Announcements and Letters

COVID-19 vaccines available in Baltimore for Native Americans in D.C., Maryland, Virginia

Posted April 14, 2021

Today, the Indian Health Service, Native American Lifelines of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore are announcing the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for American Indians and Alaska Natives living and working in and near the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas. 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.

Vaccine Available Through UMB

Posted March 25, 2021

UMB has additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines available at the SMC Campus Center clinic. This is only open to UMB faculty, staff, and students. Please help UMB plan for additional doses by completing this new form, which does the following: 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.

Student Volunteer Opportunities at UMB Vaccination Clinic, Mass Vaccination Sites

Posted March 19, 2021

UMB students can volunteer at the UMB Vaccination Clinic and at state mass vaccination sites in medical and non-medical roles. 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: COVID-19 Testing Policy Update

Posted March 12, 2021

Many in our UMB community have been vaccinated against COVID-19. As such, you may submit proof of being fully vaccinated in place of a negative COVID-19 test result. To be considered fully vaccinated for this round of testing, you must have received the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine by March 20, 2021. Read more.

Pop-up Pantry at SMC Campus Center Loading Dock

Posted March 12, 2021

The Pop-Up Pantry is designed for students, employees, and community members to pick up food products while quantities last. This event is hosted in an effort to combat food and basic needs insecurities. Individuals or groups will receive a 30 lb. box of non-perishable food. Read more.

Letter: COVID-19 One Year Later

Posted March 12, 2021

Twelve months, long and difficult hours on the front lines caring for COVID-19 patients, countless online meetings and classes, canceled in-person events, virtual graduation, masking up and staying apart, and, most heartbreaking of all, over half a million loved ones who are no longer with us. We are marking a year with the COVID-19 pandemic that has been unlike any other. 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.

Should I Get The Shot? A Community Discussion

Posted March 03, 2021

Please join us for an open discussion about COVID-19 vaccines hosted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Intercultural Center and featuring two COVID-19 experts from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). Read more.

Letter: Statement of Intent for Summer and Fall Semester

Posted March 02, 2021

UMB’s planning efforts now look beyond this spring, and I am optimistic that the public health situation will allow UMB to pivot toward more in-person activities. With that in mind, I want to share our intent for the summer and the fall semester: Read more.

Letter: Vaccine Doses Now Available For UMB

Posted February 26, 2021

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) learned today that our university will be allotted more doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the near future. To accomplish scheduling vaccination as efficiently and equitably as possible, those eligible according to Maryland's priority criteria will be randomly selected to receive the vaccine. In order to be considered, you must have completed the UMB Vaccine Prioritization Form. The form is being reactivated for this process, and only UMB employees and Read more.

Changes to On-Campus COVID Testing Appointment

Posted February 26, 2021

Scheduling application is down for maintenance at this time. Please call UMaryland Immediate Care to make an appointment for a COVID-19 diagnostic test. Read more.

Letter: Register Now: Should I Get the Shot? A Community Conversation on March 10

Posted February 25, 2021

On March 10 at 11 a.m., please join us for an open discussion about COVID-19 vaccines hosted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Intercultural Center and featuring two COVID-19 experts from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). 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 Phase 1A Students, Employees To Be Randomly Selected For Vaccine

Posted February 24, 2021

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has received a one-time allotment of additional vaccine from the University of Maryland Medical System to vaccinate employees and students who are eligible under Phase 1A. Read more.

Letter: Mandatory 2021 Spring Break COVID-19 Testing Requirement

Posted February 19, 2021

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) recognizes that there is increased risk of COVID-19 transmission after spring break in mid-March. Therefore, UMB students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus (UMB-owned and -operated facilities in Baltimore and the Donaldson Brown Riverfront Event Center) between March 22 and April 3 must: Read more.

Letter: COVID-19 Reminders and UMB Student Affairs Updates

Posted February 18, 2021

With the spring 2021 semester underway, I want to ensure that you have the information you need to have a meaningful experience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Whether your coursework is completely online or requires in-person learning at UMB, the Universities at Shady Grove, or another location, the UMB Division of Student Affairs is committed to helping you achieve your academic, personal, and professional goals. Read more.

