UM Coronavirus Communications


Oct. 16, 2020: UM COVID-19 Testing Update

As you know, testing for COVID-19 continues to be an essential part of our strategy for reduced transmission on campus and in the community.

Oct. 9, 2020: COVID-19 Update

As you are all aware, positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Montana.

Oct. 7, 2020: Spring 2021 Calendar and Commencement

Recently, the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education announced that spring break 2021 would be converted into an instructional week.

Oct. 2, 2020: UM COVID-19 Update

According to the Missoula City-County Health Department, UM-affiliated COVID-19 cases again increased this week.

Sept. 25, 2020: Clarification Regarding New COVID Cases

We write to provide important clarification regarding our message earlier today about COVID-19 cases and observations about trends and mask-wearing.

Sept. 25, 2020: Update From Your UM COVID Response Team

The number of COVID-19 cases across the state continues to rise, with state officials reporting 333 new cases yesterday.

Sept. 18, 2020: Working Together for Community Health

As we close the fifth week of the semester, we must keep up our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.

Sept. 18, 2020: Well-Being During Times of Stress

I know that many of you are drawing upon reserves that might feel close to depleted, and yet you continue to give your energy and care to our UM family.

Sept. 16, 2020: UM-Affiliated COVID-19 Cases

Today, the Missoula City-County Health Department released this week’s University-specific data on COVID-19. We write to provide some additional context for UM’s data and our response to new cases over the past week.

Sept. 14, 2020: Update from Your COVID Response Team

Over the past week, there have been new positive cases of COVID-19 among our University community. We write to share some important observations.

Sept. 4, 2020: A Message from Curry Health Center

We know you may be looking forward to spending time with friends and family over the weekend. Please be mindful of the risk of COVID-19.

Sept. 4, 2020: Sharing UM COVID-19 Data

President Bodnar provides an update about our collaborative efforts with the Missoula City-County Health Department regarding current and accurate information about the prevalence of COVID-19 in our campus community. 

Sept. 4, 2020: Keep Up the Great Work This Weekend

As we approach this long Labor Day Weekend, ASUM leaders encourage all of the UM family to continue practicing safe and healthy behavior on campus and throughout the community.

Sept. 1, 2020: COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment on Campus

President Bodnar shares additional information about our continued efforts to monitor and assess the situation daily.

Aug. 31, 2020: Symptomatic COVID-19 Testing Now Free for Students

COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students will now be offered free of charge at Curry Health Center.

Aug. 21, 2020: Keep up the great work, stay safe this weekend

Our ability to be able to continue with our plans for this semester depends on everyone doing their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Keep wearing your mask at all times, practice social distancing and wash your hands.

Aug. 19, 2020: We Are Here to Ensure You Succeed

Congratulations on the start of a new academic year. We are thrilled to welcome our returning students back to campus and welcome new Grizzlies to our UM family.

Aug. 19, 2020: On-Campus Supplemental K-5 Education and Child Care

Thank you for completing the survey to assess the supplemental education and care needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic for the school-age children of UM employees.

Aug. 13, 2020: Information to help instructors

Please read the information provided here. We hope it will help you prepare for fall semester 2020, which begins next week!

Aug. 13, 2020: Griz Family News

Find important information for parents of students attending UM this fall in this special edition of Griz Family News.

Aug. 12, 2020: Bookstore Operations for Fall Semester

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, operations at the Bookstore will be little different this upcoming term. Below is some important information to know before you go to the Bookstore.

Aug. 7, 2020: Student Leaders Urge Responsibility This Fall

Fall semester 2020 will be unlike any we have encountered previously and it will have challenges that we face together.

Aug. 6, 2020: Montana Invests in University System COVID-19 Testing

Today by Gov. Steve Bullock announced a $20 million investment in COVID-19 testing capability for the Montana University System.

Aug. 5, 2020: Important Information About Commencement

Given the level of COVID-19 infection and spread, we believe a large gathering of the UM family for a Commencement ceremony this fall is not in the best interest of our recent graduates, their families or our community.

Aug. 4, 2020: Important Information for Off-Campus-Residing Grizzlies

This year is certain to have some unique elements to it, and I hope you will find the information below helpful as you navigate the COVID-19 environment in the Missoula community.

