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Latest Updates for Faculty

What happens if I am not scheduled to work, don't have classes, or am away?

Updated June 11, 2021

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. Read more.

I self-reported vaccine information in SAFE but it says unconfirmed. Why do I have to provide more information?

Posted June 11, 2021

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. Read more.

Do I still have to complete SAFE if I have been vaccinated against COVID-19?

Updated June 10, 2021

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. Read more.

Who should complete the Daily Health Screening?

Updated June 10, 2021

The SAFE on Campus program will apply to all non-vaccinated 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. The word “campus” should not be interpreted to mean only Read more.

I work for FPI. How does the SAFE on Campus program apply to me?

Updated June 10, 2021

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. Read more.

All Past Updates for Faculty

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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, 2021Who should complete the Daily Health Screening?The SAFE on Campus program will apply to all non-vaccinated 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. The word “campus” should not be interpreted to mean only
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, help@umaryland.edu, to request to be added to SAFE.
June 08, 2021June 19 Is Last Day to Get First Dose at UMB Vaccination Clinic Second doses will end July 17; visit GetTheVaccineBaltimore.org to make an appointment.
June 07, 2021What about the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) data that shows reports of adverse reactions/incidents after vaccination?The VAERS database is a compilation of voluntary reports from all sources. There are several significant limitations to the interpretation of the data, including:
June 07, 2021Why have the COVID-19 vaccines not yet received full approval by the FDA?Emergency use authorization by the FDA requires a determination of the safety and efficacy of a vaccine.
June 07, 2021What does emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mean?Emergency use authorization (EUA) facilitates the use of medical countermeasures—including vaccines—during public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
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
June 03, 2021New Guidance on Research Activities Effective June 21, 2021We are pleased to announce the following updates regarding research operations effective Monday, June 21, 2021:
June 02, 2021Support, Caregiving, and Work Life Resources During COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a work-life balance shift in nearly everyone’s lives. For parents, caregivers of young and old, the demands have changed. You will find resources to help children learn from home. This page serves as a portal to a variety of tips, information, resources, and policies that can help provide flexibility during this difficult time.
June 02, 2021UMB COVID-19 Coping KitResources and programs to address stress, anxiety, mental health, grief, and dealing with loss compiled by UMB Launch Your Life.
May 28, 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. If COVID-19 metrics continue to improve and capacity allows, we anticipate reopening to all other eligible members July 1.
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 25, 2021What safety precautions are URecFit and Wellness putting in place when the facility reopens?Reopening and staying open will be a team effort. In addition to UMB, state, and CDC requirements, here are things to expect when the facility reopens:
May 25, 2021Are visitors required to comply with the UMB vaccination requirements?Not at this time
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, 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?Those who have not been vaccinated prior to traveling to the United States 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. Those who are unable to be tested must self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
May 21, 2021I am an international student or scholar who has received an FDA- or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Am I required to get a COVID-19 test and quarantine after international travel?In accordance with CDC recommendations, those who have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or the WHO must be tested with a viral (PCR) test within three to five days upon arrival on campus. No quarantine will be required.
May 21, 2021What is the status of CDC entry bans to the U.S. for international students and scholars seeking to come to UMB?The CDC currently prohibits the entry of non-U.S. citizens and permanent residents traveling from Brazil, China, European Schengen Area, India, Iran, Ireland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
May 21, 2021I’m an international student or scholar currently outside the U.S. What do I need to board a flight to the U.S.?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) require all people seeking to board an international flight to the U.S. to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken one to three days prior to the flight. Additional information regarding required immigration documents to enter the U.S. based on your visa type can be found on the OIS website.
May 21, 2021Can international students and scholars get visas at U.S. embassies to come to UMB?Visa services at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world remain limited in many countries. Decisions about resumption of routine visa services is based on local conditions. The U.S. Department of State regularly updates its webpage regarding the status of visa services. The most accurate information about visa services can be found on the website of the local U.S. embassy or consulate where the international student or scholar is located.
May 21, 2021Walk-Up COVID-19 Vaccinations at UMBWalk-up slots are available Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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 20, 2021CDC: Contraindications and precautions to COVID-19 vaccinesFor the purposes of this guidance, an immediate allergic reaction to a vaccine or medication is defined as any hypersensitivity-related signs or symptoms such as urticaria, angioedema, respiratory distress (e.g., wheezing, stridor), or anaphylaxis that occur within four hours following administration.
May 19, 2021Is food allowed at events?For summer 2021, food is allowable as long as it's prepackaged for individual consumption. Buffets or shared food are not allowed. People must be at least 6 feet apart while eating.
May 19, 2021Physical Distancing & Capacity GuidelinesGuidelines for physical distancing, in-person meetings, and more.
May 19, 2021Visitors COVID-19 Acknowledgment FormComplete the UMB Visitors COVID Acknowledgment Form for scheduled visitors to UMB in accordance with the COVID-19 Visitors Guidance.
May 19, 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.
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 18, 2021UMB COVID-19 Management PortalThe University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Recovery Task Force has introduced a new one-stop online shop for submitting COVID-19 information including vaccination information, vaccination scheduling, vaccination exemption, and CRISP authorization.
May 18, 2021COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption ProcessIf you have an allergy to the COVID-19 vaccine or a specific medical condition that precludes the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, or If your religious beliefs or practices conflict with the USM and UMB COVID-19 vaccination requirement, please provide the following information.
May 18, 2021UMB COVID-19 Vaccination MandateTo meet the terms of the University System of Maryland’s fall vaccination mandate, UMB employees and students should plan to have their final vaccine by Aug. 2.
May 18, 2021Return to Campus: Expect the Unexpected When It Comes to Your Emotions Michelle Pearce, PhD, a clinical psychologist and University of Maryland Graduate School professor, offers advice for reintegrating as many employees are set to return June 1.
May 18, 2021Did the on-campus flu clinic and COVID-19 testing location move?Yes. Testing is now completed at UMaryland Immediate Care (UMIC).
May 14, 2021Who is able to see my request for a medical or religious exemption from a COVID-19 vaccine?Requests for exemptions and any documents provided will be kept confidential and shared only with those university employees who have a need to know.
May 14, 2021When do I have to be vaccinated by for the fall semester?Plan ahead! For the two-dose vaccines, your final dose needs to be administered by Aug. 2. You should target your first dose by July 1.
May 14, 2021Pop-Up Pantry DeliveryThe Pop-Up Pantry Delivery service is designed to deliver shelf-stable groceries to students within the current UMB Safe Ride neighborhoods. A 30-pound box of shelf-stable groceries will be left at the doorstep of students in the eligible neighborhood
May 13, 2021I received a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still have to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing at UMB?Yes except under certain circumstances. Until there are enough people who received the vaccine in the community and direction is given to return to normal, those who received a COVID-19 vaccine must continue to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, frequently wash their hands, and continue other safety measures to protect themselves and others from the novel coronavirus.
May 13, 2021UMB Policy Requiring Use of Face CoveringsIt is established that face coverings are vital to control of the spread of COVID-19. UMB adopts this policy in the interest of minimizing risk of spread of COVID-19among students, faculty, staff, clients,and others coming to the campus.
May 13, 2021What restrictions are in place for domestic out-of-state travel, including personal travel?On June 1, 2021, UMB will permit the resumption of domestic business travel. UMB travelers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in accordance with USM’s vaccination policy and follow current CDC domestic travel guidance. Currently this requires fully vaccinated (for COVID-19) domestic travelers self-monitor for symptoms, wear a mask, and take other COVID-19 safety precautions when traveling domestically.
May 13, 2021Additional UMB Travel GuidanceUMB continues to strongly advise people to refrain from non-essential travel.
May 13, 2021When do I have to be vaccinated by before I am due back to school or work at UMB?Vaccines must be completed two weeks before you are due back to school or work at UMB. In order to meet the terms of the mandate, most UMB employees and students should plan to have their first shot of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine by July 1, if you haven’t already.
May 12, 2021Mayor Brandon M. Scott Eases COVID-19 RestrictionsCity Lifts Local Mandates to Align with State’s Current Executive Order
May 12, 2021If I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?Getting vaccinated is a safer way of building protection against COVID than getting infected. So, yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you’ve already had COVID. Experts don’t yet know how long you’re protected from getting sick again after recovery, and it’s possible—though rare—that you could be infected again with the virus that causes COVID-19. If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19
May 12, 2021If 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?Testing protocols will differ for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals, but all individuals on campus will be tested periodically. The testing site personnel will not divulge information as to vaccination status, but the regularity of testing required may imply that status. There is more than one possible reason why an individual may not have been vaccinated, so even if someone assumes you have not been vaccinated because they are aware of your testing schedule, they will not know why unles
May 12, 2021What if it turns out we need an additional booster?UMB will work with the Maryland Department of Health and its local health department to obtain the booster vaccine as it becomes available, following federal and state guidelines. It’s expected that students living on or near campus should be eligible for any new vaccine—as in a booster shot—when it becomes available to the community.
May 12, 2021If I’ve had my first vaccine appointment but not my second by the time I arrive on campus, will you let me in?Every effort should be made to get fully vaccinated prior to arriving on campus. Given that states maintain control over which vaccines are available at any site, it’s important that you complete the full series of doses at one vaccination site. Those who do arrive on campus having had only the first shot in a two-dose series may be required to quarantine until fully vaccinated.
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 12, 2021What if I can prove that everyone in my group (e.g., class, chess club) is vaccinated? Can we remove our face coverings?You must comply with your UMB's masking and distancing rules whether or not the individuals in your group are vaccinated. Only in situations where UMB allows unmasking will the removal of face coverings be permitted.
May 12, 2021If I’m vaccinated, do I still have to physically distance?The conditions on campus will determine the degree to which physical distancing will be required, especially in indoor spaces. UMB will determine the amount of space required between desks, chairs in a conference room, lounge chairs, etc.
May 12, 2021What documentation do I have to show to prove I’ve been vaccinated?If you have been vaccinated in Maryland and you have given UMB permission to obtain your data (HIPAA authorization) through CRISP, additional documentation will not be necessary.
May 11, 2021CDC: When You’ve Been Fully VaccinatedIf you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity.
May 11, 2021CDC: Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings Attending gatherings to celebrate events and holidays increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The safest way to celebrate this year is virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others. For information on what fully vaccinated people can do, see the When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated page.
May 07, 2021No Arm Left Behind: Governor Hogan Announces Walk-Ups Now Available at All Mass Vaccination SitesNo-appointment vaccinations are now available at Montgomery College, Mall in Columbia, Maryland State Fairgrounds, and Frederick County in addition to previously announced locations.
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, 2021Lyft On-Demand Shuttle and Lyft Ride Smart at UMBLyft On-Demand Shuttle and Lyft Ride Smart at UMB are available to all current UMB students, faculty, and staff through July 30. You must opt-in to participate.
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 06, 2021Personal Protective EquipmentEmployees may be required to wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, or respiratory protection due to the nature of their work.
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 05, 2021Letter: Vaccination IncentiveYou may have seen that Gov. Larry Hogan announced an incentive program for state employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Unfortunately, employees of the University System of Maryland (USM) are not eligible for the $100 payment due to the USM mandate for vaccination.
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:
April 26, 2021‘University Days’ Provides USM Students, Employees Access to Mass Vaccination SitesSince the state of Maryland has made the COVID-19 vaccines available to all residents ages 16 and older, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and the Maryland Department of Health have identified “University Days” at mass vaccination sites around Maryland to provide access for University System of Maryland (USM) students, faculty, and staff.
April 23, 2021‘University Days’ at Greenbelt Mass Vaccination SiteThe Maryland Higher Education Commission and Maryland Department of Health have identified “University Days” at mass vaccination sites around Maryland to provide access for USM students, faculty and staff. The Greenbelt Metro Station will open as a mass vaccination site and will serve as a host to designated University Days Friday, April 23 through Tuesday, April 27.
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, 2021USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman Issues COVID Vaccination Mandate for USM Students, Faculty, and Staff For this reason, I’m requiring that all eligible students, faculty, and staff who will be on our Maryland campuses this fall be vaccinated against COVID. Of course, we’ll 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 22, 2021No Arm Left Behind: State of Maryland Continues to Expand Walk-Up, No-Appointment Vaccinations he State of Maryland is expanding opportunities to get vaccinated without an appointment at certain mass vaccination sites. Walk-up vaccinations are currently open to all eligible Marylanders at these locations:
April 22, 2021UMB Vaccination Clinic Now Accepting Students Learning in Baltimore CityThrough its partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, the University of Maryland, Baltimore Vaccination Clinic is now accepting students who attend educational institutions in Baltimore city. Visit GetTheVaccineBaltimore.org.
April 16, 2021UMMS Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine FAQsA fact sheet about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the University of Maryland Medical System's administration of its supply.
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 14, 2021COVID-19 vaccines available in Baltimore for Native Americans in D.C., Maryland, Virginia Today, the Indian Health Service, Native American Lifelines of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore are announcing the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for American Indians and Alaska Natives living and working in and near the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas.
April 13, 2021I lost my COVID-19 vaccination card. How do I get a replacement?Maryland residents can visit the Maryland Department of Health's ImmuNet and click on the "For Public" link to retrieve a copy of their vaccinations records.
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 08, 2021Does the disinfectant used by EVS custodians have to sit (dwell) on a surface to be effective?The recommended dwell time for disinfectant used by EVS is under five minutes. EVS asks for your patience and understanding when restrooms and other areas are closed for cleaning.
April 08, 2021Are high touch points being cleaned regularly?Yes, and EVS custodial staff are specifically assigned to perform disinfection of these surfaces throughout the day (Monday-Friday).
April 08, 2021How often will restrooms be cleaned each day?Restrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at least twice each day (Monday-Friday) by EVS custodial technicians.
April 08, 2021M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site to Offer Walk-Up Vaccination Slots Beginning Friday The M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site will offer same-day, walk-up vaccinations beginning Friday, April 9. A limited number of 200 walk-up vaccination slots will be available each day from 10 am to 2 pm, seven days a week, excluding Orioles day game dates when parking lots are expected to be full.
