Announcements and Letters

Point-of-Use Cart Program Ending March 1

Posted February 27, 2023

The POU Cleaning Cart program will come to an end March 1. Requests for custodial services can be made through the Facilities Work Request Portal Read more.

Insurance Changes Coming Soon for COVID-19 Tests

Posted February 24, 2023

Starting May 11, 2023, private insurers and Medicare Advantage plans will no longer be required to cover the cost of free at-home COVID-19 tests. (Note: Medicaid will cover at-home tests at no cost through September 2024.) This will also impact students enrolled in the UMB Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) managed by Gallagher and United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR). Read more.

State Center Vaccination, Testing and Treatment Site to close Saturday, February 25

Posted February 23, 2023

The State Center Vaccination, Testing, and Treatment Site, located at 300 W. Preston Street in Baltimore, will close on Saturday, February 25, drawing to a close more than 16 months of offering Marylanders of all ages free COVID vaccinations and boosters, on-site Test to Treat services, and at-home tests and KN95 masks. Read more.

Updated COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Protocols

Posted October 10, 2022

I am sharing some recent updates to the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Protocols for members of our community who do not provide patient care. Read more.

Letter: Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol Update

Posted August 01, 2022

Effective Aug. 1, 2022, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will no longer require employees (faculty, staff, and contractors) to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Employees whose job duties require them to work in clinical settings or at clinical or field sites continue to be subject to the vaccine requirements of those sites Read more.

Letter: Welcome UMB Incoming Students for Fall 2022

Posted July 21, 2022

COVID-19 vaccine — Primary series is required for any on-campus student [1] (2 doses of Moderna/Pfizer and 1 dose of Janssen). Booster dose recommended. Vaccine dates and lot numbers required for documentation verification. Read more.

Letter: COVID-19 Hotline and Health Update from UMB's Public Health Officer

Posted May 25, 2022

First and most importantly, the COVID-19 situation has reached a point of stability where we think that we can rely on our own resources and discontinue the external UMB COVID-19 Hotline. As of June 1, callers will reach a recording directing them to report their problem and obtain guidance about isolation, quarantine, return to campus, and testing from the UMB COVID-19 report form at Please contact your own doctor for help with clinical issues. Read more.

Letter: Strongly Encouraging Wearing a Mask Indoors

Posted April 20, 2022

At this time, the University is strongly encouraging you to wear a face covering indoors while in close proximity to others at UMB, and please consider doing the same while in the community. It is your personal responsibility to choose your level of protection in areas where masks are not required. Read more.

Letter: Taking Precautions Amid Increased COVID-19 Cases

Posted April 13, 2022

COVID-19 infections and exposure reports have risen at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) over the last month. We expected some increase when we loosened our protective measures, but the BA.2 variant is contributing to a more rapid spread. Read more.

Letter: Updated Student COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance

Posted January 27, 2022

You can read the details of each scenario in the COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Protocols, but the bottom line is this: Getting your booster shot has tremendous benefits for protection. If you are boosted, you won’t have to quarantine even if you have had a close contact exposure, as long as you remain without symptoms and continue to test negative using the recommended schedule of tests for your situation. Read more.

Letter: COVID-19 Hotline Update from UMB's Public Health Officer

Posted January 11, 2022

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) COVID-19 Hotline has a new tool to help provide immediate guidance on COVID-19 positive tests, symptoms, and high-risk exposures to others infected with the virus. The COVID-19 Report Form is a way for any UMB student, faculty or staff member, or Faculty Physicians, Inc. (FPI) employee to self-submit this information in lieu of calling the hotline. Read more.

International Students and Scholars Return to Campus Guidance

Updated December 22, 2021

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

Inclement Weather Guidelines

Posted December 16, 2021

As temperatures drop each year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) prepares for the possibility of snow in the months ahead. Part of those preparations includes reminding our community about inclement weather closures, delays, liberal leave, and more. Last winter, many employees and students were teleworking and learning virtually. Read more.

Faculty Leave Carry Over Exemption

Posted December 14, 2021

I’m pleased to share that the University System of Maryland has passed a temporary exception for faculty with 12-month contracts to carry over 480 hours of annual leave into 2022. This is an update to what was shared by President Jarrell in October. The carryover leave should be used by Dec. 31, 2022, and these hours are not available for payout. Read more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.