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On this page:  What to Know for Coming to Campus | Health and Safety Compliance | Time Off For Vaccinations | Disability Accommodations & Requests for Consideration |Facilities COVID-19 FAQs | Guidance for Managers and Employees | Guidance for Instructors | Guidance for University-Related Travel | Guidance for Conducting UMD Research

What to Know for Coming to Campus

Requirements for our campus community, including vaccination, mask, testing and return-to-campus policies.

Health and Safety Requirements on Campus


Health & Safety Compliance

If a staff or faculty member does not comply with masking, testing or any other health and safety requirements, progressive discipline will be implemented, up to and including termination.

Masking Policies: Individual units should follow the UMD policy and not make their own policies regarding masking. The University Health Center will work with units who have specific concerns on a case-by-case basis.

Information for Faculty

Information for Staff

Need assistance with the vaccine requirement and/or compliance?

Faculty and staff who personally need assistance, please submit a COVID-19 Compliance Support Request.

Time Off For Vaccinations

Protecting the health and safety of our campus community is a top priority. Employees may use Release Time or Administrative Leave to get COVID-19 vaccines, additional doses and boosters, and the seasonal flu vaccine.*

Regardless of where you receive your vaccine:

  • You should return to work once you have received the vaccine dose, unless your work shift is over or you are on approved leave following your appointment.
  • If you have an adverse reaction following vaccination, advise your supervisor and use accrued sick leave in accordance with established policies.

On-campus Vaccines: Release Time

  • Exempt regular and Contingent II staff and faculty may record up to a total of two hours of Release Time for on-campus appointments to get COVID-19 and flu vaccines.
  • To ensure minimal disruption to work, provide your supervisor with as much advance notice as possible of your appointment date and time.
  • Release Time may be taken on two separate days.
  • For non-exempt staff, Contingent 1 staff, and hourly faculty, the time in and out should be recorded, and you should indicate the reason for the Release Time in the Notes section on the timesheet.
  • This Release Time is available for use effective immediately. Previous time records will not be adjusted.

Off-campus Vaccines: Administrative Leave

  • Regular and Contingent II staff and faculty may record up to a total of two hours of Administrative Leave (Admin Lv - COVID VAX) for appointments to get the COVID-19 booster shot and/or flu shot at an off-campus location.
  • Administrative Leave may be used on two separate days.
  • Record no more than two hours of Administrative Leave on the timesheet as “Admin Lv-COVID VAX.”
  • To ensure minimal disruption to work, provide your supervisor with as much advance notice as possible of your appointment date and time.
  • This Administrative Leave is available for use immediately. Time records will not be adjusted retroactively.


*Note: Due to predictions that the 2021-2022 flu season may be a particularly difficult one, coupled with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the University is offering Release Time or Administrative Leave for flu shots throughout this flu season only.

COVID-19 Related Disability Accommodations & Requests for Consideration

We are committed to working with students and employees who, due to a medical condition, are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. We will work to provide the necessary resources that prioritize safety and well-being. 
Requests can be made in the following two categories:
COVID-19 Related Disability Accommodations
Students, faculty and staff may request new ADA-based disability accommodations and changes to existing ADA disability accommodations due to the impact of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Related Requests for Consideration
Students, faculty, and staff who are in one or more of the two eligible groups below may request a consideration: 
Learn more about COVID-19 related disability accommodations & requests for consideration.

Facilities COVID-19 FAQs

Facilities Management provides answers to frequently asked questions about building services/housekeeping, building systems (HVAC and water), construction, and facilities management work requests.

Guidance for Managers and Employees

The University Human Resources website has guidelines for managers and employees about flexible work arrangements, telework and resources to assist employees in working effectively.

Guidance for Instructors

FAQs: Instruction Spring 2022

Answers to some frequently asked questions regarding instruction in the Spring 2022 semester.

Recommended Guidance to Address Short-Term Absences Spring 2022

The University has an obligation to ensure the continuity of instruction to meet the needs of students and to ensure satisfactory progress in their programs of study. Existing University policies and procedures, such as the Policy and Procedures for Non-Creditable Sick Leave for Faculty Members and Academic Regulations for Students’ Absences, should primarily be followed.

Guidance for University-Related Travel

University-related travel is travel for educational, research or business purposes tied to the traveler’s affiliation with the university, regardless of funding source.

May 10, 2022: Effective immediately, all university-related travel will be permitted.

  • Please heed all CDC COVID-19 guidance regarding domestic and international travel.
  • If you have a medical condition or are taking medication that weakens your immune system, please talk to your healthcare provider before traveling. You might NOT be fully protected even if you are up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.
  • When traveling internationally, you must also abide by any protocols established by the host country.
  • If you have been granted a medical or religious exemption and are not fully vaccinated (including a booster when eligible) and must travel, please talk to your healthcare provider about your health risk before traveling and follow all applicable CDC and other guidance as outlined above.

University of Maryland Travel Memorandum

We are in an ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The CDC recommends making sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before travel and avoiding travel to certain high risk destinations.

If you are unvaccinated and travel, your risk of contracting and getting seriously sick from the virus is higher compared to individuals who are up-to-date with their vaccine, and it is critically important to assess your health risk with your healthcare provider and to follow CDC recommendations prior to and during travel.

Some people should not travel. Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, you test positive for COVID-19, you are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test or had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and are recommended to quarantine. Don’t travel with someone who is sick. If you are immunocompromised, do NOT travel without first seeking advice from your personal physician.

Make sure to plan ahead. When traveling in the US, check the current COVID-19 Community Level at your destination. If traveling to an area with high or medium COVID-19 Community Levels, and you are, live with, or are visiting someone with a weakened immune system or at increased risk for severe disease, plan to take steps to prevent getting sick.

When traveling internationally, check the COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination and follow these recommendations to protect yourself and others while traveling.

If, at any time while you travel, you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or begin to feel unwell, please stay away from others and get tested as soon as possible. If you test positive, report your results at You are also advised to seek medical attention immediately, especially if you have a chronic health condition or are immunocompromised.

If you travel, please heed all CDC, federal, State and local guidance regarding travel. CDC guidance is updated regularly. CDC guidance can be found at the following links:


Guidance for Conducting UMD Research

Campus Research Not Involving Human Subjects

  • Research is operating at 100% occupancy with no physical distancing requirements.
  • Researchers should follow all campus health and safety guidelines while in laboratories, studios, and other research spaces.


Community-based Research

  • Researchers must follow all guidelines set by the collaborating entity (e.g., nursing home, school, community center, etc.). A letter from the collaborating entity is required stating that University of Maryland researchers are permitted to conduct studies in their facilities.


Clinical Research and Other Campus Research Involving Human Subjects

  • Research is operating at 100% occupancy. Please practice physical distancing where possible.
  • Researchers must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, unless they are alone in their work space.
  • Human subjects research participants must wear masks during research visits/appointments when possible.


Questions? Please feel free to contact the Division of Research at


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