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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. 

Updates from Student Affairs

New guidance and requirements have been released for students returning to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. Please read this page carefully. 

  1. Submit confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test prior to your arrival on campus for the spring semester. The test must be administered within 10 days of your first day on campus. Students will be asked to sequester for the first two weeks of the semester and all classes will be online.
  2. Get tested again, as soon as possible upon your arrival, or at the most within two weeks after your arrival and before in-person instruction begins. 
  3. Get tested at least every two weeks during the spring semester.
  4. Attest your COVID-19 test results at the Keep Terps Safe Portal (

The University Health Center will conduct large-scale, campus-wide testing events. Visit the Keep Terps Safe Portal ( to view available testing dates and times, schedule an on-campus COVID-19 testing appointment, and attest your results. 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. These changes will remain in place for the Spring 2021 semester. 
  • 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.
Move In For Spring 2021 Semester
  • Returning students: may move in by appointment between January 23 and February 8, 2021.
  • Students moving in for the first time: may arrive by appointment on January 21-22, 2021.
Important Note: You will not be permitted to check-in to your residence hall or have building swipe access unless you have submitted confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test (conducted no more than 10 days prior to your arrival on campus) through


Dining halls will be open for carryout only at the start of the Spring 2021 semester. Please visit Dining Services for more information, including an operating schedule with hours and closures.
  • Dining services will be available throughout the spring semester, following local health guidelines.
  • All protocols meet or exceed local, state and federal guidelines for food service.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available at entrances.
  • All guests will wear masks.
  • One-way directional signs and physical distancing floor markers are posted throughout the dining halls. 
  • Breath guards have been added to some serving stations
  • Team members will wear face coverings and sometimes face shields, depending on their job assignment.
  • All food will be served by Dining Services team members.
  • The UMD Campus Pantry will reopen on Friday, January 29 noon – 5:00 pm. If you have an urgent need prior to that date, pre-packed bags of non-perishable groceries are available January 4 – January 28, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Please email requests to
  • The Stamp Student Union and Eppley Recreation Center are open with appropriate health and safety measures in place. Services will be available throughout the spring semester, following local health guidelines.
  • McKeldin Library is open for limited reservation-based access to study spaces on the 1st floor and curbside pickup services.
  • Student ID Cards: Students who did not come to campus for the Fall 2020 semester may pick up their ID card or have one made in-person when they return to campus.

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. The centers will also be open throughout the spring semester, following local health guidelines. Modified services, programs and activities include:

  • Telemedicine appointments
  • 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 
The Counseling Center is hosting virtual skill-building wellness workshops through the fall semester on a wide range of topics to support your mental health and wellbeing.  

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 face covering 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.



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