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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Information

UMass Dartmouth requires COVID-19 vaccinations and vaccination boosters for faculty, staff, and all students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus for the Spring 2022 semester. Visit our Vaccination Information website to learn more. Visit VaxFinder.mass.gov to find an appointment near you.

Student Frequently Asked Questions

UMass Dartmouth is excited to have all students, faculty, and staff on campus. As always, the University will continue to follow safety guidelines and monitor and adjust to evolving public health conditions. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions to help keep our campus community healthy and safe. Have more questions? Send them to corona.virus@umassd.edu.

Re-entry Testing on Campus after Winter Break

Yes. The university expects all students, faculty, and staff to be tested as they return to campus. The only exception is for anyone who has already tested positive for COVID-19 on or after October 3, 2021. Report your positive COVID-19 test result to satisfy the requirement.

No matter which way you plan to satisfy this requirement, you will need to sign up for an appointment in the Health Services Patient Portal. Your scheduled appointment acts as your COVID requirement check AND your housing check in appointment time.

You can satisfy the re-entry testing requirement in one of three ways:

1. Test on campus in the Woodland Commons. Please schedule an appointment as close to your first day back on campus as possible. The testing center is open on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 18, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 19, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 20, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Here’s how it will work for residential students who test on campus during move-in:

  • To collect your room key, you will get tested in Woodland Commons.
  • After testing, you will wait 15 minutes for the results.
  • If you test negative, you will be directed to Birch to pick up your key.
  • If you test positive, you will be required to isolate for five days per CDC guidance and will not be allowed to move into your residence hall.

The university has limited isolation housing available for residential students in the Cedar Dells. Isolation housing will be prioritized for students with the greatest need or whose primary residence is the farthest from campus. We therefore strongly encourage students who test positive to isolate at home if possible. If you cannot move into your residence hall due to a positive result, in recognition that you are helping keep the campus community safe by delaying your move-in by isolating at home, the university will provide a one-time credit to your account of $150.

2. Take an observed COVID-19 test through your local pharmacy or doctor’s office no more than 48 hours before your first day back on campus. Please upload your re-entry test result here to satisfy the requirement. View our Uploading COVID-19 Test Results Guide for help. When you get to campus, please go to the testing center in Woodland Commons so the Health Services team can verify your uploaded results. After that, you will be directed to Birch Hall to pick up your key/have your ID access activated.

3. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 on or after October 10, 2021, you are exempt from this requirement for re-entry testing. Please upload your observed test result here by Friday, January 14, to satisfy the requirement and be cleared to move into your residence hall. View our Uploading COVID-19 Test Results Guide for help. When you get to campus, please go to the testing center in Woodland Commons so the Health Services team can verify your uploaded results. After that, you will be directed to Birch Hall to pick up your key/have your ID access activated.

Yes, if you test positive, you will be required to isolate for five days per CDC guidance and will not be allowed to move into your residence hall.

The university has limited isolation housing available for residential students in the Cedar Dells. Isolation housing will be prioritized for students with the greatest need or whose primary residence is the farthest from campus.

We therefore strongly encourage students who test positive to isolate at home if possible. If you cannot move into your residence hall due to a positive result, in recognition that you are helping keep the campus community safe by delaying your move-in by isolating at home, the university will provide a one-time credit to your account of $150.

You can satisfy the re-entry testing requirement in one of three ways:

1. Test on campus in the Woodland Commons. Please schedule an appointment as close to your first day back on campus as possible. The testing center is open on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 18, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 19, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 20, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

2. Take an observed COVID-19 test through your local pharmacy or doctor’s office no more than 48 hours before your first day back on campus. Please upload your re-entry test result here to satisfy the requirement. View our Uploading COVID-19 Test Results Guide for help.

3. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 on or after October 10, 2021, you are exempt from this requirement for re-entry testing. Please upload your observed test result here by Friday, January 14, to satisfy the requirement. View our Uploading COVID-19 Test Results Guide for help.

