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Addendum to the UMBC Code of Student Conduct

The University of Maryland Baltimore County is dedicated to delivering its mission while protecting the health and safety of our students and minimizing the potential spread of disease within our community.  As a member of the UMBC community, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or similar public health crisis (“COVID-19”) will impact our community’s experience as UMBC continues to make public health-informed decisions. In addition to all UMBC policies, rules, and regulations, UMBC students are expected to adhere to all COVID-19 Emergency Health and Safety rules, policies, guidelines and signage enacted for the UMBC community. UMBC COVID-19 Emergency Health and Safety rules, policies, and guidelines are subject to change as the public health crisis evolves and may include, but are not limited to, masks/face coverings, physical distancing and limitations on the size and density of gatherings.

This Addendum to the UMBC Code of Student Conduct is applicable to all UMBC students. This Addendum is effective immediately and will be in effect until further notice.  The rules and expectations set forth in this Addendum are meant to supplement the Code of Student Conduct and are emergency measures enacted in consideration of the health, safety and general well-being of the UMBC Community.

Any student found to have violated the following COVID-19 Emergency Community Rules is subject to the sanctions listed below and in Article V(C) of the UMBC Code of Student Conduct. Procedures listed in the Code of Student Conduct will be followed for alleged violations of the COVID-19 Emergency Community Rules.

Rule 20. COVID-19 Emergency Community Rules

  1. Students are expected to quarantine or isolate at home, or in an assigned UMBC residential space if housed on-campus, and notify appropriate UMBC staff if they test positive for COVID-19, feel sick, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and/or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. UMBC is a “mask-on” campus. All community members, including students, are required to wear a mask/face covering whenever people are close to each other or where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.  This includes any public area indoors and may also include outdoor areas. UMBC reserves the right to require masks/face coverings during outdoor activities even when physical distancing is required.
  3. Students on campus will be required to maintain the recommended distance from each other per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and University determination.
  4. Students are expected to follow CDC guidelines addressing masks/face coverings and physical distancing both on- and off-campus. (This off-campus requirement is necessary due to the University’s interest and need to prevent infection being introduced to our Community by unsafe off-campus behavior, and the need to prevent spread in the larger community.)
  5. In order to adhere to physical distancing guidelines and in an effort to reduce density in spaces, certain buildings and spaces have been closed and/or have posted capacity limits. Students are expected to adhere to all stipulations regarding building and space capacity and will be considered unauthorized to be in a space or building if their presence in a building or space is in violation of posted signage.
  6. All students are required to comply with the Retriever Community Agreement.
  7. Residential students are expected to adhere to all COVID-19 Emergency Health and Safety Residential Life policies, rules, or regulations, as enumerated in the Rights and Responsibilities and the Residential Life housing license.
  8. Non-residential students are not permitted in the residential areas, buildings and facilities with the exception of University Health Services, the Counseling Center, Student Conduct and Community Standards, and True Grits Dining Hall.
  9. Students that have been notified that they have been exposed to COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19, are expected to take appropriate actions to keep others in the community safe. Community members will report via UMBC’s online COVID-19 Case Reporting Form  and will notify professors via email that they will be attending class remotely, and residential students will be quarantined/isolated through coordination by Residential Life.
  10. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will follow the guidance of their health care provider and/or University Health Services regarding isolation and returning to campus.
  11. Students are expected to adhere to quarantine/isolation guidelines of University Health Services or their health care provider and participate fully and honestly with the Case Confirmation Outreach Team to assist the University’s response to positive COVID-19 cases.
  12. Students are expected to know and observe all published COVID-19 Emergency Health and Safety rules, regulations and policies.

Definitions

  1. COVID-19 Symptoms – Symptoms include: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Emergency symptoms include: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face. Please visit the CDC’s website to see a list of additional symptoms.
  2. Masks/Face Coverings – a well-secured paper or cloth that fully covers a person’s nose and mouth. This includes scarves and bandanas. This does not include material with visible holes or gaps in them like lace, knitted material, crochet, and/or mesh. Face coverings with exhalation valves should also not be used as they allow unfiltered air to escape to others. The mask/face covering must filter exhaled and inhaled air, therefore, a face shield is not sufficient unless it is accompanied by a filtering mask/face covering.
  3. Physical distancing – According to the CDC, social or physical distancing means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. UMBC also reserves the right to implement appropriate physical distancing guidelines.
  4. Health and safety hazard – Multiple or intentional violations of the COVID-19 Emergency Community Rules listed in this Addendum, the UMBC Quarantine/Isolation procedures and/or the UMBC Retriever Community Agreement may constitute a health and safety hazard to the UMBC community.

Sanctions and Conditions

In addition to the sanction and conditions enumerated in the Code of Student Conduct, the following sanction and conditions may be imposed for any Charged Student found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct or the Addendum COVID-19 Emergency Community Rules. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

Termination of UMBC Housing License

Intentional failure to comply with the Addendum COVID-19 Emergency Community Rules, Housing License, the Residential Life Rights and Responsibilities and/or multiple violations may be considered to create a health or safety hazard within the UMBC community and the University may require a resident to leave the residential community if their continued presence in the community poses a health or safety risk for community members.

Restriction from the UMBC campus community to learn remotely

Intentional failure to comply with the  Addendum COVID-19 Emergency Community Rules, Housing License, the Residential Life Rights and Responsibilities and/or multiple violations may be considered a health or safety hazard within the UMBC community and the University may restrict a student from UMBC’s physical campus, requiring them to work/learn remotely, if their continued presence in the community poses a health or safety risk for community members.

Interim Action

In addition to being subject to the Code of Student Conduct, Article VI.(E), a student may be required to work remotely from home and/or a residential student may be removed from their housing for an interim period pending a Student Conduct Review or safety evaluation. The Vice President for Student Affairs, or a designee, may initiate this action. The interim requirement to live and/or work from home is effective without prior notice, when there is evidence that the continued presence of the student on University Property creates a health and safety hazard to the University community, or poses a substantial risk to the stability and continuance of normal University functions.