Spring 2021 Information: Residential Experience

Residential students are encouraged to bookmark this page, which includes information and links to on-campus services, resources and programming. A reminder that information about the Community Compact, health requirements and more can be found on the  Opening the Gates site. Residential students are expected to follow the Community Compact, including facial coverings, physical distancing, and no eating, in all buildings and spaces on campus and they should wear their Mount Holyoke lanyards.

Know that this information is accurate at the time of posting and is subject to change. Should the College change its operating level many, if not all, of these services and building operations will be adjusted accordingly. We will make every effort to inform students when changes occur.

Additional Note: If the College determines a snow closure, students OneCard access to buildings (other than their residence hall and the Dining Commons) may be removed and builds will be closed.

Asymptomatic COVID Testing:

Now that you have all moved onto campus we will begin in full our twice weekly testing protocols for all students on campus. You will each be able to sign up for your own dates and times in Embark. For more about the Testing Center or to see the College’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

Please remember that signing up for testing and getting your test twice a week is mandatory and something you all agreed to in the Community Compact. Failure to do so will result in your removal from campus housing.

This testing protocol is intended to help us detect any concerns as early as possible and protect our community to the best of our ability. We greatly appreciate you following all campus health and safety measures. This individual and collective responsibility will help us mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep the Mount Holyoke community safe and strong.

  • Testing Requirements:

    Testing requirements:

    • You MUST test twice a week
    • Testing is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:00am-5:15pm
    • You MUST test once on Monday or Tuesday and once on Thursday or Friday. A Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday schedule is ideal.
    • There are limited spaces for each testing slot. You must sign up in Embark to select your testing times
  • Scheduling Your Tests:

    You will use Embark to self-schedule your tests each week. Please review the complete instructions for scheduling a test here.

    Here’s an overview of how it works:

    • Every week, you will log into Embark and visit the Event Page. You can search by date or for the words “COVID Testing Sign-Up” to find available slots. At this time, sign-ups will happen weekly, and you will not be able to select a recurring time slot.
    • Testing will be offered in 15 minute blocks. You will need to arrive during that window of time to get your test.
    • When you register for your appointment, you will receive an email confirming both dates for the week, and the timeslot you chose. The email confirmation will contain a link for you to add your appointment to your google calendar.
  • Remembering Your Testing Time:

    Some good ways to remember your testing times and information:

    • Put testing in your calendar so you don’t forget. When you receive your confirmation email after signing up, there will be a link to add your time slot to your Google calendar.
    • Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to go to testing.
    • Tie testing to your meals so you go right before or after you get food, when you have already left your room.
    • Find a testing buddy in your hall. This helps you have accountability to each other, you can remind each other to go to testing and walk over together.

Buildings and Available Space:

Starting February 1st additional spaces will be available to students. For the full list of buildings and their status. Please note, if the College changes its operating level many, if not all, of these services and building operations will be adjusted accordingly. We will make every effort to inform students when changes occur.

  • The Community Compact must be followed in all spaces, this includes wearing a facial covering, maintaining physical distance, and no eating.
  • Hallways and lounges are not approved places to gather, the College has designated reservable spaces - other than some spaces in Blanchard Hall which are available as taken by students - for our community to engage with each other.
  • You should clean your area (e.g., your classroom seat) upon arrival and ideally before leaving.
  • You must adhere to room capacity limits at all times and follow seating demarcations if they are present.
  • After the use of a reserved space or class, students should leave the building.
  • Those buildings that you have access to will be accessible via OneCard swipe.
  • Guests are not permitted in buildings, this includes off-campus students.


If any student is found in violation of the Community Compact or building policies, their access may be revoked and or other actions, such as removal from campus, may occur. For more information about reservable and open spaces read below.

  • Williston Library and Other Study / Reservable Spaces:

    In order to monitor venue capacities and ensure physical distancing in student use spaces allocated for spring 2021, students will reserve locations using the College's Event Management System, known as the EMSWebApp. Students can reserve study spaces in the library, academic buildings, as well as fitness equipment in the Kendall Fitness Center (during peak times) starting Monday, February 1, 2021.

    Event Services oversees the administration of this system and assigns access after a new user logs-in. Therefore, all students need to login to the EMSWebApp for the first time by 5pm on Thursday, January 28, 2021, in order to ensure access and make reservations beginning February 1, 2021.

    Policy and procedure information about the various locations will be included within the EMSWebApp in the “About” section of each reservation template, and should be read prior to making a reservation. This information will be posted within the site by Friday, January 29, 2021.

