Important Information Regarding COVID-19 and Off Campus Student Support

I want to thank you for your flexibility and patience as we all adjust to this new reality. I know that you are managing a lot of change and uncertainty right now. I hope this email can help answer some of your questions and provide you with the most up to date resources and guidance for off campus students.

As previously announced, the university has suspended in-person instruction and students are asked to stay away from campus for the remainder of the spring semester. As an off campus student, I wanted to let you know that we are working on virtual services and online supports to assist you with your off campus living concerns. Please bookmark and watch for updates and news. 

Feel free to leave a message (with your cell # and full name) for the Off Campus Student Center at 413-577-1005, or email us at and one of our staff members will get back to you. Note: University phones do not have caller ID functions, so we won't have your number unless you leave it in your message.

In the meantime, please take active steps to practice social distancing, limit group gatherings, and protect yourself, your friends, and our community from exposure to COVID-19.

SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS FOR SPRING BREAK TRAVELERS: Your risk of exposure to COVID-19 while away means you can expose and unintentionally infect people in the Amherst area or your home community. We urge you to stay home, wherever that may be, and follow recommended physical distancing guidelines for 14 days.

For the latest up to date information from the university, go to Here are few suggestions to keep you safe and prepared before you resume classes on Monday.

Sign up for emergency alerts from your local off-campus town and learn about local services:

Sign up for UMass Amherst Emergency Alerts

Review the PVTA website to check for updates or revised schedules and adjust your plans accordingly.

Pick out an easy recipe, make a shopping list and check grocery store websites before you head out to shop—some stores have reduced their hours

I also want to remind you of something really important for our community – the 2020 United States Census. Please be sure to check your mail to see if you received your census forms yet—remember, Census Day is April 1, 2020, and we want you to count! I’ll send out another email soon with more information about how to fill out your census - stay tuned!

As we shift to remote instruction beginning on Monday, March 23, remember that Off Campus Student Life is still here to support you and help you be successful. We’ll continue to reach out to share resources and tips as the semester goes on. Check for all the latest news from us.


Sally Linowski, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students, Off Campus Student Life and Community Engagement