Fall 2020 Communications


Nov. 25, 2020: County Using New Software to Trace COVID-19

As you know, COVID-19 cases are rising in many areas of the state, including Missoula County.

Nov. 13, 2020: Reflections on Fall Semester

Wednesday will be the last day of regular classes for the fall semester. In August, it was difficult to imagine exactly how the semester would unfold.

Nov. 10, 2020: What You Need to Know to Return Home Safely

There are two weeks left in the fall semester, and now is the time to begin practicing safer and healthier behavior in advance of any travel for the winter break.

Oct. 28, 2020: COVID-19 Update

Yesterday the Missoula City-County Health Department announced it will impose additional local restrictions this week in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

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.