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POSSESSION OR CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IS NOT ALLOWED ON ANY UMA PREMISES EXCEPT UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
Alcoholic beverages may be possessed or consumed on the University of Maine at Augusta campus only by persons 21 years of age or older and only with specific authorization. No alcohol will be served at any student function on campus. When alcohol is permitted, such functions will occur off-campus at facilities licensed to sell alcohol.

  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in a public place. This applies to any and all UMA functions open to the public, such as concerts, dances, and athletic events whether inside UMA buildings or out-of-doors.
  • Anyone under 21 years of age who purchases or possesses any intoxicating liquor may be subject to prosecution. Anyone who aids a minor in procuring liquor may be punished by a fine, imprisonment, or both.
  • Alcoholic beverages shall only be supplied by an appropriately licensed caterer. Proof of licensure will be required by the University.
  • No E&G funds may be used to purchase alcoholic beverages.
  • A reasonable quantity of non-alcoholic beverages will be made available during any function authorized to permit the consumption of alcohol.
  • Each individual must assume responsibility for his or her behavior while drinking and must understand that being under the influence of alcohol in no way lessens accountability to the University community. Infractions by students of regulations pertaining to the use of alcoholic beverages will be dealt with under the Student Conduct Code.

Permission may be granted by the executive director of administrative services. If the event is a student-sponsored event, advance permission must also be granted by the dean of students. A "UMA Social Event Registration Form" must be completed and returned to the Office of Administrative Services at least one week prior to the event. The form indicates the specifics of the event and lists those responsible for assuring that University policies and state laws are observed. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages at special occasions is only allowed when permission of the University has been explicitly granted. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Administrative Services in Augusta.

UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ALCOHOL AND ILLEGAL DRUGS

University policy recognizes that substance abuse is a complex problem that is not easily resolved solely by personal effort and may require professional assistance and/or treatment. Accordingly, each campus and University Services have designated an individual to assist employees and students who seek referral for assistance with a substance-abuse problem. Students, faculty, and staff members with substance-abuse problems are encouraged to take advantage of available diagnostic, referral, counseling, and prevention services. However, employees and students availing themselves of these services will not be granted special privileges and exemptions from standard personnel practices applicable to job performance requirements and from standard academic and student conduct requirements. The University will not excuse acts of misconduct committed by employees and students whose judgment is impaired due to substance abuse.
Alcoholic Beverages
The sale, possession, and use of alcohol on campuses of the University of Maine System must comply with the laws of the state of Maine and with local campus regulations and procedures. The acquisition, possession, transportation, and consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age is prohibited by University policy.
Alcohol may be possessed or consumed on University property only by persons 21 years of age or older in their rooms or in appropriately licensed and/or approved campus facilities. Persons are expected to assume responsibility for their own behavior while drinking and must understand that being under the influence of alcohol in no way lessens their accountability to the University community. 
Illegal Drugs 
The possession, use, manufacture, dispensing or distribution of illegal drugs (heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, steroids, etc.) is prohibited at any time on University property and as part of any University activities. “Illegal drugs” does not mean the use of drugs under a valid prescription. Employees and students known to use, possess, manufacture, dispense, or distribute illegal drugs are liable to public law-enforcement actions and University disciplinary actions.  Employees and students who use prescribed medications are responsible for their secure storage and disposal.
Sanctions 
Employees and students who violate the University’s policy will be subject to disciplinary action by the University. The severity of the imposed sanctions will be appropriate to the violation; possible sanctions include suspension, probation, dismissal, restitution, official censure or reprimand, referral for prosecution, participation in a rehabilitation program, and other actions the University deems appropriate.
Special Rules That Apply to Employees and Students Under The Drug Free Workplace Act 
In November of 1988, the United States Congress enacted the Anti-Drug Abuse Act which contains a section called the “Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988.” This section requires organizations receiving federal grants and contracts to ensure that their workplaces are free from illegal use, possession, manufacture, dispensation, or distribution of controlled substances.
The law requires employers who receive federal funds to:

  • notify employees that drug abuse is prohibited in the workplace,
  • establish a drug-free awareness program,
  • require each employee to notify the University of any criminal drug conviction for violations occurring in the workplace, and
  • impose sanctions or remedial actions for convicted employees.

As a result of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, a court of law may suspend or terminate an individual’s eligibility for federal benefits, including student financial assistance, if that individual is convicted of certain drug offenses.

 
As a University employee, the Drug Free Workplace Act requires you to notify your supervisor (for example, Department Director or Principal Investigator) if you are convicted of any workplace-related criminal drug violation. You must notify your supervisor within five calendar days after the conviction. Failure to report a conviction may be grounds for dismissal.
The University must report in writing to the contracting or granting agency within 10 calendar days of receiving notice of the conviction.
Violations of the Drug Free Workplace Act can result in:

  • disciplinary action, including dismissal
  • suspension of payments under the grant
  • suspension or termination of the grant
  • suspension or debarment of the grantee

Maine has a medical marijuana law that permits medical use and possession of marijuana under certain circumstances.  However, permitting empoyees or students to use or possess marijuana for medical purposes on campus would violate the federal Drug Free Workplace Act.  Consequently, medical use or possession of marijuana on campus is prohibited.  Employees and students who are under the influence of medical marijuana are not exempt from normal conduct and job performance standards.

