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Operational Plan for the Spring 2022 Semester

Students walking across campus on a sunny day in the spring.

UM’s plan for spring 2022 operations
Temporary face mask requirements
Vaccine info and vaccinated individuals
Unvaccinated individuals
Testing
COVID-19 reporting
Campus events
Travel restrictions
Disability accommodations
Continued monitoring

Employee COVID Protocol for Spring 2022


UM’s plan for spring 2022 operations

  • UM will continue to follow CDC and ADPH guidance, and the following temporary health and safety measures will be in place on campus through at least the end of January. At this time, there are no plans to transition to remote instruction and classes will be held in person. However, student events will be virtual for the first two weeks of classes. UM’s COVID-19 Task Force will continue to diligently monitor developments on campus and in the community. Any necessary updates to these temporary measures will be posted on the Falcon Forward 2021 webpage and communicated via UM email.

Temporary face mask requirements

Because of the contagiousness of the Omicron variant, it is highly recommended that everyone wears a face mask when indoors on campus.

The University is currently requiring face coverings for all individuals in the following areas:

  • Academic buildings (regardless of social distancing)
  • Laboratories and clinics (regardless of social distancing)
  • Personal meeting spaces (such as students meeting with faculty and advisors)
  • Indoor common areas
  • Health-related service offices
  • Areas that serve children younger than 5
  • During large indoor gatherings on campus
  • Other areas marked by official University signage or otherwise clearly communicated by the University

Face masks are not required in the following situations:

  • In residence halls
  • When outdoors
  • While actively eating or drinking
  • While exercising
  • Employees alone in their private workspace or automobile

*This information was updated Jan. 6, 2022.

Vaccine info and vaccinated individuals

  • Everyone on the UM campus is strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • All Alabama residents 5 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Vaccinefinder.org provides information on distribution locations anywhere in the country.
  • Visit montevallo.edu/vaccine for full details and to report your COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Paid time off will be awarded to employees who miss work to get vaccinated or for any temporary absence required to recover from the side effects of the vaccination.
  • In accordance with state law, individuals in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine (in their room or at home) regardless of vaccination status unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Detailed isolation/quarantine information can be found here.*

*This information was updated Jan. 6, 2022.

Unvaccinated individuals

  • In accordance with state law, UM will not require the COVID-19 vaccine for attendance.
  • In accordance with state law, individuals in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine (in their room or at home) regardless of vaccination status unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Detailed isolation/quarantine information can be found here.*

*This information was updated Jan. 6, 2022.

Testing

  • Re-entry and Sentinel COVID-19 testing will no longer be required. However, students may be required to participate in for-cause COVID-19 testing if they are connected to a location or group showing a high number of positive COVID-19 tests.
  • Voluntary testing is available at Student Health Services.

COVID-19 reporting

  • Do not come to campus if you are not feeling well, especially if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student Health Services.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 should complete the form at montevallo.edu/reportcovid to determine the necessary protocol for isolation, quarantine and contact tracing. If a student is not clear to attend class in person, faculty members will be notified by the Dean of Students Office, and students will be instructed to work with faculty to determine if and how missed coursework can be completed.
  • Employees should continue to notify their supervisors and Human Resources when missed work is due to testing positive for COVID-19, for the care of others in their household, or having been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

*This information was updated Jan. 6, 2022.

Campus events

  • Student events will be virtual for the first two weeks of classes.
  • UM Athletics will follow all guidelines as directed by the NCAA.
  • Please note there is a risk of COVID-19 exposure in any place where people are present. Participating in campus events may expose individuals, especially those who are unvaccinated, to a risk of contracting COVID-19. It should be understood that individuals are assuming such a risk by participating in any University activities.

*This information was updated Jan. 6, 2022.

Travel restrictions

  • All international University travel must be approved by the UM President’s Office. All official UM international travel must receive presidential approval before the trip can be organized. As is our policy, all domestic travel should be approved by your direct supervisor. Be mindful when traveling to domestic areas that present a high risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Disability accommodations

  • Students who believe they qualify for a disability accommodation should contact Disability Support Services at 205-665-6250. Employees should contact Human Resources.

Continued monitoring

  • The UM COVID-19 Task Force will continue to diligently monitor the pandemic, and all important campus updates will be communicated through UM email. Please check your UM email regularly.

*The Operational Plan for the Spring 2022 Semester was updated Jan. 13, 2022.