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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

UMass Dartmouth will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus before the start of the Fall 2021 semester. UMass Dartmouth also strongly encourages and recommends that all faculty and staff be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester. Visit our Vaccination Information website to learn more. Visit VaxFinder.mass.gov to find an appointment near you.

Fall 2021 Semester

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.

Visit the Fall 2021 Semester Planning website to review the University's Fall 2021 Semester Plan.

UMass Dartmouth will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus before the start of the Fall 2021 semester. This decision was made on the basis of expected additional state, federal and legal guidance and vaccine availability. The University will accommodate medical or religious exemptions pursuant to state and federal law. Evidence to date concerning the present and expected approval status and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines supports the university’s position.

If the exemption is granted, you will need to sign an acknowledgement form indicating that if there is spread of COVID-19 on campus, you will follow guidelines as advised by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

UMass Dartmouth also strongly encourages and recommends that all faculty and staff be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester. The University may revisit the issue of required vaccinations for faculty and staff as we continue our planning efforts that promote the health and safety of our entire campus community.

To register for a vaccination, please visit use VaxFinder.mass.gov to find an appointment at retail pharmacies and community health centers near you.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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.

UMass Dartmouth is working thoughtfully to plan our return to campus this fall. As we embark upon this long-awaited return, it is important to acknowledge that UMass Dartmouth is an on-site educational institution and as such, everyone is expected to return to campus for on-site work for the start of the Fall 2021 semester no later than August 2, 2021.  In coordination with their supervisors, staff may begin to return to on-site work immediately while adhering to the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 guidance. The requirement to return to onsite work no later than August 2nd does not preclude the use of paid time off during August dependent on operational needs and supervisory approval. Faculty are required to return to on-site work for the start of the Fall 2021 semester in accordance with the academic calendar.

Please visit our Returning to On-Campus Work website to learn more.

Effective May 29, 2021, travel restrictions to domestic destinations have been lifted. University-related travel to domestic destinations requires standard travel authorization prior to commencing travel, except for commuting by employees or students, which does not require approval.

Please visit the Domestic & International Travel Information website for more information.

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

 

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

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