Returning to UMSON

students demonstrate social distancing in the simulation lab

Above: With safety protocols in place, UMSON students return to the School's simulation labs. Read more about the return to hands-on learning.

What will campus look like in the fall?  

With our students, faculty, and staff and the patients and community we serve in mind, we have been working hard to create a safe environment at the University of Maryland School of Nursing 

While classes will be conducted remotely, members of the UMSON community will be on campus to take part in simulation and research activities.  

Below is information on what to expect when you return. With the cooperation and care of every member of the UMSON community, we’re confident we can have a successful fall semester. 

Please follow directional signage.

Here are some examples of what to expect in the building:

a sign that says

elevator guidelines, please be courteous and practice proper physical distancing while riding the elevators

notice - hand sanitizer station sign

Face Coverings

Everyone is required to wear a face covering at all times while on the UMB campus or at an off-campus location occupied by UMB community members. More information

Physical Distancing

Please maintain a 6-foot distance whenever possible.

  • Elevators: Limited to 2 people at a time.
  • Stairs: Traffic is one directional; however, during an emergency, you should use the nearest stairs regardless of direction posted.

Directional Signage

Directional signage has been posted at building entrances, elevators, stairways, etc.


Certain stalls and sinks have been blocked off to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Single-stall, gender-neutral bathrooms are also available on each floor. 

Personal Protective Equipment

Students in clinical and simulation experiences will be provided with a face shield and several surgical-procedural face masks. Students having experiences on inpatient units in hospitals will also be fitted for an N95 or better respirator. 

Clinical instructors taking groups of students to clinical sites will be provided with a face shield and several surgical-procedural face masks. Clinical instructors taking groups of students to inpatient units in hospitals will also be fitted for an N95 or better respirator if they don’t already have one.

Simulation Labs

Students taking part in simulation activities will receive schedules regarding on-campus activities from your course instructors. Simulation rooms have markings to provide visual reminders for physical distancing. Specific instructions will be provided related to activities when you arrive to your practice rooms. Rooms will be cleaned after each use.

Hand Sanitizer Stations and Cleaning Carts

Hand sanitizer stations and cleaning carts with supplies such as gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, and paper towels are available throughout the building. More information.

Lactation Room

The Lactation Room is set up to adhere to social distancing practices, and hand sanitizer will be provided.

Campus Center / Dining

ClinArt Cafe, the first-floor cafe in the SMC Campus Center, is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Both a cashier and a self-checkout kiosks are available to expedite service. 

A face mask and student ID are required to access the Campus Center. Specific areas in the building are designated for eating while providing room for physical distancing.


Routine cleaning services as well as enhancements to cleaning and disinfecting restrooms and high-touch points in common areas have been implemented.

Digital Signage

Television screens throughout the UMSON building are being reserved to display COVID-19 related information.

These plans reflect current public health guidance and are subject to change. We will proactively communicate any changes that may affect our community.