Letter: UMB COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

Posted February 04, 2021

We have two important updates regarding vaccinations: an update to the vaccine priority survey and a request for information once vaccinated. Read more.

Letter: UMB COVID-19 Updates: Telework, Travel, Testing, Support, and Vaccinations

Posted January 28, 2021

I hope that you are healthy and safe, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in Maryland. Thankfully, many across the state have started to be vaccinated, and I am encouraged by the great response from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to our vaccine priority form. As leaders, we can bring a message of hope to those in our communities by dispelling myths about the COVID-19 vaccines and inviting others to learn more about them. Read more.

Letter: Vaccination Priority Form

Posted January 11, 2021

Although the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is not in possession of COVID-19 vaccines nor responsible for the allocation of vaccines, we are conducting a UMB-specific survey to ensure that all at UMB are properly classified in the event that vaccines become available for our faculty, staff, and students. Read more.

Letter: Vaccination Registration

Posted January 04, 2021

We are fortunate to be able to start this year with a COVID-19 vaccine and that priority groups have begun to be vaccinated. Priority is given to individuals with the highest need for vaccination. Read more.

Letter: Vaccine Distribution

Posted December 23, 2020

Distribution of the first vaccinations to prevent COVID-19 started last week, and I know many of you are wondering what happens next. Some of you may have already received yours or will soon be invited to schedule a time for vaccination based on current job responsibilities. We are working hard to ensure that vaccinations are distributed to those at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) whose jobs most require it. Read more.

This Week In COVID-19 Vaccine News | Dec. 18

Posted December 18, 2020

Well, we experienced another week of tremendous of events in the development of COVID-19 vaccines. For the second week in a row, I want to summarize some of the major events and put these into perspective so that everyone can understand the situation. Read more.

Letter: Maryland Travel and Testing Update

Posted December 18, 2020

Yesterday, Gov. Larry Hogan instituted new travel restrictions for the state of Maryland that require that all Marylanders who travel outside of the state, and individuals who travel to Maryland from another state, to immediately get a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Maryland or within 72 hours before travel to Maryland. They must also quarantine until they get their test results. Read more.

Submit Your COVID-19 Vaccines Questions

Posted December 17, 2020

Now that initial COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, what does this mean? Read more.

Tuition and Fees for Spring 2021 Semester

Posted December 17, 2020

I am writing to inform you of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) plans for tuition and fees for the spring 2021 semester. With student learning experiences and telework in spring 2021 scheduled to look similar to fall 2020, the fees outlined in this email remain unchanged from what was charged in fall 2020. (See also: Fall Semester 2020 URecFit Update.) Some fees will continue to not be assessed and others will be reduced. These decisions were made in consultation with leadership in e 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.

Holiday Travel Guidance

Posted December 11, 2020

As we approach the holiday season, we want to provide all University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) faculty, staff, and students and University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) employees and medical staff with guidance on travel and COVID-19 testing, as well as on family gatherings and how to keep you and your family safe during the holidays and beyond. We are in the middle of a second COVID-19 surge in Maryland that is expected to get worse through December and into January, and it's important t Read more.

Letter: Take Pride in UMB: Vaccine News

Posted December 08, 2020

You should be extremely proud to be part of UMB. When people can finally gather safely in this country, it will be in no small part because of the work of this institution. For more than four decades, our researchers in the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) at the School of Medicine have worked domestically and internationally to develop, test, and deploy vaccines. 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.

Join the ‘Fight COVID-19 in One Click’ Campaign

Posted December 03, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread, we are using every tool we have to slow the spread within the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community. That's why I am asking each of you to participate in our Fight COVID-19 in One Click campaign. 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 Partners with Lyft on Two On-Demand Ride Programs

Posted November 20, 2020

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is excited to announce that it is launching two new on-demand ride programs in a partnership with Lyft on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The programs are available to all current UMB students, faculty, and staff. Read more.

