Please consult this page regularly for the latest updates and developments that reflect the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For System-wide information and updates, please see the UMS Health Advisory site.

As UMF President Edward Serna and other campus leaders will continue to share important updates by email, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to frequently check and carefully read all campus messages.

During this unprecedented challenge, we believe that patience, flexibility, and reason are among our most important community resources. We are facing extraordinary circumstances that require the very best of ourselves and each other. If you have questions about UMF’s COVID-19-related policies and updates, please email umf.healthinfo@maine.edu.

Thank you for doing your part to help safeguard yourself and others against the spread of COVID-19.

Dear UMF Students,

The University of Maine at Farmington has been allocated $1,079,026 million in funding through the federal CARES Act. The Act requires that these dollars go directly to students to cover emergency expenses arising from the disruption in campus operations due to the coronavirus.

85% of the funds are being distributed to eligible students, and all eligible students will receive these funds. UMF began distributing CARES Act funds to eligible students the week of May 4.

15% of the funds have been reserved for eligible students with extenuating circumstances and emergency situations, to be distributed on a case-by-case basis.  These allocations will be in addition to the funds that students will have already received.

If you are experiencing an extenuating circumstance or an emergency situation due to the coronavirus that is impacting your degree work, please fill out this form.

Funds will be allocated on a rolling basis.  Please fill out this form as early as possible. Forms will not be accepted after June 30, 2020.

Sincerely,

Edward Serna

President, The University of Maine at Farmington

Dear UMF Students,

The University of Maine at Farmington has been allocated $1,079,026 in Federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act (also known as the CARES Act) enacted by Congress. The CARES Act requires that these dollars go directly to students to cover emergency expenses arising from the disruption in campus operations due to the coronavirus.

Starting this week with those who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), UMF will begin disbursing CARES Act Emergency Grant payments from 85% of this funding to qualifying degree-seeking, undergraduate and graduate students. You are in this group of students and you do not need to take any action to receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant, which will be applied as a direct payment on your student account in MaineStreet according to the table below.

Undergraduate Students

12 + credits – $630
6-11.99 credits – $420
0.1-5.99 credits – $210

Graduate Students

9 + credits – $630
4-8.99 credits – $420
0.1-3.99 credits – $210
If you have already enrolled in direct deposit, your payment will automatically be deposited into your bank account. If you have not enrolled in direct deposit and would like to do so, please go to this link. If you are not able to enroll in direct deposit, a paper check will be mailed to the billing address listed on your MaineStreet account.

Please note that the other 15% of the allocation has been set aside to assist qualifying students who self-identify with special circumstances and/or additional need as a result of being impacted by the coronavirus. An email about these funds will be sent later this week.

For more, note the advisory from Chancellor Malloy in previously published information in myCampus under the Public Health Advisory: “Emergency Payments are on the way (05/01/2020)

If you have any questions regarding your CARES Act payment, please contact umf.caresact@maine.edu.

Sincerely,

Edward Serna

President, The University of Maine at Farmington

Dear UMF Students,

The University of Maine at Farmington has been allocated $1,079,026 in Federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act (also known as the CARES Act) enacted by Congress. The CARES Act requires that these dollars go directly to students to cover emergency expenses arising from the disruption in campus operations due to the coronavirus.

UMF will distribute 85% of the allocation directly to eligible degree-seeking, undergraduate and graduate students, based on the number of credit hours in Spring 2020, in the form of CARES Act Emergency Grant payments.

In order to receive a payment of these emergency funds, you are required to complete a CARES Act Self-Certification.  Please navigate to your To Do List on MaineStreet Student Center and complete the CARES Act Self-Certification by June 15, 2020 to verify your eligibility. If your eligibility is verified, you will receive a direct payment through your MaineStreet Student Account.

Undergraduate Students

12 + credits – $630
6-11.99 credits – $420
0.1-5.99 credits – $210

Graduate Students

9 + credits – $630
4-8.99 credits – $420
0.1-3.99 credits – $210
NOTE: The other 15% of UMF’s allocation has been set aside to assist students who self-identify with special circumstances and/or additional need as a result of being impacted by the coronavirus. An email about these funds will be sent later this week.

If you have already enrolled in direct deposit, your payment will automatically be deposited into your bank account. If you have not enrolled in direct deposit and would like to do so, please go to this link. If you are not able to enroll in direct deposit, a paper check will be mailed to the billing address listed on your MaineStreet account.

If you have any questions regarding your CARES Act payment, please contact umf.caresact@maine.edu.

Sincerely,

Edward Serna

President, The University of Maine at Farmington

UMS Students –

Today marks the end of classes in a semester that has been unlike any other in the history of our universities.

Your academic and personal lives were upended by the sudden onset of a worldwide pandemic unseen in a century. To protect the health and safety of our campuses, communities, and state, our universities had no choice but to empty their residence halls and transition all work and instruction to online and remote modalities.

Many in our families have lost jobs, and many others have struggled to balance work, learning, and childcare from home. The pandemic’s unprecedented disruptions have been especially tough for the thousands of you who are the first in your family to attend college and who may have relied on their campus communities for support not available at home.

From the start, minimizing the pandemic’s impact on you has guided every decision I’ve made.

That’s why I immediately pledged that our residential students would be reimbursed for their unused room and board charges. And then we returned that money to our students within days of the closure of our residence halls, making us among the first in the nation to do so.

And that’s why our Presidents, Chief Business Officers, and Financial Aid Directors have been working around the clock to determine how to best disburse the $8.63 million that Congress provided to our universities through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (also known as the CARES Act) to help students pay for emergency expenses caused by the pandemic’s disruption to our university operations.

Last week, we decided that 85 percent of each university’s CARES Act student money will be distributed to all eligible undergraduate and graduate students, with award amounts varying based on the number of credit hours you are taking this semester. Today, I am pleased to let you know that we’ve started processing those payments – which for most students will be several hundred dollars – again making UMS a national leader in providing support directly to our students as soon as possible.

Eligible students who have a FAFSA on file should not need to do anything to receive your payment, which should come as early as next week via direct deposit or check. For those who have not completed a FAFSA in the past, your university will be providing details in the coming days on how you can certify your eligibility for these funds so we can get them to you without further delay.

They’ll also let you know about a simple process by which those with additional financial need can apply for special emergency funds that have been set aside using the remaining 15 percent of the CARES student monies your university received, which will be further supplemented by a portion of CARES dollars received for institutional relief that we’ve decided to redirect to our students.

UMS deeply regrets that U.S. Department of Education guidelines do not permit us to pay CARES Act money to our international students, who we value as essential members of our university communities. The disruptions they’ve experienced are no less than – and in many cases exceed – that of other members of our communities. I’ve therefore asked our Presidents to look for other ways to support international students using unrestricted resources, including the privately raised crisis funds already in place at several of our universities. Students who were enrolled in exclusively online programs before the onset of the pandemic are also ineligible for relief under the federal guidelines.

I’d like to specifically acknowledge the contributions of your student representatives to the UMS Board of Trustees. They provided invaluable input to my team on how this money should be distributed, showing incredible care and compassion for their fellow students in those conversations.

In closing, I’d like to pay tribute to you. Your determination and dedication to stick with your studies through the disruptions and anxieties caused by the pandemic has been nothing short of extraordinary. The resiliency you’ve shown will serve you well and far into the future.

Best of luck on your exams next week — you are almost there, and we are right there with you. And to our graduating seniors, if I might share a part of a favorite Irish proverb, may the road rise up to meet you, and may the wind always be at your back.

Sincerely,

Dannel P. Malloy

Chancellor, University of Maine System

Dear UMF Students,

I am writing to update you regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and the UMF Student Health Center.  Please be advised that there have been no students on campus positively confirmed with COVID-19 at this time.  Please be further assured that if a student is identified on campus as positive for COVID-19, the community will be notified and informed in a timely and appropriate manner.

The Health Center remains committed to assisting you during this challenging time.  We no longer provide walk-in care, but are continuing to see students on an individual basis.  We now have the additional ability to meet through telehealth services for ongoing care using the Zoom platform.

We remain available for consultation regarding your health concerns.  Please email your questions along with your phone number to: UMF.HealthCenter@maine.edu so we can determine how to best assist you.

Thank you for your continued efforts to maintain physical distance.

Be safe and be well,

Shelley Hickey, NP

Director of UMF Student Health Services

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

This afternoon, University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy announced that due to the serious nature of the current COVID-19 outbreak, spring commencement exercises scheduled at Farmington, and on University of Maine System campuses throughout the state, will be postponed.

This decision was not made lightly, but with the health and welfare of all students, their families, and community members in mind.

Let me assure you that the University is working diligently on creating a commencement event, unique to the times, that we can celebrate. More details will be available in the coming weeks. If you have ideas on how this historical commencement should look, you can submit them here. I welcome your thoughts.

To members of the Class of 2020: this news is especially unfortunate. Your disappointment is felt by many. When we do come together to celebrate your accomplishments, there will be an added measure of admiration and congratulations for the great resiliency and adaptability you have shown despite the most challenging of times. Your commitment to your educational success is extraordinary and something to be proud of.

Sincerely,

Edward Serna

President, The University of Maine at Farmington

Dear UMF Students,

I am writing to update you regarding Counseling Services.

In order to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and other illnesses, counselors are not currently seeing students in person.  Good news, though: we are now able to offer “Telemental Health” through HIPAA secured Zoom to our students.

