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Summer 2020 Updates

UMBC’s physical campus remains closed and employees continue to work remotely. Only employees with permission from their supervisor, approved researchers, and/or approved students should be on campus.

If you have an emergency need to visit campus, call UMBC Police Deputy Chief Bruce Perry at 443-677-2195 or Lieutenant Derrick Johns at 410-207-0850.

Limited Access to Campus

The campus remains accessible for emergency access only. If you have a one-time emergency need to visit campus, call UMBC Police Deputy Chief Bruce Perry at 443-677-2195 or Lieutenant Derrick Johns at 410-207-0850.

The campus is currently in Phase 1 of its re-opening plan – Summer Pilot Research Activities (June 15 – August 2, 2020)

During Phase 1, employees who can effectively work remotely will continue to do so. A limited number of employees will be working on campus, including faculty who have been approved to return to work on campus for research and creative achievement purposes. Visitors and students not approved to be on campus are strongly discouraged from coming to campus.

No staff member who is immuno-compromised or otherwise considered under CDC guidance to be high-risk regarding COVID-19 will be required to work on campus. If you have been asked to return to campus and are over the age of 65, or have a CDC-recognized underlying condition(s), contact Human Resources on a confidential basis at to arrange telework, use accrued sick or other leave, or receive an excused absence. See USM guidance.

Research and Creative Achievement

Effective June 15, 2020, UMBC’s research and studio facilities are operating under Phase 1 RCA Mode. Any individual or team requesting access to research or studio facilities is required to obtain prior authorization by submitting the Research Access Exception Form.

Summer Camps and Events

Due to the health risks presented by the COVID-19 crisis, all overnight camps, residential programs, day-camps, on-campus events, and programs/activities scheduled in UMBC facilities through UMBC personnel are canceled for summer 2020.

New Student Orientation

Summer marks the start of New Student Orientation where we welcome our newest Retrievers to our community and introduce them to both the academic and social life at UMBC! To ensure the continued health and safety of our new students, this year, we will host our mandatory first-year and transfer student orientation programs in a virtual format. Students’ orientation experience will culminate with one-on-one advising and course selection and registration. Ongoing engagement opportunities throughout the summer, such as online chats with our orientation peer advisors, will ensure that our new students are developing meaningful and consistent connections with each other and our community.

We will share additional updates on this page and the Orientation website. The website also features FAQs. For questions, please contact Dale Bittinger, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation, at

Campus Mail

The University Center mailroom will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. — 12 p.m. There is ground-level access next to the ATM; all other doors are locked.

UMBC Transit

UMBC Transit has suspended all routes until further notice. Information and alternative transportation options are posted to the Transit page. Please refer all questions to