The University of New England is committed to the health and safety of all faculty, professional staff, students, and community members. our leadership continues to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, and are constantly reflecting on ways to address any challenges as they come up. We understand and appreciate that there will be a number of questions as this rapidly changing situation continues to develop. Please continue to monitor this page as we will post and update important information and resources as they are developed. For any health and safety questions that may not be addressed on this page, please reach out to HR-COVID19Questions@une.edu.
Faculty and Professional Staff Resources
Best practices for remote work
- Staying Productive While Working from Home (PDF)
- Managers to Support and Motivate Remote Employees (PDF)
- Staying Productive While Working from Home with Children (PDF)
- Virtual Team Building Activities
- Payroll Guidelines for Time Sheet Submission for Hourly Professional Staff (PDF)
- Ergonomic Workstation Orientation Guide
- Ergonomic Tips for Working from home (PDF)
- Managing in a Time of Uncertainty
- UNE IT Sharepoint Site: Tools and Training (requires UNE login information)
- Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Resources
- UNE Library Online Resources
- Zoom Video Conferencing Instructions
- LinkedIn Learning Courses on Remote Working
- Voicemail Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
Covid-19 related accommodations
Requesting a workplace accommodation for employees with disabilities
UNE utilizes an interactive process to explore possible workplace reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities who request them under the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (or other applicable disability law).
A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that permits a person with a disability to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of a job, or to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by staff without disabilities. For example, a reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to:
- Acquiring or modifying equipment or devices
- Job restructuring
- Modified work schedules (see the Telework/Flexwork Policy and Telework/Flexwork Agreement Request form)
- Modified Sick Leave Policy to address COVID-19 (PDF)
This process is a collaborative process involving the employee, Human Resources, the manager, and other subject matter experts as needed. To learn more about the reasonable accommodation process, or to request a reasonable accommodation, please email Cat Martins at email@example.com.
CHILD CARE AND SCHOOLS NOT OPENING/CHANGING SCHEDULES POLICY
We have received several inquiries requesting to work remotely due to a lack of child care and/or schools either not opening or changing their schedules. We can appreciate the challenges that this may pose for some of you, particularly for those who have student facing positions or whose work cannot be done remotely. As you know, as we move toward reopening, we are committed to providing a robust on-campus learning experience for students. As such, we expect that student-facing positions and those that cannot be done remotely will continue to be performed on campus to meet the needs and expectations of the students. While the lack of child care is not an approved reason for an accommodation, we are willing to engage in a dialogue about the difficulty that a lack of child care poses for you to determine whether your manager/supervisor/chair can develop a flexible work arrangement to help you with those difficulties to the extent possible.
Telework/Flexwork Policy to address Covid-19
The University of New England leadership continues to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus, known as COVID-19. In an effort to continue operations, serve our students and address the needs of our employees during the pandemic, UNE is instituting this temporary policy on telework/flexwork. Employees are expected to discuss their request with their department manager, and then to submit a Temporary Telework/Flexwork Request form to their manager.
Your UNE benefits
- Understanding your UNE Health Insurance Coverage
- Contacting a Virtual Care Provider through Harvard Pilgrim (PDF)
- Contacting a Virtual Health Care Provider for Urgent Care with Convenient MD (PDF)
- Cigna Employee Assistance Program Information
- Short Term Disability Insurance
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Brochure (PDF)
- Group Dynamic Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Flexible Spending and important Covid-19 updates
- Guardian Life Coronavirus Updates
- HealthAdvocate (PDF) is a free and confidential resource to help you find doctors, schedule appointments, resolve insurance claims, assist with eldercare, and more | 866-695-8622.
Mind and body
- Cigna Employee Assistance Program Information
- Cigna EAP Webcasts
- Yale Course on The Science of Wellbeing
- EAP Caregiver Customer Flyer (PDF)
- Managing Reactions to Coronavirus- Self-Care Strategies (PDF)
- Reassuring Children: Coronavirus Fears and Concerns (PDF)
- Tips and Resources for Managers- Coronavirus Fears and Concerns (PDF)
- The Finley Hub (PDF) a resource list of exercise options and virtual classes
- Harvard Pilgrim - a guide to living well at home with virtual wellness classes (see scheduled events)
- Greener Postures Yoga Online Classes
- McArthur Public Library: 270 Main Street, Biddeford, ME 04005 | (207) 285-4181 | Free WiFi is available at the front of the building, even when closed.
