Announcements and Letters

5th Annual Vaccination Day at the HSHSL

Posted September 30, 2022

The 1-day clinic will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Weise Gallery on the first floor of the Library. This year we have expanded our flu clinic offerings to include COVID-19 and Pneumonia vaccines. 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: The Future of Work

Posted April 08, 2022

We also know that the well-being of our employees matters and that we want to remain an employer of choice. To that end, we are developing a task force that will help us think through the changing needs of this institution, support our existing workforce, and plan for the future. Read more.

Letter: Changes to Mask Policy at UMB

Posted March 02, 2022

I’m very excited to share that Baltimore City is at the low COVID-19 community level according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) new community level guidance. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to drop across the United States and Maryland. In fact, Maryland has one of the lowest COVID-19 case rates in the country, and Mayor Brandon Scott removed the city of Baltimore’s indoor mask mandate as of March 1. We expect our partners at the University of Maryl Read more.

USM Statement on the Adjustment of COVID Mitigation Strategies

Posted February 14, 2022

As the Omicron surge subsides and Maryland exits its state of emergency, our USM institutions are determining modifications to their COVID-19 protocols, including masking requirements on campus Read more.

Letter: Commencement 2022

Posted February 08, 2022

It is also with great pleasure that I announce that our keynote speaker will be Anthony S. Fauci, MD. Dr. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the president of the United States. 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: Help UMMS Fill Volunteer Support Roles

Posted January 19, 2022

Please read this message from the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) about volunteer opportunities for members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Faculty Physicians, Inc. (FPI) communities to assist UMMS with staffing shortages due to the COVID-19 surge. Read more.

Letter: New COVID-19 Testing Site Opens Wednesday

Posted January 18, 2022

A new COVID-19 walk-up testing site will open Wednesday, Jan. 19, that is conveniently located for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland National Guard will operate a testing site in the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Modular Care Unit, atop the Paca-Pratt parking lot, at 110 S. Paca St. (Please note that UMMC is merely serving as a host site and is not involved in operations.) 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.

Parking Fees Increasing for UMB and Lexington Market Garage Parkers in 2022

Posted December 14, 2021

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Office of Parking and Transportation Services would like to thank all the payroll deduction and monthly parkers who have continued to support the program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Working Together to Reduce COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in West Baltimore

Posted November 04, 2021

The Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science invites all faculty, staff, and students to the annual Francis S. Balassone Memorial Lecture on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. in Pharmacy Hall, Room N103. This year's lecture will focus on “Working Together to Reduce COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in West Baltimore.” It will feature a presentation of the documentary Vaccination from the Misinformation Virus 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.