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Return to the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

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Schedule of Classes (Testudo)

Efforts regarding teaching and learning are grounded in four principles:

  1. The health of students, faculty and staff comes first. That means everyone working, living and/or taking classes on campus will be required to abide by the university’s health regulations.
  2. A mix of in-person and remote course options will be used to maximize flexibility and equity of access and to accommodate the needs of faculty members and students who may not be able to return to campus because of risks associated with COVID-19.
  3. Every Maryland student will be offered a deeply engaging curriculum, whether in person, blended or online—along with co-curricular opportunities designed to maximize student learning, involvement and personal growth.
  4. The university remains committed to creating an inclusive, just, respectful and supportive environment for all members of the community, striving to ensure that all of our actions and decisions prioritize equity and careful consideration for individuals and groups of students and employees who may be most vulnerable during the pandemic.

The academic calendar for the fall semester is proceeding as scheduled, including Thanksgiving recess on November 25-29. Classes will run through Dec. 14.The final exam period remains Dec. 16-22.


Fall 2020 Semester 

Because 6-foot physical distancing limits the number of students who can be accommodated in a classroom, learning and teaching involves a mix of in-person, online and blended education.
  • Courses of more than 50 students are being delivered online. 
  • About 20% of undergraduate courses are being offered at least partially in-person, with priority given to classes that particularly need in-person instruction, such as some labs, performance courses, senior capstone projects, clinical instruction and internships. Some of the innovations developed by faculty this summer are aimed at using creative blended instruction and have allowed us to accommodate partial in-person instruction even in some larger classes, through smaller breakout and discussion sections.
  • The fall course schedule with final course options is available at, including the in-person, online or blended format for each course. 

Spring 2021 Semester 

The spring 2021 schedule of classes is now available on Testudo. The semester will be conducted in a hybrid environment, with up to 25 percent of instruction delivered in-person. Delivery methods for Spring 2021 courses will be finalized by Dec. 4.

Winter 2021 Semester 

Instruction for winter term will be delivered entirely online.

Thanksgiving Recess

We recognize that some students will want to travel home for Thanksgiving. Please review the following options for students regarding plans for the break and the remainder of the fall semester:
  • Students who decide to leave College Park for Thanksgiving recess may remain at a permanent off-campus residence for the remainder of the fall semester, providing their classes can all be completed entirely online.
  • Students may elect not to travel over Thanksgiving and instead remain in campus residence halls or their off-campus housing during the break. If this option is chosen, students may then continue with normal campus activities and in-person classes through the end of the fall semester.
  • Alternatively students may depart College Park for Thanksgiving recess and return for the remaining three weeks of the fall semester. However, all students who choose this option, whether they live in on-campus residence halls or off-campus accommodations in the Greater College Park area will be required, upon return, to:
    • Be tested for COVID-19 during the week of November 30—either during an on-campus testing event or at an off-campus facility—and report any positive result through the HEAL Line; and,
    • Sequester as much as possible upon return, limiting activities and interactions and not attending in-person classes for 14 days (until December 12).
Registration information for the week of November 30 testing, and additional guidance for students will be shared within the next few weeks.

Winter Commencement

Due to the ongoing state and county executive orders prohibiting large gatherings, this year's winter commencement on Sunday, December 20 will be a virtual event. Plans are underway to deliver a campus-wide celebration and individual school/college ceremonies, and details will be shared shortly on


Fall 2020 Classrooms

Students and faculty planning to return to the physical campus in College Park this fall will see that many changes have been implemented to our buildings to de-densify furniture, establish safe travel patterns, and reinforce safe and healthy behaviors on campus.

University Libraries

As of Monday, September 14, McKeldin Library is open for limited reservation-based access to study spaces on the 1st floor, Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm. You can book an appointment to reserve study space, a computer station, or the One Button Studio. Learn more about using library services during the pandemic.
UMD students, faculty, and staff can utilize curbside pickup services to borrow physical library materials and technology equipment and pick up specialty printing projects (e.g., posters, lamination, etc.).
Many library resources are available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from wherever you are studying, learning, and researching. Get subject-specific reference help from experts, schedule a statistical consultation, and access software, journal articles, and ebooks - all virtually. 
In addition to on-demand access to a wealth of digital material, students, faculty, and staff will be able to pick up books and other physical library material through curbside service. Limited reservation-based access to study spaces on the 1st floor of McKeldin will begin on September 14. Learn more about using library services during the pandemic.

Education Abroad

Education Abroad programs in all locations for the Fall 2020 semester, Winter 2021 term and Spring 2021 semester are canceled. 
The Office of International Affairs is working with academic units to design engaging, project-based, virtual opportunities for students to prepare them to become impactful global professionals and citizens. An expanded list of global learning resources and opportunities is available.
For detailed information about the canceled programs and other updates, visit the Global Maryland website.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Course Sharing Program

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Course Sharing Program is a new collaborative initiative offering undergraduate students of participating Big Ten Institutions the opportunity to diversify their learning experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and take online courses from other Big Ten universities. Undergraduate students may register for one course per semester offered by a one of the following partner institutions: Indiana University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University-New Brunswick. 
More information about the Course Sharing Program and Maryland’s shared course offerings is available here:



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