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.
April 05, 2021I received a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still have to abide by UMB COVID-19 testing protocols?You may submit proof of being fully vaccinated in place of a negative COVID-19 test result. Please upload to SAFE (or Castle Branch).
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 25, 2021Vaccine Available Through UMBUMB has additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines available at the SMC Campus Center clinic. This is only open to UMB faculty, staff, and students. Please help UMB plan for additional doses by completing this new form, which does the following:
March 25, 2021UMB COVID-19 Vaccine FormUMB faculty, students, and staff should use this form to express interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine through UMB or report their dosage and side effects.
March 25, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Six More Mass Vaccination Sites In MarylandSites to Be Added In Baltimore, Montgomery, Frederick, Anne Arundel, Howard, Harford Counties Marylanders With Disabilities to Be Included In Phase 2B Beginning Next Week
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 23, 2021COVID-19 Signage Toolbox TemplatesWhile these items cover many situations and scenarios, customizable templates have also been included so that schools/departments can create specific messaging while adhering to the Office of Communications and Public Affair's (CPA) basic design standards. The CPA Covid Sign Templates are available as Word documents and are available to download and print yourself.
March 22, 2021University System Publishes Terms of Carryover Leave Exception Due to circumstances associated with COVID-19, there was an exception made last year to allow employees to carry over additional leave into 2021. The University System of Maryland has published the terms of the exception in two documents: Faculty Temporary Exception to Annual Leave Carryover and Staff Temporary Exception to Annual Leave Carryover.
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 19, 2021Meet the Makers: Baltimore Makers Unite for COVID-19On Tuesday, April 6, hear from Innovation Works President & CEO, Jay Nwachu, and Open Works Executive Director, Will Holman, discuss the crowdsourced PPE drive at the start of the pandemic.
March 19, 2021UMB Community Encouraged to Register for Vaccine Where AvailableGovernor announces dates of additional phases for COVID-19 vaccination eligibility; students, staff, faculty asked to explore all options.
March 16, 2021Baltimore city Emergency Food ResourcesLinks and an interactive map of food resources across the City, including grab & go meals, grocery box distributions, and food pantries.
March 16, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Expanded Community-Based Priority Appointments For Mass Vaccination Sites M&T Bank Stadium: The state will provide at least 2,100 priority appointments each week for Baltimore City residents at the M&T Bank Stadium site. This is in addition to the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital’s focus on city residents in underserved zip codes.
March 16, 2021Essential International Travel Request Process Before completing the Essential International Travel Request Form, please review the Word version of the form first, particularly if this is your first time using the *NEW* Essential International Travel Request Form. Once you have all of the information ready to process, then return to this page and proceed to the electronic form.
March 15, 2021COVID-19 UMB Electronic SignatureDownload this graphic to help share the word about steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. Follow these instructions to add an image to your email signature in the Outlook desktop app:
March 15, 2021Maryland Launches Pre-Registration System for Mass Vaccination SitesPre-Registration Available for All Phase 1 Eligible Populations
March 10, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Lifting of Capacity Limits, Masking and Distancing Protocols Maintained Capacity Limits Lifted On Outdoor And Indoor Dining, Retail Businesses, Religious Facilities, Personal Services Beginning Friday, March 12 Large Outdoor And Indoor Venues May Operate at Up To 50% Capacity Quarantine Requirements Lifted On Out-Of-State Travel
March 08, 2021What is UMB's position on international travel for students?UMB-related international travel for students (e.g. international rotations, courses, externships, research fieldwork for credit or not for credit) are allowed only in exceptional circumstances through Dec. 31, 2021. Deans (or their previously identified designees) have the authority to approve international travel for UMB students in exceptional circumstances, ...
March 04, 2021Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force Operations PlanGovernor Larry Hogan charged the Vaccine Equity Task Force (VETF) to break down barriers to expand access and save lives in underserved, vulnerable, and hard-to-reach areas. VETF will partner with a wide range of public and private partners who share our goal of halting the spread of COVID-19 throughout the State.
March 04, 2021UMB Parents and Caregivers DiscussionsThe President's Council for Women is presenting a series of virtual open forums for parents and caregivers on balancing work and virtual schooling for children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The forums are open to all UMB faculty, staff, and students.
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 03, 2021Anne Arundel Co. libraries help people book COVID-19 vaccine appointments For some, getting a vaccine appointment could be as simple as visiting your local library.
March 03, 2021Your Maryland COVID vaccine questions answered: Can I schedule both appointments at the same time? Can I register on-site? As Marylanders continue to seek appointments statewide, here are our answers to readers’ most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.
March 02, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Opening of Three More Mass Vaccination Sites in March Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the state will open three additional mass vaccination sites in March, giving Maryland at least one in each region of the state. The state’s vaccination rate hit a record high 35,730 shots per day.
March 02, 2021Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
March 02, 2021Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Recipient FDA Fact SheetDosage information, side effects, and frequently asked questions about the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
March 01, 2021Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital Launches Pilot Program To Vaccinate Most Vulnerable Populations New Program Focuses on Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation for At-Risk Communities
February 26, 2021Will UMB provide on-campus COVID-19 testing?Yes, UMB provides asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in partnership with UMaryland Immediate Care.
February 25, 2021Letter: UMB Safe Ride Is Back in Service on March 1Therefore, I am proud to announce that we are relaunching our Safe Ride program March 1, with your health and safety as my top priority.
February 24, 2021UMB Phase 1A Students, Employees To Be Randomly Selected For Vaccine The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has received a one-time allotment of additional vaccine from the University of Maryland Medical System to vaccinate employees and students who are eligible under Phase 1A.
February 24, 2021Governor Hogan Announces FEMA-Supported Mass Vaccination Site in Southern MarylandGovernor Hogan announced that the state has entered into agreements with the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University to more than double the state’s surveillance of coronavirus variants to screen more than 10% of cases—the level recommended by public health experts.
February 24, 2021Why a fake commute could pave the way to work-from-home balanceOf all the things work-from-home employees might miss about pre-pandemic life, commuting wouldn’t seem to register high on the attention meter. But nearly a year after being sent home from the office, some employees, such as Giza, have realized that losing that time in the car — or on the bus, train or street — has had some drawbacks.
February 23, 2021Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Do you need someone to talk to? Do you need help finding wellness resources and services? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here to help.
February 19, 2021Maryland Vaccine Hunters Facebook GroupA Facebook group of Marylanders helping each other navigate different COVID-19 vaccine providers, registration and policies.
February 19, 2021I am coming to the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center for the vaccination clinic, either to receive the vaccine or support operations as an employee or volunteer, or I am going to a clinical site. Does the spring break testing requirement apply to me?No.
February 18, 2021COVID-19 Myths BustedDr. Vinisha Amin from UM Upper Chesapeake Health was recently a guest on Maryland Public Television's Direct Connection program to debunk some myths and answer viewer questions about COVID-19.
February 16, 2021HR on the WebSince in-person events are not possible at the moment, we are transitioning HR on the Move to HR on the Web. We have set up a series of Zoom sessions over the next four months. These are 90-minute sessions and each functional area of HR will be represented. If you have a question or concern that you would prefer not to share with the larger group, we can arrange for a private breakout room or private chat session with the appropriate individual.
