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On this page:  What to Know for Coming to Campus | Health and Safety Compliance | Time Off For Vaccinations | Disability Accommodations & Requests for Consideration |Facilities COVID-19 FAQs | Guidance for Managers and Employees | Guidance for Instructors | Guidance for University-Related Travel | Guidance for Conducting UMD Research

The university is enacting the following measures for the winter term, effective January 3-21, 2022:

  • Most courses offered during the winter term are being delivered online. For those classes that will be delivered in-person, all instructors and students will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to their first in-person class. Further guidance is available in this email to instructors and students.
  • Normal campus operations will continue throughout January and staff are expected to maintain regular work schedules. Supervisors are encouraged to work with eligible staff on flexible work arrangements, including telework, as appropriate. 
UMD plans to begin the spring 2022 semester as planned and in-person on January 24. Information on this page has been updated for the spring semester, including requirements for coming to campus.

What to Know for Coming to Campus

  • Check your status for coming to campus anytime at You will see if there are any steps you need to complete.
  • Vaccinations are required for all students, faculty, staff and affiliates. You must remain up to date with the vaccine mandate by obtaining a mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine booster by January 24 or within 14 days of becoming eligibleSee vaccination requirements.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you will not need to be tested regularly. If you are unvaccinated, you will need to comply with regular, twice a week on-campus COVID-19 testing. See testing requirements.
  • All faculty, staff and students must sign the I AM #4Maryland pledge to abide by all health protocols.
  • Wearing a mask is required indoors, regardless of your vaccination status. KN95 masks are required in classroom settings and recommended elsewhere. Instructors who are fully vaccinated and at least 6 feet away from students in the classroom may remove their mask to address the class. Additionally, masks will continue to be required on public transportation, while participating in activities involving K-12 students, and while obtaining healthcare services. See health and safety requirements.
  • KN95 masks are available free of charge to all members of our campus community. Departments are responsible for providing KN95 face masks to employees for use in large groups, including classrooms and residence halls. Please visit the Printing Services Digital Storefront to order them for faculty and staff. 
  • Masks are also available at the Stamp Student Union Information Desk for all faculty, staff and students.

Health & Safety Compliance

If a staff or faculty member does not comply with masking, testing or any other health and safety requirements, progressive discipline will be implemented, up to and including termination.

Information for Faculty

Information for Staff

Need assistance with the vaccine requirement and/or compliance?

Faculty and staff who personally need assistance, please submit a COVID-19 Compliance Support Request.

Time Off For Vaccinations

Protecting the health and safety of our campus community is a top priority. Employees may use Release Time or Administrative Leave to get COVID-19 vaccines, additional doses and boosters, and the seasonal flu vaccine.*

Regardless of where you receive your vaccine:

  • You should return to work once you have received the vaccine dose, unless your work shift is over or you are on approved leave following your appointment.
  • If you have an adverse reaction following vaccination, advise your supervisor and use accrued sick leave in accordance with established policies.

On-campus Vaccines: Release Time

  • Exempt regular and Contingent II staff and faculty may record up to a total of two hours of Release Time for on-campus appointments to get COVID-19 and flu vaccines.
  • To ensure minimal disruption to work, provide your supervisor with as much advance notice as possible of your appointment date and time.
  • Release Time may be taken on two separate days.
  • For non-exempt staff, Contingent 1 staff, and hourly faculty, the time in and out should be recorded, and you should indicate the reason for the Release Time in the Notes section on the timesheet.
  • This Release Time is available for use effective immediately. Previous time records will not be adjusted.

Off-campus Vaccines: Administrative Leave

  • Regular and Contingent II staff and faculty may record up to a total of two hours of Administrative Leave (Admin Lv - COVID VAX) for appointments to get the COVID-19 booster shot and/or flu shot at an off-campus location.
  • Administrative Leave may be used on two separate days.
  • Record no more than two hours of Administrative Leave on the timesheet as “Admin Lv-COVID VAX.”
  • To ensure minimal disruption to work, provide your supervisor with as much advance notice as possible of your appointment date and time.
  • This Administrative Leave is available for use immediately. Time records will not be adjusted retroactively.


*Note: Due to predictions that the 2021-2022 flu season may be a particularly difficult one, coupled with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the University is offering Release Time or Administrative Leave for flu shots throughout this flu season only.

COVID-19 Related Disability Accommodations & Requests for Consideration

We are committed to working with students and employees who, due to a medical condition, are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. We will work to provide the necessary resources that prioritize safety and well-being. 
Requests can be made in the following two categories:
COVID-19 Related Disability Accommodations
Students, faculty and staff may request new ADA-based disability accommodations and changes to existing ADA disability accommodation due to the impact of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Related Requests for Consideration
Students, faculty, and staff who are in one or more of the two eligible groups below may request a consideration: 
Learn more about COVID-19 related disability accommodations & requests for consideration.

Facilities COVID-19 FAQs

Facilities Management provides answers to frequently asked questions about building services/housekeeping, building systems (HVAC and water), construction, and facilities management work requests.

Guidance for Managers and Employees

The University Human Resources website has guidelines for managers and employees about flexible work arrangements, telework and resources to assist employees in working effectively.

Guidance for Instructors

FAQs: Instruction Fall 2021

Answers to some frequently asked questions regarding instruction in the Fall 2021 semester.

Recommended Guidance to Address Short-Term Absences Fall 2021

The University has an obligation to ensure the continuity of instruction to meet the needs of students and to ensure satisfactory progress in their programs of study. Existing University policies and procedures, such as the Policy and Procedures for Non-Creditable Sick Leave for Faculty Members and Academic Regulations for Students’ Absences, should primarily be followed.

Guidance for University-Related Travel

University-related travel is travel for educational, research or business purposes tied to the traveler’s affiliation with the university, regardless of funding source. UMD has updated the travel guidance based on current guidance from the CDC. The university also follows guidance from the U.S. Department of State and the State of Maryland.

Given the nationwide prevalence of the delta variant and recent CDC guidance, we are modifying the instructions on university-related domestic travel as follows:

  • Travel related to a regular commute is permitted.
  • There are no restrictions for travel in the State of Maryland or the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area.

For travel to all other areas of the United States:

If you are fully vaccinated, you may conduct essential and non-essential domestic travel. 

If you are not fully vaccinated and you are compliant with the university’s COVID requirements, you may conduct essential travel only.

  • Deans and Vice Presidents have the authority to determine what travel is considered essential.

The CDC recommends that you:

  • Get tested 1 to 3 days prior to travel
  • Get tested 3 to 5 days after travel
  • Quarantine for a full 7 days after travel

If you are not in compliance with the university's COVID requirements you will not be authorized for travel. 

No changes are being made to international travel restrictions at this time; the CDC says that “international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.”

  • You must request an exception from the appropriate Dean or Vice President to be authorized for international travel or to be reimbursed for international travel using university-controlled funds.


Use caution and judgment when considering any travel and:

  • Follow all CDC public health guidance 
  • Abide by any requirements established by the host institution and local health agencies (e.g., city, county or country)
  • If you have a weakened immune system we strongly encourage you to consult a physician for approval prior to travel.





Guidance for Conducting UMD Research

Campus Research Not Involving Human Subjects

  • Research is operating at 100% occupancy with no physical distancing requirements.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face mask while in laboratories, studios, and other research spaces, if no human subjects are involved. 
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face mask in all indoor laboratories, studios, and other research spaces.


Community-based Research

  • Community-based research has resumed.
  • Researchers must follow all guidelines set by the collaborating entity (e.g., nursing home, school, community center, etc.). A letter from the collaborating entity is required stating that University of Maryland researchers are permitted to conduct studies in their facilities.


Clinical Research and Other Campus Research Involving Human Subjects

  • Research is operating at 100% occupancy. Please practice physical distancing where possible.
  • Researchers must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, unless they are alone in their work space.
  • Human subjects research participants must wear masks during research visits/appointments when possible.


Questions? Please feel free to contact the Division of Research at


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