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Frequently Asked Questions: Prospective Students

As you browse the information below, please note that the information on this page is subject to change. In the coming weeks, prior to the fall semester start, we will be continuing to develop the most appropriate guidelines across a range of services and student needs. 

If you don't see an answer to your question about our Fall 2020 plan to return to campus, please contact Alexander Porteous, USM’s Chief Operating Officer and COVID-19 Ombudsperson.


This FAQ page is tailored to the questions of our prospective students.


 

Return to Campus

Updated Aug. 27, 2020

Campus Study Spaces, Zoom Lounges and Outdoor Tent Areas Announced

For fall 2020, USM has reimagined and designated several spaces on all three campuses for group study, individual quiet study, and Zoom/online course use.

Designated Zoom Lounges 
USM's "Zoom lounges" offer students physical spaces for participating in live Zoom courses and other Zoom-based learning activities. The spaces are socially distanced with internet access, and will require the use of masks. If needing information on how to use Zoom, check out USM's Learning With Zoom YouTube playlist.

USM has ordered a large supply of earbuds for use in these spaces, which students can then keep for ongoing use on and off campus. NOTE: there will not be computers provided in these spaces. Computer labs will still be open for use, but students should be mindful of others' quiet academic time-on-task in computer labs.

The following is a list of Zoom lounges, with the most up-to-date information to be listed on the Dean of Students website.

Portland Campus

  • 44 Payson Smith - Capacity 12
  • 241 Luther Bonney - Capacity 15
  • 213 Abromson - Capacity 14
  • 133 Wishcamper - Capacity 13
  • 205 Wishcamper - Capacity 12
  • Woodbury Campus Center - Common Areas and Husky Lounge (formerly the University Store)

Gorham Campus

  • 113 Bailey - Capacity 16
  • 207 Bailey - Capacity 9
  • 312 Bailey - Capacity 17
  • 403 Bailey - Capacity 12
  • Ice Arena Lobby Area

Lewiston-Auburn Campus

  • 147A LAC Library should be used first during library hours
  • 103
  • 104
  • 212

Outdoor Tents
To offer additional study and socially-distanced gathering spaces, there are three tents on the Gorham campus and another on the Portland campus with individual tables and chairs. Please note the tents do not currently have reliable internet access or power, but likely will later in September.

Other Study Spaces
Here are some additional notes regarding spaces in USM's Libraries:

  • Group study spaces: The group study rooms will not be open for use because of social distancing restrictions. The Library team has created group study areas on the second and third floors of the Glickman Library, and on the first floor of the Gorham Library in proximity to whiteboards.

  • Quiet study spaces: There are several designated quiet spaces in all three library locations, including the Great Reading Room on the seventh floor of the Glickman Library and the second floor of the Gorham Library. Individual study carrels and many other seating options can be used for individual quiet study.

For tips and strategies on how to maximize your study time in these spaces, or to connect with academic support resources, visit USM's Academic Support Resources Overview page, which includes videos on Brightspace, Zoom, the Google Suite, and being a successful learner.


Fall Calendar Change

  • This year, Tuesday, October 13 — the day immediately following the Indigenous Peoples' Day holiday — will be a University Convocation Day. The University of Maine System recently designated Oct. 13 as an instructional day rather than a break, which gives us the opportunity to engage the entire USM community — students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends — in a rich program of activities and events on a theme of importance to the institution. Since October 13 is now an instructional day, faculty must hold classes but may include Convocation Day events in their syllabi and offer students the opportunity to participate in the day’s events in lieu of attending the scheduled class meeting. We look forward to working with a group of faculty, staff, and students to plan this special day, and we will share more information when the program is formalized.

Internships

Can I complete a remote/virtual internship for academic credit?

  • Yes. Many employers have shifted to doing much of their work remotely for the time being, and that extends to their interns. Students interested in an internship that is being offered virtually will go through the same process of obtaining approval from a Faculty Sponsor, creating a Learning Contract, etc. that they would for any other internship. Due to current circumstances, we expect remote internships to be common for the foreseeable future. As long as the content of the intern's work is meaningful and deemed worthy of academic credit by an appropriate faculty member, a remote internship will be considered for academic credit just the same as an on-site internship would be. Internship opportunities posted in USM Job & Internship Board will often note whether or not the work can or will be done remotely. 


Lab Courses

Will lab courses still be offered?

  • Yes, by mid-March 2020, USM faculty were actively seeking ways to meet course learning objectives for fall 2020 courses that might have a reduced in-person presence. There has been a near-universal reaction on the part of laboratory material providers in the corporate world, lab manual publishers, faculty, content area professionals, and faculty to collaborate on strategies for effective teaching and learning.
  • Among the strategies are: greater design of at-home learning experiences, "front-loading" in-person laboratory experiences at the start of the semester in anticipation of subsequent reduced in-campus experiences, greater use of pedagogical science in assessing learning objectives, and strategic scheduling of courses themselves, and individual learning experiences.

Who will be responsible for cleaning labs between classes (instructor, students, custodians)?

  • We will determine the best course of action prior to the fall semester start.

If we divide lab sections into smaller units, how do we keep students from congregating outside the rooms?

  • We will determine the best course of action prior to the fall semester start.

Will students need to wear lab coats or aprons in lab?

  • We will determine the best course of action prior to the fall semester start.

How, and how often, will labs be cleaned between classes (including benchtops, microscopes, and other equipment)?

  • We will determine the best course of action prior to the fall semester start.


MAT Courses

Will my MAT course be self-paced?

  • No. Each MAT course will have regular assignments with deadlines throughout the semester

Will my MAT 100, 105, 108, 120 courses have proctored exams?

  • Yes. Each section will have at least 30% of the grade determined by proctored exams.

How will my MAT exams be proctored?

  • While each section will have proctored exams, the format may differ. Some students will take their exams during their on-campus sessions, while others might take them at an approved testing site or online using a proctoring tool.

Will my MAT course have specific times when I need to be available? 

  • It depends on your section. Check MaineStreet and be sure to look at the notes for the specific section of the course in which you plan to enroll.


School of Nursing

Will nursing student clinicals be offered face-to-face?

  • Hospitals are accepting requests for the fall semester.

Will nursing students be required to wear PPE during health-based labs?

  • Yes

Will there be additional time between lab sessions to allow for cleaning, disinfection, and resetting labs?

  • Yes

How will nursing students be screened when attending labs?

  • Nursing students will be screened according to CDC Protocols.

Will nursing students be able to continue attending clinicals and practicum (assuming locations still accept students) even if the university moves courses fully online at some point in the semester?

  • Yes

Will nursing be able to offer our usual winter term Mental Health Clinical sections (assuming locations still accept students)?

  • Yes

If nursing students' clinical is suspended due to COVID-19, will they still graduate on time?

  • Loss of face-to-face clinical time may delay graduation. No more than 50% of clinical can be delivered via simulation-based upon Board of Nursing regulations.

Will nursing students be able to continue living on campus in order to complete clinicals and practicum even if the university moves courses fully online at some point in the semester?

  • We will determine the best course of action prior to the fall semester start.

Will the nursing simulation labs be open when we return?

  • We will determine the best course of action prior to the fall semester start.


Additional Questions

In the coming weeks, prior to the fall semester start, we will be continuing to develop the most appropriate guidelines across a range of services and student needs. The information below will be updated as soon as we determine the best course of action.

  • What happens if I miss classes due to illness or Quarantine?
  • Will there be a pass-fail option as was offered in Spring 2020?
  • How will faculty be able to supervise/proctor exams to ensure their integrity?
  • What is the protocol for faculty and students who may become ill during the Fall semester?
  • Will faculty and students be tested for COVID-19? If so, how often?
  • If we have a course suitable for face-to-face instruction, do we need to change classrooms?
  • Will people have their temperature checked before entering buildings on the USM campuses?
  • Will faculty be allowed to hold office hours remotely by Zoom next semester?
  • Can I meet with someone in my departmental major office in July or August?
  • Is there a date for university offices to be open in-person?
  • When will students be notified that some classes are moving to on-line?
  • When will the Planetarium open?
  • As a student, how do I fill out a mask-wearing exemption? Will I be permitted on campus if I don’t wear a mask?
  • Will I be able to access computer labs and what will be the hours of operation?

Updated July 1, 2020

What will dining look like on campus this fall?

  • Dining will look very similar to how it has in the past but will be set up initially with many prepackaged items and limited seating capacities in the dining locations. Guests will be encouraged to take their food back to their room with them or order ahead for pick up as much as possible in order to keep a limited number of guests in the dining room at any given time.

What type of procedures will dining have in place to keep me safe?

  • All dining locations will have enhanced cleaning techniques in place in our facilities, guests will be required to wear face coverings, social distancing will be in place, foot traffic patterns will be clearly identified and there will be barriers in place to separate employees from guests during their dining experience.

Will there still be options for students with allergies or special dining accommodations?

  • Simple Servings and MyZone, the core of our allergy-free dining stations, will still very much be offered this fall and going forward.  Every station is also designed to allow guests to customize their dishes to eliminate ingredients that do not work for their dietary situation. We encourage all guests with any special dietary considerations to reach out to our Campus Dietitian, Chelsea Champagne.

With reduced seating in the dining hall, will there be take-out / delivery options?

  • Take out will be encouraged in all dining locations when we first open. You can also place orders in advance through our Bite+ App which is available on all mobile devices. Delivery will be available from the Husky Hideaway on the Gorham Campus and Woodbury Campus Center on the Portland Campus to all offices, residence halls, and classroom buildings.

Will I be allowed to sit with my friends in the dining hall?

  • For the safety of our guests, we will be implementing social distancing procedures in the dining hall when students first return in the fall. This will include reduced seating capacity following the six-foot rule. Due to the limited seating capacity, we encourage guests to take their food back to their room with them or order in advance to avoid having to come into the dining hall at all.

Will there be screening methods in place for dining employees?

  • All dining employees will have enhanced screening methods in place to ensure the safety of our employees and guests. Temperatures will be taken daily upon arrival — screening will be completed prior to starting their shifts and social distancing methods will be in place in the food preparation and serving areas. All employees will be required to wear face coverings while clocked in.

Will the meal plans change based on the new dining regulations around COVID-19?

  • Dining Services has put many safety features into our dining locations in order to allow students to maximize the use of their full dining plans. Our current meal plan selections can be found on the Sodexo website.

What if I have a question related to a special dining accommodation, who can I contact?

  • Any questions around special dining accommodations can be directed to our Campus Dietitian, Chelsea Champagne: chelsea.champagne@sodexo.com

Will I be required to wear a face-covering in the dining locations on campus?

  • All guests will be required to wear a face-covering when entering or exiting our dining facilities. If you choose to dine in our limited seating, you will be able to take your face covering off when you sit down to dine at your table.

I'm worried about having to pass my payment back and forth to the cashier, will there be a way to do this virtually?

  • All guests will be able to use our new tap and go technology for meal plan and credit card payments in the dining facilities. Guests can also pay in advance through our new Bite+ App, which can be downloaded on all devices.

Will I still be allowed to change my meal plan once I get to campus and determine my new normal around dining?

  • All guests will be given the option to change their meal plan each semester for the first two weeks of the semester. Meal plans can be changed as often as they need to during that time period.

Visit the Dining Services site

Updated July 24, 2020

A July 24 Email Update to the USM Community from COO and CBO Alec Porteous

Dear USM Community Members,

During last week's Town Hall meeting, John Souther, USM's Executive Director of Facilities Management, and I had the opportunity to discuss measures that the University will be taking to ensure that our campuses are clean and sanitary this fall for students, staff and faculty members. Since not everyone was able to attend the Town Hall, I wanted to provide a summary of our approach here and to provide my contact information should you have any questions or input on the planned additional cleaning, sanitizing and health safety measures.

Classrooms 
Turning first to the classroom experience, the Facilities Management Team is working closely with the Provost and Registrar's Offices to ensure that furniture in classrooms and other teaching spaces (i.e., larger spaces converted for fall academic instruction) are appropriately arranged for social distancing. Additionally, each classroom will be equipped with hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and disposable face coverings as well as plexiglass barriers that faculty members may request to teach behind. The Custodial team will be cleaning classrooms and teaching spaces at least once per day with an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant.

Classroom Buildings 
Regarding classroom buildings, Facilities Management will be installing ample signage indicating maximum occupancy for classrooms, meeting spaces, study lounges and elevators. Floor decals will indicate directional flow for hallway foot-traffic; and, wherever possible, buildings will have separate entrances and exits. Restrooms will be cleaned at least twice per day, with the Custodial team cleaning high-usage restrooms on a more frequent basis.

Residence Halls
Residence halls, likewise, will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis with a particular emphasis on cleaning and sanitizing restrooms and high-frequency touch areas, such as doorknobs, railings and the like. While students will be expected to maintain the cleanliness and sanitation of their individual rooms, the Custodial team will ensure that sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer are also available in common areas.

Campus Buildings
Campus buildings containing faculty and staff offices will be cleaned on a frequent basis. Shared spaces, such as lounges, will be cleaned daily, and faculty and staff offices will be cleaned weekly. For office spaces, Facilities Management will provide cleaning supplies and safety materials (i.e., sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, plexiglass shields) upon request to ensure that individuals are able to maintain a safe and healthy working environment. To request cleaning supplies and/or plexiglass shields, Facilities Management requests that faculty and staff members submit requests through their respective departments in the form of a maintenance request work order. Facilities Management will fund the supplies, but inputting requests through the work order system will provide for more seamless processing and timely turnaround.

Ventilation 
Over the course of the summer, Facilities Management has been testing ventilation systems in each of USM's buildings. All HVAC systems located in campus buildings are being inspected to ensure proper functioning. Facilities Management will replace all air filters prior to the beginning of the fall semester. In addition, we will be extending HVAC schedules to run later into the evening to increase air turnover in campus buildings. Further, outside air dampers will be opened in buildings that have the capability of introducing outside air. Facilities Management encourages faculty and staff to open windows in occupied space and close windows upon leaving the space.

Face Coverings
Lastly, we had the opportunity at the Town Hall to update attendees on USM face covering and mask inventory for the fall semester. At this point, we have placed the following orders:

Cloth face coverings for students: 6,000 
Cloth face coverings for employees: 4,630 
Clear face coverings: 5,600
Disposable face coverings: 35,000
Cloth face coverings / N95 masks for Health Services: 2,700

In addition, the University Store will be selling USM-branded cloth face coverings at cost.

