Spring classes remain online/remote, as are college offices. You can find COVID-19 information here.

Faculty & Staff


To ensure the health and safety of our community, HCC now requires masks to be worn on campus at all times. That includes inside in classrooms, hallways, restrooms, lobbies and common spaces, as well as outside on walkways and plazas adjacent college buildings and any other area where others are present. Masks may be removed while alone in private offices or while eating lunch inside or outside while maintaining appropriate social distancing. 

Those who do not have a suitable mask will be provided one by greeters at campus entry points. Alternatively, masks are available via Campus Police. Any employee requiring an accommodation regarding the use of PPE or with other safety protocols should contact Clara Elliott in the Office of Human Resources at celliott@hcc.edu or 413.552.2219. Students in need of accommodations may contact the Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services (OSDDS) at osd@hcc.edu or 413.552.2417.

Please read our college's Institutional Control Plan to familarize yourself with the practices and protocols we have put in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.


People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.

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