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

March 12, 2020

Dear UM Family,

As you know, for the past several weeks we have been preparing plans to transition to remote instruction due to COVID-19. Throughout this process we have been closely coordinating with state and local officials. The Commissioner’s Office, working with Gov. Bullock, has just announced that all MUS campuses, effective March 23, will transition to remote delivery.

Please read the Commissioner’s guidance in full here.

Key points are as follows:

  • As of March 23, all MUS campuses will, in every instance possible, transition all in-class instruction to online or other remote teaching modalities that do not require in-class presence. Individual departments, colleges, and universities should provide all material assistance and accommodation possible to faculty and students throughout this transition.
  • MUS campuses will remain open and operational for students. This includes residence halls, dining services, computer labs, and most other campus services. Employees will continue to report to work unless instructed otherwise or work-from-home accommodations are developed in individual cases.
  • To protect public health, MUS campuses will implement appropriate social distancing measures in line with CDC guidelines and recommendations. This should include restrictions on large lectures, theater performances, academic conferences, and other large gatherings.
  • All MUS students and employees need to monitor their official email address for more communications and planning details between now and March 23rd.
     
Seth Bodnar
University of Montana President