Main University Resources: UMD COVID-19 UPDATES

This page will provide you with updates and resources regarding the College of Education's plan for addressing the COVID-19 virus and potential changes to the delivery of instruction as a result.

A Letter from Dean Jennifer K. Rice, College of Education

We have created an internal college response team, chaired by Associate Dean Laura Stapleton, who will coordinate activities in the College.  If you have any concerns or questions, email, and the team will help address your concern.

President Loh announced the arrangements over the next month to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 to our campus community. In accordance with Governor Hogan's order regarding state employees, all staff, faculty, and administrators in our college have been asked to work remotely.  Buildings on campus, including the library, will be locked. All College of Education staff can be reached using university emails and phone numbers during normal business hours. If you have a GA/RA/TA position or are an hourly employee or volunteer in a faculty lab, you should be in contact with your supervisor about possible remote activities.


For the remainder of the semester, coursework will be virtual. I recognize that this has unique implications for students who need to complete required internships, practica, and field experiences. Please know that we have been in communication with our district partners and state agencies, and are in the process of developing a plan for virtual internship activities.  All students should expect a detailed communication from Program Directors by the end of next week about plans for online instruction.

Students who need laptops, software, or assistance with connectivity to facilitate online coursework should refer to: Meeting Your Technology-Related Needs

For those graduate students who are teaching assistants or instructors, we have scheduled an online workshop for March 24, 2020 from 1-2:30 pm, with Marcio Oliveira, from the Division of Information Technology, to provide assistance for virtual teaching and learning.  If you would like to participate, please contact Andrea Norris at for the login instructions.  In the meantime, the following presentation that Marcio recently gave in another college may be helpful in getting you started: Online Teaching Training. If you need additional assistance with developing strategies for virtual course delivery, please send an email to with a short description of your needs, and a staff member will be assigned to help you. Also, at are web materials and training schedules.

Dissertation proposal meetings and final dissertation defenses should be conducted remotely. Doctoral students should work with their dissertation chairs to make arrangements. Please note that the Graduate School needs to approve remote dissertation defenses and will do so with approval of the chair and completion of this form: As you plan remote dissertation defenses also note there is a required provision that the presentation portion be available to the public. 


On-campus research has been restricted to critical research activities only.  Research that involves human subjects is not to be conducted in a face-to-face mode. For those of you who are considering moving face-to-face human subjects research into a virtual data collection mode, we are waiting for guidance from IRB regarding the process for approving a change in mode of data collection -- please consult with your advisor on this. We are encouraging researchers to consider broadly the activities that can be done remotely: database cleaning, documentation, analysis, manuscript writing, and proposal writing. Note that pre-award grant proposal functions are still running remotely through your departments and ORA. Information from the Division of Research (including recommendations for data security and funding agency information) is available at: Important Information from UMD's Division of Research on the Impact of COVID-19 on Research Activity | Division of Research.  We recognize that this disruption in research activity may be particularly significant for students who are seeking to graduate this Spring.  Please work with your thesis/dissertation chair to determine best actions going forward. 

I want to thank you all for your patience and cooperation as we work through all of the implications of this pandemic on our daily activities.  I hope the steps we are taking will ensure the health and safety of our college, university, and broader community in the days and weeks ahead. 

Take care and be safe!

Jennifer King Rice