March 13 Campus Email: University of Montevallo Operations Update
Dear campus community,
We ask that you read this message closely; that you adhere to the guidelines outlined in this email; and that you work with us to safeguard our collective health.
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the University of Montevallo is following recommendations from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Centers for Disease Control to reduce exposure. UM is implementing a social distancing strategy to help protect the University and local communities by slowing the potential spread of coronavirus. This includes moving classes to a distance education model, canceling events, avoiding large gatherings, canceling travel and limiting personal contact. By implementing these strategies, UM is doing its part to ‘flatten the curve’ to slow the spread of coronavirus.
While there have been confirmed coronavirus cases reported in the state of Alabama, we have no confirmed cases on campus or in Shelby County at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we currently have several members of our campus community following a self-monitoring protocol. During this time, the University has been in constant contact with the ADPH for guidance related to this self-monitoring. Since many people may have unknowingly been in contact with someone who was exposed to coronavirus, ADPH has requested that we remind everyone who is mildly sick to stay home but separate themselves from other people and animals in their home. Avoid public areas and public transportation. If you develop symptoms including fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call ahead before visiting any health care provider. Continue to practice respiratory etiquette, such as covering your coughs and sneezes, and good hygiene by washing your hands often and cleaning high-touch surfaces often. For more information, read these recommendations from the CDC.
The administration is closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and will make an announcement the week of April 6 regarding when in-person classes and other campus events will resume. If the situation changes, the University will adapt and notify you of changes as they occur. Here is some essential information you need to know about the campus, effective Friday, March 13. Please check your UM email, montevallo.edu/coronavirus-information and Canvas often for updates. In keeping with our social distancing strategy, please use email as your first choice for contact.
March 13-20, University offices will be open regular hours. Faculty and staff will report to work as normal.
March 23-27, during spring break, offices will be closed. Offices will re-open for regular hours beginning Monday, March 30.
If you need additional information about your courses, please contact your instructor by email. If you need assistance from Disability Support Services, please email email@example.com or call 205-665-6250.
Advising and Pre-registration for Fall Classes
Priority registration will begin as scheduled starting Monday, April 6. Email your faculty advisor if you haven’t previously been advised this semester.
All Academic Calendar dates and deadlines still apply. Monday, March 16, is the last date to drop or withdraw.
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.
Housing and Residence Life
All residents should begin the process of moving out for spring break this weekend and should be completely out by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16. 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 cancelled
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. Only residents who receive permission will have access to the building after 5 p.m. on March 16.
Residents will have to follow temporary updated policies, including no visitation of guests effective at 5 p.m. on March 16 until further notice. Residents will not be allowed to have visitors who do not live in their building during this time.
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, Anna Irvin Dining Hall will be open the following hours with a limited menu.
Breakfast: 7 to 9 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 4 to 6 p.m.
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.
All student mail will be held at the UM Post Office. Mail will not be forwarded. The student Post Office will be open regular hours of operation except for the week of spring break.
Student counseling services will be available to students who remain on campus.
Any students facing food insecurity should contact the Falcon Food Pantry in the Grainger Center for Personal Development at 205-665-6245.
The Campus Bookstore will be open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the bookstore at 205-665-6575 with any questions.
The bookstore will be closed the week of spring break.
The library will be open with regular hours through the weekend. Beginning Monday, March 16, the library will be open the following hours:
Saturday, March 14: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 15: 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday, March 16, through Thursday, March 19: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Friday, March 20: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday March 21, through Sunday, March 29: Closed for spring break
A limited number of Chromebooks for student use at home are available – first come, first served.
Student Activity Center
The McChesney Student Activity Center is closed until further notice.
Current student employees will receive additional information in a separate email from Business Affairs.
Student Health Services
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.
Falcon Success Center
All Awardspring scholarships will be awarded by Wednesday, April 1 and students will receive notification via email as soon as possible after the award deadline as to whether or not they received a scholarship.
Students with questions about scholarships or advising can contact the Falcon Success Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning Enrichment Center
Students in need of tutoring can email the LEC at email@example.com.
No final decisions have been made at this time regarding spring Commencement. Given the uncertain nature of this health crisis, we believe it’s premature to cancel those plans based on the information currently available. The decision to hold or cancel these important events will be made based on the best public health advice possible. Once these decisions are made, we will inform the campus community. Our hope is to hold a traditional spring commencement.
Disability Support Services
Students with disabilities should check with their Disability Support Services representative to ensure continuity of services for distance education courses and formats. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 205-665-6250.