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Holding each other accountable

August 28, 2020

Dear University of Maryland community,
We are hearing from students, faculty and staff who want to work together to hold each other accountable for achieving the goal of successfully completing fall semester with in-person instruction and other academic and social experiences. If you are seeing fellow Terps not following 4 Maryland behaviors, here's what you can do:
  • Ask: If you feel comfortable talking to the person, respectfully ask them to comply with the 4 Maryland healthy behaviors. Consider saying something like "mask up 4 Maryland".
  • Offer: If you are comfortable, provide the person with information or options, such as suggesting that the person can obtain a face covering from a student ambassador or encouraging the person to move to a space more conducive to physical distancing.
  • Leave: If they don't comply, calmly remove yourself from the situation.
  • Report: You may report the incident to someone in authority (e.g. a Resident Assistant, a supervisor, a department head) or by using the UMD Compliance Reporting System.
To report a current campus gathering for immediate review and possible action, contact the UMPD non-emergency number 301-405-3555. Campus events and gatherings must follow the state and county executive orders that limit the size of gatherings.
If you are off-campus, in the City of College Park, you can report large gatherings by calling the City's Code Enforcement 24/7 Hotline at 240-487-3588.
In addition to the reporting options above, representatives from the Prince George's County Health Department, City of College Park code enforcement officers, UMPD Student Auxiliary unit, as well as a group of specially trained student ambassadors, will be assisting with keeping members of our community aware and accountable.
As a reminder, as Terps, we all have the responsibility to help keep our campus healthy by following the 4 Maryland behaviors:
Let's commit to holding ourselves and each other accountable,
Carlo Colella
Vice President for Administration and Finance
Patty Perillo
Vice President for Student Affairs
Mary Ann Rankin
Senior Vice President and Provost
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