Protecting the health and safety of students while enabling them to continue progress towards their educational goals is the most important part of the fall 2020 planning efforts. UMass Dartmouth is committed to supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of our campus community who have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19. This includes counseling, academic advising, and all necessary support services.
- All students are required to complete the UMassD Shared Responsibility Compact. This virtual form will confirm our community’s commitment to all UMass Dartmouth required safety practices.
- Students must adhere to all safety and wellbeing protocols.
- If a positive COVID-19 case is detected and contact tracing identifies an individual as a close contact, that person must quarantine and be tested for COVID-19. A close contact is any individual within 6 feet of a laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patient for at least 15 minutes.
- Residential students are strongly discouraged to travel away from the immediate campus area unless necessary for work and/or emergencies.
- If a student is identified through contact tracing or tests positive, they will be required to quarantine or isolate.
- Compliance with these requirements is a condition for returning to and remaining on campus.
- Student academic support services, including advising, tutoring, writing support, etc., are available to students via various modalities. Limited face-to-face advising is available by appointment. Students should continue to use remote advising options. Please send questions and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Other support services, including the Counseling Center, the Student Health Center, Access and Success, Career Center and others are available via virtual and limited face-to-face appointments. If you need assistance, please utilize this form.
Due to rising COVID-19 rates within Massachusetts and across the country, or the fall semester, the number of residential students will be greatly reduced. In determining residential status, the University will prioritize those students who 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 housing, dining, technology, and other support services.
- There are no guests allowed in residence halls for at least the first two weeks of the semester, based on public health guidance.
- Shared spaces including lounges, laundry rooms, or bathrooms will have strict occupancy limits. Bathroom accommodations may also have specific assignments for use, and more frequent cleanings. Bathrooms in the Apartments and Dells are still expected to be cleaned by students.
- The pedestrian flow will change to minimize contact, with students required to follow directives for walkways, stairwells, and lounges, and to abide by occupancy restrictions on elevators.
- Staff will continue to assist students but will only meet face-to-face with individuals or small groups. Virtual contact is encouraged.
- For those physically able, the use of stairs is encouraged.
- Residence halls will be open to resident students for the duration of the fall semester, including Thanksgiving break this year.
- Those students who choose to leave campus for Thanksgiving break and travel to states other than Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey are expected to quarantine for 14 days upon return to campus, per latest Massachusetts policy. All educational programming will be delivered remotely after Thanksgiving, at which time all students who leave campus will be encouraged to remain off-campus for the duration of the fall semester.
- Students that need to continue living in residence halls beyond Thanksgiving will be accommodated. Such students should submit their requests to Housing and Residential Education.
- Students will be allowed to leave their belongings in their individual rooms over the extended winter break.
On July 16, the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference suspended the fall 2020 football season for UMass Dartmouth. On July 28, the Little East Conference announced it would not hold sporting competitions or championships for the fall 2020 semester. The University will also not sponsor any non-conference competition.
Unfortunately, this means all Corsair fall and winter athletic programs will be suspended through December 31, 2020.
Athletics & Recreation is planning to open the Fitness Center with reduced occupancy and increased cleaning protocols for students living on campus. For more information, please visit the Fitness Center website.
Visit the UMass Dartmouth Athletics website for more details.
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 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.
Additional information regarding tuition and fees is available by visiting the Undergraduate Admissions website.
CARES Act Funding for Students
Please visit our CARES Act Funding website for more details on how to apply for emergency funding.
Changes to Graduate Admission Requirements
In response to the COVID‐19 pandemic, please review the temporary and alternative changes (if any) to requirements for admission consideration to UMass Dartmouth graduate degree and certificate programs for the Summer 2020 (where relevant) and Fall 2020 admit terms. Please visit the Graduate Admission Requirements website for more information.
Student Wellness Tips & Activities
YOU matter. We care.
This is a stressful time and everyone at UMass Dartmouth wants to ensure you are able to continue thriving. Please review some tips and activities to help you through these difficult times and know that all Offices in Student Affairs are available.
Suggested ways to ease anxiety:
Do things you love:
- Connect with friends and family – FaceTime, calls, text, messaging, or email. During stressful times, relying on strong relationships with friends and loved ones, even if you aren’t with them in person, makes a difference.
- Continue or explore yoga, meditation and/or controlled breathing. If you haven’t done yoga on your own, consider apps like Yoga Studio and Pocket Yoga. Interested in meditation? Check out Calm or Headspace apps. An easy way to controlled breathing is to try square breathing.
- Tap into other ways you like to relax, too. Read a good book. Binge watch a favorite show. Prepare and eat familiar and comfort foods.
Follow best practices to reduce your risk of contracting the coronavirus:
- Avoid unnecessary travel and crowds. Social distancing is a critical method for reducing spread.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water (or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) for 20 seconds.
- Practice good hygiene – when you get home, wash your hands really well, keep your hands away from your face, especially your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Use calming strategies that work for you — and maybe try something new.
- Making healthy, reasonable choices about what to do and what not to do will make a big difference in being able to stay as safe and as well as possible.
- Once we adopt key precautionary measures, we can take a deep breath and do our best to calm ourselves. It’s not necessary or helpful to be on high alert all the time. This will wear you down emotionally and physically. So try to adjust your level of alertness to your immediate surroundings.
- Safety is one of the most basic needs of all of us.