Updated January 13, 2022

  • If you have questions about UMF’s COVID-19-related policies and updates, please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu
  • For System-wide information and updates, visit the comprehensive UMaine System Together for Maine website

Weekly Asymptomatic Testing

  • All students who have any on-campus presence, including work or classes, must test weekly at 274 Front Street.
  • Students, faculty and staff with COVID-19 vaccine exemptions who have any on campus work or classes must test weekly.
  • Faculty and staff are highly encouraged to test weekly.

Exceptions

  • Folks who are at least two weeks past a booster shot.
  • Folks who are are “recently vaccinated,” i.e. not yet eligible to get a booster shot based on the length of time since their last COVID-19 vaccination shot: Moderna 5 months past the second shot, Pfizer 5 months past the second shot, J&J 2 months past shot.
  • Folks who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days at UMF / a doctor’s office / clinic / or pharmacy. Rapid home tests are not valid for this purpose.

Testing Hours

January 10 – 28

  • Monday  8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday  8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday  8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday  8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday  8:00am – 1:00pm

Testing hours — starting January 31

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

Booster Shots

  • Booster shots are strongly recommended. UMF community members who are two weeks past their booster shots do not need to test weekly or quarantine if they are determined to be close contacts.
  • Booster shot information should be uploaded to the University COVID-19 portal (Note: You’ll need to login to access it)

What if … Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What if you are experiencing COVID-related symptoms?

A:  If you are a student, please self-quarantine and contact the UMF Student Health Center umf.healthcenter@maine.edu for direction and next steps. If you are a faculty or staff member, please be in touch with your medical care provider.

Q:  What if you test positive at Asymptomatic Testing or at Student Health?

A:  A member of the UMF COVID team will call you to talk about your isolation, contact tracing, and next steps.

Q:  What if you test positive off campus?

A:  Please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu and include your lab results if possible. A member of the UMF COVID team will call you to talk about your isolation, contact tracing, and next steps.

Q:  What if UMF determines you are a close contact requiring quarantine?

A:  A member of the UMF COVID team will call you to talk about your quarantine and testing.

Q:  What if you are determined to be a close contact by an off campus care provider?

A:  Please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu  A member of the UMF COVID team will call you to talk about whether you need to quarantine and testing options.

Q:  What if you test positive via a rapid test at home?

A:  A you will need to confirm the positive results with a test at Student Health (if you are a student), or a test given by a pharmacy / clinic / doctor. Test results must include the name of the testing location, name of student, type of test, date test taken, date of results, and results.

Q:  What if your roommate / housemate tests positive?

A:  You are considered a close contact and may need to quarantine. Please see the section on quarantining below information about what to do as a close contact. If you have any questions, please contact umf.safereturn@maine.edu

Q:  What if a roommate / housemate has to quarantine because they are a close contact?

A:  A you do not need to do anything except to support them in quarantine.


Additional Information – by topic

Isolation

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate. Isolation generally lasts five days from the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive test (whichever comes first). If the positive case is not symptomatic, and has remained fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine, they will be released after five days (for students, at the direction of UMF Student Health), and must wear a mask for another five days.

Isolation means you are able to separate from your roommates / housemates in your own room and bathroom and common living areas. On-campus students have a choice of isolation on campus in Dakin Hall or in off campus locations. Off-campus students who are unable to isolate off campus should let the contact tracer know; we may be able to house off campus students in Dakin Hall.

Students who are subject to isolation and quarantine policies at workplaces or other educational sites must adhere to the stricter policy when policies differ.

The CDC revised the guidance and changed the isolation period from 10 to 5 days after reviewing more than 100 studies that showed that most viral transmission occurs early on with a person’s infectiousness peaking around one day before they experience their first symptoms and declining within several days.

More information on CDC guidance

Quarantine

Students who are determined by UMF to be close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must quarantine, unless they are:

  • Two weeks past a booster shot, or are not yet eligible to get a booster shot based on the length of time since their last COVID vaccination shot.
  • This means: for Moderna: 5 months past the second shot, Pfizer: 5 months past the second shot, J&J: 2 months past shot.
  • Or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days at UMF / a doctor’s office / clinic / or pharmacy. Rapid home tests are not valid for this purpose.

“Quarantine” means you must separate from your roommates / housemates in your own room and bathroom. Quarantine generally lasts five days from the date of last contact with the positive individual. If the close contact is not symptomatic after 5 days of quarantine, they are released from quarantine and must take an asymptomatic test at the UMF Testing Center (or a test at a doctor’s office / clinic / pharmacy) the day after release and wear as mask as much as possible over the next 5 days.

