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COVID-19 Updates, Restrictions, Cancellations - More information


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a newly diagnosed respiratory illness. The college has been closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State and the actions of governments worldwide to shape the college's response to the spread of the disease.


Digital Support Resources for Spring 2020

The Smith Covid-19 Digital Support Team has launched a new site to provide technical and pedagogical support for our faculty, students and staff. An update was provided by the team on March 26.

Questions? Read the FAQ or contact

Quick Facts

  • Campus Status: All Smith College buildings are closed to the public.
  • Courses: Alternate modes of instruction will be offered for the curriculum beginning on March 30.
  • Commencement & Reunions: These events have been canceled.
  • Spring Recess: Spring recess will be extended by one week through Sunday, March 29.
  • Travel: No Smith-funded travel will be permitted until further notice.
  • College Events: All in-person meetings or events not deemed critical for continued operations are canceled or moved to remote delivery methods.

Campus Closings

All college buildings—including academic buildings and residential houses—are now closed to the public.

Location Status Additional Information
Schacht Center Closed for walk-in care; scheduled appointments only Medical: Call 413-585-2250 between 10 a.m.–4 p.m. to schedule an urgent appointment, call 413-585-1260 for after-hours care.
Counseling: Call 413-585-2840
Campus Center Smith ID Required for access Open Mondays
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27)
Campus Center Café - Closed
Mailroom - Student letters and packages can be picked up from lockers.
Printing - limited printing for students available (via followme-bw or followme-color) in the Office of Student Engagement (CC 106).  
Libraries Closed  
Botanic Garden Closed  
Museum Closed  
Athletic Facilities Closed  
Admission Closed  

Smith’s Response

  • Created Incident Response Team
    President McCartney activated the COVID-19 incident response team (CIRT), a senior leadership group that is guiding the college’s continued response to the new coronavirus disease.
  • Discontinued All Smith-Funded Travel
    Canceled all Smith-funded international travel until May 1.
  • Established New Restrictions for Study Abroad Programs
    Canceled study-abroad programs in any country with a CDC alert-level 3 status and stopped approving applications for fall 2020 study-abroad programs in countries on that list until further notice.
  • Worked With Local Community to Provide Support
    In partnership with Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Smith is donating currently vacant on-campus housing to support the hospital's needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The college is also donating supplies to the City of Northampton—including 250 cots and 80 meals a day—to expand sheltering capacity for the local homeless population.
  • Announced Alternate Modes of Instruction
    Discontinued on-campus classes and moved to alternate modes of course instruction as announced on March 10, 2020. Extended Spring Recess to allow time for the faculty to work with ITS on ways to transition to remote courses.
  • Announced Event Restrictions
    All on-campus events have been postponed, canceled or moved online.
  • Implemented Remote Work Scenarios for Faculty and Staff
    Moved to an environment in which only limited, critical operations will continue on campus. All other operations will be done remotely.
  • Canceled Commencement and Reunions
    Announced the cancellation of Commencement and Reunions in 2020.

Useful Resources

The CIRT is collecting useful online resources to guide the Smith community’s COVID-19 response. If you have a link that you would like added, please contact