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

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

Maine Day

In 1935 President Arthur Hauck inaugurated MAINE DAY, a day set aside for “spring clean-up” of our campus.  Classes will be canceled on that day with the exception of classes, including laboratories, which meet two or fewer times per week.  The entire campus community-students, faculty, staff, and alumni- pitches in to spruce up the campus.  Historically Maine Day is set on Wednesday of the last week of classes of the Spring semester.

Inclement Weather Policy

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 and portal; in FirstClass folders (Announcements & Alerts; Provost/Academic Affairs and UMaine Forum); and on University of Maine Facebook and Twitter. 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.

Effective January 9, 2014

Additional information contact: Division of Marketing and Communications