NOTE: The following guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the return to campus for fall 2021, was published on Aug. 17, 2021. Check back frequently for updates to this information.
Employee Health Mandates
To protect each community member's health, employees must comply with the University System of Maryland vaccine mandate. In addition, the University has maintained an indoor mask mandate. All individuals must wear a mask in public indoor areas. Individuals alone in their office or another campus space may remove their mask.
Employees with an approved COVID-19 vaccination exemption must submit documentation of a negative COVID test prior to coming to campus for the first time. The test must be within 14 days of the employee’s planned campus access. In addition, in order to maintain campus access, these employees must submit negative test results by the 15th and 30th of each month thereafter. Negative tests should be dated within 14 days of each re-test period. Test documentation should be sent to email@example.com.
Employees who do not comply with the testing requirement will have their Bee Card deactivated and may be subject to discipline.
Employees are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. The CDC offers a Coronavirus Self-Checker, which is an interactive clinical assessment tool that will assist individuals deciding when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Employees experiencing symptoms should not come to campus. Employees should contact their supervisor following department protocols for calling out and must notify firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of Human Resources (OHR) will provide guidance to the employee regarding testing, quarantine and/or return to work protocols.
Positive COVID-19 Case
An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 must notify the University at email@example.com. OHR will provide guidance to the employee and communicate with the employee’s department and co-workers as needed based on potential close contact. The employee will also receive instructions from their physician/testing site regarding quarantine.
An employee who has had close contact (within six feet for more than 15 minutes) with an individual who tested positive must report to firstname.lastname@example.org. OHR will provide guidance to the employee and the department as needed.
Based on CDC and Baltimore City Health Department guidance, the following guidance is provided when an employee has potential exposure.
- Vaccinated employees should monitor for symptoms but will not be required to stay home. Vaccinated employees are strongly recommended to get tested 3-5 days following the potential exposure as well as continue to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- Unvaccinated employees should stay home for 10 days from the date of last exposure even if they have no symptoms or have a negative COVID-19 test done during quarantine.
Pay and Leave Due to COVID-19-Related Absences
Employees required to quarantine due to a positive COVID test or potential exposure will be required to use their own leave during the quarantine period. If an employee feels well enough to work, the option for telework may be available if appropriate for the employee’s role. The supervisor and employee will work together to develop a schedule that minimizes impact on the employee during the period of quarantine.
With the return of in-person classes and the need for in-person services, most employees will need to return to campus for all or part of their work week. Student support units have established consistent hours. Department heads will determine the workforce requirements and communicate with individual employees the required work schedule. Department heads are encouraged to balance the needs of their offices and their employees, to be equitable in determining which employees must come to campus, and to be flexible to the extent possible while still meeting campus needs.
Employees requiring workplace accommodations due to a disability must submit a Request for Reasonable Accommodation to the Office of Human Resources. The accommodation process is interactive and iterative. OHR will work with the employee and the department to determine whether a request can be accommodated or to settle on an approved accommodation. The ability to accommodate a request is dependent upon the individual’s role.
Faculty and Staff Support
The links below provide information, resources and more to help you teach, work and manage your mental and physical health while working remotely.
Online Teaching Preparedness Guide (MyUBalt login required)
The Online Teaching Preparedness Guide provides information for teaching courses online.
Technology for Working Remotely
Technology Tools to assist with working, teaching and learning remotely.
Maryland Coronavirus Information
Stay up to date on Maryland COVID-19 Data and Statistics.
COVID-19 Coping Kit
The COVID-19 Coping Kit provides resources to help manage stress and anxiety.