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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. 

Michael Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, describes necessary actions in preparation for reopening of laboratories.

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.

Three major bargaining units – PSU, USA/MTA and AFSCME – have joined with the administration and reached agreements on both a Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (VSIP) as well as a five-day unpaid furlough.

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) and the Associate Provost for Equity and Inclusion are working with partners across campus to coordinate the “Supporting Faculty Resilience Series” (SFRS), a collaborative series of optional summer programming to support faculty resilience in research and writing.

On Monday, May 18, Governor Baker is scheduled to release 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” will remain in effect until the university examines the guidance and determines the campus’ approach to next steps.

Questions and answers about wearing face coverings in labs on campus.

Grants were distributed to more than 7,700 undergraduate students this week, the latest in a number of steps UMass Amherst has taken to support students experiencing economic distress due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides emergency funds to universities, including UMass Amherst, to directly support students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This federal funding is designed to prioritize students with the greatest need.