Financial and regulatory package supported by Maine’s Congressional Delegation provides some initial relief for students and employees at Maine’s universities and colleges
ORONO – University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy issued the following statement of support upon enactment by Congress of a $2.2T COVID-19 response package:
“On behalf of our 26,655 students and nearly 4,700 employees, I commend Congress for reaching a bipartisan compromise on a coronavirus response package that begins to address the still immeasurable costs of this global pandemic and for including our nation’s universities and colleges in this down payment on fiscal recovery,” said Chancellor Malloy.
“The University of Maine System’s early action to move our students and employees off-campus and transition to remote work and instruction was the right decision to protect their health and safety and blunt the spread of the disease in Maine. But it came at great cost and disruption to our universities, faculty, staff, and students. The direct institutional and student aid included in this bill is welcome short-term relief as we work to understand the even greater long-term costs of the pandemic.
“While the times are difficult, we are grateful for the responsiveness and leadership of Maine’s Congressional delegation and look forward to continued collaboration with them and the Mills Administration to secure further federal resources to support our campuses and the businesses and communities dependent on their success.”