Academics and Remote Learning

Academics and Remote Learning

Education Abroad

The International Programs Office  is offering virtual advising sessions on Zoom for information on education abroad in Fall 2020 and beyond.  See the Travel section of this site for the latest information on Spring 2020 study abroad programs.

Changes to Final Exam Schedule

To accommodate students currently living in different time zones, the Spring 2020 Final Exam day/time matrix will be moved one hour later. As a reminder, final exams start on Friday, May 1 with the last exam day scheduled for Thursday, May 7. More information on Spring 2020 final exams.


Campus Library buildings are closed, but library staff are available to help you Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. via Ask Us, chat, and email. See the Libraries website for more information on available services including book borrowing, course research and materials and consultations.

Pass/Fail Grading for Spring 2020

All letter graded courses in Spring 2020 now be allowed to be selected as elective pass/fail courses. All elective pass/fail courses taken in Spring 2020 can also be applied to any general education, major, certificate, or minor requirement. See the Pass/Fail FAQ and the Registrar's Office site for more information.

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.

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.