Campus Health & Safety Updates

Overview of campus information, decisions, and plans related to COVID-19 and other health- and safety-related issues.

Each Five College campus is taking measures to ensure safe operations for students, faculty, and staff. Some of the related policies are highlighted on this page; specific policy information and expectations can be found on each campus' website.

This information is updated regularly. Last update on February 22, 2023.

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Campus COVID Policies

The following policies are in place at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and UMass Amherst. Click on the links below for details on individual campus policies as well as protocols for COVID-19 testing prior to returning to campus after the holiday break.


Masks are optional in most indoor and all outdoor locations at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMass.


All campuses require students and employees to receive the primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations, with exceptions allowed for health and religious reasons.  

Access to campuses, meetings and events

All campuses allow Five College students and employees access to their classroom facilities, but each campus has its own policies on access to other campus resources. All campuses have resumed in-person and hybrid meetings, although each campus may have different rules on participating in them. 

Links to Campus COVID Policies

COVID Policies at Other Campuses