Counseling Center: COVID-19 News and Updates

March 14, 2020

Latest Updates from the Counseling Center

Amherst College is shifting to remote learning for the remainder of Spring 2020 due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The Counseling Center is responding to these changes by updating our services. We will be posting information for the Amherst community as we develop our responses and additional resources for students, staff, and faculty. 

Restricted Access to Campus Buildings

March 13, 2020

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Starting at the beginning of the day on Monday, March 16th, we will electronically lock the exterior doors to all campus buildings.  This is in accordance with the current College policy that only current students, staff, and faculty with Amherst College identification cards are permitted entrance to buildings on campus.


March 13, 2020

Dear Students,

I do not have any specific all-student updates this morning. We are beginning to inform students that requested to remain on campus of their status and that will happen throughout the day today.

The FAQs have been updated on the COVID-19 website. Please let me know what other questions you have after you take a look at those.

Thank you and you will hear from me later today.

Liz Agosto
Dean of Students

COVID-19 Update For Students in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Oceania, Asia and Africa

March 13, 2020

Dear Study Away Student in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Oceania, Asia and Africa,

We want to support you as you consider your own health and wellness as the situation evolves around the world. As you may know, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a level 3 travel warning for Europe and a level 2 travel warning globally. The U.S. Department of State has also issued a level 3 Global Health Advisory, encouraging citizens to reconsider travel abroad at this time.

If You are Departing European Countries

March 13, 2020

Dear Study Abroad Student to Europe,

We have learned that some students returning from Europe to the U.S. are being flown only through certain airports. Previously we noted that the college would cover change fees (and new tickets where needed) for the most direct route home. Please know that if the airline changes your ticket, do not worry, Amherst will continue to cover the cost of that change in the event that you must be routed through a different airport (and subsequent domestic flights to get home).

For Study Abroad Students in Europe

March 12, 2020

Dear Study Abroad Student in Europe,

We have sent several messages to you, as have your programs, and we want to offer those of you who are departing or considering departing clear instructions about changing your flight and about your academics for the semester. For those of you whose programs have not closed and who would remain on your program, please confirm with us your plans (if you have not already) so we can be individually in touch with you. You will be asked to sign a special form acknowledging the risks of remaining in your host country in Europe. 

Clarifying Storage and Shipping

March 12, 2020

Dear Students,

I am writing to clarify my earlier message about Boomerang. The information about Boomerang was not intended to imply a change of expectations around storage. All previous statements about packing and storage remain in place. Students that need to leave items in their room should follow the guidance previously shared:

CISE Hours and Shipping & Mailing

March 12, 2020

Dear Students,

Yesterday brought a great deal of news about the national and international response to COVID-19. I know that the speed in which the situation is evolving may be overwhelming for many of you. Resources on campus continue to be available to you. Please reach out to those in your support network if you need to process. I hope that you are continuing to find healthy ways to relieve stress and to remain centered during this challenging time. Do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can help connect you to sources of support.

COVID-19 Update for Study Abroad Students

March 11, 2020

Dear Study Away Student,

As the situation evolves in Europe, we want to support you as you consider your own health and wellness. If you are a student currently studying abroad in Europe and are in a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention level 1 or 2 country (or a country with no level) and you wish to return home, the college will provide the same assistance with your flights as if you were in a CDC level 3 country. We are regularly monitoring the situation in other regions of the world and hope that students may continue with their academic and cultural programs for as long as possible.

COVID-19 Update for Students, Faculty and Staff

March 11, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am certain that many of you have heard the increasingly worrisome news today about the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and extent of its spread. Today the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. As many of you know, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts yesterday and the number of cases increased significantly today.

Reminders, Parking Info, and Housing Selection Process

March 11, 2020

Good evening all,

I just looked at the time and realize that this communication is later than promised - my sincere apologies!  A few reminders, a request to update family communication preferences, info about parking, and the housing selection process email are below. I'll be back on time tomorrow.

Remote Learning Resources, Tech Needs Assessment, & Reminders

March 11, 2020

Good Morning Students,

This message has information about remote learning and tech needs assessment. It also includes a few reminders.

Remote Learning Resources & Tech Needs Assessment

There have been many questions about how to best utilize remote learning as a student and about access to technology if it will not be available to you.

Refunds and Financial Assistance

March 10, 2020

Dear Students, 

There have been many questions raised about financial concerns since the announcement yesterday.  Below is a message from Kevin Weinman, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer, addressing partial reimbursement for room and board payments and travel financing.  

In addition, two meetings open to first-years, sophomores, and juniors will be held at 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm in Middleton Gym (Alumni Gym).

Packing and Moving Logistics

March 10, 2020

Dear Students,

This correspondence provides a framework to plan for housing transitions associated with the College’s move to remote learning.

The Goal:

To facilitate students’ orderly departure from campus, and to prepare a small number of residence halls to receive members of the student body who will be approved to remain. Residents of Moore, Morris Pratt, and Morrow can expect additional correspondence about their hall.

Requests to Remain on Campus

March 10, 2020

Dear Students, 

The procedure for requesting to remain on campus is a source of concern and tension for many.  This email is intended to provide more specific information about how requests are being assessed and who is assessing the requests.