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Campus Access: Safety Requirements

Spring 2021 Campus Access Requirements


All students, faculty, and staff approved to be on campus for the spring 2021 semester must:

  1. Log in to your myUMBC profile and check your COVID-19 compliance card to see if you are approved for campus access;
  2. Take a COVID-19 test and report a negative result;
  3. Complete daily online symptom tracking throughout the semester; AND
  4. Complete an online health and safety training module.
  5. Students living and/or taking classes on campus are also required to sign the Retriever Community Agreement making a personal commitment to precautions and actions required in order to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 on our campus and beyond.

Note: If you were approved to be on campus during the fall 2020 semester and have already completed the online health and safety training and signed the Retriever Community Agreement, if applicable, you do not need to do so again.

COVID-19 Testing

If you are approved to be on campus for the spring semester, you will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result. Please visit our testing page for additional information.

In addition, we are strongly encouraging community members to complete an opt-in for the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) system. CRISP is Maryland’s regional health information exchange that collects and shares COVID-19 test results with clinicians and other approved users. This collaboration, though not required, allows UMBC to receive results from other participating providers automatically, and will drastically reduce your need to upload external test results. Please help the safety and efficiency of our campus community by one-time opting-in to CRISP today!

Daily Online Symptom Tracking

All faculty, staff, and students who are approved to be on campus are required to complete UMBC’s daily online symptom tracker every day, seven-days-a-week throughout the semester. More information is available on the Symptom Tracking page.

Community members who are approved to be on campus and are coming to campus during the winter break are required to continue daily online symptom tracking in accordance with previous guidance.

Community members who are approved to be on campus for the spring 2021 semester —including those who were previously approved for campus access during the fall 2020 semester and those who are newly approved for campus access—must resume or begin symptom tracking as follows:

  • Faculty: January 19 or 14 days before the first time you will come to campus, whichever is earlier.
  • Staff: January 19 or 14 days before the first time you will come to campus, whichever is earlier.
  • Residential Students: January 8 (14 days before the start of move-in).
  • Commuting Students: January 19 (14 days before the start of in-person classes).
Health and Safety Training

All faculty and staff are required to complete the Return to Campus COVID Awareness course and students are required to complete the Return to Campus COVID Awareness Training for Students and sign the Retriever Community Agreement. Residential students and students commuting to campus for in-person classes during the spring 2021 semester must complete the Return to Campus COVID Awareness online training by January 21, 2021. More information is available on the Training and Code of Conduct page.

Note: If you were approved to be on campus during the fall 2020 semester and have already completed this training and signed the Retriever Community Agreement, if applicable, you do not need to do so again.

Students: Please note that we have continued to update the Addendum to the UMBC Code of Student Conduct as the University makes decisions based on the most up-to-date public health information. We recommend that all students take a moment to review this document prior to the start of the spring semester.

Compliance with Campus Access Requirements

Testing and online symptom tracking are among our most powerful tools for keeping the entire community safe. We will be actively monitoring compliance during the spring semester and enforcing a range of disciplinary measures for individuals who are not in compliance, including loss of access to campus. Residential students must be compliant at move-in; failure to do so will delay your ability to check in to your assigned on-campus residence. You may check your compliance status at any time in your myUMBC profile.

Process for Opting Out of Campus Access

If you receive information on completing these requirements but you believe you no longer need campus access, complete our opt-out process. Students who wish to opt-out of classes should complete this form. Faculty, staff, student workers, and researchers should complete this form.

Once you are removed from the list, you will no longer receive reminders to complete these requirements.

On-Campus Health and Safety Measures

All community members approved to be on campus are required to engage in Safe On-Campus Behavior. For more information about personal protective equipment, cleaning on campus, and other health and safety measures, please see the On-Campus Safety Protocols page.