Student Affairs will distribute cloth face coverings to students, and cloth face coverings for employees have been delivered to Public Safety. The Disabilities Services Center will have clear face coverings available for distribution upon request. Please contact Director Joanne Benica (joanne.benica@maine.edu) to arrange for pick up of a clear face covering.

Thank you for your consideration and partnership. Hopefully, this information proves helpful for those who will be returning to campus this fall. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas for improving USM's approach to health and safety on our campuses this fall.

Sincerely,
Alec Porteous
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Business Officer


What is USM doing to Sanitize Campus?

  • USM Facilities Management (FM) custodial staff has enhanced cleaning efforts, increasing the cleaning frequency of high-usage areas, high-touch surfaces, and restrooms. Disinfecting cleaning (wipes) materials will be provided for students, faculty, and staff in classrooms. Additional checklists, training, and supervision will be provided to FM custodial staff.

How will Facilities Management clean and sanitize classrooms?

  • Every classroom will be disinfected and sanitized daily. In addition, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and disposable face coverings will be made available for students and faculty to wipe down their individual area before class starts. 

How will Facilities Management sanitize offices?

  • Cleaning and sanitizing of independent work areas (offices/cubicles) will be provided once per week. This will include the disinfecting of doorknobs and light switches as well as vacuuming. Occupants will be responsible for removing recycling to the central area waste stations. Occupants should participate in the "Tiny Trash" program and remove trash by bringing it to the nearest waste station. Personal areas such as desktops will not be maintained by custodial staff.

Will Facilities Management be providing cleaning materials and supplies for all departments?

  • Facilities Management will be providing disinfectant wipes, Hand sanitizer and plexiglass barriers for all departments.  Departments are required to put in a Maintenance Request Work Order for supplies needed for the department.  See link to put in a Matenance Request Work Order -  https://apps.maine.edu/FMRequests/request.xhtml?cid=2

What disinfectant chemicals are used on campus?

  • Our custodial staff primarily uses Proctor and Gamble’s Pro-Line Disinfecting Floor and Surface Cleaner II, a no-rinse cleaning and hospital-grade disinfectant. This product meets OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen (BBP) requirements and is EPA registered. It also kills a broad spectrum of bacteria, viruses and fungi, including MSRA and VRE, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV-1, Influenza A, H1N1, Athletes foot fungus, mold and mildew.

Will Social Distancing signage be installed?  

  • Yes, Social distancing signage will be installed on floors and in areas where waiting lines will form on all campuses.

Will extra dorm room furniture be removed from rooms?  

  • Yes, any room with a third set of furniture will have that furniture removed and stored. If it is a double room with only a single occupant living in it. The second set of furniture will not be removed.

Updated Jan. 14, 2021

Spring Semester Counseling Groups and Workshops Announced

USM’s Counseling Services Team is ready to support you. Through tele-mental health services, it's never been easier to engage in counseling because now you can do it from the comfort of your living space. If you are interested in engaging the Counseling Services Team for support, just sign in to your Health Record through the portal under USM Quick Links to read our consent form and sign it. Then give our front desk staff a call to set up your first appointment (207) 780-4050.

If you are interested in scheduling an individual counseling session please contact our front desk at 207-780-4050.

Below is the preliminary list of workshops and groups offered during the spring semester. The USM Counseling Team is still finalizing the full schedule of workshops and groups and will be sending out an update on the A-List and Current student List during the first week of classes with new additions. Remember — workshops are FREE to all enrolled students.

Ongoing Grief Loss Group

The Grief and Loss Group focuses on helping members understand and move forward in the grief process, facilitate the expression of thoughts and feelings, and help members identify and use healthy coping strategies. The day and time of the group will be announced soon. If you are interested in joining, please contact Liza Little.

Women’s Support Group

Connect with other women, share struggles and successes, reduce isolation, and address the challenges of balancing school, work, family, and social life. This group will be open to new members, and the date and time of the group meetings will be announced soon. Please contact janis.mallon@maine.edu for more information.

Graduate Student Support Group

This is a semi-structured, weekly support group for current USM graduate students. The focus of the group is to help members navigate and succeed in their journey through graduate school. While topics will vary and be chosen by group members at each meeting, processing the adjustment(s) of being a graduate student, effectively managing stress, and maintaining self-care and healthy relationships will all be important parts of the group’s focus. The group meets Mondays at 5 p.m., starting Jan. 25. For more information, please email colm.daly@maine.edu.

Anxiety Workshop (available to staff and faculty as well)

A three-part psychoeducational workshop to learn more about anxiety and its symptoms, as well as interventions to help reduce stress and to identify and strengthen coping skills. The date and time will be announced soon. Please contact sarah.s.kelly@maine.edu for more information

Mastering Mindfulness

A structured weekly group workshop with guided mindfulness exercises. This group will help assist you with practicing mindfulness throughout the spring semester. Each session will include guided mindfulness activities, weekly inspirational quotes, and chances to check-in and debrief on your practice. The date and time will be announced soon. Please contact Anna Gardner for more information. 

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Testing Information

Why is testing important?

  • Until there is a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, testing can identify new cases of COVID-19 and be used to isolate infected individuals and track down others who may have been exposed.

How much does the test cost?

  • This test is free of charge to you; it is being provided by the University and will be administered by professionals from ConvenientMD on the dates provided below.

Who will be tested?

  • All students arriving from outside Maine
  • All residential students
  • Other students identified by the University based on other factors (for example, students scheduled to participate in field-based learning experiences).

Will individuals be required to quarantine after testing?

  • Yes. Individuals will be required to quarantine until test results are returned. Individuals should expect a quarantine period of 48 to 72 hours in their residence hall rooms or off-campus housing.

  • Students who can show proof of a negative PCR diagnostic test taken within 72 hours of arriving on campus will not need to be tested at USM. You must bring proof of your negative test to your appointment testing time. Virus antibody tests and rapid tests are not acceptable. The test must be a diagnostic test, often referred to as a PCR test. Please consult with your primary care provider about where you can obtain a diagnostic/PCR test.

  • Please note that if you opt to be tested prior to your arrival on campus, the cost of the testing will be your responsibility. Also, receiving test results in less than 72 hours is often difficult due to a surge in cases in the United States. As such, to help students be in the best position to move in and attend classes, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the on-site testing process as outlined.

What can I do while in quarantine after the test?

While you are in quarantine as you await your test result ...

You Can

  • Move freely about your individual residence hall space (room, suite or apartment).
  • Do solo exercise outside (not with or nearby to others, and not passing a ball around or touching equipment others will touch).
  • Interact electronically (via Zoom, phone, text, games, email). 
    Get meals in Brooks.

You Cannot

  • Exercise outside with someone else, even if you are social distancing.
  • Visit other in-person resources on campus, including libraries and gym.
  • Hang out with anyone, indoors and out.
  • Attend in-person work (remote work from your room is just fine!)
  • Invite a guest into your room.
  • Use public restrooms apart from the one in your space.
  • Leave campus to visit with friends, shop, etc.
  • Get on the bus or in a car with someone else.
  • Exit your room without a face covering that is covering your nose and mouth completely.

Please let us know before or during that time if you need assistance with quarantine logistics. We are here to help you best comply with quarantine to keep the community safe.

Here are a few things we suggest everyone think about as they consider how to manage the period of quarantine:

  • Food shopping — Please do your food shopping ahead of time for the three days. If you encounter difficulties, please let us know and we’d be happy to help.
  • Medication refills — Plan to refill and pick up prescriptions before the testing occurs.
  • Work — Please discuss with your work supervisor that you’ll need to be out for three days.

You will get a call from our testing service if your test is positive. USM will then work with you through isolation options and supports. We are building a robust support structure, including meals, housing, and other needs. You will not have to navigate this process alone!

Are Health Center staff available to see students for in-person appointments during the pandemic?

  • Yes. Health Services will still be able to see students for non-COVID-related health issues that require in-person contact such as immunizations, physicals, STI screening, injury assessment, etc.

What should I do if I think I have been in contact with someone with COVID-19?

  • The degree of exposure and risk of transmission varies depending on the duration, proximity and frequency of contact. In general, an interaction with an infected person that is within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more in an enclosed space can increase the risk of becoming infected even if the other person is wearing a mask. If you have questions/concerns about a possible exposure, please call us for additional guidance: 207-780-5411

What should I do if I think I may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

  • If you have a primary care provider in the area, we would advise you to contact them for further guidance and possible testing. If your primary care provider is a long distance away or you have no primary care provider, call us and we will assist you in getting access to testing: 207-780-5411.

How can I make an appointment for Health & Counseling Services this summer?

  • Although Health Services will not be open for appointments this summer, we are open to taking your questions. Please call 207-780-5411. Counseling Services is seeing patients for appointments on a more limited basis via teletherapy over the summer months. Please call 207-780-4050.

How can I make an appointment for Health & Counseling Services this fall?

  • For Health Services, call 207-780-5411. Telehealth and in-person appointments will be available, but in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, no walk-in appointments will be taken.

What will happen if a student or employee is found to test positive for COVID-19?

  • The Maine CDC is notified whenever someone tests positive for COVID-19. A case investigator from the Maine CDC will make contact with the now isolated individual to determine who might have been exposed and then contact them to recommend quarantine. In some cases, the Maine CDC may determine that it is necessary to notify the university so that measures can be taken to protect the campus community while maintaining privacy for the affected individuals.

To engage USM Counseling Services, please call 207-780-4050. Teletherapy and arranged in-person crisis appointments will be available. Students may also contact the Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline: 1-888-568-1112.

 Visit the Health & Counseling Services site

Updated Dec. 28, 2020

Move-in for Spring 2021

Move-in for Spring 2021 is on January 19th. Much like fall, students will come on campus, get tested, and then head to their hall to move-in and quarantine. Because we are moving all students in on one day, guests will not be able to enter the halls on move-in day. However, we are developing a process for folks to drop items off early, and guests would be able to assist during that time. This will allow families or friends to help move in items, make beds, etc. It will be open first to new residential students moving on campus for the spring, and then it will be open to all returning students. We are finalizing the last details, and more information will be coming soon.

Upon moving in, students will test, and then quarantine until they receive their results. This is typically within 72 hours, but has been longer in a few cases. 

Here is what we share with the students around what quarantine looks like:

You CAN

  • Move freely about your individual space (room, apartment, suite), and use your assigned restroom.
  • Do solo exercise outside (not with or nearby to others, and not passing a ball around or touching equipment others will touch).
  • Pick up meals through the prescribed process (more info coming soon).
  • Interact electronically (Zoom, phone, text, games, email).


You CANNOT

  • Do exercise outside with someone else, even if you are social distancing.
  • Visit other in-person resources on campus, including libraries and gym.
  • Hang out with anyone, indoors and out.
  • Attend in-person work (remote work from your room is just fine!).
  • Invite a guest into your room.
  • Use public restrooms apart from the one in your space.
  • Go off campus to hang out with friends, go shopping, etc.
  • Get on the bus or in a car with someone else.
  • Exit your room without a face covering that is covering your nose and mouth completely.

There are a number of great programs and events happening during his time as well. More information on those activities is coming soon!


What to Do If You're Feeling Sick from USM's Housing and Health Services Teams

Let’s start with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Common symptoms: cough, chills and/or fever, muscle and body aches, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Severe but less common symptoms: Very high fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. We recommend that everyone have a thermometer on hand to check for possible fever. The Husky Hideaway has them for sale.

Some of these symptoms may be related to conditions that are already known to you (such as asthma or allergies). However, if you are experiencing a new onset of one or more of the symptoms that are listed above, we recommend that you take the following steps:

  • If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call 911 for urgent attention
  • If you have a primary care provider in the area, we would advise you to contact them for further guidance and possible testing. After you make that call, please call Health Services at 207-780-5411 so they can assist you as needed with other steps that you may need to take such as isolation or arranging for meals..
  • If your primary care provider is a long distance away or you have no primary care provider, call Health Services and they will assist you in getting access to testing: 207-780-5411.
  • Please minimize your interactions with others when you are feeling ill. You will be protecting them from a potentially contagious illness even if it's not COVID-19.
  • We recommend that you have a thermometer on hand to check for possible fever. The Husky Hideaway currently has them for sale at cost.
  • If you would like to arrange a test elsewhere, you can schedule a time at a local test site. You will also likely be asked to isolate until you get your test results. Email us for help and guidance.

Another great preventative measure to help protect yourself is by getting a flu shot. USM Health Services will be offering flu vaccine clinics in the near future (keep an eye on your email!). There are also many urgent care clinics or pharmacies in the area that offer flu shots.

If you have any questions about this information, please let me know.

Regards,
Christina Lowery, USM Director of Housing and Residential Life


Please Note:

Because the on-campus portion of the fall semester will be shortened, housing and meal plan rates will be 80% of the original cost. This is part of USM's ongoing effort to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 for students. Please see the Return to Residence Halls website for details on the cost reduction. 

Residence Hall Policies

Will we have to wear masks in the residence halls?

  • Yes. Anyone within the residence hall is required to wear a face-covering over their nose and mouth when in public spaces. This includes, but is not limited to, common bathrooms, laundry rooms, hallways and the main lobby.
  • Students are not required to wear a face-covering in their apartment, suite, or room unless there is a staff member present for facilities work or emergency response.
  • Everyone should put on a mask before approaching their residence hall.
  • All residential students will be given a face covering at move-in.
  • Staff will ask you to wear a face covering, and if you need assistance acquiring one please email usm.reslife@maine.edu.

How will I know if someone in my building/room is sick?

  • If someone is sick, we will notify the building, anyone sharing a restroom with the individual, and any close contacts. 

What is the quarantine/isolation process for someone who is sick?

  • For residential students, USM will assist students to quarantine or isolate away from other students in USM provided spaces. We have a robust team to support the needs of these students, including meal delivery and advocacy with academics. Because we want to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to homes and families, the CDC asks that students stay with us for the duration of quarantine and isolation.

Can I go home on weekends?

  • Once you arrive on campus, minimizing travel is going to be imperative to reduce the risk of exposure for you and the entire USM community. Once you arrive on campus, please make every effort to minimize travel plans outside the state and our USM community. There may be forthcoming guidance on this, but for now, please do not plan on making any out-of-state travel for the fall semester. On-campus instruction will end no later than November 25 to allow students to go home for November break without concerns about traveling back to campus.

Will guests be allowed on campus?

  • Guests from outside USM as well as guests from other buildings and residence halls will not be permitted. This is to prevent unnecessary risk of exposure in our communities. If there are no COVID-19 cases on campus within the first weeks of the fall semester, we may reconsider this policy.

I have my own health-related considerations specific to COVID-19. Can I request disability-based housing accommodations?

Will I be able to change my room after I move in?

  • We will not be able to consider room changes for the fall semester. Having students move around campus would increase the potential for the spread of COVID-19. We will work with students to work through a developmental mediation process for any interpersonal conflicts with roommates.  

What activities will there be in the residence halls?

  • Hall activities will be held online, through social media and Zoom, and may include things like contests, challenges, virtual paint nights, dance competitions, and more. RAs will also be checking in frequently with residents as part of community-building and keeping residents and the halls safe.

Will lounges and study rooms be available for student use?

  • Not at the beginning of the fall. If there are no COVID-19 cases in the residence halls within the first weeks of the fall semester, we may reconsider the closure of the common spaces.

What is the residence hall cancellation policy?

  • COVID-19 has caused much disruption and hardship for many families. As such, penalties for canceling before August 15th will be waived. You must notify Residential life in writing at usm.reslife@maine.edu that you'd like to cancel your housing.

What happens if people are not following these new policies?

  • Our first step will always be to assist people with ways to follow policies. For example, if someone is not wearing a face covering, we will offer a face covering. Hall policies will have different levels of enforceability, and the consequences will vary depending on the policy and the behavior. Due to the risks if many of our new policies are not followed, repercussions will be higher than usual. Ensuring the safety of our community is our first priority, and we ask that it be yours as well.


Support and Resources

Who can I talk to if I'm feeling anxious or nervous?

  • USM Counseling Services is a great resource for students. In addition, Residential Life staff are available and happy to talk, and can connect students to resources on and off-campus. 

What do I do if I'm locked out?

  • Monday-Friday: 
    • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Call the Residential Life office at 207-780-5240 
    • 4:30 p.m — 8:00 p.m.: Call Public Safety at 780-5211.
    • 7:00 p.m. — 7:00 a.m.: Call the hall RA on duty.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 
    • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Call Public Safety at 780-5211.
    • 7:00 p.m. — 7:00 a.m.: Call the hall RA on duty.

How can I contact Residential Life if I have questions?

  • Monday through Friday:
    • Call 207-780-5240
    • Email us
    • Walk-in hours are still to be determined for the fall semester.

Visit the Office of Residential Life site

Updated July 1, 2020

In the coming weeks, prior to the start of the fall semester, we will provide information regarding the following important questions:

  • Is there a point person a department can contact to help them work through the set up of their workspace/building (social distance, one-way hallways, blocking off cubicles, etc.)?
  • How do employees get their masks?
  • How do student employees get their masks?

 

Visit the USM Human Resources site

Updated July 1, 2020

Will USM campus mail be delivered in the fall?

  • Yes, campus mail will be delivered in the fall to departments based on our three campuses.

Are students now able to visit the Mail Room on the Gorham campus to collect mail?

  • Yes. Students can visit the Gorham Campus Mail Room to collect mail from their mailboxes and packages from the Mail Room.
  • We are following CDC guidelines and will be placing social distancing signage and place markers in our space.
  • We do request that students wait until they receive an email notification directly from USM Mail Services that their package is ready for pickup. (Please wait until you receive an email notification directly from USM Mail Services, rather than the vendor or shipper, as we still need some time to process receipt of packages).

 

Visit the Mail Services site

Updated Dec. 18, 2020

Please note the change in hours for the last two weeks of December. (The Parking Garage will be open the same time the Parking Services Office is open.)

Monday, December 21 - 7:15 am to 6:30 pm
Tuesday, December 22 - 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
Wednesday, December 23 - 7:15 am to 6:30 pm 
Thursday, December 24 - Closed
Friday, December 25 - Closed

Monday, December 28 - 7:15 am to 6:30 pm
Tuesday, December 29 - 7:15 am to 6:30 pm
Wednesday, December 30 - 7:15 am to 6:30 pm 
Thursday, December 31 - Closed
Friday, January 1 - Closed

The Garage will be open Monday, January 4, at 7am. 

Reminder: The Parking Garage is closed on weekends and when USM is closed. 

For more information please see the Parking Garage website
.

New Student Campus Visit Days:

If you have a confirmed registration at one of the Orientation's Campus Visit Days and wish to pick-up your Parking Permit for the academic year during your Visit Day, unless instructed otherwise, you must order your permit online through the Parking Portal two business days prior to your scheduled event.

Parking Permits:

  • We now have new and updated parking permits found at USM Parking Permits if you need to use them.
  • If you have questions on your plate class, please see this PDF for help. 
    Due to COVID-19, we are requesting you to order your permit online at the Parking Portal. 
    We will be offering different options for delivery of your permit via a form from the Parking Portal.
  • You must pay for any citations you might have before purchasing a parking permit. 
    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions about your citations or any issues with the Parking Portal.

Parking Portal:

  • You can order your USM Parking Permits online.
  • You must have your browser (example: Google Chrome) logged in to your maine.edu account for the new COVID-19 guidelines and delivery options through the Parking Portal. 
    This online site can be found under the USM Quick Links on the left side at the home page of mycampus.maine.edu after you login.
  • You will be asked for your delivery option on the last screen called Payment Receipt, look for the link to a Google form above the Purchased Items title.

Students Living in Residence Halls:

  • You must order your permit online through the Parking Portal. Your parking permit will be sent to your campus mailbox.
  • Your permit is paid by the Transportation Fee on your Student Bill. Please read the red text instructions found on the Parking Portal for no charge.
  • The only charge you should have is for any citations you might have.

Students Living off Campus:

  • Commuter students, please use the Parking Portal to request your parking permit. Your permit will be mailed to you or available for pick up.
  • Your permit is paid by the Transportation Fee on your Student Bill. Please read the red text instructions found on the Parking Portal for no charge.
  • The only charge you should have is for any citations you might have.

Online students: You will need to contact us for arrangements to park on either Portland or Gorham Campuses if you need any services at USM. 

LAC students: You may buy a parking permit for $55, good for the academic year (September 1st to August 31st), to park on either the Portland or Gorham Campuses. Please contact us for this option.

Employees at USM:

  • Recent Hires: You may order your parking permits by mail, Inter-Campus mail, or in person at the Parking Service Office in Portland, if you cannot access the Parking Portal. 

  • Current Employees: The 2021 parking permits will be available in the middle of December online at the Parking Portal. 2020 and 2021 parking permits are $25 each.

  • Reminder: On the Portland campus, P2, in between Woodbury Campus Center and Masterson Hall, is the only lot employees cannot park in.

Please check with our Parking Services site for information as we move forward.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions about your citations or any issues with the Parking Portal.

Thank you for your patience as we work our way through this new era.

Be safe, Be well!
Sincerely, 
Parking Services Office is located on Level 1 in the Portland Parking Garage.

Updated July 1, 2020

How do I get help in an emergency?

  • Dial 9-1-1 or push the large button on any emergency call box located on campus.

