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Campus Guidance

  • 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.

  • All individuals on campus are expected to follow four core guidelines:
    • If you are sick, do not report to work.
    • Wear a face covering at all times indoors and outdoors when other people are nearby.
    • Stay at least 6 feet apart from others at all times.
    • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not availa.
  • We urge all members of our community 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
  • Requirements for returning to work on campus can be found at
    • All employees and graduate assistants approved to work on campus must view a short video and read the University’s Community Responsibility Pledge.
    • Before reporting to campus for work each day, employees are expected to complete a COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
  • To de-densify the campus and ensure physical distancing, the gradual return to campus of faculty and staff will be phased over several months. Remote work, alternating days for in-person staffing, and staggered arrivals/departures will be part of the gradual re-opening.
  • The State's Department of Budget and Management has not yet released its proposed budget. Budget reductions are anticipated. Furloughs or temporary salary reductions are expected to be implemented. Additional details will be shared when the proposed state budget is received.
  • The latest guidance from University Human Resources about telework and leave is 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.
  • 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,, includes guidance, strategies, and resources to change from in-person instruction to virtual instruction.

  • A website for students,, 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.

  • 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. 
  • University Research
    • 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.

  • A resource,, provides students with guidance and strategies to keep connected with UMD and fellow Terps while away from campus.
  • The Athletic Department has a comprehensive plan to safely return to training, practice, competition, and work that complies with public health guidelines as well as NCAA and Big Ten Conference requirements.
    • It is unknown at this time if athletic teams can resume competition this fall, and under what conditions. We are pending decisions by the NCAA and the athletic conferences.
  • 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.
  • All university-related international travel and non-essential, out-of-state domestic travel is not permitted.
  • All personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

  • Deans and Vice Presidents have authority to assess essential events and address other questions.
  • 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.

  • Buildings on campus remain secured at all times, with the same security settings that we would use for weekends and holidays.
  • All buildings approved for occupancy will be cleaned on a regular basis, including enhanced cleaning of high-traffic areas, and occupants are asked to assist by wiping chairs, tables and other high-touch surfaces after using them.
  • Health information signage is in the process of being updated across campus.
  • Departments may obtain hand sanitizer, surface cleaning wipes, face coverings/masks, and thermometers through the normal office supply purchasing process. 
  • The University Health Center and the Counseling Center will be open for both in-person medical assistance and counseling, as well as online options for support during the fall semester.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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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