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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019.

Resources, Updates on COVID-19 Response

This site provides the latest campus news and comprehensive information. If you hear reports of possible exposure to coronavirus, contact the COVID-19 HR Response Team.

UMass Amherst Will Adjust Student Room and Board Fees

President Marty Meehan and Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy have announced that the university will adjust student room and board fees based on the date that the residence halls closed (March 22) through the end of the Spring 2020 semester for students who moved off campus or are unable to access the dining program. In addition, parking fees will be adjusted in a similar manner in the process described below. 

UMass Amherst Transitioning All Classes to Remote Learning


Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy shares a video message with the campus community on March 25, 2020, as UMass Amherst reaches the midpoint in the first week of remote learning and teaching.

News story provides details.

Governor’s Orders on Essential Services and Travelers to Massachusetts

UMass Amherst’s previously announced policy that “only onsite personnel should report to campus, unless contacted by a supervisor” is in accordance with Governor Charlie Baker's order on March 31 regarding COVID-19 essential services in the Commonwealth.

The Governor on March 27 also announced new guidance pertaining to travelers visiting Massachusetts from out of state. While the new guidelines call for all visitors entering the Commonwealth to self-quarantine for 14 days, designated essential workers from out of state – including UMass Amherst personnel designated as on-site workers during curtailed campus operations – are exempt from this requirement.

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Information about remote learning, housing, technology, health, dining, and other issues for students.

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Guidance and Resources for Employees

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Information from University Health Services and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health 

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Faculty resources for remote learning and research activities

Recent News

Tthe UMass Amherst Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) website now gives faculty more direct access to the resources they need as they transition to remote learning.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Campus Life Brandi Hephner LaBanc shares a video message to students urging them to stay connected during these challenging times.

Information Technology is providing additional guidance and resources to secure your online spaces against hackers, disruptors and others with malicious intent.

South Shore Hospital in Weymouth has received a donation of much-needed masks, gloves and gowns from the Veterinary Technology program at the UMass Amherst Mount Ida Campus

Student members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are working for ambulance companies and in emergency rooms in or near their hometowns.

More than 40 music alumni join COVID-Stock, a rolling series of virtual performances organized by Ryan Hollander '17.

The campus’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) has moved online, with first-week statistics showing a strong student response.

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