Keep on Learning
We are sure you might have a lot of questions about your classes due to the current status of COVID-19 around the country. UM has a great resource for you to stay informed of this situation. Please visit UM's Coronavirus Information website.
With the start of fall semester (August 19), there is a lot you need to know. We are working hard to provide high-quality learning and campus life in a healthy environment. The Healthy Fall 2020 plan summarizes the University’s continuous efforts to achieve these goals. On-campus hygiene and providing students with optimal learning environments are our number one priorities.
If you are in need of accommodations, please visit Disability Services for Students COVID-19 FAQs.
Please review our Self-Reporting Guidelines for Fall 2020.
Thinking about your options for the fall semester?
This fall we will teach face-to-face much as possible, and there will be more remote and online learning options than before. Here is what we are calling the ways your classes will be taught:
Face-to-face: Students and faculty work together in a scheduled classroom.
- Section numbers are 01-25. For example, WRIT 101-01, WRIT 101-02, etc.
Remote: Students and faculty work together synchronously through web-based communication technology. This means that you, your classmates, and your instructor interact in a specific virtual place, through a specific online medium, at a specific time.
- Section numbers begin with the letter R followed by a number 01-25. For example, a remote section of WRIT 101 will appear as WRIT 101-R01.
Blended (also called hybrid or hyflex): In-person and some virtual or online elements are combined. Can include Hyflex courses (an instructional modality that allows students to participate synchronously online or face-to-face).
- Section numbers begin with the letter B followed by a number 01-25. For example, a blended section of WRIT 101 will appear as WRIT 101-B01.
Online: Learning and dialogue do not require any in-person meeting and are most often offered asynchronously. Learning happens on your schedule. While your course of study, instructor or degree program will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation, you have the ability to access and satisfy these requirements within a flexible time frame.
- Section numbers are 50-65. For example, WRIT 101-50
Distance-only students: You will only be able to register for course sections using “Internet, online or video conferencing” methods.
- Section numbers are 50 through 59. For example, WRIT 101-51
Many courses are going to be taught on campus, an updated schedule can be found in the class schedule.
If you are considering starting or continuing your education at UM remotely or online, there will be approximately 600 classes available this Fall to choose from.
If you are a new student starting at UM for Fall 2020 semester, please consider taking a look at our list of over 200 lower-division classes, which includes information on General Education requirements.
How do I get started selecting the right class or modality for this fall semester?
- Take a look at the list of courses available remotely or online.
- Decide what courses you would like to take.
- Communicate with your academic advisor about the list of courses you are interested in.
- Register for classes in Cyberbear.
- If you registered for face-to-face classes last spring, please be aware one or more of your classes may change to remote, blended, or online. Physical distancing requirements take up more space inside classrooms, so classroom space and capacities are more limited.
- If you were signed up for a class that has been canceled, you can reach out to your adviser to find alternatives, or when that course will be offered again.
- If you have questions about your new schedule, please contact your adviser. They can answer questions and make other changes if you need them.
What is the cost of tuition and fees at UM during the fall semester?
We want you to understand how your bill might look this fall. Some of the changes we’ve put in place have fees associated with them.
- Remote fee: There is no extra fee for remote instruction.
- Blended fee: No fee assessed the fall semester, but you will see a line item on your bill for $0.
- Campus-based fees: Campus-based fees will be applied per the Tuition and Fee structure for all face-to-face, remote, and blended classes.
- Online fee: Fee of $48 per credit hour to cover the costs of designing fully online courses.
When you get your new schedule, please talk to your adviser if you have questions about fees. Fees are subject to change. Please visit UM’s Tuition and Fee web page for the most current information.
What do I do if I think I have been exposed to someone with COVID19?
- If you haven’t been tested, first call Curry Health Center at 406-243-2122. Curry Health Center staff will walk you through next steps.
- If you have been tested and a diagnosis confirmed, please follow suggested protocols.
- Inform your instructors that you may need to be away from classes for an extended time. You are not required to disclose your diagnosis.
- Contact your advisor. Your advisor is here to assist you and can help coordinate with your instructors on your behalf. You can locate your advisor in Navigate, in Cyberbear Student Services, or by visiting the Advising Directory.
- If you need further assistance with accommodations for your classes, contact Disability Services for Students at 406-243-2243.
The Happy Habits for Hard Times Series: An Idea Bank for Coping with COVID-19 by UM Professors John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan is a series of eight modules.
These modules incorporate blog posts and academic material with fun short videos and visual graphics to teach happiness and coping strategies.
This resource is FREE and open to the public and was produced by Professors John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan in partnership with the College of Education and UMOnline.