To schedule with a counselor, you can either email them directly, or call 778-7034 and leave a message for someone to get back to you.  For more information about our counselors, visit http://www2.umf.maine.edu/counseling/.  We also encourage students who have returned home to seek counseling support in their respective area.

If you are in crisis, please call 911 or use the crisis resources listed below.

Maine State Crisis Number: 888-568-1112

National Crisis Text Line: Text “TALK” to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Here are some other helpful supports during this time:

Contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at (800)985-5990 for crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
Visit the NAMI website below for a list of emotional support hotlines by state: https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/BlogImageArchive/2020/NAMI-National-HelpLine-WarmLine-Directory-3-11-20.pdf
Call the NAMI HelpLine at (800)8950-NAMI(6264) to leave a message if you are having difficulty finding resources in your area
Text NAMI to 741 741 if you want to get support through text messaging
Trever Project LGBTQ crisis line: (866)488-7386

If you have questions, please contact Katie Fournier, Director of the Center for Student Development, at katie.b.fournier@maine.edu.  You can also leave a message at 207-778-7034, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

UMF counselors remain dedicated to providing support for our students in this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Katie Fournier

Director, Center for Student Development

As the situation related to COVID-19 becomes more serious, we are taking more safety precautions on campus to help ensure the health and well being of our students, staff, and faculty.

All campuses in the University of Maine System will be closing labs until further notice. This means the Fusion Center computer lab will be closed starting Monday, March 30, 2020.

If you have been using the Fusion Center for wireless access, computer access, access to specific software, or printing, and will be impacted by this closure, please notify Niki Woodhouse (niki.woodhouse@maine.edu or 207-491-4846). She will help you navigate the many resources based on your needs.

Dear UMF Students,

The UMF Student Health Center is committed to assisting you during this public health crisis.  

Because of our concern about the spread of COVID-19 on campus and beyond, the Health Center will no longer provide walk-in services but remains open for business.  We are currently in the process of setting up teleconferencing services for students living in Maine. If you live in another state, we recommend contacting your insurance company to find a local provider.  

We will continue to remain available to consult regarding your health concerns.  Please email your questions along with your phone number to: UMF.HealthCenter@maine.edu so we can determine how to best assist you.

Be safe and well! 

Shelley Hickey, NP

Director of UMF Student Health Services

Dear Students,

You recently received information about a pass/fail option for this semester.  Following is information on three options you can select from:

1)      This is the default option and there is no action required on your part.   Letter grades will be assigned, A through C-.  If you should receive a grade of D+, D, or D-, an LP will be assigned.  An LP will not be calculated in your GPA.  If you should receive an F, that also will not be calculated in your GPA.  The option to change all grades to pass/fail is available until May 31.

2)      Complete the Request for Pass/Fail Grading (link below).  You may choose to have one, some, or all of your courses graded as Pass/Fail – the grades that will be awarded are P (pass: C- or higher), LP (low-pass: D+, D, D-), and F (fail).  The P, LP, and F grades are not calculated into your GPA.  Once you select a pass/fail option, the decision is final – you cannot change it back to letter grade.

3)      You may wait until your final grades are assigned and then choose the pass/fail option as outlined in #2 above.  The deadline for choosing the pass/fail option is May 31.  Once you elect a pass/fail option, the decision is final.

Here is the link to the Request for Pass/Fail Grading:

https://forms.gle/opNKBMDi3MjEAUUcA 

Carla DeGraw

Registrar

Good evening students,

Rather than write a long email summarizing many of the helpful IT resources available to you and how to ask for help, I’ll just ask you to check out two sites:

University Tools for Remote Work, Teaching and Learning

This is updated pretty regularly as we have more resources to list.

UMS IT Support Site

An easy first stop for you to see how and when to get help, including through our new live chat tool. If we’re online and able to support, it will show up.

Do reach out to us as you have a need, we’ll do our very best to help!

Be well!

Niki Woodhouse

UMF Campus IT Officer

Dear All: 

Since last I wrote, as with the world so with UMF.  A lot has changed. Here are the latest updates from academic affairs:

  1. P/F: We have adopted a revised P/F policy for the spring semester, attached.  I want to thank and credit Sarah Hardy, Carla DeGraw, and Faculty Senate, along with input from Student Senate, for their hard work over Spring Break to finalize what is truly an innovative and I hope student-friendly approach.
  1. Late Withdrawal: UMF will also extend the late withdrawal period until May 1.  Please see the existing catalog for important information on potential implications for student financial aid, etc.
  1. Pre-registration: Regarding pre-registration and wishlists, that process for Fall 2020 is currently proceeding apace and students are strongly encouraged to prepare a wishlist and consult with their advisor by Friday, March 27.  However, understanding the particular strains of this week, students unable to complete a wishlist by that date will still be permitted to register with their class.
  1. Student Evaluations: In my last message, I offered a blanket “innovation agreement” for all courses this term.  Since then, AFUM has agreed that for spring 2020, “the results of the Student Evaluation shall not be placed in the personnel file or used for any negative action. Neither will signed comments be placed in the personnel file.”  This action makes my offer unnecessary, so we will default to AFUM’s language here.
  1. Reappointment and Peer-Committee Work: Regarding faculty reappointment, post-tenure review, and other peer committee work on campus, I am sharing language drafted by AFUM and UMS, which we will honor fully on this campus.  Chairs will be discussing later this week, but in short, “During these challenging times, all in the University are urged to treat deadlines for faculty turning in materials for evaluation and peer evaluations with as much flexibility as possible.”  More details to come on revised procedures.
  1. Presence on campus: As we begin classes again this week, I want to underscore that while offices, classrooms, and labs are currently open and may be utilized by faculty, presence on campus should be limited to essential activities.  If it is only a matter of preference and not necessity, please strongly consider staying home.
  1. Symposium: Finally, and regrettably, we will be canceling Symposium Day.  The UCC made a careful and considerate assessment and I support the decision: “With situations changing daily regarding coronavirus, public health, and technological access and reliability, we recognize the stress that faculty, staff, and students are undergoing. [ . . . ] The UCC unanimously agrees that we should cancel Symposium as a university-wide conference and instead let individual faculty and departments handle how they would like to see their students share research, if indeed they still want to do this.”

I hope that many will still find ways to celebrate student research on that day, perhaps in a manner that can be shared with the broader community at some later date.

Still struggling for the right sign-off,

Eric C. Brown

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear UMF Students,

Greetings from a quiet campus. For those of you who are spread out across the nation and other countries, it’s raining here in Farmington. It has also been unseasonably warm, so a lot of snow has melted and the grass is showing in places.

Today we are writing to follow up the March 14, 2020, email about student employment. Some things have not changed. UMF student employees will be permitted to continue to work in their existing student worker jobs within some parameters. Other things, like work on campus, have become more restrictive.

Remote work

Some of you may have already been working with your supervisors to prepare for remote work. Approvals for remote work must be requested by your student employment supervisor. Supervisors have the information to do this.

On-campus work

Given our efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, on-campus work will be extremely limited. You will only be approved to work on campus if:

  • You have a plan that has been agreed upon by you and your supervisor, and submitted to your supervisor’s faculty / staff supervisor

  • The only way the work can be done is to do it on campus

  • Social distancing can be maintained in the workplace

  • You are supervised by a faculty or staff member who is on campus with you for the entirety of your work

  • You are not ill when you are working

  • Within the past 14 days, you have not: 1. been to a COVID-19 hotspot, 2. traveled by air, 3. been in contact with someone who has been exposed to the virus, 4. been ill.

Time entry and approval for work both on campus and remotely for all work programs will continue via MaineStreet.

Federal Work Study (FWS) students

If you are a qualifying Federal Work Study student unable to continue work, you will receive a separate email about your employment.

Students are strongly encouraged to follow these instructions to receive pay via direct deposit.

Please note this information is subject to change pending additional guidance from the University of Maine System, the CDC, and the federal government. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through the unprecedented set of challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to keeping in touch with you as the semester progresses.

Thank you.

Christine M. Wilson

Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Dear Students,

I write to share important information about our efforts to continue two vital services at UMF: sending and receiving mail and packages.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to reinforce social distancing, the UMF Mail Room will soon have reduced hours of operation. Effective Monday, March 23, our window hours will be 8 to 10:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday. During this time, you may still drop off or pick up any mail and packages. The Mail Room will be closed on Fridays beginning March 27.

We will continue to deliver mail to students on campus and most departments Monday through Thursday.

The on-campus University Store will be closed effective Monday, March 23, but our online University Store will remain operational. Textbooks can still be purchased from our online partner, eCampus, but must now be shipped to you directly. Textbooks cannot be shipped to the on-campus University Store for pickup.

If you need assistance with either mail, textbooks, or University Store merchandise, please contact me at aimee.degroat@maine.edu or call me at 207-778-7325.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we work to continue providing services in these challenging circumstances.

Aimee Degroat
University Store Manager

Dear All:

Please note that yesterday Chancellor Malloy notified all UMS campuses of an extension to the Spring Break week.  Classes at UMF will now resume on Wednesday, March 25.  At this time there are no other expected changes to the academic calendar.
I know this is a dizzying time–I am dizzied myself by the rapidity of change in every domain of lived experience right now, certainly including our professional lives. Within that flux, I do sincerely extend my gratitude to all of you for taking on this challenge of academic transition while you are dealing with so many other pressures, existential and other, in the world right now.  I know that it may feel almost impossible to deal with it all.  But I think we are all working to make sure that “almost” doesn’t mean “entirely.”
Be well,
Eric C. Brown
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear Students,

Among the many challenges during this shutdown is trying to figure out how to continue to engage in physical activity. In an effort to help folks be active while in their homes, the FRC will be posting videos on our Facebook page of daily fitness exercises that can be done with little to no equipment. The themes for each day will be:

Monday: Total Body
Tuesday: Cardio
Wednesday: Core and Flexibility
Thursday: Total Body
Friday: Cardio and Core/Flexibility

If you don’t already, please follow us on Facebook to see these daily fitness videos.

Be well,
Ben White
UMF Director of Fitness and Recreation

Dear UMF community,

The University of Maine at Farmington announced today that its Testing Services Center will close until Wednesday, July 15, in an effort to minimize social contact and to help safeguard the community and staff from the spread of COVID-19.

All tests scheduled until July 15 will be canceled. To reschedule a Praxis exam, please call 1-800-772-9476.

If you have additional questions, please contact Janice Crandall, Testing Operations Manager, at janice.crandall@maine.edu.

We look forward to serving your professional licensure and graduate-entrance exam needs when recommendations for social distancing are lifted and the University reopens to the public.

Sincerely,
Katie Fournier
Director, UMF’s Center for Student Development

All–

As of tomorrow (Wednesday 3/18), Mantor Library will be closing to students, staff, and faculty, as well as to the public at large. My hope had been to remain open, but I no longer feel providing a place for people to congregate and get face-to-face help is in the best interest of our community. That said, the services Mantor Library provides will not be stopping (as much as possible). Specifically:
  • Reference help will continue. Staff will still be here working behind closed doors to answer phones, respond to emails, staff the online chat tool on our homepage (http://www2.umf.maine.edu/library/), and generally provide reference and research help to anyone in need of it. (Please note: the chat window will reappear once it’s staffed again, M-F from 10am-4:30pm, starting next week.)
  • There is a wealth of online resources available to you through our databases. Interlibrary loan for articles should remain as seamless as it’s been in the past. Put in your requests for articles that aren’t available to you full text, and you should get a response within a day or two. If you need help using the databases, get in touch with us!
  • Physical copies of books will be generally unavailable for now. We do have access to the online digital library (https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/mantorlibrary/Featured) which is getting some additional books added to it to try and keep up with demand, but physical copies will be difficult to deal with for the time being. The vast majority of public libraries in Maine have closed, the delivery service has shut down, and we no longer even would have had a way to get books from other libraries in the system.
  • Electronic interlibrary loan will remain a viable alternative, even (potentially) for books. If we can get an ebook copy of a book through ILL, it can be emailed to you. My recommendation would be to try requesting a book if you need it.
  • If there are other areas you need help with, please let us know.

Other items that might be remaining concerns:

  • IT has ensured that all computing and printing services otherwise available in the library can be accessed in the 24-hour lab.
  • IT is working to assist students on campus who may need special access to technology. Please contact IT directly.
  • IT can be contacted through normal communication channels by calling 778-7300 or emailing help@maine.edu
I’m not sure how long we’ll need to be closed for, so stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, stay healthy, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.
Best,
Bryce Cundick

Director of Mantor Library

Dear UMF Students,

In order to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and other illnesses, protocols for being treated at the UMF Student Health Center have changed.

Q: If I am sick during Spring Break, can I be seen at the Student Health Center?

A: Yes. If you have medical needs, please email us first at umf.healthcenter@maine.edu. Please include your phone number in your email message so we can speak with you about your symptoms and triage your needs. If you are sick and come in for an appointment, we will ask you to put on a mask to help safeguard others from the spread of illness.

We will soon share more information about hours and services after Spring Break.

Sincerely,
Christine Wilson
Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Dear UMF Community,

I am writing to share an important note from the University of Maine System.

In an effort to minimize the financial impact on students and families, room and board adjustments for those students who have checked out with their Residence/Student Life Office will be posted to students’ accounts based on an effective date of March 13, 2020. To ensure room and board adjustments are processed in a timely manner, students are encouraged to contact their Residence/Student Life Office to complete proper check out. No other action is required to receive a room and board adjustment.

Adjustments will be posted to the students’ existing account and will reduce the amount owed. If the adjustment results in a credit balance, refunds will be processed and disbursed to students.

The room and board adjustment process is expected to be completed by March 31, 2020.

The University of Maine System recommends that students enroll in direct deposit to expedite receipt of refund dollars. In the event you are unable to participate in direct deposit, the University of Maine System recommends reviewing and updating your refund address on MaineStreet.

Sincerely,
Christine Wilson
Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

The University of Maine at Farmington announced that starting Wednesday, March 18, all campus buildings will be closed to the public until further notice in an effort to help curb the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19. 

