Operational Posture


  • Moderate number of cases, with most cases from a known source
  • Increased personal public health precautions to limit personal exposure warranted

What to Expect

Spring 2021 Home

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UMass Amherst Sets Spring Operating Plan

Priorities are health, safety and advancing students’ academic progress toward degree completion

Key Aspects of the Plan

Invited to live on campus: Students whose success is most closely linked to on-campus learning, living

These undergrads represent about 60% of the typical residential population

Groups include:

  • First-year, transfer and international students
  • Students with mandatory face-to-face classes
  • Students dependent on UMass for housing and dining, as well as students requiring specific academic accommodations or those participating in athletics

Successful COVID-19 testing, contact tracing programs will expand

While limited face-to-face instruction will occur, the majority of teaching will be fully remote

Information and Resources

Recent News

As we plan for the Spring Semester, the safety of our instructors, students and staff is our highest priority. During the fall semester UMass Amherst created a new Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) and implemented a wide range of health and safety measures, including in classrooms, as well as an extensive testing, contact tracing and quarantine/isolation protocols.

Update on the preparations for the start of Spring Semester to ensure the health and wellbeing of every member of our campus community.

As part of Gov. Charlie Baker’s vaccination plan to deter the spread of COVID-19, UMass Amherst has extended for an additional week the operation of its vaccine clinic for Massachusetts first responders and college health staff. The clinic will be open Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 1-6 p.m.

The co-directors of the Public Health Promotion Center write to all faculty and staff with the latest guidance on university-related travel as the campus prepares for the start of the spring semester.