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COVID-19 Testing Information

All students who live on campus or have at least one face-to-face course on campus are required to be tested for COVID-19 weekly. Schedule your appointment through the UMass Dartmouth Health Services Patient Portal.

Fall 2021 Information

UMass Dartmouth anticipates resuming on-campus, in-person classes for the fall 2021 semester. While we look forward to everyone back on campus, we will continue to follow safety guidelines and monitor and adjust to evolving public health conditions. We know you have questions about the fall, and we will provide more information about what reopening means for you as soon as possible. Please read Chancellor Fuller's message for more information.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

In order to ensure the continued health and safety of our campus, UMass Dartmouth expects all members of our community to be vaccinated before the fall 2021 semester, with few exceptions, such as for medical and religious reasons. To preregister for vaccination, visit VaccineSignUp.mass.gov or visit VaxFinder.mass.gov to find an appointment near you.

Updated Policies for Spring 2021 Semester

For the spring 2021 semester, UMass Dartmouth has instituted the following policies and protocols to protect the health and safety of our community and ensure students can progress towards their educational goals:

  • UMass Dartmouth has offered a modest number of additional courses face-to-face in order to ensure students can persist and make timely progress towards the completion of their studies.
  • The University has made no changes to its academic calendar.
  • All students who live on campus or have at least one face-to-face course on campus are required to be tested for COVID-19 weekly.
  • Campus facilities are available to non-residential students, but operate at limited capacity, and in certain cases, access may be restricted.
  • On-campus research activity is unchanged per established safety protocols.
  • Campus tours for prospective students and families are allowed provided all visitors have registered in advance.

Launch the UMassD Spring 2021 Semester Plan

For questions and concerns, please email corona.virus@umassd.edu or call our Coronavirus Response Team at 508.999.9200.

In each functional area of UMass Dartmouth, health and safety remain the top priority. Throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic, the University has followed the science as well as the guidance of the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health and will continue to do so in the future. All efforts are aimed at mitigating the risk of infection and the potential for spread on campus and within the greater community. Every member of UMass Dartmouth must abide by public health and campus guidelines to ensure the safety of the entire campus community.

Personal Responsibility

A major aspect of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and the associated risks of contracting the virus comes down to personal responsibility. Every member of the UMassD community must do their part to protect one another, including:

  • Mandatory daily symptom checking using the Daily Symptom tracker before coming to campus or attending classes. The Symptom Tracker is available within the Health Services portal.
  • Staying home or isolated if you feel sick or exhibit known COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Using face coverings in all public places on campus unless a medical exemption is obtained.
  • Employees are required to wear a face covering while in offices that are not their own and in shared workspaces and should not gather in break rooms.
  • Practicing good personal hygiene including handwashing per CDC guidelines.
  • Ensuring that social distancing (at least 6 feet of space between people) is always maintained whenever possible.

Keeping shared workspaces, living spaces, and equipment clean and clear by wiping down at the beginning and end of each day and removing clutter and unnecessary items from surfaces to allow for additional cleaning each night.

Following updated guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Higher Education Control Plan and the UMass President's Office, UMass Dartmouth has developed a robust asymptomatic testing program. The UMass Dartmouth asymptomatic testing program for COVID-19 is designed to decrease spread of the virus within the community, and is conducted through completing a nasal self-swab.

Tests can be scheduled through the UMass Dartmouth Health Services Patient Portal.

Students

  • Students who reside on campus, or off-campus students who will be coming to campus for labs, clinicals and studio time are required to be tested upon arrival and then once per week.
  • The test that is being performed is a molecular SARS-COV-2 Fact sheet and can be scheduled online.
  • All asymptomatic testing will be conducted at Woodland Commons by appointment only.

Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty who are teaching face to face or conducting research on campus are being offered tests weekly.
  • It is also recommended that staff who regularly work on campus be tested on a weekly basis.

The University has contracted with Clinical Research Sequencing Platform (CRSP), LLC of The Broad Institute, Inc. to process and analyze tests. The on-campus Testing Center in Woodland Commons is fully operational and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. during the spring semester. Anticipated results are available 24 - 48 hours of pickup. Please note that negative test results will be emailed directly to the individual and reported directly to the Department of Public Health. All these systems and procedures are fully HIPAA/FERPA compliant.

