Umass Student Agreement
The letter also refers to other Massachusetts colleges and universities that have already set clear and strong expectations for disciplinary consequences for uncertain meetings and the language they use, such as students and student organizations that commit infractions may “wait” for suspension or loss of recognition. UMass Amherst will provide most of its distance courses this fall, but students who want to live on campus will have the opportunity to do so as part of a re-opening plan presented Monday by the state`s flagship campus. “Given the prevalence of the virus in the general population, a number of students are expected to test COVID-19 positively while remaining asymptomatic,” Subbaswamy wrote. “As the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines call for, those who test for the positive virus must isolate themselves, even those who are asymptomatic. Students who have been identified by contact monitoring, who are in close contact with someone who has tested positive, must also isolate themselves. If a student violates the protocol under the agreement, he or she could be removed from campus and completed remotely until the case is closed, “due to the serious public safety consequences of the offences,” the plan states. UMass Dartmouth has articulation agreements with colleges for programs where MassTransfer does not apply. These articulation agreements guarantee transfer credits for corresponding courses from one institution to another in certain important areas. These agreements reflect traditional school curricula, unless otherwise stated. Peter Demling, Amherst`s representative, wrote the letter and argued to his colleagues at Amherst, Pelham, Shutesbury and Leverett that students must be held accountable.
The regional commission voted the letter by 7 votes to 0, with Amherst`s representative Benjamin Herringon absent and Pelham representative Sarahbess Kenney abstaining, and the Amherst commission voted 4-0. “If students assess how they want to continue their studies at UMass this fall, it is important to understand that campus life in the fall of 2020 will be nothing like the normal life of the university,” Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy wrote in a letter to the school community. “Ultimately, while all courses that do not require physical presence on campus are offered remotely this fall, all students who have booked on-campus accommodation for the next semester and are available for space are invited to live on campus with strict health constraints.” Students living on campus or using UMass campus facilities (libraries, rec centres, dining rooms, etc.) will need to sign a copy of this agreement at SPIRE in the fall of 2020, by July 31, 2020.