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A Culture of Care >> Read Smith’s plans for the fall 2021 semester.

Office of Student Affairs

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The mission of student affairs is to engage the whole student in a process of self-discovery to thrive in a complex and diverse global society. Our office helps students access a variety of services, programs and activities. We work closely with the dean of the college and dean of students, first-year student programs, medical, counseling and wellness services, residence life, student engagement, equity and inclusion, multicultural affairs, religious and spiritual life and other partners throughout campus.

Important Information for Fall 2021

This information is subject to change based on guidance from public health authorities. Information accurate as of August 1, 2021.

Information About Arrival and Living on Campus

What will be the mask policy for vaccinated and unvaccinated people, both indoors and outdoors?
Masks continue to be welcome indoors and outdoors. Until further notice, masks are required indoors for those not fully vaccinated.

Masks during arrival:

  • August 22—27: International Student arrival. For all students, families, and staff working with the International Student Pre-orienation (ISP) for the duration.
  • August 27: New student arrival. All day for students, families and visitors, employees involved with, or in the same building as any and all programming associated with arrival including public buildings.

Will off-campus visitors be allowed in buildings?
Many buildings will be open to the public as they were prior to the pandemic; we will update information about specific buildings as it becomes available. Neilson Library will only be open to those with OneCards.

Students are permitted to have overnight guests in accordance with the Residence Life guest policy.

Do you plan to keep the green/yellow/red mode plan and what would be the new guidelines for each mode?
At this time there will not be operating modes for fall semester.

Will travel restrictions be in place? If so, how far can we travel?
Travel restrictions will not be in place.

What will be the setup of dining services (traditional, Grubhub, etc)?
Dining will have a variety of options that include, traditional self-serve buffets, grab and go and preorder via mobile Grubhub.

What will the testing protocol be and will there be any quarantine upon arrival to campus?
Students will test one time a week at least through October 1. All students will receive a COVID PCR test upon arrival. Students exempt from vaccination or who were unable to access a vaccine prior to arrival will receive a rapid COVID test as well as a PCR test upon arrival. Students will not be subject to quarantine in the arrival process.

Will there be isolation space on campus for anyone who becomes ill?
Any student in residence who tests positive for COVID-19 will be moved to dedicated isolation housing for care and monitoring.

Meals, transportation to and from medical care, and extended cleaning protocols will be provided for students in isolation.

What is the vaccine requirement for students?
Smith is requiring all students (including family members living with students on campus) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 15. In order to meet this deadline, students may need to begin their vaccination process in the next few weeks as some vaccines require a 28-day waiting period before the second dose. Medical or religious exemptions will be reviewed and accommodated on a case-by-case basis. The process to upload documentation of vaccination or to request an exemption can be found here. Those students arriving only partially vaccinated or who have been vaccinated with non-approved vaccines should work with the Schacht Center to determine how to meet the college’s requirement. If you have questions, students should contact the Schacht Center at or 413-585-2250.

Information About Events and Programs

Will large gatherings/traditions occur (convocation, all-house meetings, all-first year orientation events)?
Plans for convocation are in the works. Physical distancing and room capacity limitations are rescinded.

Do gathering limits still apply (specifically in regard to house events, friends in bedrooms, etc)?
Physical distancing and room capacity limitations are rescinded.

Information About Classes

Will 5 College classes be in person and can we go to other campuses?
Yes, you are welcome to travel to other campuses. Five College classes will be offered in person, at the discretion of the institution.

Will all college buildings be open to all students again (ie. opening up all four libraries, can anyone go into any house, etc)?
The College will resume normal operation and buildings will re-open as appropriate.



Office of Student Affairs
Clark Hall 101
Smith College
Northampton, MA
Phone: 413-585-4940

Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Summer office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.