Student Life Safety

Last year, the first weekend in March was an overall positive experience on campus. The Student Government Association (SGA) helped organize a concert at the Mullins Center while other events and activities were offered as well. To ensure another positive experience for our students, the guest policy will again be adjusted to restrict non-UMass Amherst guests.

  • Beginning Thursday, March 1 at 8 p.m. and continuing through Sunday, March 4 at 11 p.m., residential students may sign in up to four (4) UMass Amherst students as guests.
  • Only UMass Amherst students, faculty, staff, and emergency/health care response staff will be allowed in UMass Amherst Residence Halls during this period.
  • Non-UMass Amherst guests should be checked out by 8 p.m. on Thursday March 1.
  • Residence hall security desk hours will be expanded in residence halls from March 1 to March 4.

As we mentioned in our email earlier in the semester, throughout the academic year residence hall security hours may be extended and guest policies adjusted for events such as Homecoming, Halloween, major athletic events, and weekends when a large number of guests are anticipated. This temporary change to the guest policy is in accordance with Residential Life policy, as it relates to special circumstances involving concern for safety and security. All other guest policy requirements will remain in effect for the weekend.

If circumstances related to safety and security dictate, the guest policy may be further adjusted to ensure our campus remains a healthy, safe, and secure environment.These adjustments include reserving the right to curtail or end guest registration by building or residential area.

“Guests” are defined as any person who is not a resident of the hall. Guests must be accompanied by their host at all times. When your guests leave the residence hall, they should sign out with the Residence Hall Security staff. Additionally, residents are responsible for the behavior of their guest(s), and will be held accountable for any violations. A link to community standards is found here: Community Standards.

To expedite the process of guest registration, please have your UCard with you and advise your UMass Amherst guests to have their UCard as well.

We want the weekend of March 2-4 to be a safe and respectful atmosphere for our community. Thank you for your cooperation and partnership in keeping our campus safe.

Sincerely,
Jean Ahlstrand MacKimmie, Director of Residence Education
James Meade, Residence Hall Security Manager