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Returning to Campus

COVID-19 Testing Info

All students who live on campus or have at least one face-to-face course on campus are required to be tested for COVID-19 weekly. Schedule your appointment through the UMass Dartmouth Health Services Patient Portal.

Updated Policies for Spring 2021 Semester

For the spring 2021 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.

  • UMass Dartmouth will offer a modest number of additional courses face-to-face this spring in order to ensure students can persist and make timely progress towards the completion of their studies.
  • Planned Spring semester course offerings are available in COIN.
  • The University has decided to make no changes to its academic calendar. The first day of classes is Tuesday, January 19, 2021, and spring recess is currently scheduled to begin on Friday, March 5, 2021. UMass Law classes begin on January 4, 2021.
  • After communicating directly with students, the Office of Housing & Residential Education will invite more students to live on campus for the spring 2021 semester. Please note that all current residential students, and then additional full-time, enrolled students who desire to live on campus this spring will be invited to participate in the spring term housing and dining opportunities offered.
  • All students who live on campus or have at least one face-to-face course on campus are required to be tested for COVID-19 weekly.
  • Campus facilities will be available to non-residential students, but 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.
  • Campus tours for prospective students and families are allowed provided all visitors have registered in advance.

Important information for Fall 2020 semester

  • After Thanksgiving, all instructional activities, including final exams, will be offered remotely. There are no changes to the academic calendar for the fall semester.
  • End of Fall Semester Select Offices Hours of Operations
  • Visit our Testing website for an updated schedule for the end of the fall semester.
  • UMass Dartmouth will not be hosting events that are open to external visitors in 2020.
  • All residential students to be tested BEFORE leaving for Thanksgiving break AND immediately AFTER returning to campus from Thanksgiving break. Visit our Thanksgiving Break Information website for more information about testing procedures and travel restrictions.

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

Before leaving your house or residence hall, please complete the COVID-19 Symptom Checklist on the UMass Dartmouth Health Services Patient Portal.

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.

Following updated guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Higher Education Control Plan and the UMass President's Office, UMass Dartmouth has developed a robust asymptomatic testing program. The UMass Dartmouth asymptomatic testing program for COVID-19 is designed to decrease spread of the virus within the community, and is conducted through completing a nasal self-swab.

Students

  • Students who reside on campus, or off-campus students who will be coming to campus for labs, clinicals and studio time are required to be tested upon arrival and then once per week.
  • The test that is being performed is a molecular SARS-COV-2 Fact sheet and can be scheduled online.
  • All asymptomatic testing will be conducted at Woodland Commons by appointment only.

Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty who are teaching face to face or conducting research on campus are being offered tests weekly.
  • It is also recommended that staff who regularly work on campus be tested on a weekly basis.

Tests can be scheduled through the UMass Dartmouth Health Services Patient Portal.

Please visit our COVID-19 Testing website for more information on scheduling a test and how results are received.

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 on the UMass Dartmouth Health Services Patient Portal.

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 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.

Billing

The University has moved to a real-time/on demand statement system that will allow you to print a statement anytime. Please note, we are no longer generating PDF billing statements. Students will continue to receive payment reminder emails on the 5th of every month. Students and parents can review charges and credits directly in COIN/Student Center. As the University’s preferred payment method is echeck through COIN/Student Center a bill is not necessary to remit payment for the balance due.

To pay by electronic check: log into your COIN Student Center. Click on Finance Center and select the Make Payment tab.

Parents are reminded that students grant Authorized User access for specified functions to parents, guardians, spouses or other trusted individuals within COIN. These functions include viewing student invoices, making a payment, and joining the payment plan, as well as other student records activities such as viewing grades. For more information, please refer to the Help tab on the portal homepage under "Coin for Students" or visit the COIN Authorized Access website.

Learn more about tuition and fees 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 spring 2021 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.
  • UMass Dartmouth will offer a modest number of additional courses face-to-face this spring in order to ensure students can persist and make timely progress towards the completion of their studies.
  • Spring semester course offerings are available in COIN.
  • 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 on the UMass Dartmouth Health Services Patient Portal. You can also schedule an on-campus testing appointment through the Portal.

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 working safely at UMass Dartmouth.

All meetings and gatherings should be arranged via teleconferencing whenever possible. For those few instances when an in-person meeting or gathering of five (5) or more people is necessary, the meeting must be approved in advance by a dean or division head.

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

Faculty can access COVID-19 Resources such as cleaning supplies and safety signage via the employee portal.

Before leaving your house, please complete the COVID-19 Daily Self Checklist on the UMass Dartmouth Health Services Patient Portal. You can also schedule an on-campus testing appointment through the Portal.

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.

Employees who have jobs that are suitable for working remotely are encouraged to work from home. Department heads, in consultation with division heads, will determine which employees have work that is suitable for a remote work arrangement. Employees whose job functions require on campus presence, will continue to report to campus.

All meetings and gatherings should be arranged via teleconferencing whenever possible. For those few instances when an in-person meeting or gathering of five (5) or more people is necessary, the meeting must be approved in advance by a dean or division head.

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

Staff can access COVID-19 Resources such as cleaning supplies and safety signage via the employee portal.

Due to worsening conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and state reccomendations on social distancing, the University has postponed Class of 2020 Commencement ceremonies planned for October 2020.

UMass Dartmouth is committed to holding on-campus Commencement ceremonies and will contact the Class of 2020 in early 2021 with updated plans.

For more information, visit our Commencement website.

Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new state travel orders. Additionally, travelers must fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form. 

Travel during the pandemic is strongly discouraged and should only be undertaken in exceptional circumstances. Therefore, university-related travel is restricted for all students, faculty, and staff. Examples of university-related travel include conferences, research, colloquia, data gathering, fieldwork, archival work, human subject research, and student organization sponsored/organized travel, to any location.

Please visit the University-related travel website for more information.

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

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