UMF faculty, staff, and students who have key or key-card access to campus buildings will continue to be able to enter those facilities, with the exception of Mantor Library, which will be closed to all visitors beginning Wednesday, March 18. A message from Library Director Bryce Cundick about the closure of Mantor is forthcoming. 

“As we have always taken great pride in inviting the citizens of western Maine to enjoy using many of our campus spaces, this decision was an especially hard one to make,” said UMF President Edward Serna. “But the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic require that we take this measure to help curb the spread of the disease and ensure the health and well-being of everyone in our community.”

For the latest University of Maine System updates that affect students, faculty and staff at all seven UMS campuses, please see the UMS Health Advisory site.   

Dear Residents,

In light of evolving guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have made some decisions regarding the health and safety of our residential students who have received special permission to remain on campus.

Residents who are remaining on campus for the rest of the semester will be required to relocate into Scott North and Scott South halls. Each of you will be placed in a single room at the rate (cost) of a double room, and you will have the opportunity to let us know if you would like to live near a friend who is also staying on campus until the end of the semester.”

Moving days: You will be moving to Scott Hall later this week — on Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20 — to give you time to pack and prepare. The room change period will be from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday and Friday.

Moving assistance: Facilities staff will be available to help you move your belongings from the lobby of your current residence hall to the lobby of Scott between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:30 pm on Thursday and Friday.

Notes about moving days: Housing placements will be made prior to check-in; however, changes may occur. Your official assignment will be available when you check into Scott Hall. Requests to live near friends will be honored when possible.

Financial business: More information about rate and account adjustments will be shared with you as it is determined.

Notes about life in Scott

Safety: For your safety and the safety of those around you, no guests will be allowed in the residence hall until further notice. Residents who disregard University policy or safety restrictions will be asked to vacate the residence halls within 24 hours if they are found responsible.

Community: It is our goal to continue providing programming and community development activities for you. More information about these activities is forthcoming.

Dining Information: At this time, all dining services will be offered out of the Beaver Lodge. For your safety and in support of recommendations issued by Maine Governor Janet Mills, the Beaver Lodge will only accommodate up to 50 people at one time. Dining services provided at the Beaver Lodge will include boxed lunches, to-go items, or dine-in offerings.

Please inform us as soon as possible with your intended date of move this week and contact us immediately if you are unable to move by 5 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2020.

We recognize the inconvenience and disruption that the move to Scott North or Scott South will cause you and many of your peers. Please know that we are undertaking this action to safeguard our community against the spread of this disease. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,
The UMF Department of Student Life

The University of Maine at Farmington announced today that its Fitness and Recreation Center will close Tuesday, March 17, through Sunday, March 29, in an effort to minimize social contact in the community and help safeguard patrons and staff from the spread of COVID-19.

All FRC programs, reservations, rentals, and activities will be suspended during the closure. Below is a brief Q&A that will hopefully address many of your questions about the closure. If you have questions not answered below, please contact Ben White, Director of Fitness and Recreation, at benjamin.j.white@maine.edu.

Why have you decided to close?

State, Federal, and public health officials worldwide recommend that social contact be minimized in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. Despite our initial measures to prevent/minimize transmission of the disease, we’ve determined that these efforts will not be sufficient. Therefore, UMF leadership and the FRC staff feel that the most responsible measure is to close the facility in an effort to ensure that we don’t contribute to the spread of the virus.

How will my membership be handled?

In general, memberships will be extended for the duration of the closure. In other words, memberships will be extended for the number of days the FRC is closed. For people who hold perpetual memberships, we will not charge individuals for any future time we are closed. Credits for the March closure will be issued at the next automatic billing cycle when the FRC reopens. 

Given the variety of different membership options, we realize that these approaches might not accommodate every membership type. For patrons wishing to request changes to their membership, there will be an online form available in the coming days. For immediate questions, please email Leah Brackett, Assistant Director and Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Children’s Programs, at leah.brackett@maine.edu.

What about programs like swim lessons and Red Cross classes?

All programs are canceled during the closure. We will provide account credits in full for future sessions that have been paid for and prorated amounts for ongoing lessons. Participants will be contacted in the upcoming days with specifics regarding rescheduling and refund options. For questions regarding aquatics or Red Cross programs, please email Jennifer Pageot, Assistant Director of Aquatics and Health and Safety Educator, at jennifer.pageot@maine.edu.

Dear Students,

In light of the ongoing disruption to on-campus learning we’ve partnered with our eCampus Online Bookstore’s digital course materials platform, VitalSource, and leading publishers to launch VitalSource Helps, a program offering free access to ebooks for students who may have lost access to course materials with the rapid move to distance learning.

If you previously accessed textbooks via the library, shared a book with a classmate, or left your books on campus, visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com to access free ebooks through May 25. VitalSource Helps provides access to tens of thousands of ebooks, but some content may not be available.

Getting Started

To access free materials, you must use your Maine.edu email address to log in or create an account. Before you get started, we encourage you to review this student FAQ.

We hope this will be of assistance to you as you continue your studies online.

Sincerely,

The UMF University Store and your eCampus team

Dear UMF Students and Colleagues,

Thank you for your patience throughout the last few days as we navigate, along with our system colleagues, the many ins and outs of the unprecedented set of challenges with the Coronavirus. We want to restate our commitment to working with students who encounter financial difficulties that could impede their success.

In regard to student employment, as of today, UMF student employees will be permitted to continue to work on campus if they are living off-campus or have received an exemption to remain living in the residence halls. Additionally, any student who currently holds a student employment position and whose supervisor determines that their work can continue remotely will be permitted to do so. Approval for off-campus remote work must first be requested via email by the student employment supervisor to UMF Associate Human Resources Partner, Jeannine McDonald.

Time entry and approval for work both on campus and remotely for all work programs will continue via MaineStreet. Students and supervisors should continue to coordinate hours as they correspond with the student’s available work allocation.

We are doing everything possible to ensure student workers on need-based work-study, who are unable to continue working on campus or remotely, are not adversely impacted by the loss of earning opportunities. There will be more information forthcoming in the next week regarding these plans.

Joe Toner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Dear UMF Community,

Below is a brief update on the ongoing FRC response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The FRC continues to make every effort to maintain normal operations throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. We are working with University leadership and our professional association, along with taking recommendations from the CDC and government authorities on how best to continue to serve our patrons and stay safe. Below is a list of precautions we are taking to maintain the health of our members and staff:

  • Dramatically increased the amount of cleaning performed by day-time staff
  • Provided education to all FRC staff about best practices to prevent disease transmission
  • Instructed staff to be more vigilant in asking members to wipe down equipment
  • Instructed staff to minimize physical contact with patrons and participants
  • Installed additional hand sanitizer dispensers in the fieldhouse and strength room
  • Discontinued the practice of lending towels
  • Disabled the drinking fountains. The ability to fill up water bottles will remain, so please bring a bottle.
  • Enforced social distancing on the cardio equipment through additional spacing between machines

Certain FRC programs have been suspended or limited, however. Cradles and Crayons is suspended effective immediately, while fitness programming will be limited. A new group fitness schedule is being generated and should be available during the week of 3/16.

Additional updates will be made as thing evolve. Please check the FRC website and social media for update. Contact FRC Director, Ben White at 207.778.7494 or via email with questions.

Best,

Ben White

Director of Fitness and Recreation

In response to efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the health and well-being of student-athletes and their families, the University of Maine at Farmington has made the decision to cancel its spring athletics schedule, effective March 13, 2020. 

The University’s decision to cancel participation in practices and competitions scheduled for its baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams — as well as non-traditional field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and golf — follows the NCAA’s cancellation of Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments and its remaining winter and spring NCAA championships across all divisions. The University’s decision also aligns with the recommendation issued by Maine Governor Janet Mills to postpone all gatherings expected to or actually involving 250 attendees or more and CDC recommendations on social distancing to help prevent the spread of the disease.

“We recognize the disappointment and disruption that this decision causes our student-athletes and their families, our coaches, and our staff as well as the many alumni and families who look forward to attending our home and away contests every year,” said Julie Davis, director of athletics, fitness, and recreation at Farmington. “This is especially poignant for the senior student-athletes in these sports. But especially in these challenging times, the health, safety, and welfare of our student-athletes and their families are our utmost priorities.”

Dear Practicum Students and Mentors:

After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to take practicum students out of their field placements for the rest of the semester.  We are taking this step to avoid inadvertently spreading the Covid-19/Coronavirus on our campus or in local schools.

All field placements associated with UMF practicum experiences are ending for the semester, as of today, Friday, March 13, 2020.

While there will no longer be in-person seminar classes, practica students will continue to work with their faculty supervisors in order to complete their coursework through a distance learning modality.  This may look different from class to class. If internet access is a barrier for students, we will work with them offline.  

We appreciate the work both students and mentors have put into these practicum placements, and regret that the current situation has had this impact on these placements.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Hiram Sibley

Director of Field Services

All–

I’ve been getting a number of questions over the past day or two (as I imagine many of you have been). While I don’t have hard answers for all of them, I can say that as of today, this is the plan for library support for the rest of the semester:

  • Starting Saturday, the library will be closed on weekends and open M-F 8:00am – 4:30pm. This schedule will continue until further notice.
  • All library services will be available. Interlibrary loan, book circulation, technology circulation, Makerspace, etc. If it was available before COVID-19, it’s still available now. (Note: I’m not sure about the coffee bar . . .)
  • If you or your students have poor internet at home, we’ve still got robust internet here, and computers to go with it. I imagine we’ll have plenty of available space as well.
  • The library stands ready to help you with your classes however possible. This could include:
    • Scanning chapters or articles to put on Blackboard for electronic reserve
    • Meeting virtually with your class or your students to help them with their research, whether via Zoom, phone, chat room, email, morse code, or other platform that works for you.
    • Putting films on Kaltura so your class can watch them.
    • Monitoring Blackboard or Brightspace discussion boards to answer research questions

Basically, if there’s a way you can think of that the library can help support your class virtually, we’d like to do what we can to help. Please reach out to me or your division librarian, and we will work with you. And naturally, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Best,

Bryce Cundick

Mantor Library Director

Dear Members of the UMF Community:

The University of Maine System is waiving traditional policies about room and board refunds as part of the University’s unprecedented response to the Coronavirus public health crisis. We are pleased to share that guidance on requesting room and board refunds will be posted on our public health advisory website by noon on Wednesday, March 18.

We apologize for any confusion or frustration caused by references to standing policies on withdrawals and refunds in yesterday’s email.

These are not typical times and we are pleased to share the University of Maine System’s assurances that students and their families will not be financially disadvantaged by the move to online classes and the residence hall restrictions put in place to protect student health and help limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

Our faculty and staff are all committed to the success of our students, and we are working very hard now and through the spring break to make sure every student can continue with their course of study and earn the credits they have paid for. It will not be the end we envisioned for this academic year, but we can still pursue knowledge and academic success despite the steps we are having to take in the interest of public health and student safety.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to help safeguard yourself and others against the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19.

President Edward Serna

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Eric Brown

Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Christine Wilson

UMF Chief Business Officer Laurie Gardner

Hi all,

We will offer online tutoring and Supplemental Instruction from Monday, March 23rd through Thursday, April 30th. 

Students in need of tutoring can make a request to me via email or by phone at (207) 778-7765, and I will assign someone.

Tutors and students can work synchronously or asynchronously, whichever works best for them. 

We will not continue with regular drop-by tutoring hours. SI Leaders will be in touch with their classes about how their sessions will proceed.

As always, tutoring is free.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Pete St. John

Learning Commons Coordinator

Dear Members of the UMF Community:

Earlier this afternoon University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy announced significant changes in response to the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 that will impact how all UMS campuses will operate this spring.

  1. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, UMS universities, including UMF, will transition all in-class academic instruction to online or other pedagogically appropriate distance modalities that do not require in-class presence for the remainder of the Spring semester. If possible, graduate, clinical, and similarly-situated students will be transitioned to remote work as well. Here at Farmington, we will provide all material assistance and accommodation possible during this transition.

More information about how we will provide students with distance learning modalities that do not require in-class presence, as well as assistance and accommodation, will be forthcoming.

  1. As part of UMS’s public health commitment to reduce exposure and the threat of virus spread, students at all UMS universities, including UMF, will be required to depart campus by Sunday, March 22, 2020, with personal and educational belongings necessary to complete their semester requirements remotely.

Students who have already departed campus will be given opportunities to return to collect necessary belongings at an appropriate time. In order to return to their on-campus residences, students who leave Maine for Spring Break must share details about their travel plans (including dates, destination(s), and mode(s) of travel) via umf.healthinfo@maine.edu and will be subject to quarantine or self-isolation measures upon their return.

Residential and meal plan options will be available for those who must remain in or return to their on-campus residence during or from Spring Break due to extenuating personal circumstances. Those students are advised to prepare for limited on-campus activity and interaction.

Students who must remain living on campus due to extenuating circumstances are required to request to stay in the residence halls by emailing umf.healthinfo@maine.edu as soon as possible.

  1. During this time, UMS universities will remain open and operational, with appropriate measures implemented (such as social distancing) to protect community health according to applicable CDC guidelines and recommendations. UMF employees will continue to report to work unless instructed otherwise. Work-from-home accommodations will be developed on a case-by-case basis. Essentially, our work will continue, except for the fact that our students will be connecting with faculty and staff remotely.

Employees who seek to work from home must petition for accommodation by emailing umf.healthinfo@maine.edu.

On a personal note, we believe that patience, flexibility, and reason are among our most important community resources right now. We are facing extraordinary circumstances that will require the very best of ourselves and each other.

As we mentioned in an email yesterday, the health, safety, and welfare of everyone within the UMF community are our utmost priorities, and we aim to keep you clearly informed as new information and directives become available. Please continue to read our all-community emails carefully and look for new information on the UMS Health Advisory page, where you’ll find the Chancellor’s announcement of these changes that are effective Sunday, March 22.

Thank you for doing your part to help safeguard yourself and others against the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19.

President Edward Serna

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Eric Brown

Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Christine Wilson

UMF Chief Business Officer Laurie Gardner


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