. Instead, they’ll be asked to closely monitor their symptoms for 14 days and participate in additional testing at the Berklee NYC partner clinic (one test on day one, and one on day four or five after exposure). 

Unvaccinated students who have an approved religious or medical exemption will be required to test for COVID-19 f they are identified as having potential exposure to COVID-19 and must test negative to return to campus. 



Students who test positive will be required to isolate at home for five days.