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Important COVID-19 Reminders

September 6, 2023

Dear campus community,

As the fall semester is underway, I'm writing to remind you of the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines in effect for the beginning of the academic year.

  • Masks: Wearing a mask is not required while indoors. However, as a reminder, masks are a significant defense against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.
  • Testing: Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Tests are currently available at the Health Center. If you test positive, you should isolate per CDC guidelines. Please report your positive test at Once you have reported your test result, you will receive detailed information and guidance by email.
  • Vaccination: For some individuals and people who are immunocompromised, staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine continues to be an important way to reduce the risk of severe illness. COVID-19 vaccines are available at the University Health Center as well as local pharmacies.
  • Absence from Class Due to COVID: Guidance remains in effect to address short- and medium-term absences related to COVID-19. Students who must be absent ude to COVID-19 should consult with their instructors and/or academic advisors on how to best proceed.
  • COVID Accommodations: In special cases, students, faculty and staff may request a disability accomodation related to COVID-19. For new accommodation requests, students may contact Accessibility and Disability Service. Employees may contact University Human Resources regarding requests for work-related accommodations.


Please visit the Health Center's COVID-19 website and for additional information. As always, we appreciate everyone's collective work to prioritize healthy behaviors, and we look forward to a healthy semester!

Be well and stay safe,

Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P.
Director, University Health Center
Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland



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