Campus Services

1. Campus Mail and Post Office

There is a substation of the Amherst Post Office in the Campus Center. Among the services available are: Certified Mail, Express Mail, Parcel Post, Registered Mail, Stamps, United Parcel Service (incoming parcels only). Post Office window hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Reserving Campus Facilities

The Registrar's Office is responsible for the scheduling of all academic and classroom space during the class day (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) throughout the academic year. The Rooms Reservations Office books all rooms needed after 4:00 p.m. on week days and on Saturdays and Sundays. This includes Alumni House, Johnson Chapel, and Porter Lounge in Converse Hall.

Athletic Facilities

Year-long athletic passes are available to all College employees, Passes may be obtained at the Alumni Gymnasium Building.
The athletic facilities are available to students, staff, administration, and faculty of Amherst College. Schedules for the fitness center, swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts, and indoor track are published periodically by the Physical Education Department along with a listing of courses offered each semester.

Office of Administrative Services/Mailing Center

Work processing, copying and mailing services are available to all faculty members and, in particular, to those departments which have less than full-time department coordinators. The department is located in the basement of College Hall and is open five days a week during the entire year.

Department of Information Technology

The Department of Information Technology provides a wide variety of services and facilities to faculty and students. A standard computer, printer, and a suite of software are provided to all full-time faculty, as well as to part-time faculty where appropriate. A high speed Ethernet network reaches all faculty offices and classrooms, allowing faculty to connect to systems and resources on campus, in the library, and on the Internet at large. Email accounts, web accounts, and voice mail are provided for all faculty and students.

Unemployment Compensation

All faculty of Amherst College are covered by the provisions of the Massachusetts Employment Security Law (commonly referred to as "Unemployment Compensation") and, therefore, are entitled to all applicable benefits under the act. This program provides weekly income benefits to all eligible individuals during periods of full or partial unemployment.

Employees on approved leaves of absence are not eligible for unemployment compensation.

Death Benefits

If a participant in the TIAA-CREF Retirement Program dies before retirement, the beneficiary will receive the accumulated value of the retirement contracts, including the contributions of Amherst College and the proceeds of the life insurance plan.

Workers' Compensation Insurance

In accordance with State law, the College carries Workers' Compensation Insurance for all faculty members. It is important that any injury, however slight, incurred on duty be reported immediately to the Department Chair and the Human Resources Office in order to comply with the provisions of the law.

Long Term Disability Insurance

On the first of the month following three consecutive months of employment, the College provides all faculty members with Long Term Disability Insurance coverage. Under this plan, faculty are assured of replacement of a substantial portion of income when faced with long-term illness or injury. After certification of the disability by the insurance carrier, the plan provides the following benefits beginning the first of the month following six consecutive months of disability:

Group Life Insurance

On the first of the month following three consecutive months of employment, faculty members are eligible for College-paid group life insurance coverage. To age 65 the insurance coverage is equal to 1.5 times an employee's annual salary. Upon attainment of age 65, the amount of insurance is equal to 1 time the basic annual salary and 67% at age 70. In all cases, if the amount of insurance is not an even multiple of $1,000, it is raised to the next higher $1,000 multiple.