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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.

Dean of Students Evelyn L. Ashley writes to students about the Interim Pandemic Policy, developed by students and staff and reviewed by the Student Government Association and the Graduate Student Senate, and outlining expectations the spring semester. 

As part of Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to begin statewide vaccinations to deter the spread of COVID-19, UMass Amherst will establish a vaccine clinic for Massachusetts first responders starting the week of Jan. 11, 2021.

Details about preparations for the Spring Semester if you are either planning to reside on campus or expect to live off campus in the Amherst area. To protect your health and safety, UMass has established enhanced COVID-19 testing protocols for your arrival.

When plans for the Fall 2020 Semester were being developed, UMass Amherst created a new Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) and committed to launching a comprehensive asymptomatic testing program to mitigate COVID-19 within the campus community. What in August was a new endeavor undertaken in unprecedented times is now a highly respected model that has played a key role in protecting public health, having conducted 160,832 COVID-19 tests by semester’s close of classes on Nov. 20.

As part of Gov. Charlie Baker’s expansion of COVID-19 testing, the University of Massachusetts Amherst will launch a major community asymptomatic testing program starting Monday, Dec. 14. Free testing will be offered, by appointment only, at the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) at the Mullins Center.

Jeffrey Hescock and Ann Becker, co-directors of the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC), write to all UMass Amherst students about new guidance from Gov. Baker stating that students should receive a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of their planned departure from campus for Thanksgiving.

With Thanksgiving approaching, the Public Health Promotion Center is providing travel guidance and COVID-19 testing information for the winter break and spring preparations.

The Fall 2020 Safe Zone list shows campus areas available for students to study individually or in small groups for the remainder of the semester. 

UMass Amherst welcomes as many interested and qualified students as possible to participate in high-quality research opportunities. This guidance is for undergraduate students to plan a face-to-face research experience and for their faculty advisors.

In light of a recent “high risk” for COVID-19 community designation by the state, Kumble R. Subbaswamy, UMass Amherst chancellor, and Paul Bockelman, Amherst town manager, have issued a joint statement describing the efforts the town and university are undertaking, together, to ensure the health and safety of every member of the campus and local community.