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May 31, 2022I received a COVID-19 vaccine and am having symptoms compatible with COVID-19. What should I do?If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine and are showing any symptoms and report to the UMB campus or at a UMB affiliated site, you are still recommended to check the COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Protocols.
May 31, 2022If you’re testing only non-vaccinated people for COVID-19 (or allowing only vaccinated people at certain events), aren’t you de facto revealing private medical information about me?There is no testing protocol in place at UMB at this time. If you feel sick, please consult the COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Protocols or ask your physician about testing options.
February 04, 2022Physical Distancing & Capacity GuidelinesGuidelines for physical distancing, in-person meetings, and more.
January 28, 2022Booster Day in Fayette SquareBooster Day in Fayette Square is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., is now open to all UMB students, and is sponsored by Safeway and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. You can schedule an appointment here and bring this completed form with you to the clinic.
January 27, 2022UMB COVID Hotline, Report Form, & Guidance town hall Join Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and University of Maryland, Baltimore public health officer to hear updates and get your questions answered regarding the UMB COVID-19 Hotline, Report Form, and health safety guidance.
January 20, 2022UMB Rapid Antigen At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit GuidanceDuring January 2022, availability and access to COVID-19 testing has been strained. Through Jan. 31, 2022, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is providing on-campus employees and students engaged in in-person activities with one rapid antigen at-home COVID-19 test kit. This guidance document provides directions on when the test kits should be used.
January 19, 2022What is the status of CDC entry bans to the U.S. for international students and scholars seeking to come to UMB?There are no current entry restrictions based on presence in a particular country. International students and scholars should review the vaccine and negative test result requirements.
January 06, 2022Letter: Omicron and UMBI want to thank you for your resilience, dedication, and commitment as we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of you, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has been able to create a safe place for our faculty, staff, and students. Your responsible and professional nature and the policies and protections put in place by the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force have worked and enabled us to safely carry out our important missions.
December 27, 2021COVID-19 Update from UMB's Public Health OfficerWith the rapid spread of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to do all we can to stay safe, especially as many of our state hospitals – including those in the University of Maryland Medical System – are operating at near-capacity.
December 20, 2021Can I take my mask off in my office?Yes, if you are the only person in the office and the door is shut.
December 20, 2021Can I take my KN95 mask off in my cubicle?No, KN95 masks or equivalent must be worn in cubicles, unless eating or drinking.
December 20, 2021Letter: COVID-19 and the Holidays Heading into the holidays, the unfortunate reality is that COVID-19 is spreading in our communities at the fastest rate since the onset of the pandemic. We are at a critical point, and the next several weeks will become increasingly challenging for us all. Throughout the pandemic, we have adjusted our policies to ensure the continued safety of our internal and external communities and those in our care, and this is no exception.
December 20, 2021HSHSL Covid Safety RemindersRegardless of vaccination status, you must wear a KN95 mask or equivalent while inside the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HSHSL) or any other campus building, in accordance with the UMB Policy Requiring Use of Face Coverings.
December 17, 2021KN95 Masks Required for All at UMBStarting Monday, Dec. 20, all UMB faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a KN95 mask or equivalent while indoors at UMB’s campus or at an off-campus location occupied by UMB community members (e.g., Shady Grove, MPRC, Donaldson Brown, Columbus Center, etc.), regardless of vaccination status.
December 17, 2021Do I have to wear a KN95 at URecFit?Yes. The policy is the same as elsewhere on campus, except for the following areas: while swimming in the pool, on the pool deck while entering/exiting the pool, and in the showers.
December 06, 2021Are We Ready for Omicron?Scientists are racing to learn more about the #Omicron #COVID variant spreading around the world,. Also in this week's Frontline News, a new standard for evaluating kidney disease that’s race neutral, and major recognition for research leadership in Neurology.
December 03, 2021Letter: Protecting Against Variants of ConcernAs we head into our second winter with COVID-19, we need to continue our efforts to remain healthy — both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, the Delta variant continues to circulate at high levels throughout the country and in Maryland, causing increasing hospitalizations, severe illness, and deaths. Maintaining our vigilance to public health measures so that we all have a wonderful holiday season is especially important right now.
November 19, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Immediate Expansion of COVID-19 Booster Eligibility to All AdultsGovernor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 boosters to include all adults. This expansion will help further the state’s public health goal of maintaining immunity against severe COVID-19.
November 08, 2021I am an international student or scholar who has not had access to a COVID-19 vaccine in my home country. When and where can I get one?As of Nov. 8, 2021, there will be a new COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all individuals seeking entry into the U.S. on a temporary visa. There are limited exceptions to this requirement, including for students and scholars coming from countries with limited access to vaccines.
November 04, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccines for 5- to 11-Year-Olds, Encourages Parents With Concerns To Talk To PediatriciansSchool Systems to Facilitate Clinics, Pediatricians and Pharmacies to Provide Vaccines
November 04, 2021Mayor, Health Department Announce Pediatric Vaccine Rollout StrategyBaltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, in partnership with Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises, announced the City’s strategy to roll out pediatric vaccines to children, ages 5-11. This announcement comes following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children in that age group.
October 14, 2021Pulse Check for Oct. 14, 2021Updates include UMB Travel Guidance (0:44), UMB COVID-19 Contractors Guidance (1:07), UMB Cure Scholars MPT Documentary (1:34), the new issue of 1807: An Art & Literary Journal (2:06), and advice from Etta Kitt (3:00).
October 07, 2021COVID-19 Guidance for ContractorsThis Guidance provides the framework for contractors accessing UMB owned or occupied facilities to ensure consistency with health and safety practices of the University regarding COVID-19.
October 01, 2021Are events planned for more than 25 people allowed at UMB?UMB permits events over 25 with approval from a Dean or VP office. UMB requires approval from the Dean’s or VP’s office to confirm the proposed facilities and safety measures are adequate for the event. Prior to the start of the fall semester, UMB reviewed its classroom facilities and safety measures to confirm they were appropriate. Thus, additional approvals to hold classes are not required at this time
September 30, 2021Pulse Check for Sept. 30, 2021Get caught up on COVID-19 guidance and events at University of Maryland, Baltimore. Updates include Academy of Lifelong Learning Parenting Forum (0:46), KN95 Mask Requirement (1:31), Flu Shot Clinic (2:06), and Etta Kitt answers Curious Colleague's question about asking about a coworker's vaccination status (2:57).
September 24, 20214th Annual Flu Shot Clinic at the HSHSLThe HSHSL and School of Pharmacy are partnering with Walgreens to offer flu shots, by appointment only, to UMB campus employees and students on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Weise Gallery on the first floor of the Library.
September 17, 2021Did the on-campus flu clinic and COVID-19 testing location move?Yes. The 2021 flu shot and COVID-19 booster clinic is at the SMC Campus Center in Room 349, and will open Wednesday, Sept. 22. COVID-19 testing is available at UMaryland Immediate Care (UMIC).
September 13, 2021Do contractors and visitors need to wear a KN95? It is recommended that contractors and visitors wear a KN95. Contractors working on campus must issue similar guidance about face coverings to their employees, and contractors should make efforts to ensure employees have and use KN95s.
September 09, 2021Updates to UMB Face Covering/Mask Policy and Food at EventsUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Bruce E. Jarrell’s Sept. 2 letter shared that there would be an update this week about safety measures at UMB related to COVID-19. After consideration by the Recovery Task Force’s University Health focus area group, changes to policies regarding face coverings/masks as well as food and drink at indoor events are outlined below.
