UM Returns to Face-to-Face Instruction for Fall 2020

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The University of Montana is excited to hold a mix of face-to-face, remote and online instruction for fall semester 2020. We are working hard to provide the safest environment possible, and assure you that the health and well-being of our students, employees and community are top of mind for us as we prepare to be back on campus together. Find UM's Healthy Fall 2020 plan here

UM's Curry Health Center provides free COVID-19 testing for students who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Students must call 406-243-2122 to make an appointment before coming in. Students can find a Quarantine and Isolation Checklist here. 

UM and the Missoula City-County Health Department are closely tracking COVID-19 case trends at UM and in Missoula. The MCCHD is releasing information about UM-affiliated cases each day. Find health department information on UM-affiliated COVID-19 cases on this page under the "Data" tab.

UM started the fall semester on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

The last day of the semester and the conclusion of finals week will be Wednesday, Nov. 25, eliminating the need for students, faculty and staff to travel between the Thanksgiving holiday and the conclusion of the semester.

Winter break will last until Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, when spring semester begins. Consistent with past semesters, there will be a limited set of exceptions to meet clinical and other programmatic needs that are not directly tied to the traditional academic calendar.

We are so happy to have you back on campus and very proud of the safe behaviors that our students and employees are practicing. Keep up the good work, Griz!


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. 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. 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. 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 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 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 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.

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 Guidlines

The General Health and Safety Guidelines developed by UM’s Health Advisory Group 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 been working over the past six weeks to develop a blueprint to guide colleges and universities as we develop plans for a safe return to campus life this fall. Now the task force has release its comprehensive handbook of guidelines.

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: Fall Semester Timing Message from the President

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 14, 2020: Fall Academic Calendar Update from Commissioner Clay Christian

I write today with guidance for MUS campuses regarding the Fall 2020 academic calendar. Specifically, I am encouraging campuses to design a fall academic calendar that allows for the completion of the fall term, including any required on-campus final exams, by Wednesday, Nov. 25.

See more communications from UM regarding coronavirus.