UMGC Student Coronavirus Resources
At University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), our top concern continues to be the safety and well-being of our students. Like any institution of higher learning, we believe that knowledge can be an incredibly useful tool, especially during times of uncertainty. That’s why we’re offering our students a comprehensive list of resources, covering everything from online studying tips to mental health resources.
For the latest coronavirus updates from UMGC, please keep reading this page. In addition, please note that the University System of Maryland is also providing updates, as well as their own set of resources for students who might need help.
Food and Essential Supplies
Internet and Utilities
FCC Statement and Broadband/Telephone Service Provider Agreements
The FCC has released a statement concerning their efforts to get broadband and telephone service providers to take the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. Under the pledge, the FCC is asking that broadband and telephone services providers pledge to waive late fees, open hot-spots, and refuse to cutoff service due to lack of payment for the next 60 days. As a result, Altice USA, AT&T, Comcast, Charter Communications, Sprint, and T-Mobile are offering various agreements to their customers. While Verizon is not currently offering an agreement, they are adhering to the FCC statement. Please click the above links to learn more about the specifics of each agreement.
Continuing Your Studies and Tips
Coronavirus / Health and Wellness
Mental Health Resources
Activities and Educational Resources
Virtual Culture and Entertainment
Capstone Interactive EBooks (Click login, then login with Capstone Interactive. Username: continue; Password: reading)
Enoch Pratt Free Library: A Story Anytime (English, Spanish) - Storytime by phone 24/7.
Call (410) 396-8396
Providing Care for Others
Tips for Dementia Caregivers
Things you can Do for the Elderly
Make an effort to check in regularly with the older people in your life that might be at risk for feelings of loneliness. Consider setting up a regular time to check in.
All people, not just those who are older, need to have a sense of purpose. If you have concerns about loneliness, see if you can help to identify activities that will instill a sense of purpose or joy.
Explore technological solutions to keep your older loved ones engaged. This can be in the form of email, video chats, YouTube, Facebook, etc. Don’t assume that older people won’t use technology. Often, the reluctance to adopt technology is due to lack of experience, not fear of the technology itself.
Access Restricted at Stateside Regional Sites and Administrative Headquarters
As concerns grow about the spread of coronavirus disease, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) remains focused on the health and safety of its students, employees, alumni, and guests. Consistent with the directive from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, we have now restricted access to the following regional sites and administrative headquarters, and employees are teleworking where possible:
- Dorsey Station
- Quantico Corporate Center
- Universities at Shady Grove
Our online presence offers a degree of protection, and we are following guidance from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and School of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of Defense to further reduce risks to our community while continuing to offer our full support to our hard-working students. To date, we are unaware of any direct exposure within our community.
Stateside On-site and Hybrid Courses are Moving Fully Online (as of March 16, 2020)
To further lessen the risk of exposure, effective immediately, we have shifted all UMGC onsite classroom instruction to fully online at all stateside military and off-base regional locations. Faculty may hold teleconference sessions, via Zoom, during any times originally scheduled for face-to-face class sessions; they will provide you with further instructions.
For students using VA benefits, be aware that President Trump has signed into law a bill that allows students who have transitioned from hybrid to online instruction as a result of the declared national emergency to continue to receive their full VA benefits, including the in-residence housing allowance. UMGC is working with the VA to make any necessary changes, and no action is required by any UMGC student using VA educational benefits already certified by the university for the Spring 2020 term.
Spring Stateside Commencements
We are saddened to report that we have made the decision to cancel our stateside spring commencements and related events. This is the right decision—appropriate and necessary to combat the spread of coronavirus disease and safeguard the health of our community members and guests. It is fully aligned with guidance from the University System of Maryland, the state, and the federal government.
At the same time, we understand that commencement is a milestone for students as well as an annual highpoint for faculty and staff, an opportunity to celebrate together the hard work and remarkable achievements of our graduates. With that in mind, we are exploring ways that we can leverage our online capabilities and social media platforms to preserve our cherished tradition of highlighting and celebrating the achievements of our graduates. We will keep our graduates and the community updated as plans come to fruition.
The following web sites offer the most accurate and up-to-date information about coronavirus disease and steps you can take to reduce your risk of exposure: