Updated 8/10/20 5:00 p.m. Our prime concern is the health and safety of our students and employees, and we are actively undertaking contingency planning for this disease. Updates will be regularly posted here.
For more information on the disease and its global status please see the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is updating information regularly on webpages devoted to COVID-19 information.
For Current Hybrid Learning Students
Some colleges are choosing to hold in-person classes in the fall, why not Unity?
While some schools, like Bates and Purdue, are planning to resume in-person classes in the fall, others, like Harvard and colleges making up the California State System, will conduct most classes online. In plotting a course forward, Unity’s prime concern has been the health of our students, staff, and community. Although many of our students are local to New England, where Covid-19 cases are declining, a substantial number live in, or have visited, states where cases are rising. Given how contagious the virus is, this means that everyone involved would be at risk if we all came together again – however much we would like to do that. While in-person learning could, in theory, work by mandating masks, plexiglass shields, social distancing, bans on community gatherings, etc., the residential experience would inevitably suffer in ways that we, frankly, cannot justify, especially in light of the very real possibility of having to send everyone back home in response to the predicted second wave of Covid-19 after just having opened.
What will my classes be like?
Whether in-person or online, we continue to be committed to highly experiential learning, which means that all of our classes will require students to engage with the learning community and apply concepts and skills to various real-world contexts. Both in-person and online courses are supported by our Learning Management System, Canvas. This tool provides students with access to course materials, discussion boards, announcements, and an up-to-date record of their grade. All instructors, both in-person and online, are required to use Canvas and keep assessment records current. All online classes will be delivered asynchronously.
What if I have internet or computer issues?
If you are experiencing internet or computer issues there are many avenues to assist you. The HelpDesk at Unity College can answer your technology and canvas questions M-F 8am-10pm Sat 9-5 Sunday 2-10pm (subject to change) by emailing email@example.com from your unity account or by calling 207-509-7110. For other issues please contact Dean of Students, Ray Phinney
What is going to happen to the athletic season now that there are no in-person activities?
Unity College is continuously evaluating the athletic season closely with the YSCC and USCAA. The athletic conference member organizations are currently making contingency plans to continue athletic competitions in Spring 2021.
How can I have access to services from the Wellness Center even though we are not in-person?
The Wellness Center staff will continue to assist students in gaining access to the services that they need. Unity College will be offering telemedicine services to students with access to nurse practitioners, physicians assistants and physicians 24 hours a day as well as mental health counselling and med management services.
If I have not retrieved my belongings from my residence hall room yet, how can I get my things?
Students can make appointments by contacting the Dean of Students, Ray Phinney (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students who have self-isolated in Maine for 14 days prior to arrival or who have had a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours may schedule a time to gather their belongings. Students may only bring one person to assist them. Social distancing protocols as well as wearing masks must be observed at all times. Students who are unable to follow these requirements may contact the Dean of Students to coordinate shipping of personal belongings.
Will there be opportunities for virtual activities and socialization?
The student success staff are planning a diverse schedule of events for Unity College students. We will be hosting weekly activities and opportunities to hangout virtually. Get your friends together for group game nights, comedians, video game tournaments, DIY crafts and online competitions.
Who do I call if I have questions?
Contact your Hybrid Learning Coach who will assist you. You may also contact Juanita Murray at email@example.com or (207) 509-7236 and she will assist you with the next steps. Please also feel free to contact Zach Falcon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 509-7131.
CARES Act Disbursement
- Who is eligible for CARES Act Emergency Aid? Flagship students currently registered for the spring 2020 semester who are eligible to file a FAFSA and receive federal financial aid. Distance Education students are not eligible.
- Why am I receiving these funds? These funds were earmarked for students who experienced a disruption to their on campus experience due to Covid-19. The funds are meant to provide support for any expenses incurred to move off-campus and complete the semester remotely.
- How much will I receive? Unity College must review each student’s eligibility. The amounts of each award will depend on the number of eligible students. Pell Grant eligible students will be given first priority.
- When will I receive my funds? The release of these funds has yet to be determined. The goal is to release funds as soon as possible once eligibility has been determined.
- If I owe a past balance or a balance for fall 2020, will these funds cover this balance? No. Federal regulations do not allow us to hold these funds to cover balances even with a student’s permission.
- Unity College CARES Act Disclosure Statement
What are the plans for Commencement this year?
- December 18 – College-Wide Virtual December Graduation. More information can be found here.
I am not attending the graduation ceremony. Do I still have to pay the graduation fee?
Yes, all graduates must pay the fee, whether or not they attend the commencement ceremony. The graduation fee helps to pay for the commencement ceremony, regalia, diploma cover, and the diploma.
Who can I talk to if I’m experiencing stress or anxiety due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 globally?
If you are experiencing any feelings of uneasiness because of the current COVID-19 issues, we encourage you to reach out to Therapist Assisted Online (TAO) or to contact the Wellness Center where our team of counselors will support you.
For Distance Education Students
Will COVID-19 have any impact on my courses in the foreseeable future?
If you are in a Distance Education course there is no change to your curriculum or experience. If you have any questions please reach out to your Distance Education Advisor.
What if I contract COVID-19? Will there be any academic leeway granted?
If you are unable to continue your studies for whatever reason, reach out to your Distance Education Advisor.
For Prospective Students
Can I still visit the campus?
Physical visits to the campus are temporarily on hold, but you can schedule a personalized virtual tour with one of our counselors, who can answer all your questions about attending Unity College.
What if I have additional questions not answered here?
If you have any questions, please, feel free to reach out to our admissions counselors any time and they will be happy to assist you.
- Can I still enroll for Fall 2020?
Can I still apply for financial aid?
Yes, please apply. It is free!
Are Unity College facilities open?
All Unity College facilities are closed to all but Unity College employees.
Are all campus events cancelled?
All campus events are now virtual and can be viewed on the Campus Events Calendar.
When will you be posting updates?
We will post regular updates as needed. We encourage you to visit this page daily to stay up-to-date on developments.
Can we still have gatherings or meetings on campus?
We are not permitting meetings of more than 10 people and are observing social distancing guidelines of six feet between people.
Am I required to wear a face covering on campus?
You must wear the cloth face covering of your choice in public spaces when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain until May 31 or Governor Mills amends her order. Face coverings enhance the effectiveness of physical distancing, but, are not substitutes for physical distancing practices and hand washing, which remain among the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.
What if I am a patient at the Wellness Center?
You must wear the cloth face covering of your choice in public spaces when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain until further notice. Face coverings enhance the effectiveness of physical distancing, but, are not substitutes for physical distancing practices and hand washing, which remain among the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.
What if I am a patient of the Wellness Center who has a prescription from Lydia?
- Lydia will contact you by telephone to discuss refills of your medications. If we are unable to reach you by phone, we will contact you at your Unity email address for you to provide a number as Lydia will need to speak to you by telephone.
- Please keep in mind if there are any complications or concerns, she will likely recommend that you follow up with your PCP, or other medical provider.
- You will need to provide information about where you would like your medication refilled so please have the pharmacy name and their phone number available.
- Certain prescriptions have strict state and federal guidelines, Lydia will plan with you regarding these.
- If your medications previously were filled at Unity Pharmacy, they have offered to mail them and cover the postage cost. To arrange this call them at 207-948-3950. Please keep in mind that the mail system may experience some disruption or delay, so switching to a local pharmacy may be best at this time.
Can Unity College employees travel out of state?
All College-sponsored travel has been cancelled. Personal travel out of state may be subject to testing and quarantine requirements. Employees must check the current travel guidelines here: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/ and consult with your supervisor prior to planning out of state travel to be sure the restrictions are compatible with your job responsibilities.
Is Community Weekend canceled?
Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, we are sad to announce that the 2020 Unity College Community Weekend has been canceled. The weekend, slated for September 25-27, traditionally features an alumni reception, band, alumni and family breakfast, and the annual Unity College Woodsmen meet, along with a variety of other athletic events. Traditionally, this weekend also aligns with the Common Ground Fair, which has been moved to a completely virtual format for this year.
As previously shared, in an effort to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe and healthy, all students will move to remote learning for the 2020-21 academic year. All courses will be taught remotely through Hybrid Learning or online through Distance Education.
Information regarding 2021 events will be released as we continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation and its impact on our campus community.
- For further information regarding Unity College’s planning efforts contact our Dean of Students.
- For media inquiries, contact the Marketing Department at email@example.com | 207-509-7292
- Campus communications regarding the flu season and COVID-19
- Planning Resources for Teaching Remotely