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UMass Dartmouth is excited to have all students, faculty, and staff back on campus. As always, we 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.

Positive Tests & Potential Exposure

Do not leave your residence and immediately isolate yourself. Then message Health Services through the secure messaging feature in the Health Services Patient Portal or by calling 508.999.8982 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

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

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

If you test positive for COVID-19, immediately isolate yourself and message Health Services through the secure messaging feature in the Health Services Patient Portal or by calling 508.999.8982 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

You should notify your professors that you have tested positive and will be absent from classes until released from isolation. The date of release from isolation will be confirmed by Health Services.

You cannot attend in-person classes or any on-campus events or locations until released from isolation.

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 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.

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.

If you are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, you are not required to quarantine. You must wear a mask, social distance when possible, and monitor for symptoms for 14 days. It is highly recommended you schedule a COVID test 3-5 days after the exposure.

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

If you have been exposed and have not been vaccinated (through an approved exemption) or are not yet fully vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 7-10 days and test on day 5 or later. Unvaccinated individuals must show proof of a negative test to return to campus.

Vaccination Information

As of September 21, 94.18% of faculty and staff and 94.14% of students are fully vaccinated.

Yes, we require COVID-19 vaccinations for all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to live, learn, or physically come to campus in the Fall 2021 semester.

Yes, UMass Dartmouth requires all employees to be fully vaccinated.

This decision was made on the basis of expected additional state, federal and legal guidance, and vaccine availability. Evidence to date concerning the present and expected approval status, as well as the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, supports the University’s position.

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.

Masks & Face Coverings

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. 

Yes. This mandate applies to everyone, including individuals who are fully vaccinated.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, your mask should:

  • Cover your nose and mouth,
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face,
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops,
  • Include multiple layers of fabric,
  • Allow for breathing without restriction, and
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

When putting on and taking off a mask, do not touch the front of it, you should only handle the ties or ear straps, and make sure you wash the cloth mask regularly. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching the mask.

Yes. Individuals with a medical reason that prevents them from wearing a mask must get accommodation approval from Student Health Services.

Masks should be worn in all indoor public settings including all common areas, elevators, and lobbies in residence halls. If you are alone in your room, you are not required to wear a mask. You will also need to wear a mask in the dining commons, but you may remove your mask while eating. Masks are not required outdoors, but everyone should feel comfortable wearing a mask in any situation if they choose.

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.

Testing, Isolation/Quaratine, & Contact Tracing

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

The on-campus Testing Center will conduct weekly testing for students, faculty, and staff that 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 that are nearing fully vaccinated status as required. Only individuals required to be tested can participate 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.

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).

Yes, through MassNotify. This feature on your phone will notify individuals that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Visit the MassNotify website to learn more.

Student Support

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.

Please contact our Counseling Center 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.

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.

Financial Information

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.

UMass Dartmouth encourages you to not cancel your on-campus housing or withdraw from the university if you are unsure of your decision to be vaccinated for the fall semester. It is important to remember that most colleges and universities will have similar requirements for the fall semester. Students who choose not to be vaccinated and withdraw must follow the student petition process to be considered for a release from a Housing Agreement. If a housing contract release is approved, the last day for a pro-rated refund for any reason for Fall 2021 is September 30th.

In making your payment and in confirming that you intend to enroll at UMass during academic year 2021-2022, you are acknowledging and agreeing that the University is making every effort to provide you with the UMass experience on campus as safely as possible. Further, when enrolling in classes at UMass, you are agreeing to pay all fees associated with your enrollment and you are aware of the withdrawal schedule as it relates to fee adjustments. Students who have unpaid balances beyond published due dates may be subject to sanctions, withdrawal, and collection fees. Please visit the Bursar website to review the withdrawal refund policy.

Campus Life, Student Activities, & Athletics

Yes. You can host one other person, who also lives in your residence hall, in your assigned space. The University is currently in Phase Two of the Guest/Visitor policy and revisit this decision on September 29.

All dining commons will be open as normal this semester. Visit the DineOnCampus website to learn more.

Please contact the Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL) Office at SAIL@umassd.edu for information regarding student events.

Yes. These facilities have resumed normal operating procedures and are following all University safety protocols. For more information, please visit the Fitness Center website.

Yes. UMass Dartmouth intercollegiate athletics have resumed their normal operating procedures. The University will follow all 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 is also in contact with the MASCAC, LEC, and NCAA regularly for additional guidance.

Spectators will be welcome at Corsair sporting events this fall. UMass Dartmouth strongly encourages social distancing and masking if you are congregating and in close proximity to other spectators, regardless of vaccination status, at outdoor events. Unvaccinated individuals are mandated to wear a properly fitting mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times.
 
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the prevalence of COVID-19 in Bristol County, UMass Dartmouth is requiring all fans, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a properly fitting mask that covers their mouth and nose in public indoor areas on campus (i.e. gymnasium, restrooms, and common areas). Given this virus can still be transmitted by vaccinated individuals, combined with the regional increase in cases, this requirement applies to all spectators.
 
UMass Dartmouth is regularly evaluating the guidance provided by local, state, and national health organizations and will adjust the spectator policies as needed.
 
If fans are planning on traveling to watch the Corsairs on the road, check the opponent's athletics website for their institutional policy to see if spectators are permitted and if they have any restrictions.

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