Updated June 21, 2022  10:00am

Face Covering Policy

In general, face coverings are not required at UMF, they are optional – indoors and outdoors – for all persons: guests, students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Face coverings ARE required in classrooms, research spaces and instructional areas — unless the requirement is waived by a faculty member.
  • The UMaine System (which includes UMF) also requires face coverings for public events in its facilities that welcome 75 or more persons, unless proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result is required.
  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to have and to be prepared to wear, an appropriate face covering if required or requested when at UMF.
  • All UMF event organizers, including organizations who hold events at UMF, have the option to require face coverings at their event.

For additional info see the UMaine System website


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. CDC 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.


  • 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 — NEW (Updated June 21, 2022)

Summer Testing at Dearborn Gym Lobby is closed. Instead, people will self-test via Home Test Kits

Home Test Kits are located for Pick Up & Drop Off in the Olsen Student Center. Look for the table outside of the Conferences & Events Office near the sign that says, “COVID-19 Asymptomatic Home Kit Testing.”

See details on self-testing via Home Test Kits below.

  • All students who have any on campus presence, including work or classes, must test weekly, now administered via self-test Home Test Kits.
  • The tests provided are the same PCR asymptomatic test (“spit test”) we have been using since March 2021, however the process is different.
  • See Summer Testing via self-test Home Test Kits, below
  • 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.

Summer Testing at Dearborn Gym Lobby is closed. Instead, people will self-test via Home Test Kits

Home Test Kits are located for Pick Up & Drop Off in the Olsen Student Center. Look for the table outside of the Conferences & Events Office near the sign that says, “COVID-19 Asymptomatic Home Kit Testing.”

For step-by-step instructions — including how to submit your test and register for results, click the PonitNClick Home Kit Guide button below

PonitNClick Home Test Kit Guide

Pick up

  • Pick up your free Home Test Kit from the RED cooler. Please only take one test kit at a time.
  • The Home Test Kit includes pretty detailed instructions.
  • Your saliva sample should fall between 1.0 – 1.5 on the vial.
  • Reminder: DO NOT eat, drink, smoke or vape, chew or brush your teeth for at least 60 minutes prior to testing.

Activate (register) Your Home Test Kit Prior to Drop-Off

  • To Activate (register) your Home Test Kit, log in to the PoinNClick site below.
PointNClick site
  • Once there, follow the instructions on how to enter your personal info and the unique code numbers on the Home Test Kit vial containing your saliva sample.
  • Please note: The unique Test Number and Kit Number printed on each vial is tiny. You need to enter the series of letters and numbers exactly.
  • After you’ve successfully Activated (registered) yourself and your Home Test Kit vial, it’s time to drop off your test sample.

Drop Off

  • Drop off your Home Test sample vial in the BLUE cooler on Tuesdays & Thursdays at the same location in the Olsen Student Center.
  • Your test sample will be delivered to the lab if you put it in the BLUE drop off cooler by 1pm on Tuesday or Thursday.

Exceptions include:

  • Those who are “Up to Date” with their COVID-19 shot series. “Up to Date” is defined by the CDC as a person [who] has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.
  • Those 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 vaccination shot:
    • Moderna – 5 months past the second shot
    • Pfizer – 5 months past the second shot
    • J & J – 2 months past shot
  • Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days at UMF / a doctor’s office / clinic / or pharmacy.

Booster Shots


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.healthcenter@maine.edu and include a copy / screenshot of your lab results. A UMF Student Health Center staff member will contact you to discuss 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:  You will need to confirm the positive results with a test at the UMF Student Health Center (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 below on Isolation & Quarantine about what to do if you are considered 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

In general, face coverings are not required at UMF, they are optional – indoors and outdoors – for all persons: guests, students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Face coverings ARE required in classrooms, research spaces and instructional areas — unless the requirement is waived by a faculty member.
  • The UMaine System (which includes UMF) also will require face coverings for public events in its facilities that welcome 75 or more persons, unless proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result is required.
  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to have and to be prepared to wear, an appropriate face covering if required or requested when at UMF.
  • All UMF event organizers, including organizations who hold events at UMF, have the option to require face coverings at their event.

Approved Types of 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. CDC 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.

See more information here on the UMaine System website

University students who plan to study or participate in other in-person activities at any University of Maine System location (which includes the University of Maine at Farmington campus) in Summer or Fall 2022 must receive all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible, and must provide that documentation to the University System; or must obtain a University System-approved religious or medical exemption

In short, in-person students must be “Up to Date” with COVID-19 vaccinations as defined by the U.S. CDC or have a University of Maine System-approved exemption by the start of any semester for which the student will be in person at a University System location.

The University of Maine System also requires testing for COVID-19 in many circumstances. All students should monitor their University communication and come prepared to meet all COVID-19-related vaccination, testing or other requirements in place to respond to continually evolving public health needs.

More details will be added to this section in the near future.

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.

See CDC Guidance on Isolation & Quarantine

Quarantine

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

  • “Up to Date” with their COVID-19 shot series. “Up to Date” is defined by the CDC as a person [who] has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.
  • Are 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), or
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days at UMF / a doctor’s office / clinic / or pharmacy

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.

See CDC Guidance on Isolation & Quarantine

On campus students have a choice of quarantine on campus in Dakin 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 as well.

Dakin Hall release from Quarantine

If the close contact is not symptomatic after 5 days of quarantine, they will take both a rapid test and an PCR asymptomatic test in Dakin Hall on their estimated last day or quarantine. If the rapid test is negative, they may return to on campus activities. If the rapid test or PCR test is positive, they must return to quarantine.

Off Campus release from quarantine

If the close contact is not symptomatic after 5 days of quarantine, they must report to the Asymptomatic Testing Center at 274 Front Street to take both a rapid test and a PCR test.(or a test at a doctor’s office / clinic / pharmacy) the day after release. If the rapid test is negative, they may return to on campus activities. If the rapid test or PCR test is positive, they must return to quarantine.

Individuals released from quarantine must wear masks as much as possible over the next 5 days.

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

See CDC Guidance on Isolation & Quarantine

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.

Event plans will be required for the Spring 2022 semester.

All faculty, staff, and students who are planning events at UMF or for UMF at other venues need to fill out and submit an Event Plan Request Form

Food is allowed at events in designated event spaces on campus (South Dining Hall, North Dining Hall, The Landing) provided participants only remove their masks while they are eating.

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, which will be provided by Motor Pool).

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 U.S. CDC and civil authority guidance. Please see the links below for U.S. 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 (login required).

Domestic Travel Beyond 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. 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:

  1. Be “Up to Date” (defined by the CDC as 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 *  OR
  2. Be recently vaccinated (not yet eligible for a booster shot)  OR
  3. Have an approved medical or religious exemption and must test prior to and upon return from travel.

* For staff and faculty, a booster requirement is subject to labor negotiations

This requirement for domestic travel beyond Maine is effective February 2, 2022.

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 and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Consistent with UMaine System international travel policy all students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

While the CDC and U.S. 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:

  1. Be “Up to Date” (defined by the CDC as 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 *  OR
  2. Be recently vaccinated (not yet eligible for a booster shot)

* For staff and faculty, a booster requirement is subject to labor negotiations

This requirement is effective February 2, 2022.

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, Maine 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.

References:
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.

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.


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.