AMHERST, Mass. — Though in-person classes likely won’t happen at UMass Amherst this fall, students who have already reserved on-campus housing will be allowed to move in with testing, isolation and other safety precautions, according to a letter from the chancellor.
The school provided a guide to its fall semester, including a letter from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy addressing students and campus faculty and staff.
“It is highly likely that most, if not all, of their classes will be conducted remotely,” Subbaswamy wrote in the letter.
Most classes -- including graduate classes -- will be conducted remotely for the fall semester, but some lab courses or other research activities that require in-person interaction will be held on campus.
The school says it will have strict health and safety protocol in place in order to keep anyone who needs to be on campus from spreading COVID-19.
Classes will be held on some days that are normally vacation days and the semester will end the week of Thanksgiving break with exams happening after the break.
If the disease manages to spread on campus or a spike in COVID-19 cases should arise in surrounding towns, the school says it is prepared to shut down and shift entirely to remote learning as it did in March.
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