September 02, 2021Fall 2021 Semester Recovery FrameworkThe safety of members of the University community is paramount. UMB will rely upon reputable information from public health subject matter experts and utilize various data sources to guide health and safety decisions. We expect, for the foreseeable future, that UMB will have to take public health precautions such as face covering requirements in public places and physical distancing practices, even as vaccination becomes more prevalent. Safety guidance may vary based upon vaccination status.
September 02, 2021Letter: Continuing to Fight COVID-19: Safety Measures at UMB My priority is to keep the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community healthy and safe. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UMB has focused on ways to combat the virus. As the Delta variant continues to spread, I wanted to reiterate the public health measures in place at UMB as guided by the Crisis Management Advisory Group and the Recovery Task Force working groups.
August 27, 2021Message from Drs. Jarrell and Suntha: Update on COVID-19 Incident Command StructureThroughout the first 16 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) operated under a unified Incident Command Structure (ICS). The UMB-UMMS ICS allowed us to leverage our shared expertise and efficiently guide our system through this unprecedented health crisis.
August 23, 2021Is food allowed at events?Please refer to the UMB COVID-19 Guidance on Events, Eating, and Drinking
August 23, 2021What event limitations are there for the 2021 fall semester?The following is an excerpt of the UMB Guidance for Eating and Drinking Regarding COVID-19 Risk.
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 12, 2021Update: The Delta Variant and UMBAs the Delta variant continues to dominate the news, please know that the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is closely monitoring the situation. UMB is continuously reviewing several internal and external metrics including public health restrictions.
August 12, 2021UMB Dining August UpdateThe Market at the SMC Campus Center will reopen for grab-and-go items for its first week of operations on Monday, Aug. 16. Customers can self-pay at the registers. Starbucks at the SMC Campus Center and additional food options will open on Monday, August 23rd.
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.
August 09, 2021Can I remove my face covering while exercising at URecFit and the Community Engagement Center? Effective Aug. 6, 2021, no except for the following areas: while swimming in the pool, on the pool deck while entering/exiting the pool, and in the showers.
August 05, 2021Letter: Revision to UMB Face Covering PolicySince I last wrote to you about the Delta variant, we have seen an increase in the level of COVID-19 transmission in our surrounding community. The elevated rate of community transmission requires that we take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance that masks be worn in areas of substantial or high transmission, effective Friday, Aug. 6, UMB will require that all people, r
August 05, 2021I received a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still have to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing at UMB?As of Aug. 6, 2021, you must wear a face covering in accordance with the UMB Policy Require the Use of Face Coverings. Physical distancing is encouraged wherever feasible.
August 05, 2021If I’m vaccinated, do I still have to physically distance?As of Aug. 6, 2021, physical distancing is encouraged wherever feasible. Fully vaccinated faculty or staff delivering in-person lectures or presentations may remove their face covering while lecturing as long as at least 6 feet of physical distance can be maintained between the faculty member or presenter and the students or other audience. Six feet of physical distancing must be maintained between people who are eating or drinking because it requires removing the face covering.
July 29, 2021Letter: The Delta Variant and UMBI write today amidst the headlines of the extremely contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 to reassure you that the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is monitoring the situation and taking it very seriously. As you may have seen this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared guidance that vaccinated people should wear masks in certain circumstances including in high-transmission areas.
July 26, 2021When do I have to be vaccinated by for the fall semester?All on-campus University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students, faculty, and staff are expected to be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, effective Aug. 16, 2021.
July 19, 2021Where at UMB am I still required to wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status or changes to the mask policy? As part of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) mission, UMB provides clinical services and performs medical research in multiple buildings on campus. In clinical areas, including patient waiting areas, face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status. The amended Governor’s face coverings order still requires that masks be worn when “obtaining healthcare services, including without limitation, in offices of physicians and dentists, hospitals, pharmacies, and laboratories.”
July 16, 2021New University Podcast Launches: Keep Your Finger on ‘The UMB Pulse’“The UMB Pulse," produced by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, will help listeners stay up to date on changes and guidelines as we navigate our return to campus.
July 14, 2021COVID-19 Brain Study Seeks ParticipantsThe University of Maryland School of Medicine's Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine is conducting a study to evaluate the long-term effect of COVID-19 on the brain using cognitive assessments and brain MRI scans.
July 12, 2021Maryland Department of Health and Baltimore Orioles extend free COVID-19 vaccinations through remainder of season Existing COVID-19 testing site at Camden Yards expanded to include vaccinations, offer for voucher for two free tickets to those who receive vaccinations also extended
July 07, 2021VaxU Scholarship Promotion The VaxU Scholarship Promotion consists of nine statewide drawings and offers vaccinated residents ages 12-17 a chance to win one of twenty scholarship prizes. Winners will receive a scholarship in the form of a Prepaid College Trust or College Investment Plan from Maryland 529 to cover the tuition and fees for a public four-year college or university.
July 07, 2021Seeking Immigrant Participants for Study on COVID-19 Please help Dr. Evans and doctoral student Jennifer Siegel from the University of Maryland School of Social Work to distribute our survey! Information is also in Spanish below.
July 01, 2021COVID-19 Visitors Guidance This guidance provides the framework for a visitor accessing UMB-owned or -occupied facilities to ensure consistency with health and safety practices of the University. The guidance is intended to satisfy academic semester(s) fall 2020, with extension into spring 2021 as necessary.
June 30, 2021When will URecFit reopen?URecFit will reopen to current UMB students and UMB graduates of December 2019, May 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 on June 1, 2021. Phase 2 reopening begins Tuesday, July 6.
June 30, 2021What safety precautions are URecFit and Wellness putting in place when the facility reopens?Complete URecFit and Wellness Reopening Guidelines are listed and updated on the URecFit website. Once on the page, use the left navigation bar to view each reopening category.
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 17, 2021Does UMB have a physical distancing requirement and room capacity limit for fall didactic classes?No. For the fall semester, UMB does not have a physical distancing requirement or COVID-related room capacity limit. Schools can plan around that expectation. Fire marshal room capacity still applies.
June 16, 2021UMB Dining Options Summer 2021 UpdateNeed a snack or lunch now that you're back on campus? Here are a few reminders about campus food services:
June 16, 2021Governor Hogan Announces End of COVID-19 State of Emergency Emergency Mandates and Restrictions to End July 1, Followed By 45-Day Administrative Grace Period
June 15, 2021State of Maryland, Baltimore Orioles To Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Camden Yards Over Father’s Day Weekend The State of Maryland and the Baltimore Orioles, along with Major League Baseball (MLB), have announced a partnership to host on-site vaccination clinics at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the homestand beginning Friday, June 18 through Wednesday, June 23, when the Orioles play host to the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros.
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.
June 04, 20212021 Summer U Virtual Camp URecFit is happy to announce we have been approved to host a 2021 Summer U as a virtual camp, and are now accepting registrations. Virtual Summer U Camp is an opportunity for 7-10 year olds to attend camp online with other children from around the Baltimore community.
June 03, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Phased Demobilization of Mass Vaccination SitesState to Continue Shifting Resources to Mobile Clinics and Community-Based Activities Uber and Lyft Offering Free Rides To Vaccination Sites, Free Child Care Also Available GoVAX Summer Tour Underway, Vaccines Available Through This Weekend at Ocean City Convention Center More Than 700 Pharmacies Providing Vaccines Statewide
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 21, 2021Governor Hogan, Maryland Lottery Announce $2 Million Promotion For VaccinationsLottery to Award $40,000 A Day For 40 Days, $400,000 For The Fourth of July Partnership With Maryland Department of Health to Thank Marylanders for Getting Vaccinated, Incentivize New Vaccinations
May 18, 2021Letter: Vaccination Timeline and Appointments Available for Family and FriendsThere finally seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, and with lower COVID-19 positivity rates and increased vaccinations, we are able to resume more in-person activities. I am grateful to all of you in the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community for helping us get to this point, and I look forward to being back on campus with you soon.
