This message was sent to all UMW faculty, staff, and students.

As the number of active COVID-19 cases continue to trend downward in Beaverhead County, and in response to recent guidance from the Montana Commissioner of Higher Education, we will be modifying UMW’s COVID-19 protocols as follows:


Effective immediately, face masks will be recommended, but not required, for students, faculty, and staff in campus buildings at the University of Montana Western.

We continue to request that as a university, we are supportive and respectful of others that may, or may not, choose to wear a mask. There are numerous reasons why a mask may be the right decision for someone so please respect their personal choices. If you would like a mask, they will be available for free at the Bulldog Life Office in the basement of the SUB or at offices in the Short Administration Building, including Business Services and the Registrar.

Hygiene and Health Monitoring  

At all times, good hygiene is important for our individual and community health. Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to wash their hands regularly and use hand sanitizer. Likewise, students, faculty, and staff are expected to cover coughs and sneezes.

Any individual experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms should stay home, avoid close interactions with others, and call their healthcare provider for guidance. 


COVID-19 testing is available through the local providers listed below.

Barrett Hospital (ambulance bay): 

M-F from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
$29 FEE

Community Health Center (parking lot):  

M-F from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
POC Rapid $27

Beaverhead Urgent Care: 

M, T, TH, F from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
POC Rapid $27

Upcoming Vaccination Clinic 

Free COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters will be available at our next upcoming on-campus clinic on Thursday, March 3rd, for all interested students, faculty, and staff.

When: Thursday, March 3rd, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

Where: Bulldog Lounge in the SUB 

You can also receive vaccinations in Dillon from several off-campus providers. Click here to learn more.

I would like to thank each of you for your perseverance and flexibility over the past two years, and hope you have an excellent spring.


Michael L. Reid