COVID Safe Policies
When does Fall 2020 semester start and end?
b. End date: November 25, 2020
If I am a fully online student, when does my Moodle shell open?
When does Spring 2021 semester start?
The university has new designations for course delivery – what do these mean? How does this impact DPAP course delivery?
a. All DPAP regularly scheduled online classes will remain the same and not impacted.
b. Fall 2020, all DPAP face-to-face classes will be offered in a blended/hybrid model. Here is a list of sample options your professor(s) may adopt:
i. Option A: Professor posts all of their lectures on your course Moodle page and then you meet in-person or via Zoom during your designated class time.
ii. Option B: Professor posts all course materials on your course Moodle page and you meet in smaller groups periodically throughout the semester (in-person or Zoom) during your designated class time.
iii. Option C: A MWF class could meet in-person MW and online on F or M in-person and WF online/Zoom.
iv. Option D: A professor provides course content on Moodle and you meet occasionally on Zoom or in-person during the semester for your designated class time.
We believe the blended approach provides flexibility and safety in a time of uncertainty. Your course syllabus will clearly lay out your professor’s approach with an iteration of one of the above. Please mark your calendar for your designated class meeting time/day(s) found in Cyberbear.
c. Other departments/programs across campus may use one of the following approaches for Fall 2020:
i. Remote (meet for class via Zoom during a set time/day)
ii. Face-to-face (only meet in-person)
Due to the change in the Fall 2020 semester calendar, will the department offer winter session courses?
Will my classroom be clean and meet public health guidelines?
Do I need to wear a facemask for in-person sessions under the blended model?
Will my professor wear a facemask when they are teaching?
What if I don't want to wear a facemask to class?
Can I bring food and/or beverages to in-person class, department event, or office hours?
Do I need to wear a facemask for office hours with a professor?
b. If you arrive early, we ask that you wait outside in the law school atrium until your designated meeting time.
What if I forget my facemask?
b. The University of Montana is providing each student and faculty member with a health and safety kit (e.g. facemasks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, instructions).
What if I get sick or I am in contact with someone exposed to COVID-19?
b. Maintain guidance by your county health department -- this may include staying home and in quarantine if you or a family member/friend is exposed to COVID-19 (check with contract tracing guidance).
c. Stay home if you have been in contact with someone exposed to COVID-19 (maintain guidance provided by county health department).
What if someone in my class gets sick and we are exposed?
How do I make up my work if I am impacted by COVID-19? [for all students]
a. Your professor will provide options for you to receive missing material (e.g. providing slides or recording of lecture). Make sure to notify your professor in advance. We realize this may occur periodically throughout the semester.
b. If your illness persists, you will set up an appointment with the Department Chair to come up with a plan of action to successfully complete the semester.
What if my professor becomes ill or in contact with someone sick?
What if I don't feel comfortable taking a blended class this fall?
b. Accommodation requests from Disability Services are due July 31, 2020. Department Chairs/professors are notified. If something changes, work with UM disability services.
Will internship opportunities be impacted?
How can I be a good representative of my learning community?
b. Be kind, empathetic, and understanding of others.
c. Remember your decisions impact your classmates, professors, and their families. Review this list of 37 Routine Activities' COVID-19 risk levels.
What if the University of Montana has a COVID-19 outbreak?
b. Online courses will continue as planned.
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. We recommend adding “Campus Safety” to your telephone contacts.
Will DPAP events be held Fall 2020?
b. Annual Scholarship Brunch and Celebrating Students event to be held Spring 2021.
When are Fall 2020 MPA Portfolios due?
b. When can I schedule my exit interview (email to be sent in September)
What if I have advising or program level-questions?
Where can I find COVID-19 resources (e.g. financial, health)?
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.