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←Return to the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
Schedule of Classes (Testudo)
Efforts regarding teaching and learning this fall are grounded in four principles:
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.
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.
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.
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 will begin as scheduled on Aug. 31 but will delay undergraduate in-person instruction until Sept. 14. Undergraduate instruction will be delivered online for the first two weeks. All graduate-level instruction and approved research activities will proceed 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 updated fall course schedule with final course options is available at testudo.umd.edu, including the in-person, online or blended format for each course.
On July 27, University Libraries
entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan and began providing curbside pickup
of physical materials from McKeldin Library. Further details of the reopening plan can be found on the Libraries website
programs in all locations for the Fall 2020 semester are canceled. 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: go.umd.edu/BTAACourseShare
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