Updated September 29, 2020
For updates and developments on UMF’s ongoing response to COVID-19, visit UMF Communication Updates

NEW: Limited Visitations

University of Maine at Farmington campus spaces and buildings are open only for official University business. Campus spaces and buildings are not open to the general public, although campus offices that serve the public will continue to do so.

Visitors are permitted on UMF property only for the specific purposes. See the Question below: “Are there specific protocols and policies regarding campus visitors?”

All visitors must check in with the Conferences and Events Office located inside the front entrance of the Olsen Student Center (111 South Street), adhere to University guidelines and be hosted by a University employee, department, or registered student organization.


Frequently Asked Questions for Students & Parents

We realize you have lots of questions, probably more than we can possibly answer on a single FAQ page. This FAQ is a work in progress and we will add to it. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: umf.safereturn@maine.edu  Thank you for your patience and understanding. The University of Maine System has also prepared a broad System-wide resources page and FAQ for Employees, see buttons at the bottom of this page.


Yes. There are a number of changes in what it is required to visit the University of Maine at Farmington campus.

This policies apply to all visitors to property owned or leased by UMF. This policy is meant to supplement — not replace — any federal, state or county health and safety regulations with which UMF must comply.

See the Policy Regarding Campus Visitors During COVID-19 (pdf)

Some highlights of the Campus Visitors Policy:

Limited Visitations

  • UMF campus spaces and buildings are open only for official University business
  • Campus spaces and buildings are not open to the general public
  • Visitors are permitted on UMF property only for these specific purposes

All visitors must check in with the Conferences & Events Office umf.conferences@maine.edu  tel: 207-778-7344, located inside the front entrance of the Olsen Student Center at 111 South Street, and adhere to University guidelines and be hosted by a University employee, department or registered student organization.

This includes:

  • Visits by Family and Friends
  • Family member of a registered student who is supporting a student related to an emergency health situation
  • Prospective or admitted students and their families for Admissions, recruiting or other hosted events
  • Invited speakers or hired performers/artists
  • An individual who has research needs that require in-person library access
  • Donor visits arranged by Institutional Development
  • Hired contractor and vendor services for official University business
  • Prospective rental clients hosted by the Conferences & Events Office
  • Other visitors, on official University business, as approved by the relevant Dean or Vice President

Additional details in the Policy Regarding Campus Visitors During COVID-19 (pdf) include specific information regarding:

  • Requirements for Visitors
  • Employees of vendors or independent contractors who regularly and consistently interact with residential students for significant periods of time
  • Vendors and suppliers of goods and services to be delivered to or performed on campus
  • Construction contractors
  • Requirements for hosting visitors
  • Exception requests

Yes. All visitors must check in with the Conferences & Events Office umf.conferences@maine.edu  tel: 207-778-7344, located inside the front entrance of the Olsen Student Center at 111 South Street, and adhere to University guidelines and be hosted by a University employee, department or registered student organization.The exception to this process is when a program has received prior approval as outlined above.

  • The Conferences and Events Office will be open 8:00am to 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. If a department has a speaker, classroom guest, performer, etc., who needs to check in after 4:30pm or on the weekend, arrangements need to be made 48 business hours prior to the arrival. Please phone 207-778-7344 or email umf.conferences@maine.edu for additional information.
  • Speakers at campus events will need to adhere to the same policy UMF has set regarding classroom instruction. That is, face coverings must be worn at all times, including when lecturing. Speakers may not remove their face covering for water breaks unless those breaks are taken outdoors and must follow standard physical distancing guidelines.
  • Unless otherwise identified below, visitors must follow health and safety protocols adopted by UMF and as required by federal, state, or county regulations. This includes, but is not limited to: self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms before coming on campus; complying with UMF’s face-covering policy; and regular hand washing.

Visits by Family and Friends
Personal visitors, including family members and friends of students or employees, are not allowed on campus except as specifically described herein.

Fitness & Recreation Center and Mainely Outdoors
Visitors to UMF Fitness & Recreation Center and Mainely Outdoors do not need to check in with the Conferences & Events Office, as they will be checked in at the entrances to both of those facilities.

Mantor Library
Mantor Library is open to the public by appointment only for research needs and at the discretion of the Library Director on a case-by-case basis. Curbside checkout service is available to public Mantor Library patrons. Open access to the building, however, remains keycard only — meaning only UMF students and staff may enter.

Appointments for the public must be made 24 hours in advance. To arrange for an appointment or curbside pickup, contact Mantor Library at 207-778-7210 or email umfmantorlibrary-group@maine.edu.

Employees of Vendors or independent contractors who regularly and consistently interact with residential students for significant periods of time
Employees of University Vendors who regularly and consistently interact with residential students for significant periods of time (for example, the University’s food service provider) must maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with all federal, state, and local requirements.

Vendors and Suppliers of Goods and Services to be delivered to or performed on campus
As a condition for continuous or intermittent access to University campuses or facilities, vendors and suppliers of goods and services must maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with all federal, state, and local requirements.

Companies are required to ensure that their subcontractors, if any, comply with this requirement.

Plans must be provided to the University upon verbal or written request and will be kept on file in the Facilities Management Office.

Vendors and suppliers of goods and services must check-in with Facilities Management and complete the COVID-19 screening process prior to accessing campus and comply with the University’s face-covering policy, physical distancing requirements, regular hand washing, and signage posted in the buildings they are entering.

Construction Contractors
All Construction Contractors must check in at the Facilities Management Office prior to working on campus and must follow University COVID-19 safety guidelines and develop written Site Specific COVID-19 Safety Plans for projects on campus that comply with all federal, state, and local requirements before work can begin.

All contractors must check-in with Facilities Management and complete the COVID-19 screening process prior to accessing campus and will be required to have their written site-specific safety plans reviewed and approved by Facilities Management prior to commencement of work on campus and will be subject to continuous review by the University leading up to project completion.

Construction Contractors who employ subcontractors are required to ensure that their subcontractors, if any, comply with this requirement.

Exception Requests
Requests for access to campus by other Visitors not described in this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should be submitted to the relevant Vice President at least 48 hours in advance of the visit. The Vice President will advance the request to the appropriate party for approval.

A visitor is defined as any individual entering UMF property who is not an employee or a registered student. Volunteers, employees of vendors or contractors that have business on campus and other people listed below are considered visitors.

  • Invited speakers or hired performers / artists
  • Family members and friends of a registered student
  • Family member of a registered student who is supporting a student related to an emergency health situation
  • Prospective or admitted students and their families for Admissions, recruiting or other UMF hosted events
  • An individual who has an appointment for research needs that require in-person Library access
  • Donor or Alumni visits arranged by Institutional Development
  • Hired contractors and vendor services for official University business
  • Prospective rental clients hosted by the Conferences & Events Office
  • Other visitors, on official University business, as approved by the Administration

We will 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 Fall 2020 semester is as healthy of a campus community as possible.

Phase 1 Asymptomatic Testing was done on Move-In days in late August.

Phase 2 Asymptomatic Testing was done in early September. 

Phase 3 Asymptomatic Testing has begun and Phase 3 Testing and monitoring will be done through the conclusion of in-person instruction on November 25.

The UMaine System anticipates approximately 10% of students, staff and faculty will participate in each round of testing, which will occur every ten days or so through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Student and employee participation is key to helping obtain a clearer picture of the prevalence of COVID-19 on our campus and also in keeping the Farmington community safe and healthy. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the UMF Safe Return Committee umf.safereturn@maine.edu.

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.  

  • All students who will be living in the residence halls
  • All commuter students taking any classes on campus who have been out of Maine within 14 days before coming onto campus
  • All student-athletes, all seasons
  • Any faculty or staff members teaching or working on campus who have been out of Maine within 14 days before coming onto campus

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).

There is no cost for students, faculty and staff.

Yes. After careful consideration of health and safety data, protocols, sports medicine guidelines the facility is open to students, staff and members of the public. It has different operating hours and new protocols.

Update: 9/24/2020:

The Fitness Center will be open Monday – Friday: 6am – 8pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. The hours of operation will continually be reevaluated and we will expand them as we are able and permitted. The pool, locker room / showers and basketball courts will be closed. the walking-jogging track is now open.

Visitors to the Fitness Center do not need to check in at Conferences & Events Office, as they will be screened at the entrance to the Fitness Center.

There will also be no Cradles & Crayons Children’s Program or Children’s After School Program.

Cloth face coverings are required in the Fitness Center at all times — even when working out.

Update: 9/24/2020:

Yes. The Mainely Outdoors Program building wil be open for gear rentals Mon-Thur, 11am-7pm; Fri 11am-5pm. Outdoor Adventure Trips for students only will happen on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Visitors to the Mainely Outdoors building do not need to check in at Conferences & Events Office, as they will be screened at the entrance to the Mainely Outdoors building.

No. We have made the difficult decision to cancel our Fall 2020 Club Sports competition schedule (Men’s & Women’s Rugby, Ultimate Disc).

Yes. Maine is currently in a state of civil emergency in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Group gathering size is restricted by an Executive Order of the Governor. Attending or hosting functions or social gatherings that exceed state group-size limitations may be deemed a violation of the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code for endangering public health and safety. Students who host or promote prohibited events at any venue, including private residences, may face suspension or dismissal.

See details here.

Note: Although other announcements and explanations mentioned the University of Maine-Orono and the University of Southern Maine, the same rules are in effect the University of Maine at Farmington.

Yes. Mantor Library is open to UMF students and staff during its regular semester hours.

We have provided disinfectant wipes for technology: computers, circulating equipment, etc. Books that have been returned or used within the library are quarantined for 72 hours before being placed back on the shelf. (Professional studies have shown this to be enough time for any potentially present COVID-19 to die off.) Plexiglas shields are present at the circulation desk and patrons are able to check-out their own material, touch-free. Reference services are provided over Zoom, with a link installed on each computer in the library providing direct access to a reference librarian.

Mantor Library is open to the public by appointment only and curbside checkout service is available to public library patrons. See more in the question below.

  • Mantor Library is open to the public by appointment only for research needs and at the discretion of the Library Director on a case-by-case basis.
  • Appointments for the public must be made 24 hours in advance.
  • Open access to the building remains keycard only — meaning only UMF students and staff may enter.
  • Curbside checkout service is available to public Mantor Library patrons.
  • To arrange for an appointment or curbside pickup, contact Mantor Library at 207-778-7210 or email umfmantorlibrary-group@maine.edu.

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.

In addition to face coverings, students, faculty and staff will socially distance themselves at all times. A safety kit, including two face coverings, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes were given to each student upon arrival. More details are available in our Safe Return to Farmington (pdf)

Facilities Management worked non-stop on the herculean task of modifying campus as we know it, into an appropriately distanced and sanitized environment, that we can feel safe in. Classroom layouts have been adjusted to allow for a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals. Hand sanitizer stations have been placed all over campus, and each classroom is equipped with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.

Building access across campus is now via key card doors only to allow for contact tracing. Pedestrian foot traffic is differentiated by direction in some areas. This includes designating areas of 1-way foot traffic, Enter-Only and Exits-Only classroom and building access points (except in the case of emergencies) and physical separation devices. Where possible, staircases have been designated UP or DOWN with proper signage.

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

Students with medical and other conditions can request accommodations through our Learning Assistance Center.

No. We have canceled our Fall 2020 competition schedule for varsity sports. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and health implications closely and work with our athletic conferences, the NCAA and local opponents to determine what is possible as the academic year progresses.

Waivers to preserve seasons of student-athlete eligibility have already been approved and other ideas and legislative proposals are being developed for consideration.

Club SportsNo. there will be no competition for Fall Club Sports (Men’s Rugby, Women’s Rugby, Ultimate Disc).

Each internship, field work, practicum, and student teaching setting is different. We are working with all of our community and school partners to determine what in-person or alternate experiences will be feasible this fall. We are also reviewing what experiences we can support on campus.

We will practice social distancing, utilize face coverings and provide Zoom access to some programs.

There are some changes from our typical Academic Calendar for the Fall and Spring Semesters.

See the Academic & Student Housing Calendar

Yes. You’ll receive a 20% Room & Board rate reduction for the Fall Semester to account for the transition to online instruction after the Thanksgiving Break.

No. Unfortunately, because we will be unable to hold this weekend full of large events in a socially distanced manner, Family Friends Fall Fest is cancelled this year.

No. Unfortunately, there will be no Halloween dance this year. We will to wait to see what the Spring Semester looks like before making a decision on the Spring Fling Dance.

Yes. Residence Halls are open this fall with a complement of living options. Dining Services are being provided, and the dining halls and retail operations were updated for social distancing and safety. Self-serve dining options are no longer available.

Yes. However, you may request a waiver from the first-year campus residency requirement. If you would like to request a waiver, please contact the Office of Admissions umfadmit@maine.edu

South Dining Hall is open but there are changes to the number of students who can be in South Dining Hall, to traffic flow, and to service. For instance,  students are served food, as opposed to self-serve. All meals, beverages, condiments, etc., are being served until restrictions are lifted at all locations.

We also have directional signage, social distance markers at entrances / stations, seating (if able) socially distanced, and dining hall staff are 6 feet apart at all locations including in the kitchen area.

If you have any dietary needs, please send them to umf.safereturn@maine.edu

There will more take-out options available. No determination has yet been made on capacity levels / seating.

At least for the Fall Semester, the kitchens in each of the residence halls are closed. You will still be able to use the sinks for washing dishes. Note: We are still in discussions about the communal kitchen in Lockwood Hall. We will contact Lockwood Hall student residents soon.

Yes. There are no changes to laundry facilities.

It depends on where you will be living. Contact the Merrill Student Services Center at 207-778-7100 or e-mail umfaid@maine.edu for more information.

