Message from Chancellor Subbaswamy on Campus Preparations and Assessment of COVID-19

Dear Campus Community,

While, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the risk to residents of contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains LOW, and there are presently NO cases at UMass Amherst or in the surrounding community, our campus is engaged in extensive planning and preparation to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff.

As developments warrant, we are continually assessing the situation in terms of the best course of action for the unique needs of the University, and at this time, campus operations are ongoing without interruption. Our preparations are guided by our own campus emergency operations professionals in consultation with the UMass President’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Campus decisions related to this rapidly evolving situation are made in this context and may differ in some cases from those other institutions, including Amherst College, which announced today that it will move to remote learning after spring break. 

We encourage all members of the community to follow the guidelines provided by University Health Services and the CDC to avoid infection and encourage you to visit the coronavirus information website for more information on all aspects of campus preparations.

The welfare of every member of our community remains our paramount priority, and we appreciate your ongoing cooperation. We will continue to keep the campus updated as this situation unfolds.

Sincerely,

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy