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COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Summer 2021 Testing

  • These guidelines apply from May 23 to July 6. We will provide additional guidance on testing and tracking requirements for July 6 and beyond in the coming weeks.
  • Testing and Symptom Tracking continues for Summer 2021. All community members that will be on campus must continue to complete daily symptom tracking.
  • Testing guidelines will change on May 23 for vaccinated community members. More information is on our testing groups page.
  • If you have been vaccinated, please report your vaccination ASAP.
  • Faculty and staff who will not be on campus during the summer should complete the appropriate Opt-out form. Students who are enrolled in Spring 2021 courses will be automatically removed from the approved to be on campus list.

Spring 2021 Testing

  • Our COVID-19 testing strategy for the Spring 2021 semester relies on routine testing for all individuals who will regularly be on the physical campus. To accomplish this task, we have assigned community members to designated testing groups.
  • Testing Groups and accompanying instructions are now available.
  • No community member should come to campus solely for the purpose of testing. Testing schedules are assigned based on how often a person is approved to be on campus, if you feel that your testing group or schedule requires more frequent testing than you are on campus, you may be in the wrong group. Please review the testing instructions you received carefully.
  • Faculty, staff, and commuting students: If our physical campus is closed or if you miss a day on campus due to inclement weather, please test on the next day you are scheduled to be on campus and then resume your regular testing schedule. Residential students should continue to follow their regular testing schedule during inclement weather.

Additional Testing Information

  • At this time, individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine will still need to participate in symptom tracking and testing; see our Vaccine Information page for additional details.
  • If you have tested positive within the past 90 days, you do not need to re-test. Please upload your positive result here.

Results

Testing results will be posted to your COVID Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile. It generally takes 72 hours to receive your results. Please contact covid19@umbc.edu if you have not received your results after 72 hours

Off-Campus Testing Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I was required to get tested but I haven’t yet done so, or haven’t yet received my results?

If you are approved to be on campus and cannot test during the designated time period, you should make arrangements to do so as soon as possible at an off-campus location.

  • Free tests are available at the Baltimore Convention Center as well as other sites across Maryland.
  • Baltimore County offers free ongoing COVID-19 testing. You can access sites and make appointments on this website. You do not have to be a Baltimore County resident to access the free testing.
  • Out-of-state community members are encouraged to explore testing locations near them.

We understand that some faculty, staff, and students who are approved to be physically present on campus and who have undergone testing very recently might not have been informed of their test results yet. If you have been tested but have not yet received your results, you may return to campus provided you comply with all other health and safety requirements, including daily symptom tracking and COVID-19 health and safety training.

If you have not been tested, do not physically come to campus until you have a negative test result. University Health Services is actively monitoring results from on-campus testing and off-campus test results submitted by community members. Any community member with a known positive test result will receive follow-up.

What should I do if I no longer need campus access?

Faculty, staff, and students who believe they no longer need campus access and would like to request removal from the access list should refer to UMBC’s campus access opt-out portal for further information.

What if I receive a positive test result?

If your result is positive, please submit this COVID-19 Case Report Form as soon as possible to initiate UMBC’s support protocols. Please also follow up with your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, please contact University Health Services at (410) 455-2542.

How can I report the result of my off-campus test?

Those who fulfill their testing requirement with an off-campus test need to submit their result through UMBC’s COVID-19 test result submission form.

I am a student, faculty, or staff member who has been approved to be on campus. When will I take my next test?

We will be sharing spring 2021 testing schedules soon by email with everyone who is approved to be on campus. Please continue to complete your daily online symptom tracking and report any symptoms, exposure to individuals with symptoms, or positive results of an off-campus test.

A coworker, colleague, or neighbor of mine received an email requiring them to attend on-campus testing, why didn’t I?

UMBC’s testing strategy was created with the advice of public health experts and is not comprehensive. Testing is for surveillance purposes to identify outbreaks; not every person will be tested, especially if you do not come to campus regularly. More information will be available soon.

Can I choose to be tested on campus?

At this time we are not able to have community members “walk-in” for on-campus testing. We are exploring this option and will contact all those approved to be on campus if a date becomes available. In the meantime,