COVID-19 Updates and Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be tested if I am on campus this summer?
Our surveillance testing protocol has been paused for the summer. Eligible summer session students as well as employees under contract are expected to continue to monitor their health every day and verify their status each business day through the Check-In Portal. Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact the Brady Health Center. Employees should contact their health care provider.

Do I need to wear a mask if I am on campus this summer?
Masks are expected to be worn on campus by unvaccinated individuals when social distancing is not possible. Masks are optional for anyone who is fully vaccinated. Anyone may wear a mask on campus, inside or outside, as they feel comfortable.

What about social distancing on campus this summer?
While no longer required, individuals should choose to avoid overly crowded locations and monitor their physical proximity to others when appropriate.

Is there a vaccination mandate for those on campus this fall?
Yes. The Chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM) announced in April that all students, faculty and staff on USM campuses are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 virus for the fall semester. You can read the full text of his remarks here. Additional information about the USM mandate can be found here.

What documentation do I have to provide to prove I’ve been vaccinated? Are exemptions permitted?
Specifics about providing proof of vaccination, including applying for exemptions based on medical or religious reasons, can be found here.

If I’m vaccinated. Do I have to wear a mask and socially distance in the fall?
We will follow CDC and state guidelines on masking which currently allow for vaccinated individuals to be unmasked in most settings. Conditions on campus will determine the degree to which physical distancing will be required, especially in indoor spaces, but we anticipate most areas will be returning to pre-pandemic levels in accordance with CDC and state guidelines.