Falcon Forward!

Operational Plan for the Fall 2021 Semester

Students walking across campus on a sunny day in the spring.

I am excited to welcome everyone back to the bricks for the fall semester as the University returns to pre-pandemic campus operations beginning Aug. 9. I appreciate the hard work and dedication shown by the UM family over the past year to allow us to reach this point.

In order to help ensure everyone on campus has a fun, safe and healthy college experience throughout the fall semester, it is very important that you receive a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus if you have not already done so.

Below, you will see the details of UM’s Falcon Forward 2021 plan for the fall semester, which will serve as the University’s interim policy for the fall semester. The COVID-19 Task Force will continue to diligently monitor COVID-19 developments on campus throughout the fall semester, and we will communicate with you any necessary updates to this plan.

– Dr. John W. Stewart III, UM President

UM’s plan for fall 2021 operations
Temporary face mask requirements
Vaccine info and vaccinated individuals
Unvaccinated individuals
Testing
COVID-19 reporting
Campus events
Travel restrictions
Disability accommodations
Continued monitoring


UM’s plan for fall 2021 operations

  • UM will return to its pre-pandemic operations for the fall semester utilizing the guidelines detailed in this plan.
  • Class delivery and attendance guidelines will return to pre-pandemic expectations.
  • In accordance with state law, UM will not require the COVID-19 vaccine for attendance, but vaccination is strongly encouraged for everyone on campus. However, unvaccinated individuals remain subject to increased public health guidelines.
  • All UM facilities, including classrooms, will operate at normal capacity. Social distancing will no longer be required on the UM campus. However, individuals are encouraged to continue observing social distancing when possible.

Temporary face mask requirements

The University will temporarily require face coverings for all individuals in the following areas:

  • Academic buildings (regardless of social distancing)
  • Laboratories and clinics (regardless of social distancing)
  • Personal meeting spaces (such as students meeting with faculty and advisors)
  • Indoor common areas
  • Health-related service offices
  • Areas that serve children younger than 12
  • During large indoor gatherings on campus
  • Other areas marked by official University signage or otherwise clearly communicated by the University

Face masks will not be required in the following situations:

  • In residence halls
  • When outdoors
  • While actively eating or drinking
  • While exercising
  • Employees alone in their private workspace or automobile
  • Faculty teaching as long as 6 feet of social distancing can be maintained

*This information was updated Aug. 12.

Vaccine info and vaccinated individuals

  • Everyone on the UM campus is strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • All Alabama residents 12 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Vaccinefinder.org provides information on distribution locations anywhere in the country.
  • Visit montevallo.edu/vaccine for full details and to report your COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Paid time off will be awarded to employees who miss work to get vaccinated or for any temporary absence required to recover from the side effects of the vaccination.
  • In accordance with state law, individuals in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine (in their room or at home) regardless of vaccination status unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Detailed isolation/quarantine information can be found here.*

*This information was updated Aug. 12.

Unvaccinated individuals

  • In accordance with state law, UM will not require the COVID-19 vaccine for attendance.
  • In accordance with state law, individuals in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine (in their room or at home) regardless of vaccination status unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Detailed isolation/quarantine information can be found here.*

*This information was updated Aug. 12.

Testing

  • Re-entry and Sentinel COVID-19 testing will no longer be required. However, students may be required to participate in for-cause COVID-19 testing if they are connected to a location or group showing a high number of positive COVID-19 tests.
  • Voluntary testing is available at Student Health Services.

COVID-19 reporting

  • Do not come to campus if you are not feeling well, especially if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student Health Services.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 should complete the form at montevallo.edu/reportcovid to determine the necessary protocol for isolation, quarantine and contact tracing. If a student is not clear to attend class in person, faculty members will be notified by the Dean of Students Office, and students will be instructed to work with faculty to determine if and how missed coursework can be completed.
  • Employees should continue to notify their supervisors and Human Resources when missed work is due to testing positive for COVID-19, for the care of others in their household, or having been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please see the Updated Employee Protocol distributed Sept. 20 for additional information.

*This information was updated Sept. 20.

Campus events

  • UM events will return to their pre-pandemic rules.
  • UM Athletics will follow all guidelines as directed by the NCAA.
  • Please note there is a risk of COVID-19 exposure in any place where people are present. Participating in campus events may expose individuals, especially those who are unvaccinated, to a risk of contracting COVID-19. It should be understood that individuals are assuming such a risk by participating in any University activities.

Travel restrictions

  • All international University travel must be approved by the UM President’s Office. All official UM international travel must receive presidential approval before the trip can be organized. As is our policy, all domestic travel should be approved by your direct supervisor. Be mindful when traveling to domestic areas that present a high risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Disability accommodations

  • Students who believe they qualify for a disability accommodation should contact Disability Support Services at 205-665-6250. Employees should contact Human Resources.

Continued monitoring

  • The UM COVID-19 Task Force will continue to diligently monitor the pandemic, and all important campus updates will be communicated through UM email. Please check your UM email regularly.

*The Operational Plan for the Fall 2021 Semester was updated Sept. 20.