All students who are or will be approved to take classes, live, or work on campus are required to acknowledge and sign the Retriever Community Agreement and complete Return to Campus COVID Awareness Training before coming to campus, until further notice. The Retriever Community Agreement is part of the Training and must be signed in its entirety. To access the training, please log in to your UMBC Blackboard site.
If you are having any issues accessing the training, please follow the instructions located at this FAQ page to self-enroll in Return to Campus COVID Awareness. Visit Accessing COVID Awareness Training for further instructions.
UMBC is a welcoming and inclusive community created and sustained by all of its members: students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Our actions, individually and collectively, shape each other’s lives.
Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, our choices can protect each other’s health and safety or put each other in grave danger. We have the power to keep our community strong and well. This UMBC Retriever Community Agreement commits us to using that power by taking precautions and actions that support our collective well-being and minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. A similar agreement for UMBC students enrolled in classes at UMBC-Shady Grove is available here and additional requirements and obligations for all nine of the campuses at The Universities at Shady Grove can be found here.
Signing this agreement is a requirement for any student planning to participate in experiences on the UMBC campus until further notice. If you choose not to sign this agreement, or do not agree to each provision of the agreement, you will continue your UMBC educational experience remotely until circumstances allow for your return to campus. If you are unable to agree to a stipulation for a medically documented and verifiable reason, please contact Student Disability Services (410-455-2459), University Health Services (410-455-2542), or the Student Affairs Office (410-455-2393).
I will monitor my health regularly.
- COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all on-campus/on-property students and employees. Anyone returning in-person must be tested for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their arrival, and must provide UMBC officials confirmation of a negative COVID test result. Some testing will be available on-campus upon arrival.
- I have NOT tested positive for COVID-19 within the 14 days prior to my returning to the UMBC campus.
- If I have previously tested positive for COVID-19, I WILL follow the guidance of my healthcare provider and/or University Health Services regarding returning to campus.
- I have NOT exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, bluish lips or face, inability to wake or stay awake, new confusion, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) within the 14 days prior to my returning to UMBC.
- I have NOT been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the 14 days prior to my returning to UMBC.
- NONE of my close contacts have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, bluish lips or face, inability to wake or stay awake, new confusion, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) within the 14 days prior to my returning to UMBC.
Tracking and Reporting
I will follow UMBC’s tracking and reporting procedures.
- I WILL complete daily online symptom tracking via UMBC’s online COVID-19 Contact & Symptoms Report every day whether or not I plan to come to campus on a particular day beginning 14 days prior to my arrival on campus
- I WILL report via UMBC’s online COVID-19 Case Reporting Form if I test positive for, or exhibit any symptoms of, COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) AND notify appropriate UMBC staff (e.g. Residential Life, Athletics, Professors) AND follow my health care provider’s and/or University Health Services’ instructions which may include (for residential students) staying in my Residential Life assigned room or being reassigned to a different space for quarantine/isolation or returning or remaining at home.
- I WILL participate fully and honestly with the Case Confirmation Outreach Team to assist the University’s response to positive COVID-19 cases.
I will stay in my home or my assigned UMBC room/apartment if I test positive or exhibit symptoms, and I will follow all instructions from my healthcare provider or University Health Services.
- I WILL stay at home or in my assigned room (residential students) if I test positive for or exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) or otherwise feel unwell AND follow my health care provider’s and/or University Health Services’ instructions regarding my illness and return to campus.
- I WILL check my temperature daily AND stay at home or in my assigned room if my temperature is 100.4° F or greater.
- I WILL follow all quarantine/isolation instructions from my healthcare provider and/or University Health Services.
I will wash my hands and use hand sanitizer according to the CDC guidelines.
- I WILL wash my hands according to the CDC guidelines and use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) when washing my hands is not possible.
I will practice coughing/sneezing etiquette according to the CDC guidelines.
- I WILL cough or sneeze into a tissue or my elbow when not wearing a mask according to the CDC recommendations.
I will wear a face covering/mask that fully covers my nose and mouth both on and off-campus in all areas where I am close to others or where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
- In accordance with CDC guidance, I WILL wear a face covering/mask that fully covers my nose and mouth both on and off-campus* in all areas where I am close to others or where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. This includes any public area indoors and may also include outdoor areas. A mask/face covering can include a scarf or bandana, but may not utilize materials with visible holes or spaces like lace, mesh, crochet, etc. UMBC reserves the right to require masks/face coverings during outdoor activities even when physical distancing is required.
- In accordance with CDC guidance, I WILL practice physical distancing while on and off-campus.*
- I will NOT host, organize, or attend any gathering, party, or event on or off- campus* that may create a health or safety risk for myself and/or others in the UMBC community.*
By signing below, I acknowledge that I have read, understand, and agree to follow the expectations detailed in this document. I understand and agree with these expectations and am aware that they are a condition of my presence at UMBC. Any violation of this agreement may lead to my immediate removal from campus and/or my assigned residential space, a requirement that I work remotely, and/or sanctions and conditions enumerated in the UMBC Code of Student Conduct.
Additionally, UMBC students are expected to adhere to all COVID-19 Emergency Health and Safety rules, policies, guidelines and signage enacted for the UMBC community including the Addendum to the Code of Student Conduct and the Addendum to the Code of Student Organization Conduct.
*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.