The University of Montana released the first draft of its Healthy Fall Plan in early July, outlining the different ways it planned to keep students, faculty and staff safe on campus amidst a pandemic. Here are some of the highlights:

In class, students will sit six feet apart, and the classroom layout will be socially distanced. Classrooms that can be reconfigured will be. Classrooms that can’t be, like lecture halls with fixed seating, will have seats marked as off limits.

  • UM will establish one-way traffic flow in classrooms, buildings and outdoor sidewalks.
  • Professors will track attendance and enforce a consistent seating arrangement in class.

  • Large classes, with over 50 students, may be held in nontraditional places like the University Center ballroom, the UC theater or the Dennison theater.

  • Students living in residence halls will not be allowed to have guests in their rooms for the first two weeks of the semester. After that, guest access will be phased back in over time.

  • The Food Zoo will close for 30 minutes after each meal time, at which point counters, handles, tables, chairs and surfaces will be sanitized.

  • The Food Zoo will monitor occupancy and hold students at the door if the cafeteria is getting too crowded. At that point, a student will be admitted as soon as another student leaves. The decision to hold students will be based on the judgement of UM Dining staff.

  • Food Zoo meals will be staff-served only.

  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at nearly all reception areas in student services, such as administrative offices and cashier/check out stations.

  • Curry Health Center will remain open, with online options for student care. The health center will have a separate wing for COVID-19 related issues.

  • Fraternity and sorority members will abide by all UM student and campus guidelines.

Any student or UM employee can also pick up a Healthy Griz Kit until the end of the week. Each one includes two masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray. Bring yourself, a mask and your Griz card to the East Auxiliary Gym, by the pool, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day until Friday, or from 6 to 10 p.m. in the University Center Game Room on Wednesday or Thursday.

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