The University has developed a multi-faceted and integrated for COVID-19 surveillance, testing and early warning. It contains five components to safely reopen and operate the campus, with early detection of infectious cases as the key to limit outbreaks.
Daily self-monitoring and reporting of temperature and any onset symptoms by all faculty, staff and students who are on campus. Temperature gauges will be provided and the reporting can be done electronically, or by filling out a form, with safeguards for personal data privacy. If there is fever and/or symptoms, diagnostic testing for SARS-COV2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, will be required. If the test is positive, consultation with a health care provider and isolation will be required.
Population surveillance testing to ascertain the baseline infection rate on campus. The goal is to make testing available to all faculty and staff who wish to be tested, and to consider requiring it of all students on campus.
Contact tracing. Any positive diagnostic test result will be communicated immediately to the state health authorities, who will then activate a contact tracing team to identify potential secondary cases to limit spread of infection. UMD will supplement, as needed, the state-administered tracing. We have also established early contact tracing on our own campus.
Environmental monitoring. UMD faculty experts are developing opportunities for early detection of impending illnesses by monitoring wastewater, air and high-touch surfaces in campus buildings. This early warning system can identify areas of concern to help prevent additional outbreaks.
Behavioral changes. There will be a campus-wide health information campaign to promote critical healthy behaviors: wear face covering at all times when in proximity to others; stay 6 feet apart from others; frequent handwashing; and stay home and rest, if sick.
UMD is working to support faculty in creating new and engaging curricula -- blended, online, and in-person -- together with co-curricular opportunities to maximize student learning and development.
The fall semester will begin on August 31, 2020 as scheduled and UMD will determine which courses will be offered in-person, online or in a blended format, and what the room assignments and daily schedule will be. Additional information should be available online by mid-July. We expect that:
A portion of upper and lower division undergraduate courses will be taught in-person with priority given to classes that particularly in-person instruction to be maximally effective such as labs, performance courses, senior capstone projects, clinical instruction and internships.
Courses with 50 students or more will most likely be at least partially online.
Low-enrollment classes such as graduate and upper-division seminars will be good candidates for in-person instruction.
Faculty are preparing contingency plans to move entirely to an online instruction after Thanksgiving Break, should there be resurgence of the pandemic in late fall.
A resource for faculty, keepteaching.umd.edu, includes guidance, strategies, and resources to change from in-person instruction to virtual instruction.
A website for students, keeplearning.umd.edu, includes guidance and resources for students to help make the shift to remote learning.
All Summer Session 1 and 2 2020 courses will be delivered through online or remote instruction. More information is available here.
Summer Session 1 in-person camps, and other on-campus activities that follow the summer session I schedule are cancelled.
The default grading method for summer courses will revert to the regular (A-F) grading system, unless the Pass-Fail (S/F for graduate courses) or Audit options are available and selected for a specific course per our regular campus grading options.
University Research is in Phase 1 (“limited presence”) as of Monday, June 8, 2020, in which only 25% of all researchers are back in their campus labs.
Phase 2 (“intermediate presence”), is proposed to start in September 2020, allowing up to 50% of the researchers to return to their campus labs.
Phase 3 (“full resumption”), is proposed to start in January 2021, allowing up to 75% of the researchers to return to their campus labs.
Additional information is available here.
A pledge and COVID-19 training will be prepared and given to students when they arrive on campus
University Residence Halls will be converted to allow for physical distancing.
Triple and quad units have been converted to doubles and floor lounges are made into single and double rooms to minimize opportunities for larger gatherings.
75% of students who applied for housing will receive it, including all first year students.
There will be residential spaces for isolation and quarantining if needed.
Extensive procedures will be implemented for the safety and health of Resident Life staff, housekeeping staff, and facilities staff who work in the residence halls.
Dining Halls will open with reduced seating capacity, carry-out options, and physical distancing.
Stamp Student Union, Eppley Recreation Center, and other community gathering places will reopen with appropriate health and safety measures in place.
Co-curricular programming will emphasize outdoor and virtual activities.
Our protocol on how the University learns about and informs the campus community of any COVID-19 cases is as follows:
If the infected person is affiliated with UMD, public health officials contact the Director of the UMD Health Center, which triggers the following communication protocol:
Physical distancing is strongly encouraged in all situations. As defined by the CDC, social distancing means avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.
Education Abroad programs in all locations for summer session and the fall 2020 semester are canceled.
Academic units are designing virtual opportunities for students to advance learning as global professionals, citizens, and humanists, while continuing to advance them toward graduation. An expanded list of global learning resources and opportunities are available here.
For more detailed information about the canceled fall 2020 Education Abroad program and other updates, visit their website.
We encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have non-medical questions specific to UMD and coronavirus. If you have a medical question or concern, please contact your physician.
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