Staff: Telework & Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will episodic telework under the COVID-19 Telework Policy last?

Updated January 27, 2021

On Jan. 27, 2021, President Bruce Jarrell announced that most Mandatory Teleworkers can anticipate to telework until at least June 1, 2021. Some employees may return prior to that date to perform approved on-campus work, and where practical Mandatory Teleworkers will be provided three (3) weeks notice. Mandatory Telework may continue after June 1, 2021, if pandemic conditions require. Read more.

What is the purpose of the Telework Agreement?

Posted December 16, 2020

The telework agreement is designed to ensure that employees who are able to telework for some or all of their work duties have read the COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy. It also is meant to encourage flexibility by supervisors as employees select whether they will work a flexible shift or a fixed shift and to set forth scheduling and work expectations that may differ during pandemic circumstances. Read more.

The Telework Agreement says I must have a designated work space that is safe and suitable for telework. Does that mean I must work from a home office?

Posted December 16, 2020

No. Teleworkers should have a space to work that allows them to work free from hazards. This does not require employees to work from a home office. Many employees choose to work from their dining room, kitchen, living room, or other location within their house. Read more.

Announcements and Letters

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.

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.

Policies and Guidance

UMB Return To Campus Framework

Posted March 31, 2021

This update guides planning for the Return to Campus (RTC) phase, focusing on Summer 2021 and the Fall 2021 semester Read more.

UMB Recovery Framework

Updated March 31, 2021

Since May 2020, UMB has followed its Recovery Framework, which has guided University continuity and restoration of education, research, and administrative functions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Recovery Framework identified June 2021 to May 2022 as the “long-term planning period.” Read more.

COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy

Updated January 27, 2021

The University's Telework Policy (VII-6.11(A)) outlines ordinary rules and expectations surrounding telework. This COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy states temporary guidance and flexibilities related to telework in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Policy also offers temporary guidance related to the use of accrued leave. This Policy is effective commencing July 27, 2020 and will be in effect for an unspecified period of time while the University continues to address Read more.

Additional Resources

Governor Hogan Announces End of COVID-19 State of Emergency

Posted June 16, 2021

Emergency Mandates and Restrictions to End July 1, Followed By 45-Day Administrative Grace Period Read more.

Support, Caregiving, and Work Life Resources During COVID-19

Updated June 02, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a work-life balance shift in nearly everyone’s lives. For parents, caregivers of young and old, the demands have changed. You will find resources to help children learn from home. This page serves as a portal to a variety of tips, information, resources, and policies that can help provide flexibility during this difficult time. Read more.

COVID-19 UMB Electronic Signature

Posted March 15, 2021

Download this graphic to help share the word about steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. Follow these instructions to add an image to your email signature in the Outlook desktop app: Read more.