UMass Lowell plans to return to full on-campus operations for the Fall 2021 semester. With vaccinations accelerating nationwide and multiple semesters of COVID-19 lessons learned and effectively implemented behind us, we are confident in our ability to create a safe, social and interpersonal living and learning experience for all our students on campus.
While campus operations may not look identical to 2019 when the semester begins, we expect campus life to largely return to normal.
We will continue to adhere to national and state public health guidance in place.
Students who wish to request academic accommodations due to a documented disability, including those that are at an increased risk of severe illness to COVID-19 due to their disability, should register with Disability Services.
Based on anticipated additional state and federal public health guidelines as well as vaccine availability at vaccination sites across Massachusetts and throughout the country, UMass Lowell is adding the COVID-19 Vaccine to the existing list of required vaccination for enrolled students. UMass Lowell is requiring all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the beginning of the fall semester to live, learn or visit any UMass Lowell campus or property. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated is two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose series or single-dose vaccine.
As with other vaccination requirements, UMass Lowell will accommodate medical, disability and religious exemptions consistent with state and federal laws. And just as with other disease vaccinations that have long been required by the university, COVID-19 vaccination documentation must be uploaded to the Student Health Services Patient Portal by Aug. 1. An FAQ is available. Contact email@example.com if you have additional questions.
At this time, faculty and staff are expected to obtain full vaccination as soon as possible and a recent survey indicated that nearly 90% of employees planned to do so by the beginning of fall semester.
Unvaccinated individuals will be expected to participate in additional public health measures, such as wearing a face covering and other measures consistent with the current vaccine exemption policy, to help ensure the health of the campus community.
There are numerous vaccination options across the country, including through your personal care provider. If you live, work or study in Massachusetts, you can use the MassVaxFinder to find a convenient location. Once you have been vaccinated, do not forget to register for the VaxMillions Giveaway to qualify for $1 million or scholarship. The campus will be announcing additional giveaways for students who upload their vaccine cards to the Student Health Portal.