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Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

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University of Maryland COVID-19 Updates and Resources

UPDATED NOVEMBER 17, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

Our focus has been on the health and well-being of our entire campus community, and our plans have been coordinated with state and county health officials, with additional guidance provided by the University System of Maryland.

Fall Semester Schedule: Nearly all undergraduate courses will transition entirely online beginning November 16, 2020 and will remain online through the rest of the fall semester. Course delivery and schedules for fall, winter, and spring semesters >


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Health and Safety

The university has developed a multifaceted and integrated plan for COVID-19 surveillance, testing and early warning.

Updates on the Health and Safety plan

Requirements for Returning to Campus
Mandatory Testing Information and FAQs

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The fall semester began on Aug. 31. After a two week delay, in-person undergraduate instruction resumed as planned on Sept.14 . All graduate-level instruction has proceeded as planned. Classes will run through Dec. 14, as scheduled. 

Updates on the Education plan

Schedule of Classes (Testudo)


If you think you have COVID-19, please use the university HEAL line. If you have a medical question or concern, please contact your physician. If you have questions specific to UMD and coronavirus, we encourage you to use our feedback form


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Student Life

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

Update on the Student Life plan

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Research operations were the first activities to resume on campus, speaking to its vital role at the University of Maryland.

Update on the Research plan

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Intercollegiate Athletics

Maryland Athletics is working closely with university leadership, and local and state officials to comply with public health guidelines, as well as NCAA and Big Ten Conference requirements.

Update on the Athletics plan

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Human Resources

To de-densify the campus and ensure physical distancing, the gradual return to campus of faculty and staff has been phased over several months.

Update on the Human Resources plan

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Fiscal Planning

The effects of COVID-19 on our Fiscal 2021 campus budget are significant. Plans to mitigate much of these financial impacts of COVID-19 are in progress, with several budget mitigation measures already in place.

Updates on the Fiscal plan

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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.

Provide Feedback

We have worked diligently to develop, enhance, and implement plans for reopening our physical campus and create a physically distant, socially-rich environment.


Our framework for planning the reopening is informed by four principles:

  1. Prioritize the health and safety of every member of our campus community;
  2. Protect and support the educational and research missions to maintain academic excellence;
  3. Make decisions grounded in our values of equity and inclusion;
  4. Provide timely and transparent communication and obtain input from internal and external stakeholders about the proposed reopening plans.


Reopening Workgroups

News and Announcements
Latest news updates and campus-wide email announcements
Campus Resources and FAQs
COVID-19 resource and frequently asked questions
Help Students in Crisis
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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.


Provide Feedback


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Spanning 12 schools and colleges, Maryland offers more than 200 degree-granting programs, many of them ranked among the best in the country. Our faculty includes three Nobel laureates, two Pulitzer Prize winners, 60 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. And our students, who include the highest achievers in the state and nation, enjoy experiences unique to our location just outside the nation’s capital, including internships, research, and leadership and service opportunities.

Research and Innovation

The University of Maryland is one of the world’s premier research institutions. With our strategic location and scores of partnerships with government and businesses, UMD conducts groundbreaking research on some of the biggest challenges facing our global community, including cybersecurity and terrorism, bioengineering, public health equity, food safety and climate change. We strive to discover new knowledge and put it to work through innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing economic development and transforming lives. 

The newly launched Innovation Gateway will guide you to the resources, programs, partners, and spaces you need to activate and scale your fearless ideas into innovations that launch new ventures, catalyze growth, and advance economic development.


At the University of Maryland, the arts, the humanities and the sciences intersect to address important societal issues and shed new light on the human experience. Our vibrant campus arts community collaborates with local and national cultural organizations such as the Phillips Collection, Kennedy Center and Folger Shakespeare Library. Student and faculty artists, designers, historians, writers and performers are exploring new media, presenting new perspectives, investigating new techniques and engaging new audiences.


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Home of the Terrapins, the University of Maryland has one of the nation’s most recognizable and successful athletics programs. More than 550 student-athletes compete each year in 20 intercollegiate sports—12 for women and eight for men. Since 2005 alone, Maryland has won 19 national championships, including NCAA titles in women’s basketball, men’s soccer, men's lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, and field hockey. Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014, UMD has won a combined 32 regular season and tournament championships. Fear the Turtle!

Our Commitment to Student-Athletes

At the University of Maryland, our commitment to the safety and well-being of our students is paramount and resolute. For our student-athletes, that means both on and off the field.
The University of Maryland is committed to accountability, transparency, and fairness and is working to ensure our program upholds the values of our University.
Learn more about our commitment.

Student Life

The Terp experience extends beyond classrooms, labs and studios. It encompasses residence halls and dining halls, clubs and sports, fraternities and sororities, campus events and performances, and countless off-campus destinations. Maryland touts 800-plus student organizations, dozens of prestigious living and learning communities, and countless other ways to get involved. Students here can create a unique identity and grow as individuals, even as they’re part of a close-knit and diverse community. 

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Coronavirus Updates:
We have worked diligently to develop and enhance plans for reopening our campus while prioritizing the health and safety of our community members. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students have collaborated in work-groups and teams to create and maintain a physically distant, yet academically and socially rich environment for the fall semester. Our plans continue to be coordinated with state and county health officials, with additional guidance provided by the University System of Maryland. Latest 4 Maryland Updates

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