Testing, Hygiene, and Health

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

UMB students and employees who will be on campus (UMB-owned and -operated facilities in Baltimore, the Universities at Shady Grove, and Donaldson Brown Riverfront Event Center) between Nov. 30 and Dec. 18 are strongly urged to obtain a COVID-19 diagnostic test within that time period.

Effective Jan. 10, 2021, each student, faculty, and staff member approved to be on campus will be required to have a COVID-19 test that was obtained within 14 days prior to their first day on campus. The negative COVID-19 test result must be uploaded into SAFE on Campus (or Castle Branch) before arriving on campus.

The only exception is for new employees whose start date is after Jan. 10, 2021 and who are designated as Mission Critical On-Campus for Pandemic Circumstances. Those employees may be on campus and begin working, but must obtain a COVID-19 test as soon as practical (generally understood to mean within two weeks of their first day with UMB).

COVID-19 Testing Locations


Submitting Test Results

Students: For all tests conducted on Oct. 5, 2020, or later, students should upload their test results into the secure, confidential, and HIPAA-compliant UMB SAFE on Campus (SAFE) daily symptom monitoring form that you already receive.

Employees: Upload evidence of negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result to the secure, confidential, and HIPAA-compliant UMB SAFE on Campus app once it is launched. Directions on uploading results will be provided as part of the SAFE on Campus app launch.

COVID-19 Testing Costs

There is free COVID-19 testing offered in the state of Maryland. With Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance, there are no co-pays for a COVID-19 test. Therefore, UMB will not cover any medical costs associated with COVID-19 testing for students or employees.

Latest Updates

I received a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still have to abide by UMB COVID-19 testing protocols?

Posted January 08, 2021

Yes, even if you’ve received the vaccine, you are still required to abide by COVID-19 testing requirements from UMB. Read more.

I received a COVID-19 vaccination. Should I be tested to determine if the vaccination was effective?

Posted January 06, 2021

No. At this point, there is no recommendation for serology testing after vaccination. Although the COVID vaccines are very effective and induce immunity in most people, there are several factors that mean we will need to continue following preventive "non-pharmaceutical interventions" (NPIs) (physical distancing, face coverings, frequency hand washing). Read more.

Will UMB provide on-campus COVID-19 testing?

Updated December 16, 2020

Yes, UMB provides asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in partnership with UMaryland Immediate Care at SMC Campus Center. Read more.