In one of my first official duties as President, I outlined five initiatives and recommendations designed to create a more inclusive environment at the University of Maryland. Those announcements were just the beginning of our commitment to build a multicultural campus of excellence. Today, I am pleased to build further upon that commitment.
Our collective behavior this weekend is critical. By next week, we will determine if the conditions are right to resume in-person classes. If necessary, we will change plans immediately. To make this work - and avoid pivoting to virtual instruction - we ask that you continue to cooperate rigorously with our 4 Maryland healthy behaviors over the forthcoming three-day weekend. This will be the ultimate test of whether we can rise to the challenge and stay together this fall semester
For over 160 years, the University of Maryland has proudly served the citizens of our state and the world. I have been fortunate enough to be part of this community for more than 25 of those years. Today, we officially begin the Fall 2020 semester, which will be like no other in our storied history.
Dear University of Maryland community, As we fight two pandemics - COVID-19 and racial injustice - it pains and angers me that we continue to see the senseless shooting of Black people. This includes Jacob Blake and the many before him who have been killed or wounded. And, again, we find ourselves being forced to fight for justice, while also fighting to protect our health.
University of Maryland students were invited to join President Darryll J. Pines to learn about and discuss plans for the fall, including health and safety measures for the upcoming school year. Co-moderated by The Diamondback, this virtual conversation offered an opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas, and stay connected with the Terp community.
Over the past several weeks, we have communicated with you many times about such important matters as COVID-19 testing, healthy behaviors, and student conduct expectations. We announced the postponement of all fall intercollegiate athletics and a two-week delay in the resumption of undergraduate in-person instruction. There has also been a dizzying amount of information in the media about case counts and positivity rates at other leading universities, and the availability of testing nationally, in the State of Maryland, and right here in Prince George's County.