If you are a student, faculty, or staff member and test positive for COVID-19, please
consider completing the Voluntary Self-Reporting Form.
Been in close contact w/ someone with COVID-19? Confused about isolation and quarantine
procedures? Refer to this decision tree.
Order more disinfectant and safety supplies via this order form.
Visit Riverstone Health for Montana COVID-19 updates
MSU Billings COVID-19 printable signage
Read the latest U.S. State Department travel advisories.
Updated Aug. 10, 2020: International students and visitors coming to Billings from international locations
will no longer be required to undergo a 14 day quarantine period. However, they should
follow the Governor's mandate and MSUB requirement to wear a face covering, maintain
social distancing, follow hand washing guidelines and monitor for signs and symptoms
especially if they have traveled from an area with a high rate of infection, per the CDC guidelines.
All university-sponsored and affiliated international travel is canceled through Summer
2020. All university-sponsored and affiliated discretionary (not required) domestic
travel is also canceled through Summer 2020.
MSU Billings is making these decisions based on the evolving measures to contain COVID-19.
The university does not want to put our faculty, students and staff at risk of being
stranded abroad or forced into a quarantine upon return.
Many students may find their expectations of university-affiliated international travel
come up far short as countries around the world are closing cultural and other sites
of significance. MSUB's travel health provider is in close contact with the university's Office of International Studies to help MSU Billings students, faculty and staff who have traveled internationally
or will be traveling in the future.
Personal international travel
For all students, faculty and staff planning personal international travel, the university
urges caution. Travel restrictions and quarantine requirements can change daily. The
best, most up-to-date information about travel is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Information for Travel website.
Updated Aug. 10, 2020: International travelers will no longer be required to undergo a 14 day quarantine
period upon their return but should should follow the Governor's mandate and MSUB
requirement to wear a face covering, and maintain social distancing, follow hand washing
guidelines and monitor for signs and symptoms especially if they have traveled from
an area with a high rate of infection, per the CDC guidelines.
Don’t bring COVID home with you. Get tips on how to stay safe during winter break.
Student COVID-19 FAQ’s
The absence from class should not be assumed to be COVID-19, however, if there is
someone in your class who has tested positive, our contact tracers will notify you
if you meet the criteria for testing and quarantine. We ask that you let the process
function properly, as your health is our number one concern.
If you have not been contacted and identified as a close contact, then carry on as
usual. Remember to wear your face covering, practice social distancing, good hand
hygiene, and stay home when you are sick.
If your roommate tested COVID-19 positive you should remain in self-quarantine until
contacted by our contact tracers. You will most likely you be asked to quarantine
and report any symptoms and get COVID-19 tested. Do NOT pack and leave.
We have your back! Our faculty have been instructed to make ever accommodation for
your absence and to continue your education without delay or penalty. Please connect
with your instructors for online learning options immediately.
When you are notified or when you test COVID-19 positive, please complete our Voluntary COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form. It is your right to tell anyone about your positive test, however we ask that you
let the contact tracing process notify the close contacts as appropriate. You don’t
“need” to tell anyone. Keep in mind that telling “everyone” can spread unnecessary
fear and anxiety. Trust the process.
If you are asymptomatic and test COVID-19 positive you will need to isolate in the
same way as you would if you had symptoms. There is a percentage of the population
that is asymptomatic positive. You instructors will be able to provide you with online
learning options, so you won’t miss class or any assignments during your isolation
We have your back! We will ensure you stay on track to continue your education with
pause or delay. Your instructors are well versed in how to accomplish this. Get in
touch with them immediately.
You do nothing special. Carry on as usual unless otherwise directed by a contact tracer
or health professional.
If you start to have symptoms similar to COVID-19 you should get tested; otherwise
there is no reason to get tested.
Only if you meet the close contact parameters during the contact tracing process.
If you do, you will be contacted to test and quarantine. Otherwise continue your activities
You should take off your face covering ONLY to put food in your mouth but put your
face covering back on while you chew and swallow your food. Do NOT take off your face
covering for the entire meal.
For more information, see the Coronavirus FAQ’s page.
Wearing face coverings on MSUB campus
Effective July 23, 2020, MSUB implemented a face covering requirement. Face coverings
will be required in all campus indoor spaces and all enclosed or partially enclosed
outdoor campus spaces or in any outdoor space where social distancing is not possible
or difficult to maintain. The face covering requirement applies to all MSUB students,
employees and to all visitors, including service providers, contractors, vendors,
suppliers, alumni, families, and community members.
See face covering exceptions and additional face covering guidelines
Personal responsibility and accountability
It is our sincere hope that faculty, students, staff, and visitors will appreciate
and follow the wisdom associated with wearing a face covering to help protect the
safety of themselves and others while on campus. In this way, we may all enjoy as
much of a return to normalcy on campus as possible. All MSUB campus community members
(students, employees, and visitors) are expected to comply with the guidelines set
forth in the Back to Business Action Plan.
Student COVID-19 Safety Video
Please familiarize yourself with MSUB's health and safety procedures by watching this video.
Voluntary COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form
This Voluntary COVID-19 Self-Reporting form is for employees, students, and visitors. This form is vital to the health and safety
of our campus community. Should any student, staff, faculty, or visitors test positive
for the coronavirus, we ask that you strongly consider notifying our MSUB COVID-19
Response Team through this form.
Your responses will assist the Response Team in taking swift and proper action to
ensure additional disinfecting and safety protocols are implemented on campus immediately.
Note: we cannot require you to complete this form; however, we hope that you choose
to complete this form, if necessary, to help us protect our community. We will ensure
confidentiality to the best of our ability; however, we cannot guarantee complete
confidentiality due to activities that may need to occur to ensure the health and
safety of our campus community.
Student Health Services
Call Student Health Services at 406-657-2153 to schedule an appointment for Medical or Counseling services.
Reporting of positive COVID-19 cases
To protect patient privacy, the Montana University System cannot legally release the
immediate location of individuals being screened for or confirmed to have COVID-19.
Confirmed and suspected cases will be reported by the Montana Department of Health
& Human Services. Montana’s Department of Health and Human Services tracks possible, negative, and
confirmed cases on their website .
In the event that a member of one of our Montana University System campus communities
were confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, the campus would follow the lead of
the local county health department to initiate appropriate quarantine and public health
MSUB Recreation Center is open. Check Recreational Activities webpage for the latest hours of operation and info.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act provides emergency
assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations
resulting from the COVID-19 health crisis. Eligible expenses include but are not limited
to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.
As a student enrolled at Montana State University Billings during the Fall 2020 semester
and one who has completed the Federal Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA),
you could be eligible for a CARES Act grant provided through the Higher Education
Emergency Relief Fund. Complete the Fall 2020 application as soon as possible, as this grant can help provide you with some financial
COVID-19 and Work Study Update
The Department of Education has released guidance to schools regarding whether students
can continue to submit timesheets for scheduled hours in the event that a school does
not close but moves all classes to an online format. They CAN!
According to the Department of Education, the student can be paid for the Federal
Work Study (or Montana Work Study) hours he, she, or they were scheduled to work for
the spring semester. Per ED, the school can have the student submit a timesheet for
the hours he or she was scheduled to work and pay Work Study wages based on that.
It is important that students do NOT submit timesheets for hours in excess of their
normally scheduled hours. If a student worker does not have scheduled hours, students
can be paid at the average number of hours the student has worked so far this spring
term. Visit the Financial Aid webpage for more information.
What does the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry offer?
The Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry currently provides food, hygiene, and school supplies
to all students at Montana State University Billings. We also work as advocates to
connect students to additional student support services.
Who can use the Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry?
Any student enrolled at Montana State University Billings, can use the Yellowjacket
Emergency Pantry. Students can use the pantry up to three times per semester. However,
if students require additional support, we can make arrangements on a case by case
Visit the Emergency Pantry page for more information.
The Montana State University Billings’ Student Crisis fund has been established to
help currently enrolled students on the path to academic success during a personal
and unexpected crisis or hardship. Whether they need to replace personal belongings
after a devastating fire, cannot afford necessary prescriptions, or are unable to
pay for an emergency medical procedure, the fund provides financial assistance. Through
this fund, students discover the very essence of the Yellowjacket community. We provide
care and support beyond counseling and community.
Visit the Crisis Fund page for more information and to apply.
This list of available financial resources is provided to assist students. Inclusion
on this list is not an endorsement by MSU Billings.
HRDC COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY
HRDC serves vulnerable populations in the community. The mission of the HRDC is to
restore HOPE, by extending RESPECT, encouraging individuals to DREAM of a better future,
and ultimately CHANGE the economic landscape of our communities.
For more information visit the HRDC About page.
MONTANA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Unemployment Insurance is a joint state-federal program that provides cash benefits
to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own.
For more information and to apply visit the Unemployment Insurance page.
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal nutrition
assistanceprogram. SNAP provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families
via an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. This card can be used as a debit card to
purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores.
For more information and to apply visit the SNAP webpage.
TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES
TANF cash assistance is a program providing temporary financial assistance to needy
For more information visit the TANF webpage.
211 can be accessed by phone or computer. A toll-free call to 211 connects you to
a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations
that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives. All calls are private
You’ll find information about: supplemental food and nutrition programs, shelter and
housing options, utilities assistance, emergency information and disaster relief,
Dining Services Information
Breakfast: 7:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Lunch:11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Brunch: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., M-F
Student Union Building
Fall Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p..m., Saturday, 11 a.m.
- 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. 9 p.m
University Campus Library
For research assistance, email library@msubillings or call 406-657-1662.
Disability Support Services
Contact information for DSS staff are below. Visit their webpage for more info.
City College campus:
The eLearning D2L home page and log-in site
A laptop loaner program is available to provide a loaner laptop to currently enrolled
students who do not have a computer. Requests can be made by filling out a Laptop Loaner Application.
Internet Connectivity for students who don't have it
- FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment,
and open hot-spots.
- Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots
are free to the public during this time
- Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months
- AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans
to low income families
- Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
- Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting
Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no
extra charge (I expect others will follow).
- T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon,
will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect
others will follow).
Dell Purchasing Program
MSUB students, staff, faculty, and even alumni can get exclusive savings and prices,
including up to 30% off select Windows PCs, Dell electronics, and accessories through
the MSUB Dell portal.
Visit our web portal to browse available options.
Academic Support Center
Visit the Academic Support Center webpage for hours of operation and services available.
Housing and Residence Life
Visit the Housing and Residence Life webpage for specific housing and contact info.