University Actions

Updated March 27, 2020

  • UMass Amherst has shifted to remote delivery of all instruction, having suspended in-person classes, including laboratory, studio, capstone and graduate courses, until the end of the semester. Only onsite personnel should report to campus, unless contacted by a supervisor. 
  • Academic Grading and Deadline Change: All Letter Grading Only courses will be changed to Letter Grading with Pass/Fail option. Students can choose Pass/Fail for multiple courses, including many requirements. Students can make this choice via SPIRE from Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 29.
  • Campus Suspends Further Move-Out Plans: In response to Governor Charlie Baker’s emergency order of March 23, implementing a stay-at-home advisory in Massachusetts until April 7, the campus has suspended further residence hall move-out plans at this time. When the stay-at-home advisory is lifted, the campus will reassess any new guidelines before reinstating the sequenced move-out process for all remaining residents. 
  • Commencement Postponed: Because of the ongoing prohibition of large gatherings and our own efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, commencement, which was scheduled for Friday, May 8th, and all commencement weekend activities, will be postponed. Chancellor Subbaswamy noted, “I cannot give you a definitive answer for how and when we will honor our graduates, but I can assure you that we will. As I work with our commencement team to develop alternative plans, I invite input from our students for whom this day means so much. Those wishing to share ideas can email them to As our plans take shape, we will keep the campus updated.”
  • Policy if You Hear Reports of Possible Exposure to Coronavirus: All campus personnel – including supervisors, deans and department heads – who are concerned about potential exposure because they believe an employee has tested positive, is presumptive positive, or has been in contact with someone they think has been infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), should contact the COVID-19 HR Response Team at 413-687-2283 or
  • All on-campus activity, including gatherings and events, is severely limited, and most students and employees are no longer on campus. On March 23, Governor Charlie Baker ordered that public gatherings in the state are limited to a maximum of 10 people.
  • All these measures apply in Amherst and on our Mount Ida Campus in Newton and at the UMass Center in Springfield.
  • The campus is restricting campus-related international and domestic travel of students and employees and discouraging personal international travel.
  • The University has undertaken an increased-frequency custodial cleaning campaign of facilities around campus. This includes high-touch areas such as handrails, doorknobs and elevator panels. 
  • The International Programs Office continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 worldwide and is communicating with students studying abroad and providing assistance and guidance.   
  • Individuals visiting University Health Services are being screened during their appointment for recent international travel, and will be asked about their health and travel history.
  • The campus continues to monitor guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MADPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is updating preparedness activities accordingly.