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Hampshire College’s COVID-19 campus announcements are archived here for reference.
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updated March 30, 2020
Health and Counseling Services will remain fully staffed and open during business hours. Students should make contact via the secure patient portal or by phone at 413.559.5458. Students who have left campus may call Health Services if you need prescription refills or help with transition to another primary care provider. After hours and weekends, Hampshire students may also contact a UMass Triage Advice Nurse at 413.577.5229.
The Counseling Service Office is offering phone support and consultation at 413.559.5458. For students outside the Pioneer Valley, counselors can help you establish care where you are located. For students who have Hampshire College health insurance, your insurance covers you out of Massachusetts for both medical and behavioral care.
At the end of an extended spring break, Hampshire College has moved to remote teaching and learning starting on Monday, March 30, in order to mitigate infections from the coronavirus.
Students learning at a distance should receive as much attention from faculty advisors and committee members as before. We believe Hampshire’s core value of close mentorship by faculty advisors and expert co-learners can be fulfilled remotely.
Faculty are developing versions of their classes and syllabi appropriate for remote instruction and will be in touch with students with instructions on continuing the course. Students should contact their faculty with any questions or concerns.
If a student hasn't heard from a faculty member, they should reach out to their professors. They may also contact the Center for Academic Support and Advising or the Dean of Faculty Office.
Our goal is to keep students on track to complete their semester on schedule. Hampshire has worked to keep our academic calendar consistent with changes made by our Five Colleges partners where many of our students are enrolled. All four colleges and the University of Massachusetts are teaching remotely for the remainder of the semester. Students taking classes in the Five Colleges should contact their instructors.
Hampshire will support Div III students in fulfilling the requirements of Div II and graduating on schedule. Students and faculty are encouraged to work creatively together to adapt projects to be completed remotely under new conditions and at a level that meets the expectations of the student and committee. The college encourages committees and students to make flexible, innovative decisions in the face of the challenges presented by this pandemic.
Faculty advisors are asked to recognize the impact of these challenging circumstances on Div III projects and to fairly evaluate projects based on the circumstances.
Div III students may be able to stage their performances, screenings, exhibits, and the like in the fall. The college will not require that for graduation, but if a student wants to stage a presentation in the fall, the college will explore ways to support those projects.
The college cannot guarantee access to campus academic spaces due to the impacts of Covid-19, including the State of Massachusetts’s stay-at-home order. Div III students should be able to adapt their processes in coordination with faculty to complete projects without access to campus academic spaces. Students whose projects may require access to an academic space should communicate with their advisors and committee, and develop plans for how to proceed if those spaces do not become available this semester. It is unlikely academic spaces will be open for students on a regular basis for the remainder of the semester, if at all. For students who left materials in an academic building, the college is developing a process to make appointments to retrieve those materials once the State of Massachusetts’s stay-at-home order has been lifted.
The College has made changes to some of the dates on the academic calendar. Please check the academic calendar on the intranet for the full picture and the dates that have not changed.
March 16–March 29: Spring Break - no classes
April 6–April 10: Advising Week*
April 8: Division II and III committee request submission deadline
April 13: Preregistration begins for Fall 2020 Hampshire and Five College Classes
April 17: Field Study, Leave, Exchange, and Notification Deadline
April 20: Last day to withdraw from a course with “W” notation
April 24: Last day to request Fall 2020 Five College classes
May 1: Last day of classes; Division III student progress reports for Fall 2020 completion
May 8: Division III faculty progress reports for Fall 2020 completion
May 8: Division III pass for Spring completion (all work presented and completed)
*Advising Day has been changed to Advising Week (classes are in session)
For progress in remote learning, students are encouraged to establish a clear work schedule every day to mimic their previous schedule on campus.
Students seeking guidance on establishing a schedule may reach out to:
Commencement is Hampshire’s largest event of the year, attracting thousands of attendees and requiring months of planning. Hampshire will reschedule Commencement to take place on campus to coincide with our 50th anniversary festivities the weekend of October 16-18. The college is also planning to recognize all our 2020 graduates in May as much as we can through remote communications. We’re making plans to mail diplomas over the summer. 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 Div III students as we develop these alternative celebrations so that we design events that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.
We are working directly with the few students who remain in study abroad programs or on field study. Please direct questions to the Global Education Office.
For current students, pre-registration for fall courses begins on April 13 on The Hub. A student should contact their current faculty advisor and the Center for Academic Support and Advising for support and guidance in preparing for next year’s program.
Beginning March 24 and until further notice, non-residents are not permitted in campus housing without prior permission from Student Affairs. Hampshire College students who are not living in campus housing are considered non-residents.
The college has a responsibility to know which students remain in residence on campus to ensure health and safety. The college led a door-to-door census on March 24 and 25 to identify students remaining on campus.
Student life staff are offering remote drop-in office hours and creative programming opportunities to encourage social connections. Staff are actively reaching out to support students remaining in campus housing.
Before spring break the college allowed students departing campus to leave their belongings in their room. We are working on policies now to arrange appointments for students to come get their belongings. Due to the State of Massachusetts stay-at-home order in effect through April 7, students who have left campus won’t be allowed to move out until after the stay-at-home order is lifted. At that time, we’ll have a process for students to collect their belongings by appointment, consistent with social distancing protocols, demands on our housing staff, and respect for current residents.
