Remote Attendance

Fall 2020: Remote attendance accommodation

For the fall 2020 semester, the University of Montana will offer a remote or a blended/hybrid mode of teaching and learning in many courses. However, some courses will be taught in face-to-face instruction. For those who are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, students may submit their remote attendance accommodation requests for the face-to-face or the blended/hybrid courses.

See the types of modalities.

Who may qualify

  • Students who have underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for severe illness if exposed to COVID-19.
  • Students who live with a family member or a domestic partner, who is at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Limitations: When a remote attendance request can be denied

Not all courses are suitable for remote instruction and the request cannot be guaranteed. A remote attendance request will be denied if:

Examples of the courses that cannot be delivered remotely

  • A course that requires specialized lab equipment that cannot be placed somewhere else.
  • A group or individual work that requires in-person interaction.
  • Fieldwork that must be completed in a group during specific times.

Request process for students

Priority Deadline was Friday, July 31, 2020
Students should complete the step 1 through 3 stated below by this deadline. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  1. Register for courses. Try to find the online section, remote section, or blended/hybrid section (see the types of modalities).
  2. Submit your documentation to Disability Services at dss@umontana.edu  Documentation such as a medical record should verify your underlying medical condition as a high risk to COVID-19.
  3. Complete a Zoom or phone meeting with a Disability Services coordinator.
  4. Receive a remote attendance accommodation letter from Disability Services.
  5. Email your instructor to request your remote attendance by copying the coordinator. Make proper arrangements with the instructor.

If the course cannot be delivered remotely

Students should contact their academic advisor to explore an alternative course.

For Academic Units, Faculty, and Advisors

Referring students to DSS

When students express their health concerns by attending face-to-face courses, refer students to Disability Services.

After students register with DSS

Every student, who registers with our office, will be assigned to a coordinator. After our office verifies eligibility, a coordinator will provide a remote attendance letter to the student. The student is responsible for reaching out to the instructor with the letter and requesting their remote attendance. If the instructor or department has questions about the student’s remote attendance request, contact the coordinator whose name is stated in the remote attendance letter.

School Liaison

Please contact your Liaison listed below when:

  • Academic units have general questions about remote attendance accommodations.
  • The student is not yet registered with Disability Services.
  • The student's registration with our office is unknown.  

To find staff's email, visit Meet Our Team.

School Liaison
College of Humanities and Sciences Bernadine Gantert
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education Mika Watanabe
W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation Bernadine Gantert
College of Health Bonnie Kurien
College of Business Mika Watanabe
College of the Arts and Media Mika Watanabe
Alexander Blewett III School of Law Bernadine Gantert
Missoula College Bonnie Kurien
Bitterroot College Jamie Standaert