Coronavirus Update March 12

Coronavirus Update: UMass Amherst has shifted to remote delivery of all instruction, having suspended in-person classes, including laboratory, studio, capstone and graduate courses, until the end of the semester. In accordance with the Governor’s emergency order, only onsite personnel should report to campus, unless contacted by a supervisor Additional updates and resources can be found at

Walk for Light

A high priority for the UMPD is to make the campus a place where students can move about with a sense of safety. We achieve this by maintaining a well-lit campus, placing security cameras at residence hall doorways and help phones throughout campus, and operating a nightly walking escort service. The entire campus community helps with these priorities through an annual program called the Walk for Light.

Walk for Light is a comprehensive campus safety check in which students, staff, and faculty spread across the campus to report any safety concerns they see along the way. It's conducted by the UMPD in conjunction with the Physical Plant, Housing and Residence Life, Student Affairs and Campus Life, and the Student Government Association (SGA).

As the Walk for Light illustrates, crime prevention on the UMass Amherst campus requires the cooperation of the entire campus community. Students, faculty, and staff must work together with police by staying alert, paying attention to your surroundings, taking precautions, watching out for friends (and your own) safety, and reporting any suspicious or unusual behavior to security or police.

Students may contact the SGA to sign up for the Walk for Light program. Read more about past Walk for Light events on the SGA Facebook page.


585 East Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9600
413-545-2121 non-emergency
413-545-3111 emergency or 911
413-545-3113 fax


Call 413-577-TIPS (8477) or use our Anonymous Witness Form.