COVID-19 Information

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Find information about the College’s response to the evolving situation with COVID-19, including the plan for Spring 2021. Learn about the guidelines for coming to campus and the latest changes to the academic program, housing, dining, athletics, and more.

We created this page as a resource hub for Amherst students who are either living on campus or studying remotely during the 2020–21 academic year. We provide information on some fun and social offerings, important health and safety tips for the community, and links to essential Amherst offices that can support students throughout this time. If you have any questions or concerns that are not found here or elsewhere on our website, email us at covid19-info@amherst.edu.


Academic Support

A critical part of Amherst’s strategy for learning during COVID-19 is ensuring that you have the tools and support needed to meet your goals for your Amherst College educational experience. Our entire academic community is committed to meeting student needs for engaging in our current learning environment while maintaining intellectual engagement and sustaining faculty-student relationships, peer learning, and community.

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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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Careers & Jobs

The Loeb Center will continue to be available to students remotely throughout the semester and beyond. Contact us at careers@amherst.edu with any questions or visit Handshake to schedule an appointment with a Loeb Center advisor.

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On-Campus Dining Services

During the Spring Semester 2021, Dining Services will be offering a distributed dining model to create social distancing while still offering a robust menu. Visit the Dining Services website for more information.

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.  

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 Center

The Health Center staff will be available, although in different ways depending on whether you are studying on campus or remotely, so please call us with any questions or concerns. We may still be able to meet the medical needs of students who are away from campus with a telehealth remote visit if indicated.  We also may be able to address your need through continuity of care – including continuing to prescribe some medications.  If your medical need requires an in-person visit or in-person continuity, we will help you find an urgent care or primary care provider in your community. The health services website is updated with urgent care information.

 

Health Education

The Department of Health Education is excited to be offering a wide selection of programming in conjunction with our two student groups, the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect and the Student Health Educators.  We will also continue to provide one on one support, resources and advice to students who need consultation or information on a variety of health related topics such as  alcohol and other drugs, sexual violence prevention, sexual health and sleep. We are working hard to bring some new and innovative content, as well as adapting our other programs to on-line spaces.  Health Education staff will have weekly office hours, weather permitting, and drop-in tabling.  We will offer a variety of in-person and on-line programs and events.  Please check the Amherst College events calendar for information.  Menstrual Products are available outside the new Keefe Campus Center store, in the vending machine and in the Frost Library Women’s and Gender Inclusive restrooms.  Internal and external condoms, dams and lube are available at no cost from RCs, SHEs, PAs and in the Health Care vending machine.  Please email healthed@amherst.edu with questions or for more information.

Please follow our Instagram pages for online support group resources (AA, Al-Anon and sexual violence support groups), helpful tips for navigating this difficult time , program announcements, online chats and IG-TV content.  Student Health Educators: AC_SHE, the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect: Amherst_PA, Health Education: ac_healthandwellbeing

 

Resource Centers

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.

  • The Women’s and Gender Center (WGC) supports the personal, academic, and professional growth of students by building community and forwarding conversations about gender, gender identity, and intersectional feminism.
  • The Queer Resource Center (QRC) sponsors educational, social and campus community-building programs that create an inclusive and safe campus for people of all gender and sexual identities. Additionally, the Center provides resources and support for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer students, our campus community at large, and our allies.
  • The Multicultural Resource Center welcomes all students from all backgrounds and helps create an inclusive community by acknowledging, celebrating, and promoting the diverse experiences of every student.
  • In anchoring global realities at Amherst, the Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) supports students of international experience through advocacy, centralized resources, and space for community building and critical reflection.
  • The Center for Diversity and Student Leadership (CDSL) provides education, support, and advocacy to and on behalf of first generation, low-income, transfer, undocumented/DACA, and veteran students. Through programmatic initiatives and resources we foster personal, social, and academic success and opportunities for leadership development.

Religious and Spiritual Life

Religious and Spiritual Life will continue regular remote offerings across our groups and traditions in Spring 2021. Religious Advisors will continue supporting virtual programming in addition to offering one on one spiritual counseling and opportunities to celebrate religious holidays remotely. While spiritual counseling is often a time to share and receive support on a religious or spiritual issue, more broadly it’s a time and space to be heard and supported holistically in whatever is going on for you. All students are welcome! We will also assess what we are able to provide in person on campus, particularly in response to what on campus students are desiring, while focusing mostly on remote options that reduce risk and include both on and off campus students. Please reach out to RSL Director Harrison Blum with questions, requests, or curiosity about spiritual counseling at hblum@amherst.edu.

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On-Campus Fitness

Amherst College strength and conditioning coach Chris Boyko will be teaching an outdoor fitness class that is open to all on-campus students. On-campus students can also register online to use equipment in the Wolff Fitness Center.

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Outdoor Spaces

The Book & Plow Farm and wildlife sanctuary will be open for students who are staying on campus. All students will be expected to follow all health protocols including the wearing of face coverings and maintaining physical distances in these spaces.

Virtual Arts & Museums


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Reporting Forms

Our community’s health during the pandemic period requires that all members of our community take an active role in understanding College guidelines. Please use the following form to anonymously report any violations of those guidelines on campus.

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.