Yes. You will continue to receive information from Health Services about your required weekly testing. Please note that testing will occur in Woodland Commons until January 18, 2022.

Positive Tests & Potential Exposure

  • Immediately isolate yourself.
  • Message Health Services through the secure messaging feature in the Health Services Patient Portal or by calling 508.999.8982.
  • If you are a residential student, you are eligible for symptomatic testing at Health Services, but you must call 508-999-8982 to make an appointment.
  • If you are a commuter student, visit the Massachusetts testing locator website to find an appointment.

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Immediately isolate yourself. You cannot attend in-person classes or any on-campus events until released from isolation.
  • Message Health Services through the Health Services Patient Portal or by calling 508.999.8982.
  • Notify your professors that you have tested positive and will be absent from classes until released from isolation.
  • You can end isolation after 5 days if you have no symptoms. If you have a fever—continue to stay home and isolate until your fever resolves for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication.
  • After isolation ends, wear a well fitted, medical-grade mask around others for 5 days.

If you live on campus, the Office of Housing and Residential Education will ensure that you are moved to temporary isolation housing and supported during that time.

If you are a commuter, you cannot isolate on campus.

If you are fully vaccinated and boosted or received 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna within the last 5 months or received a J&J dose within the last 2 months or tested positive for COVID within the last 90 days:

  • You do not need to quarantine.
  • You must wear a well fitted, medical grade mask around others for 10 days.
  • Get tested on day 5—testing earlier won’t be accurate

If you are unvaccinated or received 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna more the 5 months ago or received a J&J dose more than 2 months ago but haven’t had a booster shot:

  • Quarantine at home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a well fitted, medical-grade mask around others for 5 more days.
  • Inform your professors you will miss class.
  • Get tested on day 5—testing earlier won’t be accurate.

If you develop symptoms, whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, you should immediately isolate and get tested.

Immediately isolate and re-test. Anyone with symptoms should not be on campus, at work, or in public.

COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster Shot

As of January 17, 95.15% of students and 96.71% of faculty and staff are fully vaccinated.

Yes. UMass Dartmouth will require all faculty, staff and students who will live, learn and work on our campus in 2022 to obtain a COVID-19 booster shot when they are eligible to do so as well as the initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. Approved vaccination exemptions will remain in force.

No. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.

If you're a student who has already received your booster shot, please upload it to the Health Services Patient Portal. If you need help uploading, please follow our Uploading COVID Booster Guide.

According to the CDC, everyone ages 16 and older can get a booster shot.

You’re eligible for a booster if:

  • Pfizer: It’s been at least 5 months since your second dose
  • Moderna: It’s been at least 6 months since your second dose
  • Johnson & Johnson: It’s been at least 2 months since your first dose 

Please note that you can mix and match vaccines. You do not need to get the same vaccine brand for your booster as your original COVID-19 vaccination.

If you are eligible but have not received your booster shot yet, please make an appointment as soon as possible.

Use VaxFinder to find a pharmacy or other location to get your booster.

No. CDC recommendations allow for mixing and matching of different COVID-19 booster doses, and eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose.

Yes, proof of vaccination must be submitted to the Health Services Portal. Please follow our How to upload your COVID vaccine documentation to add your information to the portal.

Yes, people who have previously had COVID-19 should be vaccinated. Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19 that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.

No, your exemption remains in force. Further, any individual who has a medical contraindication for receiving a booster should submit documentation from their healthcare provider within the Health Services Patient Portal.

Students exempted from the vaccination requirement will be required to wear masks in public areas indoors on campus regardless of whether a campus-wide indoor mask mandate is not in force, and to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result each week. Individuals required to be tested will receive instructions from Health Services on how to complete their testing requirement.

Health & Safety

Yes, the university is requiring that all faculty, staff and students wear face coverings in public areas indoors on campus. We will monitor public health conditions on campus and in our region, and will continually evaluate whether it is necessary to continue this indoor mask requirement. Your mask should be wearing a well fitted and medical-grade mask.

Fully vaccinated faculty may unmask while speaking in their classrooms provided they maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from their closest students. Anyone who has received a vaccination exemption must remain masked while indoors and is required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result each week. A fully vaccinated instructor who chooses not to wear a mask in the classroom should explain why they are doing so, but students and any visitors should remain masked while indoors. Any instructor may, of course, opt to wear a mask while teaching.

Please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s testing locator website to find an appointment near you.

Only individuals required to be tested can participate in the on-campus testing program and will receive instructions from Health Services on how to complete their testing requirement.

Yes. The University is publishing data from the targeted testing program that is used by students, faculty, and staff who are required to be tested due to receiving an approved religious or medical exemption to the vaccination requirement. The Center will also test students, faculty, and staff who are nearing fully vaccinated status as required. Please note that the reported numbers are representative of the populations mentioned previously and not the overall campus community.

Yes. Residential students would be assigned to on campus isolation or quarantine housing if they were not able to isolate or quarantine safely at their primary residence. Students should be prepared to bring any items (Go Kit) needed during the isolation/quarantine period. Health Services will check in regularly with the student and arrange for support as needed. Housing, Dining Services, and Student Affairs will provide resources as well.

Please note the updated CDC guidance for isolation:

  • If the individual shows no symptoms, the recommended isolation period is shortened from 10 days to 5 days, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others.
  • For individuals unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second Pfizer or Moderna dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted who have been exposed to COVID-19, the CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
  • Individuals who have received their booster do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. 

For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

If the individual tests positive off campus, they will be contacted by a state contact tracer or representative of their local board of health who will help the individual identify those that may have been exposed to COVID-19 as a close contact. The person who tested positive will be encouraged to contact people themselves, and the team will also contact these individuals to let them know that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If the individual tests positive within the on-campus testing program, Health Services will help the individual identify those that may have been exposed to COVID-19 as a close contact.

According to the CDC, a close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).

Student Support

Classrooms, labs, studios, and clinicals will return to pre-pandemic student and faculty density and will abide by the latest campus protocols and public health guidance. The University will continuously monitor federal, and state public health guidance, and classroom configurations and protocols will be adapted as necessary and communicated with the campus community. With more than a year of remote learning experience for our community, should pandemic conditions worsen, the University is prepared for a switch to remote instruction.

The final schedule for fully online courses being offered in the Spring 2022 semester are listed in COIN. For students who have self-identified as at-risk for severe illness, please contact your academic advisors to learn about potential remote learning options.

UMass Dartmouth anticipates resuming on-campus, in-person classes for the spring 2022 semester. However, the university also recognizes the need for flexibility for international students affected by travel restrictions. We are closely monitoring the situation with U.S. consulates abroad. We know that an inability to acquire a visa and other travel restrictions may prevent some students from traveling to campus. If you cannot travel to the U.S. for in-person instruction, contact your academic advisor as soon as possible to determine your courses and academic plan for spring 2022.

The Office of Student Affairs has created a list of Departments that are ready to assist students. If you have a question, need assistance, or are trying to connect with a staff member or support service within Student Affairs, please fill out this form. It will allow the appropriate person to contact you.

The Counseling Center is also available at 508.999.8648 to make an appointment. The Counseling Center offers a wide spectrum of psychological and educational support services, and information about services, self-assessment tools, and more.

For academics, the Center for Access and Success is ready to help you stay on track with deadlines, organize your time, and provide tips and tricks to help you stay motivated. Please email access_success@umassd.edu or call 508.999.8711 to schedule an appointment.

Eligible students should visit our HEERF website for more information. The HEERF Acts allow funding for tuition or other charges billed by UMassD. Student must sign an acknowledgment allowing the University to apply their HEERF funds to their student account. Funds can also be used for assistance covering costs for food, housing, health care and childcare costs for students who have a loss of employment and assistance to purchase remote-learning technology and resources, etc.

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