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Planning for Fall 2020

The UMass Dartmouth Pandemic Emergency Response Team (PERT) has released the Fall 2020 Re-Opening Plan to guide the campus community to a safe and succesful semester. Please visit our Planning for Fall 2020 website to review all planning information.

Please take a few minutes to watch the Returning to UMassD video that covers requirements and best practices like self-monitoring for symptoms, social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, and the use of face coverings.

Reopening Principles

UMass Dartmouth continues to follow the guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Governor's Higher Education Working Group, and the UMass System. Throughout its planning efforts, the University has been guided by four key principles:

  1. Protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and people in surrounding communities.
  2. Enable students to continue progress towards their educational goals.
  3. Contribute to research and innovation.
  4. Minimize adverse economic impact on families, employees and the Massachusetts economy.

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

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

  • Student COVID-19 Symptom Checklist
  • Employee 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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