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Updated Policies for Fall 2020 Semester

For the fall 2020 semester, UMass Dartmouth will institute the following policies and protocols to protect the health and safety of our community and ensure students can progress towards their educational goals.

  • All lecture-style courses will be offered in a fully remote modality.
  • Labs, studios, clinicals, and other instruction that require on-campus facilities will be offered face-to-face.
  • Only students that are required to travel the greatest distance to participate in required on-campus instruction, as well as students who, due to personal circumstances, rely upon on-campus services will be allowed to live in residence halls.
  • After Thanksgiving, all instructional activities, including final exams, will be offered remotely. There are no changes to the academic calendar.
  • Although some campus facilities will be available to non-residential students, these facilities will operate at very limited capacity, and in certain cases, access may be restricted.
  • On-campus research activity will continue unchanged per established safety protocols.

For questions and concerns, please email corona.virus@umassd.edu

Before leaving your house or residence hall, please complete the COVID-19 Symptom Checklist:

If you answered yes to any question in the Checklist, you must stay home and contact your primary care physician or healthcare provider. If you live on campus, please send a secure message to Health Services through your patient portal or call 508.999.8982.

UMass Dartmouth also requires the use of face coverings on campus. Simply put, if you are around other people indoors or outdoors, you need to cover your nose and mouth.

The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to reduce direct contact with other people. Maintain proper social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others whenever possible.

The frequent practice of simple hygiene tactics can make a difference in stopping the spread of COVID-19. These include:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay home if you feel sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing and call ahead before you seek medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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

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 fall 2020 semester.

Before leaving your house or residence hall, please complete the COVID-19 Daily Self Checklist:

If you answered yes to any question in the Checklist, you must stay home and contact your primary care physician or healthcare provider. If you live on campus, please send a secure message to Health Services through your patient portal or call 508.999.8982.

To assist students, student support services will be fully available through phone, email, and Zoom. 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. Please visit the Office of Student Affairs Departments directory for contact information.

For more materials, please visit our Student Resources 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

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 fall 2020 are not differentiated based on the mode of instruction. 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 modality.

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.

Adjustments

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

Additional information regarding tuition and fees is available by visiting the Undergraduate Admissions website.

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

  • There are no date changes to the UMass Dartmouth academic calendar or UMass Law academic calendar for the fall semester.
  • Beginning on November 30, 2020, all instructional activities, including final exams, will be offered remotely to minimize the risk of any potential outbreak caused by students and faculty returning from travel.
  • The Library and other student support services will remain open until December 16, 2020.
  • All lecture-style courses will be offered in a fully remote modality.
  • Labs, studios, clinicals, and other instruction that require on-campus facilities will be offered face-to-face.
  • Necessary sanitation supplies will be provided in all classrooms.
  • Students should work with their professional academic advisors to determine a schedule that will allow them to make academic progress.
  • Student academic support services are available to students via various modalities. Limited face-to-face advising will be available. Students should use remote advising options.
  • Classrooms, laboratories, studios, and clinicals have new procedures, including:
    • Reconfigured furniture layout where appropriate
    • Limited class sizes
    • Mandatory face coverings
    • Eating and drinking prohibited

UMass Dartmouth has developed all procedures to 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 has 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 will 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 working at the end of each workday. Training and sanitization products will be provided.
  • A logbook of lab sanitization activity must be kept and maintained in each lab area.
  • Work on-campus is only allowed on weekdays between the hours of 7 am to 8 pm. Permission to perform work outside those hours must be approved by the Chief Research Officer.
  • All trash will 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:

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

For cleaning supplies and other items related to COVID-19 safety, please visit the Administrative Operations & Compliance website and click on "Departmental COVID-19 Supplies Request Form" located on the top right. It is requested that the department designate one individual to request these supplies and order for the entire department. Orders will be delivered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. There is no cost to departments for these supplies.

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

Before leaving your house, please complete the COVID-19 Daily Self Checklist:

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

For cleaning supplies and other items related to COVID-19 safety, please visit the Administrative Operations & Compliance website and click on "Departmental COVID-19 Supplies Request Form" located on the top right. It is requested that the department designate one individual to request these supplies and order for the entire department. Orders will be delivered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. There is no cost to departments for these supplies.

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

UMassD summer orientation has been adapted to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Summer orientation sessions will be conducted primarily through virtual sessions, rather than our typical overnight programs in June. If conditions allow, we also plan to offer a comprehensive orientation program between new student move-in day and the first day of fall semester classes based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Department of Public Health.

Please visit our Orientation website for more information.

The University is planning for Commencement ceremonies on campus on October 9 and 10, 2020.

  • The UMass Law School Commencement ceremony is planned to take place on October 9 in the Angus Bailey Auditorium in the Campus Center.
  • Undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies are planned to take place on October 10 in the Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater.

While the University is committed to holding on-campus Commencement ceremonies, it will continue to follow all federal and Massachusetts safety guidelines and protocols. If current social distancing norms continue into fall 2020, these ceremonies will be rescheduled to spring 2021.

For more information, visit our Commencement website.

All upcoming University-sponsored international and domestic travel using public transportation has been suspended until further notice.

The University strongly discourages individuals from personal traveling using public transportation, but if you do choose to travel, log your trip, no matter if it is domestic or abroad, in our travel registry system Terra Dotta. This allows the University to attempt to help you in the event your location experiences worsening conditions.

Please review CDC Travel information and remember, do not travel if you are sick.

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

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