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Fall 2021 at USM

In March 2021, the University of Maine System announced plans to welcome students back to campuses for a traditional, in-person college experience at the start of the fall 2021 semester. Since then, each UMS campus has been planning for classroom instruction, residence hall occupancy, and campus-based activities that resemble operations in fall 2019 rather than fall 2020.

Chancellor Malloy reiterated System expectations for fall return in his June 16 email to employees. Guidance for faculty and staff can also be found on the Together for Maine website.

Until the University of Maine System provides further guidance and updates, here are the core concepts that guide USM’s plans for fall 2021:


Course Modalities Explained*

  • Asynchronous Online (Dates and times on MaineStreet will be listed at “TBA.”)
    With Asynchronous Online classes, 100 percent of course instruction is online (Brightspace), with no specific meeting times required and no expectation that enrolled students will come to campus. Asynchronous is not self-paced; students will be responsible for meeting assignment deadlines as determined by the course instructor.
  • Synchronous “Online Live”
    If a course is listed on MaineStreet as “online live,” it will be taught online via Zoom at specific times during the week. Students will be required to be present on Zoom at the specified times. The days and times the course meets each week will be listed on MaineStreet.
  • Blended
    Blended courses can be listed as any combination of asynchronous online, synchronous “online live,” and/or face-to-face in-person instruction. The number of required in-person or online-live sections may differ for each blended course. Specific dates for these meetings should be listed on MaineStreet within the course notes and/or in the syllabus provided by the course instructor.
  • Face-to-Face
    Face-to-Face courses consist of required in-person instruction on campus at specific days and times that are listed on MaineStreet. Courses that are fully face-to-face or blended with an in-person component will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place that include physical distancing, sanitation measures, and required face-coverings for all students, faculty, and staff.

*USM's Advising Team generously provided these course modality descriptions.


Testing at USM

Thank you to the thousands of Huskies who reported for testing when requested during the 2020–2021 academic year. Your participation helped with our efforts to curb the spread of the virus and keep the pack safe. 


Housing at USM


If you have questions, please contact USM's COVID-19 Ombudsperson, COO & CFO Alexander Porteous


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