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A Message from Chancellor Malloy

Thanks to the hard work of successfully limiting our exposure to COVID-19 and decreasing its impact, we continue to unwind some of its restrictions allowing us to return to more normal activities. Students and employees have demonstrated a strong commitment to safety throughout the pandemic. Maine’s vaccination rates are also among the highest in the nation. Variants associated with the disease have decreased in severity. These factors helped inform the University of Maine System’s decision to lift the COVID-19 vaccination requirement effective with the May term and going forward. We strongly encourage all of our students and employees to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots when eligible because they are still an important tool for mitigating the severity of the disease.

Our Together For Maine website is developing into a comprehensive resource for health and safety. In addition to details on the updated guidance taking effect with the May 2023 term,  you can find safe travel information, communicable disease information, and links to resources such as CDC guidelines for exposure and isolation.

I thank you for the role that each of you continues to play in our success and encourage you to stay up-to-date with your vaccinations.

Dannel P. Malloy, Chancellor

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University of Maine System (UMS) COVID-19 Risk Statement: The University of Maine System continues to support safety and health in the University community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic including by encouraging employees, students, and visitors: to stay home if sick; to follow all applicable UMS and public health COVID-19 pandemic guidance and protocols; and, to stay informed about changes and updates in guidance and protocols. The University consistently takes steps in response to changing COVID-19 pandemic circumstances in an attempt to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or the spread of any other communicable illness) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. Despite these efforts, the University cannot guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves.