Full campus guidance and resources can be found on the University's coronavirus information webpage. Below you will find quick links and SPH-specific frequently asked questions to support a safe and productive fall semester. Please check this site frequently, we will be updating with new information as it comes available. Please contact the CASA office with any questions, SPHadvising@umd.edu. Thank you.
Quick Links to University updates and resources:
- Latest News and Announcements
- Reopening FAQs
- Health and Safety
- Intercollegiate Athletics
- Fall 2020 Course Information
- Student Life & Dining Services
FAQ for SPH Students
When will the fall semester commence and end?
Fall semester classes will begin on August 31, 2020 as scheduled. The semester will run its full length with classes ending on December 14, 2020. The final exam period will be as scheduled from December 16 to 22. Thanksgiving break will be held as scheduled. We do not expect to change the time between classes or the standard daily start and stop times for classes.
What safety precautions are expected of me if/when on campus?
All members of our community are expected to abide by these safety precautions:
- Wear a face covering at all times indoors and outdoors when other people are nearby.
- Stay at least 6 feet from others at all times.
- Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
- If you are sick, do not report to work or class
Am I required to notify the university if I test positive for COVID-19?
Will my course be held in person or online?
It depends. Please check the Schedule of Classes for the most up-to-date information about your specific classes. Reminder: ALL courses are online Aug. 31st - Sep. 14th.
Can I be expected to participate in synchronous (i.e. live) class sessions outside of the regularly scheduled class time?
Each instructor has the autonomy to manage their course as they see fit. Students should consult their syllabi and/or speak directly with their faculty/TAs to understand the requirements of that specific course.
Is grading pass/fail or satisfactory/fail for the fall semester?
The University’s regular grading policy is in effect for the fall semester. Please see the Undergraduate Catalogs for grading policies.
Will common spaces be available to students (e.g. student lounge, computer lab, PhD lab)?
The ground floor tables and chairs in SPHL are available for study space. However, for the safety and well-being of our students and the entire community, other common areas such as lounges and labs will not be available for student use until further notice. If a point comes when we can make some or all of these spaces available on a scheduled basis, students will be notified. For study spaces on campus please refer to the following two links:
Will classrooms in the SPH buildings be available to students to use outside of class time?
Classrooms in our buildings will not be available for student use outside of class time. Students are encouraged to use the tables and chairs on the ground floor of SPH for study space.
Will faculty and staff be on campus?
Faculty who are teaching remotely are not required to be on campus. Students will have access to staff, although in many cases that access will need to be remote in order to comply with safety protocols. We highly recommend you refer to the CASA website, and email the staff member you need to see before heading to the office.
Am I able to meet with my academic advisor during the semester?
Yes! Your academic advisor will be available to you during the semester.
- One on one advising appointments with departmental advisors (KNES, PHSC, HLTH, and FMSC) and CASA general advising can be made online via our appointment manager.
- One-on-one mandatory advising for student athletes and students on academic probation can be made online via TerpEngage.
Am I able to meet with my career advisor during the semester?
Yes! All career advising appointments will be conducted virtually for the fall 2020 semester . You can make an appointment through your Careers4Terps account. Be sure to select “Virtual Appointment” as your location to see full availability.
In addition to career advising appointments, all career events including the Fall Career and Internship Fair and the SPH Career Expo will be conducted virtually this year. For more information and to see other events for the semester, visit the University Career Center events calendar.
Are SPH student groups allowed to meet in-person?
In-person meetings are allowed, provided you adhere to the University’s safety guidelines. This includes wearing a face covering at all times indoors, and staying at least 6 feet apart from others at all times. Ensuring that physical distancing guidelines are met significantly reduces the number of people that can safely be in our rooms.Please see additional information about SPH student groups on our Student Engagement page.
Will any co-curricular activities be held in-person?
A limited number of co-curricular activities will be held in-person with social distancing guidelines in place. Program directors of living-learning programs and co-curricular programs should be contacted for details.
Will the SPH be hosting any events during the semester?
The School of Public Health will continue to host events this semester, with most being held virtually. Please check the events calendar regularly, as events will continue to be added as the semester progresses. See events calendar.
How to Be Successful
- Go to office hours for your TAs and instructors - they are still being held even if the class is online.
- Take the initiative to set up a zoom call to get extra help or simply to build a relationship with them during the class.
- Connect with your peers in the class - perhaps form a virtual study group if this is helpful for your learning style.
- Use the chat feature during class - don't be afraid to use this tool to ask questions or clarify information since it can be hard to talk with many other students in the class.
- Set up a workspace that is dedicated just for schoolwork where you can focus away from family, friends and/or roommates.
- Use an app to block social media and other distractions during class and study time.
- Create a schedule/routine for yourself as if you were on campus.
- Keep a calendar or planner with all important due dates for assignments, quizzes and tests; it is very easy to lose track of when things are due with online classes.
- Treat your online classes as if they are in-person (work ahead when possible, watch the lectures during the class time on your schedule, take notes and ask questions)
- Check your ELMS and email daily! Your instructors will send out many announcements/messages because this is their only way to contact you. They may even change around when assignments are due, so make sure you are checking your ELMS page for all your classes on a regular basis and updating your planner accordingly.
Know Your Resources
- SPH Advisors: Appointments & Drop-In Hours
- Student Resources and Services
- Virtual Internship FAQ
- Virtual Tutoring Resources
- Virtual TLC: Shared Study Space
- Student Resources & Services
- Keep Learning
- Keep Connected
How are Change of Major Workshops working?
Please review the change of major process on the CASA website. You will be required to complete 2 virtual workshops. The first virtual workshop will be with your new department, the second virtual workshop will be with the CASA team.
What if I want to take a semester off?
As always, we encourage students to do what is best for them. That can sometimes mean taking some time away from UMD. We encourage students to consult with an advisor if they are considering withdrawing from the University.
Cancelling registration before the first day of classes:
Students who register and later decide not to attend the University must cancel their registration before the first day of classes. Access the cancel registration form here: http://registrar.umd.edu/petitions-forms/CancelRegForm.pdf
Withdrawing after the first day of classes:
Students may request a withdrawal from all classes at any time between the first andthe last day of classes for the semester. Students must submit written notice of withdrawal to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day of classes. Access the Withdrawal form here: http://www.registrar.umd.edu/petitions-forms/Withdrawal%20form.pdf
Return your completed form to the registrar by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I return to UMD after a leave?
Students returning from leave must complete one of two re-enrollment processes outlined on the Student Success Office site.
- Students returning with a UMD GPA of 2.0 or over must complete a readmission application. This application can take up to 10 days to process.
- Students returning with a UMD GPA under a 2.0, are on academic dismissal, or have taken a leave previously must complete the reinstatement process. The application will be reviewed by an anonymous faculty committee board. It can take up to 10 days after submission of application to hear from the Student Success Office.
Please contact the CASA office with any questions, SPHadvising@umd.edu