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Student Life Plan

Return to the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

McKeldin Library with students studying outside on a sunny day

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

  • Residence halls have been converted to help reduce occupancy and to allow for physical distancing
  • All protocols meet or exceed local, state and federal guidelines for food service.
  • The Stamp Student Union and Eppley Recreation Center are open with appropriate health and safety measures in place.
  • McKeldin Library is open for limited reservation-based access to study spaces on the 1st floor and curbside pickup services
  • Co-curricular programming emphasizes outdoor and virtual activities.
  • 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. 

Updates from Student Affairs


Information about TerrapinSTRONG mask pickup for students

  • TerrapinSTRONG masks have been distributed to on and off campus students for the 2020 fall semester.  If future distribution dates are offered, information will be posted on the 4 Maryland website.


The Pledge

I hereby agree to abide by the responsibilities specified in the I am 4 Maryland Commitment to the UMD Community and to practice throughout the fall semester all of the safety measures it describes. I understand that following these measures is critical to the safe operation of the campus and to life in the surrounding community, my own safety and the safety of others, and that failing to do so jeopardizes the community and my opportunity to remain at the University of Maryland.
While we expect each TERP to assume personal responsibility, we understand that mistakes and oversights with compliance will likely occur. We understand that these changes are significant to a person’s day-today activities, and it may take time for new norms to be fully implemented. Generally, issues with compliance will be addressed with care, understanding, and information sharing. The overarching goal with compliance will be to de-escalate rather than intensify a situation. View suggested responses in all situations.
I am 4 Maryland Commitment to the UMD Community (PDF / Text File)
I am 4 Maryland Compliance (PDF / Text File)


New processes are in place for students who need to pick up a preprinted university identification card or have their photo taken in person for one.


Students can pick up their card at the Office of the Registrar from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Students are required to bring a government-issued photo ID.


Students not coming to campus for the Fall 2020 semester may pick up their ID card or have one made in-person when they return to campus.

Residence halls have been converted to help reduce occupancy and to allow for physical distancing. 

  • Residence halls have converted to single room occupancy in traditional and semi-suite buildings and, as appropriate, in suites and apartments. To see the full list of updated housing and room and board fees, which have been frozen at 2019-20 rates, visit the Housing Rates webpage.
    • Total on-campus housing contracts for fall 2020: 3,587, which represents 40.4% of our regular inventory of 8,886 beds.
  • 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.
  • There are residential spaces for isolation and quarantining if needed.
  • Resident assistants will organize virtual opportunities for students to connect and get to know each other. In-person opportunities will be very limited and held outdoors following all appropriate safety protocols.
Important updates regarding Thanksgiving break include: 
  • Due to the increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 during travel, if in-person classes resume after Thanksgiving break, residents who travel during that period cannot return to their residence hall rooms until the halls open in Spring 2021. No refunds will be given for students who are unable to return to the residence halls due to this travel.
  • If the university decides to transition all classes online, students will not be permitted to return to campus housing after Thanksgiving, except for resident students who have extenuating circumstances and need emergency housing. 

Fall 2020 On-Campus Housing Updates


Dining halls will open with reduced seating capacity and physical distancing, with all changes prioritizing safety. During our two-week online period, all on-campus dining will be grab-and-go to minimize indoor interactions while dining, where wearing a face covering is not possible.

The Diner (Ellicott) and South Campus Dining Hall will offer dine-in, all-you-care-to-eat service for those on dining plans. Carryout will be offered to this same group at 251 North (Denton), the Patio (outdoor barbecue adjacent to the Diner), Side Kicks at South Campus Dining Hall and new “outpost stations.”
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at entrances.
  • All guests will wear masks except when seated at a table.
  • One-way directional signs and physical distancing floor markers will be 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.
  • Seating in the dining halls will be rearranged to accommodate physical distancing. 


The University Health Center and the Counseling Center will be open for both in-person medical assistance and counseling as well as online options for support. 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.  

Fall 2020 Health Center Updates

Fall 2020 Counseling Center Updates

We also think it is important to let you know of a few activities you can participate in to keep you active physically and mentally and connected to others:

If students are living on-campus or close by:

  • Go to grab-and-go from Dining Services, get your meal, and walk to McKeldin Mall sit at least 6-feet apart from others and have a meal together
  • Set-up your hammock in one of the many beautiful spaces on campus -- rotate locations;
  • Go for a walk/run on the Paint Branch Trail, around Lake Artemesia, or on campus;
  • Enjoy take-out lunch with a buddy at your favorite College Park restaurant;
  • Gather with some friends, in limited numbers, outside only, wearing masks and remaining physically distant and enjoy music, a movie, or card and board games;
  • Schedule time at the Eppley Center (RecWell);
  • Go online to register time in the STAMP and grab a meal, or go to the gallery or the bookstore.


If students won’t be coming to campus physically, there are many off-campus and virtual options available (and those on/close to campus):

  • Go biking or hiking with a friend;
  • Throw a Frisbee, play lacrosse pass and catch, throw a baseball, or play tennis with a friend;
  • Partake in gaming activities with your friends;
  • Take a local day-trip to DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, or one of Marylands many state parks;
  • Schedule to watch a movie with friends;
  • Participate in the Eppley Center virtual exercise/fitness program;
  • Join Resident Life and other departments for Fall Welcome activities, your first weekend back; and,
  • Check out the many virtual programs being offered by STAMP.


There are many programs, services and resources available to students on-campus and virtually to keep eachother safe and physically distant.


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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