Student Handbook

Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Statement of Shared Responsibility

Community safety during a pandemic is a collective responsibility. The ability of the Smith College community to thrive during the current COVID-19 pandemic is contingent upon a shared understanding that we each have a role in taking steps that promote not only our own health but the health of the other individuals with whom we share our campus.

A culture of care acknowledges that keeping our community safe and caring for one another requires each of us to fully comply with public health guidelines. It also acknowledges that we - students, staff and faculty alike - should treat one another with respect and assume each others’ best intentions. In support of our goal to create a culture of care, and in accordance with public health guidance, Smith College requires that all students, faculty, staff, and approved visitors to campus abide by:

  1. All applicable laws, regulations, and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, as well as state and local public health authorities; and
  2. All other safety precautions required by Smith College. 

The college maintains a publicly-available listing of these safety precautions online at This listing may be updated over time.

Students, faculty, and staff who do not adhere to applicable safety precautions may be subject to disciplinary action under relevant processes. Approved visitors who do not adhere to applicable safety precautions may be removed and/or trespassed from Smith College.

I acknowledge that I have read that Statement of Shared Responsibility. I understand and agree that I am expected to follow all safety measures to lower and prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19, and failure to do so could result in disciplinary action up to and including separation from the college.

* All students are required to complete an acknowledgement of the Smith Statement of Shared Responsibility in Workday.