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The student experience includes new safety guidelines and opportunities regarding housing, dining, co-curricular activities, and mental health and wellness. These guidelines are in place for the health and safety of our students and the entire UMD community.
The university has released Guidelines and a Phased Plan for Fall 2021.
All members of the UMD community must follow safety precautions: wear a mask at all times around others, stay at least six feet apart in addition to wearing your mask, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick.  


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  1. Get a PCR-based COVID-19 test at least every two weeks throughout the spring semester.
  2. Attest your COVID-19 PCR-based test results at
  3. Always practice the 4 Maryland protocols: wear a properly fitting mask over your nose and mouth around others at all times, both indoors and outdoors; wash your hands often and sanitize used surfaces frequently; stay at least 6 feet from others; and stay home if you are sick.

COVID-19 PCR-based testing is available at the Stamp Student Union each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday throughout the spring semester. Make an appointment through the University Health Center Patient Portal.
Visit to submit your test results. The University Health Center will not submit test results for you. Failure to confirm your test results may result in referral to the Office of Student Conduct for non-compliance.

  • Residence halls have been converted to help reduce occupancy and to allow for physical distancing. 
  • Community restrooms and high-touch point areas in the residence halls such as elevator buttons, water fountains and door handles are being cleaned at an increased frequency.

Enhanced Health Precautions for Increase in Positive Cases

Any Residence Hall or Fraternity and Sorority Life house where positive cases are growing will have safety measures implemented, including students:

  • Being required to remain in their residence halls or houses and in their rooms
  • Not attending in-person classes or work
  • Not being allowed to visit to RecWell facilities, Stamp Student Union or other public places


Dining halls are open up to 50 percent occupancy, with physical distancing enforced. Please remember: grab-and-go dining remains the safest option, and we encourage everyone to eat outside whenever possible.

  • Expanding: “Purple Zones”, dedicated stations serving food free of eight major allergens, and the vegan station at 251 North.
  • The Diner and South Campus Dining Hall hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekends.
  • 251 North hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday.
  • The Cambridge Community convenience shop hours: 5 p.m.-midnight weekdays.
  • The UMD Campus Pantry is open.
Please visit Dining Services for more information, including an operating schedule with hours and closures.
  • Student gatherings are restricted to no more than 20 persons indoors and 50 persons outdoors. 
  • Masks must be worn and physical distancing maintained for any gathering, regardless of location or size.
Please remember: smaller gatherings are better, and outdoor gatherings are better than indoors.
  • The Stamp Student Union and Eppley Recreation Center are open with appropriate health and safety measures in place. In-person activities are expanding; please check their websites for more information.
  • A list of engagement opportunities for the spring semester is available in What Terps Need to Know on

The University Health Center and the Counseling Center are open for both in-person medical assistance and counseling as well as online options for support. Modified services, programs and activities include:

  • In-person scheduled appointments
  • In-person acute care
  • Telemedicine appointments
  • Teletherapy visits with a behavioral health provider
  • Pharmacy
  • Behavioral health services
  • Health Promotion and wellness services
  • Sexual health and women’s health services
  • CARE to Stop Violence
  • Campus Pantry
  • Accessibility and Disability Services 

Virtual Mental Health Resources

The Counseling Center has developed a variety of resources to help our campus community navigate these challenging times.

Visit the Counseling Center’s COVID-19 Care & Support Resources page to learn more.

If you witness behavior that could put our community at risk, please notify the university by submitting concerns to the ethics, compliance and integrity website.

We all have a responsibility to follow safety measures to help keep ourselves and members of the entire UMD community safe and healthy. All health and safety measures must be followed by students both on and off campus, per our Student Code of Conduct. Sanctions for non-compliance include, but are not limited to, loss of privileges to attend campus events, housing dismissal, removal from all on-campus activities including in-person classes, and dismissal from the University.

  • Stand by your commitment pledge to the UMD community (PDF / Text File)
  • Keep following compliance rules and guidelines (PDF / Text File)
  • Practice the 4 Maryland healthy behaviors: wear a properly fitting mask over your nose and mouth, wash your hands often and sanitize used surfaces frequently, stay at least 6 feet from others, and stay home if you are sick.

Watch: 4 Questions with Dr. Marinopoulos: Masks and More
UMD’s University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos answers 4 pressing questions about health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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