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Latest Updates for Faculty

Did the on-campus flu clinic and COVID-19 testing location move?

Updated September 17, 2021

Yes. The 2021 flu shot and COVID-19 booster clinic is at the SMC Campus Center in Room 349, and will open Wednesday, Sept. 22. COVID-19 testing is available at UMaryland Immediate Care (UMIC). Read more.

I have previously tested positive for COVID-19, do I need another test?

Updated September 14, 2021

No. You may return to campus as per instructions from the UMB COVID-19 Hotline or Student Health, which follow CDC recommendations on needed isolation time. Read more.

Do I have to wear a KN95 at URecFit?

Posted September 13, 2021

The policy is the same as elsewhere on campus. If an individual is unvaccinated, yes they are required to wear a KN95. Otherwise KN95s are optional at this time. Read more.

Do contractors and visitors need to wear a KN95?

Posted September 13, 2021

It is recommended that contractors and visitors wear a KN95. At a minimum they are required to wear cloth face masks when on campus. Read more.

Is there a time limit for how long I can wear a KN95?

Posted September 13, 2021

That is up to your comfort level. Some people comfortably wear them all day long. Others choose to take breaks. Read more.

All Past Updates for Faculty

Last Updated More Information Excerpt
September 17, 2021Did the on-campus flu clinic and COVID-19 testing location move?Yes. The 2021 flu shot and COVID-19 booster clinic is at the SMC Campus Center in Room 349, and will open Wednesday, Sept. 22. COVID-19 testing is available at UMaryland Immediate Care (UMIC).
September 14, 2021I have previously tested positive for COVID-19, do I need another test?No. You may return to campus as per instructions from the UMB COVID-19 Hotline or Student Health, which follow CDC recommendations on needed isolation time.
September 13, 2021Do I have to wear a KN95 at URecFit?The policy is the same as elsewhere on campus. If an individual is unvaccinated, yes they are required to wear a KN95. Otherwise KN95s are optional at this time.
September 13, 2021Do contractors and visitors need to wear a KN95? It is recommended that contractors and visitors wear a KN95. At a minimum they are required to wear cloth face masks when on campus.
September 13, 2021Is there a time limit for how long I can wear a KN95?That is up to your comfort level. Some people comfortably wear them all day long. Others choose to take breaks.
September 13, 2021UMB COVID-19 Guidance on Events, Eating, and DrinkingTherefore, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) asks that individuals consider the following when having food at events or elsewhere:
September 11, 2021Physical Distancing & Capacity GuidelinesGuidelines for physical distancing, in-person meetings, and more.
September 09, 2021Updates to UMB Face Covering/Mask Policy and Food at EventsUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Bruce E. Jarrell’s Sept. 2 letter shared that there would be an update this week about safety measures at UMB related to COVID-19. After consideration by the Recovery Task Force’s University Health focus area group, changes to policies regarding face coverings/masks as well as food and drink at indoor events are outlined below.
September 09, 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-19 among students, faculty, staff, clients, and others coming to the campus.
September 09, 2021KN95 Mask InstructionsInstructions for use and care of a KN95 mask.
September 02, 2021Fall 2021 Semester Recovery FrameworkThe safety of members of the University community is paramount. UMB will rely upon reputable information from public health subject matter experts and utilize various data sources to guide health and safety decisions. We expect, for the foreseeable future, that UMB will have to take public health precautions such as face covering requirements in public places and physical distancing practices, even as vaccination becomes more prevalent. Safety guidance may vary based upon vaccination status.
September 02, 2021Letter: Continuing to Fight COVID-19: Safety Measures at UMB My priority is to keep the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community healthy and safe. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UMB has focused on ways to combat the virus. As the Delta variant continues to spread, I wanted to reiterate the public health measures in place at UMB as guided by the Crisis Management Advisory Group and the Recovery Task Force working groups.
September 01, 2021Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Available for UMBThe University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Critical Resources and Logistics has personal protective equipment (PPE) available for UMB employees.
August 30, 2021Are University of Maryland BioPark tenants subject to the UMB vaccination requirements?As of now, a vaccination requirement is not in place for tenants of the University of Maryland BioPark. However, UMB faculty, students, and staff, who have programs or activities at the UM BioPark, must follow the UMB COVID-19 Vaccination Protocols. The UMB Policy Requiring the Use of Face Coverings applies at the UM BioPark in UMB-occupied spaces. The City of Baltimore indoor mask policy applies elsewhere.
August 27, 2021Message from Drs. Jarrell and Suntha: Update on COVID-19 Incident Command StructureThroughout the first 16 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) operated under a unified Incident Command Structure (ICS). The UMB-UMMS ICS allowed us to leverage our shared expertise and efficiently guide our system through this unprecedented health crisis.
August 26, 2021Essential International Travel Request FormA new UMB Essential International Travel Request Form for faculty and staff planning international travel is now available using DocuSign. This form and process is in addition to the existing UMB online travel request process and is now a part of that process, required for all UMB-related international travel.
August 23, 2021Is food allowed at events?Please refer to the UMB COVID-19 Guidance on Events, Eating, and Drinking
August 23, 2021What event limitations are there for the 2021 fall semester?The following is an excerpt of the UMB Guidance for Eating and Drinking Regarding COVID-19 Risk.
August 23, 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.
August 12, 2021Update: The Delta Variant and UMBAs the Delta variant continues to dominate the news, please know that the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is closely monitoring the situation. UMB is continuously reviewing several internal and external metrics including public health restrictions.
August 12, 2021UMB Dining August UpdateThe Market at the SMC Campus Center will reopen for grab-and-go items for its first week of operations on Monday, Aug. 16. Customers can self-pay at the registers. Starbucks at the SMC Campus Center and additional food options will open on Monday, August 23rd.
August 09, 2021Can I remove my face covering while exercising at URecFit and the Community Engagement Center? Effective Aug. 6, 2021, no except for the following areas: while swimming in the pool, on the pool deck while entering/exiting the pool, and in the showers.
August 05, 2021Letter: Revision to UMB Face Covering PolicySince I last wrote to you about the Delta variant, we have seen an increase in the level of COVID-19 transmission in our surrounding community. The elevated rate of community transmission requires that we take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance that masks be worn in areas of substantial or high transmission, effective Friday, Aug. 6, UMB will require that all people, r
August 05, 2021Do visitors need to wear a mask?As of Aug. 6, 2021, yes. Please inform guests of the UMB Policy Requiring the Use of Face Coverings when invited to campus.
August 05, 2021I received a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still have to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing at UMB?As of Aug. 6, 2021, you must wear a face covering in accordance with the UMB Policy Require the Use of Face Coverings. Physical distancing is encouraged wherever feasible.
August 05, 2021If I’m vaccinated, do I still have to physically distance?As of Aug. 6, 2021, physical distancing is encouraged wherever feasible. Fully vaccinated faculty or staff delivering in-person lectures or presentations may remove their face covering while lecturing as long as at least 6 feet of physical distance can be maintained between the faculty member or presenter and the students or other audience. Six feet of physical distancing must be maintained between people who are eating or drinking because it requires removing the face covering.
August 05, 2021I am frequently on the phone for work at my cubicle. Can I remove my face covering while talking on the phone? Employees can remove their face covering in their cubicle as long as the situation meets the criteria outlined in the updated policy: People who are fully vaccinated may remove their face covering when: Seated in a cubicle where the wall of the cubicle extends at least 1 foot over their head when seated, And for which a wall of the cubicle is between themselves and other people seated in the area, Or they are at least 6 feet from other people in the area. Unvaccinated people must
July 29, 2021Letter: The Delta Variant and UMBI write today amidst the headlines of the extremely contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 to reassure you that the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is monitoring the situation and taking it very seriously. As you may have seen this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared guidance that vaccinated people should wear masks in certain circumstances including in high-transmission areas.
July 26, 2021When do I have to be vaccinated by for the fall semester?All on-campus University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students, faculty, and staff are expected to be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, effective Aug. 16, 2021.
July 22, 2021Take Your Leave: Time Away from Work Offers Mental and Physical Health Benefits Vacations, staycations, long weekend getaways, day trips: UMB encourages employees to use accrued leave time.
July 19, 2021Where at UMB am I still required to wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status or changes to the mask policy? As part of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) mission, UMB provides clinical services and performs medical research in multiple buildings on campus. In clinical areas, including patient waiting areas, face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status. The amended Governor’s face coverings order still requires that masks be worn when “obtaining healthcare services, including without limitation, in offices of physicians and dentists, hospitals, pharmacies, and laboratories.”
July 16, 2021New University Podcast Launches: Keep Your Finger on ‘The UMB Pulse’“The UMB Pulse," produced by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, will help listeners stay up to date on changes and guidelines as we navigate our return to campus.
July 15, 2021Supervisors Open Forum: Vaccination Q&A To Be Held July 21 Supervisors are invited to join Human Resource Services and Environmental Health and Safety for a question-and-answer session at 2 p.m. July 21 on the vaccine mandate and its implications for our staff and faculty. Click here to register. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day of the event.
July 14, 2021COVID-19 Brain Study Seeks ParticipantsThe University of Maryland School of Medicine's Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine is conducting a study to evaluate the long-term effect of COVID-19 on the brain using cognitive assessments and brain MRI scans.
July 12, 2021Maryland Department of Health and Baltimore Orioles extend free COVID-19 vaccinations through remainder of season Existing COVID-19 testing site at Camden Yards expanded to include vaccinations, offer for voucher for two free tickets to those who receive vaccinations also extended
July 07, 2021VaxU Scholarship Promotion The VaxU Scholarship Promotion consists of nine statewide drawings and offers vaccinated residents ages 12-17 a chance to win one of twenty scholarship prizes. Winners will receive a scholarship in the form of a Prepaid College Trust or College Investment Plan from Maryland 529 to cover the tuition and fees for a public four-year college or university.
July 07, 2021UMB Policy on TeleworkRevised and approved May 28, 2021 to become effective Aug. 15, 2021. The COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy will remain in effect until Aug. 15, 2021.
July 07, 2021UMB Telework Policy FAQs Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on UMB’s revised Policy on Telework that will replace the COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy on Aug. 15 ,2021.
July 07, 2021Are You or Your Team Experiencing Challenges with Returning to Campus? Take a moment and contact the Workplace Mediation Service to find out how mediation can help address challenges with returning to campus.
July 07, 2021Seeking Immigrant Participants for Study on COVID-19 Please help Dr. Evans and doctoral student Jennifer Siegel from the University of Maryland School of Social Work to distribute our survey! Information is also in Spanish below.
July 02, 2021UMB COVID-19 Vaccination ProtocolsAll University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) on-campus students employees are expected to be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, effective Aug. 16, 2021.
July 02, 2021What documentation do I have to show to prove I’ve been vaccinated?Students have the option to either: 1) sign a waiver so that UMB receives confirmation of vaccination directly from the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), which is the repository of vaccination information for the state of Maryland, for vaccinations received in Maryland; or 2) upload a copy of their CDC-approved vaccine card. Proof of being fully vaccinated must be provided by Aug. 2, 2021 (or in the case of schools with later start dates, 14 days prior to the first
July 02, 2021If I’ve had my first vaccine appointment but not my second by the time I arrive on campus, will you let me in?For students, please visit this link to the new COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol. For employees, the policy is the following: “As of Aug. 16, new employees must be fully vaccinated (or have been granted a medical or religious exemption) on Day 1, but a dean or VP can grant an extension of the Day 1 deadline for good cause, provided that the employee has at least their first shot on Day 1.
July 02, 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?There is no testing protocol in place at UMB at this time. If you feel sick, please consult the UMB COVID-19 Hotline or your physician about testing options.
July 01, 2021COVID-19 Visitors Guidance This guidance provides the framework for a visitor accessing UMB-owned or -occupied facilities to ensure consistency with health and safety practices of the University. The guidance is intended to satisfy academic semester(s) fall 2020, with extension into spring 2021 as necessary.
July 01, 2021New Guidance on Research Activities Effective June 21, 2021We are pleased to announce the following updates regarding research operations effective Monday, June 21, 2021:
July 01, 2021Who is considered a visitor?A non-UMB faculty, staff, or student, who requires access to a UMB-owned or -operated facility. Visitor is an all-encompassing term, to include but not be limited to: visiting scholars and researchers (U.S. and international), clinical research subjects, community representatives and minors, Boards of Visitors, public officials, prospective or visiting students, clients, field placement and experiential learning representatives, guest lecturers, and volunteers.
July 01, 2021What is the role of the sponsor in the Visitors Guidance?Sponsors must make their visitor(s) aware of COVID-19 safety and health guidelines, in addition to inquiring about the need for reasonable accommodations.
July 01, 2021What are the visitor health and safety recommendations?1. When accessing UMB-owned or -operated facilities, all visitors must comply with the UMB Updated Face Covering Policy. That policy outlines different requirements for a vaccinated and unvaccinated visitor. A visitor is not required to show proof of vaccination at this time. a. A visitor who is not able to safely wear a face covering may be provided with a reasonable accommodation. b. Sponsors must make their visitor(s) aware of COVID-19 safety
July 01, 2021Are visitors required to comply with the UMB vaccination requirements?When accessing UMB-owned or -operated facilities, all visitors must comply with the UMB Updated Face Covering Policy. That policy outlines different requirements for a vaccinated and unvaccinated visitor. A visitor is not required to show proof of vaccination at this time.
July 01, 2021How can I report someone for not wearing a face covering, not physically distancing, or other COVID-19 hygiene issues? If you have concerns that a person is unvaccinated and not wearing a face covering or practicing physical distancing on the UMB campus, you can report that to your supervisor or to the UMB Whistleblower Hotline, and we will investigate the matter.
June 30, 2021When will URecFit reopen?URecFit will reopen to current UMB students and UMB graduates of December 2019, May 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 on June 1, 2021. Phase 2 reopening begins Tuesday, July 6.
June 30, 2021What safety precautions are URecFit and Wellness putting in place when the facility reopens?Complete URecFit and Wellness Reopening Guidelines are listed and updated on the URecFit website. Once on the page, use the left navigation bar to view each reopening category.
June 22, 2021Zoom Cloud Storage RetentionWe have an immediate need for Zoom users to move existing cloud recordings from Zoom’s cloud to a Microsoft OneDrive account. There is a limited amount of Cloud Storage and we need everyone’s participation.
June 22, 2021I lost my COVID-19 vaccination card. How do I get a replacement?Step-by-step instructions for those vaccinated at UMB and at other sites in Maryland.
June 21, 2021How many people are allowed to be in research areas?Laboratory research is at 100 percent capacity and clinical research no longer has density requirements.
June 21, 2021What is the UMB vaccine requirement for new employees who start on or after Aug. 16, 2021?A new employee must be fully vaccinated (or have been granted a medical/religious exemption) on Day 1, but a Dean or VP can grant an extension of the Day 1 deadline for good cause, provided that the employee has at least their first shot on Day 1.
June 17, 2021Does UMB have a physical distancing requirement and room capacity limit for fall didactic classes?No. For the fall semester, UMB does not have a physical distancing requirement or COVID-related room capacity limit. Schools can plan around that expectation. Fire marshal room capacity still applies.
June 16, 2021UMB Dining Options Summer 2021 UpdateNeed a snack or lunch now that you're back on campus? Here are a few reminders about campus food services:
June 16, 2021Governor Hogan Announces End of COVID-19 State of Emergency Emergency Mandates and Restrictions to End July 1, Followed By 45-Day Administrative Grace Period
June 16, 2021Will vending machines be restocked in campus buildings?Yes. Call Canteen Services at 410-626-9400 if a vending machine is empty or is not working. If the issue has not been resolved or is persistent, contact Raymond Dudeck, director of business services at UMB.
June 15, 2021State of Maryland, Baltimore Orioles To Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Camden Yards Over Father’s Day Weekend The State of Maryland and the Baltimore Orioles, along with Major League Baseball (MLB), have announced a partnership to host on-site vaccination clinics at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the homestand beginning Friday, June 18 through Wednesday, June 23, when the Orioles play host to the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros.
June 11, 2021CDC Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 VaccinationBelow are answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination
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.
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 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, 2021CDC Myths and Facts about COVID-19 VaccinesNow that there are authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, accurate vaccine information is critical and can help stop common myths and rumors.
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 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, 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 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, 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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, 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:
May 03, 2021Are there any requirements for when I return to the U.S. from international travel? Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Travel guidance during the COVID-19 Pandemic guidance prior to traveling.
April 23, 2021Letter: University System of Maryland Vaccination Mandate This morning, the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents approved Chancellor Perman’s mandate that all eligible faculty, students, and staff who will be on campus this fall must be vaccinated against COVID-19. USM will comply with all federal and state laws in granting appropriate exemptions for medical or religious reasons.
April 23, 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 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 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 06, 2021Negative COVID-19 Test No Longer Required When Returning to Campus for First Time The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is no longer requiring students, faculty, and staff to submit a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to campus for the first time.
March 31, 2021Letter: Return to Campus PlanWalking to a meeting and saying hi to colleagues along the way, attending a symposium in real life without logging onto a computer and then being able to discuss it afterward over lunch with a colleague, experiencing the energy of Baltimore as it continues to reopen — these are some of the things I’m ready for.
March 31, 2021UMB Return To Campus FrameworkThis update guides planning for the Return to Campus (RTC) phase, focusing on Summer 2021 and the Fall 2021 semester
March 31, 2021UMB Recovery FrameworkSince May 2020, UMB has followed its Recovery Framework, which has guided University continuity and restoration of education, research, and administrative functions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Recovery Framework identified June 2021 to May 2022 as the “long-term planning period.”
March 24, 2021Letter: Phase 3: Research UpdateOn April 5, 2021, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will transition to the next phase for on-campus research, other than human subjects research. Researchers will be allowed to increase occupancy of research spaces up to 75 percent occupancy, provided they continue to observe UMB policies including the following:
March 24, 2021Letter: Using Your Earned Time OffPlease make sure that you are taking the time you need — that you have earned — and that you are being respectful of others’ time off. Vacation time doesn’t have to include travel, but it does need to include time to unplug and recharge.
March 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, 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 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 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 03, 2021UMCP student creates website, alert system for vaccine appointmentsUMCP student Mathew Steininger created a website that scrapes vaccine registration websites and sends alerts to notify when appointments are open.
March 02, 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.
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, 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 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.
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 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 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 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, 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 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, 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 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 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, 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 08, 2020CDC Flu Frequently Asked QuestionsInfluenza-related questions & answers, organized by topic.
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 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, 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, 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 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 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 the Baltimore Convention Center testing site test UMB employees, even if they live out of state?Yes
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 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 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, 2020Can I submit a positive COVID-19 antibodies test in place of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test? No.
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 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, 2020How do I get in touch with the Office of International Services (OIS) if I have questions?OIS staff are here to help you, even though we are working remotely. International postdocs and faculty who need assistance from OIS staff can email the office and submit requests for visa services or appointments with OIS staff in Sunapsis.
June 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, 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.
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 Framework PDFCOVID-19 presents challenges and opportunities that call for addressing recovery alongside strategic planning. This framework aligns quickly restoring education and research with comprehensive strategic planning to regenerate an innovative, competitive, and resilient institution driven by the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Core Values.
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.