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August 16, 2021UMB SAFE on Campus System for Monitoring COVID-19 Privacy Notice (Archived) The UMB SAFE system is an automated health tracking system to be used by all members of the UMB community who are or plan to be on a UMB campus, at any time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 11, 2021SAFE on Campus Scheduled RetirementThe SAFE on Campus daily symptom monitoring tool will be retired as of close of business Sunday, Aug. 15. SAFE on Campus served its mission: to remind our University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community to be vigilant about symptoms that might be COVID-19 related, and to consult with our UMB COVID-19 Hotline and other resources.
June 17, 2021Letter: UMB Face Covering and Physical Distancing Requirements for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Students, Faculty, and StaffEffective Thursday, July 1, UMB’s Policy Requiring Use of Face Coverings will no longer require fully vaccinated people to wear face coverings and/or practice physical distancing while on UMB’s campus. UMB’s campus is defined as all property owned, leased, or operated by UMB. However, students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated, even if they have received a medical or religious exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, must continue to wear a mask in accordance with the policy
June 14, 2021SAFE on Campus Overview (Archived)Effective Monday, June 14, UMB faculty, staff, and students who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 must complete the UMB SAFE on Campus daily health screening prior to coming to campus, which includes going to work or attending clinical experiential learning sites.
June 11, 2021What happens if I am not scheduled to work, don't have classes, or am away?If you are getting the SAFE email notices, you can now ignore them on days you are working or studying remotely. UMB has discontinued the Episodic Symptom Monitoring Report Form and pause or other modification requests. Just keep the daily email notice in your inbox and use it on the same day if you are planning to go in.
June 10, 2021I self-reported vaccine information in SAFE, but it says unconfirmed. Why do I have to provide more information?Although the SAFE on Campus symptom monitoring program collected self-reported vaccination information in the past, there was no mechanism for you to provide proof of your vaccine. With the vaccine being mandatory for the fall semester, UMB requires evidence of the vaccine.
June 10, 2021Do I still have to complete SAFE if I have been vaccinated against COVID-19?For UMB faculty, staff, and students: If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer will receive the SAFE on Campus daily symptom monitoring emails effective June 14, 2021. Vaccinated School of Medicine and School of Nursing students only need to complete it on the days when attending a clinical practicum off site.
June 10, 2021If I reported my COVID-19 test results or vaccination via CRISP’s waiver authorization release, do I also need to report my test results in SAFE? No. If you’ve reported your COVID-19 test results or vaccination via CRISP’s waiver authorization release, you do not have to report them a second time. However, there are exceptions due to limitations with CRISP.
June 10, 2021Who should complete the Daily Health Screening?The SAFE on Campus program will apply to all nonvaccinated students, faculty and staff, whether working or assigned to the main UMB campus or to other locations in the city, Maryland, or elsewhere in the United States, as part of UMB employment or academic responsibilities. The program also applies to University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland School of Nursing students attending an off-site clinical practicum.
June 10, 2021 I work for FPI. How does the SAFE on Campus program apply to me? All FPI employees must be registered for SAFE. Effective June 14, 2021, employees can provide proof of being fully vaccinated, to avoid having to fill out the daily SAFE on Campus symptom monitoring survey.
June 09, 2021Fully Vaccinated? You Might Be Exempt from SAFE on CampusStarting Monday, June 14, if UMB has confirmation that you are fully vaccinated, you will no longer receive the SAFE on Campus daily symptom monitoring emails 14 days after your final dose. Students at the School of Medicine and School of Nursing will continue to use the daily symptom monitoring process at practicums.
June 09, 2021How can volunteers or affiliates access SAFE?If you are in the community system and you would like to be included in the SAFE daily monitoring system, reach out to the helpdesk,, to request to be added to SAFE.
May 26, 2021Letter: Next Week's Return to Campus: Mask Requirements, Elevator Usage, and Lunch RoomsAs we prepare to return to our University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus next week, I want to share updates on face coverings, elevator usage, and eating while on campus. Please look to the Return to Campus Guide for additional information including frequently asked questions.
May 21, 2021I am an international student or scholar who has received a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by the FDA or WHO. How can I fulfill the COVID-19 vaccine mandate?Those who have received a vaccine that has not been authorized by the FDA or the WHO must be tested with a viral (PCR) test within three to five days upon arrival and must self-quarantine for seven days upon arrival even if the test result is negative.
May 21, 2021I’m an international student and received a vaccine other than Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. What do I need to do?UMB will accept any vaccine authorized by the FDA or the World Health Organization (WHO). International students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine not authorized by either of these organizations may be tested and quarantined for a period of time upon arrival on campus, and may be re-vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine. For international students coming from areas where vaccines are not widely available, vaccination will be offered upon arrival on campus.