If a student is still in residence but wants to leave their residence while the stay-at-home order is in effect, they can leave or be picked up; they should take only what they need until a full move out can occur after the state stay-at-home order is lifted. Please first contact the Housing Office at email@example.com.
Housing will close on May 17 (subject to change depending on the evolving situation with Covid-19).
Students are not permitted to leave belongings in their residence hall room or mod common area after the final move out day, which is currently May 17. If a student is not able to return to retrieve their belongings by the end of the semester, the college will not discard your things. We will work with students on a process for gathering and storing your belongings until you can return.
If a student has left campus and is unable to return, please inquire about storage options with the Dean of Students Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
When the semester ends, if a student has no alternative housing, the college will work with the student to secure appropriate housing.
Students who permanently left their campus residence before the end of March will receive a credit of $2,130, even if they left belongings in their room. This credit will be posted to the student account as long as the student has notified us they have departed campus; to receive the full credit, students must notify the college they have departed no later than April 1. It is important for students to confirm they have departed campus by completing this brief form if they have NOT already returned their keys.
After April 1, the credit will be prorated to the date of notification.
A returning student may apply the credit to their housing charges for next year. If the student’s bill is fully paid with no more obligations, the student will be able to apply for a cash refund or can opt to donate the balance to the college.
Balances on café cards will be carried over to the next semester, and students who graduate will receive credit to their account. Students on recently purchased block meal plans will receive prorated credit on a case-by-case basis for students with remaining blocks.
Students and their families have the option of donating any remaining credit to Hampshire’s Emergency Fund to benefit students in need.
Policy on Payment of Federal Work Study Wages During Spring 2020 Remote Instruction
Note: students who are ON campus, both FWS and Institutional Work Study (IWS) will not be allowed to work at off-campus work study jobs either at the site or remotely.
Some resident advisors are still working on campus, while others have left. The college is developing a plan to address RA stipends for the remainder of the semester.
The funding of the student activities fund is not year-by-year; funds roll over from previous years. Funds remaining this year will roll over into next year.
The timeline for next year’s housing lottery is being extended. Residence life staff is working on a revised timeline that allows students to participate in the lottery remotely.
The college is hiring current students to be orientation leaders and planning our annual orientation event to welcome our 50th anniversary class in the fall.
During the State of Massachusetts’s stay-at-home order, the Career Options Resource Center (CORC) office cannot work in office, but CORC staff members are working remotely and are able to answer student questions by emailing email@example.com. If you need help with application materials such as resumes, cover letters, personal statements, etc., email a brief description and any links to what you are applying for, and attach your documents in an editable format such as a Word doc or Google doc. We will either respond with feedback as we are able, or suggest a Zoom appointment.
The Dining Commons is operating as a take-out restaurant and mini-market for groceries and is open daily 11:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Students may call ahead to 413.559.6967 and place orders. If a student in residence doesn’t have a meal plan or the ability to pay for food, the student should call the dining hall and explain their circumstances; the College will make food available to students on campus and will not turn our students away.
Dining Services is also offering an online grocery ordering system for residents. Students log in to an online grocery order form, and choose from a variety of groceries, as well as special requests to meet dietary restrictions and needs. Most orders are ready for pick up within three hours. Students can use café card, meal swipes, guest tokens, credit card, or cash to purchase the groceries.
The Bridge and the Kern Café will remain closed.
The Hampstore is open noon–2 p.m. weekdays
Campus Safety and Security is always open, 24/7.
Robert Crown Center and the Multi-Sport Track and Weight Room are closed until further notice.
Mail service is considered an essential service under the Governor’s stay-at-home order, so the campus post office will remain open on weekdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Effective March 16, 2020, no college-sponsored domestic or international travel is permitted, unless explicitly authorized by the President.
During the State of Massachusetts’s stay-at-home order currently in effect through April 7, 2020, Hampshire College has asked employees to work remotely. Some of Hampshire College’s employees have jobs that cannot be done remotely, but who are not performing tasks that support functions identified as “essential” under the Governor’s stay-at-home order. Hampshire will continue to compensate employees in this category, at least through April 7. Employees with questions may contact Jake Toomey in Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In early March, more than 250 Early Action applicants received acceptance letters from Hampshire inviting them to enroll in our 50th anniversary class in the fall. On Friday March 27, Hampshire sent acceptance letters to hundreds more students who applied regular decision to enroll in the fall. Hampshire will welcome these accepted students this spring through virtual accepted student day events and direct outreach organized by Admissions, featuring faculty, staff, students, and alums. We will respond to this pandemic in creative, healthy ways and we will continue to be a college that offers a student-designed education not available from any other college.
The Covid-19 outbreak is affecting the spring Admissions cycle for U.S. colleges and universities, which are projecting impacts on college enrollment in the fall. The magnitude of the effect of Covid-19 on U.S. colleges and universities won’t be known for some time.
Like most colleges and universities, one impact of the Covid-19 outbreak will be to reduce the college’s revenues from room and board this year. Hampshire will work to cover that budget gap through fundraising. We are optimistic the state and federal aid will help mitigate some of the loss of revenue incurred by our response to the Covid-19 crisis.