Parents and Families
Welcome to the University of Maryland community! Parents and families have an important role as students learn to take great care of themselves. We encourage parents to coach their students toward making wise health choices and through getting health care, when needed.
All University of Maryland students may use the Health Center. We participate in a number of national insurance plans and have a reduced-rate fee schedule for certain services for students with insurances that do not contract with the UHC.
Here are some things you’ll want to pay attention to before your new Terp arrives on campus…
Read the student entrance letter
Review immunizations and ensure that your student is up to date
Ensure that your student fills out and submits their Immunization Record
Annually complete the Mandatory Insurance/Hard Waiver
Talk with your student about alcohol consumption, sexual assault, and healthy choices. It is important for your student to hear explicitly about your expectations. Here is some information to help from our own School of Public Health!
Consider discussing an Advance Directive with your student.
Read our information about Privacy and Confidentiality (below)
Parent and Families Health and Wellness Requirements Letter
Spring 2023 Health and Wellness Requirements Letter to Parents and Families
Dear Parents and Families:
Welcome to the Terrapin Family! As your student prepares to join our campus community, we want to provide you with important information about necessary items that must be completed before the start of the semester, including:
- required online wellness training,
- submissions for proof of health insurance, and
- up-to-date immunizations.
These requirements represent our community values regarding the health and wellness of all Terps and are designed to keep your student and our community healthy and safe. To view this notification electronically and have easier access to links, please visit https://health.umd.edu/home/parentsandfamilies.
Required Online Wellness Training
All incoming University of Maryland students must complete two online education programs.
1. Sexual Assault Prevention Program
This online program includes a pre-arrival course and post-arrival survey that will be completed 45 days apart. The pre-arrival course opens on January 9, 2023. Your student will receive log in instructions from email@example.com around January 8. The pre-arrival course must be completed by January 30, 2023, and the post-arrival survey must be completed by March 27, 2023.
2. You-MD (Alcohol and Opioid Misuse Prevention and Education)
This is an online course that will open on January 9, 2023 and must be completed no later than January 30, 2023. Your student will receive enrollment instructions and log in instructions around January 8, 2023.
Your student must complete all sections of both trainings to be in compliance with this requirement. The courses will be accessible around the clock, and they will be able to stop, save their work, and return to the courses to complete them at their own pace.
We encourage you to talk openly and often with your student about the complex issues addressed in these training sessions. If you have questions about the required training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional resources are available at studentaffairs.umd.edu/student-life/wellness-training.
Proof of Health Insurance
All Domestic Undergraduate students enrolled in six or more credit hours and all International Undergraduate students are required to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), unless proof of comparable coverage is furnished. University of Maryland undergraduates must provide verification of insurance every year they are enrolled. SHIP is an affordable, high-quality plan that covers students at the University Health Center and across the country.
Please visit the University Health Center website at health.umd.edu/SHIP for more information. Alternatively, your student can show proof of comparable health insurance by completing the online “hard waiver” found at umd.myahpcare.com. All waiver applications must be submitted and approved by February 15, 2023. Students who do not have an approved waiver by February 15, 2023 will be automatically charged and officially enrolled in SHIP. No refunds are possible after February 15, 2023. Please visit health.umd.edu/mandatory-insurance if you have questions about the process or contact the University Health Center Insurance & Billing Office at email@example.com or 301.314.8165.
Proof of Immunizations
To ensure the health and safety of all students on our campus, the University requires that all students submit proof of immunizations by the first day of spring classes, January 25, 2023. For more information about required vaccines, please visit health.umd.edu/immunizations and click on “Submitting Your Immunization Forms.”
Once your student’s immunization record is reviewed, they will receive an email about its status and whether additional information is required. Incomplete immunization submissions may affect your student’s registration status. For assistance or more information, please call the Immunization Clinic at 301.314.8114.
Office of Family Engagement
As a reminder, the Office of Family Engagement is here to educate and engage parents and families in becoming informed partners in your student’s education, personal development, and success. You should already be registered to receive communications with important University information and updates from the Terp Family eConnection portal. If you haven't received any communications, please register for the Terp Family eConnection portal at terpfamily.campusesp.com. Should you have questions or need assistance in supporting your student at UMD, please contact the Family Engagement team, located in the Dean of Students office, at 301.314.8429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for encouraging your student to attend to these important matters. We look forward to supporting you and your student this upcoming academic year.
Stay healthy and well,
Patty Perillo, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P
Director, University Health Center
Chief Medical Officer
Proof of Immunizations
Submitting Immunization Information
To ensure the health and safety of all students on our campus, the University requires that all students submit proof of immunizations by the first day of fall classes for students admitted in the fall and by the first day of spring classes for students admitted in the spring. For more information about required vaccines, please visit health.umd.edu/immunizations.
The Immunization Record form can be found at health.umd.edu/home/forms. Your student can scan and upload the completed form and enter their immunization information by going to myuhc.umd.edu, using their Directory ID and password to log in, and clicking “Forms” on the left-hand side. Use of the UMD Immunization Record form is preferred, but immunization documentation from a medical provider is also acceptable. If they experience difficulty submitting the form through myuhc.umd.edu, they may fax the completed Immunization Record form to the Immunization Clinic at 301.314.5234.
Once a student’s immunization record is reviewed, they will receive an email about its status and whether additional information is required. Incomplete immunization submissions may affect the student’s registration status. For assistance or more information, please call the Immunization Clinic at 301.314.8114.
Up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations (including a booster when eligible) are required for all students, faculty and staff. Proof of up-to-date vaccination must be uploaded to myuhc.umd.edu. UMD will comply with all federal and state laws in granting appropriate exemptions for medical or religious reasons. Please direct questions to email@example.com.
Proof of Health Insurance
Annual Submission Requirement and Important Deadline
Providing proof of health insurance is an annual process. You must provide proof each academic year.
All undergraduate students taking six or more credits are required to have health insurance. You can show proof of health insurance by completing an online “hard waiver” found at umd.myahpcare.com, or you can purchase the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). SHIP is an affordable, high-quality plan that covers students at the University Health Center and across the country. Please visit the University Health Center website at health.umd.edu/SHIP for more information.
Unless you have already submitted an approved health insurance waiver, SHIP will be billed to your student's tuition account once they register for classes at orientation. For students admitted in the fall semester you must complete the waiver by September 15 to remove this charge from the tuition account. After September 15, no refunds are possible for this charge. For students admitted in the spring semester you must complete the waiver by February 15 to remove this charge from the tuition account. After February 15, no refunds are possible for this charge. Please visit health.umd.edu/mandatory-insurance if you have questions about the process or contact the University Health Center Insurance & Billing Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.314.8165.
Required Online Wellness Trainings
About the Required Online Wellness Trainings
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (Campus SaVE) Act (2013) requires institutions to provide education and awareness programs to enrolled students, including sexual violence prevention education. The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 requires institutions of higher education across the country to provide alcohol prevention education to all incoming college students, and the “Start Talking Maryland Act” of 2017 requires similar training, but for opioid misuse, to be provided to all college students in Maryland.
Students will receive an email reminder from email@example.com with instructions when the programs are made available.
Each program varies in duration. The You-MD program has one part. The Sexual Assault Prevention training program has two parts that include pre-and post-surveys. 45 days after your student completes part 1 of the program, they will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org reminding them to complete part 2.
Your student must complete both trainings and all parts to be in compliance with these training programs. The courses will be accessible 24/7. To complete the online programs, your student will need a computer/tablet with internet access, audio capabilities, Flash 8.0 or higher, and Adobe Acrobat reader.
We hope you will talk openly and often with your student about the complex issues addressed in these training sessions. If you have questions about the required training, please contact email@example.com. Additional resources are available at studentaffairs.umd.edu/student-life/wellness-training.
Sexual Assault Prevention Program
- Accessible Monday, January 9, 2023
- Completion of Part 1 Due Monday, January 30, 2023
- Completion of Part 2 Due Monday, March 27, 2023
You-MD: Incoming First Year and Transfer Student Substance Use Training (Alcohol and Opioid Misuse Prevention and Education)
- Accessible Monday, January 9, 2023
- Completion Due Monday, January 30, 2023
More Information for Parents and Families
Privacy and Confidentiality
Students are developing adults who are learning to make their own health decisions. As such, it is important that we offer the opportunity for students to make these decisions with assurance that their confidentiality will be respected.
All services provided to students and communication with clinicians are confidential. With a student’s permission, we will share health information with families, friends or other health care providers. This permission is encounter specific; we generally do not permit blanket permission to be signed for an extended period of time. The University Health Center is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations. Please see our Notice of Privacy Practices (link) for details regarding privacy and confidentiality.
For questions concerning confidentiality, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University Health Center Behavioral Health Service offers confidential, high quality and convenient services for University of Maryland students. Our staff are licensed and board certified, trainees are closely supervised by our professional staff, records are peer reviewed and staff are evaluated regularly. Learn more about how we protect your confidentiality.
CARE to Stop Violence
CARE to Stop Violence has trained and professional advocates who can provide resources, support and assistance to persons via email, telephone, or in person. We can assist individuals in several ways including:
- Provide crisis intervention and crisis de-escalation
- Helping you understand options that may exist and the pros and cons of choices
- Helping you access medical care, both on and off campus
- Maintaining confidentiality
- Providing short term counseling and/or referrals to community resources as necessary
- Help with academic support letters
- Support for friends, family and people who care about you
- Providing transportation
- Providing alternative housing
- Providing financial assistance
- Helping you find faith-based services
- Helping you find legal assistance
- Assistance in filing claim with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
- Acting as liaison between you and other campus offices and off campus service providers including Office on Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities, and Title IX