Outside Services Testing Policy, Winter Sports and Safety Protocols

Contractor and Outside Services Testing Policy

Reminder: Anyone living on campus or approved to come to campus for any reason is required to participate in the College’s COVID-19 testing program, including contractors and outside individuals whose on-campus work is deemed necessary and unable to be deferred to a later date. Read more about this policy on the College website.


  • Requests for on-campus work must be initiated by a department director with authorization by that person’s division head.
  • Director of Environmental Health and Safety Rick Mears approves the request and makes a recommendation to Amherst College Police Department Chief John Carter on the necessity of COVID-19 testing.
  • Chief Carter reviews and gives final approval.
  • All work that occurs on campus must meet current College policies, which include a Criminal Offender Record Information check and proof of insurance, among other items.

Work Permit

  • Once all necessary approvals are granted, the department director completes the Contractor Work Permit form and indicates that the contractor will be notified by the department director of the requirements and expectations and by Chief Carter.
  • A draft message to contractors is available at the bottom of this webpage.
  • The department director completes the Contractor Work Permit form, confirming that the proper approvals have been secured and that the work may occur.

Cancellation of Winter Sports Season

On October 8, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) presidents announced the cancellation of conference competition for winter sports this year. Along with that announcement, the College made the difficult decision to cancel all competition for winter sports.

Reminder: Follow the Safety Protocols

Given the increase in COVID-19 cases in the region and the College’s decision to move to Level 2: “Heightened Awareness” operations, we strongly urge you to continue to adhere to the safety protocols that have kept the College’s positivity rate low to date, and redouble your own efforts to stay virus-free. We know that you are hearing these messages frequently, but keeping them top of mind, always, is one of the best defenses within our control in minimizing the spread of the virus. Help to Keep our Herd Healthy!