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Office of Student Affairs

Building a community. Empowering students.

Welcome - we are delighted to have you here, virtually or in person! The more than 300 educators in the Division of Student Affairs are committed to your learning, success and development during your time at UMass Dartmouth.

During the Fall 2020 semester, the majority of our students are not physically here with us on campus – in our residence halls or commuting to campus for a hybrid or in person class this semester – and that weighs on all of us heavily. Please know, we are doing everything we can to provide a robust student experience that promotes connections of students who aren’t physically on campus with those who are and to connect those who are on campus with each other as we realize your engagement is still somewhat limited due to social distancing and public health guidance. If you or a friend are struggling or don’t know where to go to get assistance you need, please feel free to use our Student Affairs Student Assistance Form and we will get you connected to the right person/department/resources: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UMassDartmouth&layout_id=100

To stay up to date on what’s happening on campus and online and to be in the know on upcoming giveaways and prizes, be sure to follow @umassdstudents on Instagram!

As a reminder – we are happy to advertise upcoming programs and events for YOUR clubs and organizations! ICYMI is designed to promote meetings, programs and events that are open to ALL students at UMass Dartmouth.  Submit your events/programs/meetings here for inclusion in upcoming ICYMI: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DWyNMi8PdkuTEJdiuhw-LRqtM81G6i1LuFOe_Bvyc1JUMlNYNzhWUlBGV09HOU5WSVdEWkdEWEZRVi4u

Important COVID-19 Updates for Fall 2020:

We have planned and prepared for our return with comprehensive health and safety guidelines and protocols, including asymptomatic testing, contract tracing and daily symptom tracking – but it will take ALL OF US to succeed. As a reminder, the majority of our protocols are simple and straightforward

  • wash your hands
  • wear a facial covering (mask, or if you are unable to wear a mask due to a health condition, you will be required to wear a facial shield on campus)
  • maintain appropriate social distance (we know you want to connect and spend time with each other but recommend trying to do so in small groups, outdoors, whenever possible. There are no visitors in our residence halls for at least the first 2 weeks of the semester and additional guidance will follow re: recommended gathering limits on campus)
  • complete the daily symptom checker via the online health services portal and
  • schedule weekly COVID test online through the portal AND show up for your testing appointment (if you have questions about testing, please email covidtesting.support@umassd.edu)

I recognize these protocols require a significant culture shift and it will take a collective effort, personal responsibility and community accountability to make this work. For our community to remain together on campus, we must have universal compliance with health and safety protocols. Anyone unwilling to commit to our shared expectations and anyone who knowingly violates our policies will not be allowed to continue to live on or to physically come to campus. We will be vigilant in supporting students, faculty and staff in this ‘next’ normal. We will be equally vigilant in upholding the rules put in place to safeguard our community and that means quickly and appropriately addressing anyone who chooses not to comply.

#UMassDTogether, always,

VC Shannon

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