Current Covid FAQs

Information will be added here as we have it, and is subject to change. Last update: February 22, 2022

 

  • Vaccines
    Students & Employees

    Mandatory.

    All students and employees must get vaccinated and boostered (when eligible).

    Students who refuse vaccination without approved exemptions on file will not be permitted to attend Hampshire.

    Employees who have not completed their shots (initial series and boostered once eligible), verified their status, or obtained an exemption by March 21 will be placed on unpaid leave while their status is reviewed.

    Unvaccinated People Must wear a mask at all times, except when alone in a private office or residential room. Unvaccinated people may not remove their mask to eat in an approved dining area.
    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.

    Until fully vaccinated, an international student must follow the guidelines for unvaccinated people.

    The College defines:

    • Fully vaccinated as completing an approved COVID-19 vaccine series AND receiving a booster shot, if eligible.
    • Incompletely vaccinated as anyone who has not completed an approved COVID-19 vaccine series (two weeks after final dose), AND anyone who is eligible for a boosted shot but has not received it.
    • Unvaccinated as anyone who has been granted a medical or religious exemption from vaccination for COVID-19.
  • Masks
    Indoors Mandatory from August 11 until further notice except:
    1. when alone in a private office or residential room with the door closed
    2. while seated and eating food in an approved dining area
    3. when using a bathroom in a dormitory or mod
    Outdoors Strongly encouraged in crowded environments and/or within six feet of others.

    Masks should fit securely and cover your nose and mouth with no gaps. The College recommends either double masking(a reusable mask with 2+ layers of washable fabric PLUS a surgical mask) or a KN95 or better mask. Read specific mask guidelines.

    As of August 18, 2021, the Town of Amherst is under a special order requiring indoor masking in all areas accessible to the public. Indoor masking continues to be required by the State of Massachusetts in our Early Learning Center, at Health Services, and when using the PVTA.

  • Asymptomatic Testing
    Pre-arrival Student Testing

    Hampshire College strongly requests that all students test for COVID-19 within three days before their arrival on campus. The test could be either a single PCR test or two at-home antigen tests separated by at least 24 hours.

    If you test positive, please inform Health Services at 413.559.5458 or healthservices@hampshire.edu. Do not return to campus until you have met the College's criteria for completing isolation. If you test positive but are unable to stay home, please contact the dean of students for guidance.

    Students Test as soon as possible upon arrival, twice weekly the weeks of January 24 and 31, then weekly through the end of the spring semester, or until campus and local conditions indicate testing is no longer needed.
    Employees First test on January 18, then once a week from January 24 through the end of the semester, or until campus and local conditions indicate testing is no longer needed.

    The campus asymptomatic testing dashboard and program updates are available on the COVID-19 Testing Program web page.

    Campus community members can find more information and answers to testing FAQs here.

  • Missed Asymptomatic Testing
    Students & Employees May continue to work, attend class, and participate in activities.

    Must wear a mask at all times indoors and outdoors if around others, except when alone in a private office or residential room, until they receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test result (rapid tests are not an acceptable substitute). Dining should be done in a private residential room or office, or outside.
  • Positive Covid-19 Test Result

    Fully Vaccinated Students & Employees

    (completed an approved COVID-19 vaccine series AND received a booster shot, if eligible)

    Incompletely Vaccinated

    (has not completed an approved COVID-19 vaccine series and is two weeks after final dose, AND anyone eligible for a booster shot but has not yet received it)

    Must isolate for at least five days from onset of symptoms or from the date of positive COVID test if asymptomatic.

    May exit isolation after five full days, if (1) all symptoms have resolved; and (2) after two negative antigen tests, one on day five and the second on the day of release.

    Must wear a KN95 or better mask indoors at all times after leaving isolation, until the 10th day after they begin isolation.

    Students may remove their mask in their own room with the door closed; employees may not remove their mask indoors at any time during the 10 day period.
    Unvaccinated (anyone granted a medical or religious exemption) Must isolate for 10 days from either onset of symptoms, or date of positive test if asymptomatic.
    Students Will be moved into campus isolation housing. Food will be delivered. Students may isolate at home if safe transportation can be arranged.
    Employees Isolate at home. Notify supervisor/dean of faculty and Human Resources Office.

    If you are currently in isolation and are eligible to finish isolation based on the new guidance above, but cannot secure rapid tests, isolate for the full 10 days.

    The College has a supply of rapid antigen tests and KN95 masks available.

    Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will have a 90-day exemption from any asymptomatic testing requirements.

    Hampshire College will provide emergency paid sick leave to employees (including student workers) who are unable to work for COVID-19 related reasons.

  • Experiencing Symptoms
    Students & Employees Stay home. May not attend work, class, or other activities until a negative PCR COVID-19 test result is received (rapid tests are not an acceptable substitute).

    A person with symptomatic illness but who has a negative PCR COVID-19  test may resume normal activities. This includes eating indoors in designated dining areas.
    Students Call Health Services for guidance and symptomatic PCR COVID-19 testing.
    Employees Call your healthcare provider for guidance and symptomatic PCR COVID-19 testing. Notify your supervisor or dean of faculty.

    Notify Human Resources in event of a positive test result.

    Every person who is coming to or is living on campus must conduct a COVID-19 symptom self-check before leaving their home.

  • Close Contacts
    Students & Employees with Symptoms Stay home and be evaluated by their health care provider. Get a PCR COVID-19 test. If positive, follow positive COVID test result guidelines above for when to leave isolation.

    Asymptomatic Fully Vaccinated Students

    (completed an approved COVID-19 vaccine series AND received a booster shot, if eligible)

    May continue to work, attend class, and participate in activities.

    Must wear a KN95 or better mask indoors at all times except in your private residential room and bathroom. No indoor dining.

    Must get a PCR COVID test on day five after the last day of exposure.*

    Once a negative PCR test result is received, may resume normal masking and indoor dining.

    Asymptomatic Incompletely Vaccinated or Unvaccinated Students

    (has not completed an approved COVID-19 vaccine series and is two weeks after final dose, AND anyone eligible for a booster shot but has not yet received it; or anyone granted a medical or religious exemption)

    Must quarantine in quarantine housing or at home until five days after the last day of exposure,* and get a PCR test on day five.

    Once a negative PCR test is received after day five of quarantine may resume work, attend class, and participate in activities, but must wear a KN95 or better mask indoors at all times for five days after finishing quarantine.
    Asymptomatic Fully Vaccinated Employees May continue to work, attend class, and participate in activities.

    Must wear a KN95 or better mask indoors at all times, including in private offices. No indoor dining.

    Must get a PCR COVID test on day five after the last day of exposure.*

    Once a negative PCR test result is received, may resume normal masking and indoor dining.
    Asymptomatic Incompletely Vaccinated or Unvaccinated Employees Must quarantine at home until five days after the last day of exposure,* and get a PCR test on day five.

    Once a negative PCR test is received after day five of quarantine may resume work, attend class, and participate in activities, but must wear a KN95 or better mask indoors at all times for five days after finishing quarantine.

    *For people with ongoing exposure to someone infected with COVID-19 (such as living in households with sick family members), the last day of exposure is the last day the person is in proximity to an infectious person.

    • A close contact is anyone within six feet (masked or unmasked) of a person with Covid-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual five-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).
    • Instructors and organizers of classes, events, and meetings are encouraged to keep attendance lists to aid in contact tracing efforts.
    • Hampshire College recommends that people enable MassNotify to aid with contact tracing efforts. Follow these instructions for anonymously reporting a positive test result to MassNotify.
       
  • Visitors & Guests
    Visitors & Guests Must wear a mask at all times when indoors, even in private rooms or offices, regardless of the masking policy in effect for Hampshire employees and students. This includes guests in residence halls. Fully vaccinated and symptom-free visitors and guests may remove their masks to eat only while seated in an appropriate dining area.

    No off-campus guests are permitted in student residences until February 28.
    Admissions Campus is open to admissions visitors and tours.

