The University of Maine at Farmington cannot confirm that its courses or degree programs meet the requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of Maine. UMF strongly encourages prospective and current students to contact the appropriate or applicable licensing board(s) in states in which they may wish to pursue licensure, prior to beginning any program of study.
Consistent with new federal requirements, UMF is participating in a University of Maine System mechanism for disclosing to students whether our professional licensure-related courses and degree programs meet the requirements for professional licensure outside of Maine, in the states where students reside. This disclosure mechanism is will be available in fall, 2020. Until then, inquiries regarding the applicability of licensure programs to the states in which our distance students reside may be directed to UMF Associate Provost and Dean of Arts and Sciences, Steven Quackenbush email@example.com.
Authorization for internships / externships / clinical / field experiences in California
State laws require permission for out-of-state students to participate in on-site educational experiences. With the exception of California, all states are covered under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. Students seeking to complete an internship/externship/practicum/field/clinical experience in California must first obtain state authorization. Such authorization is managed through the University of Maine System.
UMF must petition California’s state Department of Education to request a waiver for each student participating in an out-of-state internship / externship / practicum / field experience / etc. in California.
Please email UMF Associate Provost and Dean of Arts and Sciences, Steven Quackenbush firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the required form for forwarding to the UMS state authorization staff person.
Note: Prior authorization can take 8-12 weeks, so please pan ahead.
Student Complaints Concerning Distance Education
Students with complaints about a distance education experience should contact UMF Associate Provost and Dean of Arts and Sciences, Steven Quackenbush email@example.com.
After following UMF’s student complaint process, students may seek further action through the following Maine Department of Education process:
This form should be used by any current student or former student enrolled in an online degree program who seeks to file a complaint against a degree-granting institution approved to operate under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
- Students should exhaust the formal complaint process of the host institution.
- Students should file a complaint (pdf) through SARA that includes documentation that the student has exhausted the formal complaint process at host post-secondary institution.
- The Maine Department of Education reviews the complaint and supporting documents. The Maine Department of Education may request further documentation from the participating SARA institution mentioned in the complaint.
- Maine Department of Education determines if the resolution of the host institution is acceptable. If so, complaint process is concluded and previous resolution is sustained. If the previous resolution is found not acceptable by the Maine Department of Education, then the complaint will be further investigated until resolved.
- Student receives final disposition letter from the Maine Department of Education.
Steven W. Quackenbush
TYY (via Maine Relay Service) dial 711