Special Instructions for Processing Payroll, Invoices and Reimbursements as We Work Remotely

March 15, 2020

Dear Amherst Community,

With the recently announced move to remote working for much of our staff, we want to communicate guidance on how we will maintain essential business services. It is our top priority to ensure that we are processing payroll and vendor payments accurately and on schedule. To do so, we will need your help and effort. As such, we are providing you with the following guidance on submitting information needed to execute payroll, business expense reimbursements and vendor payments.

Important Announcement: Implementing Remote Work Model

March 15, 2020

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

I write with an important announcement. First, let me extend my best wishes to each and every one of you and my hope that you remain well. I also want to thank you for all the patience, hard work, and spirit of collaboration you are exhibiting. Your generosity will go a long way in helping us get through this pandemic.

Clarification on Two Issues

March 14, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, 

You will receive several emails from the College today and tomorrow about COVID-19.  This particular note is focused on concerns about two sets of issues on the part of some alumni that have come to my attention. I want to make sure at every point that everyone in the community has clear and accurate information.

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.

COVID-19 Update from the Emily Dickinson Museum

March 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

In light of the growing concern regarding COVID-19, we wanted to let you know that we are taking steps to ensure the health and safety of our valued visitors and staff.

Following recent Amherst College campus policies concerning the spread of COVID-19, the Emily Dickinson Museum will be closed beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020. Guided tours and public programs will be cancelled at least through April 30, 2020. We will be assessing the situation on an ongoing basis and will resume our tour and program schedule as soon as it is safe to do so.

COVID-19 Enhancements to Employment Policies

March 13, 2020

Dear Supervisors/Department Chairs,

As you are aware, the College has announced enhancements to some of our employment policies in response to COVID-19. In doing this, we are emphasizing two important principles:  ensuring our community is safe and continuing the operation of the College. To that end, I am writing to provide you, as a supervisor or department chair, with guidance on these enhancements and other related topics.

Announcement: Division III Women's Basketball Championship

March 12, 2020

TO: Participating teams, Committee Members, Host Tournament Directors, NCAA Site Representatives and Officials Coordinator of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship.

As most of you know, several sporting events have been canceled today. The NCAA has determined that all winter and spring championships are canceled, effective immediately. 

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.

Last Night's Announcement

March 10, 2020

Dear Students,

I write to express my profound regret that our decision to move to remote learning after spring break has understandably caused you distress and confusion. If I thought there were a better way to complete the semester after spring break travel while keeping the community safe, I would gladly have chosen it. We have been reviewing a wide range of options and concluded that this was best. Increasing numbers of other colleges and universities are making the same choice. We simply do not have the capacity here to deal responsibly and well with a full campus in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19.

Deadline Changes and Communication

March 10, 2020

Dear Students, 

Last night I was part of two large gatherings of students, one in the Cole Assembly Room and one in Frost Library. I want to acknowledge and honor all of the questions, emotions, and concerns that were raised and that each of you is feeling.  The college's decision is a difficult one and impacts each of you differently.  Many of you voiced concerns about academics, finances, traveling, family, and about what this means for your time at Amherst. Many of the answers to your questions are actively being worked on, and I know that the lack of clarity adds to the sense of anxiety, fear, worry, and anger.  

COVID-19: Major Changes

March 9, 2020

Dear students, faculty, staff, and families,

The COVID-19 virus continues to spread and affect many parts of the U.S. and the rest of the world. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has announced that we are past the point of being able to contain this disease. While there continue to be no reported cases of the virus on our campus, we need to focus on mitigating its possible effects.

COVID-19 Update: Important Travel & Events Announcements

March 6, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

The college administration continues to prepare for the possible spread of COVID-19 to our campus. We are aware of no confirmed or presumptive cases of the virus in our community or anywhere in our region. However, based on developments across the country and internationally, we have made some new decisions about travel and campus events, all designed to protect individual members of the community and the community as a whole.

A Message from the NESCAC Presidents

March 6, 2020

To the NESCAC Athletic Community:

The NESCAC presidents have been discussing COVID-19 on athletics, among many other issues our campuses are addressing as a result of the virus. The situation will continue to change and our decisions will be dictated by the facts as we understand them, the guidance we receive from federal and state public health and governmental authorities,

COVID-19 Open Forum for Staff

March 3, 2020
Dear Staff:
As the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak continues to make headlines around the world and affect—or potentially affect—members of our community, we thought it might be helpful to provide an open forum for information and a conversation about how the College is responding to developments, as well as how we are preparing for a wide variety of potential developments. Toward that end, you are invited to such a forum for staff; here are the details: