We are here for one another during challenging and uncertain times.
This page is a resource for College of Education students, staff, and faculty should an unexpected event affect instructional and administrative activities in our community.
Last updated: Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
What You Can Do Now
Contact for Undergraduate & Graduate Students:
Shane Hammond, Graduate Program Director, SHammond@UMass.edu
Contact for Faculty & Staff:
Zeke Kimball, Associate Dean of Operations and Planning, EDUCPlanning@UMass.edu
Contact for EdTech IT Support:
Julie Pallant, IT Lead, EdTech-ITHelp@UMass.edu
For a full list of College of Education offices and their Virtual Office Hours, please see the Directory of Offices. For a full list of faculty and staff, please visit People A-Z.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Current Graduate Student FAQs - UMass Response to COVID-19
- Admitted Graduate Student FAQs - UMass Response to COVID-19
- Center for Counseling and Psychological Health
- Disability Services
- Fighting Food Insecurity
- Libraries Hours & Remote Resources
- Student Care Supply Closets
- Student Parent Programs
- University Health Services
- Off Campus Housing Service
- Student Legal Services - Including information on housing, unemployment, and immigration.
- UMass Transit
- Writing Center
Free Access to Digital Textbooks for Students
Graduate Student CARES Act Grants
This fund provides financial assistance to graduate students to help them stay on track with their academic progress toward degree completion. Awards of financial support through this fund will be based on demonstrated need.
Eligibility & Information:Financial assistance is only available to graduate students who were enrolled full-time during the Spring 2020 semester, who have not yet completed all degree requirements or graduated, and who are in good academic standing. Follow this link for additional information about eligibility and how to apply for CARES Act funds:
- Student Employee - Loss of Income Financial Hardship
The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks to provide emergency support to student employees who will face financial hardship due to the loss of on-campus employment after April 3, 2020. Students experiencing extreme hardship due to the loss of an on-campus job should complete this form to seek assistance.
- Microgrants and Short Term Emergency Loans from the Dean of Students Office
The Undergraduate Student Emergency Grant Program and the Foster Student Success Fund Grant (Microgrant) provides emergency microgrants to matriculated undergraduate students experiencing unexpected financial emergencies, hardship, and/or unforeseen personal/family emergencies. Apply for a microgrant.
The Dean of Students Office extenda short-term loans to matriculated undergraduate and graduate students for temporary financial emergencies, hardship, and/or unforeseen personal/family emergencies. Apply for an emergency loan.
All letter-graded courses in Spring 2020 may now be selected as elective pass/fail courses. See Registrar's office for more information.
College of Education
College of Education students - you may request funds for an emergency situation or for unanticipated and compelling circumstances that may jeopardize your ability to successfully continue in school. Student Emergency Funds will be provided in the form of a non-working fellowship or scholarship, and typically will range from $100 - $1,000 depending on the need and availability of funds. Applications are available in the Academic Advising Center, Furcolo 120 for review by the College Emergency Fund Committee. Please contact Shane Hammond: email@example.com for additional information.
- Free Access to Digital Textbooks for Students
eCampus, the official university bookstore has partnered with VitalSource to provide all students free access to digital textbooks.
- Free Broadband and Wi-Fi for K-12 and College Student Households
Guide to Internet Services - Summary of internet services available during Coronavirus outbreak.
Low-income Internet Options - Guide to low-income internet options and affordable internet plans.
Charter - Free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households for new customers. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Comcast – For all New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service.
Resources for parents of deaf/hard of hearing (DHH) students for accessing remote instruction
For Graduate Student Employees:
- Graduate Employee Organization
- Guidance from John McCarthy, Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
"Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Teaching Associates (TOs) should work remotely and be available to assist faculty with online learning, grading, office hours and other duties. TAs and TOs who are required by their supervisor to work during spring break must be permitted to utilize vacation time later in the semester.
Research Assistants (RAs) and Project Assistants (PAs) should also work remotely unless directed otherwise by their supervisor. Assistant Residence Directors (ARDs) should consult with their supervisor regarding work assignments during the period of remote course delivery.
As always, graduate employees may request to utilize accrued time for any time away from their responsibilities as provided in University policy and the collective bargaining agreement.
The University will accommodate graduate employees who, due to compelling personal circumstances related to the current crisis, are unable to fulfill their responsibilities so there is no disruption to pay and benefits during their current appointment."
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Attend workshops to learn how to host Zoom video conferences, capture video with Echo360, and making the most of Moodle, among other topics.
- UMass Amherst Libraries Hours & Remote Resources
- Provost's Webpage for Disruption-Resilient Instruction
UMass Faculty and Staff Assistance Program resources
College of Education
An interruption in face-to-face classes could mean that some or all students will need to complete work without being able to attend in person. In order for students to be successful, instructors will likely need to adjust some or all course content, communications, activities, and assessments to a format that can be completed remotely and at different times.
- Remote office hours with Kate Hudson, Director of Online Programs & Digital Learning, and Fred Zinn, Associate Director for Digital Learning coming soon.
The University of Massachusetts is closely monitoring the current outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
If you have a reason to believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, and you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, or pneumonia, please stay where you are and call the University Health Services (UHS) Triage Advice Nurse: (413) 577-5229. Should you need psychological health services, please contact: Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) at (413) 545-2337.
University of Massachusetts
State of Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Guidance
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health Monitoring