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Making It Work - Learning & Teaching During COVID-19

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has released the university’s Spring 2021 Operating Plan, which details how the spring semester will proceed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to find FAQs and other materials, go to umass.edu/coronavirus.

College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) students, faculty, and staff can use the information on these pages to find CICS-specific information and resources.  We are here to help you make teaching and learning work during this unprecedented and unsettled time.

Updated on October 23, 2020


Student Services
We are here to help! CICS is working to support our students remotely.

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Program Rule Changes
FAQs about changes to the Pass/Fail grading policy for undergraduates.

Fall 2020 Graduate Program Rule Changes
FAQs about changes to the Pass/Fail grading policy for graduate students.

Additional Resources
Links to UMass Amherst offices and services.

Student Pulse Survey Results
Learn about CICS students' experiences with remote learning.


Official CICS Communications

  • July 28, 2020 - Questions regarding Spring 21
  • May 12, 2020 - Planning for Fall 2020 - Faculty & Staff
  • May 9, 2020 - Celebrating the Class of 2020 & Looking Ahead to Fall - Alumni
  • May 7, 2020 - Celebrating Our Graduates, Looking Ahead - All Students
  • May 7, 2020 - A Message from Dean Laura Haas - Returning Families
  • April 1, 2020 - Academic Program Rule Changes for CS Minors
  • April 1, 2020 - Academic Program Rule Changes for Graduate Students
  • March 31, 2020 - Academic Program Rule Changes for CS Major Applicants
  • March 31, 2020 - Academic Program Rule Changes for Undergraduate Students 
  • March 30, 2020 - Recording: Q & A with Dean Haas 
  • March 24, 2020 - Updates on Registration & Advising for CICS Graduate Students 
  • March 24, 2020 - Updates on Registration & Advising for CICS Undergraduates
  • March 24, 2020 - Updates on Registration & Advising for CS Major Applicants 
  • March 13, 2020 - Updates on Transition to Remote Learning
  • March 11, 2020 - CICS Transition to Remote Learning Due to COVID-19
  • March 9, 2020 - Coronavirus Response Update 3/9/2020
  • March 6, 2020 - Coronavirus' Impact on CICS Events & Visitors