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Policies & Regulations - Inclement Weather Policy

The policy of the University of Maine is to remain open for classes and other university functions the maximum number of scheduled days possible during the school year in order to avoid the necessity of make-up days on weekends and holidays. Therefore, as a rule the University of Maine will remain open. A serious parking emergency or a case of exceptionally serious road conditions in the Greater Bangor area will be the only reasons to delay opening for one or more hours to allow the plows to get ahead of the problem prior to the arrival of commuter students and staff, or to cancel classes.

The full inclement weather policy is online, complete with the best options for getting up-to-date information about delays and class cancellations.

For the most timely notification of weather-related class cancellations or postponements, members of the University of Maine community are strongly encouraged to sign up for text and/or email message alerts (

Notifications also are posted on the UMaine website and portal; in FirstClass folders (Announcements & Alerts; Provost/Academic Affairs and UMaine Forum); and on University of Maine Facebook and Twitter. These notification options are considered the most reliable options.

In addition, updates can be heard by calling 581.SNOW (1.800.581.SNOW outside the local area), with early morning notifications recorded by 6 a.m., and others made throughout the day. Local media also are notified of UMaine’s weather-related cancellations and delays.

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