COVID-19 FAQs

Does Bowdoin require students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID–19?

Based on the Department of Health and Human Services planned expiration of the COVID-19 public health emergency at the end of the day on May 11, 2023, Bowdoin transitioned on May 12, 2023, to strongly encouraging all students, faculty, and staff to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters, but the College will not require them. 

Are masks required on campus?

Bowdoin is a mask-friendly campus, and we encourage anyone who desires to wear a mask to do so with our full support.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?
Refer to the latest CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

What is the guidance for faculty and staff who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?
Faculty and staff who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 but have not tested positive or shown any symptoms may continue to work on campus as usual. Please refer to the latest CDC guidance on what to do if you were exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Are COVID-19 tests, vaccines, and antiviral medications still covered at 100%?
With the end of the COVID-19 federal Public Health Emergency on May 12, 2023, medical and pharmacy plans will return to standard coverage. The College’s medical plans with Cigna will provide coverage as follows:

  • COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be covered at 100% (in-network only) under preventive health plan benefits.
  • FDA-approved antivirals and therapeutics will be covered with the cost share subject to health plan design (e.g. copayments, plan deductible, and coinsurance).
  • Over-the-counter COVID-19 tests will no longer be covered. However, the IRS does consider these tests an eligible expense reimbursable under health savings accounts and medical flexible spending accounts.
  • PCR lab testing will be covered with the cost share subject to health plan design (e.g. deductible and coinsurance).

How do I record my time if I need to isolate or quarantine?

For day-to-day absences due to illness employees must use their sick time. If no sick time is available, vacation time must be used.

How do I record my time in Workday if my spouse/partner or child is sick (non-COVID-19 illness), and I need to remain home?

The College’s family care absence policy provides up to forty hours of job-protected leave per calendar year. The time can be drawn from your sick or vacation balances as “Family Care Absence–Sick” or “Family Care Absence–Vacation.” If both balances are depleted, employees can take unpaid time as “Family Care Absence–Unpaid.” This allowance can also be used for illness or medical appointments where their presence is required for a spouse/partner, child, or parent.  Additional time above the forty hours per calendar year can be taken as vacation time.

My child’s daycare or classroom is closed due to COVID-19 or my child has tested positive for COVID-19 and I need to be home to provide care.  How do I proceed?
If your child is sick due to testing positive for COVID-19 and your presence is required to provide care, you should use the forty hours per calendar year of Family Care Absence time described above. If you have depleted the forty hours, you must use your vacation time. If your child is not sick but you have no daycare for any reason, you must use your vacation time.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Additional questions can be addressed to Mary Cote in Human Resources (mcote@bowdoin.edu, 725-3033).