Important Message Regarding MA State Changes to Campus Move-In

Friday, December 25, 2020

Dear residential students:

On the afternoon of December 24, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Secretary of Education Jim Peyser released the following guidance to MA colleges and universities: “All institutions of higher education with residential students, as well as all boarding schools, should refrain from bringing any students back to campus until Monday, January 18, including gradual and scheduled move-ins over the weekend of January 16-17, if necessary. This does not apply to students who are currently residing on campus, or to students who had planned to come back before January 18 and have no other housing option for that time period.”

Mount Holyoke is required to update move-in plans accordingly. To that end:

  • Students who are relying on air travel to reach campus and who cannot amend their travel dates may arrive as originally planned.
  • Students who are driving or arriving to campus by ground transportation should plan to arrive on campus on January 18 using the time slot previously assigned for an earlier date.
  • We will assume students are able to adjust to the above schedule changes. If you are unable to do so, please email prior to January 6, 2021.
  • All students and families should be sure to follow federal and state travel guidelines, and refer to our email from December 22, 2020 for additional precautions requested by the College including obtaining a Covid-19 test prior to traveling to campus.

Classes will begin as scheduled on January 19 and instruction will be fully remote through February 1. Given this late-breaking guidance and the changes it requires, students should be prepared for an extended campus quarantine upon arrival as the conditions, public health measures and state guidelines require.

Our plans for the spring 2020 semester were designed to accommodate a shifting pandemic landscape and we continue to look forward to your safe return to Mount Holyoke. We understand that this new guidance from the state will be inconvenient for many, and we remain committed to working with you to ensure a safe arrival and a healthy and productive semester ahead. Should you have an urgent matter that requires College attention, please email The College is closed through January 4, however all urgent emails sent to this address will be reviewed and responded to in a timely manner.

With thanks and appreciation for your understanding,

Marcella Runell Hall
Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students

Rachel Alldis
Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life