Announcements and Letters

Take Your Leave: Time Away from Work Offers Mental and Physical Health Benefits

Posted July 22, 2021

Vacations, staycations, long weekend getaways, day trips: UMB encourages employees to use accrued leave time. 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.

Supervisors Open Forum: Vaccination Q&A To Be Held July 21

Posted July 15, 2021

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. Read more.

COVID-19 Brain Study Seeks Participants

Posted July 14, 2021

The 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. Read more.

New Guidance on Research Activities Effective June 21, 2021

Updated July 01, 2021

We are pleased to announce the following updates regarding research operations effective Monday, June 21, 2021: Read more.

Zoom Cloud Storage Retention

Posted June 22, 2021

We 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. Read more.

Letter: UMB Face Covering and Physical Distancing Requirements for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Students, Faculty, and Staff

Posted June 17, 2021

Effective Thursday, July 1, UMB’s Policy Requiring Use of Face Coverings will no longer require fully vaccinated people to wear face coverings and/or practice physical distancing while on UMB’s campus. UMB’s campus is defined as all property owned, leased, or operated by UMB. However, students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated, even if they have received a medical or religious exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, must continue to wear a mask in accordance with the policy Read more.

UMB Dining Options Summer 2021 Update

Posted June 16, 2021

Need a snack or lunch now that you're back on campus? Here are a few reminders about campus food services: Read more.

Fully Vaccinated? You Might Be Exempt from SAFE on Campus

Posted June 09, 2021

Starting Monday, June 14, if UMB has confirmation that you are fully vaccinated, you will no longer receive the SAFE on Campus daily symptom monitoring emails 14 days after your final dose. Students at the School of Medicine and School of Nursing will continue to use the daily symptom monitoring process at practicums. Read more.

Letter: Next Week's Return to Campus: Mask Requirements, Elevator Usage, and Lunch Rooms

Posted May 26, 2021

As we prepare to return to our University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus next week, I want to share updates on face coverings, elevator usage, and eating while on campus. Please look to the Return to Campus Guide for additional information including frequently asked questions. Read more.

International Students and Scholars Return to Campus Guidance

Posted May 21, 2021

A summary of FAQs and other information for international scholars and students at UMB. Read more.

Letter: Vaccination Timeline and Appointments Available for Family and Friends

Posted May 18, 2021

There 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. Read more.

UMB COVID-19 Management Portal

Posted May 18, 2021

The 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. Read more.

Mayor Brandon M. Scott Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

Posted May 12, 2021

City Lifts Local Mandates to Align with State’s Current Executive Order Read more.

If I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Posted May 12, 2021

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 Read more.

Letter: Return to Campus Update: May 6, 2021

Posted May 06, 2021

We 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. Read more.

Lyft On-Demand Shuttle and Lyft Ride Smart at UMB

Posted May 06, 2021

Lyft 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. Read more.

Letter: Vaccination Incentive

Posted May 05, 2021

You 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. Read more.

Return to Campus - Parking Updates

Posted May 03, 2021

The 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: Read more.

Letter: University System of Maryland Vaccination Mandate

Posted April 23, 2021

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. Read more.

USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman Issues COVID Vaccination Mandate for USM Students, Faculty, and Staff

Posted April 23, 2021

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. Read more.

UMB Faculty and Staff Can Share COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Information in One Click

Posted April 23, 2021

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. Read more.

Operations and Maintenance (Maintenance Shops) Response

Updated April 21, 2021

At the onset of the pandemic, to reduce the number of staff on campus, Operations and Maintenance prioritized the maintenance of building systems and emergency response requests. Read more.

Food for Our Front Lines Providing Free Meals for Second Year

Posted April 13, 2021

With 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. Read more.

Negative COVID-19 Test No Longer Required When Returning to Campus for First Time

Posted April 06, 2021

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. Read more.

Letter: Return to Campus Plan

Posted March 31, 2021

Walking 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. Read more.

Letter: Phase 3: Research Update

Posted March 24, 2021

On 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: Read more.

Letter: Using Your Earned Time Off

Posted March 24, 2021

Please 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. Read more.

Survey on UMB Staff Experiences During COVID-19

Posted March 22, 2021

As we continue to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is conducting a survey to check in with staff members to see how you are doing. We also want to get your thoughts about our response to COVID-19, what we can do to support you through this difficult time, and your thoughts on what lies ahead. You can access the survey here. Read more.

University System Publishes Terms of Carryover Leave Exception

Posted March 22, 2021

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. Read more.

Standing Against Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate

Posted March 19, 2021

We 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. Read more.

UMB Community Encouraged to Register for Vaccine Where Available

Posted March 19, 2021

Governor announces dates of additional phases for COVID-19 vaccination eligibility; students, staff, faculty asked to explore all options. Read more.

Letter of Support & Call to Action

Posted March 18, 2021

In this letter to students Patty Alvarez, PhD, MS, assistant vice president of Student Affairs, expresses UMB Student Affairs’ support for the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAAPI) communities, and condemns the racist, biased, and hate-filled actions that have a long history of occurrence in the United States and continue to target the Asian community since the start of the pandemic. Read more.

Letter: UMB Housing Update for Summer and Fall 2021

Posted March 03, 2021

As you plan for the summer and fall 2021, know that housing options are available on campus. Fayette Square and Pascault Row provide affordable apartments with multiple layouts (i.e., efficiencies, one-, two-, three-, four-, and seven-bedroom apartments) with many amenities and conveniences. Read more.

Letter: UMB Safe Ride Is Back in Service on March 1

Posted February 25, 2021

Therefore, I am proud to announce that we are relaunching our Safe Ride program March 1, with your health and safety as my top priority. Read more.

Telework Agreement Form FAQs

Posted December 16, 2020

In 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. Read more.

UMB Weather Emergencies

Posted December 15, 2020

With 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. Read more.

Central Administration Equipment Sign-out Form

Posted December 04, 2020

If you and your supervisor have worked out and agreement to take any UMB owned equipment home for use, please submit this form to your supervisor for authorization Read more.

Call the UMB COVID-19 Hotline

Posted December 01, 2020

If you've been diagnosed with COVID-19, it's not enough to let your doctor know. Read more.

UMB IT Resource Orientation

Posted November 02, 2020

CITS 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. Read more.

On-site Computer Restarts and Shut Downs

Posted November 02, 2020

CITS 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. Read more.

Feel Sick? Make the Call

Posted October 16, 2020

If 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. Read more.

Participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials

Posted October 08, 2020

The 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. Read more.

‘Virtual Blue Bins’ Are Open for Collecting Donations

Posted September 23, 2020

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. Read more.

Licenses Available For Webex With Closed Captions & Live Transcriptions

Posted September 17, 2020

CITS has secured 1,000 licenses of the Cisco Webex version with closed captions and live transcriptions Read more.

Contract Considerations During COVID-19

Posted September 03, 2020

As 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. Read more.

Research Update: Phase 2 Initiation

Posted August 25, 2020

University 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. Read more.

Updates and Reminders Regarding Phase 2 of Research Activities

Posted August 04, 2020

On 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 Read more.

Research Stage 2 Delayed

Posted July 31, 2020

University 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. Read more.

Letter Regarding Research Update: Phase 2

Posted July 11, 2020

In 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. Read more.

Be Alert for COVID-19 Cyber Scams and Phishing Attacks

Posted June 13, 2020

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. Read more.

How Buildings Are Cleaned and Disinfected

Posted June 12, 2020

In addition to routine custodial cleaning, the University has implemented an enhanced cleaning protocol and frequency to clean and disinfect common areas and commonly touched surfaces in occupied buildings. Read more.

Researchers Safety Plan

Posted June 12, 2020

All researchers should review the COVID-19 Research Safety Plan which provides safety practices for conducting research during restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Enhanced Hygiene

Posted June 12, 2020

Guidelines for enhanced personal hygiene on campus Read more.

Letter Regarding Fall 2020 Student Housing

Posted June 12, 2020

As the different Schools of UMB make decisions regarding how classes will be offered, we wanted to let you know that if UMB Housing is the best option for you to focus on your academic endeavors (whether that be in-person classes, completely remote, or hybrid), we are here to provide housing. Read more.

HS/HSL seeks COVID-19 Stories and Experiences from UMB Community

Posted June 01, 2020

In 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. Read more.

Employee Parking Fees Cancellation

Posted May 29, 2020

UMB 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: Read more.

Letter To Students Concerning Refunds and BankMobile

Posted April 02, 2020

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will be processing prorated student refunds for the spring 2020 semester as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, so the Student Accounting Office would like to ensure that all students have set up their refund preference in the BankMobile system. Read more.

Student Housing Remains Open

Posted March 31, 2020

At this time, UMB Housing at Fayette Square Apartments and Pascault Row Apartments remains open for all UMB students/faculty/staff. Read more.

National Museum of Dentistry is Closed

Posted March 16, 2020

The 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. Read more.

OIS Updates Surrounding COVID-19

Posted March 16, 2020

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. Read more.

Clinical, Field Placement, and Internship Guidelines for Students

Posted March 06, 2020

A 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. Read more.