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May 4, 2020

UNE will reopen Maine campuses to students this fall

The University of New England on Monday said it plans to reopen its Biddeford and Portland campuses to students in the fall.

After temporarily suspending in-person classes and activities in response to the pandemic, UNE formed a committee in April to begin exploring options for resuming them. Based on the group’s recommendations, the university will welcome students back in time for the fall semester, according to a news release.

“Although there continues to be much that we do not know about the novel coronavirus, we are learning more every day, and we have now reached a point at which I feel confident in our ability to resume on-campus operations by the fall semester,” said President James Herbert.

Specifics of the reopening are still beings worked out, but UNE said they may include requirements for social distancing, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, and provisions for coronavirus testing.

"Every reasonable and appropriate effort will be made to mitigate risk to the fullest extent possible in campus settings,” the university said.

UNE operates the state’s only medical school and recently expanded its nursing program.

“As Maine’s top provider of health care workers, UNE has a responsibility to bring our health professions students back to campus to continue their training, enabling them to complete their programs on time and join a workforce that desperately needs them,” said Herbert.

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