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Updated Guidance: Use of Leave, New Talent Share Program, Face Coverings


September 24, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Now that our Fall semester is well underway, I am writing to provide an update on several important topics.

Use of Leave

COVID-19 Administrative leave will no longer be available for use beginning October 1, 2020. All employees should be working or in an approved leave status. 
 
For questions on any of the leave options described above or to discuss reasonable accommodations under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), contact the UHR Leave Management Team at umdleave@umd.edu for more information.

Talent Share

The University of Maryland is responding to the challenges of COVID-19 by creating a way to share talent and expertise across our campus. As a result of our changing work environment, some employees are experiencing an increased workload while others may have increased availability. 
 
To help bridge that gap, University Human Resources has created a new Talent Share Program.  Talent Share supports departments in need by connecting the department with campus employees who have the availability and the desire to help in other areas that need temporary support.  To find out more about this program, please visit the Talent Share Program website and complete a Talent Share Request or Interest form. 

Face Coverings

It is very important that all members of the university community practice the 4 Maryland behaviors that will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
 
The Support Center in University Human Resources has recently received questions about face coverings, so I am offering a reminder that was sent on August 17. This message has some very good information that explains how face coverings guard against the spread of COVID-19, how to properly wear face coverings and how to clean them.  Our colleagues in the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk also have additional resources on Working Safely During COVID-19 that explain the differences between a face mask, a surgical mask and a respirator.
 
There are many additional resources for the campus community to learn more about campus health and safety measures, as well as answers to the many questions our community has about this historic and unprecedented time. Here is some additional information:
 
The University Human Resources website has extensive information about working during COVID-19, and our staff are available for questions from university employees. 
 
Jewel M. Washington
Assistant Vice President of University Human Resources
 
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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.

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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.

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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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We have worked diligently to develop and enhance plans for reopening our campus while prioritizing the health and safety of our community members. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students have collaborated in work-groups and teams to create and maintain a physically distant, yet academically and socially rich environment for the fall semester. Our plans continue to be coordinated with state and county health officials, with additional guidance provided by the University System of Maryland. Latest 4 Maryland Updates

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