Coronavirus Update
A Safer-at-Home advisory is currently in effect in Massachusetts. Residence halls remain closed to all but a small group of students. The university’s previously announced policy that “only onsite personnel should report to campus, unless contacted by a supervisor” will remain in effect until the university examines the Governor’s latest guidance and determines the campus’ approach to next steps.
For more information about UMass Amherst’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, go to

Emergency Preparedness

Familiarize yourself with our guidelines for what to do in an emergency situation.

Active Threat Program

While much has been focused on shooting incidents, threats to your physical safety come in many forms. It is an unfortunate reality that we must even consider the possibility. Individuals may be armed with firearms, knives, or personal weapons. Other individuals may verbally threaten violence or be in mental health crisis. The term "Active Threat" is used to describe the threat as immediate and ongoing. These situations evolve quickly and require immediate action on your part.

Read more about the Active Threat Program.

  • The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) along with the UMPD and Housing and Residence Life, oversees fire safety at UMass Amherst with a full-time staff of fire prevention...

585 East Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9600
413-545-2121 non-emergency
413-545-3111 emergency or 911
413-545-3113 fax


Call 413-577-TIPS (8477) or use our Anonymous Witness Form.