    Reservations will be required for most spaces on campus. All buildings and spaces will have posted capacity limits which must be followed. Students will be able to reserve individual study seats in the following locations:

    Building Room Hours
    Art Building Gamble (room 106) 7:30am-11pm, daily
    Ciruti Language Center LRC Lounge, 09 7:30am-11pm, daily
    Dwight Hall 101, MEWS, 202 Monday-Friday 7:30am - 11pm; Saturday 9am - 8pm; Sunday 9am - 11pm
    Reese Psych Ed Building 304, 307, 316, 317, 324 7:30am-11pm, daily
    Williston Library Info Commons Monday-Friday 7:30am - 11pm; Saturday 9am - 8pm; Sunday 9am - 11pm
    Williston Library Reading Room
  • Academic Buildings:

    Given their varied circumstances, the College has provided faculty flexibility with respect to how they will interact with the campus and in-residence students. Your faculty will be letting students know directly if they'll have opportunities to meet on campus in the context of courses and independent studies. If you have questions about this, please reach out to your faculty directly.

    Accessing academic buildings:

    Students in residence will have automatic swipe access approval for buildings in which you have in-person classes, as well as for those in which you are allowed to gather in designated rooms by reservation (e.g., the Library, Dwight, Reese, Ciruti and the Art Building). Swipe access is granted from 7am-10pm seven days a week, unless otherwise noted in the section above, but you should only be entering academic buildings for classes or when you have a reserved space.

    If any student is found in violation of the Community Compact or building policies, their access may be revoked and or other actions, such as removal from campus, may occur.

    A reminder that the Community Compact is in effect for all buildings. For students taking classes or doing other activities in academic buildings:

    • Facial coverings are required
    • There is no eating
    • You should clean your area (e.g., your classroom seat) upon arrival and ideally before leaving
    • You must adhere to room capacity limits at all times and follow seating demarcations if they are present
    • There should be no loitering in hallways or lounges in academic buildings
    • Arrive at class no earlier than 15 min before starting, and leave within 5 minutes of class ending
  • Blanchard Hall, a part of the Community Center, and Division of Student Life open hours:

    Blanchard Hall and the Great Room will be open to students starting February 1st. The building will have staff available in the Student Life suite on the mid-level and at the Information Desk. Students are expected to follow the Community Compact in the building, including not eating food, and the capacity of the building will be limited. All seating will be first come, first serve.

    Building or Space Hours Notes
    Blanchard Hall and the Great Room Monday through Friday, 10am to 10pm; Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 10pm The Great Room and 227 are reservable spaces for meetings and events, so may be closed to those at times.
    Division of Student Life office Monday through Thursday 10am to 5pm
  • Cultural Center and Elliot House Satellite Spaces:

    The Cultural Centers, Unity Center, and Elliot House (Religious and Spiritual Life) will have satellite space open to residential students during set days and times each week. This is an opportunity to come together, in smaller capacities. To learn more about the Cultural Centers and the Elliot House.

    Cultural Centers (for full hours in Embark):

    • The Jeannette Marks Center:
      • Days and Times: Mondays, 7-9 pm, Wednesdays, 8-10 pm
      • Location: Marks House Multipurpose Room
    • The Asian Center for Empowerment:
      • Days and Times: Tuesdays, Thursdays 4:30 pm-6:30 pmThe Ortega: Tuesdays, Thursdays 2-4 pm
      • Location: Torrey Hall Dining Room
    • The Eliana Ortega Cultural Center:
      • Days and Times: Tuesdays, Thursdays 2-4 pm
      • Location: Abbey-Buck Multipurpose Room, Abbey Hall side (must enter through outside doors at the center of the building)
    • The Betty Shabazz Cultrual Center:
      • Days and Times: Tuesdays, Thursdays 2-4 pm
      • Location: Abbey-Buck Multipurpose Room, Buckland Hall side (must enter through outside doors at the center of the building)
    • The Zowie Banteah Cultural Center: to be determine
      • Days and Hours: Thursdays, 3-5 pm; Fridays, 6-8 pm
      • Location: The Unity Center
    • The Unity Center:
      • Days and Times: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9-11 pm
      • Location: Blanchard Hall mid-level


    Eliot House / Religious and Spiritual Life (for the full hours in Embark):

    • Torrey Hall Living Room
      • Inter Faith Lunches: Wednesdays, 11-1pm
      • RSL Open Hours: Saturdays, Sundays 1-3pmDrop-in Prayer/Contemplation:
      • Jumma Prayer: Fridays, 12-2pmDrop-in Prayer/Contemplation:
      • Prayer and Fellowship: Fridays, 4-5pm
      • Shabbat: Fridays, 5-7pm
    • Abbey Chapel:
      • Drop-in Prayer/Contemplation:
        • Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
        • Fridays, 5-7pm
        • Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-1pm
  • Kendall Sports and Dance Complex:

    The Kendall Sports & Dance Complex will be available for in-residence students. More information about hours and availability can be found on the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex website.

