Hampshire is continuing our efforts to keep the community healthy and to monitor Coronavirus COVID-19
Dear Hampshire College Community,
Colleges and universities across the country are responding to community requests for urgent assistance during this pandemic. In Massachusetts, both local governments and the state Emergency Management Agency have approached institutions to help house medical workers and first responders, provide isolation and quarantine spaces, offer shelter for the unhoused, and provide cold storage spaces for bodies. Hampshire College’s mission encompasses ethical citizenship and social justice, so we need to be prepared to help where we can as we live our mission.
This week Hampshire College offered to work with the Town of Amherst to understand how we can assist their efforts to respond to the pandemic, such as offering space in empty dormitories. These conversations are in progress and nothing is settled yet; if approached, we will also work with the county or state. I will keep our community informed if we are called upon to help. We will continue to offer our support to the town, the county, and the state as needed during this crisis.
Specifically, we are preparing a portion of Dakin in case a request is made to provide housing. If we do partner with the town, county, or state, any offer of our campus facilities will not involve the work of our staff, beyond initial preparations of the building. If our facilities are used, the partner will staff all activities, cover all expenses, ensure the college has no liability, and professionally clean and sanitize any space after it is vacated. The College will only enter into a partnership if we are confident the terms protect the health and safety of our students and employees.
This situation demands generosity and cooperation among everyone, and Hampshire will do its part to help. I know this is a stressful time—I will do my best to keep people informed while also working to respond quickly to the needs of our community.
Dear Hampshire College Community,
Hampshire College has learned that one of our employees was confirmed this morning to have Covid-19. The employee has been out of office and not working on campus since Friday, March 13, and does not work directly with students. The employee had no campus contacts that put any student or colleague at risk of exposure, and a small number of employees who may have been in direct contact with the employee in the last 14 days have been notified. The employee’s work area has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
It’s the college’s responsibility to notify our campus of a case of the disease in our community. The employee is following public health guidelines and recovering at home. Public health officials are leading the investigation into the employee’s case following standard practice.
The college will not release any identifying information about the employee out of respect for their privacy and applicable HIPAA privacy laws. We ask you to please respect their privacy—even if you believe you know who they are—so they can focus on recovering.
It’s likely Covid-19 will continue to spread in our region and further affect our college. We are providing you here with information on how to prevent, report and respond to potential cases.
Patients with respiratory symptoms—sore throat, nasal congestion, fever, cough, or shortness of breath—are best triaged over the phone by medical staff. For mild to moderate symptoms, do not walk into a health office without calling first or enter any public spaces in order to limit risk of exposure to others.
If you have severe symptoms, including any difficulty breathing, call 911 for emergency response.
Students who have left campus, please call your primary care provider for medical care. All students remaining in residence seeking medical care must call the Health Services office first. Contact Hampshire Health Services during normal business hours Monday–Friday 413.559.5458—this number may also be used for counseling and mental health services. After-hours medical advice is available 24/7 through UMass Triage 413.577.5229 or 413.577.5000.
Students, please contact Hampshire Health Services if you’ve been tested for Covid-19, to help us assess any impact on fellow community members.
Please contact your primary care provider(s) for medical and mental health care.
When you are not able to work for Covid-19-related circumstances affecting you or a family member, please contact Hampshire Human Resources (email jtHR@hampshire.edu) and your supervisor. Our employee assistance program, e4Health, has many benefits and supports for all employees and their immediate family members—800.828.6025.
Please review more detailed guidance in the attached table based on similar protocols in place at UMass Health:
Students, Staff, Faculty,
Yesterday I met with students in a virtual Town Hall—the same day that the Governor’s two-week stay-at-home order took effect in the state of Massachusetts. As I acknowledged then, the Covid-19 pandemic has had an extraordinary effect on our world and our personal lives, creating a profound sense of loss for all of us, especially our Division III students. And while there is no game plan pre-written for such an unprecedented circumstance, I know that everyone at Hampshire is acting as efficiently and sympathetically as we can. I have tremendous faith in our resiliency and our ability to forge a path together.
In facing this challenge, Hampshire has real advantages over other colleges. We are not burdened by rigid requirements. We are used to being creative, innovative, and experimenting—and now we are being challenged to practice these skills in a situation that offers no precedent.
I am impressed with the way our community has responded together to this pandemic as we develop ways to complete the semester for our students without sacrificing quality or our values of close mentorship and co-learning. Students and faculty are encouraged to continue to work creatively to adapt projects so they can be completed remotely under new conditions and at a level that meets the expectations of the student and committee. Hampshire will support Div III students in completing their projects and graduating, and all of our students as they continue their learning remotely.
Many students are asking about our May Commencement, as many U.S. colleges and universities are rescheduling graduation ceremonies. Commencement is Hampshire’s largest event of the year, attracting thousands of attendees in celebration of our graduates, and requiring months of planning. To ensure we can safely and properly honor our 2020 graduates in person, Hampshire will reschedule Commencement to take place on campus to coincide with our 50th anniversary festivities the weekend of October 16-18.
At the same time, the college is planning to recognize our 2020 graduates in May as much as we can through remote communications. We are also discussing the logistics of hosting one or more Div III showcases, either virtually this spring or on campus in the fall.
We will consult with graduates as we develop alternative celebrations to design events that everyone can enjoy. I am as disappointed as our students and families in the need to reschedule, but I know we will gather in celebration when it is safe to do so.
In response to the many questions we’ve received from students, we’ve posted revised FAQs today addressing a range of topics.
In early March more than 250 early action applicants received acceptance letters from Hampshire inviting them to enroll in our 50th anniversary class of fall 2020. This Friday Hampshire will send acceptance letters to hundreds more students who applied regular decision, inviting them to enroll in the fall. Hampshire will welcome our accepted students this spring through virtual Accepted Student Day events and via direct personal communications featuring faculty, staff, students, and alums. We will respond to this pandemic in the most positive, creative ways, and we will continue to be a college that offers a student-designed education not available from any other school.
It is particularly important that all of us strive to uphold the college’s mission to be ethical citizens of our campus, local, state, national, and global communities. We know that for too many in our communities, this virus is deadly. It is our obligation to do everything we can to reduce the burden on the health care system so people who get sick can receive treatment. I encourage us all to be sympathetic to and supportive of each other through this challenging time.
Dear Students, Staff, Faculty,
Today Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued a two-week stay-at-home advisory and ordered all but essential businesses and services to operate remotely beginning tomorrow Tuesday, March 24, at noon, until Tuesday, April 7, at noon. Colleges like Hampshire are considered essential only for the purposes of facilitating distance learning and performing essential student support functions, and only as long as we are operating under rules for social distancing.
Per the order Massachusetts state residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities during the two-week time period. Similar orders have been issued by the states of Connecticut and New York where some of our employees live.
Please be assured that the order allows us to continue to support the students living on campus, but we must shut down most other offices across campus. Students will have access to food services, health and counseling services, and basic residence services.
Hampshire students in residence may not leave campus except to travel for food or pharmacy, or to a job where they are considered an essential employee under the terms of the Governor’s order.
The stay-at-home order means no students will have physical access to any academic spaces on campus. The College will not consider reopening these spaces until we can be absolutely certain it is safe to do so. At this point, Division III students should assume that they will not have access to campus academic resources for the remainder of the spring semester and should be working with their committees to develop alternative approaches to complete their projects.
Hampshire Dining Commons will remain open daily 11:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. for take-out orders at 413.559.6967.
This stay-at-home order highlights the seriousness of this illness for our community and our health care system. We urge students to follow strong social distancing practices including no social gatherings of any size, remaining largely in your mods or residence halls, and doing outdoor activity individually.
Employees working remotely should continue to do so. Employees who are able to work remotely but have not been doing so should begin remote work now.
