quick guide to covid expectations

Community Expectations Quick Guide

Download the latest one-page guide to COVID-19 community expectations for students on campus. Effective October 20, 2021.

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Information for Students

October 20, 2021

Residential and Social Life

Students will be able to visit one another in residence halls but no non-resident guests will be permitted in residence halls. Outside food delivery will be permitted to the door of residence halls. Student Activities will provide guidance on their website with updates on how to schedule or register organizational and social events

Dining Services

Effective October 20, 2021

  • Valentine will expand its occupancy to 100% for students. Students may dine in or get meals to go.

  • There are three serving locations inside Val for to-go meals: Valentine, Lewis-Sebring, and Russ Wing. 

  • There is a grab-and-go location at Schwemm’s, open for lunch.

Student Off-Campus Travel

Effective October 20, 2021

Capacity Limits, Events, and Building Access

Effective October 20, 2021

  • Amherst College IDs must be worn at all times while on campus. Lanyards are available at the Testing Center.

  • Campus gatherings and events will no longer be limited to 50% capacity, but cannot exceed 100% of space occupancy. In the case of pre-approved indoor events where some participants may be unmasked (some dance, theater and music performances, as well as athletic competitions), capacity limits will continue to be observed. Additional guidance will be available on the COVID-19 website.

  • All student organization and social events should be planned with Student Affairs staff and vetted for appropriate physical distancing and personal protective equipment standards. No events with alcohol will be permitted at the beginning of the semester.

  • Buildings are accessible only to members of our community (and students in the Five College exchange program) who are part of our testing program. The exterior doors to general academic and administrative buildings will be accessible by your AC OneCard between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

  • Please limit in-person meetings when possible and meet outside, weather permitting.

  • Everyone is required to have a mask on hand outdoors.

  • Faculty and staff will not be able to use the Fitness Center for the first few weeks of the semester.

  • Spectators will be allowed at outdoor sporting events but there will not be any pre-or post-game gatherings, tailgating, tents, or group eating and drinking.

Unvaccinated International Students

In order to be compliant with CDC recommendations, unvaccinated international students must follow additional protocols for seven days. They may participate in activities, including class, but they must always be fully masked and maintain a physical distance of six feet as much as possible. For the first seven days after arrival, they must take grab-and-go meals, may eat with others only when they are outdoors and physically distanced, and may not leave campus.

The College will assist these students in getting their vaccination shortly after they arrive. 


See also the Fall 2021 health and safety protocols on the COVID-19 homepage »