Announcements and Letters

Free Pediatric Immunizations For Baltimore Families

Posted September 18, 2020

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) are sponsoring a free immunization clinic for children. Vaccinations will be available for children entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and seventh grade this academic year. 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.

Starbucks, Market at UMB Reopens in SMC Campus Center

Posted September 16, 2020

CulinArt will officially reopen the first-floor Starbucks and Market at UMB at the SMC Campus Center on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Read more.

Central Payroll Bureau Will Not Participate in Payroll Tax Deferral

Posted September 16, 2020

The Central Payroll Bureau, State of Maryland will not be participating in the Payroll Tax Deferral. All payroll taxes will continue to be withheld as usual. Please contact your payroll rep if you have any questions. Read more.

HS/HSL To Reopen Sept. 14

Posted September 09, 2020

The HS/HSL is pleased to announce that the library building will reopen to UMB and UMMC ID card holders Monday, Sept. 14. 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.

Letter regarding Post-Labor Day testing

Posted September 03, 2020

Thank you for your continued diligence to help keep the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community healthy and safe. Daily symptom monitoring, physical distancing, face coverings, and testing are tools we use to create a low-transmission environment at UMB. In consultation with the University System of Maryland (USM), UMB will require that all students, faculty, and staff coming to campus between Sept. 7 and Sept. 26 receive a negative COVID-19 test during that period. For some, this is a Read more.

Back-to-School Campus Safety

Posted August 27, 2020

Welcome - whether virtually or in person - to another academic year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Since 2016, I've had the pleasure of meeting many members of our UMB community, and I am now proud to serve as interim chief of the UMB Police Department (UMBPD). 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.

Letter From Dr. Jarrell: Welcome Back

Posted August 24, 2020

As we begin the fall semester at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), it is very strange for me to say “Welcome Back,” knowing that the majority of us are not on campus together and many aren’t sure when we’ll see each other in person. Read more.

Non-USPS Package Information

Posted August 17, 2020

Effective immediately, all non-U.S. Postal Service package deliveries should be sent to a campus address within each specific school, department, or administrative unit. Read more.

SMC Campus Center Fall 2020 Reopening

Posted August 14, 2020

UMB Student Affairs is pleased to announce that on Monday, Aug. 17, the first and second floors of the SMC Campus Center will reopen to UMB students and on-campus employees. The Campus Center will be operational Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Seven Scholars University Bookstore will operate with limited services from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Read more.

COVID-19 Testing Guidance Letter

Updated August 13, 2020

As you know, the University System of Maryland has mandated COVID-19 testing and symptom monitoring for students and employees returning in fall 2020. Below please find information about deadlines for getting tested as well as suggestions on where to be tested. Read more.

COVID-19 Safe on Campus Student Training

Posted August 10, 2020

Students are required to complete the COVID-19 Safe on Campus on-line course prior to returning to campus for any reason. Log into Blackboard and you will see the course, “COVID-19 Safe on Campus” (along with the name of your school in parentheses) listed under your courses. Read more.

Letter regarding SAFE on Campus Symptom Monitoring

Posted August 10, 2020

University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Jay A. Perman, MD, recently announced that all students, faculty, and staff of USM universities and regional centers will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test before returning to their campuses. I support this decision, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is taking additional steps to protect our community. In addition to last week’s updated Face Covering Policy that is in place, all UMB students, faculty, and staff will be requ 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.

UM shuttle Suspended for Fall Semester

Posted August 04, 2020

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) appreciates the role the UM shuttle plays in transporting faculty, staff, and students to campus. However, the UM shuttle will not be operating during the fall semester. Read more.

Letter regarding UMB Updated Face Covering Policy

Posted August 03, 2020

We know that face coverings are an essential component to controlling the spread of COVID-19. We want to do everything possible to minimize risk of spread of the virus among University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students, faculty, staff, and the community. To that end, I am sharing the UMB Policy Requiring Use of Face Coverings that supersedes the guidance issued April 6. 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 COVID-19 Testing for Employees and Students Returning to Campus

Posted July 31, 2020

As you may have seen, the University System of Maryland (USM) issued a statement on COVID-19 testing and symptom monitoring for students and employees returning in Fall 2020. The statement makes COVID-19 testing mandatory for all USM on-campus students and employees, and states that they should follow the testing guidance issued by their institution. UMB is in the process of developing specific guidance, but I wanted to share as much as we know right now about the general parameters of the USM s Read more.

Tuition & Fees for the Fall 2020 Semester

Posted July 30, 2020

I am writing to share with you the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) plans for tuition and fees for the fall 2020 semester. UMB remains committed to ensuring that students, regardless of financial need, can succeed as members of our community. We have a diverse student body, including socioeconomic diversity, with students and their families requiring varying levels of financial support. We also recognize that many families’ financial needs have likely changed because of the pandemic. Read more.

