COVID Safe Policies
COVID-19 has changed how we live and work. Central to our public service mission is to collectively work together to ensure your health and safety. This FAQ serves as a guidepost and will change periodically. If you have a question not addressed here, contact the DPAP Chair/MPA Director. Our commitment is to remain kind, flexible and adaptable during these unprecedented times. We thank you for your patience as we continue to help each other.
Do I need to wear a facemask for in-person classes and office hours?
Do I need to wear a facemask for in-person office hours for the Department of Public Administration & Policy?
Faculty member's discretion.
How do I make up my school-work if I am impacted by COVID-19?
a. Your professor will provide options for you to receive missing material (e.g.send PPT slides or recording of lecture). Make sure to notify your professor in advance. We realize this may occur periodically throughout the semester and will support you in your educational success. DPAP (PUAD and NPAD)specific classes are unable to offer a hyflex option at this time due to limited staffing and because we regularly provide fully online classes.
b. If your illness persists, you will set up an appointment with the department Acting Dean/MPA Director to come up with a plan of action to successfully complete the semester.
What if I don’t feel comfortable taking an in-person class due to COVID waves?
a. Depending on public health guidance, some of your professors may shift some of your in-person class to remote (zoom) for a portion of the semester. Your professor reserves the option to pursue this course of action and will communicate any changes with you directly, with a a syllabus amendment, if necessary.
b. Student accommodation requests should be sent to UM disability services this semester.
c. Hyflex is not an option for students taking DPAP classes since our department already offers classes fully online and via robot. Robots are currently fully enrolled.
What if I get sick or I am in contact with someone exposed to COVID-19?
a. If you are sick, please do not come to class.
b. Please notify your professor and MPA Director; follow guidance here.
What if I need an incomplete for my course?
How do I get in/out of the School of Law?
b. In preparation, make sure to obtain a UM Griz Card.
c. If you forget your griz card, call Campus Safety to let you into the building.
The University has compiled all University-wide coronavirus-related updates, communications and other information on the UM Coronavirus Updates website.
UM has also created a Coronavirus Hotline at 406-243-INFO(4636), available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday to speak with UM employees about your questions.
UM is closely tracking the COVID-19 case trends in both Missoula and across Montana. You can track Montana’s cases here.