Updated September 1, 2021

Safety Protocols, COVID-19 Testing

Face Coverings Required Indoors, Regardless of Vaccination Status

Face coverings are required indoors for all persons — students, staff, faculty and visitors – regardless of vaccination status when indoors at a University facility.

  • This requirement is in effect through through September 30, 2021.
  • It will be reviewed by September 30, 2021.
  • The face covering requirement may be ended or extended depending on civil guidance, the trajectory of the pandemic and public health considerations.
  • The University of Maine System carefully monitors public health guidance and data, and will update its requirements, including this face covering requirement, as warranted.

Exceptions to the University’s indoors 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 appropriate University of Maine System officials
  • In other special circumstances as may be determined by campus leadership

For now, the University of Maine System strongly recommends face coverings outdoors for all students, staff, faculty and visitors when the event or activity involves larger gatherings or crowded circumstances. This is a recommendation, not a requirement, at this time.

  • Face coverings also continue to be welcomed in other circumstances when individuals choose to wear them as a matter of personal preference
  • There may be certain exceptions related to security-sensitive circumstances or other matters when face coverings must be removed

This and all University guidance on COVID-19 is subject to change in accordance with the evolving circumstances of COVID-19.

Vaccination Required of Students for All On-Campus Activities

The University of Maine System, which includes the University of Maine at Farmington, requires COVID-19 vaccination of all students engaged in an on-campus experience this fall. It expedited the vaccine requirement amidst growing concerns about the severity and infectiousness of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

  • Students who have verified their status or got their first shot toward full immunity are eligible to participate in on-campus activities in the fall semester.
  • Students may request and receive an exemption to the vaccine requirement for a documented medical contraindication or a sincerely held religious belief. (In medicine, a “contraindication” is a condition that serves as a reason not to take a certain medical treatment due to the harm that it would cause the patient.)
  • Exempted students and those individuals who have not been fully vaccinated are required to participate in asymptomatic screening, face covering requirements and other safety practices to participate in on-campus activities.
  • Students who participate solely in remote learning are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

All members of the UMF community who are able to are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated regardless of location or instruction modality.

Fall Asymptomatic Testing

  • Students who have provided confirmation of being fully vaccinated are exempt from Fall Asymptomatic Testing.
  • Asymptomatic testing is required for students who are exempt from being vaccinated. It can also be used by any member of the UMF community.

Sign up for your weekly testing appointment using the PointnClick web portal.

Testing is conducted at 274 Front Street (the future Sweatt-Winter Childcare Center, across the street from the Roberts Learning Center).

  • Mondays 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays  8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursdays 8:00am – 5:00pm

Walk-in appointments at those times are available on those days

All members of the UMF community who are able to are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.

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

Campus Building Access and Visits

Visitors are welcome on campus. Face coverings are required inside University facilities regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are not required outdoors on campus but are strongly encouraged.

The below buildings are open with specific hours.

  • Admissions Office: Open Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Emery Community Arts Center: Open Mon – Fri, 7:00am – 7:00pm
  • Fitness & Recreation Center:  Open Mon – Thurs: 5:30am – 11pm; Fri: 5:30am – 9pm; Sat: 9am – 9pm; Sun: 9am – 11pm
  • Franklin Hall: Open Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fusion Space Building: Open Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mantor Library: Open Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 10:30pm; Sat 12:00 – 5:30pm; Sun 11:00am – 11:00pm
  • Merrill Hall: Open Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Olsen Student Center: Open Daily, 5:00am – 10:00pm

Conferences and Events

The campus is hosting events. There may still be pandemic-related requirements, so 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.

Contact the UMF Conferences & Events Office for details eleight@maine.edu

2021-2022 Academic Calendar

The 2021-2022 Academic Calendar is set and there are several dates to be aware of, such as certain holiday breaks, spring break and more.

See the Academic & Student Housing Calendar

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

Required 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.