To Our UM Residential Students:
As you have read in previous campus updates, while the residence halls remain open to those who need to stay, to protect the health and safety of all students we are asking students not to return to campus unless they have nowhere else to go. Please read this email in its entirety as it will answer many of your questions and understand our staffing and services may be limited.
Students Not Returning to Campus
In order to maintain social distancing and cleaning procedures in the halls, we ask students not returning to the residence halls who wish to come pick up their things to sign up for a time slot over the next week to do so. Once that time has passed we will communicate with anyone remaining in the halls regarding coordinating move outs between then and the end of the semester.
To sign up for a checkout time during the week of March 20-28
- Log into your myHousingPortal (https://umt.edu/myhousingportal).
- Select the Spring 2020 Check Out Sign Up option from either the grey menu bar or the menu icon.
- Select a time from the available slots in the calendar.
- Once you select a time, confirmation will show on your screen and you will also receive a confirmation email with your timeslot details and checkout instructions.
Carts will be available in the lobbies for your use. Please follow any posted instructions and return carts to the same lobby when you are complete. Students do not need to interact with staff to check out. Simply get an express check-out envelope from outside your area desk, fill it out, put your mailbox key and access card (not Griz Card) in the envelope, and place it in the Express Checkout Drop Box on the office door.
Please practice social distancing whenever possible during the move-out process. Do not congregate at the desk or in hallways. Also due to limited space in the hallways and rooms, please limit the number of people helping you move your belongings out to one person.
At this time refund decisions will be made by the Montana University System Office for the Commissioner of Higher Education. We will communicate any updates on changes to that policy, but University officials do not have additional information at this time. At this time we are not authorized to process refunds.
Please note we have limited storage available on campus and will work to make other arrangements. If you need to discuss storage, call 406-243-2611. Students with items currently in storage should call that number. We will grant you access to your storage unit as quickly as possible, but please be patient with our response time.
In addition to on campus storage, Eagle Self Storage in Missoula is offering one month free storage rental of a 5x10 unit to the first 40 to 50 individuals. This offer is only for UM college students with valid ID. The special starts now and runs until April 30. On May 1 normal rental prices will begin again. If you are interested, call Eagle Self Storage at 406-251-8600 or visit www.eagless.net.
Students Choosing to Remain on Campus
While we strongly recommend students do not return to the residence halls, we do understand that is not realistic for some students, and we will do our best to support you. These are some of the operational adjustments you can expect. Further adjustments will likely be made when we know how many students will remain in the halls.
Residence Hall Staffing
Area coordinators and area desk administrators will still be working and available via phone or email. Area coordinators also are able to meet students via Zoom. Most resident assistants will still be engaging with residents, though they may not be present on every floor. Your area coordinator will update you on the staffing in your building next week.
Area Desks will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. We only will provide services for packages and lockouts. Other services will not be provided, including checking out equipment, games and kitchen supplies. If you need assistance outside of these services, call the duty phone (follow this link for your Area Desk and Duty phone numbers) before visiting the desk as we are trying to limit the foot traffic at the desks. If you have maintenance issue work orders, those should be entered online through the myHousingPortal. If you have an emergency maintenance issue, call the duty phone.
Staff On Call
Outside of these hours, staff will be able to respond to the duty phone for emergencies but we will not be able to issue packages. During this time, it is imperative that everyone take responsibility for their mailbox key and access card to lessen the number of lockouts. This is for the health and safety of you and of our staff.
What to do if you feel sick?
IMPORTANT: If you develop fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing or have been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test for COVID-19, call CHC 406-243-4330 to discuss your illness and plan for how we will see you at our clinic. Curry Health Center now offers a cold and cough clinic. Please use the west entrance to access this clinic.
If you are sick, do not knock on your RA’s door or visit the Area Desk. You should try to stay in your room and contact Curry for further instructions. Report all illnesses to UM Housing online.
Student Conduct Reminder
All students are expected to follow the Student Conduct Code, and residential students must comply with the policies outlined in the Residence Hall Handbook. If a resident is causing a serious disruption or posing a risk to the health and safety of the residential learning environment, they may be asked to move out of the residential facilities immediately.
The guest policy is being suspended during this time frame. Until further notice, residents may not have guests or visitors in their residential areas, including personal space and community spaces such as lounges. We are defining guests as any persons not approved to live in a specific building (i.e. students who live in one building may not visit another building). Further, we are encouraging residents to limit entering personal spaces of other approved residents and implement suggested practices of self-hygiene and social distancing in common spaces.
In case of emergencies
Please call UM Police at 406-243-4000 or call 911.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility in this unprecedented time. We care about the health and safety of our residents and staff and are working hard to support everyone as we respond to an evolving situation.