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Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

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Updates and resources on the gradual reopening of campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 at 11:15 A.M.

We have worked diligently to develop and enhance plans for reopening our physical campus this fall. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students have collaborated in work-groups and teams to create an academically-rich environment for the fall semester. Over 600 grants have been awarded to innovative approaches to online and blended learning. We have also worked to create a physically distant, socially-rich environment.

Our focus has been on the health and well-being of our entire campus community, and our plans have been coordinated with state and county health officials, with additional guidance provided by the University System of Maryland.

Fall Semester Schedule at Maryland: All undergraduate and graduate-level instruction and approved research activities are proceeding as planned.

Spring Semester at Maryland: The Spring 2021 Schedule of Classes is now available on Testudo. Students will receive an email on or around October 7 from the Office of the Registrar concerning their registration appointment. Delivery methods for Spring 2021 courses will be finalized by December 4.


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Our framework for planning the reopening is informed by four principles:

  1. Prioritize the health and safety of every member of our campus community;
  2. Protect and support the educational and research missions to maintain academic excellence;
  3. Make decisions grounded in our values of equity and inclusion;
  4. Provide timely and transparent communication and obtain input from internal and external stakeholders about the proposed reopening plans.


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Health and Safety

The university has developed a multifaceted and integrated plan for COVID-19 surveillance, testing and early warning.

Updates on the Health and Safety plan

Requirements for Returning to Campus
Mandatory Testing Information and FAQs

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The fall semester began on Aug. 31. After a two week delay, in-person undergraduate instruction resumed as planned on Sept.14 . All graduate-level instruction has proceeded as planned. Classes will run through Dec. 14, as scheduled. 

Updates on the Education plan

Schedule of Classes (Testudo)


We encourage you to use the feedback form if you have questions specific to UMD and coronavirus. If you have a medical question or concern, please contact your physician.


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Research operations were the first activities to resume on campus, speaking to its vital role at the University of Maryland.

Update on the Research plan


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Student Life

The student experience will include new safety guidelines and opportunities regarding housing, dining, co-curricular activities, and mental health and wellness.

Update on the Student Life plan


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Intercollegiate Athletics

Maryland Athletics is working closely with university leadership, and local and state officials to comply with public health guidelines, as well as NCAA and Big Ten Conference requirements.

Update on the Athletics plan

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Human Resources

To de-densify the campus and ensure physical distancing, the gradual return to campus of faculty and staff will be phased over several months.

Update on the Human Resources plan

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Fiscal Planning

The state's Department of Budget and Management has not yet released its proposed budget. Additional details will be shared when the proposed state budget is received.

Updates on the Fiscal plan

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We value input from our campus community. Please fill out our feedback form to share suggestions or report concerns about health and safety on campus.

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We have worked diligently to develop and enhance plans for reopening our campus while prioritizing the health and safety of our community members. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students have collaborated in work-groups and teams to create and maintain a physically distant, yet academically and socially rich environment for the fall semester. Our plans continue to be coordinated with state and county health officials, with additional guidance provided by the University System of Maryland. Latest 4 Maryland Updates

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