Dear UMBC Community,
In recognition of the hard work of all members of our campus community, we want to make sure that spring break will be restful and rejuvenating. To that end, we are pleased to announce that we will provide three additional university holidays to our faculty and staff, March 17﹘19.
As usual, there will be no classes March 14 ﹘ 21. Residence halls will remain open during spring break. We strongly encourage all in our community, especially residential students, to avoid traveling and social gatherings over the break. We believe that our community’s commitment to health and safety has allowed us to maintain a low positivity rate. This, in turn, has allowed us to continue with plans for this break at a time when many universities have canceled theirs for health reasons.
We recognize that some staff members will need to continue to work throughout the week so that campus operations and needed support services continue to be available. We encourage supervisors to be as flexible as possible with staff scheduling in the hope that they will be able to work reduced hours. Staff members who work over the break will receive holiday leave that they can use at another time. We sincerely appreciate the contributions of those who work during breaks, particularly as we continue confronting the challenges of this pandemic.
As we approach the one-year mark of our decision to close the physical campus, we find ourselves reflecting on the incredible work and commitment exhibited in our community. You have been dedicated to our mission, supportive of one another, resilient, and resourceful.
Thank you for what you are doing. We are grateful.
President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous