A Message About the Fall Semester
In fall 2021, the University of Baltimore will expand campus-based instruction and learning. The increased campus presence will be managed within public health guidelines, with an expectation that mask-wearing and social distancing will be required of all within the campus community and that campus spaces will only be used once they have been assessed and prepared for use. Two positions are being hired to assist with campus-based testing and symptom tracking, and updated FAQs will be posted as they are available.
The School of Law, consistent with its accreditation requirements, is planning to return to campus-based classes. The leadership of the other three academic units will determine priorities for face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online instruction, with an eye to delivering students the best instruction possible under the existing and anticipated public health conditions. Laboratory-based courses will have priority in preparation for fall use. As public health improves, campus presence will continue to expand.
A full range of campus activities, formal and informal, support the growth of our scholarly community and the success of our students. Our accreditation, mission, and values tie to our campus and its resources. Campus presence is important to some instruction but ultimately it is about more than instruction; it is also a way we create more opportunities to strengthen our connections to each other through mentoring, collegiality, and service. The University of Baltimore has the student experience and community engagement as central values. The University’s service to the City is a keystone of its identity and its place within the USM. As the City begins to reopen its public spaces, the University will be prepared to share those spaces again.
For the Spring 2021 semester, The University of Baltimore will continue to meet the many challenges of the pandemic with one principle in mind: In order to deliver and receive a quality education, first our community must be healthy and safe. Ensuring your protection, whether you are a student, professor or staff member, has been our top consideration. So far, we have achieved this goal. For 2021, we will continue to emphasize this commitment—to be smart, be careful, and remain vigilant.
Until everyday conditions change, the following will be in effect for our campus:
- UBalt will remain online.
- Any faculty, staff, and students with a need to visit campus, must be pre-approved by the President. Recent COVID-19 test results must be provided, and a REDCap symptom check also is required on the day-of. Visit this page for details.
- Specified areas of the Angelos Law Center are accessible to limited number of approved members of the UBalt community to support specific operations.
- Faculty studio spaces are available for synchronous instruction and recordings, for faculty for whom effective remote teaching is not possible. Professors should contact the Office of the Provost for details.
- The Bogomolny Library is available to the community on an online basis.
- Faculty and staff access to offices is not permitted during the semester, but during pre-announced dates and times, and following campus access protocols, faculty and staff may enter their offices. Access is limited; activities should be deemed necessary for instructional purposes.
- No student employees are working on campus during the semester. Also, an internship, practicum or similar student placement will be permitted only if the host organization provides UBalt with a statement of compliance with federal and state public-health guidelines pertaining to the pandemic.
- Technology needs continue to be met by the Office of Technology Services using the same methods established in Spring 2020.
This spring, you can expect an exceptional experience from your University of Baltimore. At the top of that to-do list, as always, is your health and safety. Please continue to work with us as we put into place the things that ensure that UBalt is a great place to learn, teach, and work.
Have a successful spring semester!
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Where can I get the latest information on local conditions regarding the pandemic? How can I sign up for the vaccine?
What information about colleges and universities is being provided by the Centers for Disease Control?
The CDC has published these guidelines for maintaining a safe and healthy environment on college and university campuses.