Students say the realization of getting sick — even if isn't COVID-19 — can be anxiety-inducing.
Some students have struggled to adjust to the return of crowded public spaces and dozens of masked social interactions each day.
The university is also encouraging community members to wear KN95 masks in classrooms and dorms.
Students in the dorms have been advised to avoid using sinks, toilets, showers and laundry facilities in their buildings.
Shuttle-UM drivers do not have to transport unmasked passengers if it makes them uncomfortable.
The initiative is part of a two-year pilot program.
The university also identified clusters of positive cases in several dorms, including Ellicott and Centreville halls.
Community members commended the change, calling it a pathway for more inclusivity on campus.
Many Images tour guides say in-person tours will bring back the connection between students and guides.
The bills focus on sexual assault awareness, mental health first aid training and a social media push on free emergency contraceptives.