Dear Faculty and Staff,
Here is the update for March 25, 2020.
COVID-19 Student Support Fund
This past week, Amherst provided students with financial stipends, logistical and technological support and pro-rata room and board reimbursement as the community transitioned to remote learning. But donors chipped in too: to date, more than $130,000 has been raised for a special COVID-19 Student Support Fund! The biggest gift so far? $100,000 from the Association of Amherst Students. A Mammoth thank you to those who have already contributed to the cause.
Contact Tracing Reminder
While the College has no reason to believe anyone connected with the Amherst community has been confirmed to have COVID-19 at this time, that is likely to change as the illness inevitably spreads. If/when that happens to you or someone within your circle of family and friends, we ask you to please alert Chief of Amherst College Police John Carter at 413-542-2291 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This will enable Chief Carter to reach out to the appropriate public health authorities and initiate a contact-tracing process aimed at limiting further contagion on our campus and beyond.
Remote Work Resource Exchange
After transitioning to a remote work model last week, workload demands may be difficult to predict and plan for at times, requiring creative solutions to ensure the College’s business continuity. In response, the Office of Human Resources has created a number of tools to support supervisors, department chairs and staff in this endeavor. Please go to HR’s Resources for Remote Work page for more information.
Update: Availability of IT Virtual Support Desk Daily
IT’s experiment with virtual support desk hours has been deemed a success! If you’d like to talk to someone face to face about a technology issue you need help with, visit the IT homepage from 1 to 2 p.m. each day for Zoom connection details.
Email for questions not answered on the website: email@example.com
Faculty updates: https://www.amherst.edu/news/covid-19/message-for-faculty
Student and family updates: https://www.amherst.edu/news/covid-19/messages-for-students