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Education Plan

Return to the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

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Schedule of Classes (Testudo)

Efforts regarding teaching and learning this fall are grounded in four principles:

  1. The health of students, faculty and staff comes first. That means everyone working, living and/or taking classes on campus will be required to abide by the university’s health regulations.
  2. A mix of in-person and remote course options will be used to maximize flexibility and equity of access and to accommodate the needs of faculty members and students who may not be able to return to campus because of risks associated with COVID-19.
  3. Every Maryland student will be offered a deeply engaging curriculum, whether in person, blended or online—along with co-curricular opportunities designed to maximize student learning, involvement and personal growth.
  4. The university remains committed to creating an inclusive, just, respectful and supportive environment for all members of the community, striving to ensure that all of our actions and decisions prioritize equity and careful consideration for individuals and groups of students and employees who may be most vulnerable during the pandemic.

The fall semester began as scheduled on Aug. 31. After a two week delay, in-person undergraduate instruction resumed as planned on Sept.14. All graduate-level instruction and approved research activities are proceeding as planned.  Classes will run through Dec. 14, as scheduled.

Faculty are preparing contingency plans to move entirely to online instruction after Thanksgiving break, should there be a resurgence of the pandemic in late fall.
  • The time between classes or the standard daily start and stop times for classes are not expected to change.
  • The final exam period will be as scheduled, Dec. 16-22.


Because 6-foot physical distancing limits the number of students who can be accommodated in a classroom, learning and teaching will involve a mix of in-person, online and blended education. 
  • Courses of more than 50 students will be delivered online. 
  • About 20% of undergraduate courses will be offered at least partially in-person, with priority given to classes that particularly need in-person instruction, such as some labs, performance courses, senior capstone projects, clinical instruction and internships. Some of the innovations being developed by faculty this summer are aimed at using creative blended instruction and hopefully will allow us to accommodate partial in-person instruction even in some larger classes, through smaller breakout and discussion sections.
  • The fall course schedule with final course options is available at, including the in-person, online or blended format for each course. 

The Spring 2021 Schedule of Classes is now available on Testudo. Students will receive an email on or around Oct. 7 from the Office of the Registrar concerning their registration appointment. Delivery methods for Spring 2021 courses will be finalized by Dec. 4.

Fall 2020 Classrooms

Students and faculty planning to return to the physical campus in College Park this fall will see that many changes have been implemented to our buildings to de-densify furniture, establish safe travel patterns, and reinforce safe and healthy behaviors on campus.

University Libraries

As of Monday, September 14, McKeldin Library is open for limited reservation-based access to study spaces on the 1st floor, Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm. You can book an appointment to reserve study space, a computer station, or the One Button Studio. Learn more about using library services during the pandemic.
UMD students, faculty, and staff can utilize curbside pickup services to borrow physical library materials and technology equipment and pick up specialty printing projects (e.g., posters, lamination, etc.).
Many library resources are available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from wherever you are studying, learning, and researching. Get subject-specific reference help from experts, schedule a statistical consultation, and access software, journal articles, and ebooks - all virtually. 
In addition to on-demand access to a wealth of digital material, students, faculty, and staff will be able to pick up books and other physical library material through curbside service. Limited reservation-based access to study spaces on the 1st floor of McKeldin will begin on September 14. Learn more about using library services during the pandemic.

Education Abroad

Education Abroad programs in all locations for the Fall 2020 semester, Winter 2021 term and Spring 2021 semester are canceled. 
The Office of International Affairs is working with academic units to design engaging, project-based, virtual opportunities for students to prepare them to become impactful global professionals and citizens. An expanded list of global learning resources and opportunities is available.
For detailed information about the canceled programs and other updates, visit the Global Maryland website.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Course Sharing Program

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Course Sharing Program is a new collaborative initiative offering undergraduate students of participating Big Ten Institutions the opportunity to diversify their learning experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and take online courses from other Big Ten universities. Undergraduate students may register for one course per semester offered by a one of the following partner institutions: Indiana University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University-New Brunswick. 
More information about the Course Sharing Program and Maryland’s shared course offerings is available here:



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