Limited College-Sponsored Travel, COVID-19 Testing Reminder and a Correction

Limited College-Sponsored Travel Can Resume Starting June 1

  • Starting June 1, Amherst will allow College-sponsored travel by fully vaccinated individuals, but only for essential trips and only when the work cannot be done remotely. Such travel will also be subject to a series of stipulations that are listed on the COVID-19 website.

  • Members of our community who are fully vaccinated may begin arranging travel now, to domestic locations only, for trips beginning no sooner than June 1.

Correction to April 29 Planning Update Commencement Information 

  • Last week’s Planning Update contained a sentence that should read (note addition of “before”): “For safety reasons, neither Commencement guests nor returning seniors can arrive on campus before Commencement day.”

  • We apologize for the error, and tip our hat to the eagle-eyed Mark Marshall, Class of 1959 Professor of Chemistry, who brought our attention to it. 

Reminder: Testing Program Available to Remote Employees 

  • A reminder that the College’s COVID-19 testing program is (and has been, since March) available to remote employees; access to it does not in any way impact their status as working remotely. The details:

    • Limited appointments are available during testing windows designated exclusively for employees working remotely. 

    • Interested faculty and staff will receive emails each week with instructions for signing up for one test the following week. 

    • Employees may take advantage of the offer on an as-needed basis, although they cannot get tested more than once a week.  

    • More information on how the testing program works is available on the College’s COVID-19 website.

  • While the College’s testing program cannot accommodate employees’ family members, those individuals can take advantage of the free UMass Amherst COVID-19 testing program, one of the largest asymptomatic testing initiatives in Massachusetts. Tests are available by appointment only at the Public Health Promotion Center at the Mullins Center.

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