New and Transfer Student Information

Welcome to the University of Maryland!  We hope that your time as a new Terp will be happy and healthy.

For both undergraduate and graduate students, we are happy to help to serve as your Medical Home  when you are a student at the University of Maryland!  Our providers can often help to coordinate care in the College Park area by providing primary care and referring to local specialty care, when needed.

Proof of Immunizations

Submitting Immunization Information

Immunizations (all new undergraduate and graduate students):  In order to keep our community healthy and free from vaccine preventable diseases, we require that all new students submit evidence of a number of immunizations.  Required vaccines include:

  • Two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)  vaccine doses or blood titer evidence of immunity
  • One meningitis ACWY vaccine dose within 3 years of arrival at UMD for undergraduate students
  • One tetanus, diptheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine dose within the last 10 years
  • Completion of a tuberculosis risk screening questionnaire and additional testing depending on your responses to the screening questions.
  • 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 healthconcerns@umd.edu.

The Immunization Record Form must be completed and uploaded prior to your arrival to campus. New students may submit your information online beginning June 1.

You can scan and upload the completed form and enter the immunization information by going to myuhc.umd.edu, using your 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 you experience difficulty submitting the form through myuhc.umd.edu, you may fax the completed Immunization Record form to the Immunization Clinic at 301.314.5234. 

Incoming Undergraduate Student Health and Wellness Requirements Letter

Fall 2022 Health and Wellness Requirements Message to Incoming Undergraduate Terps

Dear Terp:

Welcome to the University of Maryland!  

As you prepare to join our campus community, we want to provide you with important information about necessary items that must be completed before you begin your semester, including: 

  • required online wellness training, 
  • submissions for proof of health insurance, and
  • up-to-date immunizations. 

These requirements are designed to keep you and members of our community healthy and safe.  

 

Required Online Wellness Trainings

You are required to complete two online educational programs:

1. Sexual Assault Prevention Program (Foundry Platform)

This program includes a pre-arrival course and survey and post-arrival survey that will be completed 45 days apart. You will receive a reminder and log-in instructions from wellnesstraining@umd.edu around August 1, 2022. The pre-arrival course and survey must be completed by August 22, 2022 and the post-arrival survey must be completed by October 12, 2022.

2. You-MD Alcohol and Opioid Misuse Prevention and Education (ELMS Platform)

This is an online course that will open on August 15, 2022 and must be completed no later than September 10, 2022. You will receive enrollment instructions and log-in instructions around August 15, 2022.     

You must complete all sections of both trainings to be in compliance with this requirement. The courses will be accessible around the clock, and you will be able to stop, save your work, and return to the courses to complete them at your own pace. These programs equip you with knowledge and skills that will help you make responsible decisions regarding alcohol, avoid drug misuse and addiction, and recognize and respond to sexual assault and harassment.

We strongly encourage you to talk openly and often with your parents and family about the complex issues addressed in these training sessions. If you have questions about the required training, please contact wellnesstraining@umd.edu. 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, you 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 September 15, 2022. Students who do not have an approved waiver by September 15, 2022 will be automatically charged and officially enrolled in SHIP. No refunds are possible after September 15, 2022.

Please visit health.umd.edu/mandatory-insurance if you have questions about the process or contact the University Health Center Insurance & Billing Office at uhc-insurance@umd.edu 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 fall classes, August 29, 2022. For more information about required vaccines, please visit health.umd.edu/immunizations and click on “Submitting Your Immunization Forms.”

Once your immunization record is reviewed, you will receive an email about its status and whether additional information is required. Incomplete immunization submissions may affect your 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 vaccinations 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 healthconcerns@umd.edu.

Thank you for attending to these important matters. These requirements represent our community values regarding the health and wellness of all Terps and are designed to keep you and our community healthy and safe. We look forward to supporting you this upcoming academic year.  We cannot wait to meet you soon!

 Stay healthy and well, Terp!

 

Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs

She/Her

Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P.

