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UMD Campus Affiliate and Visitor Guidelines during COVID-19

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(Updated 08/12/2021)

People who conduct business on the UMD campus regularly and interface with UMD community members should seek affiliate status. Regularly is generally defined as one day per week or more on average.



Affiliates can be those who: are not a student, staff or faculty member; have an affiliation with UMD so that it is desired to give them limited services; are not on campus to participate in campus/programs; and do not require a paid or non-pad appointment. Examples include auditors, interns, volunteers, faculty from other institutions and researchers from other organizations.
Affiliates are sponsored and approved by departments through the PHR Affiliate Module. Affiliate status may not exceed 12 months; ongoing affiliates must be renewed annually. COVID-19 guidelines for affiliates and visitors are listed below. Contractors and vendors are covered under separate requirements. 


People other than students, faculty, staff, most affiliates, contractors and vendors who are on the UMD campus or UMD facilities less than 1 day per week on average are expected to follow the Visitors Guidelines listed below. Individuals who are on-campus for academic, research or other sponsored activities are expected to seek affiliate status.


All affiliates and visitors must follow current campus masking guidelines.


Affiliates are typically on campus regularly, therefore, they are expected to abide by the UMD campus health and safety requirements below. 
  1. Vaccination: Affiliates who are on campus one or more days per week and interacting with UMD students, faculty or staff are required to follow the university's vaccine requirements


All visitors on campus are expected to abide by the UMD campus health and safety guidelines:
  1. Check for Symptoms. Prior to coming to campus, check whether you have any of the symptoms listed below:
    1. Temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher
    2. Chills 
    3. New onset cough 
    4. Trouble breathing 
    5. Sore throat
    6. New or unusual headache
    7. New loss of taste or smell
    8. Nausea or vomiting
    9. Muscle or body aches
    10. Excessive fatigue
    11. Diarrhea
  2. Do not come to campus if:
    1. You have any of the symptoms above (unless they are related to a long-term health condition).
    2. You are caring for someone with COVID-19 or possible COVID-19 infection and you have not been fully vaccinated.
    3. You are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test because you had symptoms or were exposed.
    4. If you suspect you are sick in any way, even with mild illness.



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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. 

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