Welcome to Residence Life at the University of Maine!

Residence Life Move-In Information – Fall 2021

Greetings!

I hope you’ve had time and opportunity to take advantage of the warmth of summer and the loosening of restrictions related to COVID-19. Although it seems as though summer is just underway, we have been continuously planning and preparing for your return to campus in August! A few things for you to know in anticipation of your arrival on campus:

Maine Hello is happening and it’s going to be AMAZING

Traditionally, only first-year and transfer students are invited to move into their assigned spaces on the Friday of Welcome Weekend. We throw a party – tons of people gathered to help welcome students and their families to campus with all the excitement and fanfare you might expect. We’ve got hundreds of volunteers around campus to make sure that we make the biggest, best first impression possible! We encourage all students who are new to campus (first-year students, transfer students, students who learned from home last year, etc.) to be a part of Maine Hello and arrive on the 27th!

This year, unlike years past, we’re opening Maine Hello to upperclass students and families as well.  We recognize that not everyone had the campus experience they expected last year, so we’d like to start fresh and invite any residential student, regardless of class year, to arrive on Friday, August 27 between 8am-4pm and join us in celebrating being together again! We have activities planned all weekend and really look forward to the opportunity to show you what UMaine has to offer.

Students are permitted to have family/friend “helpers” assist with the move-in process, as long as all guests abide by our policies. Overnight guests are not permitted during the first two weeks of the semester, including during Welcome Weekend!

 

Move-in dates and times are flexible

While everyone in campus housing is invited to arrive on campus on Friday, August 27, we understand that this may not be feasible for all families. To accommodate this, we will be open on Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29, from 8am-11pm to check in anyone who would prefer to check-in over the weekend. There will be markedly less activity on these days, so if you’re in the market for a quieter check-in experience, consider the weekend.

Only students who are affiliated with a group that is required to be on campus early are permitted to move into their assignment prior to Friday, August 27. Examples include students who are enrolled in RLEs, the Residence Life staff, International students, pre-season athletes, members of the band, Maine Hello volunteers, and students who are participating in Options trips or other trips during the week before classes. If you have a question about whether or not you are affiliated with an approved early-arrival group, please check with your program or trip leader.

 

Let us know your plans

We’ve developed a brief survey for all residential students to complete prior to arrival so that we can staff accordingly. Please fill this survey out as soon as possible (and a huge thank you to those of you who’ve already done so!).

 

If you haven’t been vaccinated, there is still time!

UMaine is not currently mandating that students get the COVID-19 vaccine, however, those who are fully vaccinated (and have appropriately uploaded their vaccine information here) are exempt from arrival testing and quarantine, and (as of July 26, 2021) are able to move about campus freely without wearing a face-covering. The absolute best thing you can do to prepare for your arrival to campus is to get vaccinated!

 

Talk to your roommate

Your roommate information is located in your MyHousing account. If you haven’t yet reached out to your roommate to discuss your arrival, please do so soon! There is a lot to discuss – who’s bringing what, when you plan on arriving, what you’re looking forward to and nervous about, etc.

 

We will be in touch – soon!

We are still working on many of the details and logistics pertaining to move-in and arrival testing. Please continue to check your @maine.edu email account regularly for our latest communications. Additionally, keep an eye on the UMaine Return site for up-to-the-minute COVID-19 health and safety guidance.

What a privilege it is to be on the precipice of togetherness once again. We truly look forward to meeting and seeing all of you – in person! If you have questions, concerns, or want to speak with someone from Residence Life, please contact us at um.reslife@maine.edu or by calling 207.581.1406.

Now, get out there and enjoy the rest of this summer! We’ll be here, waiting 🙂

 

Sincerely,

Andi Bowen, Director of Residence Life

 

 

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 temperature 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.