Late Fall Semester Shift to Remote Instruction

JUST ONE-AND-A-HALF WEEKS SHY of the fall semester’s end, President Brennan announced that on November 16, all classes would be conducted via remote instruction. On-campus housing was closed on November 18. Final exams were also conducted via remote learning venues.

“We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation in our state and on our campus, and though we’ve been successful since August in keeping our campus nearly COVID-free, like the rest of Maine we are seeing more positive cases in our community,” said Brennan. “We had hoped to operate through Thanksgiving on campus (a 12-week semester), and the realities of the pandemic are such that we must change our plan.”

“While we are making this swift change to mitigate the impact of the virus now, we are also looking toward the future. At this time, our plan for January remains the same (to offer in-person, as well as remote learning.)”

As of November 16, 3,115 entry and surveillance tests for COVID-19 had been conducted, and 13 active cases were reported.

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