The University of Maine System negotiated employee vaccination protocols with its bargaining units in the early weeks of the fall semester. These protocols remain in effect notwithstanding legal challenges to federal guidelines related to employees of federal contractors. UMS has been working throughout the fall semester to come into compliance with the vaccine mandate for federal contractor employees and will monitor legal developments surrounding the policy closely.
More than 5,500 UMS employees have verified their vaccination status through the university portal and 95% of full-time faculty and staff are vaccinated. All UMS students at all seven universities are fully in compliance with the vaccination and testing requirements this semester.
“Every single student at all of our universities is in compliance with our vaccination and testing policies this fall,” said Chancellor Dannel Malloy. “We have agreements in place that set the same expectation for our faculty and staff despite the legal challenges to the federal contractor employee mandate. Whether it is required or not, everyone should be vaccinated against COVID-19 and get a booster now that it is widely available.”
About the University of Maine System
Established in 1968, the University of Maine System (UMS) unites seven distinctive public universities, comprising 10 campuses and numerous centers, in the common purpose of providing quality higher education while delivering on its traditional tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service.
In 2020 UMS became the first and only statewide enterprise of public higher education in the country to transition to a unified accreditation for the system. Much different than a merger or consolidation, unified accreditation is a new operating model for the University of Maine System that removes the primary barrier to inter-institutional collaboration.
A comprehensive public institution of higher education, UMS serves more than 30,000 students annually and is supported by the efforts of more than 2,000 full-time and part-time faculty, more than 3,000 regular full-time and part-time staff, and a complement of part-time temporary (adjunct) faculty.
Reaching more than 500,000 people annually through educational and cultural offerings, the University of Maine System also benefits from more than two-thirds of its alumni population residing within the state; more than 123,000 individuals.
The System consists of seven main campuses: The University of Maine (UMaine), including its regional campus the University of Maine at Machias (UMM); the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA); the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF); the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI); and the University of Southern Maine (USM). The System also includes a UMA campus in Bangor, USM campuses in Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn, the University of Maine School of Law, and the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center.