March 30: UMBC COVID-19 Action Update
March 30, 2020 9:39 PM
Campus Status: The University is open, with employees working remotely. Facilities will remain closed.
Note: The Governor has issued a stay-at-home order effective at 8 p.m. today. The only exceptions to this order are for those performing essential job functions and those traveling to buy food or medicine or to seek urgent medical care. If you have an emergency and need to gain access to a campus building, please call UMBC Police at 410-455-5555.
For the most updated information and more information on actions to reduce COVID-19 risks in our community, please visit covid19.umbc.edu
Join President Hrabowski and campus leaders this Friday, April 3 at 4 p.m., for a virtual town hall to reflect on our first two weeks of distance education and work. We're all in this #UMBCtogether, so please share any questions at covid19.umbc.edu/town-hall.
Student Services and Support
- We are moving forward with the process of providing refunds to students and families. We hope to be able to provide them by the end of April. More details available here.
- UMBC Recreation and Physical Education is offering free online workouts starting this week.
- University Health Services is providing services remotely, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays. Please visit their website or call 410-455-2542 for more information. If you have non-emergency health concerns outside of regular business hours and wish to speak with someone from UMBC’s After-Hours Support Line, please call 410-455-3230.
- UMBC has announced grading options for Spring 2020. Please make sure to review both the undergraduate and graduate messages.
- UMBC is currently operating in a Research Maintenance Mode. Primary Investigators and lab staff must apply through the Access Exception Form to be on campus. More information is available here.
Business Continuity and Staff Support
- Human Resources has a new comprehensive FAQ page for employees and supervisors.
- Over the coming weeks, ABM will be cleaning out food that has been left in common area refrigerators in order to avoid food spoilage and maintain a healthy environment. ABM will throw away loose food such as fruits and vegetables as well as any containers of food that have been left behind. Any lunch bags or small coolers containing food will also be thrown away. Condiments will be left in the refrigerators. ABM will not remove anything from freezers and will not empty refrigerators located in offices or labs.
- UMBC has donated thousands of N-95 and surgical masks, nitrile gloves, and other personal protective equipment to the Maryland Department of Health in partnership with the Department’s coordinator for Baltimore County.
- Only faculty and staff with explicit permission from their supervisors should be on campus. If you have an emergency and need to access a building, please call UMBC Police at 410-455-5555.
In the midst of challenging times, the UMBC community always finds ways to support each other. Check out how Retrievers are staying #UMBCtogether even though we’re physically apart: