January 2021 Move-In Days for all residential students

  • Move-In Day for New Residential Students is January 20 (preferred) or January 21
  • Move-In Day for New Residential Transfer Students is January 20 (preferred) or January 21
  • Move-In Day for or all Returning Residential Students is either January 20 or 21 (your choice)
  • All residential students must participate in Phase 4 testing in Dearborn Gym (see below) and prior moving into their residence halls.
  • For safety’s sake, no guests are allowed in the residence halls, so unfortunately your families and friends will not be able to help you move in.
  • Residence hall meals will be delivered to your halls during your shelter-in-place.
  • If you have dietary needs, please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu by 5pm Monday, January 18 to provide us with your dietary information.

We will continue to conduct Asymptomatic Testing on campus as part of our comprehensive Safe Return to Campus efforts. The goal of the Asymptomatic Testing Program is to assure that the Spring Semester is as healthy of a campus community as possible.

Phase 4 Asymptomatic Testing will take place January 20 or 21. The following groups must be tested as part of the asymptomatic testing program: 

  • All on-campus residential students
  • All student-athletes
  • All commuting students who will take classes and have been out of Maine within 14 days of returning to campus
  • All faculty and staff who will work on campus and have been out of Maine within 14 days of returning to campus

The details of when and how to be tested have been sent to each of the above groups.

We will use the same quicker Vault tests (PCR spit tests) we used in the Fall Phase 3 Testing. 

After your test you will need to shelter in place — this means you will not be able to leave your residence hall room (except to use the bathroom) / suite / apartment / house. Students who reside on campus will be released from their shelter in place after both roommates have received negative test results. 

A note from the UMF Student Health Center

For more information on isolation and quarantine procedures check out our helpful Isolation and Quarantine Planning Guide For Students (pdf) and the UMF COVID-19 Decision Tree (pdf).

Phase 5 Asymptomatic Testing will take place on January 27 or 28

More on this later but you will not need to shelter in place after this second test.

Asymptomatic testing means testing people who are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. It is designed as a preventative measure, as people may carry and pass on the virus without even knowing they have the virus.  

Yes. If you provide your own negative PCR test results (not an antigen test), taken no later than 72 hours prior to January 20 and / or January 27, you do not need to participate one or both days of this testing program, and you do not need to shelter in place. Please send your test results to umf.healthcenter@maine.edu

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you are exempt from testing for 90 days from the date of your positive test. Please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu if you have tested positive within the last 90 days. Include documentation that verifies your name, the date of the test and the results. 

If you have received one or two doses of the vaccine, you still need to be tested as part of this asymptomatic testing program. 

There is no cost for students, faculty and staff.

Yes. While Move-In Days are just for students who chose to reside on campus, Orientation is for ALL new and transfer students: new and transfer students living on campus, new and transfer students residing off campus, commuters, and adult learners. It will consist of online trainings and activities, as well as some in-person event options that will follow social distancing guidelines.

See the Orientation page for details and a full schedule of January Orientation events and activities.

That’s OK. All Orientation trainings and activities will be available through remote options.

Yes. All students, faculty and staff, the general public and visitors are required to wear an appropriate face covering AT ALL TIMES on the Farmington campus, property and facilities — both indoors and outside, with just 5 exceptions:

  1. When a person is alone in an office or other room with a closed door
  2. When a person is alone outside in a space where and when they can reasonably expect to be alone and they
    have a face covering available in the event it is needed
  3. When eating or drinking
  4. When a situation (i.e. childcare settings) or a person (i.e. children younger than 2) are specifically exempted by
    Maine civil authorities
  5. In other special circumstances as may be determined by campus leadership

If you have a disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering and need accommodation, please notify the Learning Assistance Center.

A safety kit, including two face coverings, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes were given to each student upon arrival.

More details are available in the full Safe Return to Farmington (pdf)

In general, face coverings should have multiple layers covering the nose, mouth and chin and be secured snugly with ear loops or ties behind the person’s head.

UMF provided two approved face coverings, but please bring some of your own if you can.

“Cloth Face Covering” as defined by our Maine civil authorities is a protection that covers the nose and mouth; fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; is secured with ties or ear loops; has multiple layers of fabric which cover the nose, mouth and chin; allows for breathing without restriction; and is able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape.

Accepted:  Cloth face coverings as defined above, clear masks, dust masks, disposable masks and KN95s are approved face coverings.

Not accepted: Respirators or face coverings with exhalation valve, neck gaiters, bandanna-style coverings with an open bottom, face shields by itself (without also wearing a cloth face covering), “creative” face coverings including a paper bags, large plastic bottles, goalie masks, Halloween masks, etc.

See the UMaine System’s Do I need to wear a face covering? for a lengthy description and images as to what does and does not meet the System requirements.

Students with disabilities who cannot wear a mask and require accommodation should notify the Learning Assistance Center if they require classroom accommodations. Decisions are made on an individual basis.

Contact Us

Again, feel free to contact us if you have questions or need clarification on anything. We’re all in this together, even at six feet apart.

Mary Ellms
Coordinator of Orientation & Transition Programs
tel 207-778-7476
TYY (via Maine Relay Service) dial 711

Judy Peary-Adams
Administrative Specialist
tel  207-778-7348
TYY (via Maine Relay Service) dial 711