Face Coverings

In instructional settings, including classrooms, labs, studios, etc., face coverings are required unless waived by the instructor. Face coverings also are required in individual office spaces on campus and in UMS facilities statewide, unless waived by the primary occupant or meeting host. Additional face covering guidance is on the Community Guidance For Everyone section of this website.

COVID-19 2022 – 2023 Vaccination Requirements

This section describes the University of Maine System’s (UMS) the 2022 – 2023 academic year COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students. These requirements may be revised as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves or as public health best practices change or emerge, and are based on current federal and state laws.

Students:

University students who plan to participate in any on-campus or University System-sponsored experience must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined below in this guidance, or obtain a University System-approved exemption.  Booster shots are strongly encouraged for all students as a way to prevent severe cases of COVID-19.

Employees:

Being fully-vaccinated and providing that information to the University currently exempts asymptomatic employees from COVID-19 testing requirements, should testing be required in the future.

Booster shots are strongly encouraged for all employees as a way to prevent severe COVID-19 cases or illness.

How to Submit Proof of Vaccination or Request an Exemption:

Students are required to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations or request an exemption by March 1, 2023, for the Spring semester.

New Students:

Complete your ‘COVID Vaccine/Exemption Docs’ found on the Student Center main page under ‘To Do List’.  For assistance or questions, please contact your academic advisor.

Returning Students & Employees:

To upload proof of your vaccination series or submit an exemption request, please refer to the UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site).

Important:

  • We recommend that students, faculty, and staff receive COVID-19 booster doses.
  • All students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to upload all COVID-19 vaccination doses, including boosters, in case the University System shifts to requiring boosters in response to the evolving pandemic.
  • Student participation in certain programs may require COVID-19 boosters. Program leaders will communicate these requirements to students.
  • Employees in a higher risk category, or with severe illness or underlying health conditions or other applicable circumstances that may impact their ability to comply with COVID-19 requirements may contact the University of Maine System Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator at 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754; 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System); or adacoordinator@maine.edu.
  • Follow CDC quarantine and isolation recommendations. Reference:CDC Quarantine Guidelines (External Site)

Definitions:

Fully Vaccinated:

  1. This is defined as completing the primary vaccine series doses in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or completing a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

The University will accept vaccines that are fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or approved under the FDA emergency use authorization, or approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Medical Exemption:

Fill out the downloadable UMS form provided in the UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site), including a signature from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in the provider’s professional judgment, immunization may be medically inadvisable.

Religious Exemption:

Fill out the downloadable UMS form provided in the UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site), including a physical signature from the student, or guardian if the student is a minor, that the student’s sincerely held religious beliefs are contrary to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Remote Learning Only Exemption:

Fill out the downloadable UMS form provided in the UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site), including a physical signature from the student or guardian, indicating that the student will only enroll in remote learning courses that involve no participation in an on-campus experience at any University location. Because not all courses are available in an online modality, students who choose this option understand, agree and accept that this may limit their educational options and that, depending on degree program or course of study, it may not be possible to complete a course of study through remote learning only. This form must be completed with each applicable semester.

(Employees) Outdoor Work and Remote Work Exemption:

Fill out the downloadable UMS form provided in the UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site), including a physical signature from the employee, indicating that the employee is working remotely or primarily outdoors.

Student Compliance:

  • Students participating in any on-campus or University sponsored in-person experience will be required to verify their ongoing compliance with the UMS COVID-19 vaccination protocols through the designated University platform; UMS COVID-19 Portal (External Site).
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated or who do not have an approved exemption will not be allowed to continue to participate in on-campus experiences, may have registration holds placed on their accounts until they are in compliance, and may be administratively withdrawn from their in-person classes at the end of any applicable add-drop period.
  • Student Conduct Code violations should be addressed consistent with the current Code. In general, refusal to engage in COVID-19 vaccination protocols, or other requirements may be resolved through a transition to remote learning and absence from campus without the need to resort to the Code. However, certain extenuating circumstances may require a case-by-case approach. The Office of General Counsel and each campus’ Office of Student Affairs are available to assist with such case-by-case review. Anyone who is concerned about a violation of the pandemic protocol requirements may report that concern by calling 207-581-2681 or emailing alerts@maine.edu.
  • Students in a higher risk category, or with severe illness or underlying health conditions or other applicable circumstances who may need disability accommodations in connection with this protocol should contact the disability or accessibility services office on their campus.

Employee Compliance:

Employee compliance, should testing be required in the future, will be addressed by Human Resources, management, or other appropriate University personnel.

Public safety protocols, in addition to those listed above, may be implemented by the University at any time, as appropriate to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, public health best practices, civil authority and law.

Where can I get a covid-19 vaccine or booster?

You can locate vaccine sites near you in a variety of ways:

  • Access gov (External Site). You will need your 5-digit zip code to search.
  • Text your zip code to 438829.
  • Call 1-800-232-0233
  • Look up sites in Maine – Maine Vaccine Site Search (External Site)
  • Contact your healthcare provider
  • Each University/Law School of the University of Maine System also has, is or will be offering vaccination or booster clinics or otherwise facilitating access to the vaccines and boosters. Please check with your campus for specific information.

Quarantine, Isolation and Support Services

For a current summary of exposure and isolation requirements, please refer to the CDC Isolation Protocols (External Site) and CDC Exposure Guidelines (External Site).

The University strongly encourages students to receive all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses when eligible to prevent the severity of the disease.

Prepare Ahead:

To determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19, please refer to the CDC’s ‘Isolation and Exposure Calculator’ found on the CDC Isolation Protocols (External Site).

Students need to be prepared independently to know and follow public health guidance as it applies to their own situation; to alert their own close contacts in the event the University cannot or does not do so; and, to have a plan ready in advance to quarantine or isolate in non-university locations, as many already do, if the University is unable to accommodate their need.

Last Reviewed: December 2022