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The university has implemented a multifaceted and integrated plan for COVID-19 surveillance, testing and early warning.

Testing is critical to our understanding of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. We have developed appropriate procedures to initiate early contact identification for anyone who tests positive, and protocols for isolation and quarantine so we can help protect against the further spread of the virus.


Who Needs to Be Tested

Requirements for students, faculty, staff, and affiliates through July 2021:

  • If you are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms, you will not need to be tested in June and July. Please confirm your vaccination status. 
  • If you have not yet been vaccinated, you will need to be tested at least once per month and attest the results at return.umd.edu.

 

Requirements for students, faculty, staff, and affiliates for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester

  • If you are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms, you will not need to be tested regularly.
  • If you are unvaccinated, regardless of exemption status, you are required to comply with regular, twice-a-week on-campus COVID-19 testing.

 

Testing is available on-campus at the Stamp Student Union. You must make an appointment to get tested. Walk-ins are not permitted at this time.

  • Testing appointments must be made through the University Health Center Patient Portal.
  • Testing will take place at the Stamp Student Union on campus every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the summer.
  • You must wear a mask to your testing appointment.
  • Individuals who need assistance making an appointment may call the Health Center appointment line at 301-314-8184.

 
Off-Campus Testing: Testing is available in the College Park area; the closest site is behind the College Park Fire Station. Information and other testing locations can be found at coronavirus.maryland.gov or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Refer to the COVID-19 testing information site for detailed information and FAQs.

  • All students, faculty, staff and affiliates are required to confirm their PCR-based test results at return.umd.edu regardless of where the test occurred, even if done on campus. The University Health Center will not submit test results for you.
  • Students: Failure to confirm your test results may result in referral to the Office of Student Conduct for non-compliance.

All negative test results from both on-campus testing and off-campus testing locations must be submitted by individuals to return.umd.edu. The UHC will not submit test results on your behalf.

  • You must call the HEAL line at 301-405-4325
  • Messages left on the HEAL line will be responded to between 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 12 p.m.-6 p.m Saturday and Sunday. Any messages left outside of those times will be returned the next time the line is active. 
  • If you are having symptoms and need to speak to a nurse outside of the HEAL line's designated hours you can contact the After Hours Nurse Line at (877) 924-7758 between 8 p.m.-8 a.m, seven days a week. 
  • You will be required to isolate for 10 days, per CDC guidelines.
  • If you are living on campus, you will be asked to move to quarantine and isolation housing for the duration of your quarantine.
  • You are required to provide information about close contacts to the university and/or the county. Failure to comply will result in a referral to Student Conduct, the outcome of which could be interim suspension from the university. 
  • We will notify residents of university-owned buildings regarding a positive case on the same floor of that residence hall or university-owned fraternity or sorority house as a reminder for students to remain vigilant and follow the 4 Maryland healthy behaviors.

 

  • If you are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you will not need to quarantine.
  • If you are unvaccinated and determined by the University Health Center or Prince George’s County Health Department to be a close contact, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days.
  • The University Health Center will contact you with instructions. Failure to comply will result in a referral to Student Conduct, the outcome of which could be interim suspension from the university. 
  • If you are living on campus, you will be asked to move to quarantine and isolation housing and will be required to stay for 10 days. 

The quarantine and isolation housing program closed and will reopen at the beginning of the fall 2021 semester.

UMD has developed a voluntary way for students, faculty, staff, and affiliates to provide the names and contact information for UMD community members they frequently interact with. 

This platform is designed to aid in early contact identification should someone test positive for COVID-19. Close contacts are individuals who you interact with regularly in-person while working, studying, or in residence on campus or in the greater College Park community. This system is optional and not required.

 

 

About

The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,700 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and 388,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas. Located just outside Washington, D.C., we discover and share new knowledge every day through our renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts and athletics. And we are committed to social entrepreneurship as the nation’s first “Do Good” campus.

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Academics

Spanning 12 schools and colleges, Maryland offers more than 300 degree-granting programs, many of them ranked among the best in the country. Our faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 58 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. And our students, who include the highest achievers in the state and nation, enjoy experiences unique to our location just outside the nation’s capital, including internships, research, and leadership and service opportunities.

Research and Innovation

The University of Maryland is one of the world’s premier research institutions. With our strategic location and scores of partnerships with government and businesses, UMD conducts groundbreaking research on some of the biggest challenges facing our global community, including cybersecurity and terrorism, bioengineering, public health equity, food safety and climate change. We strive to discover new knowledge and put it to work through innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing economic development and transforming lives. 


The newly launched Innovation Gateway will guide you to the resources, programs, partners, and spaces you need to activate and scale your fearless ideas into innovations that launch new ventures, catalyze growth, and advance economic development.

Arts

At the University of Maryland, the arts, the humanities and the sciences intersect to address important societal issues and shed new light on the human experience. Our vibrant campus arts community collaborates with local and national cultural organizations such as the Phillips Collection, Kennedy Center and Folger Shakespeare Library. Student and faculty artists, designers, historians, writers and performers are exploring new media, presenting new perspectives, investigating new techniques and engaging new audiences.

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Home of the Terrapins, the University of Maryland has one of the nation’s most recognizable and successful athletics programs. More than 550 student-athletes compete each year in 20 intercollegiate sports—12 for women and eight for men. Since 2005 alone, Maryland has won 19 national championships, including NCAA titles in women’s basketball, men’s soccer, men's lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, and field hockey. Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014, UMD has won a combined 32 regular season and tournament championships. Fear the Turtle!

Our Commitment to Student-Athletes

At the University of Maryland, our commitment to the safety and well-being of our students is paramount and resolute. For our student-athletes, that means both on and off the field.
The University of Maryland is committed to accountability, transparency, and fairness and is working to ensure our program upholds the values of our University.
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Student Life

The Terp experience extends beyond classrooms, labs and studios. It encompasses residence halls and dining halls, clubs and sports, fraternities and sororities, campus events and performances, and countless off-campus destinations. Maryland touts 800-plus student organizations, dozens of prestigious living and learning communities, and countless other ways to get involved. Students here can create a unique identity and grow as individuals, even as they’re part of a close-knit and diverse community. 

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