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University of Montana campus.
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Over the last few days, Montana State University in Bozeman, University of Montana and Montana State University-Billings each dropped their mask requirements. The three universities are now recommending unvaccinated people wear masks. 

Draft Montana Campus Concealed Carry Policy Draws Concerns

May 13, 2021

Public comment on a draft policy to implement a new law that allows students to carry concealed firearms on Montana university campuses was overwhelmingly negative Wednesday.

The Montana University System draft policy allows people 18 years and older to carry guns most places on campus, including in student dorms, but not in child care centers, high-hazard labs and anywhere alcohol is served.

COVID vaccine record card

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed an executive order Tuesday banning the use of COVID-19 vaccine requirements by government agencies or private businesses. But the order could be on legally shaky ground when it comes to the private sector.

Pistol stock photo.

The Montana House Judiciary Committee has given its support to a bill that would expand options for both permitted and permitless concealed firearms. The policy proposal would allow concealed carry at universities and state government buildings.

University of Montana's oval and Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

As college students returned to class, Montana’s two largest universities are not disclosing COVID-19 cases on campus. Local health departments are taking different approaches when it comes to reporting the numbers. Some faculty say they’d feel safer knowing the details of COVID-19’s movement at their school.

Bullock Directs $20 Million To MUS For Coronavirus Prep

Aug 7, 2020

Montana is planning to send up to $20 million of federal coronavirus relief dollars to its public universities to support reopening efforts this fall.

State Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian said during a press call with Gov. Steve Bullock the university system will prioritize rapid testing, quarantining and contact tracing of symptomatic individuals.

The University of Montana campus, Missoula, MT.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

The Montana University System’s Board of Regents finalized COVID-19 guidelines for public higher education across the state Tuesday. Figuring out how to apply those rules in-person is still being worked out.

With the fall semester fast approaching, colleges and universities in Montana are preparing to offer a mix of in person, online and hybrid courses to keep students safe from COVID-19. YPR News’ Jess Sheldahl reviewed state, tribal and private institutions’ reopening plans and shares her reporting with Nicky Ouellet.

Nicky Ouellet: Thank you for sharing your reporting with us today.

Jess Sheldahl: I’m happy to.

Some university faculty in Montana want the option of requiring students to wear face coverings when the fall semester starts.

Grizzly statue and Main Hall on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

The University of Montana is walking back an urgent message it sent out Sunday telling students living in dorms to go home in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus.

UM students living in campus housing like Freshman Christopher Hurd received an email mostly in all caps from the university Sunday.