Student members of the UMass Amherst Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are using their skills and training in their home communities during this period of distance learning and absence from the Amherst campus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As UMass Amherst has fully transitioned to remote learning in response to the coronavirus, the campus’s Learning Resource Center has also moved online, with first-week statistics showing a strong student response.
As UMass Amherst shifts to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester, the School of Public Policy is finding ways to keep students and faculty connected outside of the classroom as well, with virtual discussion groups, community meetings and even an online networking “road trip” for students.
Five student firefighters from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Force have been promoted to full-time at the Amherst Fire Department, boosting the department back up to full staffing through June. They will assist with staffing during this period of responding to COVID-19.
UMass Amherst embarked this week on a complete transition to remote learning for the balance of the spring semester, as faculty and staff quickly adapted the curriculum and organized a dedicated suite of resources for online learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Offering words of support to the campus community in Amherst and beyond, the Office of Equity and Inclusion sent a message, with information on resources for those experiencing bias or discrimination in matters related to the coronavirus.
Residence Life will be housing the remaining 577 UMass Amherst students on campus in approximately 20 of the university’s 51 residence halls, and has begun a sequenced process to consolidate locations this weekend.
As efforts across the state, the nation and the world to contain COVID-19 continue to intensify, UMass Amherst has suspended all in-person classes, including laboratory, studio, capstone and graduate courses, until the end of the semester.