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Campus Guidance

  • While parts of the state are entering Phase I of easing COVID-19 restrictions, Prince George’s County has announced the stay at home directive is to continue through at least June 1, 2020
  • Governor Hogan has issued an executive order requiring customers and staff to wear a face mask or face covering when inside any Maryland retailer, or when riding any Maryland public transportation, effective April 18, 2020 at 7 a.m.
  • Any UMD faculty member, staff member or student returning from outside the state of Maryland should stay away from campus, self-monitor and self-isolate for two weeks post return.
  • We urge all members of our community at home and abroad to practice prevention behaviors and hold each other accountable in following safe and healthy practices.
  • Detailed health guidance for everyone; those who have recently traveled to an area with a CDC Warning Level 3 travel advisory for COVID-19; and people with underlying health conditions or who take medicines that suppress their immune system is available here
  • Updated telework and leave guidance has been issued, effective May 23, 2020. The information is outlined here.
  • For answers to frequently asked academic questions, click here
  • As of Wednesday, March 18, the University is operating in an online environment. During this period, telework is available for employees with jobs that can be performed remotely. Guidance about telework and leave, social distance measures for those who will continue to work on campus, and other related workplace issues, is outlined in University Human Resources' Working Through COVID-19.
    • No staff member who is immuno-compromised or otherwise considered by CDC guidance to be high-risk regarding COVID-19 will be required to work on campus. Faculty and staff over the age of 60, or those with CDC-recognized underlying conditions, who are unable to telework, can contact their human resources office on a confidential basis to use accrued sick or other leave, or receive an excused absence.
    • All employees and supervisors should review the resources available at and determine what equipment, technology, and resources are needed to allow staff to be successful in working remotely and conducting meetings online. 
  • Starting March 30, 2020 and continuing through the end of this academic year, all classroom instruction will be conducted virtually.
    • A new resource for faculty,, includes guidance, strategies, and resources to change from in-person instruction to virtual instruction.
    • A new website for students,, includes guidance and resources for students to help make the shift to remote learning.
    • All undergraduate courses in spring 2020 will be graded pass/fail unless the student elects to receive an earned grade for the course. Using this website, students have until May 31, 2020 at 11:59pm to choose if they would rather receive a letter grade. More details are available here.
    • All graduate courses in spring 2020 will be graded satisfactory/fail unless the student elects to receive an earned grade for the course. Using this website, students have until May 31, 2020 at 11:59pm to choose if they would rather receive a letter grade. More details are available here
  • All Summer Session 1 2020 courses will be delivered through online or remote instruction. A decision for Summer Session 2 2020 in-person courses will be made on or before June 15. 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.

  • During this transition to online learning and teleworking, we recognize that members of our community with disabilities and accessibility concerns will need additional resources and support. To aid in this transition, we have created a central email that students, faculty and staff with disabilities can contact, in order to get the help and support that they need. Please contact if you have any disability related concerns, or need accessibility services or support, during this period of transition. 
  • The university’s laboratories and core facilities are operating under Severe Research Restrictions. UMD's Division of Research has announced important information on the impact of COVID-19 on research activity, available here
  • The university’s Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk has compiled resources on working safely during COVID-19. Resources are available on the site in both English and Spanish.
  • The university will issue students credits on a prorated basis for student fees, including: parking and shuttle, athletics, recreation services, Stamp Student Union, performing arts and cultural centers, student facilities, and sustainability. Students in residence halls will also receive prorated credits and/or refunds for room and board

  • The Department of Resident Life has announced updates on student move-out:

    • Following guidance from the State, we are proceeding with residence hall move-out for spring semester 2020. A move-out procedure that will significantly limit the number of people that can be in any one residence hall at one time has been implemented 
    • Move-out will take place between May 23 and June 7, 2020 and by appointment only.
    • Residents can view three options at this site for completing their move-out 
    • Details can be found on the Resident Life website.
  • Click here for details regarding service from Residence Life, Dining Services, University Health Center, Counseling Center, Accessibility and Disability Service, RecWell, Stamp Student Union and more. Updates are also available for Libraries and Shuttle-UM
  • A new resource,, provides students with guidance and strategies to keep connected with UMD and fellow Terps while away from campus.


  • The university continues to send campuswide communications with important updates about coronavirus. We urge our community members to read these communications. We are also sending targeted communications to individuals that have disclosed to the university that they have underlying health conditions or a compromised immune system.
  • Our protocol on how the University learns about and informs the campus community of any COVID-19 cases is as follows:

    • State and County public health departments know of every person who has tested positively for COVID-19. Positive cases are all made public through public health departments and the CDC. 
    • 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:

      • Notify all known individuals who came into direct contact with an affected individual in the last 14 days
      • Distribute additional email notifications to other affected populations, as appropriate
      • Maintain as the central COVID-19 resource that includes known case count for individuals in the University of Maryland community
      • Limit campus-wide emails to emergency notifications and information relevant to the entire university community, rather than case counts. This is in alignment with the Clery Act, a federal law that mandates emergency notifications.
      • The University would follow up to ensure that the infected individual is quarantined in accordance with public health laws.
  • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered that no Marylander should be traveling outside of the state unless such travel is absolutely necessary.
    • Any UMD faculty member, staff member or student returning from outside the state of Maryland should stay away from campus, self-monitor and self-isolate for 14 days post return.
  • All university-related international travel and non-essential, out-of-state domestic travel is not permitted.
  • All personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
  • All Alternative Break trips have been canceled.
  • Deans and Vice Presidents have authority to assess essential travel and address other questions.
  • By executive order of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, all events of more than 10 people are prohibited. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded. 
  • The University of Maryland is closed to all events and meetings through May 22.

  • Social 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.

  • Big Ten cancelled all athletic competitions through the academic year, details available here.
  • Deans and Vice Presidents have authority to assess essential events and address other questions.
  • Education Abroad programs in all locations for spring break, 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.

  • The Facilities Management Incident Response Unit maintains a 24-hour presence on campus and continues to walk through and monitor all academic and administrative buildings.
  • Crews are providing services—restocking and cleaning of restrooms, disinfecting high-touch surfaces, and the removal of trash and recycling— to the small number of areas of academic and administrative facilities that have ongoing on-site operations.

  • While the university operates in an online environment, buildings on campus will be secured as they are on weekends and holidays.
  • For more detailed Facilities Management information, visit their website.
  • Many services are being provided remotely, either by phone or computer. Please visit for additional information.  All patients and visitors to the UHC will receive an initial health screening and will have their temperature taken upon entering the building. They will be given a mask to wear during their visit.
  • Flu activity is still present regionally and nationally. The UHC does not have any flu vaccines available, but can refer you to local facilities where flu vaccine may be available. 
  • We continue to consult with coronavirus experts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore,The University Health Center does not have the ability to test for coronavirus; all testing will be coordinated through the CDC, and the local and state health departments. 
  • Executive members of the Campus Infectious Disease Management Committee (CIDMC), Incident Response Team, International Risk Management Committee and Council of Deans are actively monitoring developments around the coronavirus and coordinating campus resources, responses and communications. 
  • The University System of Maryland is in constant coordination with all university presidents and regional center directors to provide updates on implementation of recommendations and to share any issues that arise. 
  • University administrators are aware and taking into account the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019.
  • The CIDMC leadership group includes an Infectious Disease expert from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and a virus transmission expert from the School of Public Health, and consults with a coronavirus (SARS and MERS) expert from UMSOM.

Campus Resources

We encourage you to email 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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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.


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!

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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.
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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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