Routine building access
The main entrance to the law school building will be locked with OneCard swipe access only for the limited number of faculty, staff, and students whose OneCards have been authorized. The small number of staff who had access over the summer will continue to have access. In addition, faculty and students who are teaching or enrolled in in-person classes and clinics will also gain entrance to the building by swiping their OneCards. We appreciate that many of you would like to return to using offices or other areas within the building but we are still following the campus guidelines specifying that only individuals who cannot work remotely should be on campus. If you are not sure whether you have OneCard access or not, assume you do not.
If you need to come in to pick up materials from your offices, library resources, or computer equipment, the summer procedures are still in place. You must schedule your arrival in advance by contacting Michele Ondra email@example.com and the library or IT if the purpose of your visit involves either of those units. Submitting a COVID test is not required if you are coming to the law school for this purpose. However, you must fill out a SAFE on Campus survey form the morning of the day of your arrival. If you have “paused” the SAFE system, you should “unpause” at least 48 hours in advance of your visit as changes to the system are not immediate.
Procedures for faculty and staff who are coming to the law school building
Campus policies for faculty, staff, and students who will be on campus are found here: https://www.umaryland.edu/coronavirus/content/campus-operations/what-covid-19-campus-policies-must-students-faculty-and-staff-adhere-to-prior-.php.
- Mandatory use of face coverings inside at all times except when teaching, eating, or in a private office with the door shut. Face coverings are also mandatory outdoors unless 6 ft. of physical distancing is achieved.
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test taken within 14 days prior to coming to campus is required for routine building access or if you are coming for a purpose other than simply picking up items. Faculty and staff must upload the negative result in the SAFE on Campus monitoring system. This is currently only a one-time requirement although it is possible that additional testing requirements may be implemented later in the semester.
- Complete the daily UMB SAFE on Campus Symptom Monitoring requirement prior to each time you come to campus. https://www.umaryland.edu/coronavirus/safe-on-campus/
- Faculty and staff must complete the required UMB COVID-19 Safe in the Workplace training prior to coming to campus.
Safety Guidelines within the law school building
As is true about the entire situation, use of the law school building will be very different than you are used to in the past. Some of the changes are:
- Signage will be posted describing procedures for maintaining appropriate physical distancing including elevator usage and density guidelines for certain areas.
- The café will not be open. A few seats will be available in the Comcast dining area and in the courtyard for eating purposes. Vending machines will be available.
- Classrooms will have only the number of chairs that are allowed under density guidelines.
- Cleaning procedures will be modified. Classrooms that will be in use will be cleaned once each day in the morning. Cleaning materials will be available at stations throughout the building for students, faculty, and staff to use as needed. Individual offices will not be cleaned. If you will be in your office, you should put any trash in the main hallway if you want it picked up. Custodial staff will focus throughout the day on “high touch” areas such as elevator buttons, door knobs, handrails, etc.
- The faculty/staff kitchen will be open. Deer Park water and coffee will remain in the faculty study.
Parking and Transportation
Payroll deduction parking remains in place for those participating in the voluntary program. If you decide that you would like to terminate your payroll deduction parking, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy Michele Ondra so she can monitor our school allocation. You will also need to return your hangtag permit. There is a $10 lost permit fee for all hangtags that do not get returned. Please note that once a parking assignment has been terminated, there is no guarantee that you will regain access to the same garage later on.
There is a process in place for getting a new or replacement MTA sticker since the previous one has expired. If you need a new or replacement MTA sticker, register for one here.
Please contact Barbara Gontrum or Michele Ondra if you have operational questions. As you might imagine, campus policies are still evolving and we continue to address new issues as they arise. Thanks very much for your patience.
COVID-19 Testing Questions
If you have questions about the COVID-19 testing policy, please visit the page on the UMB website that discusses this in detail.