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

Employees are encouraged to watch a new training video as UMass begins a phased reopening of campus and to use the Daily Self-Checklist.

An Update from Chancellor Subbaswamy on the Planning Process for Fall

umass amherst old chapel"With the health and safety of our community remaining our first priority, we want to plot a thoughtful and strategic path to overcoming our present challenges that will result in the return to a full, in-person university experience as quickly as possible. At this time, however, the seriousness and unpredictability of the pandemic present an uncomfortable degree of uncertainty and anxiety for us all.  Given this uncertainty, we are committed to developing a sustainable model for how to conduct teaching, research and scholarship under these new and evolving circumstances." Read the entire update...

Campus Onsite Personnel Policy Remains in Effect as State Begins Phased Reopening

On May 18 Governor Baker released guidance on the four-phased approach on reopening Massachusetts. The university’s previously announced policy that “only onsite personnel should report to campus, unless contacted by a supervisor” remains in effect until the university examines the guidance and determines the campus’ approach to next steps.

Student Care & Emergency Response Fund

The UMass Amherst emergency fund helps students who are facing extra challenges from loss of income, additional housing expenses, technology needs and other expenses resulting the COVID-19 crisis.



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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

Professor Jonathan Rothstein is part of a multi-institutional research team developing a system for COVID-19 testing using a device similar to breathalyzer.

Michael F. Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, writes that based on state plans and requirements, UMass Amherst research labs and related facilities will begin opening in stages.

Multiple federal and state agencies are reporting an increase in fraudulent unemployment claims exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically of public sector employees.

A new video gives information on best practices and protocols to keep the university safe as we undertake a phased reopening of campus.

Public wireless service is now available in a new outdoor location in the southwest area of the UMass Amherst campus. Anyone with a wireless-ready device can connect to the unrestricted UMASS-OPEN network in Lot 11 near McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Pointing to the financial hardships that many Massachusetts families are facing and in consultation with campus chancellors, UMass President Marty Meehan today said he will recommend a tuition freeze for the university’s nearly 50,000 in-state undergraduate students during the upcoming academic year.

The free My UMass app, available for iOS and Android, includes the COVID-19 Daily Self Checklist for use by on-site staff.

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy writes to the campus community with an update on ongoing planning for the fall semester.