Student Affairs and Campus Life
Updated April 23, 2021
The division of Student Affairs and Campus Life will observe all necessary public health guidance as departments work to provide students with robust experiences. We recommend that all Student Affairs and Campus Life departments and programs be open for business.
- Summer New Student Orientation (NSO) will be remote.
- The Your UMass Guide (online orientation platform through Advantage Design Group) will launch in May covering Academics & Advising, Here for You (campus resources), Your UMass Community, Being Safe & Well, All About Money, and Continuing Your Journey. Students maintain access to the guide through graduation from UMass.
- Meet Your UMass Community meetings for first-year students will run June 7-July 16.
- New student advising (Your UMass Advising Appointment) will be remote and run from June through July.
- Your UMass Responsibilities (AlcoholEdu, YIS: Your Intervention Strategies, and Fall 2021 expectations/procedures) will launch August 1 and will be due prior to move-in.
- The Office of Parent Services will provide family programming July 6-16.
- Fall New Students Orientation will be in-person and will include programming for new students, transfer students, and sophomores.
- Welcome programming and Student Affairs and Campus Life departmental programs and open house events will start August 28 and run through the following weekend.
- UFest is Sunday afternoon, August 29.
- New Student Convocation is August 31.
Living on Campus
Residential Life including Move-In Process:
- Students will find out their housing assignments on August 6.
- Campus move-in begins August 25 and runs through August 29. For move-in, students will arrive to campus at their assigned move-in time. Students will first proceed to a central location to check-in and receive their room key. Students will then proceed to their residence hall where they will move their belongings to their rooms. As public health measures allow, move-in assistance will be available to assist students and their families in unloading and moving student belongings when they arrive at the residence hall.
- International students and summer international students move in August 25. Early move-in starts Wednesday, August 25. First-year students move in Friday, August 27. Sophomores and transfer students move in Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29, Sunday morning at the latest. Sunday move-in is primarily juniors and seniors. Move-in operations will not be active on Monday, August 30, but students may move in themselves.
Residential Academic Programs: Entering first-year students will have the opportunity to participate in Residential Academic Programs (RAPs). A RAP is a community of students who enroll in a specific course and live together in a designated residence hall. Students in a RAP course may share a major, a preferred residence hall, and/or an interest in the course subject. RAPs vary by structure, and some RAPs are reserved for students who meet certain eligibility criteria.
Life in the Residence Halls: Residence Education staff plan to provide a close-to-normal residential experience focused on developing strong and inclusive communities, student learning, well-being, student engagement and student support. Our educational priority is that at the conclusion of the residential experience, students will be active community members who are personally and socially responsible, academically prepared, and strive for cultural competence. Residence hall staff will engage with students using a range of strategies including individual connections between Resident Assistants (RAs) and residents; floor meetings; roommate agreement processes; bulletin boards and newsletters; and a range of events and programs designed for community engagement and learning. In first-year residential communities, undergraduate Peer Mentors (PMs) will provide academic, well-being and transition support through events and open office hours. During move-in and Fall NSO, RAs and PMs will welcome students, have a welcome floor meeting, orient students to the residential experience, and attend the numerous Fall Welcome and Orientation events with their residential communities.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Residence Hall Association by joining their residence hall’s House Council to plan events and initiatives for their residential community. Elections for House Council Executive Boards will be held during the first month of the semester, and opportunities for non-elected positions will be announced. Given that students reside in the residence halls 24/7, residence hall staff will always be available on-call to respond to student concerns and to support student needs.
Offices such as the Center for Early Education and Care (CEEC), Disability Services, Dean of Students, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), and the UMass Police Department will continue to meet with students to provide support and advocacy where necessary.
- Disability Services will provide all services in-person for the fall 2021 semester. Students will continue, however, to have the option of Zoom or phone meetings with staff unless otherwise needed for in-person well-being checks.
- The Exam Proctoring Center will be open for fall 2021 courses through Disability Services.
- CCPH will continue offering all services this fall, including 24/7 crisis services, same-day first appointments, Let's Talk, groups, workshops, community conversations, psychiatry services, outreach, etc. They will offer services in-person and/or remotely in compliance with COVID guidelines and safety regulations and student needs.
- The fall semester begins for CEEC on Monday, August 30. Enrollment in all classrooms now consists of a blend of children from student parent families, staff, and faculty (previously, student parent families had been enrolled in their own classrooms).
- CEEC plans for the fall include operating two (2) Toddler and two (2) Preschool classrooms for a total of 45 children. Enrollment capacity is limited due to Department of Early Education and Care licensing restrictions, and staff vacancies and voluntary furloughs. CEEC has partially expanded capacity for this fall and is working on staffing solutions to further expand enrollment capacity.
- UMass Police is planning a variety of community outreach and positive relationship building opportunities including visits with K-9s and horses, bicycle patrols, and events such as the Amazing Race and Walk for Light.
Student Well-being, Connection, and Engagement Opportunities
Students will be offered a variety of opportunities to safely engage with campus programs and wellbeing activities. Many familiar programs such as welcome socials, open houses, and other signature events will return at the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS), Student Engagement, Off-Campus Student Life, the Stonewall Center, Veterans Services, and Campus Recreation.
- BBQ & Fun Games on the Lawn of the Student Union will provide a welcome back/semester kick off with free food and games.
- CMASS and the cultural centers will be hosting open house and welcome social events including Cultural Connections, which brings together student groups, campus support programs, and the campus community to build and strengthen relationships and social networks.
- The Latinx American Cultural Center and the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center will reopen in their new locations in Bartlett Hall and Goodell.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be highlighted with programming, including facilitated dialogues, Instagram Live conversations, and a Social Justice Leadership Academy.
- The Stonewall Center will host an open house and community social.
- The Student Veterans lounge will be open for in-person community building and support for student veterans and their families.
- Walk This Way and Team Positive Presence will be supporting positive relations with our off-campus neighbors. Good Neighbor Registration (previously known as Party Smart) will continue virtually.
- The Off-Campus Student Center lounge will reopen to in-person traffic and serve as a resources and connection point for off-campus and commuter students.
- Group fitness classes will continue to be held both indoors and outdoors.
- Intramural sports expect an almost complete outdoor return to normal and will explore indoor competitions.
- Recreation Turf will open with approval for open recreation hours in addition to programming from Campus Recreation staff.
- The Women of Color Leadership Network and the Center for Women in Community are planning a number of social and educational events. For the first six weeks, most events will be social in nature to support students’ adjustment to campus and help them connect to one another and the program to increase their sense of belonging.
- The Center for Women in Community will continue to offer all services in the fall including counseling, support groups, advocacy, education, training and workshops. There will be many opportunities to get involved, learn, grow and make a difference. They will offer services in-person and/or remotely in compliance with COVID guidelines and safety regulations.<