    During open hours, please use the main entrance to enter the building and the field house to exit.

    Kendall Sports & Dance Complex now has enhanced signage and strategic traffic flow to navigate throughout the building. Partitions have been installed in the Fitness Center to separate cardio equipment, and new cleaning protocols are in place throughout all facilities. During peak hours, students will reserve cardio equipment, weight machines, and floor workout spaces in the Kendall Fitness Center.

    Please note: masks still need to be worn in Kendall at all times.

  • Meeting and Event Spaces:

    Any and all meetings, events, and gatherings that can happen online should be held online. Recognized student organizations will, however, have the opportunity to propose in-person meetings and events within certain parameters. For more information about student organization functions for the spring semester including how in-person gatherings can be proposed, the approval process, and additional details Spring 2021 Org FAQ.

OneCard Support:

For inquiries for OneCard needs, connect to the Tech Help Desk, 413-538-2600, or helpdesk@mtholyoke.edu. They manage all access/use/updating processes.

If you do not have a OneCard, or your card fails to tap, or if you loose your OneCard please go to Public Safety for a replacement.

Dining Services:

Note: If the College's operating level changes, student access to and Dining operations will change. See the COVID-19 Dashboard for details.

Dining Services welcomes our residential students with great excitement! Please check out menus daily before coming to the Dining Commons. Doing so helps with lines and the flow of service.

Current hours of operation:

  • Take out service:
    • Breakfast: 7:15am to 9 am (hours will extend to 9:15 am starting on 2/1)
    • Lunch: 11 am to 2 pm
    • Dinner: 5 pm to 8pm
  • Grab n Go within the Dining Commons: 10:30 am to 2 pm


Don't forget to Compost any leftover food from your Eco Containers. Compost bins are located in each of the residence halls. Please follow Dining on Instagram "mtholyokedining" for lots of great information about dining services.

PVTA and College Shuttles:

Note: If the College's operating level changes, student access to and use of the shuttles and PVTA will change. For instance at Operating Level 2 students can only leave campus for specific reasons (see the COVID-19 Dashboard for details), Operating Level 3 and Level 4 students must remain on campus.

Mount Holyoke’s CVS and Grocery Store Shuttles:

A twice weekly shuttle will be offered one to CVS and Big Y, the other to Trader Joe’s and Walmart. For more information and to sign up for the shuttle.

PVTA, Public Transportation:

The PVTA will be running for the spring semester, for full details about the PVTA schedule. Keep in mind that you are only allowed to travel a 10 mile driving distance from the College per the Community Compact and the intention is that any travel is in order to pick up necessary materials and supplies. You should not be visiting any of the other Five Colleges (none of the Colleges, other than Hampshire, are in the 10 mile driving distance), going to restaurants other than to pick up food, visiting friends who live in off-campus housing, etc.

Printing and Mail / Packages


Starting Monday, February 1st the LITS/Canon Multi-Functional Devices (MFD) printers will again be available in Blanchard Hall (the Community Center next to the Information Desk on the mid-level, and on the UpperLevel towards the front of the building), with additional MFD access in the Auxiliary Services 24 hour space, Ciruti Hall (lower level), and the LITS Information Commons.

To print from your computer, please visit LITS Mobility Print . You will be adding the LITS-Public-Cloud printing queue to your computer. All the details on how to print and where to find the MFDs are on the webpage.

Mail and Packages with Auxiliary Services:

For more information about student mail and open hours.

Programming and Events:

Note: If the College's operating level changes, in-person events and activities will change. See the COVID-19 Dashboard for details.

There will be some in-person activities that follow health and safety guidelines along with Massachusetts state health and safety requirements, and that fall within the capacities set by Mount Holyoke.

For the full calendar of events, online and residential, review the College calendar and also Word Out on Mondays and Thursdays! You can use Embark to sign up for residential specific events.

Additional Resources:

For more information about other available services and resources, including information about connecting to and office hours for various offices and departments.