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Updated Dec. 8, 2020

Spring Planning Update for Staff

Dear UMass Amherst staff,

As you know, over the past month, a Strategy Group and seven Working Groups have been analyzing possible options for the spring semester.  Earlier this week, Chancellor Subbaswamy received their recommendations and later today he will share his plan for next semester with the entire campus community.

Just as has been the case this fall, staff members will play a critical role in ensuring our students have a successful spring semester.  We still have many details to work out and more information about what spring will look like for staff will be forthcoming.  As we prepare for the spring semester, I want you to know that university leadership is appreciative of the valuable work you do and your important place in our community.

I know your work and home lives continue to be impacted by the pandemic and I want to thank you for your ongoing commitment to our mission, our students, and the entire UMass Amherst community.

Sincerely,

Bill Brady
Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer

Oct. 23, 2020

For more information, please see Spring 2021 FAQs on the Human Resources website

Documents related to notification of furloughs and reduced hours for AFSCME members

Temporary Furlough Letter
English (doc pdf) | Chinese (doc pdf) | Khmer (doc pdf) | Korean (doc pdf) | Nepali (doc pdf) | Polish (doc pdf) | Russian (doc pdf) | Spanish (doc pdf) | Vietnamese (doc pdf

Reduction of Hours Letter
English (doc pdf) | Chinese (doc pdf) | Khmer (doc pdf) | Korean (doc pdf) | Nepali (doc pdf) | Polish (doc pdf) | Russian (doc pdf) | Spanish (doc pdf) | Vietnamese (doc pdf

Impact of Furlough on Benefits Letter
English (doc pdf) | Chinese (doc pdf) | Khmer (doc pdf) | Korean (doc pdf) | Nepali (doc pdf) | Polish (doc pdf) | Russian (doc pdf) | Spanish (doc pdf) | Vietnamese (doc pdf

GIC Premium Payment Election Notice
English (doc pdf) | Chinese (doc pdf) | Khmer (pdf) | Korean (doc pdf) | Nepali (doc pdf) | Polish (doc pdf) | Russian (doc pdf) | Spanish (doc pdf) | Vietnamese (doc pdf)

Human Resources

Here's who to contact if you need assistance 

The HR Employee Service Center team is working remotely and are actively responding to inquiries. Please call or email and clearly state your name, telephone number and the nature of your inquiry:

RETIREMENT
Dorothy Shimel
dshimel@admin.umass.edu
413-545-6113

Kelly Pleasant
pleasant@umass.edu
413-545-1478

The MA State Retirement Board
srb@tre.state.ma.us
617-367-7770 / 800-392-6014

TUITION WAIVERS AND
NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATIONS

Darlene Rowe
dlrowe@umass.edu
413-545-5459

Melanie Croteau
mcroteau@umass.edu
413-545-6110

EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION
The Work Number
www.theworknumber.com
(employer code 18128)

PERSONNEL PROCESSING
Faculty/Staff
Ann Watson
awatson@admin.umass.edu
413-545-0315

Temp “03”/EPAF Support
Chris Bombardier
cbombard@admin.umass.edu
413-545-9660

Graduate Assistantships
Lisa Prouty
lprouty@admin.umass.edu
413-545-0244

Undergraduate & Graduate Hourly
Tami O’Malley
tomalley@umass.edu
413-545-6120

PAYROLL, TAXES AND DIRECT DEPOSIT PROCESSING
Brenda Libertine
brenda@admin.umass.edu
413-545-6119

Louise Siwy
lsiwy@admin.umass.edu
413-545-3761

TIME REPORTING PROCESSING
Ashley Martinez
ammartin@umass.edu
413-545-6108

Kathie McInerney
kmmcinerney@admin.umass.edu
413-545-0391

INTERNATIONAL EMPLOYEE PROCESSING/GLACIER
Laura Macsuga
macsuga@admin.umass.edu
413-545-6211

FUNDING CHANGES AND SECURITY
Parisa Soleimani
psoleima@admin.umass.edu
413-545-6117

WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Commonwealth Human Resources Workers Compensation Unit
617-727-3437

Leesa Lesenski
lesenski@admin.umass.edu
413-545-6114

Frequently-asked Questions 

Are faculty and staff required to be vaccinated before returning to campus for Fall 2021?

(Updated April 23, 2021) Given our goal to have Fall 2021 be as close to pre-pandemic times as possible, there is an operational imperative that faculty and staff who have been performing their duties remotely transition back to on-campus work. Accordingly, all faculty and staff are strongly encouraged and recommended to get vaccinated prior to the beginning of the fall semester. While recognizing the potential value of working remotely for some future operations, for this fall all employees will be considered on-site, and only hybrid or remote if approved by a unit’s vice chancellor.

Who should plan to return to campus this fall?

All faculty, staff and students should plan to return to campus in-person this fall. The university intends to offer a full college experience, featuring face-to-face instruction, full residence halls, a complement of student events and activities, and active research facilities.

I’m a staff member with health conditions and cannot work on campus for the fall semester. What should I do?

Staff who cannot work on-site for health reasons should request an ADA accommodation.

I don’t have any courses I need to take on campus, but I have a TA/TO/RA assistantship. Can I teach/work remotely?

(Added May 11, 2021) Graduate student instructors must provide their courses in person unless otherwise notified by their supervisor. Exceptions/accommodations must be requested according to GEO contract rules via Disability Services. Students with research assistantships or training grants as well as postdocs need to follow the guidance of the principal investigator of their grants.