Dear UMW Students,

I want to thank you for the responsible behaviors I continue to see across campus: mask wearing, social distancing and use of hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants. Unlike many institutions that are grappling with high numbers of positive cases and outbreaks across their campuses, we continue to see indications that our mitigation efforts are helping to keep our symptomatic tests and positive cases low. We know that can change quickly, however, so your continued cooperation and effort to reduce risks for yourself and our campus community is appreciated!

In a few short days, it will be Labor Day weekend, and I suspect you will have opportunities to socialize off-campus, while some will venture further out into the Montana backcountry. Regardless of how you choose to spend your long weekend, I want to remind you of a few ways to ensure your safety.

When you return to class on Tuesday, please protect yourself and others by screening for any COVID symptoms and report to your health care provider immediately should you have any of the following symptoms.

Be well Bulldogs! Here’s to your health and safety,

Nicole Hazelbaker, Dean of Students