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, as defined in the Code of Student Conduct, including, but not limited to, students who have received a COVID-19 vaccination and students who are not approved to access campus facilities. This Addendum is effective immediately, subject to change at the University’s sole discretion, 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
- Students must 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.
- 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 non-private 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.
- Students on campus will be required to maintain the recommended distance from each other per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Maryland Department of Health (MDH) guidelines and University determination.
- Students must follow CDC and MDH 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.)
- 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 must 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.
- All students are required to comply with the Retriever Community Agreement.
- Residential students must 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.
- 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.
- Students that have been notified that they have been exposed to COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19, must 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.
- All students are required to comply with the University’s COVID-19 testing requirements.
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will follow the guidance of their health care provider and/or University staff regarding isolation and returning to campus.
- Students must adhere to quarantine/isolation guidelines of University staff and/or their health care provider and participate fully and honestly with the University to assist the University’s response to positive COVID-19 cases.
- Students are expected to know and observe all published COVID-19 Emergency Health and Safety rules, regulations and policies.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
Temporary Campus Restriction
Failure to comply with the UMBC Code of Student Conduct, this Addendum, COVID-19 Emergency Community Rules, the Retriever Community Agreement, the Housing License, or the Residential Life Rights and Responsibilities, and/or students with 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 for a designated period of time, requiring them to work/learn remotely, if their continued presence in the community poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residential students who are restricted from campus will be required to leave the residential community in addition to being required to work/learn remotely for the designated period of time. A student’s return to campus will be conditional upon compliance with University health and safety requirements and may include submission of a negative COVID-19 test.
Termination of UMBC Housing License
Intentional failure to comply with the UMBC Code of Student Conduct, this Addendum COVID-19 Emergency Community Rules, the Retriever Community Agreement, the Housing License, or the Residential Life Rights and Responsibilities, and/or residents with 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 UMBC Code of Student Conduct, this Addendum, the COVID-19 Emergency Community Rules, the Retriever Community Agreement, the Housing License, or the Residential Life Rights and Responsibilities, and/or students 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.
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.