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Guiding Principles for Return to Campus Planning

UMBC Vision
The UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds.

Consistent with this vision and our mission, our planning process and our return to campus will be guided by the following principles:

Guiding Principles for Return to Campus Planning

We continue to carry out our mission to serve the public good by supporting the academic progress of our students, the continuity of research and creative achievement, community engagement, and the well-being of the people in our campus community and the state.

  • The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community will remain at the forefront of all of our planning considerations. UMBC’s plan to reopen our campus will be grounded in the best available scientific and medical information and adhere to guidance and constraints provided by federal (including CDC and OSHA), state, and local government officials and the University System of Maryland (USM).
  • UMBC’s commitment to shared governance will inform every stage of our planning process. We will continue to engage the campus community broadly, through participation on planning groups, frequent communication, and solicitation of input as plans are developed.
  • While our work through the pandemic takes place in varied modes and spaces, UMBC will continue to offer students a distinctive experience centered on their success and well-being. Now more than ever, students, as well as faculty and staff, will find value and inspiration in our culture of inclusive excellence and supportive communities for teaching and learning, research and creative achievement, student life, and community engagement. Hallmarks of the UMBC student experience—including innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary instruction and learning, mentoring, career-building experiences, and student organizations and social life—will continue to be available to students, whether their courses happen on campus or virtually.
  • Our planning and implementation will give special attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. The particular access and support required for one student or group may be different from that needed by others. All plans will be reviewed through an equity and inclusion lens.
  • We understand that recovery is a dynamic process, not a single milestone. Our plan is based on current knowledge and key assumptions about what is possible. We recognize that our plans will likely evolve as the environment changes, or we are able to confirm our assumptions and adapt accordingly.