Guidance for students

Updated July 30

When will classes resume on campus?

We will welcome students back to campus for the start of the fall semester on August 31.  Click here to view the updated academic calendar.

When will students move in to the residence halls?

Move-in, and on-campus COVID-19 testing, details are available on the Campus Life website. Please continue to check your email account for detailed communications about move-in arrangements for residential students.

Will off-campus commuter students be tested for COVID-19?

Please read the move-in and testing information and detailed testing guide for information about COVID-19 testing at UMM. Off-campus commuter students who are listed as having an out-of-state residence will be contacted via their email account and asked to participate in testing. If you are an off-campus student who has not been out of the state, but would like to be tested, please contact Marnie Kaler ( to make a request.

Will residential and out-of-state students have to quarantine when they return to campus? 

UMM requires all students living on campus and all out-of-state students living in off-campus housing to be tested for COVID-19. The COVID test is a PCR diagnostic test scheduled on the day the student arrives on campus in August. In accordance with Maine CDC guidance, all individuals receiving a PCR COVID-19 diagnostic test are required to quarantine until they receive their test results. The test results are reported to the student within 24 to 72 hours from the date of the test. Those out-of-state students who show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to their scheduled arrival date can forgo the 14-day quarantine upon arrival to UMM.

Click here for information about quarantine and isolation planning for all students.

I missed the virtual town hall for incoming students and their parents on July 21. Is a recording available? 

A recording of the town hall is online.

What are the current plans for course delivery in the fall semester? Will we have in-person classes? What is your advice to faculty planning classes and students who are wondering if they should sign off-campus housing leases now to get lower rates?

The University of Maine System has formed a Fall 2020 Safe Return Planning Committee to develop operational plans and protocols to safely welcome students, employees, and the public back to campus. Continuing to comply with state health guidance, Maine’s public universities will be ready to return to face-to-face instruction if group gatherings and interaction are permissible and advisable by the end of August.

How will residence hall operations change?

UMM has the space to provide private dorms to all residential students without charging the fees traditionally associated with private accommodations. Private room placement will be automatic unless otherwise requested. For more information, visit the Living on Campus page. Residential students will receive an updated Guide to Campus Living upon arrival, which will detail rules and expectations for the academic year.

Will the dining hall be open?

Kilburn Commons will offer a full “grab-and-go” menu to students; dine-in service will not be available. For more information and to download the Bite by Sodexo ordering app, visit the Machias Sodexo website.

Students in isolation or quarantine will receive meals via contactless delivery.

What’s available on the Navigate app?

On the Navigate app, you can receive updates on courses, schedules and announcements.

Will Clipper Athletics be active in the fall?

The University of Maine at Machias has announced the difficult decision to suspend Clipper Athletics for an indefinite period. Please read the press release for more information.

Student Accessibility Services

Will I continue to receive my approved accommodations for online courses?

Yes. Students approved for accommodations through SAS will continue to receive accommodations, but the accommodations they need may change. Accommodations like extra time on tests will be available for any classes provided through Blackboard or another learning management system. However, some accommodations may no longer be applicable, such as a low distraction testing environment on campus. Contact SAS if you have questions related to a specific accommodation.

Can I obtain accommodations if I haven’t done so already or change my accommodations?

Yes. We continue to schedule initial appointments for students interested in discussing their eligibility for accommodations. 

I have questions about my other accommodations?

The shift to online instruction may affect the need for some accommodations, such as flexible attendance. Please contact SAS and your instructors to discuss any additional barriers presented by changes to the course format.

What do I do in the absence of a human reader for my online exams?

We encourage you to download an e-reader to use on any online exams. If you are not already using an e-reader, please explore one of the following e-reader options:

If you are unable to use an e-reader, please contact SAS to discuss other methods of accommodation by calling 207.255.1228.

What do I do if I have used a human scribe as an accommodation on essay or written tests?

If you are not already using dictation software, please explore one of the following options:

What if I need a scribe for classes in math, science, or other courses?

Please contact SAS as soon as possible to discuss arrangements for upcoming exams.

I’m having difficulty with accessibility in my online courses, what do I do?

If you need assistance because your course materials are not accessible, please contact and your faculty member to let us know and we will help.  A variety of materials are available to support faculty and students (see links below) in the transition to online instruction and online learning as well as creating accessible course materials.  All requests for captioned videos or lectures or audio descriptions should be made as soon as possible so we can work with vendors to provide captioning.