On-campus students have a choice of quarantine on campus in Dakin Hall or in off campus locations. Off-campus students who are unable to quarantine off campus should let the contact tracer know; we may be able to house off campus students in Dakin Hall.

Students who are subject to isolation and quarantine policies at workplaces or other educational sites must adhere to the stricter policy when policies differ.

More information on CDC guidance

Time in Dakin – what to expect

Students who isolate or quarantine in Dakin Hall are assigned a single room, a bathroom sink and a toilet. No matter what meal plan students have, meals are delivered to rooms three times a day during the week and twice on the weekends.

The indoor face covering requirement has been extended until March 20, 2022. Emerging research indicates that standard cloth face coverings are significantly less effective at preventing the spread of the Omicron variant. We strongly suggest wearing a medical grade mask, two cloth face coverings, a combo of a medical mask and a cloth face covering, and if possible, a KN95 or N95 mask. Level three face coverings (surgical three-ply face coverings) may be required in certain circumstances.

University of Maine System Face Covering Guidance

Required:
Face coverings are required indoors for all persons – students, staff, faculty and visitors – regardless of vaccination status when indoors at a University facility. The goal of this requirement and guidance is to minimize the amount of time a person without a face covering indoors in shared space with others. This requirement has been extended to be effective through March 20, 2022.

  • This requirement may be ended or further 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
  • This indoors face covering requirement will be reviewed by March 20, 2022. Continuation or easing of this protocol are both possible depending on circumstances

Further information:
The University of Maine System at this time also 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.

Many public health officials also support certain kinds of double masking or the use of a surgical face covering or devices such as a KN95 in addition to or in place of a cloth face covering and these practices are welcome at the University in accordance with public health guidance. The University’s minimum requirement remains a multi-layer cloth face covering as described below.

Exceptions to the indoor requirement:

  • 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

Eating and drinking adjustments:

For the month of January 2022, the eating and drinking exception is being adjusted as follows to further minimize unmasked time indoors:

  • Food or drink is not allowed at meetings, events and other gatherings which are attended primarily by employees or employees and guests
  • Any eating in shared space should be minimized to the extent feasible by all members of the University community
  • Whether you are a student, staff, faculty or other member of the University community, if using a shared eating space, please do not linger and practice physical distancing when feasible
  • Students and Student Life leaders are asked to adopt practices, if food or drink is served at a student gathering, to nevertheless maximize the time face coverings are worn
  • Food and beverage concessions are not allowed at ticketed or other organized University events which are open to the public from Jan. 14 through Jan 31, 2022
  • Students and employees are asked to familiarize themselves with the grab-and-go dining options available to them and to make use of those options, especially during the month of January

University of Maine System students and employees should also refer to the related guidance in the “For Students” or “For Employees” sections of the UMaine System Together for Maine website

Face coverings

When face coverings are required to be worn, they are to be the type commonly recommended by public health officials such as the U.S. or Maine CDC.

We strongly suggest wearing a medical grade mask, two cloth face coverings, a combo of a medical mask and a cloth face covering, and if possible, a KN95 or N95 mask. Level three face coverings (surgical three-ply face coverings) may be required in certain circumstances.

These are generally made of multiple layers of cloth or applicable disposable materials, which cover the nose, mouth and chin and are secured either with ear loops or with ties behind the head.

The University asks everyone to aim for not mere technical compliance with the face covering requirement but rather to meet the spirit and intention of the face covering requirement when wearing your own face covering.

The University’s standard detailed cleaning protocols are to combat and kill all viruses and bacteria on surfaces such as, but not limited to, H1N1, HIV, Swine Flu, SARS, MRSA and COVID-19.

Custodial Services will continue to perform expanded disinfection operations to include:

  • Touch point disinfection of campus at least every 2 hours
  • Wide area cleaning and disinfection of classrooms nightly
  • Disinfection of high traffic restrooms at least 3 times per day

How will faculty and staff offices be cleaned?
Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important aspect of reopening our campus. Employees should regularly wipe down their personal work areas and frequently touched objects (i.e., workstations / desks, keyboards and telephones). Units can obtain supplies through their department director or chair through the Facilities Management Work Order Request system.

