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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 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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 physical distancing of at least six feet from all other persons at all times and everyone in the audience is masked.

Wear Your Mask Effectively

  • Check the fit. Your mask should:
    • Fit snugly against your face;
    • Cover your nose, mouth and chin;
    • Have at least two layers (multiple layers of fabric or a disposable mask under a cloth mask); and
    • Allow you to see and breathe easily.
  • Keep it clean: Reusable face masks should be washed regularly. Having multiple masks on hand ensures you can rotate as needed. Throw away a disposable mask after wearing it once. Don’t share your masks with others.
  • Learn more from the CDC: Improve How Your Mask Protects You


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