BU Students Must Show "Digital Badge" Proving They Are COVID-Free

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — All Boston University students who come to campus will need to show proof they are COVID-free in order to get inside many of the school's buildings.

BU's new Covid Badge policy is aimed at giving students comfort in a troubling time. The digital badge on a student's cell phone is designed to signify whether or not they are coronavirus-free.

Green means they have most recently tested negative, orange means they need to quarantine, and red means they need to isolate.

Susan Beck is one of many students who now has to show a green Covid Badge in order to enter dining halls, libraries, and other common spaces on campus.

"I think BU is doing a great job because they're making us test two to three times a week," she said. "We're always getting notified weekly about how many new cases pop up."

In an email sent to the school community Tuesday, BU President Robert Brown said the new Covid Badge policy is necessary because of declining compliance with mask wearing and social distancing. He said there has also been a "worrisome" rise in the number of positive cases at BU over the last week.

For students like Beck, the university's Covid Badge policy means there is one less thing to worry about.

"To know that people walking in school buildings have a green badge, knowing that they're cleared, makes everything a little bit more easy and comfortable to walk around on campus," she said.

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin reports:

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