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Latest Updates for International Partners

UMB Policy Requiring Use of Face Coverings

Updated September 09, 2021

It 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. Read more.

Letter: Revision to UMB Face Covering Policy

Posted August 05, 2021

Since 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 Read more.

If I’m vaccinated, do I still have to physically distance?

Updated August 05, 2021

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. Read more.

When do I have to be vaccinated by for the fall semester?

Updated July 26, 2021

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. Read more.

New University Podcast Launches: Keep Your Finger on ‘The UMB Pulse’

Posted July 16, 2021

“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. Read more.

All Past Updates for International Partners

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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.
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, 2021If I’m vaccinated, do I still have to physically distance?As of Aug. 6, 2021, physical distancing is encouraged wherever feasible. Fully vaccinated faculty or staff delivering in-person lectures or presentations may remove their face covering while lecturing as long as at least 6 feet of physical distance can be maintained between the faculty member or presenter and the students or other audience. Six feet of physical distancing must be maintained between people who are eating or drinking because it requires removing the face covering.
July 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 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 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, 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
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.
May 21, 2021International Students and Scholars Return to Campus GuidanceA summary of FAQs and other information for international scholars and students at UMB.
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, 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 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, 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: 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 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.
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, ...
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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
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 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 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 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.
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 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 06, 2020I am an international student. How can I defer my admission to a future term?Please contact your school’s admissions office and inquire about the options for program deferral. Once you decide, please email ois-info@umaryland.edu so we can update our records.
July 06, 2020I want to travel back to my home country to continue my studies. Can I do so?UMB is discouraging all travel at this time. However, we recognize that there may be important reasons for international students to return to their home countries. If you plan to travel, we ask that you complete our Travel Reporting and Signature request and set up an appointment with an OIS staff member. You can do both things by logging into Sunapsis.
July 06, 2020I am a current international student experiencing financial difficulties related to COVID-19. Can the University help me with unforeseen expenses related to COVID-19?International students can request financial assistance through their schools’ student emergency fund. Please contact your student affairs dean's office to find out how to request emergency funding.
July 06, 2020How do I get in touch with the Office of International Services (OIS) if I have questions?OIS staff are here to help you, even though we are working remotely. International postdocs and faculty who need assistance from OIS staff can email the office and submit requests for visa services or appointments with OIS staff in Sunapsis.
June 23, 2020Download UMB Approved Virtual BackgroundsVirtual backgrounds featuring scenes around UMB are available to use for Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
June 18, 2020Can the virus be spread through the air ducts? No, the virus is not spread via the HVAC system.
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 01, 2020How To Support UMB COVID-19 InitiativesGift support to address this substantial challenge is welcome and may be directed to any of the following purposes
May 15, 2020UMB Recovery Framework PDFCOVID-19 presents challenges and opportunities that call for addressing recovery alongside strategic planning. This framework aligns quickly restoring education and research with comprehensive strategic planning to regenerate an innovative, competitive, and resilient institution driven by the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Core Values.
March 18, 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, 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 16, 2020OIS Updates Surrounding COVID-19 We anticipate being able to manage all requests virtually, in observance of the campus guidance issued March 12, 2020 implementing teleworking. The safety of our students, faculty and staff are our top priority.