During these challenging times, Campus Dining’s top priority is to ensure we can continue to serve the students, faculty and staff of the University of Montana. For many, the UM serves as a home away from home, and many of our staff members are anxiously waiting to welcome our family back to campus. Over spring break, our chefs and culinary professionals were in our kitchens planning meals to ensure we can continue to provide delicious, wholesome food to the campus community.
As we continue to put the safety of our campus family first, we will continue to assess what services we can provide while also ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff. As the largest employer of students, our locations have been impacted by labor needs and we will continue to adapt to current circumstances by adjusting operation hours for each of our locations.
Our goal is to continue to keep you updated as we adapt to the quickly changing world around us. Here’s a closer look at what we’ve been working on.
Intensive cleaning routines
- Throughout our locations, we have instituted enhanced hygiene measures including requiring all guests to use disposable gloves when accessing self-service food items.
- Personal reusable containers are no longer permitted in our locations, we require our guests to use our disposable/compostable containers.
- The Food Zoo has transitioned to a take-out only service method, our staff will now be serving our guests to ensure serving utensils remain sanitary.
- Food Zoo will be closed during break periods throughout the day to enable our staff to sanitize our service lines.
Commitment to service
- Many of our locations will remain closed after March 23. We will continue to adjust hours and will be updated on our website.
- Our Main Office will continue to be open to process deposits or answer questions regarding meal plans or our locations. We will close each day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.
- Some members of our support staff will be working remotely, however, they may still be contacted by email or phone and contact information is available on the Campus Dining Staff page on our website.
With the strength of the UM family, together we will all work through these challenging times. As our locations will continue to operate, so will all of our meal plans. Students who are currently on the Food Zoo Exclusive Meal Plan will be permitted to change to the All-Campus Plan with no charge or extra fees, even though the normal deadline as passed.
We will continue to be transparent on any significant changes to our operations and will work to disseminate any new developments as they occur. For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the University of Montana's Coronavirus resource page.
Thank you for your understanding,
Campus Dining will continue to adjust our hours of operation as needed. As of March 23, 2020 the following locations will be operated with this schedule. Updated: 3/23/2020
Week of March 23rd:
|Closed until further notice|
As the Commissioner of Higher Education, I place the health and safety of our students as my top priority. I am also seeking to minimize the academic and financial disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus. With that in mind, I authorize campuses to begin the process of providing prorated refunds, to the extent possible, for room and board to those students who have departed the residence halls and/or canceled meal plans based on recent guidance from the Montana University System regarding the COVID-19 situation.
Refunds may be issued for the period from March 23rd through the end of Spring term. Students must complete a cancellation form to be eligible for the refund. The cancellation form, as well as specific procedures for processing refunds, will be available Wednesday, March 25th. Please allow until April 15th for reimbursement payment. Please share this information immediately with students as well as your campus financial officer, and other appropriate staff.
Thanks again to you and your leadership team for your work in serving our students, community, and state of Montana.
Clayton T. Christian
Commissioner of Higher Education
The process of canceling your meal plan will be automatically processed daily once you complete the UM Housing Express Check-Out Program. For information regarding move-out procedures from the residence halls, please contact UM Housing at 406-243-2611.
The University of Montana is closely monitoring the coronavirus and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UM is staffing an information hotline to answer questions from students, families, faculty, staff and the public. The call center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can reach the hotline by calling 406-243-INFO (4636). Updates to how COVID-19 affects campus also are on UM's Coronavirus Information webpage.
IMPORTANT: If you develop fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing or have been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test for COVID-19, call CHC (406) 243-4330 to discuss your illness and plan for how we will see you at our clinic. Curry Health Center now offers a cold and cough clinic. Please use the west entrance to access this clinic.