See our planning for 2020–21.

Covid testing in the RCC

News & Events

COVID-19 Testing Program

Hampshire is requiring ongoing testing of the community throughout the semester, along with prompt contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. All students and all staff and faculty members working on campus and interacting closely with others are being tested.

Spring 2021

Onboarding and Asymptomatic Testing Schedule

Tuesday, January 19 from 9–11 a.m.: All Front-Facing Staff During Student Arrival (Dining Commons, Facilities, Early Learning Center, Campus Safety & Security)

Monday, January 25 from 910 a.m.: All Residential Assistants, Community Facilitators, and Orientation Leaders; International Students

Friday, January 29 from 10 a.m.–noon: All Early Arrivals, New Student Move-In; All Front-Facing Faculty and Staff

Saturday, January 30 from 10 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m.: Continuing Students Move-In (Day #1)

Sunday, January 31 from 10 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m.: Continuing Students Move-In (Day #2)

Friday, February 5 from 911:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.3 p.m.: All Students, Staff, Faculty

Tuesday, February 9–April 27 from  911:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.3 p.m.: Weekly Asymptomatic Testing (Every Tuesday)

>> Read the Asymptomatic Testing and CoVerified FAQ for more information

Please note: Receiving a COVID-19 vaccination does not exempt a person from the testing program or other mandatory prevention measures (wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and hygiene practices to minimize spread of COVID-19).

And having had COVID: Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will have a 90-day exemption from testing. This is because residual viral genetic material in your body can cause a positive result even if you are not symptomatic or contagious. Individuals who are exempt must still perform routine symptom checking and practice all prevention measures, including distancing of at least six feet and wearing face covering at all times anywhere outside of your home.

Total Testing for Spring 2021

“Total Testing” is the number of all asymptomatic and symptomatic tests performed on campus for students, staff, and faculty.

  • Total on-campus tests completed: 3,576
  • Total on-campus positive tests: 1
  • Overall positivity rate: 0.03%

Weekly Updates

Reported after all test results are in each week

February 18–24, 2021

  • Total tests completed - 542
  • Positive - 0
  • Positivity rate: 0%

February 11–17, 2021

  • Total tests completed - 751
  • Positive - 0
  • Positivity rate: 0%

February 6–9, 2021

  • Total tests completed - 283
  • Positive - 0
  • Positivity rate: 0%

January 30–February 5, 2021

  • Total tests completed - 800
  • Positive - 0
  • Positivity rate: 0%

Active cases in isolation housing: 0 / Close contacts in quarantine housing: 0

January 19–29, 2021

  • Total tests completed - 594
  • Positive - 1*
  • Positivity rate: 0.17%

An on-campus student tested positive in the asymptomatic testing program on January 29. The student is in isolation housing and contact tracing is complete. There are no on-campus close contacts.

* On February 7, the Broad Institute College Testing Program updated some COVID test results because a new, more sensitive testing process yielded positive results to individuals who had levels of virus that were not high enough to be transmissible. The updated results impacted some positive tests between January 25 and February 5. Some results that had been designated “positive” were changed to “inconclusive.” Broad recommended retesting any individual with a weak positive test, now changed to inconclusive. Any student or staff/faculty member impacted at Hampshire has been notified and follow-up testing has been done.


Stay In Touch
With The Dean of Students Office
Snail Mail
Dean of Students Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002