Any faculty, staff, or student who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate—even if they are asymptomatic—and will be required to follow the instructions of the COVID testing center case manager, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Local Board of Health. Contact tracing will be done by the Local Board of Health in collaboration with the COVID testing center case manager and the Community Tracing Collaborative. Any faculty, staff, or student who is identified as a close contact will be required to quarantine for up to 14 days and referred for testing. A close contact is any individual within 6 feet of a laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patient for at least 15 minutes.

Each department, especially those that interact with students often, are required to keep a daily occupancy log. This log should have the name and contact information of anyone presenting to the department and should be kept for three weeks for contact tracing.

Please visit our COVID-19 Testing website for more information on scheduling a test and how results are received.

Quarantine and isolation help reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the community. According to the CDC, quarantine is the act of separating and/or restricting the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick (lasts 14 days). Isolation is the separating of sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine and isolation will continue until advised by a healthcare provider or the local board of health. An individual can end quarantine on Day 8 if the individual is asymptomatic, has a negative PCR test result from a test taken on Day 5 or later, and continues to monitor for symptoms for 14 days. A strict quarantine of 14 days is required if an individual has experienced any symptoms even if tested negative.

  • The University has specific residence halls and rooms on campus for required periods of quarantine and/or isolation for residential students.
  • Both on-campus and off-campus students should have a plan for the possibility that they need to quarantine or isolate. This includes, if possible, returning to their primary place of residence. Students should plan to have items necessary for a prolonged period of restricted movement ready.
  • All residential students who are in quarantine or isolation on campus will be fully supported including dining services, counseling, health services, and academic advising.
  • Off-campus commuter students are not allowed to quarantine or isolate themselves on campus.
  • For off-campus commuter students, faculty, and staff, please review CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation.
  • Please note that the local boards of health have the legal authority to require an individual to isolate or quarantine.

Please review the Health & Safety Guidance website for more information on how to protect yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the pandemic, UMass Dartmouth’s priority is to provide undergraduate, graduate, and law students with a high-quality educational experience that enables them to continue to make progress towards their degree with the least amount of disruption. In addition to an engaging learning environment, UMass Dartmouth is committed to providing advising and the academic support necessary to facilitate students’ academic success.

With the testing and contact tracing program in place and other lessons learned from the fall semester, UMass Dartmouth will offer a modest number of additional courses in an in-person mode of instruction this spring to ensure students can persist and make timely progress towards the completion of their studies.

  • All available modes for instruction for all spring 2021 courses are available in COIN.
  • Most lecture-style courses will be offered in a fully remote mode of instruction.
  • Labs, studios, clinicals, and other instruction that require on-campus facilities are offered in an in-person mode of instruction.
  • There are no date changes to the UMass Dartmouth academic calendar or UMass Law academic calendar for the spring semester.
  • Spring recess is currently scheduled to begin on Friday, March 5, 2021. While some institutions have decided to cancel their spring recess, UMass Dartmouth recognizes that the pandemic and its aftermath have a significant impact on the stress levels and mental health of UMassD students, staff, and faculty. This decision to retain spring recess reflects the desire to balance the risks associated with potential travel and the mental health needs of the community.
  • The Library and other student support services are open during normal hours throughout the spring semester.
  • Necessary health and safety supplies are provided in all instructional spaces.
  • Classrooms, laboratories, studios, and clinicals all comply with the latest public health guidance, including:
    • Reconfigured furniture layout where appropriate
    • Limited class sizes
    • Mandatory face coverings
    • Eating and drinking prohibited
    • Routine cleaning and sanitization
  • Students should work with their faculty and/or professional academic advisors to select courses that will allow them to make academic progress.
  • Student academic support services are available to students via various modalities. Limited in-person advising will be available. Students are strongly encouraged to use remote advising options whenever possible.

Protecting the health and safety of students while enabling them to progress towards their educational goals is the most important part of the spring 2021 planning efforts. UMass Dartmouth is committed to supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of the campus community who have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19. This includes counseling, academic advising, and all necessary support services.

  • Students must adhere to all safety and wellbeing protocols and are required to complete the UMassD Shared Responsibility Compact. This virtual form confirms their commitment to all UMass Dartmouth required safety practices.
  • Residential students are strongly discouraged from leaving campus unless for work and/or emergencies.
  • If a student is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive through contact tracing or tests positive themself, they will be required to quarantine or isolate and adhere to all guidance provided by Health Services practitioners.
  • The University has specific residence halls and rooms on campus for required periods of quarantine or isolation for residential students. No visitors or guests are allowed in or around identified quarantine or isolation housing at any time.
  • All residential students who are in quarantine or isolation on campus will be fully supported by health services, dining services, and additional offices as needed.
  • Off-campus/commuter students are not allowed to quarantine or isolate themselves on campus.
  • Off-campus/commuter students are encouraged to review CDC guidelines for quarantine or isolation guidance and to consult with Health Services with any questions or concerns.
  • Compliance with these requirements is a condition for returning to and remaining on campus.
  • Student academic support services, such as advising, tutoring, writing support, are available to students via various modalities. Limited face-to-face advising is available by appointment. Students should continue to use remote advising options.
  • Other support services, including the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, the Center for Access and Success (disability services), Career Center, and others are available via both virtual and limited face-to-face appointments. If you need assistance, please utilize this form.

The COVID-19 emergency have brought many concerns and questions for students about physical and mental health and academic continuity. The University remains committed to your success.

Please review our FAQ for the spring 2021 semester.

Student academic support services, such as advising, tutoring, writing support, are available to students via various modalities. Limited face-to-face advising is available by appointment. Students should continue to use remote advising options. Please send questions and concerns to academic.support@umassd.edu.

This is a stressful time, but know that all Offices in Student Affairs are available for you, including the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, the Center for Access and Success (disability services), Career Center, and others are available via both virtual and limited face-to-face appointments. If you need assistance, please utilize this form.

For more materials, please visit our Student Resources website.

The demand to live on campus was high for the fall 2020 semester. Yet, due to the need to de-densify, UMass Dartmouth reduced the number of students who were able to reside on campus. Again, with lessons learned this semester and the proven capabilities of the testing program and other safety policies, the University is inviting more students to live on campus safely.

  • There are no guests allowed in residence halls for at least the first two weeks of the semester, based on public health guidance.
  • Shared spaces including lounges, laundry rooms, and bathrooms have strict occupancy limits. Bathroom accommodations also have specific assignments for use and undergo frequent cleanings. Bathrooms in the Apartments and Dells are still expected to be cleaned by students.
  • To minimize contact, students are required to follow directives for walkways, stairwells, and lounges, and to abide by occupancy restrictions on elevators.
  • Staff will continue to assist students but will only meet face-to-face with individuals or small groups where social distancing is possible. Virtual contact is encouraged.
  • For those physically able, the use of stairs, rather than elevators, is encouraged.
  • Residence halls will be open to students for the duration of the spring 2021 semester, including spring recess.
  • Those students who choose to leave campus for spring recess and travel to states not deemed a “Lower-risk State” by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are expected to quarantine upon return to campus in identified travel quarantine housing spaces until they produce a negative test result.
  • Students that need to continue living in residence halls beyond the spring semester should contact Housing and Residential Education as soon as possible to discuss options.

 
Housing Assignments

Housing and Residential Education has utilized existing housing stock to accommodate all residential students with primarily single rooms with some offerings of “pod living” for upper-class students, in apartment-style communities, if public health guidance allows at that time. Housing contracts have been updated to reflect potential outcomes for repeated non-compliance with housing policies and procedures associated with COVID-19 risk reduction.

Housing and Residential Education has communicated with all students how they can apply for housing for the Spring 2021 semester, the specific times lines, and necessary deadlines. The University anticipates being able to fully meet the demand for on-campus housing. UMass Dartmouth encourages students to apply for housing as soon as possible to ensure appropriate assignments and selection. Students who lived on campus in fall 2020 do not have to take any action to retain their current housing assignment; however, should they wish to modify their assignment they should contact Housing and Residential Education.

Dining Services will remain open with modified capacity and operational protocols to ensure safety for students, faculty, and staff. Students on meal plans will be able to dine in the new residential dining facility, the Grove. The Grove will also offer to-go meals, as will several retail dining locations available to students, faculty, and staff including Dunkin’ and Birch Grill. For more detailed information on changes to the dining experience, please visit the Dining Services website.

