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Status & Operating Modes

Status & Operating Modes

Day-to-day life on campus will be guided by green/yellow/red operating modes, with the progression of colors designating least to most restrictive modes. The operating mode will be determined by pandemic conditions on our campus, in the city of Northampton and in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The college will move between modes as necessary.


 
Current Status: GREEN
 
Summary COVID rates on campus are low and do not appear to be increasing.
Residential Life On-campus students may visit other on-campus students’ rooms and houses (limited to two guests in residential room). Kitchens available via sign-up, common spaces available during designated hours. Food and grocery delivery drivers may not enter building; recipient must meet delivery driver outside.
Dining Open, limited internal seating.
Learning Mode In-class and remote
Testing Regular testing required for all students, on-campus faculty and staff.

 

The college will change modes between red, yellow and green infrequently—not on a day-to-day basis. We have intentionally not applied precise parameters or a quantitative formula to indicate when we will shift modes. As a result of our review of other institutions, we have seen formulaic approaches that suggest a mode shift when it is unwarranted or that fail to suggest a shift when it is. In addition, we are tracking an extensive list of indicators, some of which are qualitative. For example, if we are seeing periods of noncompliance with public health behaviors, we might consider a mode shift. This is a list of indicators we track as we make decisions.

Campus

  • Effective reproduction rate (Rt) - campus
  • New student cases
  • New employee/other cases
  • # of clusters (3+ related cases)
  • Positivity rate - campus
  • Students in isolation
  • Students in quarantine
  • Quarantine occupancy - % of 234 beds
  • Active employee cases
  • Campus compliance metric
  • Campus compliance

Northampton

  • Daily incidence rate per 100K
  • Positive tests
  • Positivity rate - city
  • Positivity rate trend
  • Cooley Dickinson - ICU occupancy

Five College Operating Modes

  • Amherst College
  • Hampshire College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • UMass

10-mile Radius (common destinations)

  • Amherst positivity rate
  • Easthampton positivity rate
  • Hadley positivity rate
  • Holyoke positivity rate
  • South Hadley positivity rate

Hampshire County

  • Effective reproduction rate (Rt) - county
  • Positivity rate - county
  • Positivity rate trend
  • Vaccine shipped - % of population

Western Massachusetts

  • Hospital occupancy - ICU
  • Hospital occupancy - non-ICU

Massachusetts

  • Effective reproduction rate (Rt) - state
  • Positivity rate - state higher ed
  • Positivity rate - state

Residence Life Operating Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Traditional Housing On-campus resident students may host another on-campus resident in their houses or rooms (limited to two guests in a residential room). These visitors must be accompanied by the host at all times. House kitchens available via sign-up, common spaces available during designated hours. Food and grocery drivers may not enter building; recipient must meet driver outside.   Students may not visit other houses or rooms. Kitchens and common spaces are closed. Food and grocery drivers may not enter buildings; recipient must meet driver outside.   Students asked to remain in their own rooms (except for testing and meal pick-up). No food and grocery delivery services.
 
Ada Comstock Scholars and Graduate Students in On-Campus Apartments On-campus students may visit other on-campus students’ rooms, houses and apartments. Common spaces available during designated hours. Food and grocery drivers may not enter buildings; recipient must meet driver outside.   Students may not visit other residences. Common spaces closed. Food and grocery drivers may not enter building; recipient must meet driver outside.   Students asked to remain in their own apartments (except for testing or essential trips). Food and grocery drivers may not enter building; recipient must meet driver outside.
 
Off-Campus Undergraduates, Ada Comstock and Graduate Students in Testing Program Students may access academic and administrative buildings including classrooms, laboratories, studios, Campus Center, library and Schacht Health Center. Off-campus students do not have access to Smith residential houses.   Students may only access testing site or Schacht Health Center.   Students may only access testing site. Off-campus students are asked to stay in their residences to the extent possible and follow state and local guidance.

Student Life Operating Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Off-Campus Travel Students may travel up to 10 miles from campus for essential services (e.g., personal care, groceries, religious services). Students may not visit any off-campus residence or participate in off-campus social gatherings of any kind.   Students must remain on campus. They may travel up to 1 mile from campus for work or to purchase essential commodities like groceries and medicine. Students may not visit any off-campus residence or participate in off-campus social gatherings of any kind.   On-campus students must remain on campus and primarily in their own rooms. Off-campus students are asked to stay in their residences to the extent possible and follow state and local guidance.
 
