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9/17/21 – Message from President Rice to campus

Dear UMPI Students,

As a follow-up to my email last week, I wanted you to be aware that we’re now 4 weeks away from Oct. 15, the date by which students are required to verify (at https://umaineportal.pointnclick.com/) that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain an exemption from the vaccination requirement. Per University of Maine System policy, after Oct. 15, unvaccinated, non-exempt students will not be permitted in University facilities or to participate in on-campus experiences (unless they have started a course of vaccination but are not yet fully vaccinated).

Please see my message from Sept. 7 for what this means for students and what your options are. You can also view Chancellor Malloy’s message from Sept. 10, which includes more information about student consequences for failing to register vaccination or an exemption. Three important highlights:

  • Students who are not in compliance after Oct. 15 will not be able to continue as part of the in-person university community.
  • Students who do not meet this requirement need to be prepared for disruptions in their education and housing. Courses may not be able to be offered remotely, and there are no special refund policies for tuition, room, board, or other fees for those students who choose not to comply.
  • Non-compliance may subsequently impact your ability to complete your degree, and it could also impact your financial aid eligibility.

Additionally, non-compliance will result in a hold on class registration for the spring semester and, after Oct. 15, de-registration from fall classes.

For help uploading your COVID vaccination card, navigating the exemption process, or getting your questions answered, please reach out to Fred Thomas, UMPI Director of Safety and Security, at frederick.thomas@maine.edu or 207-768-9580. For those considering a shift to fully remote learning, please contact your faculty or professional advisor.

My thanks to all of those who have engaged in this verification process, which is now the vast majority of all UMPI students.  Your diligence is helping to keep us all safe, particularly in this period of heightened virus transmission and hospitalization here in Aroostook County as well as across Maine.