Our current plan is to not allow visitors for the first two weeks of the Fall Semester to ensure a safe transition to campus. After the first two weeks, we plan to allow one guest per resident in the residence halls. This will be reevaluated as the semester progresses.

Yes. We will still have programs in the residence halls and on campus. There may be some limits on maximum attendance capacity. There will also be virtual programming options.

You will see that some common area furniture has been removed to help with social distancing. There is still be space to socialize, do homework and watch TV.

Yes. The Student Health Center will provide “Call-in Care” instead of walk-in care for scheduling same day appointments. The front entrance is unlocked daily with the door entrance to the waiting room remaining locked. Clear signage is posted with the phone number / email and instructions for entry.

A COVID-19 pre-screen will be performed on all patients prior to entrance. Any patient pre-screened for COVID-19 with positive findings will enter the Student Health Center through a specifically designated separate entrance / location (conference room). This is the only room designated for symptomatic patients that allows for ventilation.

Student Health Center staff will have completely donned PPE prior to the patient’s arrival. This PPE includes fit-tested N95 masks. Any instruments used during evaluation are completely sanitized as well as furniture wiped down.

The foyer is limited to 1 patient at a time and waiting room is limited to 3 patients at a time with chairs spaced appropriately 6 feet apart. The receptionist area has additional Plexiglas installed. Patients and staff must wear masks / face coverings or a face shield — no exceptions. Exam rooms, bathrooms and lab are sanitized after every visit. The waiting room is sanitized hourly or as often as staff can manage.

Appointments with Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Psychiatric Mental Health NP (Shelley and Penn) are staggered to minimize the number of patients in the Student Health Center at one time. Patients will call the front desk when they arrive and are met by the Medical Assistant (MA) at the door and escorted to an exam room. Routine health care and follow-ups will continue through telehealth, as appropriate, to limit face to face visits as much as possible.

We’ve created this handy COVID-19 Guidance (pdf) flow chart for you to follow if you don’t feel well. But please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Health Center: 207-778-7200 or  umf.healthcenter@maine.edu

We’ll will use the key public health tool known as isolation & quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the campus community. Because there is typically little time to prepare for isolation or quarantine when instructed to do so, we’ve developed this Isolation and Quarantine Planning Guide (pdf) to assist you in preparing to isolate or quarantine. This guide is for students who live on campus and also students who live off campus.

Yes. If a student becomes sick with COVID-19, we will have isolation space on campus for them while they recuperate.

Campus Dining will prepare the food that can be ordered either through the mobile app, a call, or via email. If a student is not in quarantine, a roommate or another student can pick up their food and deliver it to them. If the student is in quarantine, someone in the Student Life Office will deliver their food.

Due to the size of counseling offices, social distancing is not possible, so we are using telemental health.

Advisors will work with you to support you individual learning needs.

We anticipate that changes to the course schedule will be shared with you by early August.

If a professor is ill, and more than a class or two will be missed, arrangements will be made for the successful continuation of the course.

Yes. We encourage people to call, e-mail, set up Zoom meetings, use live chat, upload documents securely into an electronic drop box, etc., as much as possible to minimize contact.

Tutoring continue to be available through the Student Learning Commons. Classroom accommodations for students with disabilities continue to be available through the Learning Assistance Center.

Yes. But the number of staff and visitors is limited due to social distancing requirements.

Possibly. Excursions will be held in line with UMF and Maine guidance for travel, both of which can change depending on changing COVID circumstances.

Yes. Testing Services has been open since July and as with every place on campus, masks are required in the Testing Center.

Mostly No. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the following Programs for Children are not operating this Fall.

  • Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Center – Yes, but is not accepting new families at this time
  • UMF Preschool – No
  • UMF Infant-Toddler Playgroups – No
  • UMF / RSU9 Public Pre-K Collaboration – Schedule To Be Determined
  • Fitness & Rec Center Cradles & Crayons Children’s Program – No
  • Fitness & Rec Center Children’s After School Program – No

Farmington-specific Messages

We have developed a series of pages to help guide you on our Return to Campus plans. Please check back frequently as we will update our Communication Updates and FAQs throughout the Fall Semester.

Communication Updates FAQ for Students & Parents FAQ for Employees FAQ for General Public & Visitors

The University of Maine System has prepared a broad System-wide resources page and FAQ.

UMaine System's FAQ for Students UMaine System's Together for Maine site UMaine System's Daily COVID Updates

In addition, there’s a recording of the interactive Virtual Town Halls for New and Returning UMF Students held on July 2.


Contact Us

We are working to develop additional FAQs and to add to the one here. In the meantime, 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.