BANGOR — The University of Maine System chancellor announced Thursday spring break has been canceled for next year.
Chancellor Dannel Malloy also said any UMS-sponsored travel outside of the state has been prohibited.
He added extensive testing of students and employees has already started.
University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy said on-campus and commuter students will all be tested throughout the school year.
During an online news conference Thursday afternoon, Malloy said the winter break was extended by a week to compensate for canceling spring break.
“We watched what happened at spring break in some states last year. Even anticipating that some people will start to receive a vaccination as early as February, the timeframe just does not allow us to safely have spring break,” he said.
Malloy said the costs to safely prepare all of the system’s campuses for students may force the board of directors to use reserve funds.
Ferrini-Mundy said only a small percentage of students have withdrawn from the university because of the coronavirus pandemic.