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March 11 Campus Email

March 11: Campus Email

We want to offer you the most up-to-date information as it pertains to the University’s coronavirus prevention efforts.

University administration has been meeting frequently throughout the past several weeks to continually monitor and to prepare for any future impact coronavirus may have on our campus.

As a result, the University is taking the following steps:

  • We have plans in place to ensure instructional continuity should it be necessary due to the future spread of coronavirus throughout the nation. We are committed to ensuring students are able to finish the remainder of the semester. Thank you to all faculty and staff who have assisted with our course continuity efforts.
  • All non-essential travel, foreign or domestic, if funded by the University or University Foundation, is 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 areas identified as Level 2 or higher 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.

  • The University will continue its regular protocol of frequently cleaning and disinfecting all campus facilities.
  • In the coming days, faculty, staff and students will notice temporary changes to the ways in which food is served in campus dining facilities. These changes will not affect what types of food are available at campus dining facilities.
    • Pizza service will have two options. Diners can take a plate that already has pizza portioned on it or they can ask a server to assemble a plate for them.
    • Salad bar and morning fruit and yogurt bar will be pre-made with dressing packs.
    • Morning grits and oatmeal will move from the soup well to the hot serving line and will be served by staff.
    • All hot food from the service line will be served by staff.
    • At the grill, diners will need to tell staff how they would like their meal prepared. Staff will then assemble their burger/sandwich and hand the diner a plate with said burger/sandwich and fries on it.
    • Deli and Innovation – no changes, these are made-to-order stations currently
    • Rooted will be moved into the hot line.
    • Desserts will be pre-plated on disposable plates.

Thanks to everyone for your cooperation and help in our efforts to keep the UM family safe and secure.