Letter regarding Updated Telework Policy

Posted July 28, 2020

As we move toward fall, the novel coronavirus remains a threat to the health and safety of our community and country. I am pleased to share the updated COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy PDF that extends telework for the vast majority of University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) faculty and staff. Most of us, including senior leadership, will continue to work remotely until there is a significant change in the pandemic. Read more.

UMB Safe in the Workplace Staff Training

Posted July 23, 2020

Staff members planning to return to campus for any reason are required to take the on-line course, UMB COVID-19 Safe in the Workplace. Log into the UMB Learning Management System (LMS) and search for the training by title, or click on the title link to access this training. UMB Safe in the Workplace PLEASE NOTE: If you have previously taken the on-line course, UMB COVID-19 Research Safety, this completes your requirement. Read more.

UMB Safe in the Workplace Faculty Training

Posted July 23, 2020

Faculty members planning to return to campus for any reason are required to take the on-line course, UMB COVID-19 Safe in the Workplace. Log into the UMB Learning Management System (LMS) and search for the training by title, or click on the title link to access this training. UMB Safe in the Workplace PLEASE NOTE: If you have previously taken the on-line course, UMB COVID-19 Research Safety, this completes your requirement Read more.

Letter Regarding Reversal of ICE Policy on International Students

Posted July 15, 2020

It is with great relief that I bring you excellent news, not only for our international students, but for our entire community to which they so richly contribute. Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reversed a policy that would have forced international students to transfer or leave the country if their universities chose not to hold in-person classes due the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.

Letter regarding Stage 1 of Clinical and Community-Based Human Subjects Research

Posted July 14, 2020

Today, I am announcing the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will enter Stage 1 of clinical and community-based human subjects research Monday, July 20, 2020. The Guidelines for Resuming Human Subjects Research can be found here. UMB announced the restart of this research June 25, 2020, at Stage 0, which involved planning and preparation for the gradual and deliberate restart of clinical and community-based research. Read more.

Letter regarding updated guidance on out-of-state travel and testing

Posted July 14, 2020

In my letter July 4, I shared guidance related to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) directive, which recommends, but does not require, that people who travel outside of Maryland be tested for COVID-19 upon their return. I wish to provide you with additional guidance regarding testing. 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.

COVID-19 Recovery website and Focus Area videos

Posted July 10, 2020

The COVID-19 Recovery website is now live and contains consolidated information about recovery planning for faculty, staff, students, and community members. I hope that you will look to the site to find updates, FAQs, announcements, and resources across a variety of topics. Read more.

Letter Regarding International Students Update

Posted July 09, 2020

By now, you’ve likely seen that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a new rule that international students will not be able to remain in the country this fall if they take only online courses. The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) continues to plan for instruction that keeps students, faculty, and staff healthy and safe during this global public health crisis. Read more.

Guidance on Out of State Travel

Posted July 04, 2020

This week, the Maryland Secretary of Health issued guidance stating that those who travel outside Maryland should be tested for COVID-19 upon their return. Read more.

Letter Regarding University Recovery Update

Posted June 30, 2020

Since my last update, the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Recovery Task Force has continued its work through the 12 focus area groups. I am writing today to share additional recovery planning updates on the following areas: Read more.

Letter Regarding UMB Parking Updates

Posted June 26, 2020

The Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has implemented a new traffic/garage text alerts system to inform the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community of traffic conditions. These notifications would affect immediate travel to and from campus for faculty, staff, students, and anyone who frequents campus. The alerts also will inform the UMB community of any urgent operational incidents regarding our garage facilities. Read more.

Letter Regarding the State Budget

Posted June 26, 2020

We are all aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives, from how we work, play, and interact with one another, to the economy. We feel the effects of drastic change and increased anxiety about the unknown — all of which are normal responses to a very abnormal situation. Read more.

Letter Regarding UMB Phased Research Plan

Posted June 25, 2020

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) restart of the research enterprise for basic research began in late May with a preparation and planning phase (Phase 0) that transitioned to a limited presence phase (Phase 1) on June 8. This transition to reopen on-campus basic research has gone very smoothly with the implementation of several new requirements to protect the health and safety of the University community. Read more.

Thank You for Supporting UMB's Front Line Employees

Posted June 22, 2020

As restrictions due to COVID-19 are slowly being lifted, today marks the close of the University of Maryland, Baltimore's (UMB) Food for Our Front Lines program. Read more.

Letter Regarding Maintenance and Ensuring Healthy Facilities

Posted June 17, 2020

EVS and EHS have been working together during this pandemic event to learn, understand and adhere to the cleaning and disinfection guidance provided by the CDC and other infection control experts. Read more.

Letter Regarding University Recovery Update

Posted June 15, 2020

As I announced last month, the Recovery Task Force is leading the University of Maryland, Baltimore's (UMB) recovery efforts through its 12 focus area groups. I want to share our latest recovery planning updates in these areas: 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.

Operations and Maintenance (Maintenance Shops) Response

Posted June 12, 2020

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.

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.