The University's Response

Our comprehensive plan, Black Bears Care, allows for all of us to reduce the risk posed by the Coronavirus pandemic by taking certain precautions.

These documents provide more about what UMaine is doing to keep everyone safe and the expectations for every member of our community in the form of the Black Bear Pact, where we ask that you protect yourself, protect others, and protect the College of Our Hearts Always!

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Sign the Black Bear Pact today!

We are asking all our students, faculty, and staff to sign the Black Bear Pact, showing their commitment to our community.

Students should now sign the Black Bear Pact via their MaineStreet account!

Faculty and Staff please use this link to virtually sign the Black Bear Pact.

The University of Maine | Black Bear Pact



  1. Monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 personally and via the symptom monitoring app. Report to a medical professional if fever of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher, dry cough, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell
  2. Self-report by calling the university COVID-19 Hotline, 207.581.2681, if a medical professional has asked you to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 diagnosis or close contact
  3. Wash my hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  4. Get vaccinated for the flu each fall


  1. Maintain appropriate social distancing (6 feet), especially in indoor settings
  2. Stay home if feeling ill or after exposure to someone who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19
  3. Wear an appropriate face covering and other protective gear as directed by the university
  4. Be positive, sensitive and helpful to anyone around who may be troubled or struggling


  1. Keep clothing, belongings, personal spaces and shared common spaces clean
  2. Participate in testing and contact tracing to preserve the wellness of the community
  3. Carefully observe instructional signs and follow directions
  4. Minimize travel outside the local area to help prevent community transmission; university-sponsored travel is restricted

CDC Information

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide informed guidance about reducing the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a variety of posters, some of which are provided below. Feel free to post and share as appropriate.

UMaine Branded Signs

This collection provides multiple options for all offices and departments on campus to remain consistent in our messaging. It includes topics such as recommended methods to reduce risk, notices of space closures, changes to office operations, and other helpful information.

Black Bears Care Plan

Black Bears Care is the public health/social conscience plan for the University of Maine community to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The University of Maine continues to develop tools and protocols for the successful resumption of instruction and activities, working in conjunction with the University of Maine System, and state and federal offices.

During these unprecedented times, with the impact of a global pandemic, we continue to define tomorrow. 

It will require every one of us to do our part to keep our community safe as we return for a new academic year.

To view the entirety of the Black Bears Care Plan, please open the PDF below. 


For members of the UMaine community, this page, the email and a COVID-19 information line — 207.581.2681 — will be maintained with campus and UMS updates, answers to frequently asked questions, and information on resources.