2022 Updated COVID-19 Protocol

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MASKS:  Masking guidelines are tied to the CDC community transmission levels.  Masks are currently optional on campus.

VACCINATIONS: Students taking in-person classes still need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and must have received their first dose prior to beginning classes on campus. Under the updated Maine Community College System (MCCS) COVID protocol, Maine’s community colleges are recommending COVID-19 booster shots for all students participating in on-campus programs.

Students can upload their COVID-19 vaccination information on MyEMCC under the COVID Info tab.

The vaccine is required for:

  • resident students (has been required for some time)
  • students taking in-person classes on EMCC’s Bangor campus
  • students taking EMCC classes in person at any of our distance sites

Please email vax@emcc.edu with any questions.


What if I test positive for COVID while attending in-person classes?

You are still able to get COVID even after getting the vaccine, though symptoms and severity are usually noticeably less dangerous. If you do contract COVID and you test positive, email vax@emcc.edu. Do not return to class until you have completed five days in isolation and your symptoms have lessened and you do not have a fever.  You must mask indoors for five additional days.

Your classmates will be notified that an anonymous student has tested positive and that because of the vaccine requirement the risk to them is very low, so they can remain in class unless a larger outbreak develops.

I’m vaccinated! How do I get approval to be on campus?

You can log into your student portal at my.emcc.edu and then click the Covid Info tab. Next, you will click “Upload my Covid-19 Vaccination Card”. Please upload a photo of your card and fill in all the other information in the form. By checking the last box you are certifying that all the information is accurate and truthful and that if it is not you recognize that you are in violation of MCCS protocol and the Student Code of Conduct. This information is confidential and handled by our immunizations office.

If your second dose of the vaccine is in the future, please leave the second date blank. When you get your second dose, you can reenter the portal and resubmit your information with the second date included.

Please email vax@emcc.edu with any questions.

What if I want a 2-dose shot instead of the Johnson & Johnson 1-dose?

You are able to get whichever vaccine you would like. Students must provide proof they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to attending their first in-person class. Students who require a second dose of a vaccine must provide proof of the second dose by the start of the following semester.

The upload portal is in MyEMCC under the Covid Info tab.

Do I have to get the vaccine?

If you are in any in-person classes or are a student that plans on using EMCC campus facilities, then yes, you are required to get the vaccine in order to remain in that class and use campus buildings.

Can I still take classes, even if I don’t get vaccinated?

You are able to take only our online courses at this time. Our fall schedule is already built to accommodate a large number of online course options. If you would like to see if there is an online section of a particular course or make a schedule change, please email your advisor directly or advising@emcc.edu if you are unsure of who your advisor is.

Can I be exempt from getting the vaccine?

Only students with documented medical exemptions can be excluded from this requirement. In line with Maine state law in effect September 1st, MCCS will not consider exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs. You can email vax@emcc.edu with the subject line “Medical Exemption Request” for the exemption request form. You will need to submit the form and all supporting documents in order for your exemption request to be reviewed. If you do get a medical exemption, you will need to get a weekly COVID test and bring the negative result to the Immunization Office in Maine Hall in order to remain in class. You will be responsible for getting those tests each week off-campus.

Where can I get a vaccine?

Check out this website for a map of vaccination sites around Bangor. Live farther away? Start here and choose your location for a curated list.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

Please email vax@emcc.edu with any questions or reach out to your advisor. Please also note that unless a student is a minor, we will need to speak with the student directly to take any action concerning schedule changes, withdrawal, or exemption requests.

If I am unvaccinated and in online classes, can I still use student services?

It may be possible for student services to be provided via Zoom – please contact each via phone or email to make this request.