UMS Forms Fall 2020 Safe Return Planning Committee

The University of Maine System has formed the Fall 2020 Safe Return Planning Committee to prepare for the safe return to campus.  The group held its first organizational meeting last week and is charged with assessing COVID-19 guidance and conditions and developing appropriate actions and protocols that can be implemented to provide for a safe return to campus as Maine begins its return to the new world we all will face in the coming weeks.  More than 40 members of the university committee from the campus incident command teams were invited to the initial discussion. 

The planning committee will be co-chaired by Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Robert Placido and Chief Facilities Management and General Services Officer Chip Gavin and will include planning leaders from the incident command teams for each campus and a representative from the University of Maine School of Law.  Committee members represent many of the academic and operational functions of the University of Maine System and experts from across the System will be asked to participate as needed to inform the planning process.

The Fall 2020 Safe Return Planning Committee will operate transparently, providing a monthly update to the University community starting in May and regular updates to the UMS President’s Council. The initial update will detail committee membership and a work plan.   

Anyone with questions or suggestions is invited to contact Chip Gavin, Chief Facilities Management and General Services Officer.