Please view the plan for the latest info on what to expect on campus this academic year as we receive changing guidance from the State of Maine on COVID-19 restrictions.
Health and safety have remained the top priorities in determining all details of this plan. We have also used the results of student, faculty, and staff surveys, which indicated that a majority of our campus community members would prefer to be on campus if they could.
A big part of ensuring health and safety on campus is getting everyone to follow our established health and safety protocols all the time. The pledge is really your individual commitment to do everything you can to keep everyone here safe and COVID-free.
People quarantine by staying away from others if there is a chance they were exposed to COVID-19. Isolation happens when people are sick with COVID-19 and they’re separated from people who aren’t infected. Here’s a good resource to learn more:
Contact tracing is an important tool for slowing transmission. Learn more from the CDC here:
The University of Maine System has established a COVID-19 vaccination requirement plan. Students must comply with the UMS vaccine mandate by 1/18/22 in order to attend class or participate in on campus activities. This includes uploading vaccine card information on the UMS online portal or a completed official exemption form (UMPI provides for medical, religious, and online-only exemptions). Please note that those who are exempted or, as of Feb. 1, are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine shots (including booster doses when eligible) will be required to participate in weekly asymptomatic testing. Booster-eligible students who have not uploaded their booster information to the UMS online portal will be placed onto UMPI’s testing list.
To upload vaccine/booster information, head to the UMS online portal, select “Enter My COVID-19 Vaccination Information”, and click the upload button to upload an image of your vaccination card with booster information included. This will add your image to the portal, not replace your existing vaccination information.
Multi-layer face coverings are required indoors in all university facilities, regardless of vaccination status. At this time, face coverings are not required when outdoors on university property, though they are strongly recommended outdoors when physical distancing is difficult or when large groups are involved. Should this change, an update will be shared with campus. Students should plan to bring their own face masks to campus.
All residence students will be required to get a COVID test when they return to campus in January. Any residence student who is not fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine until they receive a negative test result; those who have a roommate will be cleared at the same time as their roommate. Additionally, all faculty, staff, and students who will have in-person campus experiences are asked to test during the first week of classes to provide a beginning of semester baseline for the campus community. Starting Feb. 1, those who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine shots (including any booster doses when eligible) will be required to test weekly.
UMPI additionally will conduct mandatory weekly COVID-19 asymptomatic testing of those who are exempted or who are not yet fully vaccinated and have in-person, on-campus experiences. See the Health and Safety Practices section of this FAQ for more about testing. For more details, contact Fred Thomas at email@example.com and 207-768-9580.
Your bill would be prorated based on the last billed day you were in the residence halls. This would result in your bill for the semester being reduced for both Room and the Meal Plan to reflect the reduced amount of time on campus.
Work Study will continue to function as it did prior to the disruption of campus operations during Spring 2020. Work Study students will be paid for the hours that they work during the semester.
Our costs per credit hour are the same for on-site and online classes; however, we will not be charging a distance education fee for any online classes. Instruction costs are the same for commuter and residential students. For any residential students who would need to go home early, we will do the conversion and then refund for room and board per diem. There will be no cancellation fee for dorm contracts.
Move-in for residential students will take place on Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 a.m.-4p.m., Sunday, Jan. 16, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 17, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Athletes will have different arrival dates and should refer to information they receive from Athletics. Testing will be available at the time of move-in in the MMG Center, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m each day. Any residence student who is not fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine until they receive a negative test result; those who have a roommate will be cleared at the same time as their roommate.
Residents will be allowed to have 1 guest help them move into their residence hall room. All guests must wear masks at all times and follow all other health and safety guidelines or they will be removed from the hall. Guests should not enter the building if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
Because rooms in Park Hall will be utilized for potential isolation space, residential capacity will be reduced. All remaining residence hall rooms will be set up for double occupancy, so you will have one roommate, no more or less, unless you have an approved accommodation for a single. The only single occupancy rooms will be medical singles.
Deep cleaning of residence halls will be done twice a day. All contact surfaces, such as door knobs, handrails, elevator buttons, and light switches, will be cleaned multiple times each day. Residence hall bathrooms will be cleaned 4 to 6 times per day depending on building occupancy. Residence hall students will be responsible for cleaning their own dorm spaces; basic cleaning supplies can be provided. Disinfecting wipes will be available for wiping down common spaces and other frequently used items. All are encouraged to ensure surfaces are disinfected between use.
If your roommate is sick, please notify ResLife staff immediately. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or boostered will be required to quarantine until they receive a negative test result and will be permitted to quarantine in their room. . If your roommate does in fact have COVID-19, we would put the person with the confirmed case into isolation, or they could go home if they choose, but we would also need to quarantine you, if you are not fully vaccinated or boostered, until we are able to get you tested because of potential exposure.
To ensure the safety of our campus, outside guests and other students who live off-campus will not be able to enter the residence halls; however, residents are allowed to visit each other if they live in different buildings on campus. In terms of going home on weekends, visits to other towns and cities within Maine are allowable, but if you do leave, you need to let Residence Life know.
The campus dining area in Kelley Commons will be available for students who have a meal plan.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, we will be suspending the need for students to buy parking permits in order to park your vehicles on campus. Designated lots are still in effect, so please continue to only use parking identified for student parking.
As social distancing is no longer required, in-person classes will be conducted as they were before the pandemic.
Changes in schedule, and other important updates, will be sent to you through email. Students are encouraged to check their maine.edu email regularly.
At this point, there are no changes to the 2021-2022 academic calendar. Should that change, updates will be sent to you through email.
The last day to add or drop a class for Spring 2022 will be Monday, Jan. 31.
Yes, though there may be some exceptions for students who need to complete specific on-site classes to make degree progress. In these instances, advisors and faculty will be working to find appropriate alternatives. There are also certain courses that will need to be done in-person, such as labs and studio courses, though most programs have an option for degree progress completely online. Please contact your advisor or faculty if you have questions about a specific course. Your advising team will work with you if changes are needed to continue your progress toward your degree.
No, those are three different course modalities. On-site classes require students to be in the classroom. Hyflex classes allow you to attend class meetings in the classroom, via Zoom, or by watching a recording of the class meeting. There are multiple course modalities that involve an online/Zoom format. To see the full list of course modalities and details on how they work, please check out this definition table.
We have this short video explaining the differences as well.
Students will receive an email prior to the start of classes from their instructors about how their classes will be structured and scheduled.
Classes that are live on certain days and distance on other days are called Blended classes. College deans determine whether classes will be on-site, blended, online, or hyflex, and students will receive email messages about this in ahead of the semester start. Students can work with their faculty and professional advisors if they want to change their class schedule based on how their courses will be delivered.
UMPI has a policy in place for signing out one of four University-owned cameras. Students will work with the Photography instructor to complete a sign-out form; a charge will be made on a student account in the event of a non-returned camera.
All UMS employees must provide proof of vaccination on the UMS online portal or confirm a medical or religious exemption by Jan. 4, 2022. In addition, faculty and staff are eligible for two hours of paid administrative leave time to obtain their booster.
To upload vaccine/booster information, head to https://umaineportal.pointnclick.com/, select “Enter My COVID-19 Vaccination Information”, and click the upload button to upload an image of your vaccination card. If you’ve already uploaded your vaccination information and are adding your booster information, this will add your new image to the portal, not replace your existing vaccination information. (Uploading this info does not apply to students who already have obtained a vaccination exemption.)
All faculty, staff, and students who will have in-person campus experiences are asked to test during the first week of classes to provide a beginning of semester baseline for the campus community. UMPI will conduct mandatory weekly COVID-19 asymptomatic testing of those who are exempted or who are not yet fully vaccinated and have in-person, on-campus experiences. Others are encouraged to take part in voluntary weekly testing. See the Health and Safety Practices section of this FAQ for more about testing. For more details, contact Fred Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org and 207-768-9580.
Employees began returning to work in July 2021. If you would like to continue a remote work situation or your situation has changed, please speak with your supervisor or dean. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources. For more information from HR about returning to work, you can check out these Remote Work Guideline resources.
In order to minimize the need to visit specific offices to obtain a permit, parking permits for employees will be handled in the same way they were last year. Instead of a sticker permit, temporary tags that hang on a rearview mirror will be issued. These tags are good for the entire academic year. To obtain a tag, complete this form, include the $10 fee, and mail to Fred Thomas. Please note that you will not need to purchase multiple permits for multiple vehicles. Once received, your request will be processed and your tag will be mailed to you. Be sure to include the address where you want the tag mailed. Please display the tag on your rearview mirror when on campus.
Arrival testing will occur as part of the move-in and return to campus efforts at the start of the semester. Any residence student who is not fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine until they receive a negative test result. See the Student section of this FAQ for more about this testing. Additionally, all faculty, staff, and students who will have in-person campus experiences are asked to test during the first week of classes to provide a beginning of semester baseline for the campus community.
UMPI will conduct mandatory weekly COVID-19 asymptomatic testing of all campus community members who are exempted or who are not yet fully vaccinated and have in-person, on-campus experiences. Others are strongly encouraged to take part in voluntary weekly testing. Starting Feb. 1, those students who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine shots (including any booster doses when eligible) will be required to test weekly. Booster-eligible students who have not uploaded their booster information to the UMS online portal will be placed onto UMPI’s testing rolls. During the semester, the testing schedule will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the MMG Center; the testing center will be closed during holidays. Please note: dates and times are subject to change as we move forward.
A few other important things to note:
Those who do not show up for testing will lose access to campus, and/or possibly receive further disciplinary action. Please note: if an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please notify Fred Thomas immediately. Those who have had a positive COVID-19 test recently and have completed their isolation are exempt from testing for the 90 days following the date they received a positive test; documentation must be shown to be exempted from testing.
For more details, contact Fred Thomas at email@example.com and 207-768-9580.
When you quarantine, you separate yourself from others in case you become sick because you were exposed to an individual or individuals with a contagious disease. When you isolate, you have a contagious disease and you separate yourself from people who are not sick. While they are different, in either situation, you can expect to be separated from others: in your room if quarantining or in Park Hall if isolating for on-campus residents, or at home if you live off-campus. Per CDC guidelines, individuals should complete a 5-day quarantine or isolation and not be exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms when they leave quarantine/isolation. An important exception is that those who have their booster shot, or are within 5 months of receiving their Pfizer or Moderna shot or within 2 months of their Johnson & Johnson shot, are exempted from quarantine requirements. These individuals are required to monitor themselves for symptoms and to wear face coverings indoors and outdoors for 10 days after the close contact.
On-campus residents can expect the following to happen if they need to complete quarantine or isolation:
The University of Maine System has expanded its wastewater monitoring efforts to include UMPI. Samples for analysis will be collected twice per week and tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Wheeler biosafety lab in Orono. Results of the testing will be published weekly on the Together for Maine website that also tracks asymptomatic screening results.
Wastewater testing is a method of sampling untreated sewage and testing for the presence of infectious disease. Quantitative SARS-CoV-2 measurements in untreated sewage can provide information on changes in total COVID-19 infection in the contributing community. Research also suggests that increases in viral material in community wastewater occur before signs or symptoms of COVID-19. This can help to provide an early warning of an increase in the number of infected people within a specific community, including those who are infected but don’t develop symptoms. Wastewater observation works because infected people may start shedding virus in their stool a few days before they show any symptoms of disease, or even if they never show symptoms.
Wastewater testing is increasingly being used to understand the spread of COVID-19 in specific communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with agencies throughout the federal government, initiated a National Wastewater Surveillance System in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on that effort and additional background information on wastewater surveillance is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/wastewater-surveillance.html
Because of the nature of campuses and the importance of face coverings in keeping individuals and the community safe, anyone who is on campus must wear a well-fitted, multi-layer cloth or disposable mask or face covering while indoors in all university facilities, regardless of vaccination status. Coverings such as face shields, bandanas and gaiters/buffs do not meet the University of Maine System’s definition of acceptable face coverings. At this time, face coverings are not required when outdoors on university property, though they are strongly recommended outdoors when physical distancing is difficult or when large groups are involved.
Current exceptions to the University’s face covering requirement include: 1. when a person is alone in an office or other room with a closed door; 2. when eating or drinking; 3. when a medical accommodation has been granted by appropriate University officials (see process in the next answer); 4. When a situation (i.e. childcare settings) or a person (i.e. children younger than 2) are specifically exempted by Maine civil authorities; and, 5. in other special circumstances as may be determined by campus leadership. Please note: eating in shared spaces should be minimized in order to maximize the time face coverings are worn.
A student who is not yet fully vaccinated but cannot wear a face covering or mask due to a documented disability and would like to discuss possible accommodations should contact Mary Kate Barbosa in Student Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-768-9613 to discuss documentation and accommodation requests. Possible accommodations might include a change in class schedule or remote learning. Employees in this situation should contact Melissa DeMerchant in the Office of Human Resources at email@example.com or 207-768-9462.
