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Accessibility Services

To ask a question or make a phone or zoom appointment, please contact Accessibility Services at accessibility@amherst.edu. You can also visit our websites to learn more.

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Center for Community Engagement

CCE can help connect your learning inside and outside of the classroom during these unusual times with community-based and project-based learning. Contact Zoë Jacobs to set up a time to connect.

Center for Diversity & Student Leadership

The Center for Diversity & Student Leadership's (CDSL) resources and support for first gen, low-income, undocumented/DACA, veteran, and transfer students can be accessed by emailing cdsl@amherst.edu or directly emailing Tenzin Kunor, Director of Diversity & Student Leadership. You can also email Tenzin at tkunor@amherst.edu if you would like to schedule a meeting via phone or video.

A yellow, red and purple square with two circles inside Both students on- and off-campus can look forward to online programming and engagement from the CDSL via our social media, primarily Instagram @cdsl.amherst. We'll be hosting programs/conversations through Instagram Live in addition to holding drop in hours virtually through Zoom.


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Center for International Student Engagement

CISE’s resources and support remain active! Stay connected with CISE via email, advising appointments via Zoom, Facebook, and Instagram. Keep an eye out for virtual CISE events and programs, too!

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center is working on being able to offer telehealth services (phone- and video-based services) that are aligned with the laws and regulations pertaining to psychological practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and professional ethical guidelines. We are currently engaged in training and preparation to offer this new service, and hope to be able to begin offering it soon. More information on those services will be forthcoming. For now, we recommend you seek care in your local community.

Psychiatry (Medication) Appointments

Even away from campus, if students have a current prescription from one of our psychiatric providers, we will continue to prescribe medication for the next 2 to 3 months, in accordance with Massachusetts law and APA guiding principles. Students should call 413-542-2354 for follow-up appointments, as needed.

To Transfer Prescriptions

  • Call your home pharmacy ASAP to ask for a transfer of any existing prescriptions from your Amherst pharmacy
  • Provide the name and dose of your medication
  • Confirm completed transfer with your home pharmacy

Some restrictions to prescription transfer may apply, and we will work with students to help with individual needs/concerns. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 News and Updates page.

For On-Campus Students

We will continue to offer in-person appointments to any students who have received permission to remain on campus. Please contact us at 413-542-2354 or by email at counsctr@amherst.edu to request an appointment. Please note: Our in-person services might be affected again by changes in College policies around COVID-19. Please call if you have any questions.

Psychiatry (Medication) Appointments

If you have a follow-up psychiatry (medication) appointment scheduled, please come to your appointment as planned. If you need to cancel or reschedule that appointment please call us at 413-542-2354. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 News and Updates page.


Dining Services for On-Campus Students

Dining Services will be offering Grab-n-Go inside Valentine Hall going forward using compostable materials only. We will ramp up compost bins in the three dorms being used, and all material coming from Valentine Hall should go in those bins (with exception of recyclable soda cans).


Grief Support Resources

COVID-19 has impacted each of us in many ways. Sadly, for some, this includes the loss of health or life of our loved ones. The following resources are available to all students experiencing grief and loss.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers individual support and counseling to students who would like to talk about their experiences of loss and bereavement. The Counseling Center can also offer grief groups, co-hosted with Religious and Spiritual Life and other campus partners, when requested. 

Religious and Spiritual Life

RSL is offering remote memorial services, and spiritual counseling, for any Amherst College community member who has lost a loved one and is unable to gather in person to mourn and celebrate that person's life. Contact RSL Director Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu) Additional remote offerings from RSL can be found on their website.

Resource Centers Team

Womens and Gender Center, Center for International Student Engagement, Queer Resource Center, Multicultural Resource Center, and the Center for Diversity and Student Leadership

Often loss and grief can be directly impacted by our identities, lived experiences, and the marginalization of our communities. The Resource Centers Team is available to offer support and honor all the complexities of loss and grief that students might be experiencing right now. Each Resource Center has created virtual programs, remote office hours with the directors, and various other ways to stay connected. In addition, associate dean, Angie Tissi-Gassoway (atissi@amherst.edu), is available to provide one-on-one support to any community member.

Class Deans

Class Deans are here to help students navigate any challenges they may face, including those related to grief and loss, through providing assistance in modifying and/or creating an academic plan including help communicating with faculty and accessing additional resources. All Class Deans are available via email, phone or video. 

Health Education

Contact Us for Assistance

Amanda Collings Vann, Director of Health Education, at avann@amherst.edu

Lauren Kelly, Sexual Respect Educator, at lakelly@amherst.edu

Ashley Netanal, Alcohol and Other Drug Educator, at anetanel@amherst.edu

The Department of Health Education is available to assist students in navigating of a variety of health topics. Individual or group meetings or self-referred BASICS appointments can be made by emailing the Health Education staff. We are also providing fun activities, information on improving your well-being and taking care of yourself via our social media accounts. Please check our pages or the Daily Mail for upcoming virtual events, tips and campaigns.

The Student Health Educators can be found on Instagram @ac_she and Facebook at Amherst College Student Health Educators.

The Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect can be found on Instagram @amherst_pa and on Facebook at Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect.


Health Services

Health Services will remain open and operating at full capacity. We will post updates if there are any changes to our schedule or services.

If you were receiving medical care at Health Services and you have concerns or questions about how to access care while you are not on campus, please call the Health Center or a send patient portal message to your Health Services Provider. We will work with you to either continue your care remotely if appropriate or help facilitate the transfer of your care to another provider.

NOTE: Your Gallagher student health insurance is still active through August 14, 2020. You can use your insurance in most places in the United States as well as in some other countries. Refer to the Gallagher website for more information.


Library Services

Frost Library

We've put together a guide for Doing Research Remotely, and research help is available from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday thru Friday via Chat, Zoom, and email. We are willing to work with students outside these hours, if needed.

Check out our new Research Process guide for a big-picture overview, step-by-step help, and resources.

Renew your own books for additional 3-month loans. Information on returning books will be provided at a later date, but please contact us with any questions.

We are also working with your faculty to make print-reserve material accessible.

Start your research at the Library website to be sure you're getting off-campus access.


Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning

career job search The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning continues to be available to students remotely throughout the semester and beyond. Visit our website to:

  • Set a virtual appointment with an advisor
  • Remote resume review
  • Internship and full-time employment information
  • Career exploration resources

The Loeb Team will continue to share all new career-related updates on their COVID-19 response webpage and through the Daily Mammoth, Instagram, and their weekly Career Columns newsletter.

Contact the Loeb Center for Career Exploration at careers@amherst.edu with any questions or visit Handshake to schedule an appointment with a Loeb Center advisor.


Mead Art Museum

The interior of an art museum with a painting and glass case of pottery Mead staffers are working remotely and able to answer any questions related to our collection or exhibitions. We remain open to requests from students to access our collection through images, whether for class, student organization, or other purposes. If you need access to the Mead's collection remotely, please contact the Mead's Head of Education and Curator of Academic Programs, Emily Potter-Ndiaye at epotterndiaye@amherst.edu.

#MeadFromHome

#MeadFromHome is a soon to be announced social media initiative in which the Mead photoshops students’ pictures into a masterpiece from our collection. Follow the Mead on Facebook and Instagram to learn more!

Mead Twitter

Mead Director and Chief Curator David Little has taken over the Mead's Twitter account. Follow him for behind-the-scenes looks at the Mead, which is now closed. Feel free to comment on his Tweets and his him questions.

Embodied Taste

The Mead will be hosting an online cooking series in conjunction with our exhibition, Embodied Taste. Follow the Mead on Facebook and Instagram to learn more and look for details in the Daily Mammoth.


Office of Fellowships

The Office of Fellowships is still advising Amherst students and alumni on a number of competitive awards that can be applied to a variety of academic and other goals. For sophomores, juniors, seniors, and alumni, we administer competitions for externally funded, nationally competitive awards that require institutional endorsement of applicants.

Questions? Contact Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships, at coverstreet@amherst.edu.


The Office of Global Education

The Global Education Office (GEO) will be offering virtual advising appointments throughout the semester and summer. Students can schedule through the AC Travel Registry and note in the “Student Comment” section the best way to reach them (phone number, Skype or Zoom). GEO has also added appointment times on Fridays to replace our normal drop-in hours as well.

Fall 2020 Study Away

Students planning to study away in the fall semester should begin the Educational Leave Approval Checklist on the AC Travel Registry by April 1st. Many program providers have adjusted their cancellation policies due to COVID-19, and GEO can provide more information to students as needed to make an informed decision for their fall semester.


Religious and Spiritual Life

RSL Director Harrison Blum is available throughout the summer to offer remote memorial services for Amherst students, faculty, and staff who have lost a loved one and are unable to gather in person to mourn and celebrate that person's life. One on one spiritual counseling, mindfulness coaching, and general support is also available via phone or Zoom. Contact Harrison (hblum@amherst.edu) to learn more about these offerings.

RSL Advisors are also available for one one one remote support through the end of May, and will return to their roles August 15 after a summer break.

If you just need a quiet moment to pause, you might try one of our six guided meditations, each about 10 minutes long. 


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Student Strategies for Remote Learning

Amherst is committed to providing the tools and support needed to continue our student’s educational experience. This site provides a central point of information about these resources.

Stay Fit with Coach Boyko

A Workout Blog by Chris Boyko, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach/Fitness Center Director

Coach Boyko aims to use his experience as a former Boot Camp instructor, strength and conditioning coach, and fitness enthusiast to provide creative workouts. We can adapt these workouts to require little or no equipment, and stay fit while having fun along the way!

About the Exercises

These workouts will be based on common strength-building exercises, including pushups, crunches, squats, and more. We will get creative and use resources we have around our homes, since most of us don’t have access to gym equipment right now.

Learn more at The Cooped-Up Coach Blog


Title IX

Community members can email, call, or use the reporting form. We will continue to be responsive to needs and concerns. The entire Student Code of Conduct, including the Sexual Misconduct Policy, continues to apply to community members no matter where we are in the world.

The Writing Center

Contact Us for Assistance

Consultations on public speaking, including speaking and presenting in digital environments, can be arranged by emailing Susan Daniels.

For an informal creative writing group, contact Roy Andrews.

For a multilingual writers’ community, contact Emily Merriman.

The Writing Center will continue to offer students one-on-one and community support for writing and speaking.

WCOnline, the Writing Center's appointment scheduler, is now enabled for remote appointments, and associates can work with you through videoconference, telephone, Google docs, email, or other modes of communication. If you cannot attend a real-time appointment, select the "e-tutoring" option, upload your draft and prompt and answer a few questions, and we'll respond by email.

The Writing Center also maintains curated lists of resources on various writing and public speaking topics. In addition, we plan to build informal writers' communities through Moodle and other tools.

For thesis students looking for virtual write-ins, productivity and motivational support, complete our Writing Support for Thesis Students.