Coronavirus Information

March 12 Campus Email

As spring break approaches, we want to offer you the most up-to-date information as it pertains to the University’s coronavirus prevention efforts. It is important to note that these are precautionary measures, and there currently are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on the UM campus or in the state of Alabama. The University continues to operate on a normal schedule, and updates are posted regularly at and sent to your UM email account.

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 would like to share the following information:

  • Please make sure you have current contact information listed in the “Personal Information” section of your Banner account.
  • 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. Because the climate surrounding the global coronavirus outbreak is rapidly evolving, UM may be required to move to alternate or distance forms of education while students are off campus for spring break.

Because of this, we are encouraging students as they prepare to leave campus for spring break to take the precautionary measure of packing any personal items needed on a daily basis and any materials necessary to complete their coursework for the remainder of the semester. This includes laptops, books, electronic devices, etc.

  • 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 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.
  • The University is also making temporary changes at campus dining facilities. These changes do 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.
  • As always, University administration encourages everyone on campus to follow standard Center for Disease Control preventative guidelines.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette. The main way disease spreads from person to person is in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes, so it’s important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue, you should cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not your hands.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand rubs are also useful.
  • Stay home if sick. Stay home or in your place of residence for at least 24 hours after the last signs of fever.
  • Get a flu vaccine. If you have been prescribed flu antiviral medication, take it.