Campus Updates

Please visit the Campus Updates page for information on Mount Holyoke’s response to the global pandemic. The Opening the Gates website contains the plan for the fall semester. FAQs are being updated regularly.

Health and Safety

All members of the community are expected to follow COVID-19 prevention measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Community members are expected to: 

  • Maintain a physical distance of six feet from others at all times.
  • Wear a face covering when in contact with others and outside of residence hall rooms or offices. Please note: Students, faculty and staff will not be permitted to participate in campus in-person classes, work or other activities without the use of a face covering.
  • Self-monitor for possible symptoms for COVID-19.
  • Wash hands frequently. 
  • Clean high-touch objects after use (e.g., computers, exercise equipment, classroom and common room furniture andor spaces, etc.). 

In addition, any community member with symptoms of COVID-19 is prohibited from participating in in-person classes, campus work and activities. Any student with suspected COVID-19 symptoms must immediately contact Health Services to determine the appropriate next steps. All community members are strongly encouraged to obtain a flu shot, though it is not required for campus access.

Faculty and staff will follow protocols outlined by Human Resources, which include staying home from work, contacting their supervisor and seeking care from their health care provider.

Every employee should review the information and protocols in my.mtholyoke before returning to work on campus.

Mount Holyoke is committed to the health and safety of all community members regardless of the number of students living on campus. All students living in residence will be tested twice per week and employees will be tested based on their level or risk, ranging from twice- weekly testing to no testing needed at all.

More information on employee testing can be found in the Employee Testing section of the FAQ page.