Dining Open to those on the meal plan, limited internal seating.   Grab and Go only, for those on the meal plan.   Phased delivery to house common rooms.
 
Visitors No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.   No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.   No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.
 
Campus Center Open to the Smith community in testing protocol. The Student Kitchen and Resource Room will be open only when the college's operating mode is Green. Students will be able to access these spaces by making a reservation in the Office of Student Engagement.   Limited hours and services available.   Closed except for the testing center.
 
Campus Center Café Open to the Smith Community in the testing program.   Closed.   Closed.
 
Meetings, Gatherings, Student Activities & Affinity Groups With Student Affairs approval: Indoor (limit based on room capacity of 125 sq.ft./ person and not to exceed 10 people) and outdoor (limit of 25 people). Student-initiated activities allowed up to 5 people indoors and 10 people outdoors. No food at gatherings.   Remote activities only, except for one-on-one emergency meetings with a college official.   Remote activities only, except for one-on-one emergency meetings with a college official.
 
Testing Center Open to those in the testing program.   Open to those in the testing program.   Open to those in the testing program.
 
Medical Services from the Schacht Center Open for remote care for students residing in Mass. Open for in-person care for students living on and off campus within a 10-mile radius.   Open for remote care for students residing in Mass. Open for in-person care for students living on and off campus within a 10-mile radius.   Open for remote care for students residing in Mass. Open for in-person care for sick appointments ONLY for students living on and off campus within a 10-mile radius.
 
Counseling Services from the Schacht Center Mostly remote, in-person as needed and in crisis.   Remote with exceptions for crises.   Remote only.
 
Disability Services Open for some face-to-face appointments with the majority of services remote.   Remote with exceptions for crises.   Remote only.
 
Olin Fitness Center and Athletic Facilities Available for on-campus and local off-campus students in the testing program by reservation only. Available facilities: Olin Fitness Center, restrooms, Ainsworth locker rooms for changing only—no shower use. Boathouse programs will be offered. Get Fit Smith classes will be offered to the Smith community remotely. Low-exertion classes offered in person to students.   Available to on-campus students by reservation at low capacity. Get Fit Smith classes will be offered remotely.   Closed.
 
Athletics (Varsity) NO COMPETITION
Team practices will be permitted. Masks must be worn at all times, including during practice sessions. Lockers available, no showers available. Specialized equipment will be moved to the ITT and outside. The squash courts will be converted into athletic training space. Appointment system will be used.

Club sports may begin practice sessions and are required to abide by the testing and screening protocols outlined above for varsity teams.
  On-campus varsity athletes will have access to Olin and specialized equipment by a reservation system. Teams may have group outdoor work-outs with a maximum of 10.   All athletics activity will be virtual. No in-person practices, meetings or competitions.
Outdoor Athletic Facilities Outdoor tennis courts and track are available to anyone who carries a current Smith OneCard. Priority given to athletics program use. No community passes available.   Outdoor tennis courts and track are available to anyone who carries a current Smith OneCard. Priority given to athletics program use. No community passes available.   Closed.
 
 
On-Campus Employment In-person student employment permitted for roles that require it. Approval by Cabinet member.   Limited in-person student employment for essential functions.   Remote employment only.
 
Off-Campus Employment and Internships Students in-residence on-campus with an off-campus job or internship may work up to ten miles from campus.   Students in-residence on-campus with an off-campus job or internship may work up to one mile from campus.   Remote employment or internships only.
 
Campus Van Use (Access Van and Off-Campus Program Transportation) Smith’s access van services will be on pause for the spring semester. Individual students’ needs will be managed by the Office of Disability Services with the support of Campus Safety.
Campus vehicles will not be available for student use at this time. College-sponsored and employee-sponsored activities requiring vehicle travel are not permitted at this time.
  Smith’s access van services will be on pause for the spring semester. Individual students’ needs will be managed by the Office of Disability Services with the support of Campus Safety.
Campus vehicles will not be available for student use at this time. College-sponsored and employee-sponsored activities requiring vehicle travel are not permitted at this time.
  Smith’s access van services will be on pause for the spring semester. Individual students’ needs will be managed by the Office of Disability Services with the support of Campus Safety.
Campus vehicles will not be available for student use at this time. College-sponsored and employee-sponsored activities requiring vehicle travel are not permitted at this time.

