Hello Montana Western Students,

In just a few days, you will be back and we are so excited for your return. I would like to share some of the critical steps we are taking and plans that are in place for your healthy and safe return. Even though some of the plans may feel inconvenient and sometimes difficult, I would like to thank each of you for taking these steps with all of us together and know they are necessary for your safety on and off campus and for keeping classes face to face.

Website
Please remember to refer to our website, www.umwestern.edu, and the yellow banner at the very top of the page. Here you will find links to all of the information about COVID-19 and how we are mitigating the spread of the virus. We have also created an easy to use FAQs section and a COVID-19 safety training to assist you in being prepared for the fall semester. Please review these items before the first day of classes on Monday, August 24.

Face Coverings
In accordance with the guidelines from the MUS Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force, all employees, students, and visitors must wear face coverings on campus as outlined below.

Montana Western Face Covering Practices and Protocols

For more information, including exceptions and accommodations, visit: https://www.umwestern.edu/fall-2020-plan/campus-wide-guidance/ 

Social Distancing
All areas of the campus will observe the CDC guidance on maintaining 6 feet of distance between individuals. This is an important tool in reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus.  

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.

To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Handwashing
Another critical tool in reducing the spread of the virus is frequent handwashing. Students, faculty, and staff are strongly expected to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer extensively.

Upon your return, you will see hand-sanitizing stations throughout the campus. Please use them if you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water. 

What do I do if I’m Sick? 

If You are Sick and Reside in Campus Housing: