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UMass Amherst Reopens for the Fall

Chancellor Subbaswamy has released the university’s Fall 2020 Reopening Plan. Classes will begin August 24.

Extensive Public Health and Behavioral Restrictions Adopted

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Students can choose to live at home or return to campus

Almost all courses will be taught remotely

Only essential face-to-face instruction offered

Large-scale testing, isolation and contact tracing planned

Students must sign The UMass Agreement

"Life on campus will not be anything resembling normal college life"

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Returning safely to UMass video

A video designed to assist employees this summer and fall provides information on best practices and protocols to keep the university safe as we undertake a phased reopening of campus.

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This week, Chancellor Subbaswamy shared his reopening plan for the fall 2020 semesterAs part of the plan, each student who returns to campus—either to live in residence halls or access physical resources on campus—agrees to sign the UMass Agreement, a set of behaviors to support the health and safety of themselves, their peers, the faculty and staff, and the local community.

Schedule will revert back to regular course day/time matrix with the 15-minute break between classes, with no adverse effect on health and safety.