Mental health and crisis support
- UNE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) employees and household members have no-cost resources to help resolve a variety of issues.
- UNE's EAP Resources for COVID-19 shares information on topics specific to COVID-19.
- UNE Title IX Domestic and Sexual Violence Resources
- Maine 211 assists with hard to navigate issues and connect you to local programs and services that can help. Available 24 hours.
- Maine's nine United Way Divisions administer local relief funds for COVID-19 to support critical needs such as food and shelter.
- Maine State Crisis Hotline: Dealing with feeling so big you don't know how to deal with them? Call the Maine State Crisis Hotline at 888-568-1112
- National Crisis Text Line: Text “TALK” to 74174
- Are you in an Abusive Relationship? (PDF)
- How to Help Someone in an Abusive Relationship (PDF)
- Partner Violence and Safety Planning (PDF)
- Partner Violence Resources (PDF)
- Child or Elder Abuse (PDF)
- Maine Sexual Assault Support Centers
- National Sexual Assault Support Resource
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Through These Doors (Dating and Domestic Violence Services): Cumberland County Dating and Domestic Violence Hotline and Shelter: 800-537-6066 | Available 24 hours
- Caring Unlimited (Dating and Domestic Violence Services): York County Dating and Domestic Violence Hotline and Shelter: 800-239-7298 | Available 24 hours.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Biddeford Food Pantry: 162 Elm Street Biddeford, ME 04005 | (207) 282-4771 | Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.
- Old Orchard Beach Food Pantry and Clothes Closet (United Methodist Church): 6 Fountain Avenue Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 | Hours of Operation: Every Monday and Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m.
- Preble Street Food Programs: 38 Preble Street Portland, ME 04101 | (207) 775-0026
- Project Feed- An Emergency Food Pantry 202 Woodford Street Portland, ME 04103 | (207) 761-3920 | Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.
- Saco Food Pantry 67 Ocean Park Road Saco, ME 04072 | (207) 468-1305 | Winter Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
- South Portland Food Cupboard: 130 Thadeus Street South Portland, ME 04106 | (207) 874-0379 | Hours of Operation: Thursdays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and the first Wednesday of the month from 5 to 7 p.m.
- Bon Appétit Community Meal Program (Second Congregational Church): 19 Crescent Street Biddeford, ME 04005 | (207) 409-4375 | Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- Maine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance benefits that help low-income households buy the food they need for good health
- 211 Maine (food assistance resources): Dial 211 or 866-811-5695
- Biddeford Housing Authority: 22 South Street P.O. Box 2287 Biddeford, ME 04005 | (207) 282-6537
- Maine General Assistance Office for Family Independence 11 State House Station 109 Capitol Street Augusta, ME 04333 | (207) 624-4168
- Maine Housing (Maine State Housing Authority) 353 Water Street Augusta, Maine 04330 | (207) 626-4600
- Maine Housing (Emergency Shelters List) 353 Water Street Augusta, Maine 04330 | (207) 626-4600
- Portland Housing Authority 14 Baxter Boulevard Portland, ME 04101 | (207) 773-4753
- 211 Maine (housing concerns) Dial 211 or 866-811-5695
- Things to know about the COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: In addition to tax filing extensions and stimulus checks, the CARES Act of 2020 has provisions that impact and temporarily relaxing certain limitations affecting your retirement account that may help you if you are impacted by the coronavirus.
- Market Insights — New Developments and What to Consider: A weekly video to stay up to date on the latest market conditions and what they mean to you.
- Small Business Association (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
- Maine Equal Justice provides resources addressing concerns about health care, food security, evictions, court proceedings, and other issues.
- FAME COVID-19 Consumer Loan Guarantee Program offering low-or-no interest loans to qualifying applicants.
Employment and veterans services
- Maine Department of Labor Unemployment provides resources on how to file, when to file, FAQ on COVID-19, and much more.
- Maine’s Bureau of Veterans’ Services 117 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0117 | (207) 430-6035
- Preble Street–Veterans Housing Services 38 Preble Street Portland, ME 04101 | (207) 956-6556
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC: general information including travel advisories
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FAQ: Most common questions and answers
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) State by State: Search for your state's health department to get information.
- Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ME CDC): updates, news releases, and information for Maine. Some resources are available in multiple languages.
- US State Department Travel Advisories
- Infectious Diseases Society of America: developments, research, and guidance from government health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO)