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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated April 22, 2021

Out-of-state students and visitors coming to campus will need to comply with Maine’s policies. (See State of Maine website for up-to-date details.) State policies currently exempt Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island visitors from Maine’s testing and quarantine requirements.

In addition, those who have either recently had COVID-19 or been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of their state of origin, are exempted from the test and quarantine requirements. Federal requirements related to international travel, however, remain in effect.

Under the Moving Maine Forward plan, Maine will shift its COVID-19 travel policy by May 1, 2021 to automatically exempt all states, unless a state is otherwise determined by the Maine CDC as being high risk. If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.

To find the most current information on testing and travel policies visit the State of Maine’s “Travel and Visitor FAQ” page. It is part of the Governor’s COVID-19 Response and can be found online at https://www.maine.gov/covid19/keepmainehealthy/faqs.

If you have chosen to quarantine for 10 days after arriving in Maine, there are a variety of restrictions that will need to be observed. They can be found online at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/documents/What-Is-Quarantine.pdf

 Similar to the fall semester, surveillance testing will be conducted in groups during the semester. Students will receive notification messages via email, the student portal, canvas, and E2Campus, that inform them of the day and time of their testing appointment. Please show up to for your test on the appointed day. We will be working to attain 100% compliance by all Husson University students with our testing protocol during the spring semester.

Husson University has established a staggered move-out schedule. Instituted in accordance with federal and state Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, this schedule is designed to help protect the health of our students and their families. This staggered schedule will facilitate physical distancing and reduce contact between large numbers of people. Students are being asked to schedule a move-out day and time with Residence Life through the MyHousing portal starting on Thursday, April 15. Please choose a date and time carefully. Rescheduling options may be limited. If you have any questions, please call 207.941.7700 or email reslife@husson.edu.


Whenever a student moves out of a residence hall room, it is a contactless express check-out process. Each student is responsible for assuring that all appropriate college furniture is in their room at checkout time. All personal belongings must be removed from the student's room prior to checkout. Room keys must also be returned to the Resident Director's Office either in person or by using a key envelope and submitting the proper information, in order to avoid a key replacement charge. The final determination on maintenance, custodial and other charges will be made by the Office of Residence Life staff.


Students may bring up to two people to help them move out. When moving out, students and their helpers must wear a mask at all times. Due to physical distancing and public health recommendations, we are not able to make an exception to this policy. Once students have finished moving out, we ask that helpers and students depart as soon as possible.

Some of you from a non-exempt state or country may have chosen to remain in Maine over the holidays. International students who stayed in Maine during the winter break would fall into this category. If you have remained in Maine, you are considered compliant and there is no need for you to quarantine or be tested. However, you will need to complete a Certificate of Compliance Form that certifies you did not leave Maine. The University must receive this form before we can “release” anyone who falls into this category from testing or quarantining.

Those students who have either recently had COVID-19 or been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of their state of origin, are exempted from the test and quarantine requirements. Federal requirements related to international travel, however, remain in effect.

If you are a student who received one or two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, you may test positive if you take a COVID-19 antibody test as part of bloodwork. The tests we use here at Husson are PCR tests that rely on nasal swabs. These tests do not have this issue. Since they do not trigger a positive test if one has been inoculated against COVID-19, vaccinated students will continue to participate in surveillance testing.

If you are a student, please let the Wellness Center know if you have received one or two doses of the vaccine. All medical information is considered strictly confidential.

Also, please contact the Wellness Center if you contracted COVID-19 and have since recovered. Recovering from COVID-19 affects your participation in testing for 90 days.

Any questions regarding COVID-19 compliance can be directed to the Husson University COVID Information Line at 207.992.1919.

Keeping our Husson community healthy is essential if we want to continue to offer classroom-based instruction on campus.  We encourage every member of our campus community to be careful in their interactions with others. This will help prevent anyone from inadvertently introducing COVID to our campus community.

In an effort to protect the health of our Husson community, all students, employees and campus visitors are required to wear masks in group gatherings and public spaces where incidental contact is likely. This includes the classroom and any situation where individuals are within six feet of others in both indoor and outdoor settings.

