Updated September 24, 2020
Following the seven University of Maine System guiding principles, Farmington’s faculty, staff and administration have worked to re-imagine how we can continue to provide the education and service that our students and community expect from us.
Our plan is based on four principles designed to inform the greater community and shape our behavior:
- Commitment to the health and safety of all members of the Farmington community.
- Stacking preventative measures to create the greatest possible protection against exposure and community spread of COVID-19.
- Flexibility that allows us to anticipate potential future challenges and adjust quickly as circumstances change.
- Awareness that we have a critical role to play in the successful return to on-campus and in-person activities. Our actions must be guided by concern for others.
These plans are subject to change, as the circumstances around us are constantly shifting. And we recognize that for some members of our community returning to campus this fall may not be the best option. The following information is not comprehensive but it will help you understand what kind of changes you can expect and how we can work together to make Farmington a safe place to live and learn.
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.
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.
For details on this policy update see the Communication Updates page.Communication Updates
Safety Protocols, COVID-19 Testing
In order to safely return to campus, students, staff and faculty are required to wear an appropriate face covering and socially distance themselves at all times.
A safety kit, including two face coverings, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes, will be given to each student upon their arrival. More details are available in the full Safe Return to Farmington — Your Maine Home Plan (pdf)
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.
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.
A Word about Prohibited Student Parties
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.
Testing: Who is required to be tested?
- 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 outside 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).
NEW: Asymptomatic Testing – Phase 2
This week we begin Phase 2 of our COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing Program. We want to assure you that the process will be dramatically improved from the experience of Phase 1.
How will it be better?
- We have partnered with a new testing company and a new lab
- The entire process for all who are tested will take 15-20 minutes
- There will be no lines (testing is by appointment)
- It is a less invasive test (spit test)
- There will be no sheltering-in-place after the testing
Who needs to participate in Phase 2 Testing?
Everyone who was tested in Phase 1 on August 11, 18, 24 and anyone who needed to be tested in Phase 1 but brought their own test and submitted it to the Student Health Center.
- All residential students
- All student-athletes
- All faculty, staff and commuter students who were outside of Maine 14 or fewer days before returning to campus
When and where are the Phase 2 Tests?
When: Appointments will be schedule on the hour and half-hour:
- Wednesday, September 2 7am – 7pm
- Thursday, September 3 7am – 7pm
- Friday, September 4 7am – 10am
Where: Tests will be administered inside a tent on Mantor Green in front of Mantor Library.
How does one sign up for the Phase 2 Test?
Click here to sign up for your appointment. Up to 20 people can sign up for each half hour appointment slot, and all 20 will be tested at the same time.
How does one prepare for the Phase 2 Test?
- Do not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes prior to being tested. You should also not smoke or vape. Doing so will corrupt the test and result in you having to get retested.
- Hydrate prior to the 30 minutes before the test — it will make it easier to spit.
- If you have one, bring your Smartphone with you to test. You will use this, or an iPad that will be provided, to register for your test.
- Bring a valid ID card with you (Student ID, Employee ID, driver’s license or passport).
What will happen at the Phase 2 Test?
- You will register for the test via your Smartphone or one of our iPads.
- You will receive a testing kit that includes a small tube.
- You will spit into the tube.
- You will put the lid on the tube (which will release a stabilizing agent into the tube) and shake the tube.
- You will put the tube into the small bag provided, and close the bag.
That’s it! We will ship the tubes to a lab for analysis.
Campus and Classroom Modifications
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.
Learn more about what safety enhancements you can expect to find on campus in our Safe Return to Farmington – Your Maine Home Plan (pdf)
Residence Halls are open with a complement of living options. Dining Services are provided, and the dining halls and retail operations have been updated for social distancing and safety. Self-service options will no longer be available.
Athletics, Sports, Fitness and Recreation
Varsity Athletics: UMF has canceled its 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.
UMF Fitness & Recreation Center: The UMF Fitness Center is open to students, staff and members of the public. It has different operating hours and new protocols. Currently, the pool, locker rooms & showers and basketball courts are closed. The walking-jogging track is now open.
The Fitness & Recreation Center is open Monday – Friday: 6am – 8pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. The hours of operation will be reevaluated and will be expanded as we are able and permitted. There will also be no Cradles & Crayons program or Children’s After School Program.
Cloth face coverings are required in the Fitness Center at all times — even when working out.
Mainely Outdoors Program: Gear rentals will be available Mon-Thur, 11am-7pm; Fri 11am-5pm. Outdoor Adventure Trips for UMF students only will happen on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Club Sports UMF Club Sports (Men’s Rugby, Women’s Rugby, Co-ed Ultimate Disc) will not compete this Fall.
Over the summer, we held two Virtual Town Halls for students and two for employees. Click to see them.
- Recorded Town Hall Discussion for New Students – First-Year and Transfer Students
- Recorded Town Hall Discussion for Returning Students
- Recorded Town Hall Discussion for UMF Staff
- Recorded Town Hall Discussion for UMF Faculty
In addition, the University of Maine System has provided information on Employee Training (pdf).
2020-2021 Academic Calendar
We all play a role in keeping everyone safe.
The most important thing to remember is that each of us plays a vital role in our ability to minimize risk as we have returned to campus. Each day we must live our obligation to each other as members of this community. Wear a mask, wash your hands, check your symptoms and keep your distance.
We’re in this together, even at six feet apart.
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 FAQ for Vendors, Suppliers & Contractors
The University of Maine System has prepared a broad System-wide resources page and FAQ.UMaine System's Together for Maine site UMaine System's Daily COVID Updates
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: email@example.com
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.