Employees who are not able to work remotely should receive guidance from their supervisor about whether or not they are allowed to work on campus during the stay-at-home order.
We will make sure employees are advised about any support the state or federal governments provide for employees who are unable to work during the stay-at-home order.
Faculty members are expected to work from home during the stay-at-home order unless they absolutely cannot teach remotely without coming to campus.
Faculty who need supplies from their campus work spaces (office, lab, studio, etc.) should pick them up before Tuesday March 24 at noon, while practicing social distancing. After that point no faculty member should enter an academic building without permission for the duration of the stay-at-home order.
Faculty who cannot engage in remote instruction without being present on campus should contact Yaniris Fernandez immediately to explore alternative ways to support your teaching or, in the case that such alternatives cannot be arranged, to be given permission to be present on campus.
The Governor’s order does not make exceptions for allowing research, scholarship, or creative activity as these are not identified as essential functions justifying physical access to campus facilities during the stay-at-home order.
While this is an abrupt and quite serious decision, we were already largely in compliance with the expectations of the stay-at-home order. We will be able to follow the order’s guidelines while maintaining core functions and services. We will continue to provide information and guidance as it becomes available. Thank you all for your perseverance, and everything we are doing to protect the health and safety of all members of our community.
Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we do our best as a community to respond to the challenge of the Covid-19 virus. The staff and faculty of Hampshire College are applying their creativity and critical thinking to design innovative ways to support your academic work as we adopt new and unexpected approaches. I know our students will match that ingenuity.
Many of you have questions, and will continue to have them. On Tuesday, March 24, I will host an online town hall meeting for students at 3 p.m., and will plan to schedule these meetings regularly. Details to log into the town hall will be coming in another message. I am holding separate town halls for parents/families, and faculty/staff.
Our faculty and staff have been collaborating to put in place plans for ad hoc remote instruction, and will continue to work on this intensively during our extended spring break (and beyond). The College has expanded our technical capacities to support remote learning and will continue to invest where needed.
Faculty members are working with Division III students to assess how best to complete quality projects remotely and still meet the (revised) May 8 Div III pass deadline. While projects may need to change, some even substantially, I am confident that the partnerships between Div III students and their committees, combined with the creativity all of us bring to our work, will generate excellent outcomes.
I also have some updates specifically for the small population of Hampshire students who are remaining in residence after March 22:
When instruction resumes March 30, we anticipate Div III students with needs that cannot be otherwise met will have access to the following academic spaces at limited times or by appointment only:
There have been a lot of emails and adjustments to policies, and this will continue. I encourage everyone to monitor your email for Covid-19 Important Announcements (also posted here) along with our Frequently Asked Questions page, which is also updated regularly.
When we resume instruction on March 30, I am confident that our students will be able to continue to pursue the distinctive questions, projects, and creative work that make Hampshire so unique and our self-directed students so impressive. Flexibility, openness, creativity, and commitment to experimenting are the traits all colleges need to navigate this unprecedented disruption — fortunately, those constitute the essence of Hampshire’s identity.
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Hampshire College will extend the academic spring break by one week, to provide more time to transition successfully to remote instruction. Beginning March 30, 2020, classes will be delivered remotely. Division III pass for Spring 2020 completion, final Division I and II project and portfolio submission, and other academic requirements tied to the academic calendar will also move back a week. Given the changes to the academic calendars of our Five Colleges partners and uncertainty about how their schedules will work, details about the end of the semester will need to be developed as the situation becomes more clear.
When we decided to move to remote teaching and learning last week, we planned to resume instruction on our normal schedule following spring break. Our goal was to maximize our ability to resume normal operations in April without falling too far behind. Now that it is clear that we will not be inviting students to return to campus in April, it is in the interests of everyone to take some extra time to prepare for a successful transition to remote teaching and learning. It is also the case that extending the break provides some flexibility to the many of our faculty and staff who are affected by the closing of school systems in the community and are having to arrange for care of children and family members.