After extensive research by our Protect Husson Health and Safety Task Force, and consultation with Bangor Public Health, Husson University has identified three types of masks that are effective in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These are: 

  • Cloth masks
  • Surgical masks
  • Standard dust masks 

Other types of masks or face coverings, including masks with exhalation valves, bandanas and gaiters do not sufficiently protect the person wearing the mask and/or other individuals.

Cloth masks, surgical masks and standard dust masks are the only types of masks Husson University will accept as meeting our requirements during the pandemic. No other types of masks should be worn on our campus. 

If you do not own a mask that meets University standards, a supply of free surgical masks is available. If you are a student, feel free to visit the Student Life Office at 102 Peabody Hall to obtain an approved mask if you need one. 

In an effort to help protect everyone’s health, Husson University has created a video that demonstrates the proper ways to put on and remove a mask. 

We are asking all of our students and faculty members to wear masks during classes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since everyone’s masks need to stay on, food will not be allowed in the classroom this semester. It is permissible, however, to drink water in class provided students don’t remove their masks and use drinking cups with straws. The straws will need to fit underneath the edge of students’ masks. This will allow students to take a drink of water while still being protected from COVID-19.

Certain rooms are considered “no water laboratories.” If you are student who is taking a course with a lab component, be sure to check with the faculty member leading the course to determine if it is permissible to bring water into the lab.

In addition to requiring every individual to wear masks in group gatherings and public spaces, the University will also be increasing the physical distance between students in the classroom. To accomplish this, we will be utilizing larger spaces like the Furman Student Center, the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business and the Gracie Theatre.

All students taking in-person courses at Husson University's Bangor campus will be required to participate in regularly scheduled surveillance tests for the coronavirus and to monitor their health for any possible symptoms. Any student found to have contracted COVID-19 will be able to seek assistance from campus health services to avoid any further spread of the virus.

Husson University has entered into a contract with the Broad Institute in Boston to provide testing materials and services for students who are taking in-person courses on our Bangor campus. The surveillance tests will be administered on campus to our student population. The Institute will then provide an analysis of the tests. Our surveillance testing is designed to help identify asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 and to monitor the current state of the pandemic. This type of test is self-administered by the student, by swabbing inside one’s nostril, while observed by trained personnel. The University has the capacity to test 900 students per week.

Symptomatic testing is reserved for those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Students who feel they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call the Wellness Center for assessment by a trained healthcare professional. Do not go to the walk-in clinic and risk infecting others before speaking with the Wellness Center. We have developed a process that begins with a phone assessment so we can prepare for an in-person visit, if that’s deemed necessary by our medical staff.

A random, computerized selection process is being used to select students for testing. Once selected, students will be notified of their testing date(s) via email, the student portal, canvas, and E2Campus. Included in this communication will be the location of their testing.

COVID-19 surveillance tests are being made available to students at no charge. COVID-19 symptomatic testing will be done at the Wellness Center. While Husson is not charging students to administer symptomatic tests, there will be a charge for the analysis of each individual’s test sample. The cost of this analysis will vary and is dependent upon the price charged by the laboratory performing the test and each person’s individual health insurance coverage. This charge will be billed to each student’s insurance company and/or student account.

It means you currently have, or recently had the virus.

Someone who is asymptomatic is a person who has the infection but is not showing any symptoms, and will not develop them later.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

When a student is quarantined on campus, they will be required to stay in their room/residence with the understanding that they can only leave to utilize the restroom for personal care or to attend medical appointments. Meals will be delivered to students living on campus. The students’ academic advisors will work with the affected individuals to ensure they can continue to pursue their education online. The Center for Student Success is also available to any student who may need additional academic support.

Roommates may be quarantined together, if they were both potentially exposed to COVID-19.

Isolation is the complete separation from others of a person suffering from contagious or infectious disease.

If a student residing on campus tests positive for COVID-19, they will be placed in isolation. Isolation means that the residential student must remain in their assigned isolation space at all times unless scheduled to receive medical care. Students are required to call the Wellness Center twice daily to report symptoms. If they do not call, then staff at the Wellness Center will call the student. If we cannot reach the student, Husson University will send Safety and Security Officers to check on the student’s welfare. Students who have tested positive may be placed in isolation with another person who has also tested positive for COVID-19.

If you have proof from a qualified medical professional that you have either recently had COVID-19 or been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of your state of origin, you are exempt from Maine’s testing and quarantine requirements.

Students will receive emails about negative test results. Those who have positive results, invalid results, and “unable to be processed” results will receive telephone calls from the Wellness Center regarding their test results. Those who receive invalid and “unable to be processed” results will be asked by the surveillance site to come in and be tested again during the next scheduled testing day. If a test is performed off campus, the reporting of the test results are dependent upon that facility’s policies and procedures.

The Broad Institute or Northern Light Laboratory/Affiliated Laboratories, Inc. or the Maine State Laboratory, as the reading laboratories, will be reporting positive test results to the State of Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Additionally, the Wellness Center will report all positive results to Maine CDC. The larger Husson community will be able track positive and negative results via the dashboard found on Husson University’s website.

It’s the tool used to slow the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing helps protect you, your family, and your community by letting people know they may have been exposed to the coronavirus and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Contact tracing begins when a student is tested and presumed positive. A contact tracer will be assigned to each individual presumed to have COVID-19 and will maintain contact with this individual until the person is cleared to reenter the campus community.

Husson University will participate in the initial contact tracing work and contact affected students. Once the Maine CDC becomes involved, tracing activities will be turned over to the agency. Contact tracers will work with the individual to help them recall everyone with whom they have had direct contact when they might have been infectious, including roommates. We will not disclose who the individual is that tested positive when notifying potential contacts.

As defined for COVID-19 by the CDC: Any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

The COVID-19 dashboard shows the results of COVID-19 testing and will be updated as soon as new information becomes available. There may be a short delay in reporting on the dashboard due to the lag time between testing and receiving lab results. Holidays, shipping delays, and lab delays may also affect the timeliness of reported dashboard results. The dashboard will show for students and employees: total population; total tests completed; total confirmed positive; and total confirmed negatives. Cumulative testing data will also be included.

As a leading provider of education to students pursuing careers in healthcare, Husson University has access to some to the state’s leading faculty members in their areas of expertise. These areas of expertise include nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, biochemistry, health science, healthcare administration, and clinical mental health. In addition, we are drawing upon the expertise of the medical professionals in our Wellness Center. For athletics, we have actively solicited input from our team physician, a medical professional in private practice from outside of the University community. 

Husson University also works collaboratively with numerous clinical healthcare partners to ensure our students meet their training and safety expectations. 

In addition to getting input from knowledgeable healthcare professionals in a variety of disciplines, the University is actively following all of the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the federal level and state levels. 

Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our community, including students, faculty and staff. All actions taken by the University are in accordance with federal and state guidelines and follow best practices as defined by a variety of healthcare professionals who are working with the University on developing and implementing our COVID-19 response.

In the interest of reducing the amount of external interaction that could bring the coronavirus to our campus, Husson University will be compressing our academic calendar during the Spring 2021 semester.

 

During the Spring 2021 semester, we will be holding classes on President’s Day, (February 15), St. Patrick’s Day, (March 17), and Cinco de Mayo, (May 5). There will be no Spring Break. Most students will be able to head home for the summer and remain at home until the start of the Fall 2021 semester once final exams are completed on May 7.

Commencement is currently scheduled to take place at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor the following day (May 8, 2021).

Any Spring 2021 resident students interested in remaining on campus during our summer sessions will need to submit this request via a form from the Office of Residence Life. All students residing on campus will receive information about the Campus Stay Request process around mid-semester. Until then, we will continue to monitor changes to state and local guidelines that could affect our internal processes.

Please continue to check this website periodically for COVID-19 updates that could affect our semester and Commencement schedules. Thank you for your patience.

Since the spring semester will be shortened, the University is making the following adjustments to assist students with financial need and ensure housing charges are fair and equitable.

Over the course of the academic year, Husson University will provide an additional $300 housing grant to students who live on campus. Students who attended lived in University housing received a $150 grant during the Fall 2020 semester. A second $150 grant will be made during the Spring 2021 semester. 

If you have any questions, the Student Accounts office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 207-941-7150 or by email at accounts@husson.edu.

Yes. Students will have the opportunity to take courses online in many of our programs. This will help students with medical concerns or other needs to continue their studies without interruption.

