Page Updated July 20, 2021

Please consult this page regularly for the latest updates and developments that reflect the University’s ongoing efforts and communications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For System-wide information and updates, see the University of Maine System Together For Maine website.

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

If you have questions about UMF’s COVID-19-related policies and updates, please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu.

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


From: Chancellor Dannel Malloy 
To: staff@umf.maine.edu, students@umf.maine.edu
Date: July 16, 2021, 9:30 AM

1. Students and employees who verify their vaccination status with the University of Maine System’s voluntary vaccination tracker before August 20 won’t have to do the arrival testing and quarantining practices planned for the start of the Fall Semester. Details on these plans coming soon.

2. Members of the University of Maine System who have verified their vaccination status will no longer be required to wear a face covering inside University facilities starting July 26, which is when the UMaine System join the State of Maine in lifting our indoor mask requirements for fully vaccinated students, faculty, staff, and visitors who have verified their vaccination status.

3. Once the FDA provides full approval for a vaccine, vaccination will be required of every University community member who is participating in an in-person experience (unless they qualify for a medical or other recognized exception). Those who get vaccinated and verified now will be ready when vaccination is no longer optional.

4. Students who have verified their vaccination status will be eligible to be selected as a weekly winner of a $1,000 “Shot Clock” student scholarship. Verified UMaine System employees will eligible to win prize drawings every week.

From:  Edward Serna 
To:  staff@umf.maine.edu, students@umf.maine.edu
Date:  May 28, 2021, 7:29 AM

As you are likely aware, Maine’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases continues to decrease dramatically. Equally notable is Maine’s accomplishment of surpassing the 70% milestone, whereby Maine residents who are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine have received at least one dose. This is very encouraging news for campus summer activities and cautiously optimistic planning for a traditional Fall 2021 campus experience.

Updates to Guidance

Accordingly, the University of Maine System’s COVID-19 health and safety guidance was updated on May 24, 2021 to reflect these positive trends, which is important for our summer courses, programs, and camps.

Some of these highlights include:

Face coverings:
Face coverings are not required when outdoors on university property, regardless of vaccination status. They continue to be required at all times by everyone when indoors on university property or in university-administered facilities.

Current exceptions to the University’s face covering requirement include:

  • When a person is alone in an office or other room with a closed-door
  • When eating or drinking in a space where eating or drinking is permitted
  • When a medical accommodation has been granted by the appropriate University official
  • When a situation (e.g. childcare settings) or a person (e.g. children younger than 2) are specifically exempted by Maine civil authorities
  • In other special circumstances as may be determined by campus leadership

There is no exception to the face-covering requirement for instructional purposes. Physical barriers, such as clear plastic screens, may be used in combination with face-covering but are not a substitute for face coverings.

Physical distancing:
The UMS general physical distancing requirement has been removed in keeping with and except as otherwise required by Maine civil authorities.

General group size limits:
UMS has removed all pandemic-related group gathering limits, in keeping with the guidance of Maine civil authorities. UMF will continue to limit group gatherings on campus for any specific university event or gathering below this maximum level as circumstances warrant.

Testing:
Proactive asymptomatic testing continues for anyone with a physical presence on campus for any reason, without regard for frequency or duration, throughout the summer (employees, resident students, in-person classes); fully vaccinated individuals may be exempted from routine testing.

For special summer programs, testing also will be required for those staying overnight for three or more consecutive nights in a university facility or university-administered program.

Return Public access to campus:
Pandemic restrictions overall are being updated, and so UMF is carefully reopening its facilities to the public. Effective July 1, all facilities will resume their pre-covid 19 pandemic access, as long as all folks on campus uphold the masking policies.

The Beaver Lodge is open for all campus community members, including summer camp participants Monday – Friday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Conferences and Events:
The campus will be open to hosting events. There may still be pandemic-related requirements that might be applicable. Please continue to work with the Conference and Events Office to schedule space.  Part of the space request process will be submitting a Reservation Request / Event Plan. Contact the UMF Conferences & Events Office for details eleight@maine.edu

Return to Work

Planning for return to a more pre-pandemic work environment is still underway at the System level and details will be shared with campuses soon. For now, campus work arrangements will remain unchanged for faculty, staff and students unless a change has been approved by your supervisor.

UMF expects a transition to begin around July 1, 2021, and continue into the summer months.

More to come when final details are worked out.

In this, the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask all members of the UMF community to continue to follow the latest health and safety guidance and remain vigilant.

— Edward Serna
UMF President

Required:  Face coverings are still required at all times when indoors on University property or inside University administered facilities.

Recommended:  Face coverings are recommended but not required when outdoors in circumstances that make physical distancing difficult to maintain.

Not Needed:  Face coverings are not required when outdoors in circumstances when physical distancing is readily maintained.

Fully vaccinated members of the University community will be exempt from weekly COVID-19 testing required of everyone participating in an on-campus experience this spring and summer.

We will continue our weekly asymptomatic testing, tracing and isolation strategies beyond the end of the spring semester for those of us working and learning on a campus. Members of the UMF community who voluntarily provide verification that they are fully vaccinated will not be required to participate in our asymptomatic testing program and are exempt from quarantining if they are a close contact of someone known to have COVID-19.

If you are  fully vaccinated, please visit the appropriate link fully vaccinated student or fully vaccinated employee to complete the Vaccination Submission Form on our COVID-19 Testing Tracker so you can report your status. It’s fast, easy, confidential and doing so ends the requirement that you test weekly to participate in on-campus activities.

Departure Testing and Continued Adherence to Safety Practices

If you have been a member of our on-campus population and will be traveling home at the end of the semester, please get tested next week. Knowing your COVID-19 status before you travel protects those around you and the community and loved ones you are returning to.

You have been showing up all semester to keep yourself and our community safe. Let’s finish our time Together for Maine this spring safe and smart by getting one last test — a departure test.

And please continue — as you have done all year — following the safety practices that have kept us together as safely as possible throughout the pandemic. Wear your face coverings indoors or when you cannot be safely distanced outside, wash your hands, stay away from large gatherings and get vaccinated as soon as you can.

The University of Maine System is exempting fully vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals from quarantine requirements if they come into close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving a J&J shot or 14 days after their second Pfizer or Moderna shot.

The change in policy follows consultation with state public health officials. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah said that vaccinated individuals are no longer required to quarantine as part of a message encouraging vaccination in a University of Maine System “This is Our Shot, Maine” promotional video encouraging students and staff to get vaccinated.

“We are adding one more reason to the list of why it is smart to protect yourself, your family and our community through vaccination,” said UMaine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy. “Fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff who come in contact with someone with COVID-19 do not have to quarantine and interrupt day-to-day activities. It’s an important step in our march to normalcy.”

The University of Maine System public safety initiatives include weekly asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 for all students, faculty and staff participating in on-campus experiences this semester, and contact tracing to isolate infected individuals.

The UMaine System and the Vaccination Planning and Partnership Task Force are monitoring developments with the vaccines currently in use under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization approval process. The System is encouraging but not requiring vaccination at this time. The fall semester is more than four months away and University officials have not yet established vaccination requirements for when classes resume.

This Is Our Shot: The University of Maine System is striving to vaccinate as many students and employees as possible before the May 8 end of the Spring semester.

The University of Maine System is striving to vaccinate as many students, faculty, and staff as possible in the weeks leading up to commencement on May 8.

Maine’s public universities will be hosting campus-based clinics with healthcare providers and pharmacies, providing logistical support to help students access community-based resources, and sponsoring an educational and influence campaign with healthcare leaders, student influencers, and university presidents.

“Science and our public health leaders have now delivered the vaccines that will end the pandemic,” said Chancellor Dannel Malloy. “This is our shot and we are pulling out all the stops to get as many of our students and colleagues vaccinated as we can before the end of the semester.”