May 05, 2021COVID-19 Testing for Employees and Students Returning to CampusAppointments are offered at the on-campus COVID-19 Testing Clinic through this scheduling application. However, the best option for faculty, staff, and students wanting to schedule an appointment for an on-campus COVID-19 diagnostic test or a flu shot is to call UMaryland Immediate Care directly at 667-214-1899. The location of the test will depend on UMaryland Immediate Care's scheduling — either at the SMC Campus Center or the urgent care clinic at 408 W. Lombard St. Double-check your appoint
March 24, 2021Do I need to report recent travel in SAFE?No. As of March 12, 2021, you do not need to report travel in SAFE. If you are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, you should consider travel a potential exposure risk. If not vaccinated, please monitor your symptoms closely for two weeks after return and consider getting a test.
March 24, 2021What if I felt OK when I completed SAFE, but later in the day, start to feel symptoms?Separate yourself from other people, make sure you are wearing a mask, notify your supervisor about the need to go home, and call the UMB COVID-19 Hotline at 800-701-9863.
March 12, 2021Letter: COVID-19 Testing Policy Update Many in our UMB community have been vaccinated against COVID-19. As such, you may submit proof of being fully vaccinated in place of a negative COVID-19 test result. To be considered fully vaccinated for this round of testing, you must have received the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine by March 20, 2021.
March 12, 2021Letter: COVID-19 One Year LaterTwelve months, long and difficult hours on the front lines caring for COVID-19 patients, countless online meetings and classes, canceled in-person events, virtual graduation, masking up and staying apart, and, most heartbreaking of all, over half a million loved ones who are no longer with us. We are marking a year with the COVID-19 pandemic that has been unlike any other.
March 02, 2021Letter: Statement of Intent for Summer and Fall Semester UMB’s planning efforts now look beyond this spring, and I am optimistic that the public health situation will allow UMB to pivot toward more in-person activities. With that in mind, I want to share our intent for the summer and the fall semester:
February 18, 2021Letter: COVID-19 Reminders and UMB Student Affairs UpdatesWith the spring 2021 semester underway, I want to ensure that you have the information you need to have a meaningful experience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Whether your coursework is completely online or requires in-person learning at UMB, the Universities at Shady Grove, or another location, the UMB Division of Student Affairs is committed to helping you achieve your academic, personal, and professional goals.
February 04, 2021Letter: UMB COVID-19 Vaccination UpdatesWe have two important updates regarding vaccinations: an update to the vaccine priority survey and a request for information once vaccinated.
January 21, 2021I am coming to campus for a medical appointment. Do I have to complete the SAFE on Campus or Episodic Symptom forms?Students and employees coming to campus for medical appointments do not need to use SAFE on Campus.
December 17, 2020Submit Your COVID-19 Vaccines QuestionsNow that initial COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, what does this mean?
December 03, 2020Join the ‘Fight COVID-19 in One Click’ CampaignAs COVID-19 continues to spread, we are using every tool we have to slow the spread within the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community. That's why I am asking each of you to participate in our Fight COVID-19 in One Click campaign.
November 24, 2020COVID-19 Safety: Please Follow The RulesEnvironmental Health and Safety (EHS) staff have been performing walkthroughs of research buildings to ensure that University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) on-site personnel are following safe practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid any confusion about the rules, EHS prepared this guide.
November 12, 2020Encouraging the Use of MD COVID AlertThis week, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) launched a smartphone app called MD COVID Alert. As a university committed to knowledge, accountability, and excellence, I strongly encourage you to take part in this important initiative by downloading the app and/or activating Exposure Notifications on your phone.
October 28, 2020Student Parking at UMB during the COVID-19 PandemicA compilation of frequently asked questions concerning student parking from Parking and Transportation Services.
October 08, 2020Letter Regarding Spring Semester 2021As the leaves start to change and the air turns cooler, I know many of you are wondering about plans for next semester. The health and safety of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community is at the forefront of my decision-making, and we have yet to see significant change in the pandemic. In fact, experts are predicting a surge in COVID-19 cases as winter and the flu season hits. As such, you should begin to plan for the spring 2021 semester to look much like this fall.
September 15, 2020How do I change my supervisor in SAFE?The daily symptom monitoring form has a question that permits you to request a change in your monitoring. Choose “Yes”.
September 15, 2020How do I change my personal email address for SAFE on Campus?Adding a personal email address to SAFE on Campus only provides notifications of your responses. SAFE will not send the daily reminder to complete the form to your personal email address.
September 03, 2020How do new employees enroll in SAFE?New employees will get an email inviting them to register for SAFE within their first week employed by UMB (usually on their first Wednesday).
August 27, 2020Back-to-School Campus SafetyWelcome - whether virtually or in person - to another academic year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Since 2016, I've had the pleasure of meeting many members of our UMB community, and I am now proud to serve as interim chief of the UMB Police Department (UMBPD).
August 25, 2020What emails will supervisors receive for the daily health screening?Supervisors should have received the Managers Guide To Returning To Campus from Human Resource Services. That document outlines steps for assisting employees to register for the monitoring system including how to pause emails.
August 17, 2020I am a clinical faculty member who spends most of my time at a University of Maryland Medical System facility. Do I have to complete the SAFE daily symptom monitoring?Yes. For the purpose of employees, the SAFE on Campus daily symptom monitoring applies to UMB people doing UMB work with other people, including at non-UMB owned work sites.
August 10, 2020What time do I receive the reminder to complete my SAFE daily health screening? Once employees and students register, they will receive a COVID-19 Symptom Screening Form at 4 a.m. every day. They will receive another daily reminder if they have not filled it out by 9 a.m.
August 10, 2020How Do I Help Students and Employees Who Need Accommodations?Employees and students who do not have access to cell phones, computers, or tablets will work with their supervisors or student school contact on an alternative screening method.
August 10, 2020How should I answer about my symptoms if I have a preexisting or chronic condition?This screening program is designed to identify new symptoms that may represent COVID-19, and those completing the form should not document chronic symptoms or recurrent symptoms related to other diagnosed medical conditions.
August 10, 2020Who Receives My Health Information?The system will copy your supervisor or school contact as well as UMB Occupational Health (for employees) or Student Health (for students) if you have reported symptoms.
August 10, 2020Do I have to show my cleared for campus email to someone when entering a building?There is no campuswide plan to require showing your response to the symptom screening form to enter buildings; however, individual programs or areas may require you to show your response to site supervisors who were not already copied.
August 10, 2020Letter regarding SAFE on Campus Symptom MonitoringUniversity System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Jay A. Perman, MD, recently announced that all students, faculty, and staff of USM universities and regional centers will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test before returning to their campuses. I support this decision, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is taking additional steps to protect our community. In addition to last week’s updated Face Covering Policy that is in place, all UMB students, faculty, and staff will be requ
August 07, 2020What type of COVID-19 test must I get?You must get a COVID-19 diagnostic test. This type of test will show if you have an active coronavirus infection. Currently there are two types of diagnostic tests: molecular tests, such as RT-PCR tests, that detect the virus’ genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus.
August 07, 2020Are contractors or non-UMB visitors required to be tested prior to working at UMB? UMB expects all contractors working on campus to have effective COVID-19 safety plans in place. However, at this time, UMB is not requiring contractors to submit documentation of COVID-19 test results for their employees.
July 09, 2020Letter Regarding International Students UpdateBy now, you’ve likely seen that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a new rule that international students will not be able to remain in the country this fall if they take only online courses. The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) continues to plan for instruction that keeps students, faculty, and staff healthy and safe during this global public health crisis.
July 06, 2020I am an international student. How can I defer my admission to a future term?Please contact your school’s admissions office and inquire about the options for program deferral. Once you decide, please email so we can update our records.
July 06, 2020How do I get in touch with the Office of International Services (OIS) if I have questions?OIS staff are here to help you, even though we are working remotely. International postdocs and faculty who need assistance from OIS staff can email the office and submit requests for visa services or appointments with OIS staff in Sunapsis.
June 26, 2020Letter Regarding UMB Parking UpdatesThe Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has implemented a new traffic/garage text alerts system to inform the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community of traffic conditions. These notifications would affect immediate travel to and from campus for faculty, staff, students, and anyone who frequents campus. The alerts also will inform the UMB community of any urgent operational incidents regarding our garage facilities.
June 22, 2020Thank You for Supporting UMB's Front Line EmployeesAs restrictions due to COVID-19 are slowly being lifted, today marks the close of the University of Maryland, Baltimore's (UMB) Food for Our Front Lines program.
June 18, 2020Are we ready to reopen research laboratories? The decision to reopen June 8 was based on several considerations, including Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to lift his stay-at-home order, and Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell’s determination that the campus is prepared to safely return for limited research activities.
June 17, 2020Letter Regarding Maintenance and Ensuring Healthy FacilitiesEVS and EHS have been working together during this pandemic event to learn, understand and adhere to the cleaning and disinfection guidance provided by the CDC and other infection control experts.
May 20, 2020Return to Normal Pay Practices At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, UMB temporarily and dramatically altered the way it traditionally operates by transitioning the majority of the workforce to remote working status.