The Federal Government has authorized CARES Act funds specifically to assist college and university students with COVID-19 related expenses:

  • assistance for students who have lost jobs with food, housing, health care and child care costs
  • assistance for students who have gotten sick
  • and assistance for students who needed to purchase remote-learning technology and resources, etc.

Please visit our CARES Act Funding for Students website for more information on how to apply.

Tuition & Fees

The cost of a UMass Dartmouth education includes tuition and required fees, with additional room and board charges for students who live on campus. Tuition and fees are set by the UMass Board of Trustees. There is a tuition freeze for in-state undergraduate students for Academic Year 2020-2021.

Tuition costs for spring 2021 are not differentiated based on the mode of instruction. To maintain a healthy and safe environment, UMass Dartmouth continually monitors the most current public health recommendations and will adapt to changing conditions. By registering for courses, students agree that UMass Dartmouth reserves the right to modify course mode of instruction according to the latest public health guidance. Courses offered remotely are of the same rigor and quality, taught by the same outstanding UMass Dartmouth faculty. The cost to provide instruction does not change based on the mode of instruction. In some cases, the cost of providing remote instruction is higher than in person because of the technological resources required. Students are provided the same resources and support services, such as the Academic Resource Center and academic advising, tutoring, library, language labs, writing, and technology supports regardless of the mode of instruction.

Financial Aid

Financial aid awards are posted on a student’s COIN account. Students should monitor their COIN “To Do” list to make sure all required tasks are completed. Students experiencing financial hardship should contact Financial Aid Services. Additional information regarding tuition and fees is available by visiting the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Adjustments

Please review our adjustments FAQ website for more information on student account issues.

Billing

The University has moved to a real-time/on demand statement system that will allow you to print a statement anytime. Please note, we are no longer generating PDF billing statements. Students will continue to receive payment reminder emails on the 5th of every month. Students and parents can review charges and credits directly in COIN/Student Center. As the University’s preferred payment method is echeck through COIN/Student Center a bill is not necessary to remit payment for the balance due.

To pay by electronic check: log into your COIN Student Center. Click on Finance Center and select the Make Payment tab.

Parents are reminded that students grant Authorized User access for specified functions to parents, guardians, spouses or other trusted individuals within COIN. These functions include viewing student invoices, making a payment, and joining the payment plan, as well as other student records activities such as viewing grades. For more information, please refer to the Help tab on the portal homepage under "Coin for Students" or visit the COIN Authorized Access website.

All research lab procedures at UMass Dartmouth comply with the Massachusetts Safety Standards for Laboratories to enable activities that are currently allowed by the State Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces.

  • Only labs that have a “safe operations plan” that includes detailed protocols that comply with the Massachusetts Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces requirements and have been approved by the Chief Research Officer may perform on-campus research. Copies of specific lab safety protocols are available.
  • Only work that requires the use of on-campus facilities can be performed on-campus.
  • On-campus time will be kept to a minimum, with staggered schedules of necessary lab staff.
  • All workplaces and equipment that are used must be sanitized by the person using them at the end of their use and before another person can use them. Training and sanitization products are provided.
  • A logbook of lab sanitization activity must be kept and maintained in each lab area.
  • All trash must be bagged, sealed, and placed outside the lab entrance for daily collection.
  • If biohazardous materials boxes need to be removed, investigators should contact Environmental Health and Safety.
  • If gloves are worn, they must be discarded every time someone leaves a lab space (unless carrying chemicals) and not re-used.

Before leaving your house, please complete the COVID-19 Daily Self Checklist on the UMass Dartmouth Health Services Patient Portal. You can also schedule an on-campus testing appointment through the Portal.

If you answered yes to any question in the Checklist, you must stay home and contact your primary care physician or healthcare provider. Please contact your appropriate supervisor and call (508.999.8060) or email Human Resources.

Please review the Phase 2 and 3 Returning to Work Guide for additional information on working safely at UMass Dartmouth.

Employees are required to wear a face covering while in offices that are not your own and in shared workspaces. After the end of the exam period on December 16, the campus will be in intercession. Although some staff members will be needed on campus, supervisors should review staffing plans to ensure that the maximum number of staff members who can effectively perform their job duties remotely are not required to come to campus. We must balance the need to serve our students and prospective students with the need to keep the population on campus at a minimum.