Aug. 3, 2020: Face Covering Policy

The University of Montana’s Interim COVID-19 Face Covering Policy is posted to the campus policies website. Additionally, the accompanying implementation procedures are posted on UM's COVID-19 website.

July 30, 2020: Student updates on UM housing, dining and more

We are working hard to get campus ready for the start of fall semester! As promised, here is information about housing, dining and Healthy Griz Kits.

July 24, 2020: Transition to Opening UM Buildings

As the start of the fall semester approaches, activity across campus is increasing. Beginning Monday, July 27, we will start to transition to our regular schedule of opening and locking buildings during business hours. 

July 23, 2020: How UM will teach this fall

Important information for students on how UM will teach classes this fall, the fees you may pay and what to do if there is a health reason you cannot attend in-person classes this semester.

July 20, 2020: Update from the Provost

In the present and rapidly changing environment, I recognize the importance of communicating frequently as we plan for fall semester 2020.

July 17, 2020: President's MPulse Message

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to disrupt every sector of society across the world — including right here at the University of Montana.

July 16, 2020: COVID-19 Cases

Missoula has seen, over the past 24 hours, an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19, and this includes cases within our campus community. 

July 10, 2020: UM Releases Healthy Fall 2020 Plan

Today, we are releasing the University of Montana Healthy Fall 2020 plan. As you look through the plan, please know that this will continue to be a work in progress.

July 8, 2020: MUS Task Force Recommends Mask Requirement

We are pleased to announce that today the MUS Healthy Fall Task Force recommended a mask requirement for all campuses across the system.

July 6, 2020: President's Message on Mask Guidance

Thank you for continuing to provide feedback on our campus-specific guidance for UM’s Healthy Fall 2020 plan. I write today with important updates regarding mask policy and plans for testing on our campus this fall.

July 1, 2020: President's Message on Mask Use

Our plan and the policy language around issues like the wearing of masks are not yet finalized.

June 29, 2020: UM Navigates Budgetary Planning in Time of COVID-19

Vice President for Operations and Finance Paul Lasiter provides an update on UM's continued planning and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 19, 2020: Feedback Sought for Draft Healthy Fall 2020 Plan

I write today to share a draft of the campus-specific guidance for UM’s Healthy Fall 2020 plan. To help our planning teams refine this campus-specific guidance and to help surface considerations not yet addressed, we invite your input on this document.

June 10, 2020: General Health and Safety Guidelines

General Health and Safety Guidelines provide important context for our planning for the fall semester.

June 5, 2020: Fall Planning Measures

Over the past two months, our teams have been hard at work ensuring we have appropriate mitigation measures in place for our UM family to work, learn and live on campus during this world pandemic.

June 1, 2020: MUS Issues Fall Guidelines

The Montana University System Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force has released its comprehensive handbook of guidelines.

May 29, 2020: UM Readies for Phase 2 of Reopening Plan

Beginning Monday, June 1, Gov. Bullock’s phased reopening plan for the State of Montana will proceed to Phase Two.

May 21, 2020: Fall Semester Schedule

While all the details are not quite finalized, UM will start the fall semester Wednesday, Aug. 19. Final exams — and the last day of the semester — will conclude Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

May 18, 2020: UM is face-to-face for the fall

I am sure you have heard by now that we will be back on campus this fall for face-to-face instruction and we are busy getting ready for you!

May 15, 2020: Message from the President: Fall Semester Timing

To help reduce the risk of infection by the COVID-19 virus, all MUS campuses are encouraged to plan an academic calendar that allows for the completion of the fall semester by Wednesday, Nov. 25.

May 7, 2020: Message from the President: Looking Ahead

As the spring semester comes to a close, I know many of you are thinking first about a successful finish to this term, but also are wondering about fall.

May 4, 2020: Message from the President: Inspiring Effort

Our successful completion of the 2020 spring semester is an exceptional accomplishment. Each of you deserves recognition for your persistence and flexibility in the face of unprecedented challenges.

May 1, 2020: Message from the Commissioner of Higher Education

This is a special message from Commissioner of Higher Education Clay Christian, recognizing the accomplishments of our graduates and plans for ensuring all of the campuses in the Montana University System (MUS) are ready for the fall 2020 semester to ensure the health and safety of our students and university community.

