Union members rallied at a protest in College Park on Tuesday.
The testing announcement follows USM guidance.
"If it has to happen, then we’ll vigorously defend them in the courts.”
The delay will allow the university to implement campuswide COVID-19 testing, Pines wrote.
“[Students] need the campus environment as much as they need our courses.”
Gatherings are now restricted to 50 people maximum.
Students have reached out to lawyers, flooded social media feeds and organized email campaigns to raise awareness.
Part of a nationwide tour, drag queens take to the stage for safe live entertainment amid the pandemic.
The tests returned a 1.04 percent positivity rate, which is below the state’s average positivity rate of 3.8 percent, according to a campuswide email.