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PARKING

UMA's policy on parking is located in the policies section of this handbook. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense. Parking stickers are available for students in Augusta at the Enrollment Services Center in the Randall Student Center, and at Admissions and Student Enrollment Services in Bangor.

PASS/FAIL COURSES

All students are eligible to take one pass/fail course per semester. These courses may not be program requirements. Pass grades are not used in computing grade point average, but may be counted toward degree credit. A student may not change the pass/fail option after the second class meeting. Please see Honors Program for information on honors eligibility. Contact: Registrar's Office in Augusta, Admissions and Student Enrollment Services in Bangor.

PAYMENT PLAN

Students may choose a 4-installment payment plan option to spread expenses into monthly, interest-free payments.  Students who choose a payment plan will be charged a one-time $30 non-refundable fee.  Students enrolled in a UMA degree program that select the 4-installment payment plan may combine their account balances from other University of Maine campuses in their installment calculations.  Students not enrolled in a degree program at any of the University of Maine system campuses may also combine their course account balances into a single UMA payment plan. Contact:  Student Financial Services in Augusta.

PERSONAL SAFETY ESCORT SERVICE (AUGUSTA AND BANGOR CAMPUSES)

The University of Maine at Augusta is concerned about the safety and security of its community members and property.  The Campus Security provides walking escort services to anyone having a safety concern about walking from one point to another on campus.  A walking personal saety escort service is available Monday through Friday, between 7 AM and 10 PM.  You may request this service by calling 621-3400 at Augusta and 262-7777 at Bangor.  Provide the following information:

    • Your name
    • Your exact location
    • Your destination

Phones are available in all the major buidlings on both campuses.  A Security Guard will usually arrive within 10 to 15 minutes of getting the call.  If the Security Guard has not arrived within the time specified, please call again.  If you change your mind and decide not to wait for the escort, please make another call to cancel your request.

 Police coverage is provided by the appropriate local police department. In Augusta, concerns or incident reports regarding safety and security issues should be directed to the Office of Administrative Services at 621-3100; in Bangor, contact the Office of Administrative Services at 262-7712. All reports of safety and security concerns or incident reports must be forwarded to the Assistant Director of Administrative Services at Augusta.

Emergency Phone Numbers:
Augusta: Dial "911" from University extension
Bangor: Dial "911" from University extension
University College Centers:  Dial “911” from Center phones
At Augusta and Bangor, emergency phones are located in parking lots as well as on some buildings.  Pressing the button on the pole activates a light at the top of the pole and will automatically place a call to the local Police Department 911 dispatcher in Augusta only.  A pre-recorded message is delivered to the dispatcher containing information on the location of the caller.  After the message has been delivered, you will have an opportunity to speak directly to the dispatcher.  In Bangor, calls are forwarded directly to the City of Bangor dispatcher for police, fire, and ambulance.

BUILDING EVACUATION

In the event of a fire or other emergency, these procedures should be followed when evacuating the building.  Be aware of all the marked exits from your area and building.  An emergency evacuation plan is posted in all occupied spaces:

  • Remain quiet and calm.
  • Close all doors and windows in your area as you leave, if you can do so safely.
  • Assist anyone with special needs to the nearest area of refuge (i.e., the area inside a stairway behind a closed fire door).
  • Walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.  Do not use the elevators.
  • Once outside, proceed to the designated regrouping areas and ask others to join you.
  • Report the names and locations of any individuals who are waiting for assistance to University administrators or to the official in charge.
  • Do not reenter the building.  Keep all walkways and roadways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Augusta:

    Building Regrouping Area
    Jewett Hall Katz Library Lobby
    Katz Library Jewett Hall Auditorium
    Klahr Center Jewett Hall Auditorium
    Fine Arts Jewett Hall Auditorium
    Arts Building Jewett Hall Auditorium
    Modular I & II Jewett Hall Auditorium
    Alumni Center Farmhouse
    Robinson Hall Farmhouse
    Stoddard House Farmhouse
    Augusta Civic Center Farmhouse
    Ceramics Studio Farmhouse
    Farmhouse Alumni Center
    Randall Student Center Katz Library Lobby
    Gannett Building Rhines Hill Parking Lot

    Bangor:

    Building Regrouping Area
    Acadia Hall College Center Lobby
    Bangor Hall Fitness Center
    Belfast Hall Eastport Hall Huskins Lounge
    Camden Hall Fitness Center
    College Center Eastport Hall Huskins Lounge
    Eastport Hall Belfast Hall Library
    Fitness Center Belfast Hall Library
    Lewiston Hall Belfast Hall Library
    Lincoln Hall Camden Hall


    Medical Emergency: If it becomes necessary to provide an individual on campus with medical treatment, student, faculty, and administrative staff are advised not to transport the individual to the hospital. The procedure to follow in such an emergency is:  Dial "911" and provide information about the individual while assuring protection of the individual's rights. As soon as possible thereafter, notify the appropriate University office listed above.
    Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • When walking, keep to well lit commonly traveled routes.
  • Avoid shortcuts and dark, isolated areas.
  • Don't walk alone.
  • If you have specific safety concerns, i.e., you are protected by a restraining order and would like to discuss strategies you may use to protect your security while taking classes, please contact Kathy Dexter, dean of students at 621-3176 in Augusta, or your local student services staff.
  • Always lock your car. Do not leave things in plain sight in your vehicle.  Look into your car before getting in and relock your doors once inside.
  • Carry change for emergency calls; 911 is a free call from pay phones.
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    PLACES TO RELAX

    In Augusta, the Charles Dana Danforth Gallery in Jewett Hall, the Richard J. Randall Student Center, and the Bennett D. Katz Library are comfortable places to unwind between classes. The Bangor campus has lounges in many buildings as well as the Huskins Lounge in Eastport Hall.  The centers also have lounges to accommodate students.

    PLACEMENT TESTS

    UMA placement testing (free service for initial testers) is required of all degree candidates (unless waived by Admissions) and non-degree students interested in taking certain courses. These tests are designed to help assess strengths and limitations in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Contact:  Enrollment Services in Augusta and Bangor, your local center.

    PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

    The Presidential Scholarship Program was established in 1997 to recognize and encourage Maine's most capable and talented citizens. Except as noted, these awards cover one-half of the cost of a student's actual UMA tuition charges during fall and spring semesters. Scholarships are renewable for up to two years for students entering an associate degree program, and four years for students entering a bachelors degree program.
    Presidential scholarship recipients must register for and earn at least 12 credits each semester with a grade point average of 2.5. A student who does not earn 12 credits because s/he was assigned a grade(s) of "incomplete" will have the scholarship held for one semester. If the student has successfully completed the course(s) and earned the required grade point average the scholarship will be reinstated.
    Some presidential scholarships require a recipient to participate in an extracurricular activity. If a student does not satisfactorily complete the service requirement, s/he loses eligibility. Student participation is verified at the end of each semester.
    Descriptions of the various types of presidential scholarships follow. A student may receive more than one type of scholarship. When con-side ring an application for multiple scholarships, the University will consider the applicant's qualifications, scholarship availability, and University needs.
    Admissions presidential scholarships are academic merit scholarships awarded to incoming students who intend to study full time in a baccalaureate program. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Office. Preference is given to students with strong high school grades, high GED scores and/or high SAT scores (1000+).
    International student presidential scholarships are awarded to students from other countries. Students are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement and promise. These awards cover the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees and may be used in the summer as well as during fall and spring semesters. International exchange program presidential scholarships are awarded to students from foreign institutions that have formal exchange programs with UMA. These awards cover the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees and may be used in the summer as well as during fall and spring semesters.
    Service-based presidential scholarships are awarded to students whose participation in extracurricular activities adds to the educational experience and University community. Continuing as well as entering students are considered for these scholarships. Award categories include:

    • Athletics: Scholarships are allocated to members of men's and women's basketball, soccer, and cross-country teams, and the golf team. Recommendation of the appropriate coach and the athletic director is required.
    • Music Program: Scholarships are awarded by the Music department to students admitted to the bachelor degree in Music.  There is a service requirement.
    • Honors: Scholarships are awarded for Honors Program Student Association participation. Recommendation of the Honors Program director and/or election into the position is required.
    • Emerging leader: Scholarships are awarded to students with an excellent academic record and an agreed upon campus service role/project. Students are nominated by the program coordinator.
    • Governance: Scholarships are awarded to the student government association presidents in Augusta and Bangor, and the student representative to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. Students receiving these scholarships may be less than full time. These scholarships cover three-quarters of the cost of tuition.
    • Transfer Advantage: Scholarships are allocated by the Admissions Office to transfer students with an excellent academic record achieved at the Maine Community College System. These scholarships are awarded to full-time students and are non-renewable. Payable at a set dollar amount for two semesters, fall and spring.