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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

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 who will be on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. See vaccination requirements
  • If you are vaccinated but have not yet confirmed your status with the University, please visit
  • 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.
  • Wearing a mask is required indoors, regardless of your vaccination status. 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. If you are unvaccinated, you are expected to wear a KN95 mask. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should also wear a KN95 mask when around large groups, including in classroom settings and in residence halls.

  • 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 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

Administrative Leave is available to regular and Contingent II staff and faculty for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. 
  • You may use up to two hours for each appointment for a maximum of two appointments/doses (total of four hours).
  • Record time as “Admin Lv-COVID VAX.”
  • Provide your supervisor with as much advance notice as possible for your appointment date(s) and time(s).
  • Return to work once you have received the vaccine dose, unless you are on approved leave. 
  • If you have an adverse reaction or don’t feel well enough to return to work following vaccination, use accrued sick leave in accordance with established policies.  
  • This administrative leave is only available for vaccine appointments beginning on or after March 1, 2021; time records will not be adjusted retroactively.

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


Latest Updates on Research at UMD  Health and Safety Practices Portal



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