All University of Maine System Community Members Eligible April 7

Maine’s public health authorities have confirmed that all University of Maine System students and staff and faculty members can participate in Maine’s vaccination effort with the April 7 expansion of eligibility to include everyone aged 16 or above. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has also confirmed that a University ID Card will be accepted as proof of eligibility at vaccination clinics throughout the state.

Chancellor Malloy shared the eligibility news with UMaine System students and employees last week prompting thousands of community members to visit the Maine’s COVID-19 Vaccination website and the vaccinateme.maine.gov preregistration site.

The University of Maine System is not requiring COVID-19 vaccination because the vaccines have Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but is strongly encouraging vaccination. The UMaine System has established a Vaccine Planning and Partnership Task Force, is offering employees paid leave time to get vaccinated to promote participation, and approximately 300 University of Maine System nursing students have stepped forward to help staff vaccine clinics throughout the state.

The student UMF Peer Care Managers (Hunter Ellis, Brianna Hinkley, Brooke-Lynn Hinkley, Nora Laprise, Chelsea Pruitt, Madison Vigeant) recently developed a Guide to COVID-19 Vaccines.

Goals of the Vaccine

  • Save the lives of Maine people at greatest risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.
  • Ensure vaccine providers can efficiently and quickly vaccinate as many people as possible
    Source: maine.gov/COVID19/VACCINE

When is it my Turn to be vaccinated? (Maine)

Right now! People age 12+ are now eligible for vaccine.

Maine is taking an age-based approach for the distribution of vaccines as recent data indicates age is among the most prominent predictors of whether a person may become seriously ill and die from COVID-19.

Pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine through the State of Maine here: https://vaccinateme.maine.gov


Vaccination Sites in Farmington

There are 4 places in Farmington, Maine where you can get your vaccine

MaineHealth Vaccine Clinic (Franklin Memorial Hospital campus)
To schedule an appointment, visit:  https://vaccine.mainehealth.org
Or phone 877-780-7545

Walgreens Pharmacy
To schedule an appointment, visit:  https://www.Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine
Or phone 1-800-walgreens (1-800-925-473367)
Walk-ins are not accepted

Walmart Pharmacy
To schedule an appointment, visit:  https://www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine
Please check your eligibility before scheduling an appointment

Hannaford Pharmacy
By appointment only
For info, visit:  https://www.hannaford.com/pharmacy/covid-19-vaccine


Different Types of Vaccines

There are three main authorized and recommended vaccines:

Pfizer

  • 2 shots, 21 days apart
  • Recommended for people over the age of 16
  • Most side effects were mild to moderate

Moderna

  • 2 shots, 28 days apart
  • Recommended for people over the age of 18
  • Most side effects were mild to moderate

Johnson + Johnson

  • 1 shot
  • Recommended for people over the age of 18
  • Side effects were common within 7 days of getting vaccinated but were mostly mild to moderate

Facts About COVID-19 Vaccine

  • COVID-19 Vaccine development was accelerated without compromising safety
  • Vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety before they’re approved for use
  • Vaccine side effects are usually mild
  • Pneumonia vaccines do not prevent COVID-19
  • Vaccine test trials involve a diverse range of volunteers
  • You won’t be able to make a COVID-19 Vaccine at home
  • COVID-19 vaccine trials are following safety and ethical standards

Source: World Health Organization

Phase 6 Testing Appointments

UMF adopts new PointnClick web portal for weekly testing signups.

The UMF Asymptomatic Testing Team heard how frustrating the mobile app had been, especially when it came to managing your asymptomatic testing appointments and receiving test results. The Team is pleased to announce that it has replaced the app with a simpler to use a web portal.

This web portal includes additional features such as preferred name, opt-in text messaging, email reminders, timely notification of results and the ability for UMF Safe Return to track every sample (in case there is an issue).

For the remainder for the semester, please sign up for your weekly test using the new PointnClick web portal
https://umaineportal.pointnclick.com

Phase 6 Asymptomatic Testing

Phase 6 Testing began the week of February 1

We will use the same Vault tests (PCR saliva tests) that we used in the fall for this first week of testing. There is no shelter in place after testing in Phase 6.

Spring 2021 asymptomatic testing will take place weekly for all UMF community members who:

  • Live on campus
  • Take or teach any classes on campus
  • Work on campus
  • All student-athletes (living on or off campus)

If you need to come to campus and are not part of the weekly testing group, please visit UMaine System’s Together for Maine site.

Testing Times & Locations

Testing will be conducted on the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays  7am – 7pm
  • Wednesdays  7am – 7pm
  • Thursdays  7am – 1pm

Testing Locations:

  • Students Living in the Residence halls will test in the Lobby of Dearborn Gymnasium
  • Commuter Students, Faculty and Staff will test at 274 Front Street – the future home UMF Sweatt-Winter Childcare Program, across Main Street from the Roberts Learning Center

In Case of Inclement Weather

Students Living in the Residence Halls:
If the University cancels classes on your scheduled testing day, you will still be expected to keep your appointment at the Dearborn Gym Lobby.

Commuter Students, Faculty & Staff:
Please reschedule for another time during the week of your original test.

If You Have Previously Tested Positive

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 Been Vaccinated for COVID-19

If you have been vaccinated for COVID-19, YOU MUST STILL BE TESTED as part of this asymptomatic testing program. 

Please Note: This information is current as of the day / time it was published. As we know, things may change relative to all aspects of the virus, which may necessitate changes to our guidance and policies. If you have any questions, please contact us at umf.safereturn@maine.edu

I’m happy to let you know that we are announcing later this morning that we expect to welcome our students, faculty and staff back to our university campuses this fall to safely resume the most traditional in-person college experiences we all took for granted before the pandemic.

That’s right. We expect to return as normally as possible this coming fall.

We’ve been together safely through this challenging year by following the recommendations of our UMS Scientific Advisory Board, Maine’s public health authorities, and the testing, masking, social distancing and other public health measures we have in place. Now, with the promise of a Maine spring and summer ahead, with public health restrictions easing and with new confidence stemming from the growing numbers who can and will receive the pandemic-ending vaccines that are available, it feels like we can finally say that the pandemic’s grip is loosening. So we’re kicking our planning into high gear to provide the most traditional, on-campus college experiences this fall that we can safely manage.

I should be clear, though. Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our university communities, remains our top priority. So does respect for Maine’s public health authorities and their guidance. We’ve been able to limit the spread of COVID in our university communities because of these commitments. We’re going to keep following them. That means social distancing and face coverings everywhere on our campuses will continue to be the rule as we complete the semester and manage university events. And we’ll continue to test everyone in our in-person community every week through commencement. It’s also true that working through the pandemic has shown us new opportunities and, in some cases, new ways of doing business. We intend to learn from these experiences as we work to return to near normalcy this fall.

I owe all of you my thanks. Your discipline and concern for the welfare of everyone in the UMS community and the state has kept us safely together through what has been perhaps the most challenging year in our lifetimes. That same resilience and commitment will make our fall return to normalcy both safe and rewarding.

I’m looking forward to it.

Sincerely,

Dannel P. Malloy
University of Maine System Chancellor

Dear UMF:

Greetings from the Asymptomatic Testing Team. We are writing to let you know about Phase 6 asymptomatic testing in Spring 2021.

SPRING 2021: PHASE 6

Spring 2021 asymptomatic testing will take place weekly for all UMF community members who:

  • live on campus
  • take or teach any classes on campus
  • work on campus
  • all student athletes (living on or off campus)

If you need to come to campus and are not part of the weekly testing group, please visit https://www.maine.edu/together/ for guidance.

EXCEPTIONS

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you are excused 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.

Individuals who have been vaccinated must still be tested.

TIMES AND LOCATIONS

Testing will be conducted on the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays, 7 am – 7 pm
  • Wednesdays, 7 am – 7 pm
  • Thursdays, 7 am – 1 pm

Students living in the residence halls will test in the Dearborn Gym Lobby

Commuters, staff and faculty will test at 274 Front Street (UMF Campus Map)

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER

Residential students (testing at Dearborn Gym Lobby):
If the University cancels classes on your scheduled testing day, you will still be expected to keep your appointment.

Commuters, staff and faculty (testing at 274 Front Street):
Please reschedule for another time during the week of your original test.

PHASE 6, WEEK 1 (week of February 1)

We will be using the same Vault tests (PCR saliva tests) we used in the fall for this first week of testing. There is no shelter in place after testing in Phase 6.

To make your Phase 6 appointment, please go to the appropriate link:

Residential students: See email for link.

Commuters, staff, and faculty: See email for link.

PHASE 6, WEEKS 2 AND BEYOND

Phase 6, week 2 and beyond scheduling, reminders, and results will be managed through the Safer Community app.
More information will be provided next week.

Thank you! We are looking forward to a safe and productive spring semester.

Sincerely,

The Asymptomatic Testing Team

Dear UMF Community,

Over the past week we have had six COVID-19 positive cases identified within our campus community.  Three on campus, and three off campus individuals tested positive. All individuals are currently isolating.

The positive test results have been reported to the Maine CDC. Contact tracing has been completed and any potential close-contacts have been informed. Per our standard protocol, if a person is identified as a close contact, timely notifications will occur separately from this email.

As a reminder, each Friday afternoon a digest of test results, including COVID-19 positive cases that have been identified within our community will be sent to you.

We have made it through move in and asymptomatic testing-Phases 4 and 5!  Thank you to all who participated during the month of January.  As you know, regular testing is a key component in keeping our community safe and containing the spread of the virus; so are wearing your face coverings, keeping your distance, and washing your hands well and often.

Welcome back, and have a great spring 2021 semester.

Sincerely,

UMF’s Asymptomatic Testing Team

Dear UMF Community,

Over the past week we have had two COVID-19 positive cases identified within our campus community. One individual tested positive off campus, and another was originally a close contact who subsequently tested positive. Both individuals are currently isolating.

The positive test results have been reported to the Maine CDC. Contact tracing has been completed and any potential close-contacts have been informed. Per our standard protocol, if a person is identified as a close contact, timely notifications will occur separately from this email.

As a reminder, we will send regular weekly reports of COVID-19 positives identified within our community. Each Friday afternoon, a digest of testing results will be sent to you.

Welcome back and as always, wear your face covering, keep your distance, wash your hands well and often.

UMF’s Asymptomatic Testing Team

Dear UMF Community –

We received notification earlier in the week of a COVID-19 case. The individual tested positive at home as they were preparing to return to campus.  The individual is isolating and the positive test result has been reported to the Maine CDC. Contact tracing has been completed and any potential close-contacts have been informed. Per our standard protocol, if a person is identified as a close-contact, a timely notification will occur separately from this email.

The individual who tested positive last week has been released from isolation.

UMF remains committed to transparency and open lines of communication. We also recognize that sending an email for each positive result does not enhance mitigation efforts. The use of isolation and quarantine protocols, contact tracing, and adherence to University policies and civil guidance are our best course of action.

By now you should have received emails on Phase 4 & 5 testing.  Phase 6 weekly testing (for everyone who will be living, taking classes, or working on campus) begins February 1st.  Campus communication for Phase 6 is being finalized and will be sent shortly.

As always, wear your face covering, keep your distance, wash your hands well and often.

UMF’s Asymptomatic Testing Team

Dear UMF Community –

We received notification last night that a case of COVID-19 has been identified within our campus community. The individual tested positive after participating in the most recent round of asymptomatic testing at UMF.