April 24, 2020: A Thoughtful and Gradual Return to Campus

As you may have read, both Gov. Steve Bullock and Commissioner Clay Christian have issued instructions on when we can all begin to return to work on campus within the next several weeks.

April 13, 2020: Update from the President

I write today to let you know that we have made the difficult decision to notify 63 of our colleagues that they will be temporarily furloughed until Aug. 1.

April 8, 2020: Adapting as a University

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been frequently asked the same question: “How long do you think the impacts of this situation will last?” The answer, as experts around the globe tell us, is difficult to predict.

April 8, 2020: Update from Provost Harbor

We are just five weeks away from the start of UMSummer 2020, and I know many of you have been eager to know how UM will adapt our signature summer offerings to our current circumstances.

April 8, 2020: President's Video Update for Students

President Bodnar provides an update on happenings at UM and shares the extensive resources available to UM students as we complete this semester and look toward summer and the fall.

April 3, 2020: Update from the Provost

I write to provide an update on further changes we are implementing in response to coronavirus.

April 3, 2020: UM Spring Commencement 2020

Today, we share the announcement from the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education that there will not be a traditional spring Commencement at the University of Montana May 9 in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

April 1, 2020: New Information for Supervisors

All of us at the University of Montana are working incredibly hard to slow the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, we have made tough decisions to ensure the health and safety of our UM family.

March 27, 2020: Grading Options for Spring Semester

Thursday, the Faculty Senate discussed alternate grading options for spring semester.

March 27, 2020: Research Level 2 Guidance

Gov. Bullock issued a directive to state-at-home on March 26. In light of the directive, the University of Montana is moving to Research Level 2.

March 26, 2020: Message from the President

Gov. Steve Bullock today issued a stay at home directive for all Montanans that will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 28.

March 26, 2020: Update from Provost Harbor

We began remote instruction this week holding our breaths, hoping that the transition would be smooth. I have been hearing from students and faculty that, in general, the move to remote instruction has gone amazingly well — people are adapting creatively and being very understanding.

March 26, 2020: Message from Human Resource Services

Thank you all for the incredible job you have been doing in not only supervising and managing your staff over the past few weeks, but also in supporting them, offering them guidance and providing them with outstanding leadership during a challenging time.

March 24, 2020: Update from Provost Harbor

The purpose of this message is to share an update on academic affairs policy revisions, a reminder to use Starfish to help students, acknowledge faculty concerns, and ask you to take care of yourselves and each other.

March 23, 2020: Update from Provost Harbor

As we prepare to embark on this “new normal” the remainder of spring semester, I really appreciate all the time and effort you are putting into adapting to our new circumstances.

March 23, 2020: A Message from Curry Health Center to UM Students

Curry Health Services puts the health and safety of our students, campus community and dedicated employees above all else. With that in mind, I want to share some updates about how we plan to continue providing care moving forward.

March 22, 2020: UM Strongly Encourages UM Students to Move Out of Residence Halls

We strongly encourage students in the residence halls to make plans to move out as soon as possible. 

March 22, 2020: Prorated Refunds for Room and Board

The Commissioner of Higher Education has authorized us to provide 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.

March 20, 2020: UM Student Weekly Newsletter

ASUM President Abbigail Belcher provides an update for UM students. This newsletter also contains extensive information about student services and resources as spring break concludes and remote instruction begins. 

March 19, 2020: Provost's Update for Faculty on Academic-related Questions

As we all continue to face the unprecedented challenges COVID-19 is causing in our lives and on our campus, new questions arise every day that we are working together to address. Your Faculty Senate and UFA leaders are effective advocates for you and have been relaying questions and concerns to me on a regular basis.

March 19, 2020: Post-Spring Break Recommendations for UM Students

I want to share a few key points with you as you plan for the remainder of the semester.

March 18, 2020: UM to Continue Remote Instruction for the Remainder of Spring Semester

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided that we will continue with remote delivery of classes for the entirety of the semester. At this time, there is no intent to return to face-to-face instruction in spring 2020.

March 18, 2020: Provost's Faculty Update in UMToday

I very much appreciate the flexibility and creativity you are all bringing to these challenging times. The purpose of this message is to reinforce some of the most critical points for faculty in President Bodnar’s communication of yesterday afternoon.

March 17, 2020: Update: Enhanced measures at UM to prevent spread of COVID-19

As communities across the country continue to deal with COVID-19, I write to provide an update on the additional steps we are taking as a University to prevent further spread of the virus and to protect the health and safety of our community.  

March 17, 2020: HR Memo: Continuity of UM operations with remote work wherever possible

As we continue to deal with the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, we remain focused on preventing the further spread of the virus and protecting the health and safety of our community.

March 16, 2020: MUS Developing Remote Working Plans for Employees

We would like to share the message below sent from the Montana University System leadership late last night on the steps we're taking to enable remote work to the greatest extent possible and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

March 15, 2020: President's Message: Protecting the Health and Safety of Our Community

Last night, we all learned that Commissioner Christian has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. I know this announcement raises many questions for you regarding those UM employees who attended the BoR meeting in Dillon and any subsequent interactions with those individuals.

March 14, 2020: President's Message: Recent COVID-19 Case in Missoula

You may have seen MUS Commissioner Clayton Christian’s announcement this evening that he has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.

March 13, 2020: Video Message from the President

I want to share with you the steps we are taking here at the University of Montana to deal with these COVID-19 challenges as proactively and thoughtfully as we can. 

March 13, 2020: Message from the President to Staff

First, thank you all for the incredible job you do every day on campus. We simply could not function without each of your contributions every day. 

March 13, 2020: Update from Provost Harbor on COVID-19 response

This message provides more detail, especially for instructors, and addresses questions that have come in from faculty, students and staff.

March 12, 2020: Campus Still Open With Move to Remote Learning

While the University of Montana will offer its classes remotely beginning March 23, campus will be open during spring break and when you return from break.

March 12, 2020: President's Update: UM Transitions to Remote Instruction March 23

The Commissioner’s Office, working with Gov. Bullock, has just announced that all MUS campuses, effective March 23, will transition to remote delivery.

March 12, 2020: Commissioner COVID-19 Update

In light of the rapidly evolving challenge presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, I am directing all MUS campuses to implement the following decisions as soon as possible:

March 11, 2020: Spring Break Message to Students

This year, as we prepare for spring break, we need to be aware and prepare for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the potential impact this outbreak might have on your travel plans.

March 9, 2020: Preparation for possible COVID-19 impacts on campus research/creative activities

As part of the University’s contingency plans for dealing with COVID-19, UM Vice President of Research and Creative Research Scott Whittenburg asks all members of the UM research/creative community to consider the following information and measures.

March 9, 2020: UMToday Message from President Bodnar

We have provided you with a great deal of COVID-19 information because we want the UM community to be knowledgeable, prepared and informed to help prevent the spread of the virus. Equally important, we also need your help to halt the spread of discrimination and hatred that threaten to emerge in response to the virus.

March 6, 2020: Provost's Message on Continued COVID-19 planning

Although we do not know if UM will need to suspend face-to-face teaching, it is important that every person teaching a course have plans for this possibility, and takes reasonable steps to prepare.

March 6, 2020: A Safety Note About Saturday's Game

UM is following guidance from the Missoula City-County Health Department and the CDC on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

March 5, 2020: Campus Communication on COVID-19 Update

As news about COVID-19 intensifies, you likely have questions about what steps UM is taking to respond and protect our students, faculty and staff.

March 3, 2020: President's Update on Campus Preparations for COVID-19

As cases of coronavirus continue to rise, UM is focused on prevention and response and the potential for coronavirus on our campuses in communities here in Montana.

March 3, 2020: Provost's Update on Preparing for Coronavirus

UM is working alongside the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education to develop appropriate and effective contingency plans for campuses across the Montana University System.

Jan. 31, 2020: Update on Travel To China

For the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, the Montana University System has prohibited all MUS-sponsored or affiliated travel to China until further notice. 

Jan. 30, 2020: Update on Coronavirus Outbreak in China

World health officials are working to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan, China.

News Releases

UM Moves to Remote Learning March 23 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak Mar 12, 2020

At the direction of the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, UM will switch to online and remote learning methods March 23.

UM Cancels Study Abroad Programs Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Mar 12, 2020

Effective March 12, the University of Montana is canceling all spring 2020 and academic year 2019-20 education abroad programs worldwide.