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UM REQUESTS STUDENTS MOVE OUT OF RESIDENCE HALLS

Students living in residence halls were asked to move out by Tuesday, March 23 at 8 a.m. in an email sent out March 22. The email stated that students would lose Griz Card access after that time. Students were asked to also update UM Housing about their plans or if they are unable to move out of the dorms. Provost John Harbor apologized in a campus-wide email on Monday about the wording of the first email and said students will not be forced to leave their dorms if they are unable. Campus resources will remain open to students who remain on campus, according to Monday’s email. (SYDNEY AKRIDGE)

MISSOULA STORAGE FACILITY LETS UM STUDENTS RENT FREE UNITS

Eagle Self Storage is allowing University of Montana students to rent 4×5 and 5×10 storage units for a month free of charge while students adjust to campus closures, NBC Montana reported on March 20. While UM sent out a campus-wide email advising students to leave campus if possible, residence halls and most campus services remain open. Eagle Self Storage’s offer for students will continue until April 30, according to a UM campus-wide email. (HELENA DORE)

UM DINING ADJUSTS TO CORONAVIRUS SAFETY MEASURES

Students with meal plans can continue to visit a handful of UM Dining locations, but many locations will remain closed and hours have adjusted. Students can use meal plans at The Market, Food Zoo and Jus Chill’n. The Food Zoo will serve takeout-only meals. UM Dining has also added new hygiene measures, such as requiring guests to use gloves for self-serve food items and not allowing food containers from home, according to its website. (SA)

UM FOOD PANTRY OFFERS GRAB-AND-GO MEALS

The University of Montana Food Pantry announced March 16 it will be closed until further notice. Students in need can still pick up meal bags, potatoes and hygiene products outside the pantry on the first floor or the University Center. (SA)

UMCUR MOVES ONLINE

The UM Conference on Undergraduate Research (UMCUR), which was originally scheduled for in-person presentations on April 24, will be moved to an online format. Students will be able to submit posters and powerpoints online. This conference fulfills the presentation requirements for many students’ capstone projects, as well as the graduation requirements for the Franke Global Leadership Initiative and the Davidson Honors College. (SA)

COMMISSIONER OF HIGHER EDUCATION TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Members of the Montana Board of Regents, who met in Dillon on March 5 and 6, were advised to self-quarantine after at least one attendee tested positive for COVID-19, the Missoulian reported on March 15. Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian announced he tested positive for the novel coronavirus March 14, the same day Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced there were two presumptively positive cases of the virus in Missoula County. The number of cases in the county has risen to four, as of March 22. Officials think Christian contracted the virus at the March 5 meeting, according to the Missoulian. (HD)