  • At this time, COVID-19 essential supplies will be distributed to departments and colleges at no charge as long as Facilities Management has supplies available
  • These items are for employees while they are working on campus
  • Orders should not be placed by individuals for supplies only needed for their personal use
  • Please request reasonable quantities. Ordering a stockpile will affect others from obtaining items that are already in short supply. Procurement plans to keep these items in stock to support campus into fall 2022, so additional orders can be placed in the future when more supplies are needed.

It is important to understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning removes germs and dust by using detergents or soap and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects by using chemicals, and also lowers the risk of spreading infection.

Faculty, staff, and students who are using their own vehicles while on university business (if there are two or more folks in the vehicle) or in UMF motor pool vehicles are required to use a level three face covering (surgical three-ply face coverings).

Domestic Travel Within Maine

University travelers are required to follow U.S. CDC and Maine civil authority COVID-19 guidance regarding the particular travel in which they are engaging. There are no other special COVID-19 related provisions or restrictions in place with regard to domestic travel within the State of Maine beyond a requirement to follow US CDC and Maine civil authority guidance. Please see the links below for CDC and civil authority information.

University travel should always be approved in advance, bookings made (transportation, accommodations, etc.) and expenses claimed using the Concur travel system. Employees seeking further information about travel approval requirements and tools should check the myCampus Portal (External Site) (login required).

Domestic Travel Beyond Maine

University travelers are required to follow US CDC and Maine civil authority COVID-19 guidance regarding the particular travel in which they are engaging. Please see the links below for CDC and civil authority information.

Students, staff, or faculty traveling domestically beyond Maine also are required prior to travel to be fully-vaccinated and, if eligible for the booster, to be fully boosted, and to have submitted proof of a COVID-19 booster shot via the University COVID-19 portal. This requirement to be fully-boosted for domestic travel beyond Maine is effective February 1, 2022.* 

*For staff and faculty, this is subject to labor negotiations

This requirement pertains to university travel. This includes travel that uses University funds, including activity fees; for which academic credit is awarded; for University athletic purposes; or travel which is subject to the University’s insurance coverage. Any one of those criteria means the travel is University travel.

University travel should always be approved in advance, bookings made to the maximum extent (transportation, accommodations, etc.) are needed, and expenses claimed using the Concur travel system. Employees seeking further information about travel approval requirements and tools should check the myCampus portal (login required).

Travel Abroad – Students and Employees

The University currently continues to permit international travel to category 1 and 2 countries, including currently for Spring 2022 and beyond. Travel to category 3 and 4 countries remains prohibited, but the University may consider case-by-case exception requests for U.S. Department of State level 3 countries. There will continue to be additional limitations on international travel based on the risk assessments of the United States Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Consistent with UMS international travel policy all students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

While the CDC and Department of State are actively evaluating risks and adjusting travel advisories, the United States and foreign governments may still implement restrictions with little notice, even in destinations that were previously a low risk.

Students, staff, or faculty traveling internationally also are required prior to travel to be fully-vaccinated and, if eligible for the booster, to be fully boosted, and to have submitted proof of a COVID-19 booster shot via the University COVID-19 portal. This requirement to be fully boosted for international travel is effective February 1, 2022.*

*For staff and faculty, this is subject to labor negotiations

This requirement pertains to university travel. This includes but may not be limited to travel that uses University funds, including activity fees; for which academic credit is awarded; for University athletic purposes; or travel which is subject to the University’s insurance coverage. Any one of those criteria means the travel is University travel.

Visiting professors and/or guest speakers entering the United States from an international location for university-sponsored business must meet all CDC, Civil Authority and University regulations prior to coming on campus. The Provost or relevant vice chancellor must approve these visitors in advance. Risk Management is available for consultation if needed.

Reference:
CDC – COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country
U.S. Department of State – Travel Advisories

Study Abroad Programs

Outbound study abroad programming involving Category 1 and 2 countries are permitted in keeping with the requirements above, including currently for spring 2022 and beyond. Requests to travel to Category 3 should be submitted to the student’s campus study abroad office. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis which includes a thorough risk assessment. Under certain circumstances, approval may be granted for programs in countries with a U.S. Department of State or CDC Travel Advisory of Level 3. This exception process will begin with the campus study abroad office.

Faculty-Led Travel Programs

For questions about faculty-led programs, students and faculty should contact the UMF Office of Experiential & Global Education: umfglobaled@maine.edu

The University will continue to allow visiting J-1 students to enroll and attend in person in the Spring 2022 semester following guidelines set by the CDC and U.S. Department of State regarding incoming visitors to the United States.


Contact Us

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


UMF Required Coronavirus Federal Reports UMaine System Together for Maine site

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.