February 16, 2021Maryland Launches COVID-19 Vaccination Support CenterThe new COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center at 1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829 is available to all Marylanders who are eligible for a vaccine, and is designed for those without internet access.
February 10, 2021How to master the vaccine-appointment website: A guide for everyone Five strategies to increase the chances of getting a free shot for yourself or someone you care about.
January 29, 2021CDC Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 VaccinationBelow are answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination
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 26, 2021Guidance for USM Employees Regarding Phases 1B and 1C of Maryland's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution The University System of Maryland (USM) has been working closely with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to ensure that USM employees are included in the state’s priority COVID-19 vaccine eligibility categories.
January 23, 2021Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Recipient FDA Fact SheetRead this Fact Sheet for information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Talk to the vaccination provider if you have questions. It is your choice to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
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 19, 2021UMB Guide For What To Do If Experiencing Side Effects from Covid-19 VaccinesAdvice on when to call the UMB COVID-19 Hotline, your doctor, or 911.
January 15, 2021Maryland's Phased COVID-19 Vaccine DistributionVaccine supply is dependent on the federal government’s allocation to Maryland and is subject to change. P​ lease note that population groups are non-exhaustive and all numbers are approximate.
January 15, 2021Maryland Vaccination Site LocatorMarylanders who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination can now visit covidvax.maryland.gov and enter their address, ZIP code, or location to view vaccination clinics available within a 50-mile radius. Users are then directed to contact the clinic of their choice for scheduling and more information. Additional sites will be added as providers verify they are ready.
January 15, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Expansion of COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility for Marylanders 65 and Over State Activates Phase 1B to Officially Begin January 18 State Will Make 50,000 Doses Available to Providers Next Week for Elderly Populations Announces Pilot Program with Giant and Walmart Pharmacies State Prepares to Launch Mass Vaccination Sites Announces Additional Support for County Health Departments Health Order Authorizes Out-of-State Practitioners to Administer Vaccines
January 15, 2021UMMS Vaccine FAQs For UMBThe following content applies to University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), faculty, staff, and students who are vaccinated through the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and is for internal use only.
January 12, 2021Governor Hogan Announces Two Cases of B-117 Strain of SARS-CoV-2 Identified In Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Maryland residents caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 variant strain commonly known as B-117.
January 11, 2021What if I need to reschedule my vaccination appointment?If you were notified by UMMC that you are approved for vaccination and need to reschedule your appointment, you may do so here.
January 08, 2021I received a COVID-19 vaccine and am having symptoms compatible with COVID-19. Should I call the COVID-19 Hotline?If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine and are showing any symptoms and work at a UMB affiliated site, you are still recommended to call the COVID-19 Hotline.
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).
January 06, 2021Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the second vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The emergency use authorization allows Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.
January 06, 2021Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked QuestionsOn December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S.
January 06, 2021Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines and mRNA Messenger RNA (mRNA) technology creates immunity in a different way than traditional vaccines and is one reason the coronavirus vaccine was developed in less than a year.
January 05, 2021A Summary by Dr. Wilbur Chen regarding the status of the Pandemic and Vaccines as we look toward 2021 The total worldwide count of cases now exceeds 80 million, of which nearly 1.8 million deaths are attributed. These numbers are likely to be an undercount, as many cases and some deaths are missed. The top 4 nations with the highest deaths due to COVID-19 are the United States (> 332 thousand), Brazil (>191 thousand), Russia (> 186 thousand), and India (>148 thousand).
January 05, 2021COVID-19 Vaccines and Allergic Reactions This webpage provides recommendations on what to do if you experience an allergic reaction after getting a COVID-19 vaccination. It also provides recommendations for people who have had allergic reactions to other vaccines and for those with other types of allergies. This page will be updated when we get new information.
January 05, 2021CDC V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.
January 05, 2021What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
January 05, 2021What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19 Because COVID-19 is a new disease with new vaccines, you may have questions about what happens before, during, and after your appointment to get vaccinated. These tips will help you know what to expect when you get vaccinated, what information your provider will give you, and resources you can use to monitor your health after you are vaccinated.
January 04, 2021COVID-19 Research: Treatments, Vaccines and PreventionResearchers with the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) in Baltimore have been testing a variety of therapies and vaccines that target COVID-19.
January 04, 2021All About the COVID Vaccine Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, we have all learned a lot. And now with a vaccine ready, we have even more to learn about the COVID vaccine.
January 04, 2021COVID Vaccine Testing and Approval Many people are astonished by the unprecedented speed of COVID vaccine testing.
January 04, 202110 Common Vaccine Myths Busted Vaccines are widely considered one of the greatest inventions of mankind.
January 04, 2021Coronavirus ImmunityMany people hope that coronavirus immunity can bring them back to "normal life" and that those who recovered from coronavirus do not need to be concerned about being infected or infecting others.
January 04, 2021Understanding the COVID Vaccine and mRNA As COVID vaccines begin to be distributed, many wonder exactly how the COVID vaccine works and if the vaccine is safe.
December 18, 2020This Week In COVID-19 Vaccine News | Dec. 18Well, we experienced another week of tremendous of events in the development of COVID-19 vaccines. For the second week in a row, I want to summarize some of the major events and put these into perspective so that everyone can understand the situation.
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, 2020What is the purpose of the Telework Agreement?The telework agreement is designed to ensure that employees who are able to telework for some or all of their work duties have read the COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy. It also is meant to encourage flexibility by supervisors as employees select whether they will work a flexible shift or a fixed shift and to set forth scheduling and work expectations that may differ during pandemic circumstances.
December 16, 2020The Telework Agreement says I must have a designated work space that is safe and suitable for telework. Does that mean I must work from a home office?No. Teleworkers should have a space to work that allows them to work free from hazards. This does not require employees to work from a home office. Many employees choose to work from their dining room, kitchen, living room, or other location within their house.
December 16, 2020The Telework Agreement says my workspace must allow for confidentiality of phone calls and computer work if required by my job duties. Does this mean my kids or other household members cannot be present in the room that I'm teleworking in?It depends. If your job duties require you to conduct meetings or phone calls about confidential subjects (e.g., patients, students, legal matters, other employees), you need to be able to conduct those phone calls and meetings privately. Working from home does not change or negate an employee's obligation to maintain strict confidentiality of certain information.
December 16, 2020I believe UMB sent me the telework agreement by mistake because I do not telework or my job duties are located some place other than UMB (e.g., certain contract work). What should I do?Students, graduate research assistants, adjunct faculty, and employees whose job duties are not able to be performed remotely should not have received this form. If you received the form in error, you should take the following steps:
December 16, 2020Do all faculty and staff have to complete the Telework Agreement form?All UMB faculty and staff employees are expected to sign a telework agreement if they are able to perform any portion of their job duties via telework. Student employees, graduate research assistants, and adjunct faculty do not need to complete this form and should not have received it.
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 16, 2020What if I have to work overtime while teleworking?If you are a nonexempt employee, overtime work must be approved by your supervisor prior to doing the work.
December 16, 2020The Telework Agreement states that I am not authorized to telework at sites that are not within a reasonable commuting distance from my regular work site, except for brief periods of time, (generally considered 30 days or less). Why can't I work from anywhere I want?UMB is a public employer in the State of Maryland largely employing, educating, and serving Marylanders. Although there are exceptions (e.g. contract work that is hosted in other states/countries), there is an expectation that UMB employees ordinarily perform work in Maryland.
December 16, 2020The Telework Agreement states that you must refrain from conducting personal business while teleworking. Does this mean I cannot supervise my kids while I am teleworking? UMB continues to assist employees with balancing telework with their personal obligations, including online learning for school-age children. If you need flexibility in your schedule to allow you to both manage your personal commitments and complete your UMB commitments, this is a good time to discuss options that will work best for your situation with your supervisor. An employee should be permitted to have a flexible work schedule unless it is operationally important that the employee work def
December 16, 2020I am a nonexempt employee who is teleworking. Can I work a flexible work schedule? Whether exempt or nonexempt, teleworking employees should be permitted to work a flexible work schedule unless it is operationally important that the employee work defined hours. To have a flexible work schedule, a nonexempt employee must acknowledge 1) shift differentials are not available for mandatory telework and 2) overtime is not authorized and must be approved by an employee's direct supervisor.
December 16, 2020What should I do if I signed the Telework Agreement form but forgot to list my equipment or some other information? If your supervisor has not signed the form, ask them to reject it. If they have signed the form, you will need to do another form through the process that can be found at this link. Click on the Human Resources link, and the telework agreement will be listed under ELR. Click on the telework agreement, enter the requested information, and submit the updated form for approval.
December 15, 2020UMB Weather EmergenciesWith a possibility of snow in the forecast, now is the time to brush up on winter weather expectations and to provide new guidance regarding how winter weather will impact those working and learning from home.
December 09, 2020Are contractors covered under the Visitors Guidance?”No. Contractors, service providers, and vendors are covered in the Contractors Guidance.
December 09, 2020Am I required to wear eye protection in addition to a face covering?UMB is not planning to change its policies to mirror those of FPI or UMMC. The referenced UMMC/FPI policy would apply to the limited areas in UMB buildings where UMB faculty, staff or students are engaged in clinical activities involving patients such as clinical research studies, and laboratory settings where required.
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, 2020COVID-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.
December 03, 2020Recommendations for Cloth Face CoveringsUMB Recovery Task Force offers tips on masks regarding fabric, layers, and fit.
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, 2020Why is UMB not publishing a positivity rate?Test positivity rates are a metric used to help public health officials determine if their state or county is testing enough of its population for the size of the COVID-19 pandemic. Positivity is a measure of testing capacity, and can be used to inform interpretation of case trends, but it is not a measure of how prevalent a disease is in a community.
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 24, 2020Maryland 24/7 COVID-19 Prevention HotlineMaryland State Police is expanding its 24/7 COVID-19 Prevention Hotline, where members of the public can report unsafe facilities and activities or public health order violations.
November 20, 2020UMB Partners with Lyft on Two On-Demand Ride ProgramsThe University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is excited to announce that it is launching two new on-demand ride programs in a partnership with Lyft on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The programs are available to all current UMB students, faculty, and staff.
November 19, 2020What if I travel only within Maryland? Do I have to be tested?If your travel within Maryland involves being within close proximity of other people (being within less than 6 feet of other people), such as attending a party is risky for yourself, your colleagues, and patients or clients you interact with. UMB does not support your involvement in these activities.
November 19, 2020Can you please clarify the suggestion that Marylanders who travel out of state for personal reasons should get a COVID test upon return?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that travel, and hosting guests who travel to you, increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
November 16, 2020Video Conference EtiquetteFrom chat boxes to mute buttons to background blurs, check out these best practices designed to add a degree of decorum to your online meetings.
November 12, 2020Downloadable Graphic: Help Stop The Spread of COVID-19Download this image to insert in your email signature to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
November 11, 2020Reminder about Coronavirus Vigilance and TeleworkThe severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing in Maryland with cases at an all-time high, and those of you who saw Gov. Larry Hogan’s news conference yesterday heard him announce the additional guidance and actions aimed to slow the spread in the state. The higher rates of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in Maryland demand that we each need to redouble our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.
November 10, 2020Maryland Department of Health launches MD COVID AlertMarylanders can now use MD COVID Alert to receive COVID-19 exposure notifications on smartphones.
November 02, 2020Guidance on Leave CarryoverThe guidance allows faculty and staff to carry up to 480 hours over for the next calendar year. Additional details are provided in the attached Faculty Guidance Document and staff USM Guidance Document.
November 02, 2020New to WebEx or Zoom?WebEx and Zoom are virtual meeting tools that are available to the UMB community. If you are a new user or want to learn about certain features you haven’t used yet, overview sessions for both WebEx and Zoom are being offered. Visit the Training Enrollment Database to view the schedule and sign up. Both courses are located under Virtual Meeting Tools.
November 02, 2020UMB IT Resource OrientationCITS has started to offer an orientation for new employees or anyone that wants a refresher on the IT tools and resources available to help perform their job.
November 02, 2020On-site Computer Restarts and Shut DownsCITS has re-enabled the “Restart” and “Shut down” options as it is an effective method for individuals to resolve many common issues when a computer is not working as expected.
October 27, 2020UMB Guidance Resources are here for you. Find out how they can help you care for your family during Covid-19.
October 26, 2020For In-Person Gatherings, Please Limit Your Bubble As most of the UMB community continues to learn and work from home, UMB leadership encourages our students, faculty, and staff to continue following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to wear a face covering, keep 6 feet of physical distance, wash your hands regularly, limit gatherings, and avoid crowds.
October 22, 2020Letter regarding Coronavirus Vigilance and the Holidays The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is very real, with rates of infection rising across the country — and though we may be tired of the virus, physical distancing, and taking precautions, the virus is not tiring of us. The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has made decisions based on forecasts and assumptions of the virus’ impact, and I feel absolutely confident that we made the right decisions and are on the right course when it comes to keeping each other healthy and safe. We will cont
October 20, 2020COVID-19 Survey Resources Links to UMB surveys created during COVID-19 as well as resources for creating surveys.
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 16, 2020Together, We Can Stop The SpreadLearn more about how to report an individual who is not following these safety measures on campus.
October 12, 2020I purchased an annual/monthly/weekly membership with a set end date. Due to the closure, I was unable to use a portion of my membership. What are my options?All paid members have the option to request a refund or have their membership extended for the days cancelled due to the COVID-19 closure.
October 12, 2020 I purchased personal training and/or water instruction lessons. What are my options?You may request a refund for the number of remaining unused sessions or use the sessions when the facility is open and the service can be provided.
October 12, 2020I purchased a long-term locker. Due to the closure, I was unable to use a portion of the rental. What are my options?Lockers are not accessible while URecFit is closed. You may request a refund for time lost or extend your locker in an amount equal to the number of days lost due to the closure.
October 12, 2020Where can I find the online and virtual services and programming being offered by URecFit and Wellness?Please visit the URecFit and Wellness’ virtual website to see all services and programming available.
October 12, 2020How can I stay up to date on what is happening with URecFit and Wellness?Follow URecFit and Wellness social media platforms (Facebook facebook.com/umburecfit; Twitter @urecfit; Instagram @urecfit), subscribe to the Campus Life Weekly newsletter, and continue to check our website on a regular basis.
October 09, 2020How can I report someone for not wearing a face covering, not physically distancing or other COVID-19 hygiene issues? You may report the situation using the Report Face Covering/Physical Distancing Concerns form.
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, 2020Are there any requirements for when I return to the U.S. from international travel? The CDC advises all travelers to stay home for 14 days following their return from international travel. Please stay at home for 14 days prior to coming to UMB premises.
October 02, 2020What COVID-19 campus policies must students, faculty, and staff adhere to prior to coming to campus?Students, faculty, and staff are required to follow the UMB Policy Requiring Use of Face Coverings, complete the UMB SAFE on Campus Daily Symptom Monitoring requirement, and more.
September 30, 2020Place and receive calls away from your office with WebEx TeamsHybrid Calling allows you to use the Cisco WebEx Teams application as your work telephone while you telework or are simply away from the office.
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 23, 2020Flu Shot Clinic Sponsored by HS/HSL and School of Pharmacy Flu shots will be available (by appointment only) to UMB faculty, staff, and students* on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from noon-4 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Weise Gallery on the first floor of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL).
September 17, 2020Licenses Available For Webex With Closed Captions & Live Transcriptions CITS has secured 1,000 licenses of the Cisco Webex version with closed captions and live transcriptions
September 16, 2020Starbucks, Market at UMB Reopens in SMC Campus CenterCulinArt will officially reopen the first-floor Starbucks and Market at UMB at the SMC Campus Center on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
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 09, 2020HS/HSL To Reopen Sept. 14The HS/HSL is pleased to announce that the library building will reopen to UMB and UMMC ID card holders Monday, Sept. 14.
September 09, 2020UMB Flu Shot ClinicAll UMB students and employees can schedule an appointment for a flu shot, including employees who are teleworking and students who are learning remotely. Use this form to register for UMB's flu shot clinic.
September 08, 2020How much does the flu shot cost through UMIC?UMB students with active insurance are covered at UMIC. UMB employees' insurance will cover the flu shot at UMIC if they meet certain criteria.
September 08, 2020What do I need to bring to my UMIC flu shot appointment?Bring your photo ID and your insurance card, if covered, at check-in.
September 08, 2020What insurance is not covered by UMIC?UMaryland Immediate Care does not participate with the listed insurances.
September 08, 2020Will I get the flu from the flu shot?No. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot.
September 08, 2020If I get the flu shot, does that mean I will not get the flu?No. The flu shot is not 100 percent effective, but it does greatly lower your risk of getting the flu.
September 08, 2020Does the flu vaccine protect me right away?No. It takes about two weeks for the shot to start working in your body, so you may still catch the flu after you have the shot.
September 08, 2020CDC Flu Frequently Asked QuestionsInfluenza-related questions & answers, organized by topic.
September 08, 2020Do I need a flu shot if I got one last year?Yes. The flu virus changes so a vaccination is needed each year to protect you from each year’s most common flu type.
September 08, 2020If COVID-19 is spreading in my community, should I still go out to get a flu vaccine?Yes. You can safely get a flu vaccine at multiple locations, including your doctor’s office, health departments, and pharmacies.
September 08, 2020Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.
September 08, 2020Healthy Habits to Help Prevent FluThe single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like avoiding people who are sick, covering your cough, and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like flu.
September 08, 2020Maryland Department of Health: Flu InformationGeneral flu information, information for health care providers, and where to get a flu shot
September 03, 2020Contract Considerations During COVID-19As UMB gradually returns to campus in the coming months, staff members who are responsible for securing contracts for event services or the use of venues (e.g., Hippodrome, Royal Farms Arena for commencement) need to consider including clauses that protect UMB in case events need to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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 02, 2020Best Practices to Avoid Virtual Meeting Overload and FatigueA resource and tip guide from HRS on having efficient and effective virtual meetings.
September 02, 2020How to Use Point-of-Use Cleaning KitsFollowing these steps will help create a safe, healthy, and efficient way to clean surfaces on campus. Keep in mind to clean areas and surfaces before use.
September 02, 2020 Why shouldn’t I bring my own cleaning products to use on campus?It is recommended that you do not bring your own cleaning products to campus.
September 01, 2020How To Opt-in For Mobile UMB Push Notifications (Video)Opt-in push notifications on the Mobile UMB app helps keep you up-to-date with what's happening at University of Maryland, Baltimore.
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 31, 2020FEMA Public Assistance Campus BriefingWatch this presentation on COVID-19 cost recovery federal funding opportunities, including the FEMA Public Assistance program, from Hagarty consulting. (Requires log-in to campus email.)
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, 2020If I have been designated as 'Mission Critical - On Campus' am I required to come to work?Employees who are designated as "Mission Critical - On Campus” may be required to report to work for their regularly scheduled shifts (with exceptions for illness and other COVID-19-related accommodations).
August 26, 2020If I am required to work on campus, can I bring my child to work?No. Personal visitors of employees (including children) are not allowed on campus. Children are only allowed on campus if they are participating in an organized UMB activity.
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, 2020Who is considered a visitor?A visitor is a non-UMB person (nonemployee nor student) who requires access to a UMB owned or operated facility.
August 25, 2020Do I need to receive approval before a visitor is scheduled to arrive on campus?A visitor who is scheduled to be on campus must receive approval through the designated vice president, dean, or designee. A visitor who is accessing UMB services, who is not normally scheduled, does not require additional approval.
August 25, 2020Are children allowed on campus? Children are only allowed on campus if they are participating in an organized UMB activity.
August 25, 2020What is the purpose of the Visitors Guidance?The purpose of the Visitors Guidance is to ensure consistent application of health and safety practices for a visitor accessing a UMB owned or operated facility.
August 25, 2020What is the role of the sponsor in the Visitors Guidance?A sponsor is a UMB representative that sponsors a visitor’s access onto campus and who is responsible for coordinating, communicating, and maintaining compliance for visitor management requirements.
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 are the visitor health and safety recommendations?This chart helps visualize recommendations for visitors who need routine, intermediate or infrequent access.
August 25, 2020What if my operating unit, department, or school has a visitor management process in place? The Visitors Guidance is designed to provide a foundation for campus-wide visitor management practices.
August 25, 2020How can a Routine Visitor access the Daily SAFE on Campus Form?The sponsor should provide this link to a visitor requiring routine access for participation in the daily symptom monitoring program.
August 25, 2020How is a visitor’s access designation defined and what does this mean?The operating unit, department, or school will define a visitor’s access need based upon the anticipated duration and frequency on campus. UMB has three access designations: Routine Access, Intermittent Access, and Infrequent Access (with varying health and safety requirements).
August 25, 2020What is the Visitors COVID Acknowledgment Form?The sponsor provides the visitor with a Visitors COVID Acknowledgment Form prior to or promptly upon the visitor’s arrival.
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 21, 2020Face to Face: UMB COVID-19 Faculty SurveyA special edition of Virtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell examines the findings of the COVID-19 faculty survey.
August 20, 2020SharePoint Collaboration, Teams & Communication Sites (84 mins)Learn how to use SharePoint Collaboration, Teams & Communication Sites in this recorded training made available by CITS.
August 20, 2020CITS Office 365 Work From Home TrainingLearn how to utilize Microsoft Office 365 in a work-from-home environment through this recorded CITS training.
August 19, 2020Where does my name appear when I sign the Protect UMB pledge?Your name will appear alongside your fellow UMB community members on a dedicated webpage and on monitors, also called e-boards, across campus.
August 19, 2020Am I required to take the Protect UMB pledge?No, there is no requirement to take the Protect UMB pledge. Please note this pledge is different from the UMB Housing Compact.
August 18, 2020Will vending machines be restocked in campus buildings?Yes, the vendor will begin implementing a plan to restock vending machines in August 2020.
August 18, 2020Will the Baltimore Convention Center testing site test UMB employees, even if they live out of state?Yes
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 17, 2020Non-USPS Package InformationEffective immediately, all non-U.S. Postal Service package deliveries should be sent to a campus address within each specific school, department, or administrative unit.
August 14, 2020Face To Face: Flexibility For TeleworkersOn the Aug. 13 edition of Virtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell, HR managers Matt Lasecki and Juliet Dickerson take questions about teleworking now and in the future.
August 14, 2020How do I enter the SMC Campus Center building?Students and on-campus employees will only be allowed access through the SMC Campus Center’s main entry (located on Lombard Street). All other entry doors, including those attached to the Pratt garage, are restricted.
August 14, 2020I forgot my One Card, will I be allowed entry into the SMC Campus Center?A One Card is required for entry.
August 14, 2020What health and safety expectations must individuals follow while using the SMC Campus Center?The following is a summary of health and safety expectations that individuals must follow while using the SMC Campus Center:
August 14, 2020What will happen if an individual does not comply with campus policies while visiting the SMC Campus Center?Individuals who do not comply with the UMB Policy Requiring Use of Face Coverings or other policies will receive a warning, reprimand, or other appropriate disciplinary action and will be asked to leave the SMC Campus Center.
August 14, 2020Can individuals or student organizations reserve spaces for meetings or events in the SMC Campus Center?Reservations to hold events and meetings are not permitted at this time. All spaces are configured for individual use, and physical distancing must be maintained at all times. Group study and group activities are not offered in the SMC Campus Center at this time.
August 14, 2020Do I need to reserve a space to study or eat in the SMC Campus Center?Reservations to hold events and meetings are not permitted at this time. All spaces are configured for individual use, and physical distancing must be maintained at all times. Group study and group activities are not offered in the SMC Campus Center at this time.
August 14, 2020Is the lactation room in the SMC Campus Center open?The lactation room is closed at this time but will be opened after the completion of the renovation project on the third floor of the SMC Campus Center. The lactation rooms in HSF III, the School of Dentistry, and Saratoga are open.
August 14, 2020Where can I eat in the SMC Campus Center?The consumption of food is allowed in designated spaces of the facility and during the times posted, which includes the first-floor dining area (next to the bookstore) and in the ballroom on the second floor.
August 13, 2020I’m going to get tested at the Baltimore Convention Center. What should I expect? The Baltimore Convention Center is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Appointments are encouraged and prioritized. You can schedule appointments online. Walk-ins will be tested but may take a bit longer. At peak hours such as lunch, wait times may be up to 90 minutes, but most are often less than one hour. The best times to go are mid-morning or after 1 p.m.
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 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, 2020How can I help to prevent the spread of COVID-19?Keep a safe distance (at least 6 feet apart) from others, avoid touching your mouth and eyes, and more.
August 07, 2020Will UMB cover insurance co-payments?There is free COVID-19 testing offered in the state of Maryland. With Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance, there are no co-pays for a COVID-19 test. Therefore, UMB will not cover any medical costs associated with COVID-19 testing for students or employees.
August 07, 2020If I am not traveling to the UMB campus, do I still need to report to UMB if I get COVID-19 or if I get exposed to COVID-19?No.
August 07, 2020Can I submit a positive COVID-19 antibodies test in place of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test? No.
August 07, 2020I have previously tested positive for COVID-19, do I need another test?No. A person who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 may use clearance from a physician to return to UMB.
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 07, 2020Am I allowed to be tested during working hours?Employees should be permitted to do their COVID-19 test on work time. Employees should work with their supervisor to determine a mutually convenient time to be tested for COVID-19.
August 07, 2020Can I be reimbursed for travel expenses such as parking for testing?At your department's or supervisor's discretion, employees may seek reimbursement for travel-related expenses through the business travel reimbursement process.
August 07, 2020Virtual Face with Face with Dr. Bruce JarrellVirtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell is a weekly interview program that serves as a forum for University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, to explore issues of interest to the UMB community with subject matter experts from UMB, government and health officials, and others.
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, 2020Is there a cost to employees (exempt or non-exempt) to have testing prior to coming back on campus?In many circumstances, tests are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to individuals. However, individuals should contact their health plan provider prior to receiving a COVID-19 test to determine whether testing is covered by the plan in their circumstance.
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 30, 2020University System of Maryland Statement on COVID-19 Testing and Symptom Monitoring for Students and Employees Returning in Fall 2020https://www.usmd.edu/newsroom/news/2068
July 22, 2020Dental Clinics Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Outpatient Medical Clinics Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Outpatient and Community Pharmacies Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Courthouses (or Other Settings with Controlled Entry) Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Schools Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Homeless Shelters Experiential Learning Recovery Guidelines Some experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Assisted Living Facilities/Nursing Home Experiential Learning Recovery GuidelinesSome experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020Prisons/Correctional Facilities Experiential Learning Recovery GuidelinesSome experiential/clinical programs will begin this summer in an effort to preserve graduation timelines, meet accreditation requirements, and restore services to clients and communities. Those programs approved to resume will be closely screened before starting in order to protect students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with whom they may interact.
July 22, 2020How often will the common areas at UMB be cleaned and how thorough will the housekeepers clean? UMB Environmental Services (EVS) staff will be providing enhanced cleaning and disinfection services that align with the guidance provided by campus leadership and the Recovery Task Force.
July 15, 2020Do I have to be tested at a UMB-designated testing site? No. If you have no symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and want to be tested after out-of-state travel, we ask that you use one of many options listed below. You should not contact the COVID-19 Hotline for travel-related COVID-19 Testing.
July 14, 2020What if I live in a surrounding state and travel to Maryland for work? Should I be tested?Out-of-state travel to and from work is covered under the UMB/University of Maryland Medical System travel policy. It is not recommended that you be tested if you have no symptoms and did not come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
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 07, 2020What do I do while Maryland schools, day care centers, or summer camps are closed and I need to take care of my kids? Employees are reassigned to telework, and the normal restrictions related to telework are waived under the COVID-19 Telework Policy (e.g., related to the presence of children). If an employee can’t telework because they need to supervise a dependent child or other family member during a COVID-19-related school or day care closure, they are permitted to use sick leave.
July 07, 2020COVID‐19: What Older Adults and Caregivers Need to Know A guide for senior citizens and caregivers on COVID-19 symptoms, medical response, prescription management, and hotlines.
July 06, 2020Can I conduct human subjects research and clinical service delivery at international sites?Research and service delivery at international sites is guided by the UMB phased research plan adopted June 23, 2020. As of July 2, 2020, the University is at Stage 0 for clinical research (preparation stage). Check plan for guidelines and instructions.
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.
