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COVID-19 Testing Requirements

The following groups were required to take a COVID-19 test within the 14 days prior to the start of the fall semester:

  • Faculty teaching hybrid or face-to-face classes
  • Faculty teaching online but approved to work from campus
  • Staff approved to work on campus
  • Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Community
  • Students commuting to on-campus classes (both hybrid and fully in-person)
  • Residential students: COVID-19 tests on move-in day before getting access to on-campus residence (August 21-26) and after Labor Day (September 8-10)
  • Residential student staff: COVID-19 tests (1) within 14 days before arriving on campus, (2) during the move-in period, and (3) after Labor Day (September 8-10).

The following groups are not required to take a COVID-19 test:

  • Faculty who will be teaching fully remotely during the fall semester
  • Staff who will be working fully remotely during the fall semester
  • Students with fully online course schedules
What if I was required to get tested but I haven’t yet done so, or haven’t yet received my results?

UMBC worked within the University System of Maryland testing guidelines to connect faculty, staff, and students with COVID-19 testing options off-campus in early August and on-campus August 21-26. In order to provide UMBC community members approved to be on campus this fall with the greatest possible access to testing, we extended the on-campus testing period until the day before the start of the semester on August 27 and are accepting the results of off-campus tests conducted through August 26. If you are approved to be on campus and have not yet gotten a COVID-19 test, you should make arrangements to do so as soon as possible at an off-campus location.

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 follow 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 University testing and off-campus test results submitted by community members. Any community member with a known positive test result has received follow-up.

Are there exceptions to the testing requirement? What if I’m continuing on campus, not returning for the first time since spring?

The University System of Maryland testing and tracking mandate does not include a provision for exceptions. However, faculty and staff approved to work on campus this summer who participated and who fulfilled the summer testing requirement (through UMBC’s on-campus COVID-19 testing pilot program in mid-July or off-site testing prior to August 17) do not need to complete additional testing at this time. These members of our faculty and staff community are considered to be continuing on campus, rather than returning to campus. Those who participated in the pilot testing program do not need to submit their results; the University has documented them. Those who fulfilled their prior requirement with an off-campus test will need to submit their results through UMBC’s COVID-19 test result submission form.

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

We now have a process for faculty, staff, and students who believe they no longer need campus access and would like to request removal from the access list. Please refer to UMBC’s new campus access opt-out portal for details.

Can I still sign up for testing? Where can I go to get a test?

Faculty, staff, and students required to get a test before returning to campus this fall received details by email about how to sign up for on-campus testing between August 21 and 26, as well as off-campus testing. If you need to take a COVID-19 test and have not yet done so, please access an off-campus testing location.

If you are seeking a test externally to fulfill UMBC’s testing requirement, please note that this must be a viral test, not an antibody test, and some facilities will only test people who are symptomatic. University of Maryland Medical System testing sites are only serving individuals with COVID-19 symptoms.

How can I access and report the result of my on-campus test?

The University of Maryland Pathology Associates (UMPA) laboratory was UMBC’s partner for on-campus testing on August 21-26. If you got a COVID-19 test on campus, within two to five days UMPA will email you instructions for activating a MyPortfolio account where your test result will be available. If you have any questions or technical difficulties with this account, or if you do not receive a MyPortfolio email, please contact the MyPortfolio technical support center at (844) 281-8667 or email myportfoliosupport@umm.edu. UMBC will automatically and securely document the results of all on-campus tests; you do not need to take further action to submit test results.

What if I receive a positive test result?

If your result is positive, please submit the 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.

How is UMBC securing the personal information I submit through my test result reporting form?

UMBC takes the security and privacy of your personal information very seriously. While we are required to collect information as a part of protecting our campus community, we respect the personal nature of the information we are gathering. For that reason, we are securing all information collected through UMBC’s COVID-19 Test Result Reporting Form with the same security measures that we use to protect social security numbers and other confidential information. Please see our full privacy statement for details.

Where can I find information on the other requirements for returning to campus, beyond testing?

The Retriever Ready website provides additional details on symptom tracking and health and safety training requirements, as well as information on reporting a COVID-19 case.

All students, faculty, and staff approved to return to campus for the fall semester were required to take a COVID-19 viral test within the two weeks prior to the start of the semester and report the result. Free, on-campus testing was made available August 21-26 for these community members. Those unable to take a COVID-19 test during that period who still require one should now get testing through an off-campus location.

What to keep in mind in scheduling an off-campus test

If you are seeking a test externally to fulfill UMBC’s testing requirement, please note that this must be a viral test, not an antibody test, and some facilities will only test people who are symptomatic. University of Maryland Medical System testing sites are only serving individuals with COVID-19 symptoms.

How to report the results of an 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.