Fall 2021 Return to Campus
The University of Baltimore is planning a phased return to normal campus operations beginning this fall, including in-person classes, regular office hours, and the range of services expected by the UBalt community.
The College of Public Affairs, Merrick School of Business, Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, and University administrative and student support units, will reopen in gradual steps, e.g., a mix of online and face-to-face classes and student services. The UBalt community can expect the fall semester's activities and operations to reflect this phased approach. The School of Law will return to its normal offerings of in-person classes and fully staffed offices, clinics, etc. Barring unforeseen setbacks in controlling the pandemic, it is expected that life at UBalt should be relatively normal by next spring.
We are taking this approach so that we can continue to ensure the health and safety of our community—a top priority since the beginning of the pandemic more than a year ago.
Planning to reopen requires an emphasis on sustainability: what you expect today will be available tomorrow, and next week, and the week after that, too. Look for student services to be offered in a combination of on-campus and online formats. Co-curricular activities will take place, and public health recommendations will guide how they are conducted.
Staying Safe in the Campus Environment
Public Health Mandates
In addition to the USM vaccination policy and related University procedures, and consistent with Baltimore City and CDC guidelines for protecting public health—particularly in light of the highly contagious Delta variant—the following protocols are now in effect:
- Everyone on campus, including visitors, must wear a mask in public indoor areas. The mask must cover the nose and mouth.
- Individuals are not required to wear masks outdoors.
- If individuals are alone in their offices or in another campus space alone, the mask may be removed.
- Similar to Baltimore City regulations for indoor performances, fully vaccinated faculty may remove their masks while lecturing as long as students or other audience members are at least six feet away.
- Faculty, staff, and students are asked to respect each other's personal space, especially if they will be together for extended periods; however, formal social distancing is not required at this time.
Beginning this fall, no regular COVID-19 testing for vaccinated individuals—either as a return to campus or surveillance testing during the semester—will be in our protocol. Testing may be required for symptomatic individuals as well as students and employees with approved vaccine exemptions.
In order to maintain a healthy and safe environment, UBalt will require an indoor-only mask mandate for those on campus at the beginning of the fall semester. The Campus Planning Group will continuously review this protocol throughout the semester and will be cognizant of evolving CDC and Baltimore City guidance. In general, social distancing will be encouraged.
In addition, as of June 18, 2021, the University has ended its participation in the REDCap symptom monitoring process.
Read the University's Student Directives and Positive Test Protocols.
Campus Buildings (Hours, Cleaning, Safety Protocols)
Campus buildings will be open to all students, faculty and staff who have provided the COVID-19 related documentation to enter the campus. We are not offering public hours, so you will need a Bee Card to gain entry.
Housekeeping staff are cleaning high-traffic/high-touch point areas, such as building entrances and exits, elevator call buttons, stairwells, and common areas. Restrooms are cleaned twice a day.
Classrooms are cleaned daily, and cleaning kits with sanitizing wipes will be placed in each classroom so that faculty and students can wipe down surfaces prior to their use. Cleaning kits will also be placed in corridors near shared spaces such as conference rooms and computer labs so that occupants can wipe down surfaces when using those spaces. These kits will also be available near office suites so faculty and staff can clean their offices regularly.
Throughout the summer, check for updates to this page as we make decisions based on the latest information regarding pandemic health and safety. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.