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COVID 19 Policy, Processes and Information

Spring Semester Campus Access Requirements

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COVID-19 Spring Semester Campus Access Requirements

  • You can find the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 health and safety requirements for community members who are approved to be on campus during the spring 2021 semester on the Campus Access Requirements page.

COVID-19 Health & Safety

COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Please see our new COVID-19 vaccine page for more information about Maryland’s distribution plan and how you can sign up to receive a vaccine if you are currently eligible.

Winter Welcome Week 

  • Winter Welcome Week is January 25 – 30. Welcome Week is one of UMBC’s favorite traditions. At the beginning of each semester, departments and offices from across campus come together to welcome new and returning students back to UMBC.

The Commons Update

  • The Commons will be opening Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., beginning Monday, January 25. Building access and services continue to be limited as they were during the fall 2020 semester. There will be no indoor dining/seating at this time and general access is limited to the lower levels of the building. Available (but limited) services are: Chartwells, the Bookstore, and commonvisioncommunity members should visit websites in advance for operating hours and available services. All other staff, offices, and departments will be operating virtually. The PNC Branch will remain closed. No indoor events are currently scheduled to take place in The Commons during the spring 2021 semester.



At a Glance: UMBC Policies and Resources for Students during COVID-19


UMBC’s Vision Statement

Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds.


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Student Safety

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understood that some students who are enrolled in classes that have an in-person component may have or develop COVID-19 related health concerns coming to campus to attend those classes this semester.  No student shall be compelled to attend class or attend an assessment if they have COVID-19 related health concerns. However, for students enrolled in courses having a physical presence component who anticipate not being able to attend the in-person class sessions due to COVID-19 related health concerns, it is advisable to provide notice to the course instructor at the beginning of the term so that alternate arrangements can be made.  Students enrolled in courses with an in-person component who develop COVID-19 related health concerns during the semester should immediately contact the course instructor to discuss alternative instructional arrangements.


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Technology: Access, Requirements, Resources, Support

To help ensure that UMBC students are equipped for academic success, the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) provides a wealth of resources and support, including tips for getting online and minimum specifications to consider when purchasing a computer ( UMBC does require all students to be technologically self-sufficient, which entails having a reliable personal computer (preferably a laptop with webcam) and Internet access. Since UMBC requires all students to have a computer and Internet access, financial aid may be used to meet this requirement. To learn more, students should contact their financial aid counselor at


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COVID-19: Safety Expectations and Guidelines

Students enrolled in this course are expected to adhere to all UMBC policies, rules, and regulations, including COVID-19 emergency health and safety rules, policies, guidelines, and signage enacted for the UMBC community. For students attending in-person classes, signage, policies, rules, and/or guidelines may include but are not limited to specific requirements for face coverings, physical distancing, and sanitization, in addition to efforts to reduce density efforts that involve reductions in seating and room capacity. Please be aware that UMBC’s COVID-19 emergency health and safety rules, regulations, policies, guidelines, and/or signage are subject to change as our public health crisis evolves. Any violation will be subject to disciplinary action and may include but not limited to immediate dismissal from the classroom, removal from the classroom and/or campus, a requirement to work remotely, and/or sanctions and conditions enumerated in the UMBC Code of Student Conduct that may entail suspension or expulsion from UMBC.


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Academic integrity in the Online Instruction Environment

Academic integrity is an important value at UMBC. By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC’s scholarly community in which everyone’s academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal. These principles and policies apply in both face-to-face and online classes. Resources for students about academic integrity at UMBC are available at


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Resources to Help you Succeed in Online Courses

Many students need additional support to succeed in online courses. Click on the following links for helpful resources:

UMBC’s Academic Success Center (ASC) provides a range of resources to support students as they progress toward degree completion. They will continue to offer all of their services online.

The ASC has created a specialized set of Online Learning Resources, including videos and guides to help students succeed while learning online.

In addition, check out the following resources:

  • Academic Success Center Resources include: Online tutoring and writing support, supplemental instruction/peer-assisted study sessions (SI PASS), placement testing, FYI academic alerts, success courses, academic advocacy, academic policy and academic success meetings.
  • Tutoring and Writing Center Appointments will be online; students can make appointments using this link.
  • SI PASS Supplemental Instruction (SI)/ Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). The SI PASS program targets traditionally difficult academic courses, providing regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions, happening in Blackboard Collaborate inside your existing Blackboard course.
  • Academic Advocates: Advocates work one-on-one with students who need support navigating academic and institutional challenges, no matter how complex the concerns (i.e., personal, academic, or financial).
  • Academic Success Meetings – Schedule a one-to-one virtual meeting with an Academic Success Center Professional who can help you with time management, study skills, and accessing campus resources.

If you have a question, please contact the ASC at

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Enrollment Dates and Deadlines

Students must be familiar with the academic policies and enrollment dates and deadlines as published in the Undergraduate Catalog and the Academic Calendar. They are also responsible for managing their course enrollment(s) accordingly.


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Accessibility and Disability Accommodations, Guidance and Resources

Support services for students with disabilities are provided for all students qualified under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA & ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act who request and are eligible for accommodations. The Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) is the UMBC department designated to coordinate accommodations that would create equal access for students when barriers to participation exist in University courses, programs, or activities.


If you have a documented disability and need to request academic accommodations in your courses, please refer to the SDS website at for registration information and office procedures.


SDS email:

SDS phone: (410) 455-2459


If you will be using SDS approved accommodations in this class, please contact me (instructor) to discuss implementation of the accommodations. During remote instruction requirements due to COVID, communication and flexibility will be essential for success.


Please note: Shady Grove campus (USG) student accommodation needs are arranged through the UMBC main campus SDS office.


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Religious Observances

UMBC Policy provides that students should not be penalized because of observances of their religious beliefs, students shall be given an opportunity, whenever feasible, to make up within a reasonable time any academic assignment that is missed due to individual participation in religious observances. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any intended absences for religious observances in advance, and as early as possible.  For questions please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at


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Hate, Bias, Discrimination and Harassment

UMBC values safety, cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility, lifelong learning, equity, and civic engagement.


Consistent with these principles, UMBC Policy prohibits discrimination and harassment in its educational programs and activities or with respect to employment terms and conditions based on race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, ancestry, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, veterans status, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or genetic information.


Students (and faculty and staff) who experience discrimination, harassment, hate or bias or who have such matters reported to them should use the online reporting form to report discrimination, hate or bias incidents; reporting may be anonymous.


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Sex and Gender Based Violence, Harassment and Discrimination

Any student who is impacted by sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual coercion, relationship violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation, sex, gender-based stalking or retaliation or gender or pregnancy discrimination is encouraged to seek support and resources.


You can access support and resources even if you do not want to take any further action. You will not be forced to file a formal complaint or police report. Please be aware that the University may take action on its own if essential to protect the safety of the community.


As an instructor, I am considered a Responsible Employee, per UMBC’s Policy on Prohibited Sexual Misconduct, Interpersonal Violence, and Other Related Misconduct I am required to report disclosures of possible violations of the Policy to the Title IX Coordinator, even if the experience occurred before you attended UMBC.


While I want you to be able to share information related to your life experiences through discussion and written work, I also want you to understand that I must report Sexual Misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator so that the University can inform you of your rights, resources and support.


If you need to speak with someone in confidence, who does not have an obligation to report to the Title IX Coordinator, about an incident, UMBC has the following Confidential Resources available to support you: The Counseling Center: 410-455-2742; University Health Services: 410-455-2542; For after-hours emergency consultation, call 301-314-7651.


Other on-campus supports and resources: The Women’s Center (for students of all genders): 410-455-2714; Title IX Coordinator, 410- 455-1250.


Child Abuse and Neglect: Please note that Maryland law requires that I report all disclosures or suspicions of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Social Service and/or the police.


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UMBC’s Sexual Misconduct, Interpersonal Violence, and Other Related Misconduct Policy expressly prohibits all forms of Discrimination and Harassment on the basis of sex, including pregnancy. Resources for pregnant students are available through the University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.


In addition, students who are pregnant may be entitled to accommodations under the ADA through the Student Disability Service Office, and/or under Title IX through the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Caregiving Resources Web Page

AOK Library Information regarding COVID

Temporary Salary Reduction Information

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