Individuals will be responsible for procuring their own thermometers. Employees, students, and any campus visitors should take their temperature and ensure that it is at or below 100.3 F before leaving their residence hall room or home and coming to campus.
The University of Maine System has provided this simple, easy to use app. It provides a daily prompt to indicate any symptoms you may be experiencing prior to attending classes or heading to campus. Based on your response, you will be provided with guidance on how to make an informed decision about your participation in on-campus activities. The data collected through the application will only be used by the University to monitor the potential spread of COVID-19-related symptoms within the campus population. Signing up is fast and secure and you retain complete control over the information you share through the application. It only takes a few seconds to self-screen and your participation helps keep our campuses safe for everyone. For more details on installation instructions and use, please visit: https://www.maine.edu/information-technology/support/daily-health-check-app/
Facilities team members will conduct the cleaning of classrooms between scheduled classes. Faculty and staff who have just utilized a classroom or are about to use the space can assist with these cleaning efforts as they are available and when time constraints require a quick turnaround of the space.
Not at this time as social distancing guidelines have changed. Floor markings and signage have been removed from buildings at this time. There are no longer specific entry and exit points or dedicated stairwells for going up and dedicated stairwells for going down in each building. Should that change, communications will be sent out to the campus community.
Right now, buildings are open to the public and doors to buildings are unlocked during regular operating hours. Should that change, messaging will go out to the campus community.
Information will be shared with the campus community through our Campus COVID-19 Dashboard on the main page of our Safe Return website. All members of the campus community are encouraged to check the dashboard for the most up-to-date information about current case numbers and tests taken.
Information will be shared in a variety of ways. Safe Return plan details, updates, and other resources can be found at www.umpi.edu/return. Information will also be shared through frequent email messages to campus, town hall meetings at various points throughout 2021-2022, UMPI’s social media channels, and printed materials posted throughout campus.
If you require transportation from the airport to our campus, please reach out to us beforehand and we will provide it.
Those commuting to campus from Canada for educational purposes may do so as long as the individual has been vaccinated and can show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel. When returning to Canada, those individuals would again be required to show proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their travel. Those traveling within the United States will need to follow University of Maine System guidance on travel. Immediate questions should be directed to Fred Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org and 207-768-9580.
Effective Feb. 1, all members of the UMPI community who plan to travel outside of Maine for university-related business or activities must be up to date with their COVID-19 shots (that is, they must have received a booster if they are eligible). Faculty and staff are eligible for two hours of paid administrative leave time to obtain their booster.
Yes. At this time, Conferences and Special Programs has returned to hosting in-person events without social distancing requirements and cleaning protocols will be followed. Campus visitors must be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative test result within the past 72 hours in order to enter UMPI buildings. This requirement does not apply to campus visitors when using outdoor UMPI facilities.
Yes. At this time, Wieden Hall has returned to its normal public access and does not have social distancing requirements. Campus visitors must be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative test result within the past 72 hours in order to enter UMPI buildings. This requirement does not apply to campus visitors when using outdoor UMPI facilities.
Gentile Hall is currently open to the public. Health and safety protocols are in place for those using Gentile Hall, including that individuals need to have proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of coming to campus. Right now, the Gentile Hall pool is open for lap swim only and individuals will need to email Gentile Hall to reserve lanes in advance for lap swim.
Students requiring academic and campus accommodations due to a documented disability should make an appointment with Mary Kate Barbosa in Student Support Services at email@example.com or 207-768-9613 to discuss needs. Please note that reasonable approved accommodations might look slightly different depending on which of the several modes of course instruction your courses will be using.
You no longer have to validate your ID to use Gentile Hall as the health and wellness center is now available for all UMPI students at no charge. In terms of picking up an ID or getting your room info updated on your ID, students should go to the Center for Innovative Learning.
Through its Bite by Sodexo app, users can order from the Owl’s Nest menu and pay from the app using dining dollars, Owl’s Bucks, and a debit or credit card. App users can also order food before or during Kelley Commons meal periods and pick it up, skipping the lines, with the meal automatically deducted from their account. To use, download the app and enter location code X4T92
At this time, the group-size limitation is 250. Currently, there are no social distancing requirements in place. Should that change, messaging will go out to the campus community.