May 12, 2021Mayor Brandon M. Scott Eases COVID-19 RestrictionsCity Lifts Local Mandates to Align with State’s Current Executive Order
May 12, 2021What if I try to get vaccinated but there are no available doses for me?Students planning to be on campus in the fall should make arrangements in ample time to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival. With eligibility opened nationwide to those 16 and older, expanded vaccine availability, and a rising number of vaccination sites across the country, this should not be an issue. If you cannot make such arrangements, contact UMB Student Affairs and Student Health Center over the summer so that appropriate arrangements can be made for your vaccination and quarantine upon
May 12, 2021If I’ve been vaccinated, do I still need to be tested?All individuals will need to show a negative COVID-19 test result upon arriving on campus for the fall semester. Additional testing protocols will be determined by UMB and will be announced at a later date. Students who can document vaccination will be tested less frequently than those not vaccinated. Testing frequency will be influenced by the positivity rate on campus and in the surrounding communities, and/or the introduction of new COVID-19 variants into these communities.
May 06, 2021Letter: Return to Campus Update: May 6, 2021We have been through a lot together. I’m so proud of each and every member of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community for your commitment to keeping yourselves and each other safe over this past year. I know that commitment will continue as many of us return to campus.
May 06, 2021Receiving Packages and MailAccording to the CDC, handling mail and/or packages is not likely to be the primary means of contracting or spreading COVID-19. However, it is still important to follow good hygiene practices when handling mail. When receiving a package or mail:
May 06, 2021Building VentilationUMB is committed to minimizing COVID-19 risk for building users by regularly inspecting air handling units, replacing filters, and ensuring that air handlers are functioning as designed. UMB also will continue to monitor and react to federal, state, public health, and industry standard heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) guidelines to manage and mitigate risk where possible.
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
May 03, 2021Return to Campus - Parking UpdatesThe COVID-19 pandemic has hit the parking and transportation industry in several ways, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has been impacted. Fortunately, the return to campus promises to bring a bit of light to each and every one of us. With the return to campus imminent, PTS wanted to highlight several operational changes:
May 03, 2021Are there any requirements for when I return to the U.S. from international travel? Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Travel guidance during the COVID-19 Pandemic guidance prior to traveling.
April 23, 2021Letter: University System of Maryland Vaccination Mandate This morning, the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents approved Chancellor Perman’s mandate that all eligible faculty, students, and staff who will be on campus this fall must be vaccinated against COVID-19. USM will comply with all federal and state laws in granting appropriate exemptions for medical or religious reasons.
April 23, 2021UMB Faculty and Staff Can Share COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Information in One Click The Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) is the Maryland electronic health record system. UMB’s agreement with CRISP to directly release student COVID-19 test data (with student permission) has now been expanded to permit collection of COVID-19 vaccination history. It also now includes employee data, with the employee’s consent.
April 21, 2021Operations and Maintenance (Maintenance Shops) ResponseAt the onset of the pandemic, to reduce the number of staff on campus, Operations and Maintenance prioritized the maintenance of building systems and emergency response requests.
April 16, 2021GetTheVaccineBaltimore.orgThe University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Vaccination Clinic is open to serve the UMB community and select partners to Get The Vaccine. The UMB Vaccination Clinic can provide vaccinations for the Native American population, tribal or Native American agency employees, and Baltimore City residents and workers.
April 13, 2021Food for Our Front Lines Providing Free Meals for Second YearWith these two factors in mind, we’ve relaunched the Food for Our Front Lines initiative. This year, your donations will provide lunch to employees and students at UMB’s Vaccination Clinic at the SMC Campus Center. Each meal costs $13 and is ordered from local businesses at no cost to our front-line heroes.
April 06, 2021Negative COVID-19 Test No Longer Required When Returning to Campus for First Time The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is no longer requiring students, faculty, and staff to submit a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to campus for the first time.
