Academics and Remote Learning

Academics and Remote Learning

Updated Nov. 3, 2020

Education Abroad

The International Programs Office  is offering virtual advising sessions on Zoom for information on education abroad in Fall 2020 and beyond.  

Resources to Succeed at Remote Learning

UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT) is available to help you with Moodle and online collaboration tools. You can reach them at 413-545-9400, at or through instant messageBlackboard support is available through UMassOnline.

The Writing Center will be open for online tutoring from March 23 through April 30. If you would like to discuss your writing one-on-one with a tutor, you can make an online appointment with the Writing Center. For questions, please email

The Learning Resource Center Academic Support services including Tutoring/ExSEL Sessions and SI Sessions and OURS services will be offered online for the rest of the semester.


Campus Library buildings will remain closed throughout the fall semester, but the libraries d will continue to provide services remotely, supporting the UMass community through our online services and access to resources, including our extensive collections of electronic databases, e-journals, e-books and specialized digitized materials

For questions related to specific research needs and library services, our librarians and staff specialists are available by email, and through our chat service to assist you. Special Collections & University Archives are available to the UMass community by appointment. For updates on our collections and services, please visit

Pass-Fail Grading

The Faculty Senate Rules Committee has agreed to a partial expansion of the rules regarding undergraduate student choice of Pass-Fail grading during the Fall 2020 semester. Read more about taking classes Pass-Fail.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Disability Services

Disability Services is operating remotely. To schedule a remote appointment, please call the main number at 413-545-0892, select 5 and leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, student ID and the person you are seeking to make an appointment with. You may also consult the staff page and email the staff member directly. Additional information about Disability Services and COVID-19.

Assistive Technology Center

The UMass Assistive Technology Center (ATC) operates remotely Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and provides access to a variety of software to help students, staff and faculty access courses digitally. If you are a person with a disability seeking assistance in accessing your electronic courses through Moodle or Blackboard, ATC has tools that can help.

ATC provides access to:

  • Screen readers
  • Magnification software
  • Dictation software
  • Text-to-speech programs
  • Task management applications
  • Note-taking tools for your Windows PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device
  • Chrome extensions to maximize your ability to access online classes
  • Assistive Technology Work Stations

You do not need to be a registered user of Disability Services to access much of this technology, but you do need to be registered to remotely access Assistive Technology Work Stations. To register with Disability Services, complete this intake form and provide your diagnostic materials. Registered students can contact the office and speak with a consumer manager for support.

Software is available for download through the ATC website.

Contact the Assistive Technology Specialist at or call 413-545-9623 for more information or to schedule a virtual meeting. 

Guidelines on Undergraduate Researchers in UMass Facilities in Spring 2021

UMass Amherst welcomes as many interested and qualified students as possible to participate in high-quality research opportunities. Guidelines are provided for undergraduate students to plan a face-to-face research experience and for their faculty advisors. Read the complete guidelines.