July 06, 2020Can I extend an international postdoc past the five-year limit on postdoctoral fellow appointments? UMB will allow narrow case-by-case exceptions to be made to the five-year postdoc limit if the exception is due to COVID-19-related circumstances.
July 06, 2020I am a faculty member, department chair, or dean who hires international postdoctoral fellows and faculty. Can I hire international postdocs and faculty?Prospective international faculty and postdocs who are currently in the United States can be hired in most circumstances. In general, UMB can pursue visa sponsorship for individuals who are currently in the United States who need an employment visa to start or continue work at UMB.
June 29, 2020HHS ASPR TRAACIEThis page highlights resources identified or developed to address current response and recovery operations to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
June 23, 2020Download UMB Approved Virtual BackgroundsVirtual backgrounds featuring scenes around UMB are available to use for Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
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 yourlaboratory
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, 2020UMB Enhances Cleaning and Disinfecting The EVS crew is equipped with new tools and procedures so employees are ensured their health is a top priority when it comes to cleaning.
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, 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 18, 2020Will Federal Work Study student employees and Non-Federal Work Study student employees still get paid? UMB will continue to pay Federal Work Study student employees and Non-Federal Work Study student employees based on the average number of hours they typically work per week.
June 18, 2020What happens if I am a UMB employee and I am required to be away from work for a period of quarantine or other COVID-19 pandemic-related reasons but I do not have any available leave? Employees affected by COVID-19-related absences who cannot work remotely and who have exhausted all paid leave should contact Human Resources to discuss options.
June 18, 2020If I have been put on administrative leave, how should I fill out my time sheet? Non-exempt employees whose job duties are not capable of being performed remotely and who are not designated as “Essential for Pandemic Circumstances – On Campus” should use the hourly employee administrative leave code.
June 18, 2020If I have been assigned to telework, how do I fill out my time sheet? All employees (exempt and non-exempt) should enter their time and attendance in the normal fashion. For exempt employees, this involves entering “D” for duty days. For non-exempt employees, this involves entering the hours worked. Employees who have been assigned to telework and need time off for illness or personal reasons are required to enter their leave in accordance with standard leave policies.
June 18, 2020What happens if an employee is required to be away from work for a period of quarantine but does not have any symptoms of illness? Remote work/telework should be the first option for employees who are physically well but are prevented from coming to work due to self-quarantine. If an employee is required by the University, health authorities, or a health care provider to be away from work as part of a self-quarantine, they will be permitted to use their sick leave or other forms of paid leave.
June 15, 2020What hours does Public Safety patrol the campus? Currently, Public Safety has staff on campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open campus buildings have a security officer stationed at most entrances. Police officers are patrolling the campus 24/7. A supplement of security officers help to cover between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Safe Walk remains available 24/7; service can be requested by calling 410-706-6882.
June 13, 2020I work at UMB and tested positive for COVID-19. Who should I contact?Essential UMB faculty and staff, and on-campus students should call 800-701-9863 to reach the UMB COVID-19 Hotline for guidance.
June 13, 2020Maryland COVID-19 Rumor ControlThe purpose of this page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
June 13, 2020How To Make a Face MaskThe COVID-19 DIY Masks initiative is a way for our communities to assist during these unprecedented times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued guidance approving the use of cloth masks in certain settings.
June 13, 2020Be Alert for COVID-19 Cyber Scams and Phishing Attacks During a media-intensive crisis such as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, UMB’s Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) wants students, faculty, and staff to be aware that cyber attackers will try to take advantage of the situation by attempting to scam you or by launching phishing attacks designed to get you to click on malicious links or open infected email attachments.
June 05, 2020What happens if I have been scheduled to work on campus and I have an underlying medical condition or risk factor that puts me at greater risk of COVID-19 complications? Employees who are scheduled to work on campus and seek accommodations must contact Human Resource Services (410-706-7601) to engage in the accommodation or job modification process.
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
June 01, 2020HS/HSL seeks COVID-19 Stories and Experiences from UMB CommunityIn an effort to capture the UMB Community’s experiences during the current pandemic for future researchers Historical Collections in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library has launched a project: UnMasking a Pandemic: Stories from UMB during COVID-19.
June 01, 2020Can I hold administrative meetings? All in-person meetings are prohibited and should be moved to a virtual platform or canceled.
June 01, 2020Will employees who are required to work during an Emergency Closure be entitled to additional compensation or leave?UMB is not closed. UMB is utilizing a physical distancing strategy recommended by public health experts to dramatically reduce the number of people on campus, and thereby reduce the chance of spread.
June 01, 2020Can students participate in any group, in-person activities with faculty as an alternative to my experiential/field learning activity?Group in-person activities with faculty for alternative experiences, inclusive of classroom simulations, formulary assessments, etc., are allowed if strict measures are taken to follow the 6-foot physical distancing rule, and documentation of that requirement is maintained.
June 01, 2020I’m a faculty member. Can I organize my students to volunteer in field placements? UMB is not organizing or orchestrating any on-site student volunteer activities. UMB is also not advocating for use of students as volunteers in the hospital setting. UMB faculty should not solicit or coordinate their students for use as volunteers for on-site activities. This does not prohibit students from volunteering.
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 15, 2020UMB Recovery FrameworkCOVID-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.
April 16, 2020Guidance For Contingent Employees With Pandemic Circumstances DesignationsOn Friday, April 10, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan announced a statewide hiring freeze for all State Agencies. As a matter of clarification, the hiring freeze does not specifically apply to UMB. However, in the next few weeks, the University System of Maryland will be provided with budget reduction targets, and UMB will be called upon to determine ways to mitigate fiscal losses on its campus.
March 18, 2020How do I add additional second factors to my Duo account? To add additional devices, or edit existing devices, log in at https://directory.umaryland.edu, then click on Multi-Factor Authentication.
March 18, 2020Where can I find information regarding the use of the Blackboard Learning Management application for teaching and learning? View the complete answer for links for specific users.
March 18, 2020Will UMB provide me a computer if I need or want one? Employees who are able to work remotely on personal devices may be required to do so. Employees who need devices should speak with their supervisors about availability of UMB devices.
March 18, 2020How do I access UMB applications and systems if I am teleworking? Almost all UMB applications and systems are web-based and can be accessed directly via a web browser on your home/remote computer. You do not need to use a virtual private network (VPN) connection unless a particular UMB application or system is not accessible via the web.
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.
March 18, 2020Will UMB excuse an absence for a student who is sick with COVID-19?Schools will make reasonable efforts to accommodate sick students. In some cases, makeup activity may not meet requirements for the student to continue in their studies as intended. The school and student will need to work together to determine a revised academic plan. Seek guidance from your school’s Academic Affairs office.
March 16, 2020National Museum of Dentistry is ClosedThe Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16th until further notice in accordance with the University of Maryland, Baltimore's current practices and guidelines regarding the COVID-19 situation.
March 13, 2020How do I install anti-virus software to protect my computer, my identity, and UMB systems? If using Windows 10, turn on the built-in antivirus feature called Microsoft Defender.
March 06, 2020Clinical, Field Placement, and Internship Guidelines for StudentsA list of scenarios that students might find themselves in dealing with COVID-19 related issues in clinical, field placements and internships. These guidelines provide direction regarding continuance or cessation of field placements/internships and quarantine and self-isolation guidelines.