Adenoviruses are common viruses, encompassing 50 different types of strains that can cause a range of illnesses. Some manifest in the form of colds and pink eye; others develop into more serious respiratory infections. The more serious forms of adenovirus have not been commonly observed on college campuses. For additional information visit the CDC website.
Typically, we issue communications about influenza-like illnesses, of which certain adenovirus strains are causes, in December or January. In the fall of 2018, however, when we began to observe a pattern of respiratory illness in our community, we initiated communications in early November. We worked closely with County and State health department officials, who also take guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control, to address adenovirus on campus. We are in regular contact with these officials in addressing the occurrence of any infectious disease on our campus.
After the initial early November communication, we issued seven campus-wide communications between November 9 and January 24 about viruses and illness prevention generally, and adenovirus specifically. Our messages included advice about social distancing and handwashing and measures that must be employed to control the spread of infections in close-knit communities. We also posted to social media and distributed fliers across campus.
We understand there are questions about viruses on campus and possible links to mold found in on-campus residence halls earlier this semester. While it is true that mold can cause irritation of the respiratory tract and make individuals more susceptible to viral infections in general, the cases of adenovirus-associated illness on campus have been seen both in students living on and off campus and among students in residence halls affected by mold and not. As such, it appears that there is no consistent connection between mold exposure and the incidents of adenovirus infection affecting UMD students.
Yes, the university initiated an external review of our protocols and responses to adenovirus cases, and the findings support the university’s approach. The external review was completed by medical experts Dr. David S. Reitman and Dr. Paul J. Seligman, and their report can be found here.
The university’s enrollment capacity is based on our ability to educate and serve students, and is driven by a number of factors, including but not limited to, faculty, class availability, housing, and student services.
New student enrollment targets are based on the university’s capacity to serve the state. Once enrollment targets are established, the determination of how many students to admit is informed by analyses of current data and trends, and the projection of the number of students expected to accept the offer of admission (yield rate).
For certain groups, our yield rate had been on a decline over the course of many years. To offset trends like this, the University may admit more students from the affected groups, for example, for certain programs or from geographic regions. This past fall, we experienced an unexpected and unprecedented increase in the yield rate -- especially among non-resident students -- which resulted in a larger freshman class than anticipated. It is important to note that our intention was to offset the multi-year decline in yield by admitting more students, and not to grow the freshman class. This is context that is not apparent when only looking at the number of applications, admitted students, and final enrollment numbers.
When we learned that the Fall 2018 incoming class of first-year students and Freshmen Connection enrollees would exceed targets, we took several steps to assure that we could meet the campus’ obligation to house all incoming first-year students who met the May 1 enrollment/housing deadline. We:
During Dr. McBride’s time at UMD, there are many examples of the UHC staff working with the campus community to improve the health and well-being of our students.
We have worked to strengthen immunization requirements by adding additional vaccines to the required list for incoming students, expanded services to sexual assault survivors and significantly expanded prevention efforts related to power-based violence. With Dining Services and the Counseling Center, we have studied food insecurity on our campus and have worked to address this need. With Dining Services, we proposed legislation that was passed in Maryland to expand availability of epinephrine auto-injectors in campus Dining Facilities to respond to food related anaphylaxis. We have expanded services through our transgender health program.
We’ve begun prescribing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV. Our Health Promotion Team has created many ways for students to be tested for sexually transmitted infections (free testing with the County, reduced cost self-testing and testing with providers) to improve the sexual health of our students. Dr. McBride regularly communicates with our Student Health Advisory Committee, and with members of the Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association and Graduate Student Government to understand the concerns of students and public health issues on our campus.
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