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Covid-19 Information

This fall, we will welcome all of our new and returning students to campus. The Covid Response Team (CRT) will continue to monitor and respond to the most up-to-date CDC guidance, health data in Hampshire and surrounding counties, as well as any changes in state or local public health regulations, and adjust campus policy accordingly. Hampshire College remains committed to providing a vibrant, fully in-person educational and social experience to our new and returning students.

Hampshire College is planning onboarding asymptomatic testing for all students after arrival to campus to start the fall semester. Local trends in vaccination status, test positivity percentage, and rate of COVID-19 infection in the community will help determine the need for any regular asymptomatic testing in the fall. The CDC does not currently recommend regular asymptomatic testing for fully vaccinated individuals.

>> Hampshire's COVID-19 Higher Education Control Plan


Information will be added here as we have it, and is subject to change.

August 24, 2021: Fall COVID-19 Policy Update

Dear Hampshire College Students, Staff, and Faculty,

Over the next weeks students will arrive at Hampshire College, classes will resume in person, activities will be taking place on campus, and offices will be open. We have carefully designed the protocols that will be in place this fall to create an environment that is safe, welcoming, and conducive to the outstanding teaching and learning that Hampshire exemplifies. Our updated policies are detailed below.

We have been paying close attention to scientific research, government policies, and public health experts. We have heard directly from national leaders working to manage the pandemic, and have consulted widely with experts and colleagues at other colleges and universities in Massachusetts.  It is very clear that establishing a vaccination rate over 90% is the most important step to minimize the chance of serious illness and reduce the likelihood of community spread, should infection occur on campus. Because we have received so few requests for medical or religious exemptions, we anticipate the Hampshire College community to far exceed that level, which means our campus will be one of the safest places a person can be this fall.

Even with such high rates of vaccination, we recognize that COVID-19 continues to pose risks, especially as the delta variant circulates. Moreover, as students return to campus from around the world, many will be arriving from places where infection rates are higher than our region. We have decided to implement additional safety measures beyond vaccination for the first part of the semester. Following current CDC guidelines, face coverings will be required indoors, except in private spaces and while eating; this policy will be revisited if the Town of Amherst rescinds their indoor masking order.  In addition to the COVID-19 testing already scheduled for the return to campus, we have extended weekly asymptomatic testing through October 19. Testing data is published on this page. Finally, while all students will be tested upon arrival, I encourage students to take a test before travelling to campus to help reduce the chance that anyone might bring the virus to Hampshire with them.

I hope you share my excitement that our community will be able to once again gather in person, safely, in pursuit of our unique mission, as well as my appreciation for the commitment everyone has demonstrated to get us to this point.

Below is a detailed overview of COVID-19 policies for fall 2021. You can find more details in our FAQ.

Vaccination Requirement: Every student and employee must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to live, learn, work, or visit Hampshire College. Only those who have demonstrated medical contraindications to all available vaccines or who have sincere religious objections are exempt from the requirement.

All students must get vaccinated. Students who refuse vaccination without approved exemptions on file will not be permitted to attend Hampshire in the fall. Health Services must have a student’s proof of vaccination on file before they are permitted to attend class, participate in activities, or move in.

All employees must get vaccinated. Employees who have not completed their shots, verified their status, or obtained an exemption by September 8 will be placed on unpaid leave while their status is reviewed. Employees who have not already verified your vaccination status should do so at either the August 26 or September 8 asymptomatic testing days.

Employees and students who have not reached full immunity (2 weeks after their final shot) must wear a face covering at all times, except when alone in a private room or office, and may not remove their mask to eat in an approved dining area.

Indoor Masking: The College will require indoor masking for everyone when federal, state or local guidelines require it, and when the COVID Response Team deems it reasonable based on campus conditions. Current CDC guidance recommends indoor masking for vaccinated people when the level of community transmission is “substantial,” defined as greater than .05 cases per 100 people. The College may require indoor masking whenever large numbers of people are arriving on campus from outside the county, such as during move-in or following breaks. 

When indoor masking is required, everyone must wear a face-covering indoors, except (1) when alone in a private office or residential room, (2) while seated and eating food in an approved dining area, and (3) when using a bathroom in a dormitory or mod.

As of August 18, 2021 the Town of Amherst is under a special order requiring indoor masking in all areas accessible to the public, and indoor masking continues to be required by the State of MA in our Early Learning Center, at Health Services, and when using the PVTA. Indoor masking is required on campus until further notice; once indoor masking is no longer required in the Town of Amherst we will assess the necessity of continued masking. 

Vaccinated people may choose to wear masks even when the indoor masking requirement is not in effect. Everyone in the Hampshire College community should feel comfortable taking this precaution, and we encourage all of you to choose to mask whenever you wish to do so.|

Outdoor Masking: We encourage everyone to wear a face covering outdoors when in a crowded environment.

Positive Test: Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days, following local Department of Public Health requirements. A student who tests positive will be moved to an isolation room on campus; food will be delivered to students in isolation. A student who tests positive may opt to return home to isolate, if they can arrange safe transportation. Employees who test positive should isolate themselves at home. Guidelines set by the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will determine when a student or employee can return to normal activities on campus.

Experiencing Symptoms: Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine while awaiting test results. Students and employees with symptoms may not attend work, class, or other activities until they have received a negative COVID-19 test result. A person with symptomatic illness but who does not have COVID-19 must wear a face covering at all times, except when alone in a private room or office.

Close Contacts: Fully vaccinated people identified as a close contact with an infected person should be cautious and monitor for symptoms for 10 days after exposure to the close contact; they do not need to quarantine if they are not experiencing symptoms. They should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure. While waiting for a test result, vaccinated close contacts may continue to work, attend class, and participate in activities, but must wear a face covering at all times, except students when alone in a private dorm or mod room, until after receiving a negative test result. Vaccinated employees with private offices must wear a face covering in their private office while waiting for a negative test result.

Symptomatic close contacts should stay home and be evaluated by their health care provider, test after 3-5 days, and follow advice of the public health departments or Health Services regarding quarantine.

Unvaccinated people identified as a close contact with an infected person must quarantined while awaiting a test result; if the unvaccinated person is a student, they will be moved to isolation housing.

Asymptomatic Testing: In order to monitor the campus population and minimize the potential spread of any breakthrough infection, Hampshire will conduct on-boarding testing for all students and employees. After on-boarding is complete, weekly testing of all students and employees will take place through October 19, or until campus and local conditions indicate testing is no longer needed. All students and all employees working on campus must participate in the asymptomatic testing program.

Any vaccinated person who misses a weekly test may continue to work, attend class, and participate in activities, but must wear a face covering at all times, except when alone in a private room, until they receive a negative test result. Dining should be done in a private room or outside.
Any unvaccinated person who misses a weekly test must quarantine while awaiting a test result; if the unvaccinated person is a student, they will be moved to quarantine housing.

For people who miss a weekly test, UMass provides free COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday on their campus.

Results from the asymptomatic testing program are available on the College website. The website tracks the total number of asymptomatic tests completed, total positive results, current number of active cases, and current number of students in isolation on campus.

Visitors: Visitors to the Hampshire campus must wear a face-covering at all times when indoors on campus, without exception and regardless of the masking policy in effect for Hampshire employees and students. This includes when in the private offices or rooms of College employees and students. Current students and employees of the Five Colleges (Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Amherst Colleges, and UMass) are not considered visitors at Hampshire, as all of the institutions are requiring vaccination.

When a large number of visitors is expected on campus for events or activities, or when visitors will be on campus for extended periods, additional policies may be adopted, including requiring proof of vaccination from visitors for these specific events or activities.

Admissions: The College is open for admissions visitors and campus tours. Admissions follow the guidelines for campus visitors, including requiring masking for tour groups at all times.

Travel: While the College is not imposing formal restrictions on personal travel at this time, we strongly encourage everyone to limit travel as much as possible and avoid going to locations where the risk of infection is high. College-sponsored travel is limited to the United States and Canada; college-sponsored travel to other locations requires permission from the president. When travelling, please wear a mask whenever in a public location and exercise caution.

Pool Vehicle Usage: Instructional trips are permitted. Face coverings must be worn at all times in the vehicle, and windows should be open if weather permits. Participants need to understand that occupants of a shared vehicle are likely to be considered close contacts in our contact tracing protocol.

Dining: When an indoor masking requirement is in effect, fully vaccinated students and employees may remove their masks in designated indoor dining areas while actively eating; masks should be worn when getting food and moving around in these spaces. Designated dining areas include the Dining Commons, the Kern Center atrium when the Kern Cafe is open, the Bridge Cafe, and employee spaces specifically designated by the college for this purpose.

Unvaccinated students and employees may not remove their mask to eat, except outside or when alone in a private room or office.

Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the outdoor eating spaces that are available on campus as much as possible. Covered outdoor seating is available at the Dakin/Merrill pavilion and the solar canopy.

International Students: Hampshire College will accept any COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use during the global pandemic.

 An international student who has not been able to acquire a vaccine or received a vaccine that is not approved by the World Health Organization will be assisted by Hampshire Health Services in getting an approved COVID-19 vaccine series after arrival. International students who need to be vaccinated upon arrival must follow the guidelines for students who are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after their final shot.

Ed Wingenbach, President


August 9, 2021: Indoor Mask Mandate in Effect Immediately

Students, Staff, and Faculty,

Beginning now and until further notice, everyone must wear a face covering indoors on the Hampshire College campus, except when alone in a private office or private room with the door closed. This requirement applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Masking was already required beginning August 14; this announcement accelerates that implementation.

This new policy follows the Centers for Disease Control recommendation that vaccinated individuals wear a mask in public indoor locations in an area of substantial or high community transmission. As of August 8, 2021, every county in Massachusetts except Hampshire County has exceeded 50 cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, which is considered substantial transmission. While Hampshire County is still below the threshold, it is likely only a matter of time until the local status changes. With transmission increasing around the country, adding this additional safety measure a few days before originally scheduled to go into effect is wise.
I am grateful to everyone who has helped the Hampshire College community achieve a very high level of vaccination, which is the best security against contracting the virus. Masking adds additional protection, particularly against rare but possible incidents of spread between vaccinated individuals. I remain confident that we will be able to protect our community by following reasonable safety measures and treating each other with care.

Further guidance for specific venues and activities may follow as appropriate. For now, please be sure to wear a mask whenever you are in a public indoor location.

Ed Wingenbach

August 5: Important Information Regarding Fall 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We hope you are enjoying your summer and excited about resuming a fully in-person Hampshire experience for the 2021-22 academic year. As we prepare for students’ arrival to campus, we want to share plans regarding COVID-19 vaccination, testing, move-in, and programming at Hampshire.

Vaccination

All students, faculty, and staff will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This supports the College’s plan to return to an in-person, fully residential, personalized, and safe college experience for the fall semester.
 
Students: All students are required to provide proof of vaccination to Health Services prior to arrival. This can be done by emailing a picture of your COVID vaccination card to healthservices@hampshire.edu.
 
Faculty and Staff: Please review the Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement for Employees.

Requests for exceptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated following Hampshire’s standard policies. The expectation is that, by the fall, the College community will consist predominantly of vaccinated individuals, which will significantly reduce the risk of infection for all. International students who cannot obtain a vaccination before arriving in the fall will need to do so when they get to Hampshire; the College will work on ways to facilitate access. Contact deanofstudents@hampshire.edu (students) and hr@hampshire.edu (faculty and staff) for additional information and assistance.

COVID-19 Onboarding + Asymptomatic Testing

All residential and commuter students and all employees working on campus are required to take part in onboarding and asymptomatic testing upon arrival. Please plan to participate in both the Onboarding and Asymptomatic Testings, as all Hampshire community members are required to have two tests at least five days apart. With questions, please contact c19testing@hampshire.edu.

OnBoarding Testing Schedule

  • Monday, August 16: 10 a.m.–1p.m. (August 14 student arrivals + faculty/staff)
  • Monday, August 23: 11 a.m.–noon (All August 21 + 22 student arrivals)
  • Thursday, August 26:  9 a.m.–3 p.m. (All August 25 + 26 student arrivals + faculty/staff)
  • Saturday, August 28: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (All August 28 student arrivals)
  • Sunday, August 29: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (All August 29 student arrivals)

Asymptomatic Testing

Wednesday, September 8: 9–11:30 a.m. / 12:30–3 p.m. (All staff, faculty + students)

Face Coverings Required While Indoors for Everyone Upon Arrival Until August 30

Upon arrival, face coverings will be required indoors for everyone on campus until August 30, unless advised otherwise by national, state, and local health guidelines and requirements. The indoor face covering requirement applies at all times, except when alone, in a private office, in your living space, or when actively eating/drinking. In addition, members of the Hampshire community who are not fully vaccinated are also required to wear face covering outdoors in crowded settings if distancing cannot be observed. All are welcomed to wear a face covering indoors and outdoors beyond August 30, if they choose to do so. This practice will be adjusted as new information and circumstances dictate.

Conduct a Daily COVID-19 Symptom Self-Check

Every person (staff, faculty, student, community member, visitor, or contractor) who is living on campus or coming to campus must conduct a Daily Symptom Self-Check. It is extremely important that you wear a face covering and stay home if you have any potential COVID-19 symptoms. Although the majority of our campus is fully vaccinated, you still need to be vigilant about staying home or in your residential room, wearing face covering, and getting a COVID-19 test when you have a symptomatic illness.

For students, if upon conducting a Daily Symptom Self-Check, you have symptoms or known exposures related to COVID-19, immediately contact Health Services at healthservices@hampshire.edu to get tested for COVID-19. While awaiting results, you must wear face covering at all times and abide by all other Health Services instructions shared with you, which may include a quarantine and isolation stay.

As we prepare for the coming semester, we will once again rely on our community's collective commitment to the care and safety of all our members. Our success relies on the commitment of our entire community to observe two principles: personal accountability and honesty. We recognize that the well-being of the campus community, which is composed largely of residential students, depends primarily on personal self-regulation through community-spirited acceptance of the common good. In the face of COVID-19, we are called to build upon these core values, recognizing that now more than ever, each of our actions or inactions profoundly impacts our fellow community members—faculty, staff and students.
 
Thank you for promoting and protecting the greater good by committing to living and working together as a community, one in which faculty, staff, and students commit to prioritizing the well-being of everyone through our actions.
 
Here’s to a successful and safe fall semester. Welcome Home!
 
Yours in Community,

Zauyah Waite, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Christoph Cox, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty


August 2, 2021: Policy Updates and Reminders from the Covid Response Team

CDC Recommendation Updates

Masking

On July 27, in response to increasing case rates of the OVID-19 virus and the prevalence of the Delta variant, the CDC updated its guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. The CDC has modified its mask guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. This guidance recommends that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks indoors in areas with “substantial” or “high” transmission

As of August 1, Hampshire County is classified as “moderate” risk. Hampshire College will return to masking for all faculty/staff/students/visitors in shared indoor spaces if Hampshire County reaches a rate of “substantial” transmission. Our current policy is that masks are optional for fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students, as well as our Five College partners. 

Masks continue to be required in indoor spaces for visitors and all unvaccinated individuals. Mask use may also be indicated for outdoor events and other activities where physical distancing cannot be maintained. In keeping with the new CDC recommendations, a person may choose to mask regardless of transmission rates if that person or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated. All vaccinated community members should feel welcome to wear masks in indoor spaces on campus if their personal assessment of risk so indicates; mask wearing should not be considered an indicator of vaccination status.

Because of travel into campus from other areas, we will require campus-wide indoor masking in shared spaces during these periods under the current CDC guidance. This includes (but may not be limited to) student return to campus and onboarding (August 14–30). The onboarding process will include asymptomatic testing for all faculty, staff, and students on campus.

Symptom Screening & Testing

The CDC also recommends that fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to COVID-19 get tested 3-5 days after exposure, and that symptomatic individuals also test. Testing is readily available from a wide range of health care providers, and is expected to remain so.

Symptomatic people should not come to campus. People should wear a mask in public indoor areas while awaiting a test result. Anyone coming to the Hampshire College campus should self-screen for symptoms daily and follow CDC guidance on masking and testing.

Departmental Supplies

With indoor mask requirements in place for visitors, departments may want to keep a box of disposable masks on hand to make sure that they don’t need to turn anyone away. Disposable masks are available from the Duplications Center (duplications@hampshire.edu), and will remain available to departments without charge, so please request just what you need. Hand sanitizer and surface wipes are also available; while data indicates that surfaces are not a common transmission source for COVID-19, good hand and surface hygiene remains a wise practice as we enter cold and flu season.

Space Usage

During last year’s state and local occupancy restrictions, the College used the Ad Astra booking system extensively to help locate spaces for meetings and events. Most conference rooms and lounges were limited to a handful of people, making them essentially unusable. Occupancies have returned to normal across campus, but we encourage the community to continue to seek out and explore spaces outside of their departments—for new employees especially, getting out to see more of campus is great.

In addition, people loved having more outdoor seating last year (a necessity when the dining commons seating was closed, but a nice extra now). We will continue to provide additional outdoor seating throughout campus, and will be reinstating outdoor compost collection in commonly used eating areas when students return.
 
We will provide updates and more details as we draw closer to welcoming new and returning students back to campus.


July 30, 2021: Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement for Employees

Dear Staff and Faculty,

You have all worked diligently to create a campus environment that supports working with students in ways that are essential to our mission and values as a residential liberal arts college. Thank you. As we move toward the fall semester, maximizing vaccination rates within the Hampshire College community represents the best and most effective means to limit incidence and spread of Covid-19, and we have required all students to be vaccinated for the fall. While voluntary employee vaccination rates appear to be quite high, recent public health developments have led us to conclude that all people working and learning at Hampshire College should be vaccinated. After consulting with the Covid Response Team and Senior Leadership, I have determined that the College will require all employees to demonstrate that they have received their final dose of vaccine by September 8, 2021. 

We are already quite close to the goal. Based on the confidential vaccination survey, 94% of employees are already fully vaccinated, and another 2% are in the process of being vaccinated. Given those results, we believe it is important to close this small gap and ensure universal vaccination on our campus, with the potential exception of those who require medical or religious exemptions, as noted below.

Vaccination appointments are widely available in the Amherst area and in Massachusetts; many locations take walk-in appointments with little or no waiting. If you need to make an appointment, the state provides a website to assist. Please remember that employees who need to leave work to attend a vaccination appointment may do so without losing compensation, and that employees who have any adverse reaction to a vaccination are granted paid time off the day following their shot.

Employees who have a medical contraindication to Covid-19 vaccines that does not allow for full vaccination or whose sincerely held religious beliefs do not allow vaccination may request an exemption; these requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact Human Resources for more information about exemptions.

There is no need to act immediately to confirm your vaccination status; the College is working on a confidential reporting system and will communicate that process when it is in place. All employees will need to show official documentation that includes their name, vaccine brand, and date(s) of administration. We suggest employees have their documentation readily available to bring to work when requested to do so.

Employees who do not have an exemption and have not received their final dose of the vaccine by September 8, 2021 will immediately be placed on unpaid leave while their division head and Human Resources review their progress toward vaccination or application for exemption. Upon completion of review, failure to provide either proof of vaccination or a medical or religious exemption will result in termination of employment.

Finally, all employees who are not fully vaccinated must wear a face covering at all times when indoors, and outside when unable to maintain social distancing.  Unvaccinated employees may be subject to additional public health measures, such as testing, depending on current public health recommendations and best practices. Unvaccinated employees who do not follow this policy are subject to disciplinary action. Please remember that people may wear masks for many reasons and that wearing a mask does not mean a person is unvaccinated.

Ed Wingenbach


June 14, 2021: Update from the COVID-19 Response Team

Face Covering

Face coverings are no longer required anywhere on campus for fully vaccinated employees or students. People are fully vaccinated two weeks after their final shot.

Employees and students who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces except private offices. Employees and students who are not fully vaccinated must wear a face covering outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained (such as during group activities or teamed work).

Remember that fully vaccinated people may choose to wear a mask for a variety of reasons. Please be respectful and understanding of this and avoid stigmatizing behavior.

Guests and visitors are required to wear face coverings indoors at all times.

These policies are subject to change in response to shifts in local or regional conditions or state local regulations. Face-covering policies for the fall semester have not yet been determined.

College Sponsored Travel

College-sponsored travel within the United States and Canada no longer requires authorization by the President. Employees and students traveling within the United States and Canada may return to normal travel policies. No college-sponsored international travel is permitted to any country other than Canada, unless specifically authorized by the President.


May 28, 2021: Update from the COVID-19 Response Team

The COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) is continually evaluating changes in Federal and State guidance in the context of our campus needs and priorities. Significant changes to Massachusetts COVID-19 emergency orders will be taking place May 29 under COVID-19 Order #69, in response to earlier changes in CDC guidance and positive trends in public health data. Hampshire College had also previously announced changes to campus policies and operations to take place on Tuesday, June 1.

The following policies and operational standards will be in place beginning Tuesday, June 1.

The updates listed below are for general college work and operations.  Consistent with past policy, external rentals (including, but not limited to, events booked at the Red Barn), as well as activities in areas with sector-specific guidelines (such as the Early Learning Center), may have different operating guidelines.

Face Covering Policy

Face coverings are no longer required outdoors on campus, except when physical distancing cannot be maintained (such as during group activities or teamed work).

Face coverings continue to be required indoors, in all spaces except private offices. 

The CRT is continuing to collect and evaluate campus and community health data, including but not limited to vaccination rates, and will discuss potential changes to the indoor face covering policy on June 10. Better understanding what portion of our workforce is vaccinated is a key factor in determining whether relaxing indoor face-covering requirements is reasonable. The CRT strongly encourages everyone to complete the voluntary vaccination survey sent by HR to all employees.  Additional survey reminders, with clickable link, will be sent to those who need to complete the survey on June 2 and 4. 

Visitors

As of June 1, visitors are allowed on campus without an approval process. Offices may re-open to the public at this time.  All visitors must follow current State, local, and college regulations when on campus, including wearing face-coverings indoors at all times.

Vendors and contractors should continue to register with Environmental Health and Safety before coming to campus, so that we can review our current COVID-19 protocols with them.

Occupancy and Space Usage

The State of Massachusetts has indicated that they plan to lift occupancy limits in workplaces on or soon after May 29; the CRT is currently awaiting further guidance from the State.  Hampshire has been operating at 50% occupancy; this means 1 person per 100 square feet, except in spaces with specific posted code occupancy.  This applies to all uses, including independent work, meetings, activities, etc.

Once the state issues clear guidance updates for workplaces, space capacities will be promptly updated in Ad Astra to match current state regulations. A campus-wide information and signage update will be done in conjunction with return to work and fall semester planning, with a completion date in early August.  If your department is finding it difficult to operate at the currently posted occupancies, please contact Elizabeth Craun (ecPP@hampshire.edu) directly to develop a department-specific plan.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to seek out large, well ventilated spaces to hold gatherings such as meetings, as well as to continue to hold meetings virtually when appropriate.  The Ad Astra booking system is the best way to find and reserve rooms, and Event Services will coordinate with Campus Safety, Facilities, and any other departments that are required to make sure your meeting or event runs smoothly.


April 22, 2021: COVID-19 Student Vaccination Requirement for Fall

Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty,

Last month I shared our expectation that we will return to an in-person, fully residential, personalized, and safe college experience for the fall semester. To reach this vision, Hampshire College will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus for the fall Semester. Requests for exceptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated following our regular policies. Our expectation is that by the fall the College community will consist predominantly of vaccinated individuals, which will significantly reduce the risk of infection for all. Students who cannot obtain a vaccination before arriving next semester will need to do so when they get to Hampshire; we will work on ways to facilitate access. I invite all returning students to take advantage of the on-campus vaccination clinic occurring on April 25.

As vaccination rates and availability increase across the country, I am even more confident that the Hampshire College community can create a campus environment very much like the one we enjoyed before the pandemic. We demonstrated a remarkable dedication to the health of everyone in our community this year by maintaining safe practices, even as it has grown tiring to do so, and I know we will continue to be guided by shared commitments to scientific evidence and care for one another.

I strongly encourage all faculty and staff at Hampshire College to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible, including at the on-campus clinic this Sunday. All employees may request leave time for vaccination appointments during work hours, and are entitled to paid time off the day following a vaccination if they experience side effects; this does not count against sick days. Our objective should be to create a community with near universal vaccination, both to protect those few people who cannot take the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, and to contribute to the safety of our neighbors. We are following the evolution of federal and state guidance regarding requiring vaccination of employees, and will continue to evaluate the possibility of mandating it.

I look forward to rebuilding a vibrant, connected, supportive campus community, after this year of distancing and anxiety. Thanks to everyone for your endurance and ongoing efforts to create a safe learning and working environment during these extraordinary times.

Ed Wingenbach
President


 

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