Research and Creative Achievement (RCA) under COVID-19 at UMBC

Latest Update – April 20, 2022

We are focused on keeping our community and its members as healthy as possible. However, given the widespread nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that we cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free campus. Please review this essential advice if you have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who has, or are feeling unwell.

For more information please visit our UMBC COVID19 Website.

Feel Sick? Stay Home
  • If you have an active COVID-19 illness and have been on campus, or anticipate coming to campus in the next 10 days, please:
University-related DOMESTIC Travel 
  • University-related travel is travel for educational, research, or business purposes tied to the traveler’s affiliation with the University.
    • All travelers on University-related travel are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the onset of the travel, unless appropriate exemption documentation is on file with the University.
    • It is important that you submit your UMBC travel request through the DocuSign Out-of-State Travel Pre-Approval prior to making travel arrangements to ensure reimbursement regardless of the funding source. 
      • Failure to obtain out-of-state travel pre-approval prior to making travel arrangements will result in denial of reimbursement regardless of the funding source.
University-related INTERNATIONAL Travel 
  • Requests for INTERNATIONAL travel are subject to general out-of-state travel approval policies and UMBC’s existing International Travel Policy
  • Please review UMBC’s Updated International Travel Guidance
  • If you choose to travel abroad, understand that you may experience difficulty departing from the U.S., and you may be subjected to mandatory testing, quarantine, and other requirements upon arrival at your international destination. When seeking to return to the U.S., you may experience travel disruptions or travel bans impeding your ability to return. Additionally, the ability of U.S. Embassies and Consulates to provide services to travelers remains severely limited in many countries.
  • Please review the International Travel Process available to faculty, staff, and students.
    • Failure to obtain formal approval prior to making international travel arrangements will result in denial of reimbursement regardless of the funding source and unauthorized travelers will not be covered by UMBC’s international travel insurance plan.
Additional Health Precautions
  • In addition to testing, we ask that our community members continue to take a number of health and safety actions to ensure the continued well-being of our entire campus community. This includes:
    • Physical distancing – all safety measures such as reduced density in labs continue to apply.
    • Wearing a mask within any UMBC Campus building – this includes your lab or studio area.
    • Regular and thorough hand washing.