UMB employees wearing face masks take UMB Pledge.

Purpose is to have students, faculty, and staff remain vigilant against COVID-19.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is asking students, faculty, and staff to take steps to protect themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19 and to commit to those measures by taking the Protect UMB Pledge. 

The UMB Office of Communications and Public Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs developed the idea of a Universitywide pledge so that students, faculty, and staff can be vigilant against COVID-19 by protecting one another. The offices wrote the pledge and produced a video to promote shared accountability. 

Those taking the pledge are asked to take actions that include completing the daily SAFE on Campus symptom monitoring form before coming to campus; practicing physical distancing of 6 feet, wearing a face covering, and implementing frequent handwashing; staying home if sick; remaining informed of testing requirements and laws regarding COVID-19; and contacting their physician or UMB Student Health Center and the University’s COVID-19 hotline if diagnosed with COVID-19. 

In the pledge video, members of the UMB community, including Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, say, “The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) community’s dedication to improving the human condition calls upon each of us to be vigilant against the novel coronavirus by protecting one another. I pledge, with shared accountability as a member of the UMB community, to be responsible for my health and considerate of the health of others to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following University requirements and guidance.” 

The goal of this initiative is to have every member of the University community sign the pledge. When you take the pledge, your name is added to the website. 

To watch the video and take the pledge, go to  


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