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Guidance

Posted November 19, 2020

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to provide all UMB faculty, staff, and students and UMMS employees and medical staff with guidance around travel and COVID-19 testing. This directive strongly advises people to refrain from non-essential travel due to the recent increase in COVID-19 infections. Read more.

Letter: Holiday Vigilance and Post-Break Testing

Posted November 18, 2020

The pandemic continues to worsen, and as we prepare for the upcoming holidays, I expect the entire University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community to adhere to the highest standards for COVID-19 safety. To fight this surging pandemic, we must wear masks, wash our hands frequently, avoid gatherings, stay physically distanced, monitor and report symptoms, and work with contact tracers. These individual efforts make a huge difference for the broader community. Read more.

Encouraging the Use of MD COVID Alert

Posted November 12, 2020

This week, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) launched a smartphone app called MD COVID Alert. As a university committed to knowledge, accountability, and excellence, I strongly encourage you to take part in this important initiative by downloading the app and/or activating Exposure Notifications on your phone. Read more.

Reminder about Coronavirus Vigilance and Telework

Posted November 11, 2020

The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing in Maryland with cases at an all-time high, and those of you who saw Gov. Larry Hogan’s news conference yesterday heard him announce the additional guidance and actions aimed to slow the spread in the state. The higher rates of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in Maryland demand that we each need to redouble our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus. 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.

Staff Senate Hosts Virtual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Posted October 30, 2020

UMB's Staff Senate and Office of Community Engagement are hosting a virtual Thanksgiving food drive to benefit families in West Baltimore. The Staff Senate is raising money to support this effort to provide local families with Thanksgiving food items such as stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and more Read more.

Student Parking at UMB during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted October 28, 2020

A compilation of frequently asked questions concerning student parking from Parking and Transportation Services. Read more.

For In-Person Gatherings, Please Limit Your Bubble

Posted October 26, 2020

As most of the UMB community continues to learn and work from home, UMB leadership encourages our students, faculty, and staff to continue following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to wear a face covering, keep 6 feet of physical distance, wash your hands regularly, limit gatherings, and avoid crowds. Read more.

Letter regarding Coronavirus Vigilance and the Holidays

Posted October 22, 2020

The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is very real, with rates of infection rising across the country — and though we may be tired of the virus, physical distancing, and taking precautions, the virus is not tiring of us. The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has made decisions based on forecasts and assumptions of the virus’ impact, and I feel absolutely confident that we made the right decisions and are on the right course when it comes to keeping each other healthy and safe. We will cont 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.

Together, We Can Stop The Spread

Posted October 16, 2020

Learn more about how to report an individual who is not following these safety measures on campus. Read more.

Fall Semester 2020 URecFit Fee Update

Posted October 09, 2020

After consulting with the University Student Government Association (USGA) and the Student Fee Advisory Board (SFAB), it is our intention to reimburse 50% of the Campus Center Infrastructure & Services Fee (CCIS) associated with URecFit for the fall term, which is $41.50 for full-time students and $4.55 per credit for part-time students. 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.

Letter Regarding Spring Semester 2021

Posted October 08, 2020

As the leaves start to change and the air turns cooler, I know many of you are wondering about plans for next semester. The health and safety of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community is at the forefront of my decision-making, and we have yet to see significant change in the pandemic. In fact, experts are predicting a surge in COVID-19 cases as winter and the flu season hits. As such, you should begin to plan for the spring 2021 semester to look much like this fall. Read more.

Lexington Street Garage Daily Rates Change

Posted September 28, 2020

Parking rates at the Lexington Street garage will change to a maximum daily (COVID-19) rate of $9 starting Sept. 28. Students will need to register for parking to receive the student daily rate of $6. 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.

Flu Shot Clinic Sponsored by HS/HSL and School of Pharmacy

Posted September 23, 2020

Flu shots will be available (by appointment only) to UMB faculty, staff, and students* on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from noon-4 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Weise Gallery on the first floor of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL). Read more.

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.