All meetings and gatherings should be arranged via teleconferencing whenever possible. For those few instances when an in-person meeting or gathering of five (5) or more people is necessary, the meeting must be approved in advance by a dean or division head.

To acquire assistance for remote learning, please visit our Faculty Resources website.

Faculty can access COVID-19 Resources such as cleaning supplies and safety signage via the employee portal.

Before leaving your house, please complete the COVID-19 Daily Self Checklist on the UMass Dartmouth Health Services Patient Portal. You can also schedule an on-campus testing appointment through the Portal.

If you answered yes to any question in the Checklist, you must stay home and contact your primary care physician or healthcare provider. Please contact your appropriate supervisor and call (508.999.8060) or email Human Resources.

Please review the Phase 2 and 3 Returning to Work Guide for additional information on safely working at UMass Dartmouth.

All meetings and gatherings should be arranged via teleconferencing whenever possible. For those few instances when an in-person meeting or gathering of five (5) or more people is necessary, the meeting must be approved in advance by a dean or division head.

Employees are required to wear a face covering while in offices that are not your own and in shared workspaces. After the end of the exam period on December 16, the campus will be in intersession. Although some staff members will be needed on campus, supervisors should review staffing plans to ensure that the maximum number of staff members who can effectively perform their job duties remotely are not required to come to campus. We must balance the need to serve our students and prospective students with the need to keep the population on campus at a minimum.

To access information on working remotely and other important topics, please visit our Staff Resources website.

Staff can access COVID-19 Resources such as cleaning supplies and safety signage via the employee portal.

UMass Dartmouth intends to sponsor intercollegiate competition in most of its sports during the Spring 2021 semester. Working in collaboration with local boards of health, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the CDC, the University will adhere to all current and future health and safety regulations.

The University intends to compete in the sports of men's and women's basketball under the Little East umbrella, as schedules are being discussed and finalized by the conference. As guidelines and protocols warrant, the University intends to compete in all spring sport competition sponsored by the Little East in baseball, softball, women's lacrosse and men's & women's outdoor track and field.

The University intends to compete in the fall sports of football, men's and women's soccer, field hockey and volleyball this spring, as the logistics of a condensed schedule continue to be discussed and formulated. With a large amount of crossover between student-athletes, there will be no sponsorship of men's and women's cross country in the spring. The MASCAC announced on November 13, 2020, the cancellation of all remaining competition scheduled for the 2020-21 winter season which directly impacts men's ice hockey and men's & women's indoor track and field. The option for non-league events in those programs is being explored.

The University has determined spectators will not be permitted to attend any outdoor intercollegiate home competitions during the Spring 2021 semester. The University decision focuses on the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff as our top priority.

UMass Dartmouth will not be hosting events that are open to external visitors in Spring 2021.

  • Meetings and gatherings should be arranged via teleconferencing whenever possible.
  • For those few instances when an in-person meeting or gathering of five (5) or more people is necessary, the meeting must be approved in advance by a dean or division head.
  • People who are not students, faculty, or staff at UMass Dartmouth may only enter UMass Dartmouth facilities if arrangements have been made in advance and their visit has been approved by a Dean or division head at UMass Dartmouth. Generally, approval will only be given to single individuals or small groups who are on-campus to perform specific tasks, and to people contracted for services by UMass Dartmouth.
  • Campus tours for prospective students and families are allowed provided all visitors have registered in advance.
  • Parents and family members of residential students who wish to bring something to or visit their students are welcome to do so. However, drop-offs and visits should occur in parking lots or spaces outside of residence halls with social distancing.
  • Student activities are limited to UMass Dartmouth students only.

Commencement is the most rewarding event on campus, but also the most difficult to plan as it necessitates many people gathering and traveling. UMass Dartmouth is currently exploring all options to find a way to honor UMassD students and their accomplishments safely. Please visit the Commencement website for more information.

Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new state travel orders. Additionally, travelers must fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form. 

Travel during the pandemic is strongly discouraged and should only be undertaken in exceptional circumstances. Therefore, university-related travel is restricted for all students, faculty, and staff. Examples of university-related travel include conferences, research, colloquia, data gathering, fieldwork, archival work, human subject research, and student organization sponsored/organized travel, to any location.

Please visit the University-related travel website for more information.

Stay up to date with all COVID-19 and re-opening related information on our Communications website.

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