Effective tomorrow the College is temporarily closing all academic spaces to students approved to remain on campus while we develop a plan for staffing and ensuring health and safety in those spaces. This closure includes the Arts Barn, Harold F. Johnson Library (including media services, the advanced media labs and the gallery), Cole Science labs, Center for Design, Liebling Center, Adele Simmons Hall, Music & Dance Building, Emily Dickinson Hall theatre spaces, and all academic work spaces. We ask for your patience while we assess the level of need for access to these spaces and create a plan for safe use. We will restore access to these spaces as soon as possible, and hopefully no later than Tuesday, March 24. While we intend to ensure access to academic spaces important to student work, the health and safety of our entire community will govern decisions about space usage. Staff and student workers who are employed in any of these locations should consult their supervisor to determine how this action impacts them.
I write with an urgent update. We have worked hard over the last week to preserve the possibility of resuming the spring semester as normal. Hampshire’s community and curriculum deserves every opportunity to thrive in its best form. Unfortunately, conditions continue to evolve rapidly, and every change makes it harder to sustain the hope that we can resume in-person teaching and learning.
In his emergency order on March 15, Massachusetts Governor Baker banned all gatherings of more than 25 people and encouraged all institutions of higher education to “pursue strategies to reduce the need for faculty and staff to be on campus.” The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and Department of Public Health “strongly recommend that colleges and universities, both public and private, continue to pursue strategies to reduce the need for students to be on campus.” The Governor issued an emergency order forbidding on-premises consumption of food at restaurants, which means our dining services will be limited to take-out options. The federal government is considering domestic travel restrictions. Travel and movement restrictions are increasing across the United States, and many jurisdictions are adopting increasingly stringent social distancing measures.
Given these circumstances and the Governor’s directives, Hampshire College will not be able to resume in-person instruction on April 6. We will continue with remote instruction, including for students who remain on campus, indefinitely. Only operations critical to the functioning of the campus and necessary to support the safety and well-being of students in residence will continue on campus. Any staff work that can plausibly be done remotely will not take place on campus.
In light of these new circumstances, the following policies now apply:
Students who have not received College approval to stay in residence after March 22, 2020 are now REQUIRED to leave campus housing as soon as possible, and no later than noon on March 18.
As previously communicated on March 13, any student not in residence on campus by noon on March 16, 2020 will not be permitted to return to campus, unless given specific exemption based on unavoidable hardship or significant extenuating circumstances. Students in this situation must contact the Dean of Students Office at 413.559.5412.
Given the rapidity with which the situation is changing, we encourage domestic students who have been approved to remain on campus after March 22 to leave if they have a safe and secure home environment to which to return. We will expect faculty to work creatively with Div III students to complete their work, even if their projects require campus resources. At this point we cannot be certain about the resources and facilities that will be available on campus, given staffing limitations and the encouragement of the state to adopt remote work.
Students who leave campus and travel more than 10 miles away will not be permitted to return to campus; please be aware that as conditions change we may further restrict travel, up to and including requiring all students who remain in residence to stay within the boundaries of campus.
Effective immediately, no college-sponsored domestic or international travel is permitted, unless explicitly authorized by the President.
As previously announced, non-Hampshire College guests are only permitted in campus housing while they are assisting a Hampshire College student in moving out of the residence.
I am as disappointed as all of you that we will not be able to return to campus and resume in-person learning. I am saddened by the dispersal of a community that has endured so much and yet built such momentum for the future. We are doing everything we can to mitigate the disruption of your academic and creative work, so much of which depends upon the support we all provide one another. I promise to do everything I can to both support the students who will be remaining on campus and those who will be participating from a distance. And I will work relentlessly to secure a stable future for Hampshire College.
