Announcement about Amherst's Accreditation

February 7, 2019

Dear Members of the Amherst Community,

I am pleased to report that we have received word from the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which was previously known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), that Amherst’s accreditation has been continued.  The report of February 1, 2019, is the final finding of NECHE for this round of accreditation and is available online In accordance with its regular policy, NECHE has scheduled Amherst for an interim review in the spring of 2023 and for a comprehensive evaluation in the spring of 2028.

Amherst College Comment on Proposed Changes to Title IX Process

January 31, 2019

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I write to share with you the letter submitted by Amherst College to the U.S. Department of Education yesterday in response to recently proposed changes to the Title IX process.

On November 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights published a new set of proposed Title IX regulations. During the ensuing 60-day public comment period, many institutions of higher education, including Amherst, chose to submit comments. Some of you may have filed your own comments on the proposed changes.

The College is committed to a fair and effective process by which to address sexual harassment and discrimination. We carefully reviewed the proposed regulations. Ultimately, the College supports some of the proposed regulations but has serious concerns about others. 

In addition to the time it will take for the Department of Education to review and respond to comments, there is a possibility of delays caused by legal challenges to the proposed changes. Hence, it may be some time before any new regulations take effect. We will keep you updated on ramifications for our campus community.

Biddy

Important Announcement from Hampshire College

January 15, 2019

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

This morning President Miriam Nelson announced to the Hampshire College community that Hampshire’s current operations cannot be sustained over the long term. She also announced that Hampshire may not admit a new first-year class this spring and seeks a partner that will help make the college’s mission and vision financially viable. 

Letter from President Martin to the Amherst Community

Oct. 23, 2018
 
Dear Members of the Amherst Community,
 
As you may know, over the weekend The New York Times reported on a leaked Health and Human Services document showing that the Trump administration intends to withdraw protections extended under the previous administration to transgender people. This they would do by defining “sex” as biologically fixed at birth and immutable and by having the Justice Department issue new guidance under Title IX, removing protections for those whose identity does not conform to the sex assigned at birth. If successful, this change would make those whose self-identification does not align with the supposedly fixed binary of male at birth or female at birth vulnerable to discrimination under Title IX guidance. To all the students, staff, and faculty who would be directly affected by this rollback, I want to offer unequivocal assurance that Amherst is committed to your rights, your dignity, and your wellbeing on this campus and that will not change. There is more that needs to be done to ensure your sense of wellbeing and belonging and we will continue that work. The Queer Resource Center (QRC) will hold a gathering tomorrow, Wednesday, 10/24, at 5:30 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center for those who would benefit from an opportunity to offer one another support. Dina Levi, Director of Inclusive Leadership, will also hold space tomorrow in the Powerhouse at noon. I ask that everyone in the community, regardless of your perspectives on sex and gender, think of ways to show your support of students, staff, and faculty in our trans, non-binary, and larger LGBTQ communities.

Fall Update from President Biddy Martin to the Amherst Community

Sept. 20, 2018

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

Many of you are accustomed to long messages from me. For those of you who are new to my communications, I offer a friendly warning that this letter is long, a reflection of how much is going on at the College.

Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018

June 27, 2018

Dear Representative McGovern,

Later today the House of Representatives will likely consider another immigration measure, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018. While voting on immigration legislation is a much-needed step in the right direction, this bill shortchanges our country’s DACA-recipient students and alumni, and does not serve our nation’s long-term interests. I write to urge you to reject it. 

Promise: The Campaign for Amherst’s Third Century

Dear Alumni, Families, and Friends of Amherst College,

As many of you know, this weekend the College launched a new comprehensive fundraising campaign, Promise: The Campaign for Amherst’s Third Century. Fittingly, the official launch featured student talent and achievement at a gathering on campus that included students, faculty, staff, families, and friends of the College. I write today to share information about the campaign with you and to convey my enthusiasm about what the campaign will make possible.

Letter from President Martin to the Campus Community

April 2, 2018

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

The last weeks have been a time of tremendous loss, followed by shock and grief at the deaths of Professor Jeffrey Ferguson and our students, Andrew Dorogi and Christopher Collins. Every one of these three people had a significant impact on our community and each one of them will be sorely missed. The evident sense of loss on campus and the outpouring of support from the community have been a source of comfort to the families and friends of those we have lost.

Letter to Congress from President Martin

Amherst President Biddy Martin also wrote to U.S. Senator Edward Markey and U.S. Representative James McGovern urging Congress to pass a solution for Dreamers.

January 16, 2018

The Honorable Elizabeth Warren
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Warren, 

As a member of the Presidents'  Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, a coalition of more than 200 university and college presidents and chancellors, I am writing to follow up on our letter calling on Congress to pass a Dreamer solution immediately, and before January 19th. The time to act is now. As we said in our letter, a solution for Dreamers is urgent and essential and should not be encumbered by broader immigration issues: