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On this page: Students, Faculty, Staff and Affiliates Coming to Campus  |  Visitors Coming to Campus  |  Special Health Conditions  |  When Masks Are Required  |  Enhanced Masks

We all have a responsibility to follow safety measures to help keep ourselves and members of the entire UMD community safe and healthy.


If you have tested positive, think you have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19, please contact the UMD HEAL line.

Students, Faculty, Staff and Affiliates Coming to Campus

Check your status for coming to campus anytime at return.umd.edu. You will see if there are any steps you need to complete.

  • UMD requires masks to be worn indoors by all, regardless of vaccination status. There are additional situations when masks may be required. See when you are required to wear a mask.
  • Vaccinations are required for all students, faculty, staff and affiliates who will be on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. See vaccination requirements.
  • Depending on your vaccination status, you may need to be tested for COVID-19 and attest your results. See testing requirements.

If You Are Fully Vaccinated:

If you are fully vaccinated, you:

  • do not need to be tested regularly.
  • do not need to quarantine if you come into contact with a positive individual, unless you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • are required to wear a mask indoors at all times.

 

If you are vaccinated but have not yet confirmed your status with the University, please visit return.umd.edu.

If You Are Unvaccinated:

If you are unvaccinated, regardless of exemption status, you:

  • are required to wear a mask indoors at all times and while outdoors in crowded spaces.
  • are required to sign a memorandum acknowledging the health risks of being unvaccinated.
  • are required to comply with regular, twice-a-week on-campus COVID-19 testing.

Visitors Coming to Campus

Please review these guidelines before coming to campus. All visitors on campus are expected to abide by the UMD campus health and safety guidelines, including wearing a mask or face covering in all indoor spaces.


Special Health Conditions

Individuals with a weakened or compromised immune system are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, including an increased risk of hospitalization and death. Many conditions and treatments can cause a person to be “immunocompromised” or have a weakened immune system.

Even when you have been fully vaccinated, if you have a weakened immune system, you may need to continue to take precautions to maximally protect yourself. You are strongly encouraged to:

  • Wear a mask at all times when in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distancing at all times.
  • Contact your healthcare provider for recommendations regarding specific precautions that may apply in your situation. UMD may offer appropriate adjustments and/or accommodations based on a letter from your healthcare provider.
  • Contact your healthcare provider immediately for advice and further treatment should you begin to feel unwell.
  • Discuss with your healthcare provider whether you would benefit from an additional vaccine dose.
     

If you are unvaccinated and have a weakened or compromised immune system, you are at the highest risk for contracting and becoming severely ill from the virus. In addition to the above precautions, you are strongly advised against returning to campus until you have been fully vaccinated and/or have a statement from your physician listing the accommodations and adjustments required in your situation.


When Masks Are Required

Masks must be worn indoors by all, regardless of vaccination status.

  • If you are unvaccinated, you are expected to wear a KN95 mask.
  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a KN95 mask when around large groups, including in classroom settings and in residence halls.
     

Masks are also required in the following situations even if you are fully vaccinated:

  • On public transportation (including Shuttle-UM and school buses)
  • While participating in activities involving K-12 students (such as in summer camps, daycare, etc.)
  • While obtaining healthcare services (including on-campus COVID-19 testing)
  • While visiting campus as a guest or visitor, including affiliates, in all indoor spaces
     

If you are NOT fully vaccinated you must also wear a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at all times for your own protection and are expected to wear a KN95 mask.

We encourage everyone to wear masks at all crowded outdoor events, regardless of vaccination status. At outdoor athletic events, all fans will be required to wear masks in all indoor spaces, including suites and restrooms. Complete information about COVID protocols at athletic events can be found here.

Masks may be removed indoors under the following circumstances:

  • If you are by yourself inside a room, office, laboratory or study area;
  • In residence hall rooms/suites/apartments, only with roommates; and
  • Momentarily when eating or drinking.
  • If you are unvaccinated, regardless of exemption status, please be seated 6 feet from others.
  • Instructors and presenters who are fully vaccinated may choose to remove their mask while teaching or speaking to a group, provided they can maintain at least six feet of physical distance from all other persons at all times and everyone in the audience is masked.
     

Enhanced Masks and Wearing Masks Effectively

Type of Mask: A KN95 mask provides better protection for you and reduces the spread of the virus from someone wearing one. You are also less likely to develop COVID-19 after close contact with someone who tested positive when wearing a KN95 mask. These masks are extremely effective as they can filter 95% of the virus particles in the air.

UMD is providing one free KN95 mask per person to students, faculty, and staff.

Where to Get Your Mask

  • The Stamp Student Union has masks available to all students, faculty and staff.
  • Students living in residence halls, South Campus Commons, and Courtyards can pick up a mask at their Community Service desk locations.
  • Students living in university-owned fraternity and sorority houses will receive a mask at their houses.
  • Off-campus students living at University View, Terrapin Row, The Varsity, Landmark, and Graduate hills and Gardens can pick up a mask from their apartment complex.
  • 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.

 
This is based on updated recommendations from the CDC on mask usage by the general public.


The following is guidance on using and caring for KN95 masks from UMD’s Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk:

  • If possible, wash or sanitize your hands immediately before and after putting your KN95 on and immediately before and after taking it off when planning to reuse it.
  • Place the mask over your face, with the bottom below your chin and the nosepiece up.
  • Place the straps of the mask over each of your ears.
  • Adjust the metal nose clip using fingers from both hands to mold the clip to the shape of your nose
  • Adjust fit as necessary to reduce air flow around the mask.
  • Significant facial hair (more than 3-days growth) adversely affects the ability of the KN95 to form a tight seal around your face and thus reduces the KN95’s effectiveness at protecting you from COVID-19. Therefore, parts of your face that come in contact with the KN95 should be free of significant facial hair.
  • If you wear glasses and find fogging to be a nuisance, wash the lenses with soapy water and shake off the excess before putting on your mask (wipe off nose piece to minimize skin irritation).

Please DO NOT attempt to wash your KN95. With proper care, your KN95 should be reusable for an extended period of time.
 
To keep your KN95 clean between uses, store your mask in a safe location that other people cannot access and where it will not get wet or be subject to direct sunlight or excessive heat. A dry paper bag works well for storing your KN95.

You should replace your KN95 when it:

  • Becomes soiled
  • No longer covers the nose and mouth
  • Has stretched out or damaged ties or straps
  • Cannot stay on the face
  • Has holes or tears in the fabric
     

A KN95 may be disposed of in the normal trash.

 

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