Ed Wingenbach, President
In response to changing circumstances, including the declaration of a state of emergency by both the federal government and State of Massachusetts, the shutting of local K-12 schools, a presumptive positive case of Covid-19 connected to an Amherst Regional High School parent/guardian, and the importance of establishing rigorous social distancing practices as soon as possible, we are issuing new guidance about students in campus residences. We apologize for issuing changing recommendations; this is a rapidly evolving situation and our priority is the health and safety of our students and community. We ask for your patience as we all do our best to keep one another safe.
Students who have not received College approval to stay in residence after March 22, 2020 are now STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to leave campus housing as soon as possible.
Please be aware that the College may need to continue to restrict our student life and housing policies as necessary in the coming days to ensure campus health and safety.
As previously announced, non-Hampshire College guests are only permitted in campus housing while they are assisting a Hampshire College student in moving out of the residence.
Students in campus housing should practice social distancing. This includes avoiding gatherings of students for informal events or parties.
It remains the case that beginning March 16 at noon, any student who travels more than 10 miles must leave campus housing and may only return to campus in order to move out belongings. This restriction applies to all students, including those approved to stay on campus after March 22.
Finally, our capacity to allow any students to remain on campus, even those with no other places to live, depends upon every member of our community observing these policies. If students regularly disregard travel and guest restrictions, or remain in residence without permission, we may be forced to close campus housing altogether. We are asking everyone at Hampshire College to take responsibility for the well being of all of us.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12:00pm (noon) all Hampshire students currently living in residence at the College will be required to follow these terms to remain in housing.
Dear Hampshire College Community,
Our community has been working responsibly and creatively to respond to the continuing spread of the Covid-19 virus. We are taking a number of important steps effective today, detailed below. Most important, Hampshire College will temporarily adopt remote instruction after spring break in order to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and allow time to assess whether students can return to campus in April. We will allow students with extenuating circumstances to apply to remain on campus after spring break.
In our planning we are prioritizing the health and safety of Hampshire College, our students, and the broader community. We are also committed to supporting the academic welfare of our students. Hampshire’s unique educational model is complex, demanding, and cooperative. Our Division III students are often working on projects dependent upon campus resources and spaces that cannot be transported or replicated at a distance.
After extensive consideration of many strategies and reviewing the policies adopted by other higher education institutions, Hampshire College will implement the following steps:
This disruption of campus life is difficult for all of us and presents unprecedented challenges. This year we have come together as a campus community, and we are a stronger community for it. I hope we can work through this challenge together in that spirit. Our ability to enact this plan relies on everyone’s willingness to participate in good faith.
We will continue to communicate details as they develop, and to post updates here.
Dear Hampshire Community,
Hampshire College’s Covid-19 Response Team is meeting daily to address a dynamic and rapidly evolving global situation and the implications for our campus community and the community at large. The risk of exposure to the public remains low according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and there are currently no confirmed cases at Hampshire College. Nevertheless, it is important that we adopt efforts to slow the spread of the virus now, before cases emerge in our community. Ethical citizenship is central to our mission, which in this case includes an obligation to mitigate the risk to the most vulnerable people in our community and region. Hampshire is monitoring new advisories and concerns hourly and taking the important steps detailed below to account for the needs of our students, faculty, staff, and broader community. We encourage everyone to educate themselves in the steps to prevent exposure and to consider the well-being of loved ones and community members broadly.
To prepare for the possibility of a disruption to courses and academic programs on campus, Hampshire is developing alternatives to enable students to complete course requirements and finish the semester, including using our existing Moodle system or Zoom group meetings. We have asked faculty to plan to adjust syllabi and expectations for course completion if we have to suspend face-to-face teaching and learning, and the College is providing support for that planning. We are committed to supporting our students as they complete their academic work this semester.
Effective immediately, and until May 1, the College will limit public campus gatherings to no more than 50 participants, with the exception of Red Barn private rentals. This policy does not include Hampshire academic classes or events that are limited to current Hampshire faculty, staff, and students.This limit applies to events sponsored by the College, schools, divisions, and offices, as well as student-sponsored events. Regrettably, this decision includes events scheduled for April including the annual CLPP Conference. At this point Spring Jam participation will be restricted to current Hampshire students, and it may be cancelled as conditions change. Decisions about events scheduled after May 1 will be made at a later date.
Effective immediately, and until further notice, Hampshire College will not sponsor or fund any international travel. Students already on study abroad may remain unless their country is designated a CDC Warning Level 3 or State Department Level 4 Warning, in which case they must return home. Hampshire’s Travel Policy announced March 2, 2020 (see below), regarding students, faculty, staff in CDC Warning Level 3 Countries remains in effect.
At this time, Hampshire will continue to assist students with planning for fall 2020 study abroad programs.
Until further notice, the College will not sponsor or fund group travel of five people or more outside of a 100-mile radius of campus, unless the group receives express written permission for an exemption from the president's office.
We encourage students to remain on campus for spring break to help mitigate transmission of the virus. On Monday, March 9, the College sent our residential students a message (see below) welcoming them to remain on campus next week, with updates on the week's campus resources including housing, dining, and health services.
The College now requires all faculty, students and staff to report all international travel, both College-sponsored and personal, and all College-sponsored domestic travel, through this HampGOES travel registry form (follow the "User Login" instructions to login, then access the "travel registry" tab and "add a plan" to submit your travel details). This mandatory registration is necessary to create a record of where members of our community have traveled should there be a public health need.
The College is developing contingency plans for supporting colleagues who may need to self-isolate at home, which will include minimizing worry about using or depleting one’s sick days. If feeling ill or experiencing cold symptoms, staff and faculty are asked to stay home.
Hampshire’s facilities office is focusing its resources and is committed to a healthy, safe campus. The College has ordered additional hand sanitizer and will be installing updated dispensers across campus. Campus signs for proper hygiene and hand washing have been posted broadly. Facilities has deployed its custodial staff to sanitize high-touch surfaces in areas where there are large gatherings of people, and prioritizing spaces such as the health center.
We recognize that some members of our community may be at higher risk for serious illness from Covid-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance for individuals in this situation. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your primary health care provider for guidance on how the College can help protect your wellbeing.
Our community members should be aware of announcements and access restrictions by our partners in the Five Colleges:
We will continue to update this page.
I've provided additional resources below including information on our campus Covid-19 Response Team. Questions on Hampshire’s preparedness and response may be directed to the President’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed Wingenbach, President
State of Massachusetts Dept of Public Health
CDC Travel Advisories
Centers for Disease Control
U.S. State Department Level 4 Travel Warning locations
HAMPSHIRE’S COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM
HAMPSHIRE COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM subcommittees to address and oversee key areas and concerns:
Hampshire is continuing our efforts to keep the community healthy and to monitor Coronavirus Covid-19, which remains a low risk to the public in Massachusetts according to the state Department of Public Health. Given the unfolding concerns over international travel and some domestic travel, Hampshire welcomes our students to stay in your campus residences over Spring Break.
The College will now have Dining Services and Health Services open for spring week on the special schedules below. Note that because classes are not being held for the week and some faculty and staff will not be on campus, the College can’t guarantee access to academic buildings or academic services.
We urge anyone planning international travel for personal reasons to understand that restrictions may be issued in locations that could impact your ability to return to campus; we advise that you closely monitor travel guidance from the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Any Hampshire community member returning from a CDC Warning Level 3 country may not return to campus for any reason until they have been in the U.S. for at least 14 days and have not shown any symptoms of Covid-19.
As we look to prepare for food service and resources not typically available over the break, we ask students to complete this quick Spring Break Plans Survey Your responses will help us plan services and programs for students remaining on campus.
As a reminder, Hampshire is also requiring students, faculty, or staff traveling on college-sponsored travel—work or study funded or arranged by the college or for academic credit—and on international personal travel to register your travel itinerary in the HampGOES travel registry, provided by our Global Education Office.
Hampshire College Community,
We are writing with an update on the novel strain of coronavirus COVID-19 and the important steps Hampshire is taking to respond. There have been no cases of COVID-19 among our students, faculty, or staff either on campus or among those studying or working abroad, and currently the risk is low of getting COVID-19 in the U.S. or Massachusetts according to federal and state public health agencies. Many of our community members are concerned for loved ones around the world impacted or threatened by the outbreak and we share those concerns.
Hampshire is coordinating closely with the Five Colleges health centers and public health officials from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). College leaders are actively monitoring developments and preparing for contingencies.
The CDC has currently assigned its highest Warning Level 3 to China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy, and an Alert Level 2 to Japan. The outbreak has prompted many schools and institutions to cancel their study abroad programs in countries with high risk.
Hampshire’s Global Education Office is coordinating with our global study abroad partners and communicating directly with our 34 students on exchange and field study and their families to ensure their health and safety and minimize the impact to their academic work as much as possible.
This weekend Hampshire communicated to our study abroad students that those studying in a country designated with a CDC Warning Level 3 should make plans to return home as soon as possible. The Center for Academic Support and Advising and the Global Education Office will notify the student's faculty committee at Hampshire and urge them to make accommodations wherever possible to support the student in completing their work. A student who wishes to stay in a location with a Warning Level 3 will be required to sign an assumption of risk agreement along with their parent/guardian, taking responsibility for the risks of remaining there.
Likewise, the College is now asking faculty and staff working in Warning Level 3 countries to return home as soon as possible. In addition, our regular global policy does not permit college-sponsored travel to US State Department Level 4 Travel Warning locations, which include China and, as of March 1, Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy; any student, faculty or staff traveling in these regions of Italy must arrange to leave immediately.
Any Hampshire community member returning from a Warning Level 3 country may not return to campus for any reason until they have been in the U.S. for at least 14 days and have not shown any symptoms of COVID-19.
Hampshire is also requiring students, faculty, or staff traveling on college-sponsored travel—work or study funded or arranged by the college or for academic credit—to register your travel itinerary in the HampGOES travel registry, provided by our Global Education Office. This applies to all college-sponsored travel but not to personal travel. Follow the "User Login" instructions to login, then access the "travel registry" tab and "add a plan" to submit your travel details.
We suggest students, staff, and faculty planning to travel internationally, whether for academics or personal, first monitor official government travel advisories from the CDC and the U.S. State Department. We encourage you to weigh the necessity of any international travel against the potential risks, such as of being exposed to the disease, quarantined or prevented from traveling, or incurring unexpected expenses.
While the risk of COVID-19 is currently low in the Northeast, we are still in flu and respiratory disease season. The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine and taking the following preventive actions to stop the spread of all illness.
Students with health questions may contact either their primary care provider, or Hampshire Health Services during business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. at 413.559.5458. At night and on weekends, Hampshire students may contact a UMass Triage Advice Nurse at 413.577.5229.
We are committed to the health and safety of our community members and we’ll continue to provide you timely updates as necessary.
Djola Branner, Vice President for Student Affairs
Eva Rueschmann, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sara Aierstuck, Director of Health & Counseling Services
Katie Irwin, Director of Global Education
Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has a new official name this week and continues to cause significant illness among people in central China, but the risk to the public remains low in Massachusetts. There continue to be no identified cases of Covid-19 in the Five College community.
See the CDC website for up-to-date news and more information about Covid-19, related travel advisories, and frequently asked questions. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also has an updated resource page here.
If you have concerns about symptoms of respiratory illness AND have traveled through China or been in close contact with another person with Covid-19 in the past 14 days: CALL first. You will be directed to the appropriate health facility for your needs. Do not come to the Health Center, attend class, or go into any public spaces in order to limit risk of exposure to others. If you have severe symptoms, including any difficulty breathing, call 911 for emergency response and an ambulance.
Faculty/Staff: Please contact your primary care provider for medical instructions.