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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 MARCH 30.

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How will I receive updates?
How will this affect classes? Are classes canceled?
Will we be allowed to stay in our residence halls?
Will dining services be available?
Will we be allowed back on campus to retrieve things essential for completing the semester (laptops, books, etc.)?
Are events canceled?
What should I do about my travel plans?
Do we need to cancel spring break plans/will we have to quarantine if we travel out of state?
What happens to students that do not have internet/computer access?
Will we still have a graduation ceremony?
What happens to student workers who pay for tuition/rent with on-campus jobs?
Should I attend class/come back to class?
Are on-campus health services available to students?
What can students do to help?
Where can I get the latest travel advisories?
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?

We will extend the distance learning model currently deployed through the end of the semester. This includes the exam period. Your professor or instructor for each course will inform you concerning if or how you will take exams in the distance model.


Will we be allowed to stay in our residence halls?

Students will be permitted to remain living on campus if they meet one or more of these criteria:

  • International students or out-of-state students who are not able to make other accommodations
  • Students who face housing insecurity (homelessness or a precarious living situation)
  • Students whose home is in an area with extremely limited internet connectivity
  • Students whose required internship for class has not been canceled

Residents who fall into the above criteria and are not able to leave the residence halls must make arrangements at the Housing and Residence Life office located on the first floor west wing of Main Hall. 


Will dining services be available?

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, Anna Irvin Dining Hall will be open the following hours with a limited menu.

Weekdays

Breakfast: 7 to 9 a.m.

Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner: 4 to 6 p.m.

Weekends

Brunch: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner: 4 to 6 p.m.

Moe’s, Einstein’s and Smooth Sailing will close at 5 p.m. Monday, March 16, until further notice.

We are aware of students’ concerns about housing and dining fees and are awaiting guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, State of Alabama and other administrative details before any decisions can be made.

As usual, flex points will be available through the end of the semester.


Will we be allowed back on campus to retrieve things essential for completing the semester (laptops, books, etc.)?

The move out period in all of the residence halls will begin on Monday, March 30 and will end on April 24. Move out times will be from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. each day.

Due to the social distance guidelines and the limit on the number of people who are able to gather together, move out will be by appointment only. Each residence hall will have a limited number of residents who are able to move out per hour.

Please email the Housing office at Housing@montevallo.edu to schedule an appointment with your preferred dates.


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.


Do we need to cancel spring break plans/will we have to quarantine if we travel out of state?

Students should use their best judgment about spring break travel. They should rely heavily on CDC, US State Department and the Alabama Department of Public Health. However, 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 or wherein a State of Emergency has been declared. The University reserves the right to ask students to self-monitor away from campus in the event a student returns from an impacted areas.


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.


What happens to student workers who pay for tuition/rent with on-campus jobs?

Current student employees will receive additional information in a separate email from Business Affairs.


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?

We will extend the distance learning model currently deployed through the end of the semester. This includes the exam period.

Students will be contacted by their instructors via UM email and/or through Canvas regarding steps they should take to continue their academic coursework via distance education. Arrangements will be made to ensure any students remaining on campus have access to essential services.


Are on-campus health services available to students?

Health Services will be available to students who remain on campus during normal operating hours. Students must call ahead to be seen at 205-665-6275.


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 the latest travel advisories?

Please visit this link for the latest travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State.


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.