Brandeis Athletics COVID-19 Update Page

Brandeis Athletics Covid-19 Updates

In unprecedented times, the Brandeis University Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation will continue to provide the latest updates for the Athletics community. Below, student-athletes, alumni, staff, faculty and fans can access up-to-date information regarding adjustments to athletic activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, we encourage you to visit Brandeis' Plan for Fall 2020 and main COVID-19 page for updates directly from the University.

FALL PARTICIPATION  -  CLUB SPORTS, INTRAMURALS & RECREATION  -  FITNESS FACILITIES  -  HEALTH & WELNESS MODULES  -  VARSITY SPORTS  -  ADDITIONAL UPDATES


FALL PARTICIPATION 

Brandeis Fall and winter varsity sports, as well as club sports, will not be competing in intercollegiate competition in the Fall Semester of 2020. These teams will not compete until after December 31, 2020. Intramural sports programming will avoid all contact, team-based activities. The Gosman Sports and Convocation Center will be open this fall with new protocols to ensure health and safety.


CLUB SPORTS, INTRAMURALS & RECREATION 

Competitive club sports and specific team-based intramural activities have been suspended for the fall semester. Low-risk, non-contact intramurals activities and expanded e-sports opportunities will still be offered. For more information and a full schedule of fall intramural activities for this fall, visit the Intramurals Homepage.


FITNESS FACILITIES 

The Gosman Sports and Convocation Center has reopened as of August 17. Users must visit the Gosman COVID-19 Policies Page to review new policies prior to visiting the gym.

New protocols are in place to prioritize the health and safety of everyone using or working in the facility, including physical distancing, spacing out of fitness equipment, and regular cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and surfaces. The implementation of these protocols will cause significant changes to the normal use of the facility. For example, some equipment and areas of the fitness center may not be available for use; masks will need to be worn for most activities; limits will be placed on the number of concurrent users and the duration of each visit; and advance reservations are encouraged to access the facility. 

Those using the gym must follow the new protocols listed on the Gosman COVID-19 Policies Page and register ahead of time to use facilities. Anyone coming to campus to use the gym must have also have previously completed Brandeis' mandatory safety training for faculty and staff or for students. They must take the Brandeis' Daily Health Assessment and provide proof of completion upon entry to the gym. Addtionally, users should sign up for COVID-19 testing based on the frequency with which they will be on campus.


ACTIVITIES-BASED HEALTH AND WELLNESS (HWL) MODULES 

The university is offering many of its activities-based health and wellness modules this fall. Some module courses are designed for remote learning, while others are designed for in-person instruction. All in-person module courses are subject to social distancing requirements and new safety protocols. A complete list of HWL course offerings can be found in the public schedule of classes.


VARSITY SPORTS 

Fall & Winter Sports Update: Brandeis will not be competing in intercollegiate sports during the Fall 2020 semester, through December 31, 2020. This includes fall sports (men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, volleyball and men's and women's tennis), as well as winter sports that begin during the fall semester (men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s fencing, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, and men’s and women’s track & field).

“The department considered all options and planned extensively for ways for us to be able to compete this season. Based on the federal, state and campus information and guidelines that we have in place today, the decision to not participate in fall intercollegiate athletics was ultimately made with the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members as our top priority,” said Director of Athletics Lauren Haynie. 

Departmental staff will be working with coaches to develop guidelines on conditioning and practice activities that allow teams to work together in some capacity upon your return to campus, if state guidelines allow.

The NCAA issued a blanket waiver that will preserve a year of eligibility for student-athletes. The full statement is available here.


ADDITIONAL UPDATES 

Brandeis Athletics is in the midst of developing protocols and guidelines for general recreation, fitness classes, health & wellness classes, and other athletics-related activities. Additional updates with more specific information will be made available on this page as they become available.

We welcome your questions about how COVID-19 will affect athletics at Brandeis University during the 2020-21 academic year. Please be sure to read through the Fall 2020 at Brandeis final report and the Frequently Asked Questions on this website to see if your question has already been answered. If not, please feel free to send us an email at athletics@brandeis.edu


FALL PARTICIPATION  -  CLUB SPORTS, INTRAMURALS & RECREATION  -  FITNESS FACILITIES  -  HEALTH & WELLNESS MODULES  -  VARSITY SPORTS  -  ADDITIONAL UPDATES