Health & Safety Protocols

COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Shots

The College requires that all community members be fully vaccinated and that those who are eligible receive a booster. The only exceptions to the booster/vaccination requirement are those granted on medical or religious grounds. 

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Students who have not yet verified their vaccination and/or booster should submit documentation through our patient portal by logging in and clicking on the “Upload” tab and selecting “COVID vaccine documentation” to upload the paperwork immediately.

Learn more about the vaccine and booster requirement and verification


Testing

Updated 6/3/22

Students who are living on campus or coming to campus regularly will be tested one time per week.

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Faculty and staff will be tested one time per week. 

Any member of the community who wishes to test more frequently may do so; please contact the Testing Center at covidtesting@amherst.edu to make arrangements.

If you receive a positive test result from an at-home antigen test, please email contacttracing@amherst.edu to speak with one of our contact tracers about next steps.

If someone in your household tests positive, please contact our contact tracing team to make sure you are following appropriate protocols (which will depend on your particular situation).

Find more information about testing requirements, including requirements for visitors and contractors.


Contact Tracing

Anyone who tests positive through Amherst’s testing program will be given instructions on how to identify and notify their close contacts. The College is no longer informing people’s close contacts for them. A person is considered a close contact if they have been within six feet of a COVID-19 positive person for 15 minutes or more during what is considered the infectious period, which starts 48 hours prior to positive diagnosis or onset of symptoms. If you are informed that you have been identified as a close contact, please consult the Contact Tracing page for details of what to do.


Isolation and Quarantine

Find the latest requirements for isolation and quarantine.


Masking

Amherst continues to update its mask requirements in response to the evolving impact of COVID-19. See our latest mask requirements and related information.


Capacity Limits, Events, and Building Access

Updated 6/22/2022

  • All indoor events are at 100% capacity.
  • Academic buildings will be open during the weekday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. 
  • Buildings in use by summer programs will be open every day, including weekends, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Other administrative buildings will remain locked and only accessible to the Amherst community via a College ID Card.
  • Valentine Dining Hall and the gym will remain available only for members of our community who are in the testing program.
  • Certain buildings will publish their hours and be unlocked during the times they specify, including Frost Library, Alumni Gym and the Beneski Museum of Natural History.
    • Visitors are allowed to attend official indoor College events, including Athletics contests, at the discretion of hosting departments or programs. Visitors will be required to show proof of either full vaccination and booster or a negative test result taken within 72 hours preceding the event. The hosting department or program will be responsible for verification. More information can be found on the Guidelines for Hosting Indoor Events page.

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    Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette 

    All community members, regardless of vaccination status, should follow good hand hygiene. This includes washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean hands BEFORE and AFTER:

    • Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
    • Touching your mask
    • Touching an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens  

    All community members, regardless of vaccination status, should follow good respiratory etiquette. This includes covering coughs and sneezes and keeping hands clean. To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses:

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
    • Throw used tissues in the trash
    • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands

    Travel

    Updated 3/23/22

    STUDENTS
    • Students may visit the town of Amherst to conduct business, such as picking up prescriptions, meals, etc., but must be masked when indoors.
    • Students are asked to register their travel if traveling will result in missing their scheduled testing day. Missed tests must be made up immediately upon return. 
    FACULTY AND STAFF
    • There will no longer be any restrictions on College-sponsored travel.
    • Anyone traveling on College business must follow CDC guidance.

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    Information for Students

    Find information about dining, residential life, and more.

    close-up of someone opening a swab package to take a covid test

    COVID-19 Dashboard

    See the results of testing of Amherst College faculty, staff, and students who are being tested routinely on campus. The data are updated every weekday.

    Amherst College is anticipating and responding to the impact of COVID-19. We continue to monitor the situation and are in contact with state and local public health officials, colleagues at the Five Colleges, and other relevant parties. This site is updated regularly and includes information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other trusted sources. If you have questions, please email: covid19-info@amherst.edu