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Fall 2021 Semester Planning

The university has released guidelines and a phased plan for Fall 2021. This plan aims at gradually expanding in-person campus activities in a phased approach, keeping our focus on the health and well-being of our entire campus community. Should health conditions change, other aspects of this plan may also change. Updates and any additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Fall 2021 Guidelines   Fall 2021 Phased Plan

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, and must be completed no later than August 2, 2021. See vaccination requirements
  • If you are vaccinated but have not yet confirmed your status with the University, please visit
  • Depending on your vaccination status, you may need to wear a mask. See health and safety requirements.
  • 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.

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.

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

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.

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 Conducting UMD Research

Campus Research Not Involving Human Subjects

  • Research may resume 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 may resume.
  • 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 may resume 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


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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. 

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We have worked diligently to develop and enhance plans for reopening our campus while prioritizing the health and safety of our community members. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students have collaborated in work-groups and teams to create and maintain a physically distant, yet academically and socially rich environment for the fall semester. Our plans continue to be coordinated with state and county health officials, with additional guidance provided by the University System of Maryland. Latest 4 Maryland Updates

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