Guide to Changes in On-Campus Operations

During COVID-19, changes to on-campus operations may look different for those learning and working from home. This page offers some clarification for what closures, delays, liberal leave, and more might mean for you.

Read USM's Guidance for employee expectations during inclement weather.

Sign up for UMB Alerts to receive information about emergencies and closings. 

Use the anchor links below to navigate to a section:

Closure | Delay | Liberal Leave | Early Departure | Other

Campus Closure


If UMB is closed, do I still need to telework or attend classes online?

While the University never closes, sometimes the physical campus will close due to inclement weather for the safety of our entire UMB community. Essential on-campus employees should report to campus as scheduled.

Employees who are scheduled to telework should work their regularly scheduled hours.

Students with virtual learning should expect their courses to continue as scheduled, unless otherwise communicated.

If you have questions about your specific responsibilities or circumstances, please communicate with your immediate supervisor or instructor about whether to come to campus or if you need alternative accommodations due to weather conditions in your local area.

As a reminder, UMB closings DO NOT APPLY to either UMMC campus or FPI employees. FPI employees should contact their supervisors.

 

If UMB is closed, can I still come to campus?

While the University never closes, sometimes the physical campus will close due to inclement weather for the safety of our entire UMB community. Only activities deemed essential should occur on-campus during a closure. 

If you have questions about your specific responsibilities or circumstances, please communicate with your immediate supervisor or instructor about whether to come to campus or if you need alternative accommodations due to weather conditions in your local area.

I work on campus, but am not designated as "essential." Should I come to campus during a closure?

While the University never closes, sometimes the physical campus will close due to inclement weather for the safety of our entire UMB community. 

Only essential operations should occur during an on-campus closure. If you work on-campus, but are not designated as "essential," you should not come to campus. If you are unsure if you are "essential," you should communicate with your immediate supervisor. 

Employees who are not able to telework and are not needed to work on-campus for all or some of the hours they are typically scheduled to work during adjusted operations will be awarded administrative leave for the affected time period.

As a reminder, essential on-campus employees should report to campus as scheduled. Employees who are scheduled to telework should work their regularly scheduled hours. Students with virtual learning should expect their courses to continue as scheduled, unless otherwise communicated.

UMB closings DO NOT APPLY to either UMMC campus or FPI employees. FPI employees should contact their supervisors.

 

I'm designated as essential. Do I come to campus during a closure?

While the University never closes, sometimes the physical campus will close due to inclement weather for the safety of our entire UMB community. Essential on-campus employees should report to campus as scheduled.

Nonexempt Regular and Contingent II employees required to physically work on-site during a period of adjusted operations due to inclement weather may be entitled to receive compensatory time or additional pay in accordance with the employee's overtime payment status and relevant human resources policies on work hours and overtime, in addition to any applicable collective bargaining MOU provisions.

Employees who are not designated as "on-campus essential" and who are able to telework should work their regularly scheduled hours.

If you have questions about your specific responsibilities or circumstances, please communicate with your immediate supervisor or instructor about whether to come to campus or if you need alternative accommodations due to weather conditions in your local area.

As a reminder, UMB closings DO NOT APPLY to either UMMC campus or FPI employees. FPI employees should contact their supervisors.

I have childcare or caregiver responsibilities. Will UMB accommodate these during a closure?

We understand the complications of extended family care obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, the COVID-19 Telework Policy allows employees to work from home while children are present. The policy also permits employees to work a flexible work schedule, unless it is operationally important that the employee work defined hours.

In the event of unexpected childcare or caregiving obligations which prevent you from working, please communicate with your supervisor about taking accrued leave (annual, holiday, personal, etc.).

Will my on-campus experiential learning and/or research continue during a closure?

While the University never closes, sometimes the physical campus will close due to inclement weather for the safety of our entire UMB community. 

Per the UMB Policy on Emergency Conditions, on-campus experiential learning (such as clinicals) and research are also subject to a UMB closure. If you have questions about your specific responsibilities or circumstances, please communicate with your immediate supervisor or instructor about whether to come to campus or if you need alternative accommodations due to weather conditions in your local area.

As a reminder, UMB closings DO NOT APPLY to either UMMC campus or FPI employees. FPI employees should contact their supervisors.

Where can I park at UMB during a closure?

During a closure of on-campus operations, UMB essential employees and UMMC and FPI parkers MUST use one of the 24-hour garages (Pratt Street, Plaza, Baltimore Grand, and Lexington garages) or Penn garage, which will remain open during an emergency closure.

For more details, visit the UMB Parking and Transportation website.

UMB is closed. Will the dental clinic open?

When UMB announces an on-campus closure due to inclement weather, the dental clinic will also close.

Specific information about dental clinic operations can be found:

  • Online: dental.umaryland.edu
  • Patient Information line: 410-706-7101
  • Weather Hotline: 410-706-3368 (DENT)

UMB is closed. Is the Western Penn Women's Center open?

While the Western Penn Women's Center, located at 120 Penn St., is on UMB's campus, it is operated by the University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. and the University of Maryland Medical Center. UMB closures and delays do not directly impact the Women's Center's operations. 

If you have questions about if inclement weather is impacting the Women's Center hours, call 667-214-1300.

Delay


My on-campus meeting, class, etc. begins before the delay, but extends beyond the time when UMB opens. Should I attend?

For the safety of our UMB community, only emergency essential operations should occur on campus during a delay. Non-essential on-campus activities may only begin after the scheduled delay.

To repeat, on-campus activities that are not deemed essential should not begin before the campus opens. If you have questions about your specific responsibilities or circumstances, please communicate with your immediate supervisor or instructor about whether to come to campus or if you need alternative accommodations due to weather conditions in your local area.

Employees who are scheduled to telework should work their regularly scheduled hours.

Students with virtual learning should expect their courses to continue as scheduled, unless otherwise communicated.

As a reminder, UMB delays DO NOT APPLY to either UMMC campus or FPI employees. FPI employees should contact their supervisors.

UMB is delayed. Will the dental clinic open on time?

When UMB announces an on-campus delay due to inclement weather, the dental clinic hours may differ from the University's guidance.

Specific information about dental clinic operations can be found:

  • Online: dental.umaryland.edu
  • Patient Information line: 410-706-7101
  • Weather Hotline: 410-706-3368 (DENT)

UMB is delayed. Is the Western Penn Women's Center open?

While the Western Penn Women's Center, located at 120 Penn St., is on UMB's campus, it is operated by the University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. and the University of Maryland Medical Center. UMB closures and delays do not directly impact the Women's Center's operations. 

If you have questions about if inclement weather is impacting the Women's Center hours, call 667-214-1300.

Liberal Leave


What is liberal leave? Does it apply to me?

Liberal leave only applies to current UMB employees. Students may not use liberal leave.

Per UMB's Policy on Emergency Conditions, if liberal leave is announced, on-campus employees who are not designated as essential employees may work as scheduled or may use their own accrued annual, holiday, personal, or compensatory leave, or leave without pay. Those intending to use liberal leave must contact their supervisor to let them know they are using liberal leave as soon as possible prior to the start of their shift. However, prior approval to take liberal leave is not required.

During liberal leave, employees who are scheduled to telework should work their regularly scheduled hours.

You may find this letter about operational expectations for weather emergencies during COVID-19 to be helpful. 

If you have questions about your specific responsibilities or circumstances, please communicate with your immediate supervisor or instructor about whether to come to campus or if you need alternative accommodations due to weather conditions in your local area.

UMB is offering liberal leave. Will the dental clinic open?

When UMB announces that liberal leave is in effect, the dental clinic hours may differ from the University's guidance.

Specific information about dental clinic operations can be found:

  • Online: dental.umaryland.edu
  • Patient Information line: 410-706-7101
  • Weather Hotline: 410-706-3368 (DENT)

Early Departure


UMB is closing early. Where can I park?

UMB parking garages will maintain normal operating hours, but UMB essential employees, and UMMC and FPI parkers, MUST use one of the 24 hour garages (Pratt Street, Plaza, Baltimore Grand, and Lexington garages) or Penn garage, which will remain open during an emergency closure, to avoid further disruption if the situation changes.

For more details, visit the UMB Parking and Transportation website.

UMB is closing early. Will the dental clinic also close?

When UMB announces an on-campus early closure due to inclement weather, the dental clinic hours may differ from the University's guidance.

Specific information about dental clinic operations can be found:

  • Online: dental.umaryland.edu
  • Patient Information line: 410-706-7101
  • Weather Hotline: 410-706-3368 (DENT)

UMB is closing early. Will the Western Penn Women's Center close?

While the Western Penn Women's Center, located at 120 Penn St., is on UMB's campus, it is operated by the University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. and the University of Maryland Medical Center. UMB closures and delays do not directly impact the Women's Center's operations. 

If you have questions about if inclement weather is impacting the Women's Center hours, call 667-214-1300.

Other


Where can I find information about changes to UMB operations?

In the event of a UMB-wide delay or closure, a UMB Alert will be sent to the university community. In some cases, this message may be sent as early as 5 a.m. to ensure that those with long commutes or early shifts are aware of the change in campus operations. 
 
Please ensure that your information is up-to-date in UMB Alerts. Information about a change in on-campus operations will also be available on the UMB Alerts webpage, UMB social media accounts, and the UMB Emergency Information Hotline (410-706-8622). Please note, in order to avoid confusion and misinformation, weather-related delays and closures will no longer be sent to local media outlets.