Where do I go to get a parking pass?

  • The Public Safety building on the Gorham campus, or the Parking Office located on the first level of the Parking Garage on the Portland campus.

Who do I contact to learn more about parking information?

  • Contact the Parking Office at 207-780-4718.

Who do I call if I am locked out of my room or building?

  • Contact Residential Life at 780-5240, or Public Safety (after hours) at 780-5211

How do I report a crime anonymously?

When is Public Safety open?

  • We are open and available to serve the USM community 24/7, 365 days a year.

 

Visit the USM Public Safety site

Admissions & Athletics

Updated Oct. 6, 2020

Will there be on-campus tours and group information sessions?

  • We will be offering limited, by-appointment-only tours of campus from Oct. 13 to Nov. 19. (And we'll determine at that time if we will extend campus tours beyond Nov. 19). More information about on-campus tours can be found on our Campus Tour Information page.

Will USM Admissions Counselors be visiting my high school this fall?

  • USM will explore local invitations from Maine high schools. USM will increase engagement with students, high schools, and fairs throughout the country and abroad through virtual and online formats.

Will SAT/ACT scores be required for admission?

  • No. USM has expanded our test-optional policy to all undergraduate programs to applicants who apply for admission in the 2020–21 academic year.

How can I meet or speak with an Admissions Counselor?

  • We are available to meet with students and families via phone or video-conferencing. Contact our admission office to arrange a personalized time.

How can I see the USM campuses?

  • We have designed a couple of ways for you to see the USM campus, including online virtual 360 tour, outside self-guided tour maps, and a realistic virtual tour with our tour guides.

Where do I send Admissions materials?

  • Send all materials to: Application Processing Center, University of Maine System, P.O. Box 412Bangor, ME 04402. Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts via email.

Learn more about Admissions at the University of Southern Maine

Updated Dec. 20, 2020

Semester Break Hours of Operation

  • Costello Sports Complex will be closed Saturday, Dec. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 3, and will reopen Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. 

  • The weeks of January 4 and January 11, Costello Sports Complex will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Facility Access

Facility access will be open to current faculty, staff and students. At this point, the complex will not be open to community members, families of faculty, staff and students, or for outside rentals.

To gain access and use the Costello Sports Complex, users must:

  • Present a USM ID to enter
  • Wear a face covering over the mouth and nose at all times, including while exercising. A face shield without a mask or gator mask are not be permitted
  • Be prepared to be checked in twice if using the facility for recreational purposes
  • Check-in will occur upon entry to Costello
  • Check-in will include answering NO to the following questions:
    Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    Have you traveled from out of state or overseas in the last 14 days? 
    Have you been in contact with anyone who has tested positive or is having symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    Cough - Fever
    Headache - Shortness of Breath
    Chills - Fatigue
    Muscle/body aches - Confusion
    Loss of taste - Loss of hearing
    Access will not be permitted for anyone answering YES to any of the questions above and follow-up questions may occur
  • Check-in will occur again if recreating in Hill Gymnasium, Gorham Fitness Center or in the USM Field House for recreational purposes
  • Keep appropriate social distancing throughout facility

EXERCISE/RECREATIONAL AREAS

Gorham Fitness Center

  • Users will be required to check-in and out of Gorham Fitness Center
  • Wear a face covering over the mouth and nose at all times, including while exercising. A face shield without a mask and gator mask are not be permitted
  • Only 18 individuals can use the fitness center at one time.
  • Come dressed to exercise - locker rooms are not available
  • All equipment will be spaced 14 feet apart
  • Patrons will be asked to maintain appropriate social distancing
  • Users must wipe down exercise equipment prior to and following each use
  • High Touch surfaces will be disinfected every one to two hours by student staff
  • Costello Locker Rooms will be closed to all
  • Certain restrooms will remain open, e.g., restrooms located in locker rooms will be closed
  • One-way traffic flow once inside
  • Traffic will run counterclockwise upon entry - floor stickers will indicate traffic flow
  • No mats will be allowed in facility
  • If a bag is brought into facility, the space used to hold bag must be wiped down prior to and after use

Hill Gymnasium

  • Users will be required to check-in and out of Hill Gymnasium for recreational use
  • Wear a face covering over the mouth and nose at all times, including while exercising. A face shield without a mask and gator mask are not be permitted
  • Only 30 can use Hill Gymnasium for classes (30 individuals only) - recreational use can vary depending on the activity involved - anywhere between 6 - 30 people
  • Hill Gymnasium will be used for classrooms and practices through the majority of the day
  • Recreational use cannot occur while classes or practices are in session
  • If time allows, a hoop may be used - one shooter at a hoop - user must have their own ball
  • No large group recreational play in Hill Gymnasium
  • One-way traffic flow once inside
  • Traffic will run counterclockwise upon entry
  • High Touch surfaces will be disinfected every one to two hours by who?
  • Users must wipe down fitness equipment prior to and after use
  • Costello Locker Rooms will be closed to all - please come dressed for recreational play
  • If a bag is brought into facility, the space used to hold bag must be wiped down prior to and after use

USM Field House

  • Users will be required to check-in and out of the USM Field House for recreational use
  • Wear a face covering over the mouth and nose at all times, including while exercising. A face shield without a mask and gator mask are not be permitted
  • Only 50 individuals total can be in field house at one time with the following parameters
  • Some Gorham Fitness Center equipment will be brought to Field House for use
  • The Field House will be used for classrooms (30 individuals only) and practices for some of the day.
  • Recreational use cannot occur while classes or practices are in session
  • The following parameters must be followed in the Field House:
  • Recreational joggers should utilize inside two lanes and walkers utilize outside 3 lanes
  • 6 allowable hoops - if available, one shooter at a hoop - user must have their own ball
  • One-way traffic in Field House - counterclockwise
  • High Touch surfaces will be disinfected every one to two hours by staff
  • Costello Locker Rooms are closed to all - please come dressed for recreational play
  • If a bag is brought into facility, the space used to hold bag must be wiped down prior to and after use

USM Ice Arena—scheduled for opening on September 21, 2020

  • Wear a face covering over the mouth and nose at all times, including while exercising. A face shield without a mask and gator mask are not be permitted
  • The Ice Arena Classroom can hold 12 people
  • The Alumni Reception Center can hold 37 people
  • The Ice Sheet can hold 50 people
  • Ice Arena Locker Rooms will not be open at this time
  • Ice Arena will be open for public skate and team use
  • Users will be required to check-in and out of the USM Ice Arena for use
  • Foot traffic will be marked appropriately for social distancing

As Costello re-opens, please know that these plans have been put in place to help keep us all as safe as possible. Please be patient with us and each other as we all navigate through these challenging times. We will all need to do our part for the health and safety of our community. The most important thing we can do is wear face coverings while on campus as directed.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Sullivan Gym Complex

For the latest information on hours of operation, please see the Sullivan Gym Complex website

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays

As you may expect, due to the pandemic, things here at Sullivan will be very different, but we have worked hard to set up the facility keeping in mind, first and foremost, the health and safety of our USM employees and students and our Sullivan staff. The changes we have made are in line with the UMaine System, USM and state CDC guidelines. 

Below, you will find the changes you can expect when you visit the Sullivan Complex:

Facility Access
Access to the facility will be limited to current faculty, staff and students. At this point, we will not be opening the Sullivan Complex to OLLI students, community members or families of faculty and staff.

To gain access to and use the Sullivan Complex, you:

  • Must have a USM ID to enter. No exceptions.
  • Must wear a face covering over the mouth and nose at all times, including while exercising. A face shield without a mask will not be permitted. No exceptions.
  • Must answer NO to the following questions:

    Have You Tested Positive For Covid-19 In The Last 14 Days?
    Have You Traveled From Out Of State Or Overseas In The Last 14 Days?
    Have You Been In Contact With Anyone Who Has Tested Positive Or Is Having Symptoms Of Covid-19 In The Past 14 Days?
    Are You Experiencing Any of The Following Symptoms?

    Cough, Fever, Headache, Shortness of Breath, Chills, Fatigue, Muscle and/or Body Aches, Confusion, Loss of Hearing or Taste

  • Access will not be permitted to anyone answering YES to any of the questions above.

Exercise Area

We have set up the main gym as our exercise area. Inside you will find:

  • Court A: Cardio Equipment
  • Court B: Walking track
  • Court C: Academic class area

Once inside the gym, the following safety measures and protocols will be in place:

  • Only 25 people at a time will be allowed into the gym. You may not wait in the lobby or inside the doors if there is no space when you arrive.
  • All cardio equipment is spaced 14 feet apart.
  • Patrons will be asked to maintain 6ft social distancing and 14 ft. if exercising intensely.
  • Exercise equipment must be wiped down before and after use.
  • High touch surfaces will be disinfected every one to two hours.
  • The “track” is for walking only. No jogging or running.
  • Patrons must receive permission to enter the offices of professional staff.
  • Come dressed to exercise and bring your own water as no bags of any kind will be allowed in the gym, and the water fountains are turned off for safety.

    We will have one-way traffic flow once inside:
  • DOWN to bathrooms on the Women’s locker room side.
  • UP from bathrooms on the Men’s locker room side.
  • Entry into the gym to right of check-in desk, exit at far end of gym.
  • One way on the track.
  • We will have signage to help direct the flow of people.

At this time, the Body Shop, Fitness Center, racquetball and squash courts, and Multi-purpose room will be closed.

  • No outside groups, clubs, etc. will be allowed to use the facility.
  • The locker rooms, saunas, showers will not be available for use. Bathrooms will be open.
  • No exercise equipment — mats, dumbbells, barbells, medicine balls, etc. — will be available.

As Sullivan reopens, please know that these plans have been put in place to help keep us all as safe as possible. Please be patient with us and each other as we all navigate through these challenging times! We will all need to do our part for the health of our community. The most important thing we can all do is wear face coverings while on campus as directed.

We look forward to seeing you all back!
Sullivan Staff


Director of Athletics Al Bean's July 31 Email to USM Student-Athletes:

This has been a very challenging time for everyone since March with the arrival of the pandemic, but we are looking forward to seeing you when you return to campus in late August. For our first-year students, we are excited to meet you and get to know you. Things will be different this year, but we will do our very best to support you, keep you safe and make you feel at home in the Athletic Department. I have prepared a brief summary of where we are and what we know at this point in time relative to some very important areas that will impact your day-to-day life as a student-athlete.

Eligibility Update
We have received direction and guidance from the NCAA, Little East Conference, and New England Hockey Conference. The LEC and NEHC have canceled conference competition for the entire fall semester and are working on scheduling scenarios for the second semester. The NCAA has taken some action at this point and is expected to take more. They have indicated as rule for 2020-2021 that if a team does not participate in more than 50% of a team’s maximum number of allowable games/competitions, student-athletes will not utilize a season of eligibility. They have also indicated that teams have 114 days that they can use at their discretion rather than the usual 19 weeks and other restrictions. We are waiting on word regarding their potential cancelation of fall championships and whether they will allow for any relief for fall sports to be held in the spring.

Opening of Costello Sports Complex
It is our intention to open the Costello Sports Complex on August 31st and have the ice sheet available for use by September 21st. Use of all athletics facilities will be governed by strict policies and procedures to maintain safety. Hours of operation will be decreased from our normal schedule, more information later.

Classes in Costello Sports Complex
Due to the need for social distancing, a number of classes will be held in the Costello Sports Complex. This will include classes in the Coaching Minor, Exercise Health & Sports Science as well as random course offerings that have 40 or more people in attendance. Our space in Costello is vital to course delivery.

Physical Exams Schedule
Here’s the schedule of physical exams for all of our student-athletes:

  • September 4th – fall sports teams
  • September 11th – spring sports – baseball, men & women’s lacrosse and softball
  • September 18th – winter sports and men’s tennis

A complete schedule of times will be developed and disseminated to coaches and all student-athletes. Please make sure you have taken care of all necessary PPE requirements before arriving for your physical exams, your coach should communicate with you about this process. Due to Covid-19, it is likely that it will take more time to complete all of the physical exams each day.

Covid-19 Testing
Testing for Covid-19 has been scheduled for August 25 to 27. All student-athletes will be tested during that time frame as will special populations such as out-of-state students, residence hall students, nursing students, student teachers and those who work on the front lines. Once you have been tested, you must quarantine at home or in the residence hall for 72 hours while we await your test results. You also have the option of coming to campus with proof of a negative test that took place within the past 72 hours. Students must be registered for classes to be tested. More information will be made available on this topic in the near future.

Student-athletes participating on any of our sports teams MUST be tested in order to participate this fall. At your earliest convenience and no later than August 7, 2020, please confirm your intent to be tested with Kim Turner, Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator. We need an accurate accounting for all testing. All student-athletes who confirm and are signed up to be tested must show up for their test. If you do not show for your test, you risk not living in the residence halls, you may have to take all classes online, and you may not be able to participate in athletics this fall semester. Reminder: Please reach out to Kim Turner regarding your intent to be tested. Kim can be reached at kmturner@maine.edu or at 207-253-9665. Thank you.

Social Distancing
We must adhere to social distancing guidelines in everything that we do, that includes during practice/skill sessions, working out in the fitness facility and in the Costello Sports Complex.

Practice/Skill Sessions
As indicated earlier, practice/skill sessions will be allowed to take place up to six times a week with one required day off each week, and coaches will have flexibility in using their 114 days; indoor and outdoor track should have 144 days combined. We will meet with our coaches and medical team to determine safe practice opportunities for each sport. Practices must be carefully planned and closely monitored by members of the coaching staff and administration. We hope to provide meaningful opportunities for student-athletes in every sport but the primary focus will be on skill development, It will not be business as usual and there will be adjustments necessary to previous routines.

Strength & Conditioning
Strength and conditioning will have its own policies and procedures for spacing of equipment and social distancing while student-athletes are engaged in workouts and high-level exertion —and these guidelines must be followed. Additional equipment will be moved into the field house to support strength training for student-athletes.

Study Table
Study Table will continue to be required of first-year student-athletes in some fashion. Space in the Costello Learning Center will be more limited and will be set up to meet social distancing guidelines. More information to follow on this topic.

Study Space in Costello
We will set up tables with one chair in the ice arena lobby and around the complex (where possible) for students to study and have a space to engage in their online classes.

Work-Study Positions
The Athletic Department relies on students to help us monitor and operate the Costello Sports Complex and perform other important work. We will be looking to hire student employees to begin working immediately when the Complex opens in late August. Please check in at the Athletic Department office for details.

Cleaning the Facility
Facilities Management has the overall responsibility to clean and sanitize the facility but we all have a part to play in this process. Gloves and wipes will be readily available and we will ask everyone to help us be as safe as possible by cleaning up spaces and practicing solid hygiene habits.

That’s it for now, we wanted to provide you with some updates and welcome any questions you might have. We are learning more each day and will continue to communicate with you as we move closer to the start of the year. Please feel free to contact me directly if I can help in any way. You can reach me by email at albean@maine.edu or by telephone at 207-780-5588. I look forward to seeing you on the Gorham Campus in the near future.

Learn more about USM Athletics


Will USM's Athletics teams compete in fall 2020?

On July 15, 2020, USM's Department of Athletics announced that the fall 2020 competition schedule for varsity sports has been canceled.

The decision follows careful consideration of health and safety risks to student-athletes and staff, including months of work and consultation with University's Fall Planning Task Force, Student Health Services, the Huskies' Medical Team, the Athletics Action Team, University Council, UMaine System administrators, and the leadership and members of the Little East Conference and the New England Hockey Conference.

Will varsity wrestling be allowed to occur next year?

  • Further consideration of wrestling will be reviewed on a regular basis to determine if competition could take place in the second semester. If they can’t compete we will determine what opportunities will be available for skill development for the athletes.

Will the fitness center be open to the USM community and to community members?

  • The fitness center will be open to Students, Faculty, and Staff as we begin the year but will be closed to the general public. We will review those policies and access to the facilities over the course of the year to see if changes may take place.

Will USM facilities be open for rental by outside groups?

  • At this time our facilities will not be available for rental by outside groups but we will review for possible adjustment as time goes forward.

Will I be required to wear a mask in the Costello Complex and on the fields?

  • At this time everyone will need to wear a mask in public settings.

Will recruits be allowed to visit campus and will there be overnights?

  • Recruiting will be conducted virtually, hopefully in-person visits will be available in the second semester.

Learn more about USM Athletics

Graduate Students

Updated January 21, 2021

Will my Graduate Assistantship be affected if I am uncomfortable working on-campus?

  • If GAs are uncomfortable working in-person, they may work with their supervisor to maintain remote work.

Are there Graduate Assistantship Positions that offer remote work capabilities?

  • Many of our GA positions are adaptable to a remote environment, even those listed as "on campus." Each supervisor will make that decision for their department. Information about current Graduate Assistantship openings can be found on our GA Portal. 

Will my Graduate Aide funding or position be affected if we switch again in the middle of the semester?

  • Can Graduate Aides work remotely, or do they have to work on campus?

How will graduate assistants/grad aide students complete new-hire paperwork?

  • Most new hire documentation can be completed online via MaineStreet (Direct Deposit and W-4s). However, verification of identification for the I-9 must be completed in-person. Students should work with their supervisors and/or department HR Liaisons to complete this. The Career and Employment Hub also offers walk-in hours for student employees to complete their I-9 forms. If a student cannot make it to campus they may have their documents notarized by a professional off-campus.

Will there be resources available for GAs to work remotely?

  • The Office of Graduate Studies will work to make sure GAs have the resources they need to be able to complete work from home, if necessary.

Are there guidelines for GAs and supervisor to follow for working remotely?

  • The Office of Graduate Studies is creating a set of guidelines for a meaningful remote GA experience.

If we have to switch again in the middle of the semester, and a GA cannot continue working remotely, will they be terminated?

  • The Office of Graduate Studies will work with the GAs department to help find alternative work for the GA.

Read more about Graduate Assistantships

Updated July 1, 2020

Who do I ask if I have questions?

  • Students should contact Sydney Pontau, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, or Andrew King, Director of Graduate Studies with any questions or concerns.

How can I contact the Office of Graduate Studies?

Is the Graduate Student Board (GSB) continuing this year?

  • Yes! The GSB is building strong momentum going into its second year, even though meetings are held virtually. Please consider getting involved in our summer retreat and future meetings by contacting Andrew King.

Can students still apply for the funding via the Graduate Student Development Fund (GSDPF)?

  • Yes. The Graduate Student Development Fund is accepting applications for students for the fall 2020 semester. Please note: Until travel bans have been lifted, students will not be able to apply for travel costs associated with professional development activities.

Will the Graduate Studies office in 117 Wishcamper (Portland) be open when classes begin?

  • In order to minimize health risks, Graduate Studies expects to conduct most of its business remotely. However, we plan to offer in-person meetings on an appointment basis if a safe location and PPE are available.

Will scholarships be affected by budget cuts?

  • We have not faced budget cuts to scholarships for the 2020–21 academic year at this point. However, the university system's budget is subject to change this summer or fall based on appropriations from the Maine State Legislature.


Visit the Office of Graduate Studies site

Student Services

Updated July 1, 2020

Can I study abroad in Fall 2020?

  • No. Study abroad for the fall has been postponed.

Can I study abroad in the winter or spring of 2021?

  • A decision about winter/spring study abroad will be made in October 2020.

Will there be any short-term programs during the 20-21 winter break?

  • Decisions about winter short term travel are still pending.

Will there be any short-term programs during the summer of 2021?

  • Decisions about summer 2021 short term programs are still pending.

How can I connect with a study abroad advisor?

  • Study abroad advisors are available to meet via Zoom or by phone.

I studied abroad in the spring of 2020. When will my grades post?

  • Grades are being posted as we receive transcripts from abroad. If you have not yet seen your grades post please email Emily Zider.

Can I live on campus?


Visit the International Programs site

Updated July 1, 2020

How do I reach financial aid staff if I have a question or if I need to check the status of my financial aid?

  • In an effort to protect your health by reducing in-person contact, please review the best way to reach staff at this time on the Student Financial Services site. You may find your financial aid counselor's contact information there.
  • We are happy to work with you via email, or set up a phone or online meeting.

What's the minimum number of credits I need to take to receive financial aid?

  • Students need to be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits to be eligible for most federal financial aid. (The one exception is the Federal Pell Grant if they qualify.)
  • However, we assume full-time enrollment (12 or more credits for undergraduate and Law students and 6 or more credits for graduate students) when initially determining financial aid eligibility, so you must contact us if you will be taking a different number of credits, so that your financial aid award may be adjusted.
  • Contact Student Financial Services.


Visit the Student Financial Services site

Lifelong Learning & Professional Development

Updated July 1, 2020

Will OLLI classes be offered on the USM campus in fall 2020?

  • No, all OLLI classes and activities will be delivered online in fall 2020.

Is the OLLI office open?

  • No, the OLLI office in the Wishcamper Center is closed, but all staff are working remotely.

How can I learn more about OLLI?

How can I take classes at other senior colleges?

 

Learn more about OLLI

Updated July 1, 2020

Will you be running in-person Professional Development classes on campus this fall or will workshops be online?

  • This fall, all of our professional development workshops will be instructor-led and held live online through Zoom.

 

Learn more about our Professional Development Programs


Additional Questions

If you have questions about our Fall 2020 plan to return to campus, please contact Alexander Porteous, USM’s Chief Operating Officer and COVID-19 Ombudsperson.

 

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