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.
In an email to researchers on Monday, March 23, Mike Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, announced faculty directing research, who believe that any continued on-site research is critical, should submit a Laboratory Research Continuity Plan as soon as possible and continue critical activities until a response to the approval request is received.
As UMass Amherst responds to the outbreak of COVID-19, all in-person campus events have been canceled or postponed. However, the campus community, in addition to transitioning to remote learning, has creatively embarked on developing a variety of virtual events.
UMass Amherst is donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals and first responders in the region as part of the ongoing statewide and national response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Masks, gloves, gowns and sanitary clothing from campus laboratories are being distributed to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, the Soldiers Home in Holyoke and the Amherst Fire Department.