Guidance for students

Is Stodder Hall open for short-term housing? 🆕

No. The short-term housing option is not available for the fall 2020 semester. Information about spring 2021 options will be made available at a later date. Stodder Hall is open for long-term housing of graduate students and upperclass undergraduate students.

Can I defend my thesis/dissertation in person? 🆕

Graduate students may hold their defenses in person as long as the building where the defense is being held has been approved to be open to the public. Only the student and thesis committee will be permitted to attend in person, and the room where the defense will be held must accommodate the student and committee using social distancing. Face coverings must be worn.

I’m a graduate teaching assistant and I have a compromised immune system or other health issue. Do I need to teach in person? 🆕

Graduate TAs who have concerns about their teaching assignments should consult with their department chair or school director. Alternative teaching arrangements may be made for students with documented health issues.

How can I contact staff members in the Graduate School? 🆕

Beginning Aug. 3, the Graduate School will have a small number of staff in the Graduate School office in Stodder Hall. Staff can be contacted by calling the main office, 207.581.3291; As of Aug. 17, the Graduate School office will be open to the public from 9 a.m.–noon and 1–3:30 p.m.

Can I reserve meeting space in Stodder Hall? 🆕

For the fall semester, only room 57 will be made available for general university meetings pertaining to graduate studies and research and must be reserved through Patricia Perry, 581.3291). Following health and safety guidance, the maximum capacity allowed is 25 people.

Will residential and out-of-state students have to quarantine when they return to campus? 

The University of Maine requires all students living on campus and all out-of-state students living in off-campus housing to be tested for COViD-19. The COVID test is a PCR diagnostic test scheduled on the day the student arrives on campus in August. In accordance with Maine CDC guidance, all individuals receiving a PCR COVID-19 diagnostic test are required to quarantine until they receive their test results. The test results are reported to the student within 24 to 72 hours from the date of the test. Those out-of-state students who show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to their scheduled arrival date can forgo the 14-day quarantine upon arrival to the University of Maine.

When will we know residence hall room assignments? 

Room assignments are expected to be posted in mid-July.

I missed the virtual town hall for incoming students and their parents on July 1. Is a recording available? 

A recording of the virtual town hall is online, as are answers to some of the most-asked questions.

When do classes start this fall on campus? 

UMaine classes start Aug. 31. A University of Maine System news release announcing the return to campus is online.

What will the 2020–21 academic calendar look like? 

The updated 2020–21 academic calendar is online.

What are the current plans for course delivery in the fall semester? Will we have in-person classes? What is your advice to faculty planning classes and students who are wondering if they should sign off-campus housing leases now to get lower rates?

The University of Maine System has formed a Fall 2020 Safe Return Planning Committee to develop operational plans and protocols to safely welcome students, employees, and the public back to campus. Continuing to comply with state health guidance, Maine’s public universities will be ready to return to face-to-face instruction if group gatherings and interaction are permissible and advisable by the end of August.

What’s available on the Navigate app?

On the Navigate app, you can receive updates on courses, schedules and announcements from colleges. Some colleges, with permission, also are texting students with helpful reminders and links.

In addition to Summer University courses, are there any offered specifically for incoming students?

The new Summer Start classes provide 16 options to make progress on Gen Ed requirements and offer six one semester-hour courses for college success, innovation engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics to hone skills.

Has Athletics brought student-athletes back?

Following health and safety guidelines, and the NCAA’s authorized two-week Resocialization Phase, Athletics started a voluntary workout program June 18. It is only available to student-athletes who have been residing in 30 miles of Orono for the past 14 days. The workouts led by essential staff are by appointment only and held outdoors. All Athletics facilities remain closed at this time. Plans for any restart of intercollegiate athletics competition at UMaine will be announced as soon as possible.

Have the Division of Student Life offices made any changes in response to the pandemic?

Student Life offices are among those on campus that have begun to restructure work spaces, including PPE placement, to meet health and safety protocols.

Will fraternities and sororities be able to recruit members this fall?

Fraternity and Sorority Life is working with the National Panhellenic Council for safe membership recruitment plan for fall.

Where do we find UMaine diversity and inclusion resources?

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has launched a new website, bringing all three centers — Rainbow Resource Center, Multicultural Student Center and Intersectional Feminist Resource Center — under one virtual umbrella.