WHERE CAN EMPLOYEES GO FOR HELP? WHERE CAN STUDENTS GO FOR HELP?
Each campus of the University of Maine System has designated individuals to help students and employees deal with substance abuse problems. In addition to the designated individuals, you may discuss problems with residence hall staff, counselors, or your supervisor. Those individuals can help you get assistance from a trained professional.  TTY callers may contact these individuals through the Maine Telecommunications Relay Service (MERS) at 711.


EMPLOYEES:

Sheri Stevens, Executive Director of Administrative Services
Farmhouse
Telephone: 621-3110 or 1-877-UMA-1234, ext. 3110

STUDENTS:

UMA/Augusta Campus
Philip Watkins, Counselor
Telephone: 621-3044 or 1-877-UMA-1234, ext. 3044

UMA/Bangor Campus
Jennifer Mascaro, Counselor
Coordinator of Counseling Services
Telephone: 262-7836

UMS CENTERS
Students may contact either the Student Services Coordinator at the center or the designated campus person at the campus of enrollment.

In addition to campus resources you may find local social service agencies who can help. Consult the telephone directory. “Community Services Numbers” are listed in the front of the directory. Also see the Yellow Pages listings for Alcoholism Information and Treatment Centers and Drug Abuse and Addiction Information and Treatment.
The following state and national telephone numbers may also be helpful:
1-800-499-0027—Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Information and Resource Center, to receive information about treatment services.
1-800-662-HELP—Referral for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.

MAINE ALCOHOL LAWS

Furnishing liquor to a minor (or allowing a minor in a place under your control to consume alcohol): up to $2,000 fine and less than one year in jail. Furnishing liquor to a visibly intoxicated person: 6 months in jail and/or $500 fine.
Maine Liquor Liability Act: civil liability for negligently or recklessly serving alcohol to a minor or a person visibly intoxicated. If property damage, bodily injury, or death results, monetary damages of up to $350,000 plus medical expenses may be awarded. This act could apply to a person or organization that is not licensed to serve alcohol.
Illegal sale of liquor (without a license from the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages): $300 – $500 fine plus costs, plus up to 30 days in jail for the first offense.
Illegal possession with intent to sell: up to $1,000 fine and six months in jail. Any vehicle used to transfer liquor with intent to sell the liquor illegally can be seized.
Operating Under the Influence (OUI)
Maine motor vehicle law makes it a crime for any person to operate a motor vehicle in Maine under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with an excessive blood-alcohol level. Penalties for first convictions are:
If your blood-alcohol content is .08 to .14 percent:

  • a fine of at least $500, and
  • loss of license for at least 150 days

If your blood-alcohol content is .15 percent or more, or you are traveling 30 m.p.h. or more over the speed limit, or you attempt to elude an officer of the law, or you have a passenger in the vehicle who is under 21 years of age:

  • a fine of at least $500
  • at least 48 hours in jail, and
  • loss of license for at least 150 days

If you refuse to submit to a blood alcohol test:

  • a fine of at least $600
  • at least 96 hours in jail, and
  • loss of license for at least 150 days

Penalties for subsequent convictions are more severe. If you are convicted for OUI while under suspension for previous OUI, your vehicle may be seized. If you refuse to be tested, you automatically lose your license for a minimum of 275 days. Maine civil law also prohibits drinking alcoholic beverages while driving on a public road and the possession of an open container of alcohol by the driver or a passenger.
Special Liquor Laws Relating to Minors
Illegal Possession of Liquor
Any minor (a person under the age of 21 years) who is found to be in possession or control of alcohol, except in the scope of employment or in the minor’s home in the presence of the minor’s parent or guardian, is guilty of a civil infraction and shall be fined:

  • 1st offense, $200 to $400
  • 2nd offense, $300 to $600
  • 3rd and subsequent offense, $600

Teen Drinking Laws
An individual under the age of 21 years shall have his/her license suspended for one year if he/she operates a motor vehicle with any alcohol in his/her blood.  Having a passenger under age 21 must also result in an additional 180 day suspension.  Refusal to submit to a chemical test will result in an eighteen month suspension of a driver’s license. One can of beer, one glass of wine, or one ounce of distilled spirits can result in a blood alcohol level of .02 or more.  Minors who have a blood alcohol level of .08% or more may be prosecuted for the criminal offense of OUI.
Illegal Transportation
No minor shall knowingly transport or knowingly permit to be transported alcohol in a motor vehicle under the minor’s control except in the scope of his/her employment or at the request of the minor’s parent. The penalty is a 30-day driver’s license suspension. A reinstatement fee will be charged to get a license reinstated. Points will be assessed against the offender’s license. Up to a $500 fine may be assessed. A second offense results in a license suspension of 90 days and a fine of not less than $200, and subsequent offenses result in a one-year suspension and a fine of not less than $400.

MAINE DRUG LAWS

Maine law prohibits the knowing, intentional and unauthorized possession, furnishing (distribution or giving away), and trafficking (selling) of scheduled drugs, such as cocaine, marijuana, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), heroin, and steroids.
Possession can include merely allowing drugs to be kept in your room, car, or locker even though the drugs are owned by someone else. 
Furnishing means giving drugs to another, regardless of profit. If a student on one end of a bleacher sends drugs to a student at the other end, everyone who passed the drugs and who knew (or should have known) they were passing illegal drugs is legally guilty of “furnishing” that drug. Sharing a line of cocaine with friends (even if the friends don’t pay for it) is “furnishing cocaine.”
Aggravated furnishing (carrying longer terms of imprisonment or greater fines) involves an aggravating factor, including but not limited to the following:

  • Furnishing drugs to a minor
  • Furnishing 112 grams or more of cocaine or 32 grams or more of cocaine base
  • Furnishing involving a firearm
  • Prior conviction of a drug-related offense with a prison term of more than a year.

Trafficking is selling or exchanging an illegal drug and getting something in return. Trafficking also includes making, creating, manufacturing, growing, or cultivating drugs, or possessing with the intent to traffick or possessing more than a certain amount of certain drugs.
Aggravated trafficking (carrying longer terms of imprisonment or greater fines) involves an aggravating factor, including but not limited to the following:

  • Trafficking within 1,000 feet of an elementary or 
    secondary school
  • Trafficking on a school bus
  • Trafficking involving a minor (under 18)
  • Trafficking 112 grams or more of cocaine or 32 grams or more of cocaine base
  • Trafficking involving a firearm
  • Prior conviction of a drug-related offense with a prison term of more than a year.

In the following table:
* Indicates the amount of the drug possessed determines whether the crime is categorized as possession, furnishing, trafficking, or aggravated trafficking.
** Indicates the court may order any person convicted of possession, furnishing, or trafficking to pay a fine in an amount up to twice the pecuniary gain he/she derived from the crime or to pay a fine equal to the value, as of the time of the offense, of the drugs involved in the offense.
*** Indicates the amount of marijuana will increase the penalties. For example, the penalties for trafficking are increased to up to 5 years in jail and $5,000 fine if the amount of marijuana is 1 to 19 pounds, and up to 10 years in jail and $20,000 fine if the amount of marijuana is 20 pounds or more.
NOTE: State law allows for forfeiture of motor vehicles used in the commission of drug-related crimes. Possession of marijuana may be a civil violation.


SOME STATE OF MAINE ILLEGAL DRUG VIOLATION PENALTIES

COCAINE

Possession*

Prison: up to 1 yr.
and/or
Fine:**$400 up to $2,000

increased penalties for cocaine base and depending on amount

 

Furnishing

Prison: up to 5 yrs
Fine: $400 up to $5,000

 
 

Trafficking

Prison: up to 10 yrs. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $20,000

 
 

Aggravated trafficking

Prison: 4 - 30 yrs. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $50,000

 

MARIJUANA***

Possession*

Prison: up to 6 months &/or
Fine: $400 up to $1,000

 
 

Furnishing

Prison: up to 1 yr. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $2,000

 
 

Trafficking

Prison: up to 1 yr. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $2,000

 
 

Aggravated trafficking

Prison: up to 5 yrs. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $5,000

 

LSD

Possession*

Prison: up to 1 yr. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $2,000

 
 

Furnishing

Prison: up to 5 yrs. &/or
Fine: $400 up to $5,000

 
 

Trafficking

Prison: up to 10 yrs. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $20,000

 
 

Aggravated trafficking

Prison: 4 - 30 yrs. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $50,000

 

HEROIN

Possession*

Prison: up to 5 yrs. &/or
Fine: $400 up to $5,000

 
 

Furnishing

Prison: up to 5 yrs. &/or
Fine: $400 up to $5,000

 
 

Trafficking

Prison: up to 10 yrs. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $20,000

 
 

Aggravated trafficking

Prison: 4 - 30 yrs. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $50,000

 

STEROIDS

Possession*

Prison: up to 6 months
Fine: $400 up to $1,000

 
 

Furnishing

Prison: up to 1 yr. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $2,000

 
 

Trafficking

Prison: up to 1 yr. &/or 
Fine: $400 up to $2,000

 
 

Aggravated trafficking

Prison: 1 to 5 yrs. &/or
Fine: $400 up to $5,000

 

FEDERAL DRUG OFFENSES

The criminal offenses most commonly charged under the Federal Controlled Substances Act are the knowing, intentional, and unauthorized manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of any controlled substance or the possession of any controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense. Federal law also prohibits the knowing, intentional, and unauthorized creation, distribution, dispensing, or possession with intent to distribute or dispense a “counterfeit substance.”
Simple possession without necessarily an intent to distribute is also forbidden by federal law and carries a penalty of imprisonment and/or a minimum $1,000 fine. Furthermore, “attempts” and/or conspiracies to distribute or possess with intent to distribute controlled substances are crimes under federal law.
Specific drug crimes carry greater penalties, including:

  • the distribution of narcotics to persons under 21
  • the distribution or manufacturing of narcotics near schools and colleges
  • the employment of juveniles under the age of 18 in drug trafficking operations
  • the distribution of controlled substances to pregnant women

The penalties for violating federal narcotic statutes vary considerably. The penalties may be more harsh based on three principal factors:

  • the type of drug involved (heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, etc.)
  • the quantity of the drug involved
  • prior conviction for a felony drug offense under Federal or State law

With the exception of simple possession charges which result in up to one year imprisonment and/or a fine, maximum penalties for narcotic violations range up to life in prison and, in very limited circumstances, the death penalty. Certain violations carry mandatory minimum prison sentences of either 5 years or 10 years. Harsher penalties will be imposed if a firearm is used in the commission of a drug offense. If a drug offense results in death or serious bodily injury to an individual who uses the drug involved, the penalties are also more harsh. 
Anabolic steroids are controlled substances. Distribution or possession with intent to distribute carries a sentence of up to ten years and a $500,000 fine. 
Questions sometimes arise as to what amount of narcotics found in the possession of a person is considered to be for personal use as opposed to the more serious offense of possession with intent to distribute. Federal law, as a general rule, considers anything more than a dosage unit as indicating an intent to distribute. In other words, the greater quantity possessed by the individual, the more likely it is that an individual possessed such quantity with an intent to distribute.

HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE

Alcohol abuse and drug-use problems have become a national health concern. Alcohol is a chemical. So are drugs. Any chemical is potentially harmful to someone. Some of the health risks associated with alcohol and drugs are listed below. You should contact the resources listed at the beginning of this section for additional information about health risks.

Alcohol

  • Slowing down of brain function, judgment, alertness, coordination, and reflexes
  • Attitude and/or behavioral changes, such as uncharacteristic hostility, or increased risk taking such as driving recklessly
  • Alcohol taken with other drugs can intensify the drug’s effects, alter the desired effect of the drug, cause nausea, sweating, severe headache, and convulsions
  • Addiction or chemical dependency
  • Memory blackouts
  • Uncharacteristic family, school, work, legal problems
  • Physical problems such as cirrhosis of the liver
  • Birth defects and mental retardation in user’s children

Cocaine

  • Destruction of nasal tissues
  • Kidney damage
  • Stroke
  • Diseases of the lung, heart, and blood vessels
  • Cardiac arrhythmia, convulsions, seizures, suppression of respiration, sudden death
  • Intense anger, restlessness, paranoia, fear
  • Hearing and seeing imaginary things
  • Malnutrition

LSD

  • Experiencing frightening hallucinations
  • Triggering more serious problems for a person who has a history of mental or emotional instability
  • Distortions of reality such as feeling that the unusual and sometimes frightening effects of the drug will somehow last forever
  • Tolerance with repeated use means that increased amounts are needed to bring about the same effects
  • Effects may recur (“flashbacks”) days or weeks later, even without further use of LSD
  • Death may result from suicide, accident

Marijuana

  • Elevated blood pressure, coughing, dryness of the mouth and throat, decrease in body temperature, sudden appetite, swollen red eyes
  • Panic reaction, paranoia
  • Distortions of time, reality, and perception, often impairing short-term memory
  • Possible addiction
  • Dysfunctions related to thinking, learning, and recall
  • Impaired ability to drive and do other things that require physical and intellectual capabilities
  • Irritate lungs, aggravate asthma, bronchitis, emphysema
  • Listlessness, fatigue, inattention, carelessness about personal grooming, withdrawal, and apathy
  • Chronic lung disease and lung cancer

Methamphetamine (commonly known as Crank, Crystal Meth, Speed, Meth, Ice)

  • Mood swings, anger, depression
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Delusions, paranoia
  • Violent and psychotic behavior
  • Convulsions
  • Infectious diseases from injection, including hepatitis and HIV
  • Fatal overdose

Opiates (including heroin, methadone, codeine, OxyContin)

  • Loss of appetite
  • Severe addiction
  • Infectious diseases from injection, including hepatitis and HIV
  • Fatal overdose

Prescription Drugs (most common are OxyContin, Vicodin, Valium, Xanax, Ritalin, Adderall)

  • Unknown reaction or allergy
  • Overdose leading to harm or fatality
  • Addiction
  • Seizures
  • Drowsiness or trouble sleeping
  • Breathing problems
  • Heart problems
  • Disruption of normal body function

Steroids

  • Liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Growth problems
  • Testicular atrophy
  • Bone fusions
  • Acne
  • Psychological problems
  • Rage and uncontrolled anger
  • AIDS
  • Breast reduction
  • Failure of secondary sex characteristics
  • Sexual dysfunction, sterility (reversible), impotence
  • Fetal damage

 

Academic Advisor

UMA faculty or staff member assigned to assist degree candidates with course scheduling and other academic decisions.

Academic and Career Advising 

Academic and Career Advising is available through the campus Enrollment Services Centers.  The centers are staffed by professional staff and by other students called peer advisors.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity means that a student's work is the product of her/his own effort and s/he does not receive nor give unauthorized assistance in any assignment.  All students are responsible for learning the standards of the Academic Integrity Code.

Advisor

UMA faculty or staff member assigned to assist degree candidates with course scheduling and other academic decisions.

Add/Drop

1. The process of adding and/or dropping a course from one's schedule.
2. The period of time allowable to add and/or drop (see deadlines section for specific information).

Associate Degree

Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.), or Associate of Science (A.S.); also known as a "two-year" degree; however, actually means a program that requires approximately 60-73 credits for completion, regardless of the timeframe.

Audit

Attending a course for no credit and no grade. Tuition is the same as for a credit course.

Baccalaureate Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.); also known as a "four-year" degree; however, actually means a program that requires approximately 120-126 credits for completion, regardless of the timeframe.

Blackboard

An on-line software tool used in many UMA classes (on-line, ITV, and face-to-face) to post course information and syllabi, host on-line class discussions and collect electronic copies of assignments.

Blended Courses

Classes which require both class attendance (via ITV, Video Conferencing, or on-campus) and use of the Web.

Catalog

A publication containing information on programs, policies, and personnel. Typically referred to as a "bulletin," it serves as a student's contract with the University.

Challenge Exams

Locally produced tests and procedures that allow students to earn credits for specific UMA courses.

Class Number

Unique numeric course designation indicating location you plan to attend. Ex: PSY 100, 15328 Bangor.

CLEP

College Level Examination Program. National testing that provides opportunity to earn college credit.

Core Curriculum

A required group of courses common to all UMA degree programs including course work in English, communications, mathematics, science, computer science, social science, and arts and humanities. Core courses ensure breadth of study for all students and help to build critical thinking, decision making, communication, and learning skills.

Course Designation/Number

The number following the subject-matter designation in the course listings. Ex: CRJ 231.

Credit Hour

The University of Maine at Augusta defines the appropriate workload for one credit hour as the equivalent of one hour of classroom or other faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class work each week.  Courses that convene outside of the traditional classroom may involve arrangements that differ from this particular model, but those arrangements will involve an equivalent amount of work per credit hour.  Faculty in particular classes may assign a workload above this level.

Early Registration

This is a period during which students may register for courses without payment. Check the current course guide for payment deadlines.

Enrollment PIN

Students majoring in architecture, art, biology, dental hygiene, graphic arts, interdisciplinary studies, liberal arts, medical laboratory technology, music, nursing, photography, or veterinary technology, must obtain an Enrollment PIN from their academic advisor in order to register for classes.

Equal Opportunity

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and in pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veterans status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University System.  The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

 Questions and complaints about discrimination in any area of the University should be directed to Sheri R. Stevens, Equal Opportunity Director, UMA Farmhouse, 207-621-3110 (TDD-207-621-3107).

 (See Non-Discrimination Notice and Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure.)

FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.  

Full-Time

In study-terms, generally at least 12 credit hours per semester. In financial aid terms, 12 credit hours.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Average grade of courses taken in any semester. Formula: Grade point multiplied by credit hour = quality points. Quality points divided by number of credits carried = GPA. See catalog for grade representation and to figure cumulative GPA or the "How to Compute Your GPA" section.

Honors Course

One of the courses currently offered in the Honors Program designed for the highly motivated student. (See current course guide.)

Incomplete

Grade designation "I" indicating that a course has not been completed.

ITV (Interactive Television)

Interactive television courses meet at scheduled times in an interactive television classroom.  With the instructor at one location, students at a different location can participate via one-way video and two-way audio.

MaineStreet

The University of Maine System’s student information system where students can update addresses, phone numbers, and email and emergency contacts.  Also provides access to student’s admission status, and academic and financial information.  More information about MaineStreet is provided here.

Matriculate

To be admitted into a college as a degree student.

Moosebytes

A weekly E-publication that features important and timely information about UMA's upcoming events, critical deadlines, and helpful resources.  Moosebytes can be accessed through the UMA Portal, UMA's Facebook, Twitter, or here.

Office Hours (Faculty)

Designated time that the faculty have committed to being available in their offices to meet with students either by appointment or on a drop-in basis. Typically, faculty have a minimum of six office hours per week.

Part-Time

Credit hour load of less than 12 credits.

Peer Advisor/Ambassador/Mentor

A student specially trained to provide information and referral services to other students.

Peer Mentor

A trained undergraduate who is available to help entering students succeed at UMA through student to student guidance activities.

Peer Tutor

An individual with expertise in a given academic area who assists students with their studies.

Portfolio (Assessment of Prior Learning)

A comprehensive documentation of knowledge or skills acquired through prior work or volunteer experience that, under specific circumstances, may qualify a student for advanced standing credit.

Prerequisite

A course requirement or a condition to be fulfilled prior to registration for certain classes.

Probation

1. Academic: Official warning that student is not making satisfactory progress toward a degree and that continued probation and/or suspension will result if improvements are not made.

2. Disciplinary: Sanction imposed for violation(s) of the Student Conduct Code.

Sexual Harassment or Discrimination Issues

See Equal Opportunity

Site

A facility designated to receive courses and other educational offerings broadcast by interactive television system. A site is usually in a high school but also may be in a place of employment.

Site Coordinator

Person who is responsible for managing and overseeing the operation of a site.

Student Activity Fee

Compulsory fee paid by all students that serves as revenue to support educational, athletic, cultural, and social activities for students. Decisions regarding use of the funds are made by the local Student Government Association or center Student Association.

Student Appeals 

The process students should follow when there is a deviation from the standard drop/withdrawal procedures, i.e., illness, involuntary transfer by employers, etc.  See Student Appeals description.

Suspension

Separation from the University due to academic or disciplinary problems. A sanction imposed for violation(s) of the Student Conduct Code. Separation from the University for a stated period of time or until stated conditions are met.

Syllabus

Developed by your instructor, the syllabus acts as your contract for a course. This written document will typically include faculty contact information and hours, assignment information, attendance requirements, and grading policy. Some faculty may use an extended syllabus which includes course materials and handouts. When ordering books, be sure to ask if a syllabus is available. Faculty may choose to distribute the syllabus at the first class meeting.

Transcript

The official academic record of a student prepared by the Registrar's Office which shows courses taken, grades, and degrees awarded, etc.

Transfer

Movement from one academic program to another within UMA (change of program) or, more commonly, change to another educational institution.

UMA Portal

Allows access to Gmail, MaineStreet, Blackboard, and more, through a single login.

Wish List

A scheduling tool through MaineStreet Student Self Service to assist in creating a student's ideal class schedule.

Withdrawal

Officially dropping all courses for any reason.

 

 

ACCREDITATION STATEMENT

The University of Maine at Augusta is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources t o achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial, but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. 
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA, 01730-1433, (781) 271-0022, E-mail: cihe@neasc.org

ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

The University of Maine System's Commitment to People with Disabilities (Abridged) 
The University of Maine System is committed to providing access to the University for people with disabilities. Our goal is to enable students, staff, applicants, and the public to participate in the academic, employment, cultural, and recreational life of the University. Under University policy and federal and state laws, qualified people with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations that will allow them access to University programs, jobs, services, and activities unless the accommodation would pose an undue hardship on the University. 
Requests for accommodations must be made with advance notice to allow the University adequate time to respond. Students should contact the following people with questions or concerns about specific accommodations:

Augusta: Donald Osier
621-3066/1-877-UMA-1234

Bangor:

Sally Daniels
262-7806

 

University College Centers:

Bath-Brunswick:

Lisa Whitney
442-7736/1-800-696-2329 

East Millinocket:

Debora Rountree
746-5741/1-800-498-8200

Ellsworth:

Ann Delaney
667-3897/1-800-696-2540

Houlton:

Jean Henderson
521-3100/1-800-584-0874

Norway-South Paris:

Nikki Abbott
743-9322/1-888-677-3377

Rockland:

Glenn "Chip" Curry
354-6906/1-800-286-1594

Rumford:

Roz Hodge
364-7882/1-800-696-1103

Saco:

Erica Watson
282-4111/1-800-696-3391

NON-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and in pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status or gender expression, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veterans status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Questions and complaints about discrimination in any area of the University should be directed to Sheri R. Stevens, UMA’s Equal Opportunity Director, who can be reached at 207-621-3110 (TDD 207-621-3107), 46 University Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330 or to the Director of Equity and Diversity for the University of Maine System, who can be reached at (207) 973-3372 (voice) or (207) 973-3300 TDD, 16 Central Street, Bangor, Maine 04401.

Inquiries or complaints about discrimination in employment or education may also be referred to the Maine Human Rights Commission. Inquiries or complaints about discrimination in employment may be referred to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Inquiries about the University’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) 5 Post Office Square, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, telephone (617) 289-0111.  Facsimile: (617) 289-0150. Generally, an individual may also file a complaint with OCR within 180 days of alleged discrimination.
Revised OHR 12/11

 

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The University of Maine at Augusta encourages and values diversity within its students, faculty, and staff.

Add Period:

Courses may still be added prior to the end of the second week, providing the student has attended either the first or second class and has the instructor's approval.

Add/Drop and Withdrawal Policies: 
In accordance with Federal regulations, financial assistance may be adjusted for aid recipients who reduce credit hours, withdraw during the semester, do not academically complete the semester, or receive external contributions (such as third party sponsorship, scholarships, waivers, etc.).  A portion of his/her financial aid will be refunded to the Title IV programs as required by the U.S. Department of Education.  Such financial aid calculations due to changes in information used in the calculation of aid award may result in the student owing a balance to the University.
Failure to report outside assistance may result in the need to repay financial aid funds.
New and returning students are governed by the same withdrawal and add/drop policy as set forth below:
For purposes of calculating full tuition adjustments, the attendance period begins on the opening day of scheduled campus classes, includes weekends, holidays, and snow days, and ends on the date the student notifies the registrar/records office in writing that s/he is withdrawing.
Withdrawal is defined as students who give official notification of their withdrawal to the University after a semester/session begins. (The student is withdrawing from all classes and leaving the University.)
Dropping courses is defined as a reduction in course load while remaining enrolled in the University. (The student drops one or more courses but not all courses.)

Semester/Session 12 Weeks or Longer
Cancellation prior to the first day of semester/session 100% tuition and fees
Withdrawal/drop prior to the end of second week (14 days) 100% tuition and fees
Withdrawal prior to the end of fourth week (28 days) 75% tuition and fees
Withdrawal prior to the end of sixth week (42 days) 50% tuition and fees
Withdrawal prior to the end of eighth week (56 days) 25% tuition and fees
Withdrawal after eighth week 0%
 
Semester/Session 11 Weeks or Less
Classes 11 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the eleventh day (11 days)
Classes 10 weeks in length: 100% prior to the end of the tenth day (10 days)
Classes 9 weeks in length:   100% prior to the end of the ninth day (9 days)
Classes 8 weeks in length:  100% prior to the end of the eighth day (8 days)
Classes 7 weeks in length:  100% prior to the end of the seventh day (7 days)
Classes 6 weeks in length:  100% prior to the end of the sixth day (6 days)
Classes 5 weeks in length:  100% prior to the end of the fifth day (5 days)
Classes 4 weeks in length:  100% prior to the end of the fourth day (4 days)
Classes 3 weeks in length:  100% prior to the end of the third day (3 days)
Classes 2 weeks in length:  100% prior to the end of the second day (2 days)
Classes 1 week or less in length: 100% prior to the end of the first day (1 day)

Admission:

Fall: TThe preferred application deadline of June 15 helps to ensure processing before the semester begins.  Applications after that date are still welcome. International students' applications must be completed by May 1.
Spring: The preferred application deadline of November 15 helps to guarantee processing before the semester begins.   Applications after that date are still welcome. International students' applications must be completed by October 15.

Athletics:

Fall: Try-outs/sign-up for varsity men’s and women's soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, and co-ed golf is August 19.  Try-outs/sign-up for varsity men's & women's basketball is in Augusta on October 1.

Spring: Co-ed bowling sign-up is February 1. Contact athletic director in Augusta.

Textbook Returns:

Textbooks may be returned for a refund during the first two weeks of fall and spring semesters, provided they are in the same condition as when purchased and accompanied by the receipt.  During short-term sessions, such as winter and summer, books may be returned within one week.  Students taking a one-week class may return books no later than the second day of class.  For your convenience, our complete return policy is available at http://www.umabookstore.com.   Buyback:  The Augusta bookstore conducts book buyback on a daily basis.  To receive the best buyback value, sell back your books during finals week of the fall and spring semesters.

Drop Period:

Fall: Students who drop before November 6, 2014, will receive W grades for the courses they drop. After that date, faculty must assign either a W or WF (withdrew failing).
Spring: Students who drop before March 23, 2015, will receive W grades for the courses they drop. After that date, faculty must assign either a W or WF (withdrew failing).

Financial Aid:

Please see financial aid section for financial aid deadlines.

Graduation Card:

Should be submitted by December 1 for December completions, by April 1 for May graduation, and by June 1 for August completions.

Health Insurance:

Student Health Insurance Plan waiver deadlines:  Fall 2014 is October 1, 2014; Spring 2015 is February 20, 2015.  Please see the Insurance section in this handbook for more information on the plan.

Special Recognition Awards:

These awards are to recognize those students who are meritorious on a local and national level. Who's Who: application deadline of December; Distinguished Student and Woodworth Awards: application deadline of mid-March.

Immunization:

Maine state law requires that all degree students, as well as full-time, non-degree students, born after 1956 provide required proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, and diptheria/tetanus before classes begin.