Director, University Health Center

Chief Medical Officer

He/Him

Mandatory Health Insurance/Hard Waiver

Annual Requirement and Deadline

Providing proof of health insurance is an annual process. You must provide proof each academic year. 

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.

Unless you have already submitted an approved health insurance waiver, SHIP will be billed to your tuition account once you register for classes at orientation. 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

Please visit health.umd.edu/mandatory-insurance if you have questions about the process or contact the University Health Center Insurance & Billing Office at uhc-insurance@umd.edu or 301.314.8165.

Required Online Wellness Trainings for Incoming Undergraduate Students

What is Required and Why?

All incoming undergraduate students must complete two online health education programs prior to arrival on campusThese requirements are designed to keep you and members of our community as healthy and safe as possible.

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. 

You must complete all sections of both trainings to be in compliance with this requirement. The courses will be accessible around the clock, and you will be able to stop, save your work, and return to the courses to complete them at your own pace. These programs equip you with knowledge and skills that will help you make responsible decisions regarding alcohol, avoid drug misuse and addiction, and recognize and respond to sexual assault and harassment.

We strongly encourage you to talk openly and often with your parents and family about the complex issues addressed in these training sessions. If you have questions about the required training, please contact wellnesstraining@umd.edu. Additional resources are available at studentaffairs.umd.edu/student-life/wellness-training. 

Due Dates for Required Online Wellness Trainings

1.   Fall 2022 Sexual Assault Prevention Program (Foundry Platform)

  • Accessible Monday, August 1, 2022
  • Completion of Part 1 Due Monday, August 22, 2022
  • Completion of Part 2 Due Wednesday, October 12, 2022

2. Fall 2022 You-MD Alcohol and Opioid Misuse Prevention and  Education (ELMS Platform)

  • Enrollment Opens Monday, August 15, 2022
  • Completion Due Saturday, September 10, 2022 Course

On the day the training access opens, you will receive an email reminder from wellnesstraining@umd.edu for logging in and completing the training. 

  • Each program varies in duration.
  • You-MD only has 1 part.
  • Sexual Assault Prevention has two parts that include pre-and post-surveys. 45 days after you complete part 1 of the Sexual Assault Prevention each program, you will receive an email from wellnesstraining@umd.edu reminding you to complete part 2. 

Accessing Your Sexual Assault Prevention Training

Students who need to complete the wellness training requirement are identified in advance and accounts are created by the wellness training administrators. An email invitation is sent to the email address on file with the university with log-in instructions. The training platform can also be accessed on the EverFi training site.

Note that students need to have an account created for them in advance of taking the course (it is not possible to register via this URL above). If students have not received a welcome email, would like to update their email address or encounter a message that states they do not have an account, please contact wellnesstraining@umd.edu for assistance in being registered.

You will need your Directory ID and Password to log in to Foundry. If you need help with your Directory ID, please visit the Identity Verification site to look up your directory entry. 

The courses will be accessible 24/7 and must be completed by the dates noted above.  You will be able to stop, save your work, and return to the course to complete it at your own pace.

To complete the online programs, you will need a computer/tablet with internet access, audio capabilities, Flash 8.0 or higher, and Adobe Acrobat reader.

FAQ and Technical Help

Accessing Your Substance Use Prevention Training, “You-MD: Incoming First Year and Transfer Student Substance Use Training”:

Visit our Open Learning catalog at https://umd-hpws.catalog.instructure.com/courses/you-md-substance-use-prevention-training

  •  Register for the non-credit course titled “You-MD: Incoming First Year and Transfer Student Substance Use Training”.
  • Enroll in the course using your Directory ID and password (Of note, there is no cost associated with this course).
  • With your Directory ID and Password, log into your ELMS page at ELMS.umd.edu
  • You will see “You-MD” listed under the “Courses” button on the left sidebar menu.
  • This training includes an Introduction Video and five subsequent modules.  You must complete all of the course modules and receive a score of 80% or higher in all assessments to pass the course.  Assessments in this course have unlimited attempts.
  • Once completed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, save this for your records
  • The training is self-paced, and is designed to be fully completed in under two hours

Failure to complete this course could result in disciplinary action, so be sure to complete it at your earliest convenience. 

Questions?

Email wellnesstraining@umd.edu - all inquiries should be addressed within 48 business hours.  

This email address will be checked by a member of our team twice daily, Monday-Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Be advised that any emails sent in the evening, on weekends, or during University holidays may receive a slower response.

If you have ongoing medical issues, we encourage you to contact us before your arrival, send records to the University Health Center and schedule an appointment with a medical provider to discuss your condition soon after you arrive.  A treatment summary from your primary care doctor is most helpful. This will help to avoid any delays in receiving care on your arrival on campus.

Behavioral Health Information for New and Transfer Students

Behavioral Health Services

Are you new to University of Maryland? 

Are you beginning college or are you transferring?

Do you have a history of mental health treatment or concerns?

Our Behavioral Health staff understands that starting at the University of Maryland can be a stressful transition for many students, whether you are a freshman, transfer student, international student, or graduate student. Transition times are often stressful, requiring new stress management skills. They often lead to new emotional or psychological issues, or lead to a relapse of previously existing mental health conditions. Whatever the case, there is help at the University of Maryland.

The Health Center provides the following Behavioral Health services to students on campus:

  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication management when indicated
  • Crisis intervention
  • Evaluation and short-term individual psychotherapy

Recommendations

Whether you have had past mental health concerns or you are currently dealing with mental health challenges while preparing for a transition, there are things you can do to help this transition be as smooth as possible. Here are some suggestions:

  • Start planning now for the transition before arriving to campus. Discuss strategies with family members and friends or your current mental health provider for what you will do if symptoms of pre-existing conditions begin to recur or intensify.
  •  If appropriate, meet with your psychiatrist or family doctor to review medications you are currently taking. Make sure you have enough medication refills to tie you over during the transition.
  • Consider continuing to meet periodically with your current mental health professional during your first semester on campus rather than starting with someone new at the Mental Health Service, if possible. Continuity can be very helpful during this transition. Of course, if you are from out of town, the Mental Health Service will be happy to evaluate you to see if we can provide treatment for you here.
  • Prescriptions can be transferred from your home pharmacy to the Pharmacy in the University Health Center. It is located on the first floor of the Health Center.
  • It is always important to take medication as prescribed. It is also always important to avoid using alcohol or other drugs.
  • If you are thinking of transferring your care to the Mental Health Service, please bring with you a summary of your treatment by your home care-provider. Also, it is helpful to have enough medication available until you can be seen at the Mental Health Service. Depending on the time of the semester, waiting time for initial intake appointments can vary from one to three weeks.
  • Maintain or develop a strong support system of family, friends, and others. Be involved in daily activities you enjoy.
  • Develop a stress management plan and get adequate sleep. Increased stress and lack of sleep often can contribute to recurrence or flare up of mental health concerns. Check out the Health Center's Health Promotion and Wellness Services for tips on stress management and taking care of yourself.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing an emergency, please contact us as soon as possible. Our number is (301) 314-8106; we are on the second floor of the University Health Center. Tell the person answering the phone that you are in crisis or in an emergency situation and need to be seen urgently.

 

We hope that this information is helpful to you as you settle in to campus. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Mental Health Service if you have questions or to explore recommendations tailored to your particular mental health needs. Call (301) 314-8106 to ask about our services or to make an appointment.

Helpful Numbers and Websites

University of Maryland Counseling Center, (301) 314-7651

Disability Support Services, (301) 314-7682

Center for Healthty Families, (301) 405-3659

Psychology Clinic, (301) 405-4808

Maryland Psychotherapy Clinic & Research Lab, (301) 405-5820

Eppley Recreation Center, (301) 226-4500

ULifeline

University of Maryland Help Center, (301) 314-HELP

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Maryland Crisis Hotline at 1-800-422-0009.  These resources are both available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

University of Maryland Police Department, (301) 405-3333