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Spring 2022: COVID Precautions and Requirements

We write to update you on our plans for the spring semester. As it has been from the beginning, our decision-making is guided by the careful monitoring of the COVID-19 situation and by campus and local health officials. Our plan is to begin the spring 2022 semester as planned and in-person on January 24. After weighing all available data and recommendations, we plan to emphasize the following four primary strategies during the spring semester to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our highly vaccinated community.

COVID-19 Measures: Spring 2022 Semester

Dear campus community, Happy New Year’s Eve, Terps. As we prepare to return from Winter Break and start a new year, we are actively monitoring the increase of COVID-19 cases across the region and the country, driven largely by the high transmission rate of the Omicron variant.

COVID-19 Measures: Expected Plans for January

Dear campus community, As COVID-19 cases increase in our region and around the country, the University of Maryland continues to actively monitor all available data and trends both on our campus and in our surrounding community. Throughout this pandemic, our goal has been unwavering: to prioritize the health and well-being of every member of our campus community.

Important COVID-19 Actions: Effective Immediately

As our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos reported yesterday, our campus community – like many communities across the country – is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Earlier today, our COVID-19 dashboard was updated to show 98 positive cases from university testing plus an additional 12 self-reported cases and we expect to see another high number of cases from today’s testing. These are the highest case counts we’ve seen this fall semester. Given these numbers and the potential further spread of the virus, we are taking the following actions, effective immediately:

Happy Holidays from Darryll and Sylvia Pines

As this year draws to a close, we are filled with a sense of optimism and gratitude. We are thankful for our community of Terps—students, faculty, staff, alums and friends—and our collective spirit of commitment to building a welcoming and respectful multicultural community on our campus. Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a bright new year!

Introducing Our Winter 2021 Commencement Speaker

As we begin the final weeks of our first fully in-person semester since 2019, we will soon be celebrating the grit, determination and success of our winter 2021 graduates at our campuswide commencement ceremony on December 20, 2021 at XFINITY Center. It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce our Winter 2021 Commencement Ceremony speaker is Diary of a Wimpy Kid creator, Jeff Kinney '93.

Announcing Inaugural MPower Professors

Dear University of Maryland community, We are pleased to announce that eight professors from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), four from each university, have been chosen as the inaugural MPower Professors. This award from the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State (MPower) recognizes, incentivizes, and fosters collaborations between faculty in Baltimore and College Park.

Announcing New Campus Cultural Centers and Gathering Spaces for Students

Dear campus community, As part of our collective goal to ensure that every campus community member feels welcomed, affirmed and experiences a sense of belonging at the University of Maryland, the Division of Student Affairs leadership has prioritized meeting with students who belong to communities that have experienced exclusion and underrepresentation.

Fearless to the Finish

Today, we celebrate a historic milestone in the advancement of our university. Thanks to the generosity of more than 117,000 alumni and friends, I am proud to announce that we have reached our ambitious $1.5 billion goal for Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland, the largest and most successful campaign in our 165-year history.

Our Commitment to Graduate Student Housing

Sharing a new approach to tackling the challenge of economical, transit-oriented, nearby housing for graduate students. We have been listening carefully to the graduate student community to understand their needs and concerns for how we can better support the tremendous work they do for our university and our research enterprise.

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