The individual is isolating and the positive test result has been reported to the Maine CDC. Contact tracing has been completed and any potential close-contacts have been informed. Per our standard protocol, if a person is identified as a close-contact, a timely notification will occur separately from this email.

UMF remains committed to transparency and open lines of communication. We also recognize that sending an email for each positive result does not enhance mitigation efforts. The use of isolation and quarantine protocols, contact tracing, and adherence to University policies and civil guidance are our best course of action.

From this week forward, we will send regular weekly reports of COVID-19 positives identified within our community. Each Friday afternoon, a digest of testing results will be sent to you.

As always, wear your face covering, keep your distance, wash your hands well and often.

UMF’s Asymptomatic Testing Team

Dear UMF:

Hello! Greetings from the Asymptomatic Testing Team.  We are writing to let you know about asymptomatic testing and residence hall move in for Spring 2021!

(Note:  If you tested or will be testing on Jan 4, 11, 13 or 15, this email does NOT apply to you so you can disregard it.)

RECAP OF FALL 2020

Last fall, we conducted three “phases” of asymptomatic testing as part of our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The three phases included move in day (Phase 1), follow up testing 10 days later (Phase 2), and testing throughout the fall semester (Phase 3).

PREVIEW OF SPRING 2021

Initial Spring 2021 testing (Phases 4 and 5) will take place for the same groups that were tested in Fall 2020:

  • all residential students

  • student athletes

  • all commuting students, faculty, and staff who will take classes or work on campus and have been out of Maine within 14 days of returning to campus

Phase 6 will be conducted over the course of the entire spring semester, and details are still being determined.

YOUR SPRING 2021 TESTS FOR PHASES 4 AND 5 

If you fall into one of the groups above, your Phase 4 test will take place on January 20 or 21  and you need to shelter in place after the test.  Shelter in place means you will not be able to leave your room (except to go to the bathroom) / suite / apartment / house.

Your Phase 5 test will take place on January 27 or 28.  You do not need to shelter in place after the second test.

Both days of testing will take place in Dearborn Gym Lobby from 8 am-7 pm.

We will be using the same Vault tests (PCR spit tests) that we used in the fall for Phase 3.  Students who live on campus will be released from shelter in place after both roommates have received negative test results.

MOVE IN

If you live in the residence halls, move in is January 20 or 21 (new and transfer students on January 20; all returning students either January 20 or 21).  Residence hall students must test first for Phase 4 in Dearborn and then move back in.  NOTE:  For safety’s sake, no guests are allowed in the residence halls during move in, so unfortunately your families and friends will not be able to help you move back in. Residence hall meals will be delivered to your halls during shelter-in-place.  If you have dietary needs, please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu by Monday, January 19 at 5:00 pm to provide us with your information.

ALTERNATIVE TO TESTING

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 PREVIOUSLY TESTED POSITIVE 

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 BEEN VACCINATED FOR COVID-19

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

SIGN UP FOR YOUR TESTING APPOINTMENTS

January 20 or 21 (Phase 4) – Sign up via the link in the email.

January 27 or 28 (Phase 5) – Sign up via the link in the email.

IMPORTANT CAVEAT

Please note that this information is current as of the day / time it is being sent.  As we know, things may change relative to all aspects of the virus, which may necessitate changes to our guidance and policies.

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If you have any questions, please contact us at umf.safereturn@maine.edu

Thank you! We are looking forward to a safe and productive spring semester.


Farmington-specific Messages

We have developed a series of pages to help guide you on our Return to Normal plans. Because COVID information is being updated more quickly we recommend you check back frequently as we will update our Communication Updates and FAQs.

UMF Communication Updates FAQ for Students & Parents FAQ for Employees FAQ for General Public & Visitors FAQ for Vendors, Suppliers & Contractors UMaine System COVID-19 Information

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: umf.safereturn@maine.edu


The University consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by the University such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves.