University of Maine system plans to welcome students back to all campuses in the fall

The University of Maine System is planning for students and staff to return to all campuses in the fall. Each school switched to online instruction due to the coronavirus.The university system formed a Fall 2020 Safe Return Planning Committee to develop operational plans and protocols to ensure a safe return if and when group gatherings and interaction are permissible and advisable. “Gov. Mills and our public health partners are doing an outstanding job leading our state through the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,” Chancellor Dannel Malloy said. “If they deem we are ready to begin a return to normalcy by summer’s end, Maine’s public universities will be ready with operational plans and action steps to safely bring students, employees, and the public back to our campuses.” The planning committee includes leaders from incident command teams on each campus and a representative from the University of Maine School of Law. 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.“Maine students and their families can trust our close-to-home and affordable public universities to put their interests and academic success first,” Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Robert Placido said. “Higher education is always a good choice and we have established a number of academic and admissions assurances to help learners of all ages with their planning for the fall.”

The University of Maine System is planning for students and staff to return to all campuses in the fall. Each school switched to online instruction due to the coronavirus.

The university system formed a Fall 2020 Safe Return Planning Committee to develop operational plans and protocols to ensure a safe return if and when group gatherings and interaction are permissible and advisable.

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“Gov. Mills and our public health partners are doing an outstanding job leading our state through the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,” Chancellor Dannel Malloy said. “If they deem we are ready to begin a return to normalcy by summer’s end, Maine’s public universities will be ready with operational plans and action steps to safely bring students, employees, and the public back to our campuses.”

The planning committee includes leaders from incident command teams on each campus and a representative from the University of Maine School of Law. 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.

“Maine students and their families can trust our close-to-home and affordable public universities to put their interests and academic success first,” Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Robert Placido said. “Higher education is always a good choice and we have established a number of academic and admissions assurances to help learners of all ages with their planning for the fall.”