Payment of Tuition:

Students may pay in full or spread their (remaining) costs over the semester by enrolling in a 4-installment payment plan. The 1st installment, including the $30 payment plan fee, is due at the time of registration. Cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are accepted; credit card payments for remaining payment plan installments may be made online via MaineStreet.

Scholarships:

Named Scholarships: Most named scholarships are awarded in the spring and payable the following fall. Specific information about these scholarships and application procedures is made available shortly after the start of the spring semester. Applications are due March 1.

Veteran's Benefits:

Recertification and Advance Pay Requests are due 45 days prior to the first day of classes.

NOTICE: These deadlines are subject to change.  Please see the current catalog and course guide for more complete information.

 

 

UMA AUGUSTA

46 University Drive
Augusta, Maine 04330-9410

The following listing is designed to give you quick access to frequently called offices at UMA.

COLLEGES:

Arts & Sciences:

Fine Arts
Humanities
Sciences

 

621-3274
621-3286
621-3272

Professional Studies:

Nursing
All Other Programs

 

621-3297
621-3288 or 621-3275

 
SERVICES:
Administrative Services 621-3100
Admissions 621-3465
Advising  621-3149
Alumni Information 621-3299
Athletics 621-3445
Bookstore 621-3467 or 1-800-621-0083
Career Services 621-3149
Copyright Specialist 621-3349
Cornerstone Program 621-3157
Counseling 621-3044
Danforth Gallery-Jewett Hall 621-3108
Dean of Enrollment Services 621-3350
Dean of Students Office 621-3176
Equal Opportunity Officer 621-3110
Financial Aid (Now Student Financial Services) 621-3455
Fitness Center 621-3445
Honors Program 621-3295
Housing Information 621-3176
Identification Cards (Photo) 621-3529
Immunization 621-3079
Enrollment Services Center (Randall Student Center) 621-3185 or 1-877-UMA-1234
Learning Support Services 621-3152
Library (Katz) 621-3355
Library (Off-Campus Services) 621-3345 or 1-800-339-READ (in Maine) or 1-888-266-4950 (out of state)
Lost & Found (Enrollment Services Center) 621-3185
Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community 621-3440 or 1-800-442-2092
Math Lab 621-3082
Personal Safety Escort Service 621-3400
Pottery Shop 621-3218
President's Office 621-3403
Provost/Vice-President's Office 621-3360
Reference Librarian 621-3348
Registrar's Office (Records) 621-3079
Science Lab 621-3206
Sculpture Studio 621-3284
Security 621-3400
Storm Line 621-3000 or 1-877-UMA-1234, #3
Student Accounts (Now Student Financial Services) 621-3412
Student Financial Services 621-3455 or 621-3412
Student Government 621-3131
Student Life 621-3374
Technology Support Center 1-800-696-HELP (4357) or 621-7400
Testing & Assessment Services 621-3149
Title IX Coordinator 621-3110
TTY/UMA General Information 621-3107 or 1-800-316-3600
Tutoring 621-3421
Veteran's Services 621-3458
Volunteer Program 621-3182
Writing Lab 621-3199

 

 UMA Bangor

One University Drive
Bangor, Maine 04401-4331

COLLEGES:  
Arts & Sciences 262-7750
Professional Studies 262-7850 or 262-7950
   
SERVICES:  
Administrative Services 262-7712
Admissions and Enrollment Services 262-7800
Advising 262-7808
Bookstore 262-7830
Campus Dean Office 262-7700
Civic Engagement 262-7814
Cornerstone Program 262-7820
Counseling Services 262-7836
Dental Hygiene Clinic 262-7872
Financial Aid 262-7800
Fitness Center 262-7910
Identification Cards 262-7808
Immunization 262-7800
ITV/Videoconferencing 262-7704
Learning Support Services 262-7806
Library 262-7900
Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community 262-7840
Math Lab 262-7880
Multicultural Resource Center 262-7814
Native American Waiver Program 262-7800
Notary Public 262-7702
Personal Counseling 262-7836
Personal Safety Escort Service 262-7777
Security 262-7777
Storm Line 262-7700 or 1-877-862-1234, #3
Student Government Association 262-7990
Student Life 262-7815
Technology Support Center 1-800-696-HELP (4357)
Testing 262-7802
Title IX Coordinator 621-3110
Tutoring 262-7806
Veterans Services 262-7800
Writing Lab 262-7756

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CENTERS

Students who attend UMA classes at a center or a site, should check directly with their regional center for specific information on services, policies, and procedures.

Bath-Brunswick: 442-7736 or 1-800-696-2329
East Millinocket: 746-5741 or 1-800-498-8200
Ellsworth: 667-3897 or 1-800-696-2540
Houlton: 521-3100 or 1-800-584-0874
Norway-South Paris: 743-9322 or 1-888-677-3377
Rockland: 596-6906 or 1-800-286-1594
Rumford-Mexico: 364-7882 or 1-800-696-1103
Saco: 282-4111 or 1-800-696-3391
UC Learning Services 1-800-868-7000