Academic/Research Functions Operating Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Faculty Offices Any access to campus facilities, for any purpose, even for a short duration, requires completing the return to campus form and being granted approval.   Any access to campus facilities, for any purpose, even for a short duration, requires completing the return to campus form and being granted approval.    Closed.
 
Classes Up to 30 students in person, except for courses that require heavy respiration in indoor environments (e.g., some music, excercise and sport studies, and dance classes).   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Advising/Office Hours In-person advising permitted.   In-person advising of individual on campus students permitted.   Remote only.
 
Instructional Gatherings/Group Tutorials Instructional gatherings may have up to 30 students in person and must follow room capacity limits. Faculty should consider holding office hours in classroom spaces in Seelye, Sabin-Reed, Burton, McConnell, Bass or Hillyer Halls.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Faculty Labs Available to faculty and staff. Individual student researchers with permission of adviser or mentor.   Available to faculty and staff. Individual on-campus student researchers with permission of adviser or mentor.   Closed (lab maintenance allowed by exception).
 
Shared Academic Support Spaces (Labs, Studios, Maker Spaces) In-person sessions available to students at the discretion of the department or office.   Available to faculty and staff. Individual on-campus student researchers with permission of facility coordinator.   Closed.
 
Academic Support Functions (Jacobson, Spinelli, etc.) In-person sessions available to students at the discretion of the department or office.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Noninstructional Gatherings Student-focused gatherings only. No staff or faculty meetings. Indoor (limit based on room capacity of 125 sq.ft./ person and not to exceed 10 people) and outdoor (limit of 25 people). Student-initiated activities allowed up to 5 people indoors and 10 people outdoors. No food at gatherings.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Integrative Centers (Jandon, Lewis, CEEDS, Lazarus, Wurtele, Conway) In-person sessions available to students at the discretion of the department/office.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Registrar Office Remote only.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Faculty Travel College-sponsored travel suspended.   College-sponsored travel suspended.   College-sponsored travel suspended.
 
Field Trips Field trips within walking distance are permitted.   Not permitted.   Not permitted.
 
Libraries Open to students, staff and faculty in the testing program. Limited in-person services. Many remote services.   Material pick up available. Services remote, collection access by appointment.   Remote only.
 
Computing Labs Drop-in computing labs are not available.   Drop-in computing labs are not available.   Drop-in computing labs are not available.
 
Collections (Museum, Botanic Gardens) By appointment and via limited programming advertised by the department.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Visitors No visitors allowed in campus buildings. Campus facilities only open to Smith community members approved to access campus.   No visitors allowed in campus buildings. Campus facilities only open to Smith community members approved to access campus.   No visitors allowed in campus buildings. Campus facilities only open to Smith community members approved to access campus.

Administrative Functions Operating Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Administrative Staff/Offices Remote work if possible. Any access to campus facilities, for any purpose, even for a short duration, requires completion of the training and tasks, as well as completing the return to campus form and being granted approval.   Remote work if possible. Any access to campus facilities, for any purpose, even for a short duration, requires completion of the training and tasks, as well as completing the return to campus form and being granted approval.   Remote only.
 
Essential Operational Staff (Dining, Facilities, BG, Museum) On-campus work.   On-campus work.   On-campus work, to the extent possible.
 
Meetings/Gatherings Student-focused gatherings only. No staff or faculty meetings. Indoor (limit based on room capacity of 125 sq.ft./ person and not to exceed 10 people) and outdoor (limit of 25). Student-initiated activities allowed in groups of up to 5 indoors and 10 outdoors. No food at gatherings.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Travel College-sponsored travel suspended.   College-sponsored travel suspended.   College-sponsored travel suspended.
 
Admissions Remote only.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Athletics Facilities and Fields Outdoor tennis courts are available to anyone who carries a current Smith OneCard. No community passes available. All other facilities are closed to faculty and staff.   Outdoor tennis courts are available to anyone who carries a current Smith OneCard. No community passes available. All other facilities are closed to faculty and staff.   Closed.
 
