What to know today
*Double masking means wearing two surgical masks, a surgical mask with a cloth mask over it, or one KN95, N95, or KF94 mask (which does not need an additional layer).
January 2022 Guidance for Returning to Campus
In accordance with the latest CDC guidance and recommendations from our own medical experts, UNE will put the following protocols in place for the beginning of the spring semester. For further guidance on the state of Maine's COVID-19 response, please visit the Maine CDC’s COVID-19 website.
All students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated, which includes receiving a booster vaccine dose, by February 16, 2022. (Individuals may not be eligible for booster shots yet based on their initial vaccination date).
Please review the Vaccination section of our FAQ to learn how members of the UNE community can access vaccinations, how to report your vaccination status, how to request a religious or medical exemption, and which types of medical providers may complete the provider section of the exemption form.
For all on campus students, faculty, and professional staff, during your first week of returning to campus, you will be required to double-mask indoors. This means wearing two surgical masks, a surgical mask with a cloth mask over it, or one KN95, N95, or KF94 mask, which does not need an additional layer. Masks will not be required outdoors.
This week of double-masking will happen at different times depending on when your academic program starts or which unit you work in. The hope is to resume using a single mask after that first week, but the plan is subject to change, so please monitor email for updates.
Please note that neck gaiters, bandanas, scarves, and masks with exhalation vents are not allowed. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required for certain clinical, research, or other activities.
*As of October 29, 2021, per a decision made by the presidents of the Commonwealth Coast Conference, vaccinated indoor-sports varsity student athletes are allowed to remove their masks for indoor practice and athletic competition. They will be tested at least once per week to monitor their COVID-19 status.
UNE will continue to follow CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine. Going forward, people who test positive will isolate for five days if asymptomatic. If you have been exposed and you are fully vaccinated, including receiving a booster dose, but you have not tested positive, the CDC does not require isolation, but advises you to wear a mask for 10 days when around others.
Those who test positive and have symptoms must continue to isolate until symptoms resolve.
For current CDC guidance on isolation see Ending COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine for NonHealthcare Settings (PDF).
Visitors are required to wear double masks in indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. This means wearing two surgical masks, a surgical mask with a cloth mask over it, or one KN95, N95, KF94 mask, which does not need an additional layer. Masks will not be required outdoors.
Social distancing is no longer required on UNE’s campuses (outdoors and indoors).
- January 18, 2022: Announcement of COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic on Feb. 2 (PDF)
- January 14, 2022: Review for Students of Back-to-Campus Plan (PDF)
- January 11, 2022: Update to Masking Protocols in January Onward Plan (PDF)
- January 7, 2022: Masking Information from OSHA (PDF)
- December 29, 2021: Announcement on Guidelines for January 2022 Return to Campus (PDF)