The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community will remain at the forefront of all of our planning considerations for the gradual return to campus for the UMBC community. For the fall semester, most faculty and staff will continue to work remotely to the greatest extent possible. If there is an expanded presence of students, faculty, and staff on campus in the fall, appropriate offices and functions that are best conducted on campus will be identified and considered. Supervisors will be encouraged to be flexible and provide support and alternatives where reasonable and feasible. In ensuring the health and safety of faculty and staff coming to campus, we will adhere to all precautions and guidance from the CDC, OSHA, and other experts. This will include the following:
- Mandatory use of appropriate PPE;
- Enhanced access to cleaning and hand sanitization;
- Protocols to meet physical distancing requirements, including space modification, installation of barriers, etc.;
- Training and education; and
- Continued remote/online meetings.
This plan will also identify and modify HR policies and practices that need to be revised to reflect this hybrid workforce.