2023 COVID-19 Guidance
While UNE continues to recommend vaccination for students and employees, it is no longer required for students who are not in the health professions. Faculty and professional staff who do not work in clinical/patient-facing roles are also not required to be vaccinated.
Vaccination is still required for students in health professions programs so they can complete clinical requirements needed to graduate. Employees who work in on-campus clinical settings such as the Oral Health Center, the Coleman Dental Hygiene Clinic, the OMM lab, and Student Health Services are also required to be vaccinated.
Additionally, for those students who are engaged in study abroad, internships, or practicums outside of UNE, there may be restrictions imposed by those third parties, including vaccination requirements, which could have academic and travel implications.
UNE students or employees mentioned above for whom the COVID-19 vaccine is still required will need to have an exemption for their work or study sites if they cannot or do not want to be vaccinated. To request an exemption, please fill out the COVID-19 vaccine exemption form and upload it to the Student Patient Portal. Once you’ve uploaded the form, please await further instructions from Student Health Services regarding the request.
Masking and PPE Requirements
UNE does not require masking in clinical/patient-facing spaces such as the Oral Health Center, Coleman Dental Hygiene Clinic, Student Health, and the OMM Clinic. Practitioners and students in these spaces will continue to adhere to the PPE requirements for their specific discipline. Members of the UNE community are, of course, free to wear a mask voluntarily at any time should they choose to do so.
Positive Case Reporting and Isolation Requirements
UNE no longer tracks positive cases of COVID-19 and students are no longer required to report cases to Student Health Services. Any student or employee who has symptoms of a contagious illness should stay home or wear a mask to avoid transmission, and those who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate according to CDC guidelines.
If you have questions regarding UNE’s COVID-19 policies, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.