COVID-19-Related Class Absences
We recognize that in addition to physical illness due to COVID-19, there are numerous COVID-19-related situations that might also necessitate absence from class. This includes situations like, but not limited to, self-quarantine, quarantine or care of immediate family members, or child care resulting from school closures or family illness.
Class absences may take the form of not attending an in-person class or a scheduled synchronous online class; not participating in online class activities (synchronous or asynchronous); or an inability to meet deadlines for homework, quizzes/exams, presentations, or other graded assessments. Students who are absent from class due to COVID-19-related situations need to communicate directly with the course instructor as they would for any other absence. Students should submit notification of the absence in writing to their instructor in a timely manner either prior to the absence or as soon afterwards as possible.
It is important to affirm that class absences, COVID-19-related or not, do not alter the academic requirements of any course and students remain responsible for information and material missed during the absence. Additionally, COVID-19-related absences are not considered a “disability” and as such do not require that students seek accommodations from the Office of Student Disability Services.
Finally, an instructor may determine that missing a certain amount of participation-dependent activities precludes successful accomplishment of the learning outcomes for the course. In cases like this, the instructor may advise the student to withdraw from the course. Students should discuss all options with their instructor and if course withdrawal is necessary, students should work with their academic advisor, and for undergraduates, if appropriate, their academic advocate to minimize impacts on their degree progression. Graduate students may also contact their graduate program director.
COVID-19-Related Health Concerns & In-Person or Hybrid Classes
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understood that some students who are enrolled in classes that have an in-person component may have or develop COVID-19-related health concerns about coming to campus to attend those classes this semester. No student shall be compelled to attend an in-person class or attend an in-person assessment if they have COVID-19-related health concerns. However, for students enrolled in courses having an in-person component who anticipate not being able to attend the in-person class sessions due to COVID-19-related health concerns, it is advisable to provide notice to the course instructor at the beginning of the term so that alternate arrangements can be made. Students enrolled in courses with an in-person component who develop COVID-19-related health concerns during the semester should immediately contact the course instructor to discuss alternative instructional arrangements.
Food and Shelter Assistance
Retriever Essentials items will be available at the Campus Police Station and True Grit’s for immediate relief. The following resources are available locally in the event you or someone you know needs assistance related to food and housing access. You can search for your nearest food pantry, call 211.
Shelters are also available to those who need them. Please note that there are certain stipulations involved while staying in a shelter. Usually it means you are given a bed, you are supposed to store your belongings underneath the bed, etc. Prior to arrival, please check with the shelter staff for additional information.
The Counseling Center
The Counseling Center offers free and confidential services to all registered UMBC students in the form of individual, couples, or group counseling, as well as workshops, campus presentations, consultation, and self-help resources. The Counseling Center will continue to offer telehealth appointments and virtual workshops and group counseling. Contact UMBC’s Counseling Center at 410-455-2472. The Center’s hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the After-Hours Support Line is available at 410-455-3230.
The Haven at UMBC
Services at The Haven at UMBC and The Haven at College are suspended at this time. If you need services related to substance abuse and associated disorders, or recovery support, please contact UMBC’s Counseling Center.
Retriever Activities Center and UMBC Recreation
The Retriever Activities Center (RAC) will be closed for the Spring 2021 semester and all programs will be offered virtually to the campus community.
University Health Services
University Health Services (UHS) will continue to offer telehealth appointments weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. An after-hours support line is available after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Some in-person appointments will be available during the spring semester, and more information will be on the UHS website when confirmed. If you are experiencing an emergency that requires an immediate response and you are on campus, please call UMBC Police at 410-455-5555. If you are off campus please call 911, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
- Contact: 410-455-2542
- After-hours support line: 410-455-3230
- myUMBC Group: my.umbc.edu/groups/healthed