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Preparing for UMD Online Environment

Preparing for UMD Online Environment

Last Updated 3/18/2020

Upcoming Schedule

On March 10, 2020 President Loh issued a statement indicating adjustments to class delivery.

  • March 23-29, 2020:  Classes are cancelled this week and students should not return to campus following spring break. Of course, we will provide exceptions and accommodations for those who need it.
  • From March 30, 2020 until the University announces it will resume on campus activitiesAll classroom instruction will be conducted online. Students will receive instructions on how to access their classes online.

    Here's a broad overview of your campus schedule for the next month:​

    March 9 - 13 Classes As Usual
    March 16 - 20 Spring Break
    March 23-27 Classes cancelled
    March 30 - April 3 Classes taught online
    April 6 - 10 Classes taught online

Online courses and Maintaining F-1/J-1 Student Status

On March 9, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) sent Broadcast Message 2003-01 to SEVIS users, providing guidance on potential procedural adaptations for F and M nonimmigrant students. This included updates to online coursework policies. SEVP recognized that schools are updating their emergency operations plans to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 on schools. Schools exercising temporary closure or other significant operational or curricular changes must advise SEVP of accommodations it is making for its F and M nonimmigrant population.
 
On March 11, 2020, ISSS notified SEVP of the University course adaptations.  During the time period specified above, F1 and J1 students can engage in all online coursework while maintaining status.  Should this online delivery be extended, ISSS will update SEVP with any further adaptations. F1 and J1 students should be prepared to return to campus to resume coursework in-person once the University returns to regular operations.
 
All students are expected to remain registered full-time during this period. Should any of your classes be cancelled and you can no longer maintain full time status,  please reach out to ISSS immediately.  
 

ISSS Services from March 18 until the University announces it will resume on campus activities

ISSS will provide all necessary support services online to students and academic departments.  

Appointments will be offered via phone or the online Webex platform. 
Online chat will continue with additional staff serving our community.  
Staff will access and respond to email and phone calls. 
Requests submitted via iTerp will be processed. 
Mailing of I-20s and DS-2019s will continue (student will need to request mailing of documents using eShipGlobal) 
In-person walk-ins are cancelled but students can make 15-minute virtual walk-in appointments .
OPT workshops will move to an online format, following the current schedule.
 
Please keep in mind: Due to regulations, I-20s and DS-2019s cannot be sent electronically to students.
 

Travel Guidance

As a reminder, the University has issued the following travel guidance:

As of March 10, 2020, the following travel guidance is in effect for the next 60 days and will be reevaluated in 30 days. This guidance applies to all upcoming travel, including any that previously has been approved.
  • All university-related international travel is not permitted.
  • All personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
  • All university-related, non-essential, out-of-state domestic travel is not permitted. 
  • We strongly urge extreme caution and judgment for your personal domestic mass transit travel. Take into account the possibility of travel delays or the potential need for self-isolation in the future.
  • Any UMD faculty member, staff member or student returning from a country currently at Warning Level 3 status should stay away from campus, self-monitor and self-isolate for two weeks post-return.
 
Please keep in mind that additional countries are being added to the U.S. list of countries suspending travel into the United States. President Trump’s proclamations regarding travel restrictions can be found on the ISSS immigration update page.
 

Additional Resources

Finally, for students living on campus who need to remain on campus during this time, please review the message sent on March 11, 2020, from Patty Perillo, V.P. of Student Services.
 
We remind students that the UMD Counseling Center is available to assist you during these difficult times. 
 
Counseling Center:  Beginning Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, April 10, the Counseling Center will remain in operation from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday for routine services (intakes to initiate treatment, on-going individual therapy, drop-in visits, and consultation). After-hours crisis services will be available by phone at (301) 314-7651 starting at 4:30 p.m. every day and on weekends. Current group therapy and workshops will resume once students return to the campus. Guided Study Session programs will close for the duration of the spring break and resume upon the resumption of physical classes.
 
We encourage students to remain up-to-date regarding COVID-19 and the latest University announcements by visiting https://umd.edu/virusinfo. ISSS remains available to assist our international students during this uncertain time.