Academic Classroom Policy (effective 9/1/2019)

Apart from occasional exceptions made for academic purposes (such as a class visit to Fogler Library), or when the condition of a classroom leaves it temporarily unusable, classes are held in the room(s) to which they are assigned in MaineStreet.

  • Using an assigned room avoids disruption by ensuring that no other class or group is simultaneously scheduled in the same room.
  • Disability accommodations for students and faculty are based on the room assigned.
  • Staff members and UMaine Police officers must be able to locate students and faculty in case of emergency or when communication is urgent.

Faculty members who wish to change their classroom assignment must obtain the approval of their dean’s office and have the change recorded in MaineStreet by the Office of Student Records. Requests without compelling justification may not be approved.

Room Reservation Policy

A confirmation secures for the contact person or organization the use of the academic classroom space(s) needed. However, should a matter of great urgency arise to cause a change of room assignment, all parties involved will be notified prior to the date scheduled.

The policy of the University of Maine requires that academic classroom facilities be assigned to a contact person (i.e. student groups, campus organizations, or Conference Services). Students of recognized campus organizations who want to schedule academic classroom space must be listed as an official contact. The Coordinator for Student Organizations, 145 Memorial Union, 207.581.1760, maintains the list of recognized campus organizations and contacts.

The group reserving the room will be held responsible for the actions of its members during the hours the room is reserved. Please use care in the use of University of Maine common areas for meetings and education and/or social activities and try to leave each facility in as good or better condition as found. If an infraction occurs, a warning letter will be issued. A second infraction will results in the organization or group no longer being permitted to reserve classroom space. The group or contact person responsible for the particular gathering will pay for any resulting damage caused during the course of the activities. In the event of a cancellation, a 48 hour or more notice is suggested. The group sponsor will be held responsible for all debts incurred for non-cancellation.

The drinking of alcoholic beverages, use of marijuana, or other drugs including e-cigarettes and vaping devices is not allowed in any academic building without prior approval from the appropriate Vice President and registration of the event with the UMaine Police Department. For more information, visit the University of Maine Student Handbook – Scheduling Events on Campus.

Cancellation of Classes

Minimum Course Enrollments

Courses whose enrollment falls below the following minimum may be canceled:

100- and 200-level courses – 12 students
300- and 400-level courses – 8 students
500- and 600-level courses – 4 students

Continuing and Distance Education/Summer University

100- to 499-level courses – 12 students
500- to 699-level courses – 6 students

Inclement Weather Policy (effective January 9, 2014)

The policy of the University of Maine is to remain open for classes and university functions for the maximum number of scheduled days possible during the school year in order to avoid the necessity of make-up days on weekends or holidays.  A serious parking emergency or a case of exceptionally serious road conditions in the Greater Bangor area will be the only reasons to delay opening, which would allow the plows to get ahead of the problem prior to the arrival of commuter students and staff.  In some cases it may be necessary to cancel classes.

The full inclement weather policy is online, complete with the best options for getting up-to-date information about delays and class cancellations.

For the most timely notification of weather-related class cancellations or postponements, members of the University of Maine community are strongly encouraged to sign up for text and/or email message alerts (

Notifications also are posted on the UMaine website, MyCampus portal and on the University of Maine Facebook. These notification options are considered the most reliable options.

In addition, updates can be heard by calling 581.SNOW (1.800.581.SNOW outside the local area), with early morning notifications recorded by 6 a.m., and others made throughout the day. Local media also are notified of UMaine’s weather-related cancellations and delays.