July 24, 2020: Transition To Open UM Buildings

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Dear UM Colleagues,


As the start of the fall semester approaches, activity across campus is increasing.  Construction deadlines are speeding activity, events are occurring on campus, student service requests are increasing and we are seeing an uptick in business at the University Center.


Beginning Monday, July 27, we will start to transition to our regular schedule of opening and locking buildings during business hours. Some buildings (including the Mansfield Library) will not be fully open until the following Monday (Aug. 3). Please be patient and flexible as we work through these details.


The University of Montana Police Department will unlock the buildings each morning and our custodial team will be locking them at the end of the day. Please do not prop open building entrance doors as returning to our normal schedule should eliminate that need. As we transition to open buildings, please also remember to ensure coverage of front-facing services for our community and members of the public.


You may have noticed that our UM Facility Services crews have been tagging items in the corridors and hallways of our buildings. Especially in a COVID-19 environment, it is critical that we take all proactive measures to reduce potential crowding and congestion throughout our campus. Chairs, bookcases, couches, desks and other items in hallways must be tagged for surplus if not in use, or placed inside offices to increase clearance. In instances where items must remain in hallways due to extraordinary circumstances, Facilities Services will make every possible accommodation to meet specific needs. We appreciate your help in keeping the hallways clear.


Finally, the summer has been busy with construction projects on campus, and those will continue right up to –  and in some cases after – the start of classes. Please use caution when walking in or around active worksites. We appreciate your patience as we complete these important projects.


Enjoy your weekend,


Paul Lasiter
VP Administration and Finance 

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