Some students, however, whose programs require experiential hands-on learning, internships and clinical experiences essential to their studies, may have to complete specific program requirements on campus. We will work with students to provide flexible options to complete their educational coursework.

Husson University continuously monitors the COVID-19 situation and is prepared to make the necessary adjustments if the infection rates escalate. As a precaution, our faculty members have continued participating in training maximizing the effectiveness of online course offerings. In the event it becomes necessary to close the campus, Husson University will transition the majority of its classes to an online or teleconference modality.

Online education is as good as the instructional design and the faculty that stand behind the coursework. Edmit, a website dedicated to helping families navigate the financial challenges of paying for college, recently evaluated the online experiences offered by colleges and universities in Maine. There was only one college in Maine whose online experience Edmit rated highly. That college was Husson University. Every other college and university’s online experience was rated “low” or “medium.” Husson students and their families can rest assured that they’ll continue to receive a quality education regardless of whether they are studying on campus or online.

Residence Life is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Resident Directors are routinely in their offices from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm during regular business days. 

To contact Residence Life, call us at 207.941.7700 or email us at reslife@husson.edu. We’re here to help!

Husson University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are part of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC). NAC announced in January 2021 that it has canceled conference play for the 2020-21 basketball season. 

The NAC Presidents' Council determined it wasn’t feasible to conduct a NAC regular or postseason basketball schedule due to the current pandemic.

The first official NAC Swimming & Diving Championship has been postponed until next winter. The first-ever NAC swimming & diving event, a virtual invitational, is slated for March 13-14, 2021. The five sponsoring institutions plan to compete either regionally or in their own campus pools and combine results virtually to determine overall event winners and team champions. A traditional three-day championship is planned for February 4-6, 2022.

The Husson football team and Husson field hockey team also remain hopeful for a condensed competition schedule in the spring after missing out on competition this past fall due to COVID-19. As for winter sports, the Husson men's and women's indoor track and field teams plan on continuing to practice in preparation for an outdoor track and field season in the spring. The Husson men's and women's basketball and men's and women's swim and dive teams all hope to have a competitive schedule despite the NAC cancelling the conference tournament for 2021. 

Presidents’ previously endorsed plans for playing traditional fall sports on a smaller scale throughout the spring semester, with the understanding that adjustments may be needed. Fall sports in the NAC include men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, and women's tennis. Though men's golf and women's tennis are typically conducted in the fall at the conference level, they are spring NCAA championship sports. As a result, NAC championships are planned for this spring in those two sports.

Previously approved spring sport schedules and championships remain in place while contingency planning is underway. Spring sports include baseball, softball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's outdoor track & field, and men's tennis. Presidents will reconvene in mid-to-late February to determine if changing course is needed for swimming & diving, fall, or spring sports.

Eligible student athletes in all sports benefit from a blanket waiver in Division III this year. They will not be charged with a season of participation, regardless of the level of practices or games that do occur throughout the year. Student athletes also have two extra semesters to take advantage of extended eligibility.

Despite the cancellation of spring semester athletic competition in some of our sports, Husson students and athletes will have the opportunity to access the Clara Swan Center, the Wight’s Strength & Conditioning Facility, and the Webber Pool. The number of people using these facilities at one time, however, will be limited in order to make sure students maintain physical distancing.

The good health of our Husson community remains our first priority.

Husson University has decided to cancel any, and all study abroad programming for the Fall 2021 semester in an effort to protect the health of our students.

We will reassess the possibility of reinstituting the study abroad program for Spring 2022 at a later date. The spread of the coronavirus nationally, and internationally will determine whether this programming can be reinstituted for 2022.

Students have a variety of dining options during the spring semester that all meet state and local health requirements. All meal plans will go into effect the first day of spring semester when students arrive on campus. 

The Dickerman Dining Commons (DDC) is offering students a dine-in seating option. The State of Maine currently limits indoor gatherings to 50 people. Individuals are being served on a first-come, first serve basis. Once the number of patrons in the room reaches 50, new customers wait until an existing patron completes their meal and leaves the room, before they enter. To assist students in accessing the DDC, hours of operation have been extended.

Everyone who wants the dine-in seating option enters the dining room from the main entrance and leaves using the side door. This prevents existing customers from having to pass by those waiting in line. There is no self-service. In an effort to promote safe food handling, dining services personnel are preparing and providing all meals, including salads from the salad bar.

Dining Service food offerings also include a “Grab ‘N’ Go” option with a limited selection. In addition, convenience store items from the Grab ‘N’ Go are also be available. The preferred method of payment for meals is by using the Eagle Card/ID in order to provide touchless payments. Cash and Debit/Credit card payments are also being accepted.

To reduce the possibility of congestion at the DDC, the Cressy Marketplace is offering meals that mirror what is being offered at the DDC. There are no “cooked to order” options during the spring semester. All purchased food is being bagged for the student. Students will need to use the designated entrances and exits to the facility.  

The Willey Café will continue to operate in a manner similar to what patrons have become accustomed to. Patrons will now need to maintain six feet of distance in the café, and there will only be one way in and one way out.  

As previously mentioned above, to align meal allowances with our extended dining hours and dining safety protocols, we are offering the following meal plans during the spring term:

 

Standard Options:

  • 19 meals per week with dining dollars of $125
  • 13 meals per week with dining dollars of $200 

Premium Options:

  • 19 meals per week with dining dollars of $225
  • 13 meals per week with dining dollars of $300

Students may rollover any unused dining dollars from the Fall 2020 semester to the Spring 2021 semester. We hope this will motivate students to remain on campus for meals. By reducing the amount of off-campus contact, we can enhance and protect the health and safety of our entire campus community.

 

Revised Dining Hours

  • Grab n Go – Retail and Meal Equivalents
  • Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. - Breakfast 7 a.m. - 11 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Brunch 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
  • Eagle After Hours - Retail
    Thursday – Sunday 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Eagle After Hours – Delivery
    Thursday – Sunday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Cressy Marketplace – Retail and Meal Equivalents
  • Monday – Friday – Retail only 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Cook to Order 7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Monday – Friday – Meal Equivalents and Retail 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    - Lunch 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    -  Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Willey’s Café – Retail Only
    Monday – Friday 7:30AM- 4:00PM

 

If you have any questions about dining options at Husson University, please email Dining Services at diningservices@husson.edu or call Carole Bemis at 207-941-7076.

Here are a series of sensible tips that can help you stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with other people. 
  • Wear a mask whenever you are in a group situation. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Follow all mandates and guidelines from local, state and federal authorities. 
  • Download the Eagle Safe app and use the self-assessment function. If you haven’t downloaded the Eagle Safe app yet, please do so. In addition to important COVID-19 information, it will connect you to Husson University Safety and Security in the event of an emergency.  

In addition, if you get sick, make sure to stay home. Please help prevent others from being exposed to illness.

 

  • Call 911 if you are having difficulty breathing. Notify emergency services of any recent travel exposures you might have had before they arrive.
  • Contact your healthcare provider. Husson University students can also call Husson University Student Health Services at 207.941.7625. If they need assistance after normal Wellness Center hours, seek assistance at an urgent care facility.
  • Avoid contact with others.

The Husson University Wellness Center is open for all students Monday – Friday, from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 7 p.m. After hours, there is a Convenient MD Urgent Care facility at 543 Broadway in Bangor, approximately 1 mile from campus (207.922.1300), open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. No appointments are necessary. St. Joseph’s Hospital, open 24 hours a day, is located at 360 Broadway (207.907.1000). 

For additional questions, visit these websites:

Or, call the Center for Student Success at 207.992.1934 or email them at studentsuccess@husson.edu.

You can also call Husson University’s COVID Information Line at 207.992.1919.

 

Students can use their own personal Plexiglas shields in class and in the Campus Center. While masking is still required in public areas on campus, shields like this can offer students an extra layer of protection. The most affordable, foldable, portable desk shields we have found can be ordered online at SchoolOutlet.com. A variety of other vendors also offer Plexiglas desk shields. We recommend that you compare products and prices online to find the shield that’s best for you.

If you are a student who has additional questions about how your program will be affected by the move to online, please contact your faculty advisor or the Office of Student Success at 207.992.1934 or studentsuccess@husson.edu. For questions about housing, please call Residence Life at 207.941.7700 or email them at reslife@husson.edu.