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Maine colleges and universities are announcing their plans for the fall as COVID-19 continues to alter campus life and instruction.

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Bowdoin College says only about one-third of its students will return to campus this fall. President Clayton Rose says planning for how to conduct the fall semester was based on considering the health of people on campus and off.

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There are still no reported cases of the new coronavirus in Maine, but both the University of Maine system and Bowdoin College announced Wednesday that students will no longer be allowed on campuses after spring break in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Both plan to continue classes online for the rest of the semester. Other campuses in the state are watching the situation closely, but are staying open for the time being.

Bowdoin College has announced that it's asking students not to return to campus following spring break and will hold classes online due to concerns about exposure to COVID-19 — the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

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Bates, Colby and Bowdoin colleges are joining with others across the nation to support a program that attracts international students to their schools.

Bowdoin College in Brunswick has announced plans to increase its minimum starting wage for employees in phases, to $17 an hour in 2022.

Bowdoin College says the school has become entirely carbon neutral, meaning the school has a net zero carbon footprint.

The announcement comes two years ahead of the school's goal to reduce its net carbon dioxide emissions to zero.

The Lewiston Sun Journal reports College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and Colby College have already achieved that goal. Bates is set to follow suit.

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Netflix chief executive officer and Bowdoin College graduate Reed Hastings says he's donating $5 million to the college to help traditionally underrepresented students graduate.
The "Thrive'' program offers academic assistance for low-income students and first-generation students at the Brunswick-area college. The Portland Press Herald reports that Hastings will work with four educators to develop the program and will meet annually with students in Thrive.

BRUNSWICK, Maine - A Maine college has purchased an 18th-century house from a family that has previously made disputed claims that Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote parts of "Uncle Tom's Cabin'' at the residence.
Bowdoin College in Brunswick closed the deal of the sale Thursday on confidential terms. The Portland Press Herald reports that the sale ends a lengthy legal battle between the college and the family of previous owner Arline Lay.

PORTLAND, Maine - Bowdoin College has won a legal fight to buy a house whose owner claims is worth far more than the college's offer, in part because the owner says part of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was written there.

The house on College Street is the last on the cross-campus street not owned by Bowdoin. In 1996, the college made an agreement with the owners that it would have first refusal, and that if it chose to buy the house, it would pay 25 percent over the appraised value.  As of April, 2016, that was just over $150,000.

Bringing together faculty and students from a variety of academic disciplines to encourage collaborations in environmental teaching and scholarship. Bowdoin College says that’s a goal of a new environmental studies center being built on the Brunwick campus.

College officials say the new facility is being funded with a $10 million lead gift from David and Barbara Roux.

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - Students at Bowdoin College today ended a three-day sit-in to urge the school to divest from fossil fuels. President Barry Mills met with students Thursday afternoon.

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - More than two dozen Bowdoin students have parked themselves on the second floor of the library outside the college president's office this morning, demanding a process to begin to get the school to divest from fossil fuels. 

BRUNSWICK, Maine -  Bowdoin College officials say 14 members of the school's lacrosse team will face disciplinary action after dressing as Native Americans at an off-campus party.

The Portland Press Herald reports Thursday that the school's Dean of Student Affairs, Tim Foster, sent out a campus-wide email this week explaining the incident.

Foster said that while wearing a headdress and war paint might seem like "harmless fun," to some people, for others it is demeaning and perpetuates hurtful stereotypes.

Bowdoin College is constructing what it says is the largest solar installation in the state. The school has already broken ground on the complex, which officials say is seven times the size of the state's largest existing solar installation.

The project consists of five different solar installations, including a 700-kilowatt array on land at the former Brunswick Naval Air station that's owned by the college.