Updated January 25, 2021

Following 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 our students and community expect from us.

Our plan is based on four principles designed to inform the greater community and shape our behavior:

  1. Commitment to the health and safety of all members of the Farmington community
  2. Stacking preventative measures to create the greatest possible protection against exposure and community spread of COVID-19
  3. Flexibility that allows us to anticipate potential future challenges and adjust quickly as circumstances change
  4. 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.

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.

In addition, 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 Spring Semester is as healthy of a campus community as possible.

Phase 5 Asymptomatic Testing

Phase 5 Testing will take place on January 27 or 28.
The following Phase 4 groups must be re-tested as part of the asymptomatic testing program:

  • All on-campus residential students
  • All commuting students who will take classes and have been out of Maine within 14 days of returning to campus
  • All student-athletes
  • 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 Phase 5 test you will NOT need to shelter in place.

Phase 6 Asymptomatic Testing

Phase 6 Testing information will be coming soon — dates and details.

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. 

Please Note:

Please note that 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

What-to-Do Flowchart for Employees

Should you find yourself ill with COVID-19 symptoms or are medically at risk, or if you are caring for immediate family who is ill / medically at risk, or you are caring for your child because their school / daycare has closed, please consult this COVID‐19 Employee Support Flow Chart (pdf) to see your work options.

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.

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

There are some Spring Semester changes to be aware of.

This year, classes for the Spring Semester begin Monday, January 25 rather than our typical Tuesday following Martin Luther King Day. There is also no week-long Spring Break. Instead, there will be a single-day break on March 24. In addition, Spring classes will end April 30 and Finals will begin May 3. Commencement is scheduled for May 8.

See the Academic & Student Housing Calendar

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)

Athletics, Sports, Fitness and Recreation

Varsity Athletics

UMF Athletics updates: the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), in which UMF competes — including Men’s and Women’s Basketball — has decided to cancel its Conference schedule and championship. UMF Athletics continues to plan for limited, in-state, non-Conference competition for Men’s and Women’s Basketball.

Regarding Snow Sports, while regional and national championships have been cancelled, UMF Athletics is proceeding with modified and flexible Winter Snow Sports competition opportunities through the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA).

In addition, UMF Athletics is moving forward with creative options for Indoor Track & Field to provide competition opportunities for student-athletes in those sports.

See the UMF Athletics site for details and updates.

UMF Fitness & Recreation Center

The Fitness & Recreation Center is open to students, staff and members of the public. It has different operating hours and new protocols.

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

The facility is Open Monday – Friday: 6am – 8pm.  Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm.

The hours of operation will be reevaluated and will be expanded as we are able and permitted.

At this time, open spaces and activities available at the Fitness & recreation Center include:

  • Strength & Cardio Equipment
  • Track (for walking only)
  • Group Fitness (see the schedule of In-person and Virtual classes)
  • One-to-One Personal Training

The pool, locker rooms & showers, and basketball courts are closed. The Cradles & Crayons program and Children’s After School Program are not running.

See the Fitness & Recreation Center site for activities and details.

Mainely Outdoors Program

Mainely Outdoors gear rentals will be available Mon-Thur, 11am – 7pm; Fri 11am – 5pm.

Outdoor Adventure Trips for UMF students are being scheduled for the Winter.

See the Mainely Outdoors site for activities and details.

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.

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 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

Contact Us

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

Additional Resources
Federal Reports

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.