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COVID-19 and Returning to Campus, Testing, Student Conduct, and Safety Concerns

August 17, 2020

UMD President Darryl Pines announced on August 10 that while Fall 2020 semester graduate courses and research will begin as scheduled on August 31, undergraduate classes will begin virtually on that date, until at least September 14. 

COVID-19 Testing Required for all Returning to Campus 

The University System of Maryland recently issued guidance that all students, faculty and staff will be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to the start of the semester. The"Additional Safety Measures" section of this message contains information about testing, including finding a testing site in your area, orsigning up for on-campus testing

As always, please, do not come to campus if:

    • You are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms

    • You are caring for someone with COVID-19 or possible COVID-19 infection

    • You are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test because you had symptoms or were exposed

    • You are sick in any way, even with mild illness

    Wear a Face Covering

    Wear a face covering at all times indoors and outdoors when in the presence of others. Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth.

    Practice Physical Distancing

    Stay at least 6 feet apart from others.

    Practice Good Hand Hygiene 

    Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.


    The 4Maryland campus reopening framework prioritizes the health and safety of every member of our campus community; protects and supports the educational and research missions to maintain academic excellence; makes decisions grounded in our values of equity and inclusion, and provides timely and transparent communication and obtain input from internal and external stakeholders about the proposed reopening plans.

    Please read this 4Maryland message, detailing student conduct, health and safety measures all students, faculty, and staff must take on- and off-campus, and sanctions for infractions. 

    Contact Information

    The Graduate School, University of Maryland

    2123 Lee Building
    7809 Regents Drive
    College Park, MD 20742