March 31, 2021Letter: Return to Campus PlanWalking to a meeting and saying hi to colleagues along the way, attending a symposium in real life without logging onto a computer and then being able to discuss it afterward over lunch with a colleague, experiencing the energy of Baltimore as it continues to reopen — these are some of the things I’m ready for.
March 31, 2021UMB Return To Campus FrameworkThis update guides planning for the Return to Campus (RTC) phase, focusing on Summer 2021 and the Fall 2021 semester
March 31, 2021UMB Recovery FrameworkSince May 2020, UMB has followed its Recovery Framework, which has guided University continuity and restoration of education, research, and administrative functions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Recovery Framework identified June 2021 to May 2022 as the “long-term planning period.”
March 24, 2021Letter: Phase 3: Research UpdateOn April 5, 2021, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will transition to the next phase for on-campus research, other than human subjects research. Researchers will be allowed to increase occupancy of research spaces up to 75 percent occupancy, provided they continue to observe UMB policies including the following:
March 24, 2021Letter: Using Your Earned Time OffPlease make sure that you are taking the time you need — that you have earned — and that you are being respectful of others’ time off. Vacation time doesn’t have to include travel, but it does need to include time to unplug and recharge.
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 19, 2021Standing Against Asian American and Pacific Islander HateWe join the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community in mourning the victims of this week’s horrific shootings in Atlanta. We know that Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities are facing markedly increased instances of hate. In fact, a recent report found that anti-Asian hate crimes have surged 150 percent over the past year in America’s largest cities.
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 03, 2021Letter: UMB Housing Update for Summer and Fall 2021As you plan for the summer and fall 2021, know that housing options are available on campus. Fayette Square and Pascault Row provide affordable apartments with multiple layouts (i.e., efficiencies, one-, two-, three-, four-, and seven-bedroom apartments) with many amenities and conveniences.
March 03, 2021UMCP student creates website, alert system for vaccine appointmentsUMCP student Mathew Steininger created a website that scrapes vaccine registration websites and sends alerts to notify when appointments are open.
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 27, 2021COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework PolicyThe University's Telework Policy (VII-6.11(A)) outlines ordinary rules and expectations surrounding telework. This COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy states temporary guidance and flexibilities related to telework in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Policy also offers temporary guidance related to the use of accrued leave. This Policy is effective commencing July 27, 2020 and will be in effect for an unspecified period of time while the University continues to address
January 27, 2021How long will episodic telework under the COVID-19 Telework Policy last?On Jan. 27, 2021, President Bruce Jarrell announced that most Mandatory Teleworkers can anticipate to telework until at least June 1, 2021. Some employees may return prior to that date to perform approved on-campus work, and where practical Mandatory Teleworkers will be provided three (3) weeks notice. Mandatory Telework may continue after June 1, 2021, if pandemic conditions require.
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.
January 06, 2021I received a COVID-19 vaccination. Should I be tested to determine if the vaccination was effective? No. At this point, there is no recommendation for serology testing after vaccination. Although the COVID vaccines are very effective and induce immunity in most people, there are several factors that mean we will need to continue following preventive "non-pharmaceutical interventions" (NPIs) (physical distancing, face coverings, frequency hand washing).
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 16, 2020Telework Agreement Form FAQsIn an effort to maximize our work flexibility, on July 27, 2020, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) adopted a COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy. This policy outlines the different operational statuses UMB may observe during pandemic circumstances.
December 16, 2020Why did this Telework Agreement form go out now while cases are on the rise? Does it mean UMB is going to shift to "Low Density Operations" soon?Any connection between the number of COVID-19 cases and the timing of this document is coincidental. UMB is operating in a status of Moderate Density Operations. The University president will continue to base UMB's operational status on the current COVID-19 pandemic circumstances, guidance from the state of Maryland, and recommendations of appropriate public health experts.
December 16, 2020If I received a Telework Agreement form, does this mean I cannot come to campus at all?Not necessarily. UMB is in Moderate Density Operations under its COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy. During this status, any UMB employee who is able to telework, as determined by the employee's direct supervisor, is required to do so.
December 09, 2020Are contractors covered under the Visitors Guidance?”No. Contractors, service providers, and vendors are covered in the Contractors Guidance.
December 03, 2020Contractors COVID-19 Acknowledgment FormInstructions: The sponsor completes this form with the contractor and discusses UMB’s health and safety requirements prior to or immediately upon arrival of the (first) visit. Once it has been completed, maintain this form their records.
December 03, 2020Recommendations for Cloth Face CoveringsUMB Recovery Task Force offers tips on masks regarding fabric, layers, and fit.
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.
December 02, 2020University of Maryland School of Medicine Researches COVID-19 VaccinesA look at the journey of developing COVID-19 vaccines at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
December 01, 2020Call the UMB COVID-19 HotlineIf you've been diagnosed with COVID-19, it's not enough to let your doctor know.
November 24, 2020How to Assess UMB Campus Operations During COVID-19 PandemicThe University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will use a situational-based strategy to help inform decision-making about University operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The situations have been sorted as conditions that may drive UMB to move between Low-Density, Moderate-Density, and Normal Operations (see COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy), based on their potential to impact in-person activities.
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 16, 2020Feel Sick? Make the CallIf you feel ill, have flu symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19, or have had a positive COVID-19 test, please call 800-701-9863 immediately.
October 08, 2020Participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical TrialsThe Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is seeking participants for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. Text "CVD" to 555888.
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 23, 2020‘Virtual Blue Bins’ Are Open for Collecting Donations The COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for flexibility with the annual donation drives organized by UMB’s Staff Senate and the Office of Community Engagement.
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).
September 01, 2020COVID-19 Process for Allowing University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Employees and Students Temporary Access to CampusIn support of the University’s Telework Policy, this guidance provides the framework for UMB employees and students who require sporadic access to UMB-owned or operated facilities
August 27, 2020Do I have to wear a mask if I am alone in a room? No. If you are alone in a room (such as a lab or office), with the door closed, you do not have to wear your face covering. However, you should clean all surfaces that you have touched.
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, 2020Research Update: Phase 2 InitiationThe following activities (both Stage 1 and Stage 2) are now permitted to resume with the appropriate preparation and approvals as described in the Guidelines for Resuming Human Subjects Research found here:
August 25, 2020Research Update: Phase 2 InitiationUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell approved, effective immediately, the initiation of Stage 2 for Clinical and Community-based Human Subjects Research.
August 25, 2020Are international visitors allowed on campus?As long as you have received proper approval, yes. A sponsor inviting an international visitor should notify the Office of International Services and advise the visitor to follow CDC guidelines and UMB health and safety guidelines.
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, 2020What does a positive result mean?A positive result means that you have a current COVID-19 infection and are contagious to others. If you test positive, you should NOT come to the UMB campus, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
August 07, 2020What does a negative result mean?A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. If a person is experiencing illness symptoms at the time the sample was collected, this usually means that COVID-19 did not cause the illness.
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.
August 07, 2020Am I required to stay home pending test results? If you are working on the UMB campus and do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you may continue to work pending the results of the test. If you have not been working on campus, you must wait until you are tested for COVID-19 before you may come to campus.
August 04, 2020Updates and Reminders Regarding Phase 2 of Research ActivitiesOn July 27 we transitioned laboratory-based research to Phase 2. This decision was based on the very small number of COVID–19 cases among the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) research community, and on the fact that there was no evidence of transmission within our research community. We are constantly monitoring the situation in our city and state, and are keenly aware that it is not as positive as that within our campus. If infection or transmission metrics worsen on campus, we will imme
July 31, 2020What if I’ve been exposed?Exposure can come in a variety of forms. All COVID-19 exposure must be reported.
July 31, 2020Research Stage 2 DelayedUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, announced in a recent communication that the University would initiate Stage 1 for clinical and community-based human subjects research on July 20 and if all went well, we would initiate Stage 2 on Aug. 3. We are now operating in Stage 1.
July 26, 2020What does a COVID-19 antibody test tell us?The short answer is that a positive antibody test only tells you that you have been previously infected with COVID19. We can not say anything else about it and it absolutely does not mean that you are protected from infection if you get exposed again.
July 22, 2020UMMS COVID-19 Q&AUniversity of Maryland Medical Center understands that you may have many questions about the novel coronavirus virus (COVID-19).
July 11, 2020Letter Regarding Research Update: Phase 2In our last communication from June 3, 2020, we provided guidance for operating in Phase 1: Limited Presence Phase to conduct your research safely. Interim President Bruce Jarrell has now authorized the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to move to Phase 2, the Ramping Up Phase, on Monday, July 27.
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, 2020I want to travel back to my home country to continue my studies. Can I do so?UMB is discouraging all travel at this time. However, we recognize that there may be important reasons for international students to return to their home countries. If you plan to travel, we ask that you complete our Travel Reporting and Signature request and set up an appointment with an OIS staff member. You can do both things by logging into Sunapsis.
July 06, 2020I am a current international student experiencing financial difficulties related to COVID-19. Can the University help me with unforeseen expenses related to COVID-19?International students can request financial assistance through their schools’ student emergency fund. Please contact your student affairs dean's office to find out how to request emergency funding.
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 23, 2020Preparing for Phase 1: A PrimerA checklist for researchers to resume research for Phase 1
June 23, 2020Research Advisory Task Force Laboratory Re-Occupancy Planning FormThis form must be approved by your Department Chair or Center Director, and submitted to your School, before research can resume in your laboratory
June 23, 2020Guidelines for ResumingHuman Subjects ResearchThe UMB COVID 19 Research Advisory Task Force was charged with developing guidance forrestarting research considering the ongoing pandemic. The guidance is intended to be used toinform decision-making by the UMB President and the Institutional Official
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 19, 2020UMB COVID-19 Hotline Worksheet for StudentsA guide for students on UMB campus to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
June 18, 2020Can the virus be spread through the air ducts? No, the virus is not spread via the HVAC system.
June 18, 2020Can I eat lunch with my lab mates if we are fewer than 10 people? No. Evidence is emerging that a major route of transmission in the workplace is between people having lunch together.
June 18, 2020Will hand-sanitizing stations be available? Yes. Additional hand sanitizers were installed at the entrances to most buildings.
June 18, 2020Why are we not measuring everyone’s temperature? Non-contact temperature measuring devices are not precise and fail to identify carriers who have not developed a fever.
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 18, 2020Why are there multiple phases for research reopening? The phased, gradual return to research activities will allow us to determine if the safety precautions are working as intended, and if everyone understands and follows these rules.
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.
June 01, 2020How To Support UMB COVID-19 InitiativesGift support to address this substantial challenge is welcome and may be directed to any of the following purposes
May 29, 2020Employee Parking Fees CancellationUMB recognizes that parking is a voluntary election by employees. If an employee decides that they want to cancel their parking access, they should be aware of and acknowledge the following:
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.
May 15, 2020UMB Recovery Framework PDFCOVID-19 presents challenges and opportunities that call for addressing recovery alongside strategic planning. This framework aligns quickly restoring education and research with comprehensive strategic planning to regenerate an innovative, competitive, and resilient institution driven by the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Core Values.
March 18, 2020Am I required to work during a period of episodic telework under the COVID-19 Telework Policy?All employees who are able to work remotely have been reassigned and required to telework. Employees are encouraged to take time away from work to rest and refresh. In these cases, employees should use appropriate paid leave. Questions about leave can be directed to Human Resources by calling 410-706-7601.