The University of Montana is an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Big Sky Conference. Approximately 350 student-athletes compete in 15 intercollegiate sports. Guidance for planning comes from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Sport Science Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Athletic Trainers Association and direction from campus and industry experts.

Key factors center on developing mitigation plans for return to practice and competition for student-athletes, best use of facilities, and protecting staff and coaches. Plans also provide guiding principles for mitigation and contact tracing.

Grizzly Athletics will conduct operations with guidance established by the MUS Athletics Advisory Group and by future decisions from relevant athletics conferences (e.g. Big Sky Conference, Frontier Conference) and national organizing bodies (e.g. NCAA, NAIA).