Currently all residential students at UMBC will be required to remain up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination. This includes boosters when they are eligible. Residential students should share their vaccination records through Retriever Integrated Health and their RetrieverCare portal. The university also offers a waiver and medical and religious exemptions to this requirement.

Vaccination is strongly recommended for all other eligible students, faculty, and staff. Faculty, staff, and commuting students no longer need to submit vaccination records.

Community members who have been on campus and tested positive within the last 10 days should file a Case Report Form. You will then receive additional guidance.

All Community members who have had a recent positive test must complete the guidance required by the CDC. This includes a minimum 5-day isolation and a required masking period for up to 5 days afterwards.

Please connect with your healthcare provider to understand how to treat COVID-19. Students can reach out to Retriever Integrated Health.

UMBC currently provides free rapid tests for all community members. They are available for pick up at:

  • the Police Station
  • Commons Information Center
  • Residence hall and apartment front desks

The FDA routinely extends the expiration dates on COVID-19 testing kits. We continuously monitor the kits we distribute to make sure they are still valid. Even if the date on the package indicates they have expired, staff have verified that all tests are still effective. You can review the FDA’s list of extensions here.

Every U.S. household is also eligible to order 4 free at-home covid tests here.

At this time, masks are recommended but not required for much of the campus. We ask that all in our community Keep Masks in Mind by carrying a mask with them and respecting individuals who need or choose to wear a mask.

Individuals who have recently recovered from COVID-19 illness and have ended isolation should continue to mask through Day 10. Masking can be discontinued sooner than Day 10 if you have 2 sequential negative rapid antigen tests done 48 hours apart.

When you need to mask, we continue to encourage you to select a high-quality mask. Free KN95 masks are available on campus.

Free KN95 masks are available during business hours at the following locations:

  • The Police Station front counter
  • Campus Card and Dining Services
  • Retriever Activities Center
  • The Commons Information Center
  • Albin O. Kuhn Library Circulation Desk
  • Residence hall and apartment front desks

Departments wishing to request a supply of masks must call Facilities Management Work Control at 410-455-2550 to arrange a time to pick up masks.