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What Terps Need to Know

Community Expectations

COVID-19 Testing Spring Requirements

  • All students, faculty, and staff must attest to a COVID-19 test result before returning to campus.  
  • Residence hall students are required to complete pre and post-arrival testing. They must attest negative COVID-19 test results within 10 days before move-in and no later than two weeks after on-campus arrival on Keep Terps Safe portal to enable building access. 
  • Students living on or near campus will be required to be tested every two weeks in the spring semester.

Symptom Monitoring
Those returning to campus must continue to complete daily symptom monitoring on the UMD app or the Keep Terps Safe Portal ( This is one of our key mitigation strategies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Face Coverings
As of January 16, 2021, Prince George’s County will require face coverings to be worn in all public places, outdoors or indoors, even where you are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. This means that in all locations on campus and the surrounding community, except for your private residence, a face covering must be worn at all times. Face coverings are not required during vigorous exercise outdoors.
Self-isolation/Quarantine for students returning to College Park
For the first two weeks of the semester, all courses will be online. Students are asked to sequester and limit in-person gatherings for two weeks after arrival to help mitigate the spread of the virus. All activities, events and programs will remain virtual during that time as we want to wait for students to be tested on campus before we begin to offer in person opportunities for engagement.

Spring Quarantine & Isolation Housing 
Consistent with last semester, residential students who test positive or have been exposed to a close contact who has tested positive will need to move to quarantine and isolation housing in Leonardtown or on Fraternity Row. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has offered new quarantine guidelines. Students in quarantine or isolation will now be required to stay ten days, whether they are being quarantined for possible exposure or isolated with symptoms or a positive test result.

Engagement Opportunities

Links to Activities 

To see a full slate of engagement opportunities, activities, and events waiting for you to join, visit TerpLink

Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

  • STAMP continues to be the official COVID-19 testing site for the University community. To make a testing appointment, visit
  • No reservations necessary to enter STAMP. University community members may swipe in with their UMD IDs at any entrance, for details visit
  • From the Memorial Chapel: Chaplains are a source of support for the UMD community during these stressful times. We also have one newer chaplain, Father Conrad Murphy, who came on board for the Catholic chaplaincy in the summer of 2020.
  • Immigrant and Undocumented Student Life Program at UMD — We welcome immigrants, late-arriving immigrants, undocumented students, DACA or TPS recipients, refugees, and mixed-status immigration students. If you are curious if our office is right for you, please email us at
  • Earn money while doing good: Apply to be a 4Maryland Student Ambassador and support the university's COVID testing team.

University Recreation & Wellness

  • For the Spring semester, RecWell will be operating on a reduced schedule (10am-10pm, daily) and with limited in-person recreation activities for weights, cardio equipment, swimming, badminton, table tennis, indoor pickleball, and shooting baskets (Armory only). Click here for detailed hours of operations
    • Reservations are required for access to all facilities. To make a reservation, please visit 
    • Face coverings are also required at all times, except while swimming. 
    • RecWell patrons and participants are expected to maintain appropriate physical distancing throughout the facilities.   
    • RecWell is cleaning all high-contact surfaces every two hours, and disinfectant and hand sanitizing stations will be provided throughout the facilities.
  • Beginning on February 8, RecWell began offering in-person Adventure Tips and Clinics, Group Fitness classes, Club Sports practices, and Intramural Sports activities - all with modifications in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19. 
  • Virtual classes and programs are currently available and will remain available throughout the semester.
  • RecWell also encourages the campus community to take advantage of our outdoor facilities, activities and services. 
    • RecWell maintains LaPlata Beach, the Engineering Fields, Fraternity Row, Eppley Tennis Courts, and the University Golf Course and driving range.  
  • As a reminder, effective January 16, 2021, Prince George's County requires face coverings to be worn in all public places, outdoors or indoors, even where you are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. Face coverings are not required during vigorous exercise outdoors.
  • For additional information on all that RecWell has to offer, go to


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