Campus Pandemic Updates for Fall 2021A photo montage of the Five College campuses 


Vaccination policies

Mask mandates
Testing requirements
Policies regarding campus visits
Travel policies
Additional resources & policies
Policies of nearby campuses


Status report

Just before its mid-semester break (Oct. 9--12), Amherst released an update on testing compliance. In order to ensure accountability, the Office of Community Standards will continue to follow up individually with students who fail to comply with general testing requirements. Mount Holyoke updated its community on attendance at and participation in athletics and recreation. Strict health and safety protocols will remain in place, including specific masking and/or testing requirements for all individuals involved in a contest. External spectators are not currently permitted at any indoor venue and a limited number of external spectators will be allowed at outdoor venues. The Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) at UMass Amherst is continuing to closely monitoring the results of their COVID-19 testing program. For the third consecutive week it has seen a reduction in the positive cases. Also, a twice-weekly flu vaccination clinic was launched at the PHPC on the lower level of the Campus Center.

Links to campus dashboards: Amherst  Hampshire  Mount Holyoke  Smith • UMass

Policy Watch

Vaccination policies

All consortium campuses are requiring students and employees to be vaccinated, with exceptions allowed for health and religious reasons. See the links below for individual campus policies.
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Mask mandates

All consortium campuses are requiring that masks be worn indoors unless an individual is alone in an office. Policies on outdoor mask requirements vary. See the links below for individual campus policies.
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Testing requirements

All four college campuses are requiring regular testing of all students and employees; UMass is requiring testing only of those who are not vaccinated, though testing is readily available for all. See the links below for individual campus policies.
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Policies regarding campus visits

While students and faculty members from each Five College campus are allowed access to the classroom facilities of other Five College campuses, each campus has its own policies on access to other campus resources. Click the links below for full campus visit policies.
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Travel policies

Click the links below for policies regarding campus members traveling outside the state and abroad.
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Additional resources & policies

Meeting & event guidelines
Amherst • Hampshire • Mount Holyoke  Smith  UMass 

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Policies of nearby campuses

Greenfield Community College
Holyoke Community College

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 Updated September 23, 2021