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Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus FAQ

This webpage will be updated as needed. Please refer to this webpage for answers to the most frequently asked questions. UPDATED APRIL 27.

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How will I receive updates?
How will this affect classes? Are classes canceled?
Will dining services be available?
Are events canceled?
What should I do about my travel plans?
What happens to students that do not have internet/computer access?
Will we still have a graduation ceremony?
Should I attend class/come back to class?
What can students do to help?
Where can I get more information about the spread of COVID-19?
Where can I find more information about protecting myself?


How will I receive updates?

The University is sending all coronavirus updates to campus via UM email. You may also find these updates at Montevallo.edu/coronavirus-information. Please monitor your UM email and/or this webpage regularly. Please make sure you have current contact information listed in the “Personal Information” section of your Banner account.


How will this affect classes? Are classes canceled?

Given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and all of the compelling national and state data on the matter, the University has determined that we will transition May and summer courses to distance education. Based on student needs, we have already been focusing on increasing distance education options in May and summer. Deans and chairs will be working carefully with faculty to make this transition as successful as possible. The Malone Center will continue to be a helpful resource as will the faculty colleagues who have excellent experience in distance education.

The University has also determined that we will extend the spring 2020 P/F alternative grading system.


Will dining services be available?

As the University will not be selling summer meal plans, Falcon Foods will be closing at the end of the semester and will not reopen during the month of June. Falcon Foods will decide about reopening for the remainder of the summer in late June.

Falcon Foods will still offer catering service with a 48-hour advance notice to secure staffing and product, and will still be open for orientation lunches this summer. To place a catering order, please contact UM Director of Dining Services Jason Quarles by phone at 205-688-0329 or by email at Jason.Quarles@compass-usa.com.


Are events canceled?

Effective immediately, all University-sponsored events are canceled. This includes athletic events, student group activities (on and off campus), alumni events, performances, exhibits and trainings. 


What should I do about my travel plans?

All non-essential travel, foreign or domestic, if funded by the University or University Foundation, is now prohibited. Athletic travel that is currently scheduled and approved is under review and no future travel should be scheduled until further notice. Prohibited travel includes any air or public transportation travel sanctioned by the University.

This is in addition to UM’s previously enacted restrictions on University-sponsored international travel to destinations identified as Level 2 or Level 3 with active community transmission of coronavirus.

The University strongly discourages personal travel to international or domestic areas identified as Level 2 or higher or areas with active community transmission of COVID-19. Employees who have traveled to areas identified as Level 2 or Level 3 with active community transmission of COVID-19 will be required upon return from travel to follow Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines and then communicate with their division head or Human Resources to develop a plan to return to campus.

Students who have traveled to areas identified as Level 2 or Level 3 with active community transmission of COVID-19 will be required upon return from travel to follow the ADPH directive outlined within the attachment and then contact the Dean of Students Office at 205-665-6020 to develop a plan for return to campus. Affected students should also contact their professors to determine the feasibility of making up missed coursework during the self-monitoring period. Prior to coordinating travel plans, students should consider the content of their courses and understand that some course experiences may be difficult or impossible to make up.


What happens to students that do not have internet/computer access?

We will make every effort to accommodate student’s access needs on a case by case basis.


Will we still have a graduation ceremony?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold spring Commencement as scheduled due to anticipated restrictions prohibiting large gatherings. Commencement will be rescheduled for Aug. 7. This is a heart wrenching decision but we wish to honor our seniors and celebrate their hard work in person. It is our genuine hope that many, many members of the Class of 2020 will return with their loved ones for Commencement on Aug. 7. We pledge to make this Commencement a meaningful, remarkable occasion – our seniors deserve nothing less.


How is campus being cleaned?

The University will continue its regular protocol of frequently cleaning and disinfecting all campus facilities. Physical Plant employees are using industry standard protocols for cleaning as well as state of the art cleaning equipment.


Should I attend class/come back to class?

Given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and all of the compelling national and state data on the matter, the University has determined that we will transition May and summer courses to distance education. Based on student needs, we have already been focusing on increasing distance education options in May and summer. Deans and chairs will be working carefully with faculty to make this transition as successful as possible. The Malone Center will continue to be a helpful resource as will the faculty colleagues who have excellent experience in distance education.

The University has also determined that we will extend the spring 2020 P/F alternative grading system.


What can students do to help?

Follow the CDC guidelines related to respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene. Stay at home if you are sick. Get a flu shot.


Where can I get more information about the spread of COVID-19?

Visit the following links for additional information:


Where can I find more information about protecting myself?

Advice for protecting yourself from COVID-19 can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Official Coronavirus Webpage.