UMaine faculty and staff welcome back video


Joan Ferrini-Mundy:
Welcome and welcome back to the University of Maine. For several months now, we have been preparing for UMaine community members returning to campus, and our offices and facilities statewide. In this video, we provide an introduction to some of the health and safety measures that you will see when you return, all part of our focus on the well-being of our community.

We are looking forward to the next academic year.

Our safe return to campus measures adhere to the latest federal and state health protocols, and scientific guidance.

Among the changes you’ll see on campus — hundreds of additional hand sanitizer stations and hand wipe dispensers in classrooms.

Face coverings are required on campus. Community members will each receive one on return to campus.

CDC-recommended cleaning protocols address high-touch areas, including doorknobs and other surfaces.

Restrooms are cleaned and disinfected at least once a day.

Signage communicates best practices in community health and safety, and social distancing requirements.

Signs on building doors specify entrance and egress traffic patterns.

And floor signage in classrooms and common areas will help ensure social distancing.

Classroom seating is modified for proper social distancing.

Clear hygiene barriers are installed in areas where there are face-to face interactions.

Return to campus kits for university community members include hand sanitizer, a cardholder for mobile phones and a touchless door opener.

Information on all of these initiatives and more is on the UMaine Return to Campus website.

That site includes a link to the UMaine emergency operations center, where colleges and departments can request free health and safety supplies.

Also on the Return to Campus website is a list of the more than 18 planning groups working to prepare for summer and fall. Those groups include the UMS Science Advisory Board, led by some of our top faculty experts.

Black Bears Care is our social health campaign and all members of the UMaine community have a part to play.

When coming to campus and UMaine facilities and offices statewide, we all have important responsibilities. In addition to following health and safety measures, we ask that you continue to follow state and federal CDC guidance:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Maintain social distancing when possible
  • Wear a facemask when social distancing is not possible
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

Working together, this plan will help ensure the health and well-being of the entire UMaine community