Olin Fitness Center Closed to faculty and staff. Get Fit Smith classes offered remotely (low-exertion courses available to students).   Closed to faculty and staff. Get Fit Smith classes offered remotely.   Closed to faculty and staff. Get Fit Smith classes offered remotely.
 
Campus Center Café Open to the Smith community in testing protocol.   Closed.   Closed.
 
Visitors No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.   No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.   No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.
 
Vendors and deliveries See vendor policy.   See vendor policy.   Vendors or deliveries by exception only.

Public Functions Operating Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Campus School By SCCS Plan.   By SCCS Plan.   By SCCS Plan.
 
Center for Early Childhood Education By CECE Plan.   By CECE Plan.   By CECE Plan.
 
MacLeish Field Station Outdoors open to public, Bechtel Environmental Classroom by appointment. Campsites available for reservation.   Outdoors open to public.   Outdoors open to public.
 
Public Facing (Museum, BG, Libraries, Conference Center) Closed to the public.   Closed to the public.   Closed to the public.
 
Outdoor Gardens/Campus Grounds Open.   Open.   Closed.

Building Access Operating Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 

Academic/Administrative with OneCard Access (Unstaffed)

 
Burton Hall OneCard access 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   OneCard access 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   Closed (faculty/staff with permission).
 
Ford Hall OneCard access 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   OneCard access 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   Closed (faculty/staff with permission).
 
McConnell Hall OneCard access 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   OneCard access 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   Closed (faculty/staff with permission).
 
Bass Hall OneCard access 7 a.m.-11 p.m daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   OneCard access 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   Closed (faculty/staff with permission).
 
Sabin-Reed Hall OneCard access 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   OneCard access 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   Closed (faculty/staff with permission).
 
Hillyer Hall OneCard access 8 a.m-6 p.m. on weekdays. Art students 8 a.m.-12 a.m. daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   OneCard access 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays. Art students 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Faculty and staff office-holders, OneCard access anytime.   Closed.
 
Sage Hall OneCard access 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.   OneCard access 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.   Closed.
 
Seelye Hall OneCard access 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.   OneCard access 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.   Closed.
 
Capen Annex (Design Thinking) By appointment only. See details on Design Thinking’s website.   Open to Design Thinking staff only.    Remote only.
 
47 Belmont (Dance) Open to faculty and staff.   Open to faculty and staff.   Closed.
 
Dawes Administrative Offices Open to faculty and staff.   Open to faculty and staff.   Closed.
 
Green (Box) St. Annex Library staff only.   Library staff only.   Closed.
 
Tilly Hall (Emeriti Offices) Closed.   Closed.   Closed.
 
Davis Center By reservation.   Closed.   Closed.
 
Alumnae Gym Library Staff Only.   Library Staff Only.   Closed.
 

Academic/Administrative with OneCard Access (Staffed)

 
Neilson Library Please see the Libraries website for up to date information and schedule.   Please see the Libraries website for up to date information and schedule.   Closed.
 
Campus Center See hours on the Office of Student Engagement site.   See hours on the Office of Student Engagement site.   Hours set by testing program.
 
Athletic Facilities See hours on the Smith Pioneers site.   See hours on the Smith Pioneers site.   Closed
 
Schacht Center for Health and Wellness See hours on the Schacht Center for Health & Wellness site.   See hours on the Schacht Center for Health & Wellness site.   Open to SC staff.
 

Academic/Administrative with Key Access (Unstaffed)

 
Mendenhall Hall Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
Wright Hall Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Closed.
 
College Hall Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
Clark Hall Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Closed.
 
Hatfield Hall Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Closed.
 
Hatfield Hall Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Closed.
 
Dewey Hall Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Closed.
 
Pierce Hall Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Building open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.   Closed.
 
Facilities Management and Public Safety Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.
 
10 Prospect St. Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
Tyler Annex Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
8 College Lane Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
138 Elm St. Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
Morgan Hall (closed except to key holders) Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
Lilly Hall Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
30 Belmont Ave. Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
John M. Green Hall (closed except to key holders) Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
Lyman Plant House (closed except to key holders) Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
Museum of Art Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
Stoddard Hall (closed except to key holders) Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
Kahn Institute Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.
 
Helen Hills Hills Chapel Open to key holders only.   Open to key holders only.   Closed.