Health and Safety Requirements

All faculty, staff, and students have been assigned to a group that details your health and safety requirements. Group assignments are largely based on vaccination status, including whether or not you have reported your vaccine.

You should view your testing group on your COVID-19 Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile. A further explanation of the groups and expectations is below. We will communicate with each group if requirements change.

If you believe that you have been assigned to a group incorrectly, please email Covid19@umbc.edu.

As public health conditions change, your requirements may also change. Please check your status on your COVID-19 Compliance Card to make sure you understand your requirements.

Groups and testing schedules include:

  • With the fall semester underway, UMBC is conducting ongoing COVID-19 surveillance testing. This testing will help us understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, identify potential cases, and guide additional action. It is one of many safety measures we are taking including masking and distancing. Periodically, members of our community will be randomly selected to complete mandatory COVID-19 testing.
  • Given the possibility of breakthrough infection, each group may include fully vaccinated individuals.
  • If you are selected for testing, you will receive an email. For the week you are selected, you only need to test once.
  • This will be a non-observed, self-administered test with a nasal swab.
  • If you have not already done so, you will need to download, install, and register the MG Scanner app; you can view instructions here. If you have already registered for the app, you will simply need to scan a new specimen tube to submit your test.
  • You may pick up and return your test kit at the UMBC police station, and during regular hours at the Center for Well-Being, the University Center 3rd floor vestibule, and for residential students only- your community desk.
  • Watch this instructional video.
  • Make sure you open, take your test, scan your sample, and return it on the same day.
  • Your results will be posted to your COVID Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile. It may take up to 72 hours for your results to be posted.
  • Technical Assistance with downloading the app ﹘ email mgscanner@umbc.edu, call 410-455-3838, or visit https://rt.umbc.edu to enter a help request.
  • General questions ﹘ Email covid19@umbc.edu.
Group 1 – Fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students approved to be on campus.

Testing Plan

  • Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff in Group 1are not required to test regularly or complete symptom tracking. Please make sure to report your vaccination through our online forms and verify that it has been processed by checking your COVID Compliance Card in your myUMBC profile.
  • If you do test positive please use the Covid-19 Report A Case form so we can provide you with local and campus resources.
  • Fully vaccinated community members may be asked to periodically complete surveillance testing.
Group 2/3- Community members who are unvaccinated, have received an exemption, are partially vaccinated, or vaccination/exemption is still under review. 

Symptom Tracking – you must complete symptom tracking seven days a week.

Testing Plan

  • Commuters, faculty, staff, and contractors will need to test once a week.
  • Residential students and student-athletes will need to test twice a week. (Group 3)
  • Test on the first day in a week that you come to campus. Do not come to campus just to take a test.
  • If you are symptomatic, do not come to campus to test. Please contact your primary care physician, visit urgent care, or get tested at any local pharmacy. You may also make an appointment with Retriever Integrated Health/Health Services.
  • Please try to deposit your test sample before 11 am; this will allow you to receive your results within 24 hours and let us more effectively reach out to individuals with positive results.
  • Test kits will be available 24/7 at the UMBC police station, and during regular hours at the Center for Well-Being, the University Center 3rd floor vestibule, and for residential students only- your community desk.
  • If you complete your test off-campus, submit your result through UMBC’s COVID-19 test result submission form.
  • If you have tested positive within the past 90 days, you do not need to re-test. On-campus testing will automatically trigger this waiver period.  If you tested positive off-campus, please upload your positive result here. Your COVID compliance card will let you know when you should restart testing.

Testing Logistics

  • This will be a non-observed, self-administered test with a nasal swab.
  • If you have not already done so, you will need to download, install, and register the MG Scanner app; you can view instructions here. If you have already registered for the app, you will simply need to scan a new specimen tube to submit your test.
  • You may pick up a test kit at either the third-floor lobby of the University Center, the UMBC Police Station, The Center for Well-Being, or the Apartment Community Center. Please note that the UC location is not available overnight or on weekends.
  • Watch this instructional video.
  • Make sure you open, take your test, scan your sample, and return it on the same day.
  • Return your test to a designated collection bin in the University Center, UMBC Police Station, Walker office, or the bin outside of University Health Services. Please note that the UC location is not available overnight or on weekends.
  • Your results will be posted to your COVID Compliance Card on your myUMBC profile. It may take up to 72 hours for your results to be posted.

If you need help…

  • Technical Assistance with downloading the app ﹘ email mgscanner@umbc.edu, call 410-455-3838, or visit https://rt.umbc.edu to enter a help request.
  • General questions ﹘ Email covid19@umbc.edu.
  • Clinical assistance with performing the test ﹘ Call University Health Services at 410-455-2542.

In addition to testing, you must continue to complete your symptom tracking seven days a week.

The Athletics Departments follows a unique testing schedule approved by the NCAA and the University. It includes regular testing for unvaccinated athletes. Please work directly with the department if you have questions.

Common Concerns

If you believe that you have been assigned to your group incorrectly, please discuss this with your supervisor or professor and email covid19@umbc.edu. If you no longer need access to campus, please complete the opt-out process. Submitting the form does not guarantee that your status will change; you should take steps to remain in compliance while we process your request.