    Masking required for tour groups at all times.
    Five College Students & Employees 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. They are expected to follow the same policies as Hampshire College students and employees when on our campus.
    Community Members Participating in Ongoing College-Sponsored Campus Activities Any employee or student who would like to invite visitors to participate in a College-sponsored activity that involves repeatedly interacting in person with students or employees (for example, participating in a performance and/or rehearsals, athletic activity, class, organization, etc.) must request prior approval from the CRT. A visitor is any person not enrolled at or employed by a Five College institution. One-time visitors (for example, a guest speaker, performance attendee, visiting athletic team, etc.) are not subject to pre-approval and must follow the visitor policies in place. To request approval, the organizer must submit a plan identifying how they will verify that all visitors are fully vaccinated, how visitor participation will be recorded for contact tracing purposes, and how the organizer will ensure that visitors follow any College Covid-19 testing protocols in place using off-campus testing resources. Visitors may not participate in ongoing college activities until such a plan has been approved by the CRT. If you are not sure whether an activity is "ongoing," contact president@hampshire.edu.
    External Guests at Indoor College-Sponsored Campus Events External guests are permitted at indoor events without verifying vaccination status if occupancy is limited to 50% of capacity. External guests are permitted at indoor events at 100% occupancy if the event sponsors verify vaccination status of all attendees; to permit 100% occupancy, event organizers must submit a plan to the CRT before approval. An external guest is any person who is not an employee or currently enrolled student of one of the Five Colleges, or Five Colleges, Inc. People planning events should consult the full policy.
    Contractors & Vendors All vendors and contractors (existing or new) must register and review health and safety protocols (including, but not limited to, COVID-19 safety policies) with our environmental health and safety manager before coming to campus.

    Please connect these vendors with Steve Fratoni (rfratoni@hampshire.edu), and copy Sarah Steely (slsNS@hampshire.edu) for vendors specific to Cole Science operations.

    Contractors and vendors who demonstrate non-compliance with COVID-19 safety policies will not be allowed to continue to access our campus.
    Deliveries Services such as Instacart and restaurant deliveries should be done as contactless drop-offs whenever possible, and physically distanced when not possible.

    Employees of these services may not enter our buildings; if you require assistance to bring in these deliveries, please contact OARS to discuss accommodations.

    The College continues to encourage contactless deliveries as an alternative to in-person shopping whenever possible.

    Additional policies may be adopted when a large number of visitors is expected on campus for events or activities, or when visitors will be on campus for extended periods.

  • Travel & Pool Vehicle Usage
    Students & Employees Strongly encourage everyone to limit travel as much as possible, avoid going to locations where the risk of infection is high, and wear a mask in public while traveling.
    College-Sponsored Travel There are no COVID-19-specific restrictions on College-sponsored domestic and international travel. Travel is permitted subject to state and federal guidelines and/or restrictions, and in accordance with regular College policies governing travel.
    Pool Vehicle Usage Masks must be worn at all times in the vehicle, and windows should be open if weather permits.

    No occupancy restrictions.

    Instructional trips are permitted.
  • Dining
    Vaccinated Students & 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.
    Unvaccinated Students & Employees Must wear a mask at all times in public indoors.

    May not remove their mask to eat, except outside or when alone in a private office or residential room.
    Student Event Dining Venues The following spaces with kitchens will be designated as dining venues for events organized by or for students; consistent with Town of Amherst COVID regulations, people may only remove their mask while seated and actively eating. Food may only be served in these spaces as part of a scheduled and organized event. Designated dining venues under this policy include: the Merrill and Dakin Living Rooms, the Staff and Faculty Lounge in FPH, the Cultural Center, the Wellness Center, the Center for Feminisms, the QCAC Center, and the Spiritual Life Center.
    Designated Indoor Dining Areas The Dining Commons, the Kern Center atrium, the Bridge Cafe, and employee spaces specifically designated by the college for this purpose.
    Outdoor Dining Strongly encouraged.

    Covered outdoor seating is available at the Dakin/Merrill pavilion and the solar canopy.
    Visitors & Guests Fully vaccinated visitors and guests may remove their masks to eat in designated indoor dining areas while seated and actively eating if they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

    Masks should be worn when getting food and moving around in these spaces.

    Unvaccinated and incompletely vaccinated visitors & guests may not dine indoors and must wear a mask at all times when indoors.
  • Occupancy
    State and Local Occupancy Regulations There are no state or local occupancy restrictions currently in effect for general workplace, event, higher education, or dining.
    General Occupancy As of August 2, 2021, there are no Covid-19 specific occupancy restrictions for spaces on campus. All gatherings should observe the regular occupancy limits posted on Ad Astra or by the Fire Marshall. If occupancy limits for a space are not available, contact Steve Fratoni for more information.

Those with concerns about behaviors in violation of these policies who are uncomfortable handling it themselves are encouraged to file a report

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