From: Michael F. Malone, Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement
To: UMass Amherst Faculty, RLOP Participants, Campus Leadership Council, Postdocs, Graduate Students, Deans, Directors, Department Chairs, and Business Managers
Date: May 4, 2021
Subject: Changes to Research and Libraries Operations for Summer and Fall 2021, Update #2

Dear Colleagues,
This communication provides further updates on the anticipated changes for in-person activities during the transition to the fall semester. 
Please use the following guidance for planning changes of in-person activities.
  1. The Commonwealth has updated COVID-19 workplace requirements on cleaning and disinfection. Please follow the CDC guidance, which states that high touch surfaces should be cleaned (not necessarily disinfected) once a day. This can be accomplished with soap and water. 

  2. Students are required to be vaccinated to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. We strongly encourage all to get vaccinated before they arrive to participate in their program. If a student is unable to get vaccinated prior to arrival, UMass Amherst will provide a vaccine to the student. Currently, students are required to participate in once-a-week asymptomatic COVID-19 testing (no cost) while participating in an REU; the Public Health Promotion Center will coordinate vaccinations and testing.

  3. The international travel policy for faculty, staff, and graduate students has been updated; please see the Traveling Abroad section of the International Programs Office (IPO) website.

  4. Last week, the Department of State expanded the National Interest Exception to students, academics, and researchers from all the current travel ban countries (UK, Ireland, EU, China, Brazil, South Africa, and Iran). This means any students who already have visas can be expected to return to the country. Consular operations and visa issuance in some countries may still be problematic, most notably China and India. For questions, please contact the International Programs Office (IPO)

  5. International students who are inoculated with a vaccine approved in their home country will satisfy the UMass requirement for vaccinations. If needed, vaccines will be available here for arriving international students. 
Thank you and be well,

Michael F. Malone
Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement
University of Massachusetts Amherst
(413) 545-5270
Assistant: Christine Burnett,
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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