Dear UMass Dartmouth Community,
In October, the University published its plan for the spring 2021 semester which contains no changes to the Academic Calendar 2020-2021. This decision includes a regularly scheduled Spring Break, which will begin on Friday, March 5, at 5 p.m., with classes resuming on Monday, March 15.
UMass Dartmouth supports a spring recess to give students time to recharge to finish the spring semester strong. However, the University strongly discourages travel during the spring break period and will enforce all Massachusetts travel policies accordingly.
For residential students, Housing & Residential Education encouraged students to stay on campus during break and has informed residential students of the necessary health and safety protocols they will have to adhere to upon return to campus. All commuter students must be tested before attending their first in-person class after Spring Break.
For anyone that travels out of state, Massachusetts mandates a travel quarantine upon return for 10 days unless they are coming from a “low-risk” state or can produce, on request, proof of negative viral RT-PCR SARSCoV2 test result from a test administered on a sample within 72 hours before arrival in Massachusetts, or meet the exemption criteria.
Please note that during Spring Break, the Testing Center will operate under a reduced schedule, with regular hours resuming on Monday, March 15.
I have been so impressed with our campus community’s participation in our on-campus testing program and adherence to health and safety protocols. But we cannot let our guard down, especially as progress is being made on vaccination efforts that will help us return to campus for the fall 2021 semester.
Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer