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Newsletter 1
UMBC.EDU
UMBC PARENTS’
CONNECTION
August 2009
Quick Links
UMBC Calendar of Events
www.umbc.edu/calendar
Arts and Culture Calendar
www.umbc.edu/newsevents/
arts/calendar
Meal Plan
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UMBC/?cmd=residents
Campus Card
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Career Services Center
www.careers.umbc.edu
Online Payments
www.umbc.edu/sbs
Departments and Programs
www.umbc.edu/academics/
degrees.html
Contact Parent/Family Programs
[email protected]
Athletics
www.umbcretrievers.com
Connecting parents and families
to the UMBC Community
Welcome Week
August 28-September 6
Staff in the Division of Student Affairs have been busy
preparing for the arrival of our new and returning students
later this month. Welcome Week, part of Orientation, takes
place from August 28-September 6, and is designed to
help new students get acquainted with campus life and
campus culture. We hope you will encourage your student
to actively participate in this experience.
We learned over the years that students who do not fully
participate in Welcome Week activities often feel “out
of the loop” or like they do not know anyone. Welcome
Week programs range from the purely social events like
the hypnotist, Playfair (a masterfully-led ice-breaker for
1000+ students) and pick-up games of dodge ball, to more
informational sessions like the Academic Success session
where students meet with faculty, staff and deans within
their discipline of study. It also includes the New Student
Book Experience and a program where we talk about the
responsibilities of being a student at UMBC. There is also a
day-long retreat specifically for commuting students - check
out www.umbc.edu/ocss/commuterretreat.
Each new student is assigned to a Woolie group. Woolie
is what we call our Welcome Week Leaders, students who
volunteer to help welcome new students to campus.
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Welcome Week Continued...
The Woolies are an energetic bunch of
students who love UMBC and know a
lot about how to be successful here. The
Woolie groups attend events together
and serve as a cohort group as everyone
learns their way around campus.
emotionally-filled day, but it is easier on
the students if you do say your goodbyes prior to this 4 p.m. meeting. Finally
on Monday, August 31, Convocation
will take place in the Retriever Activities
Center (RAC) at 3:30 p.m.
Please note that there are a couple of
Welcome Week events that you as a parent and/or family member are invited to
attend. Retriever Fest (Saturday, August
28) is our resource fair where various
offices from around campus will be on
hand to distribute materials. Please stop
by between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in The
Commons. You are also invited to the 3
p.m. Welcome. Following the Welcome,
your student will have the opportunity
to meet with his/her Woolie group and
begin establishing relationships with
classmates. It can be difficult to say
goodbye to your student on this
Welcome Week is a packed week and
no doubt your student will feel tired
after being involved in all we have to
offer. But we promise your students will
also feel connected and prepared for
the academic and social life at UMBC.
For a complete listing of the Welcome
Week events, visit www.umbc.edu/
orientation/welcomeweek.
If you have any questions, feel free to
contact the Office of Student Life at 410455-3462. We look forward to seeing
you and your student on August 28!
UHS: Immunization Requirements
All UMBC students born after 1957 must provide proof of two MMR’s (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) Immunizations. Proof of these vaccines must be provided prior to October 1, 2009 or the
student will be blocked from registering for classes for the spring semester.
For Resident Students Only: Maryland law requires that every student is immunized against
meningococcal meningitis or signs a waiver stating that they understand the benefits of the
vaccine and elect not to have it. Students who have not been vaccinated and have not signed
a waiver will not be allowed to move into UMBC housing. Both the Maryland Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene and the American College Health Association recommend
meningitis vaccination for college students, especially those living in university housing. For
international student requirements or general information, please e-mail [email protected] or
visit www.umbc.edu/uhs.
New Student Book Experience
By Janet McGlynn, Director of Communication and Outreach
The Office of Undergraduate
Education (OUE) seeks to provide the
opportunity for an honors experience to
all UMBC undergraduates. By an “honors
experience” we mean a small-group,
academic experience that allows each
student to have intellectually stimulating
interactions with faculty and staff.
One of the first small-group learning
experiences for incoming students is
the New Student Book Experience.
All incoming freshmen and transfer
students are invited to read Three Cups
of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David
Relin over the summer and discuss the
book on Monday, August 31, as part
of Welcome Week. Three Cups of Tea
is a New York Times # 1 bestseller and
is now available in adult, young adult
and children’s versions. Author David
Relin will speak on campus Tuesday,
November 10, at 7 p.m. Students are
also invited to nominate a book for next
year’s New Student Book Experience.
The Book Experience is UMBC tradition designed to welcome students to
the intellectual life of the university.
We hope first-year students will begin
to see knowledge as cumulative, conversational and personally significant.
Reading a common text and spending
time talking and writing about it encourages students to realize that UMBC
is a community of scholars, not just a
stopping point on the way to a wellpaying job.
Encourage your student to check now ,
even before classes start, for the books
required in each fall course. If the high
cost of text books is a concern, consider
used copies or online sources. A copy of
many text books can also be found in
the UMBC Library.
Still concerned about ways to help
your student have a successful start at
UMBC? Consider these resources for new
students and for continuing students.
Residential Life
If your student is living on-campus he/she should
have received an assignment packet in the mail. For
your convenience, we’ve included the “What to Bring”
list at the end of this newsletter to assist you in your
planning. Move-in day for new students and transfers
is Friday, August 28. Move-in day for returning
students is sunday, August 30. More information is
available at www.umbc.edu/reslife. Remember that
your student must be registered for at least 12 credits
as a full-time student to remain eligible for on-campus
housing.
If your student is still trying to obtain on-campus housing we are in communication with
students in the “D range” from campus (50+ miles). We will continue to make offers of oncampus housing assignments through the first week of classes. For specific questions about
the on-campus housing wait list, please call 410-455-8832 or e-mail [email protected] Please
also refer to our Web site for regular updates:
www.umbc.edu/reslife/apply/availability.html
The Office of Off-Campus Student Services provides many services and resources to help
off-campus students transition to UMBC. We wanted to share some valuable information
with you that can help you have a successful fall semester as a commuter student. We have
included several links to provide resources to you:
* Rideshare opportunities to car-pool with other students traveling to campus:
www.umbc.edu/ocss/rideshare.html
*Commuter Connections and the Commuter Relations Board:
www.umbc.edu/ocss/comcon.html, www.umbc.edu/ocss/crb.html
*MTA transit discounts that provide discounted passes to ride the MTA buses:
www.umbc.edu/ocss/mtapass.html
*Apartment rentals in the Catonsville area:
www.umbc.edu/ocss/
*UMBC Transit Web site for shuttle transportation to campus from neighborhoods in
Catonsville: www.umbc.edu/transit/.
For students new to UMBC: Welcome Week activities begin on Friday, August 28. With
a growing number of first-year commuters, we have expanded services. We strongly
encourage you to participate fully in the Welcome Week activities: www.umbc.edu/
orientation/welcomeweek.html. If you have registered for the Commuter Student Retreat
you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on this event. You are welcome to
participate in all other Welcome Week events without any advanced registration.
UMBC Bookstore
Welcome Week begins August 28,
and the first day of class will be Tuesday, September 1. Bookstore Saturday hours (12-4 p.m.) resumed on
August 22. The Bookstore will be
open on move in Friday, August 28
(8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Additionally, the
Bookstore will be open Saturday and
Sunday, August 29-30 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.).
Back-to-school bargains are in effect.
The best selection of used textbooks
can be found at the Bookstore.
Buying the correct textbook for a
course may appear complicated to a
new student. Our textbook staff welcomes questions concerning textbook
purchasing and informs the new student prior to and during “book rush.”
Reserved textbooks may be picked-up
in the store August 26-31. If you did
not take advantage of the program for
the fall semester, please visit our Web
site for details and policies for future
semesters. The last day to return fall
2009 textbooks is Tuesday, September 8. Please visit our Web site for our
complete return/refund policy.
Our computer department is an Apple
and Dell Authorized Campus Reseller.
Educational pricing on hardware and
software is also available. Visit our
Web site and order any MAC online by
September 8 and receive a FREE IPOD
TOUCH (8GB). We now offer Toshiba
laptops for personal purchases.
Additionally, we have added a computer repair service. Visit our Web site
to purchase Toshiba laptops and bring
any malfunctioning major brand computer to the Bookstore for repair.
The best selection of UMBC clothing
and insignia items can be found in our
gifts and supply department and the
FanZone. The Bookstore will offer a
buy one and receive ½ off a second
clothing or emblematic item of equal
or lesser value through September 5,
2009.
Please visit our Web site, http://
bookstore.umbc.edu, for our online
catalog and information on all backto-school bargains:
Helpful Tips for Understanding
Your New Fall ’09 E-bill
Dear Parents,
UMBC recently transitioned to a new campus-wide student
information system (PeopleSoft) that brought about many
exciting changes. One such change is that student e-bills and
account inquiry on myUMBC have new features and a new
look. Students can grant access to their parents to view e-bills;
however, the account inquiry information is only available to
students by logging into their myUMBC accounts. To assist
parents and students in understanding the new bill, we’ve
provided some helpful tips on the next page. We hope you
find this information helpful and we especially hope you enjoy
the new look and features of the e-bill. For more billing and
payment information, please consult our Web site, www.umbc.
edu/sbs.
Sincerely,
Your Student Business Services Team
Fall 2009 Bill Payment Directions
• Students registered for fall ’09 classes between 3/24/09 and 8/2/09 were
billed for fall ’09 tuition and fees on 8/3/09 and have a due date of 8/20/09.
• Students are expected to pay by the due date to avoid late payment fees.
• Disbursement of financial aid for fall ’09 will begin on 8/24/09.
While e-bills currently do not reflect pending financial aid, this information
can be easily accessed by students via Account Inquiry on myUMBC. To determine their net balance due (amount that must be paid by the due date to
avoid late payment fees), students anticipating financial aid, should do the
following:
 Login to myUMBC, select Billing and Personal Finances and then select
Account Inquiry, summer ’09 and later.
 Review the information in the Account Summary Tab: fall ’09 Outstanding
Charges & Deposits, Pending Financial Aid and Total Due.
 If the Pending Financial Aid amount for fall ’09 is equal to or exceeds the
Outstanding Charges & Deposits for fall ’09 there will not be anything directly underneath the Total Due header.
 No amount under the Total Due header means nothing is owed and the
Financial Aid, once it disburses, will be enough to cover the entire fall ’09
bill.
 If there is no amount under the Total Due header, please disregard the
8/3/09 e-bill received asking for payment of tuition and fees by 8/20/09. The
e-bill currently does not reflect pending financial aid but aid is coming so a
late payment fee will not be charged.
 If there is an amount listed under Total Due, and the e-bill has an 8/20/09
due date, that amount is the out-of-pocket portion that the student is responsible for paying by 8/20/09 to avoid late payment fees.
How Soon is too Soon?
By Lorie Logan-Bennett, Associate Director for Career Services
Some tasks and events are regular,
pre-determined, and have a
predictable timetable: nine months
to get the nursery ready; taxes are
due every year by April 15; save six
months for that engagement ring.
interviews. Given these examples, it is
possible to miss the boat. And no one
wants that!
So this coming fall, to ensure that
graduating students are fully
informed from the get-go, the Career
And while there’s no set amount of
Services Center will be offering their
time it will take to secure a job offer,
annual Senior Success Seminar on
if your student wants to maximize
September 12. This event is a must
career opportunities, there are some
for any student planning on entering
definitive deadlines and time frames
the job market after graduation.
to pay attention to. Especially in
Also, early on in the semester, there
this competitive economic climate,
will also be a series of Job Prospect
starting early, developing your
Seminars created specifically for
personal brand and standing out have students in specific majors. Finally,
never been more important.
to help orient students to the how
and when of job searching, Career
For example, some government
Services has put together a new,
agencies have application deadlines
UMBCtube video. So if your student
in November for internships that
will be embarking on their final year
won’t even start until the following
at UMBC, please encourage them
summer. High-profile employers
to connect with the Career Services
who want to scoop up the most
Center early (and often!).
talented and in-demand soon-to-be
graduates often only come to campus And the advice to use the Career
to recruit in the fall (months before
Center asap is just as valuable for
many seniors even think to pull
students early on in their academic
together their resumes). On-campus studies (maybe even more so)! After
interviews for post-graduation,
all, when it comes to building a career,
professional positions have resume
there’s no such thing as too soon!
drop dates weeks before the actual
Pandemic Preparation:
Information for Residential Students
Dear Residential Student at UMBC:
First, let me welcome you to living on campus. I am confident you will enjoy
your residential experience. University Health Services is located on the ground
floor of Erickson Hall, and is open 8:30 a.m.– 6 p.m. Monday through Thursdays,
and 8:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. Fridays during the regular semesters. We provide a range
of services, including treatment for colds and flu, confidential testing for STD’s
and HIV, birth control, allergy shots and many other services, such as massage
therapy and acupuncture.
University Health Services is an integral part of the UMBC community and we
hope you take advantage of the services we offer. With the recent attention to
the H1N1 flu outbreak during the spring of 2009, I am writing to give you information related to this year’s flu season. Health experts continue to monitor the
virus as it develops around the world, and UMBC along with health agencies
across the country remain on alert. Therefore, I encourage you and your family
to add preparation for this year’s flu season to your move- in day plans.
• Please plan to arrive on campus with basic home care illness supplies like tissues, pain/fever relievers like ibuprofen, throat lozenges and other over the counter items you would need if you became ill. In addition, it’s always a good idea to have a supply of bottled water and non-perishable food items available. For more information on emergency supplies, visit www.redcross.org or www.cdc.gov.
• Please talk with your family before your arrival to plan what you would do in the event that the university would close during a health or other emergency. When you complete your residence check-in information, you will be asked to provide information about how you would leave campus and where you would go during the closure. For more information about creating emergency plans, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov.
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Pandemic Preparation Information Continued...
In the event of any health emergency, University Health Services will work
closely with and follow the mandates of the Maryland Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene (MDHMH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
University Health Services will also be following the MDHMH and CDC guidelines for vaccinations should vaccine become available to the student population for the H1N1 flu and the general flu.
For the most up-to-date campus information and links to other Web sites,
please review the UHS Web site under the Health Alerts section. The address is
www.umbc.edu/uhs/healthalerts.
If you or your parents have any other questions or concerns, please contact
University Health Services at 410-455-2542.
Healthfully Yours,
Jennifer K. Lepus, M.A.
Director, University Health Services
UMBC Recognized as #1
UMBC is proud to be recognized as a national leader in higher education by
the U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges Guide:
• #1 among up-and-coming national universities—“schools everyone should
be watching”—in a list including Emory University, Rice University, Clemson
University, University of California San Diego and Ohio State University.
• #1 public national university in undergraduate teaching, where we tied
with Stanford at 4th among all national universities, just behind Dartmouth,
Princeton and Yale.
For more information, please visit www.umbc.edu/bestcolleges/.
Disregarding Copyrights
Can Cause Complications
As you and your student prepare for the start of a new school year, the Office of
Student Judicial Programs (SJP) would like you to be aware of a large and growing
concern: illegal file sharing.
Many students download music, movies and games by using file sharing programs.
In most cases, this “free” music, movie or game is being shared illegally. We often
tell students, if you can buy it in the store, then it’s not free and you’re downloading it illegally. File sharing programs are used to download and/or distribute music,
movies, or games in violation of federal copyright laws. Many students are aware
that these programs illegally share copyrighted material with other users. Many are
even aware that sharing copyrighted material without permission is prohibited by
federal law; however, these students continue to illegally share copyrighted material and think there will be no repercussions. This is simply not true.
 DID YOU KNOW that a Boston University student was recently ordered to pay $675,000 to four music companies for illegally downloading and sharing copyrighted music online? (See http://news.yahoo.com/s/
ap/us_tec_music_downloading for more information about this case.)
 DID YOU KNOW that last year alone, SJP received almost 300 com
plaints that UMBC students violated our copyright policy? UMBC is required, by law, to respond to all copyright infringement complaints.
 DID YOU KNOW that UMBC graduates have been denied security clearances with federal agencies when background investigators learned they had shared files in violation of copyright law?
If a student is using a file sharing program, they should disable it while on campus,
or completely remove it from their computer. Consequences for a first-time file
sharing violation include: a two-week suspension of their ResNet account, a $175
fine and completion of an educational project. Questions regarding file sharing
can be directed to Student Judicial Programs at 410-455-2453 or via e-mail to
[email protected]
The Office of Student Judicial Programs wishes you and your student a safe
and productive semester!
Save the Date
Freshman/ Transfer Move- In
August 28
Returning Student Move-In
August 30
Classes Begin
September 1
Schedule Adjustment Period
September 1-14
Labor Day Holiday
September 7
Last Day to Drop Classes
November 5
Thanksgiving Break
November 26-29
Last Day of Classes
December 14
Student Day
December 15
Final Exam Week
December 16-22
Graduate Commencement
December 22
Undergraduate Commencement
December 23
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Example Annual Fund.
ACTION TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNITY
● TAKE
AND STUDY WITH INTEGRITY
YOUR ROOMMATE & ASSIGNMENT
WHAT
We’ll use your roommate
questionnaire and application
information to assign your
roommate. While most students
prefer to let us assign their
roommate, if you have a specific
roommate request it can be
s u b m i t t ed b y u s i n g t h e
“Roommate Application for Firsttime Residents” link from your
Housing Selection Account. Only
mutual requests will be
considered. We’ll do our best to
accommodate requests that are
received by July 1st.
● COOPERATE
TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS
● TAKE
ACTION TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNITY
LIVING ON CAMPUS
When you arrive on campus your
Resident Assistant (RA) will assist
you and your assigned roommate
in completing a Roommate Agreement at the start of the semester. This is
a tool to help you and your roommate establish living expectations for the
year.
TO MOVE-IN YOU MUST
● SEEK
TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS
● COOPERATE
MOVE-IN
NECESSITIES TO BRING AT CHECK-IN
▪ Extra-Long Twin Linens/Blankets (36” x 80”)
▪ Pillow
▪ Towels
▪ Clothing hangers
▪ Alarm clock
▪ Power Strip with surge protector
▪ Ethernet Cord
▪ Heavy gauge, UL-approved extension cord
▪ Co-axial cable for cable TV
▪ Laundry supplies
▪ Toiletries
▪ Desk lamp
▪ School supplies i.e. pens, pencils, paper, etc.
▪ Small wastebasket
▪ Wall saver removable poster putty or strips/blue painter’s tape
▪ Cleaning supplies
▪ Hand-held or mini-vacuum
▪ Flashlight
▪ Emergency Supplies (Visit: www.redcross.org or www.cdc.gov). The
UMBC Campus Book Store also sells personal emergency supply kits
for $29.99
DO NOT BRING
▪ Hot pots/plates
▪ Outdoor grills
▪ Landline phones or answering machines (will not work)
▪ Weights
▪ Skateboards
▪ Pets
▪ Microwave ovens*
▪ Toasters/toaster ovens**
▪ George Foreman counter-top grills**
▪ Rice-cookers **
▪ Coffeepots without auto-shutoff feature
▪ Immersion heaters
▪ Candles/incense/oil lamps
▪ Heat lamps/sun lamps
▪ Halogen lamps or bulbs
▪ Electric blankets
▪ Electric heaters
▪ Kerosene heaters
▪ Picture hangers/nails/double backed stick ups
▪ Air guns, toy guns, BB/pellet guns, paint guns or water pistols
▪ Weapons including any knife that is not designed and typically used
for kitchen applications.
▪ Drums
▪ Amplifier or amplified musical devices without headphones
▪ Refrigerators more than 4.3 cubic ft. (not permitted in apartments)
* Microwaves are only allowed in apartment kitchens, not residence
halls or apartment bedrooms unless part of a MicroFridge unit. (one
per apartment ONLY) Information on renting MicroFridge units and
other resources can be found on our website, www.umbc.edu/reslife.
** Toaster ovens, George Foreman grills and rice-cookers are only
allowed in apartment kitchens.
AND COMPROMISE
● TAKE
ACTION TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNITY
ACTION TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNITY
AND STUDY WITH INTEGRITY
TO
● TAKE
TELEPHONE: 410-455-8832
E-MAIL: [email protected]
WEB: www.umbc.edu/reslife
NEED
AND COMPROMISE
YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MOVE INTO YOUR ROOM WITHOUT MENINGITIS
INFORMATION ON FILE AT UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES! We would love
to let you move in, but Maryland Law requires that ALL residential students
either be vaccinated against meningitis OR sign a waiver indicating that
they are not being vaccinated but have been made aware of the option to
be vaccinated and the risks associated with meningitis before we can issue
you your key. Refer to the following web site for details: www.umbc.edu/
uhs. Deadline August 15, 2009.
YOU
UMBC 2009-2010
● COOPERATE
Room assignment information, including your building community, room
number, the type of room (double, triple or apartment), and the names and
contact information for your roommate(s) will be mailed in the first week of
August. You’ll also receive information about your designated move-in time,
unloading and move-in parking guidelines, campus map, and other
important logistics in this room assignment packet.
CONTACT US
LIVE
AND COMPROMISE
TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS
● SEEK
● COOPERATE
● SEEK
AND STUDY WITH INTEGRITY
TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS
AND STUDY WITH INTEGRITY
LIVE
● SEEK
LIVE
AND COMPROMISE
LIVE
ACTION TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNITY
● TAKE
AND COMPROMISE
● COOPERATE
STAFF ARE READY TO ASSIST!
AND COMPROMISE
COMMUNITY DIRECTORS (CD) are full-time professional staff members who
live in each community. They supervise the Resident Assistants, advise the
Community Action Board (CAB), work with other staff and faculty, and
assist residents in their transition to college.
MAINTENANCE ASSISTANTS (MA) are trained to repair certain things in your
room.
DESK MANAGERS (DM) manage overall service desk operations and
supervise the desk staff.
DESK STAFF work at the service desk in your community.
GET INVOLVED!
Getting involved is a great way to meet people, build leadership skills and
shape your own college experience at UMBC. Take advantage of the
opportunities at UMBC and those in Baltimore and Washington D.C.
IMPORTANT DATES
▪ Room assignment available online and letters mailed with
information about New Student Move-In.
AUGUST 15
▪ Meningitis compliance deadline for residents.
AUGUST 28
▪
▪
▪
▪
AUGUST 29
▪ Mandatory Welcome Week Events
▪ Community Socials
▪ Outdoor Movie at 8:00pm
AUGUST 30
▪ Mandatory Welcome Week Events
AUGUST 31
▪
▪
▪
▪
New Student Move-In
Welcome Week Begins*
Mandatory Floor Meeting
Play Fair
E-BILLING
Your E-Bill should be available on-line during the first week of August. You
will be billed on a semester basis for room, board and fees. For more
details on E-billing at UMBC refer to the following secure web site:
www.umbc.edu/ebilling.
2009-2010 ANNUAL ROOM AND BOARD COSTS
Room Costs (estimated)
▪ Residence Hall Double Room
▪ Residence Hall Triple Room
▪ Apartment & Harbor Hall nine-month suites
1. Nine-month facilities are open during break periods.
2. Apartment residents also pay their share of utilities.
Board Costs
▪ Ultimate Meal Plan
▪ Fab 14 Meals/Week Plan
▪ Flexible 14 Meal Plan
▪ Super 200 Block Meal Plan
▪ Terrific 10 Meals/Week Plan
▪ Flexible 10 Meal Plan
Mandatory Book Discussion Three Cups of Tea
Convocation
UMBC Campus Community Picnic
Big Crazy Fun Night
$5,670
$4,000
$5,870
$3,633
$3,381
$3,972
$3,381
$2,921
$3,340
* Potomac and Harbor Hall nine-month suites are also required to select a Winter Meal Plan option.
Information will be sent to these residents during Fall Semester by The Campus Card Office.
Residential Communication Fee
* Review the Welcome Week calendar for a complete list of activities to prepare you for an exciting
year at UMBC!
TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS
YOUR BILL
$330
* Notwithstanding any other provision of this or any other University publication, the University
reserves the right to make changes in tuition, fees, and other charges at any time such changes
are deemed necessary by the University and the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.
● COOPERATE
AND COMPROMISE
● TAKE
ACTION TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNITY
ACTION TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNITY
1st WEEK OF
AUGUST
Although our residence facilities are largely safe and secure places, at
UMBC, as in all places, your personal safety rests largely with you.
Residents are urged to lock their own room/apartment door at all times
and to check the identity of visitors by using the peep hole to see who is at
the door before opening it. Students may request an escort 24 hours a
day by contacting the UMBC University Police at x5-5555. Emergency blue
light telephones are positioned throughout the campus.
These
telephones—which ring directly to the police station when the button is
pushed—can be used to request an escort or to request assistance from
the University Police for any reason at any time.
● TAKE
▪ Deadline to request roommates or edit your roommate
preference questionnaire.
HOW SAFE IS IT ON CAMPUS?
University Police patrol the public and exterior areas of the residential
communities. Police officers are also on bike and foot patrols in these
areas 24 hours a day. In the residence halls (except Harbor Hall), the main
reception desk is staffed 24 hours a day. In the residence halls, including
the one in which they live, students must show their resident ID to the desk
staff member who is working. Individuals without a resident ID must be
signed in and escorted by their resident host. All exterior doors, except
main lobby doors, are locked, alarmed, and monitored via video camera.
AND COMPROMISE
JULY 1
WHAT WILL MY ON-CAMPUS MAILING ADDRESS BE?
Your Name
Hall/Apartment Community Name, Room/Apartment #
UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
● COOPERATE
▪ Resident Student Association (RSA) - This is the student governing body
for all residential students. RSA plans large scale programs, shapes
policy and provides funding for the Community Action Boards (CAB).
▪ Community Action Board (CAB) - Each community has a CAB that plans
community-wide events and works with staff to address residential
student concerns.
▪ Campus Organizations - Visit the Student Life website,
www.umbc.edu/studentlife.
▪ Baltimore College Network - The close proximity of UMBC to the city of
Baltimore offers unique historical, cultural, social and service
opportunities. UMBC is a member of a 16-school organization called
the Baltimore College Network: www.baltimorecollegetown.org, which
offers special student discounts and events just for students that can
connect you with other students in the area.
● SEEK
ACTION TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNITY
WHAT TYPE OF COMPUTER ACCESS IS THERE IN THE
RESIDENCE HALLS/APARTMENTS?
Each residence room and apartment has one highspeed internet jack per student. Wireless access is
available in most common areas and in residence hall
rooms. Individual wireless routers are prohibited for
network security. Additional information is available
through UMBC’s Department of Information
Technology (DOIT), www.umbc.edu/oit,
RESIDENT ASSISTANTS (RA) are assigned to your hall, floor or apartment
building. They are there to assist you with personal, academic, or social
concerns, organizing events in your community, and responding to
emergencies.
AND STUDY WITH INTEGRITY
● TAKE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
SEPTEMBER 1 ▪ Classes begin.
LIVE
● COOPERATE
TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS
TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS
TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS
● SEEK
● SEEK
● SEEK
AND STUDY WITH INTEGRITY
AND STUDY WITH INTEGRITY
AND STUDY WITH INTEGRITY
LIVE
LIVE
LIVE