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Dozens of faculty and staff divided into seven work groups—Safety and Health, Education, Research, Student Life; Human Resources, Fiscal Planning and Intercollegiate Athletics— have been planning a phased reopening of on-campus activities this fall. The plans of the Safety and Health work group informs the planning of all the work-groups.

Education and Instruction
Chaired by Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost 

The Education and Instruction work group is developing guiding principles and a plan for the Fall 2020 semester and beyond. Its work covers three major areas:

  • Core Instructional Operations 
  • Support for Operations and Implementation 
  • The Future: Seizing Opportunities 

Chaired by Laurie Locascio, Vice President for Research 

The Research work group is developing a safe, targeted and phased approach to resuming research activities. The resumption of research activities will be highly coordinated across the campus to ensure that spaces are cleaned and disinfected at appropriate intervals and that personnel follow all required measures to protect the health of our workforce. 

Student Life
Chaired by Patty Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs 

The Student Life work group, along with its associated advisory group and three subcommittees, is developing recommendations for reopening housing and dining. The group is also developing plans that support student and campus engagement, and provide health and wellness programs and services during the Fall 2020 semester. 

Intercollegiate Athletics
Chaired by Damon Evans, Director of Athletics 

The Intercollegiate Athletics work group is examining the return of all fall sports in a safe, sequenced process shaped by guidance by state, county, university system, NCAA, Big Ten Conference and health officials. Its gradual approach is reflected in three specific areasFacilities, Return to Play and Return to Workand executed with careful financial planning. 


Human Resources
Chaired by Jewel Washington, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources 

The Human Resources work group is establishing university policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic that will be rooted in safety for health care providers, staff, faculty and students, and for  members of the public who interact with UMD. 

Fiscal Planning
Chaired by Carlo Colella, Vice President for Administration and Finance 

The Fiscal Planning work group is evaluating the Fall FY 2021 fiscal impact of the various scenarios available to the four foundational pillars: Academics, Student Life, Athletics and Research. Its work is guided by two additional principles:

  • Be responsible stewards of financial resources and take strategic action to reduce expenditures through a combination of permanent and temporary initiatives.
  • Align human and financial resources to support needed changes in operations. 

Health, Safety and Risk Management
Chaired by Dr. Boris Lushniak, Dean of the School of Public Health, and Mike Poterala, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel 

The Health, Safety and Risk Management work group is developing recommendations to contribute to the university’s response to the University System of Maryland Return to Campus Advisory Group Planning Outline.


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