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, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, 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 Valerie Huebner, Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer, 224 Main Street, Farmington, Maine 04938; telephone: 207-778-7258; TTY: 207-778-7000.
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 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), Boston, MA 02109-4557, telephone (617) 223-9662 (voice) or (617) 223-9695 (TTY/TDD). Generally, an individual may also file a complaint with OCR within 180 days of alleged discrimination. (Revised by the University of Maine System Office of Human Resources, January 6, 1999)
In October 1998, the U.S. Congress enacted amendments to the Higher Education Act requiring institutions of higher education to report the "pass rate" of graduates on tests required by the State for teacher certification. For 2000-2001, the institution pass rate for UMF was 86%, compared with the statewide pass rate of 84%, reinforcing the excellence of UMF's programs and the quality of its graduates.
UMF hereby informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This Act, with which UMF intends to comply fully, was designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act. Local policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution for compliance with provisions of the Act. Copies of the policy can be found in the offices of the Registrar or the Vice President for Student and Community Services. These offices also maintain a Directory of Records which lists all education records maintained on students by this institution. Questions concerning the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the Office of the Registrar.
UMF supports the efforts of secondary school officials and governing bodies to have their schools achieve regional accredited status to provide reliable assurance of the quality of the educational preparation of its applicants for admission.
Some UMF programs of study require as a condition of graduation the completion of one or more training programs or courses in a clinical setting, such as a hospital, clinic, professional office, or public school. Participation in these programs may require students to execute releases or other contracts with the institution providing clinical services, which release it from liability and which also provide that students will comply with all requirements and regulations, possibly including health examinations. The University assumes that students enrolling in courses involving outside clinical study will assent and comply with such requirements and procedures.
UMF'S most recent audited financial statement is available upon request in the office of the Vice President for Administration in Merrill Hall.
This catalog provides information to students but should not be considered a contract between a student and the University. While we make every effort to provide information that is accurate at the time the catalog is prepared, changes may occur without prior notice in such areas as program offerings, curricula, tuition and fees, degree requirements, regulations and policies, schedules, courses, and other matters contained herein. Such changes may apply to students currently enrolled as well as to prospective students.