NDMU faculty, staff, students, and contractors who meet certain criteria, including displaying symptoms or being exposed via close contact to a known COVID-19 positive person, may be required to undergo quarantine and/or testing prior to entering or returning to campus.

  • COVID-19 testing is provided by state and local authorities or through your healthcare provider.
  • Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
  • Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.

UPDATED (April 21, 2021) Individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine at home for 14 days after their last contact with the person who has COVID-19 before entering or coming to campus. Individuals may end quarantine after day 10 if they receive a negative COVID-19 viral test result that occurred on day 8 or later. In alignment with CDC guidance, individuals in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if:

  • Individual has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months, has recovered, and remains symptom free.
  • Individual is a) fully vaccinated (>= 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or >2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine), b) remains asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

Those awaiting test results (except for routine screening or surveillance testing) or having tested positive for COVID-19 must remain at home in quarantine/isolation and keep professors and/or supervisors informed of your return status. See Positive Test Results and Contract Tracing below.

A flow chart has been developed that outlines the University’s COVID-19 response procedures.

The University has developed a COVID-19 Dashboard to communicate surveillance testing, self-reported COVID-19 positive cases, and other information.

Pre-Arrival Testing Requirement & Vaccination – Summer 2021 (Updated: May 4, 2021)

To identify any asymptomatic, currently infected students before they arrive on campus for the summer semester, all on-campus students (residential & commuter; including Elkridge and required in-person professional program clinicals, practicums, and internships) will be required to submit a negative viral COVID-19 test prior to their entry on to campus.

Pre-arrival tests are required even if an individual is fully vaccinated. For in-state (MD) and surrounding-state (PA, DE, VA, WV, and DC) students, the test must have been administered and negative results received within 7 days prior to scheduled return on campus. For example, a student scheduled to return to campus on May 24, 2021, must have been tested and received their results between May 17, 2021 and May 23, 2021.
 

For out-of-state/non-surrounding-state students, tests should occur within 3 days before travel to Maryland or promptly upon arrival to Maryland. Out-of-state/non-surrounding-state residents waiting for their test results should self-quarantine at home between the time of their test and their arrival in Maryland or self-quarantine at an off-campus location in Maryland.

Notre Dame of Maryland University is currently encouraging all students, faculty, staff, and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. NDMU is requesting all on-campus students (residential & commuter; including Elkridge and required in-person professional program clinicals, practicums, and internships) this summer submit documentation of COVID-19 vaccination to the University, if applicable. This information will assist the University in COVID-19 planning, mitigation, and contact tracing. Vaccination information is requested to be uploaded at least 7 days prior to scheduled return to campus.

All faculty, staff, and contractors arriving or returning to campus for the summer semester who were not on campus regularly/routinely (i.e. in the testing pool) in the spring semester will be required to submit a negative viral COVID-19 test result prior to their entry on campus. The test must have been administered and negative results received within 7 days prior to scheduled return to campus. For example, an employee scheduled to return to campus on June 1, 2021, must have been tested and received their results between May 25, 2021 and May 31, 2021. . If returning from out-of-state, see International and Out-of-State Travel Policy.

View instructions (PDF) for uploading your COVID-19 pre-arrival test results.

No individuals subject to pre-arrival testing will be granted access to campus without first producing a negative COVID-19 viral test in the required timeframes. Limited exceptions to this policy are provided for the following individuals in alignment with CDC guidance:

  • Individuals who were positively diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 90 days, have recovered, and remain symptom free.

Individuals seeking an exception are required to complete an attestation form and upload it in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test. Vaccination does not exempt individuals from the pre-arrival testing requirement.

Individuals may obtain a COVID-19 test wherever they wish (primary or urgent care physician, state or local health department, many pharmacies, etc.). A list of test sites can be found at https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/symptoms-testing. Please be aware that depending on the type of viral test, tests may take several minutes (e.g. “rapid” or antigen testing) or several days (e.g. nucleic acid or PCR testing) to be processed and results received.

In accordance with CDC requirements effective January 26, 2021, individuals arriving or returning to the U.S. will need to get tested no more than 3 days before travel by air into the United States and show the negative result to the airline before boarding or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a positive viral test within last 90 days and a letter from your healthcare provider or public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). Vaccination will not exempt individuals from the testing requirement.

Following arrival into the U.S. and prior to entering campus, individuals are required to quarantine for seven (7) days and get tested 3-5 days after travel – Unless they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, have recovered, and remain symptom free.

Post-Arrival Surveillance Testing (Updated: March 9, 2021)

All faculty, staff, and students on or coming to campus on a regular or routine basis may be subject to weekly random sample surveillance testing. Tests will be self-administered under observation at NDMU. Testing will be provided by NDMU at no cost to the individual.

If you are selected for a surveillance test in a given week, you will be notified, most often the week prior, via your NDMU e-mail. Instructions for signing up for a testing appointment will be provided in that e-mail. As these selections are randomly generated weekly, you may be asked to report one or more times or not at all for required surveillance testing.

Individuals are required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing even if they have been fully vaccinated.

Surveillance Testing & FAQ

Positive Test Results

Faculty, staff, students, and contractors who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home or in designated residence hall space and follow CDC guidance prior to returning or entering the campus community. NDMU is following the CDC’s recommended recovery strategy. If an individual tested positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms, clearance to come to campus may be assigned when:

  1. the individual remains fever-free without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours, AND
  2. Symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), AND
  3. it has been at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared.

If an individual tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, the individual can be cleared to return 10 days after the test as long as the individual does not develop symptoms. If the individual develops symptoms, then the individual must follow the recovery strategy for those with symptoms.

Individuals who tested positive must submit a recovery self-certification form in order to be approved to return to on-campus activities. Notification for return to on-campus activities is directed through the Office of Risk Management & Public Safety and/or the Offices of Student Life, Human Resources, or Auxiliary Services.

Contact Tracing

NDMU has launched a Contact Tracing Taskforce which will be responsible for identifying, responding to, and contacting NDMU community members potentially exposed to COVID-19. While formal contact tracing is primarily the responsibility of the State, Baltimore City, and other local health departments, NDMU’s taskforce will serve as the point of contact for NDMU’s internal and external efforts. Members of the taskforce will be trained to assist in this effort.

In order to assist respective health departments and assure the quickest internal response possible, NDMU’s Contact Tracing Task Force will notify all University community members, to the extent possible, who came into contact (e.g. attended class) with any person confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Based on an individual’s specific responses to a common script, the contacted individual will be advised on their next steps. All information obtained by the task force will be treated confidentially in accordance with applicable law and only shared with the applicable local health department.

Note: This site will be updated frequently with new announcements, additional policies and procedures as needed and as new information becomes available. We recommend that you check the site often and regularly throughout the summer and fall.