Archive of COVID-10 Communications
- 3/27/20 - Weekly Campus Update
- 3/26/20 - Shelter in Place Order: What this means for MSU Billings
- 3/20/20 - MSU Billings Student Room & Board Refund Update
- 3/20/20 - MSU Billings Weekly Update Summary
- 3/19/20 - MSU Billings Student Housing Update
- 3/19/20 - Message to Yellowjacket Family
- 3/18/20 - Commissioner’s Memo
- COVID-19 precautionary campus measures effective immediately 3/18: COVID-19 precautionary campus measures effective immediately
- 3/18/20 - Classes to remain online through end of spring 2020 semester
- 3/18/20 - COVID-19 Leave Policy
- 3/18/20 - City College closure
- 3/17/20 - MSU Billings social distancing & nonessential personnel
- 3/16/20 - MSU Billings Telework Update
- 3/16/20 - Effective at 12 PM today, March 16, all City College and university campus in-person classes will be cancelled for the remainder of the day. We are working diligently to get these classes moved online by tomorrow
- 3/15/20 - Because the situation around COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, we want to ensure you are all equipped with proper direction if you believe you may have the virus or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive
- 3/13/20 - In an attempt to limit the amount of emails, we have created a centralized location on our website for all communications related to MSUB's COVID-19 plans and preparations, called COVID-19 Central
- 3/13/20 - As of March 13, 2020, MSU Billings is restricting all university-related business travel for faculty, staff and students
- 3/13/20 - Our community partner, St. Vincent Healthcare will be utilizing two parking lots on the university campus on a temporary basis
- 3/12/20 - As of March 23, all university campuses will transition to online / remote
From the MUS Office of Commissioner of Higher Education to the MSU community
- 3/12/20 - MSU Billings Coronavirus Precautions and Plan
- 3/4/20 - The Montana University System continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in close coordination with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services
MONTANA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
OFFICE OF COMMISSIONER OF HIGHER EDUCATION
560 N. Park, 4th Floor – PO Box 203201
Helena, Montana 59620-3201
(406) 449-9124 - FAX (406) 449-9171
To: Montana Board of Regents; Montana University System Chief Executive Officers; Montana
Community College Presidents; Governor Steve Bullock
From: Clayton T. Christian, Commissioner of Higher Education
Date: March 12, 2020
Subject: COVID-19 UPDATE
In partnership with the Board of Regents and as Commissioner of Higher Education for the Montana University System, the health and safety of our campus communities remains our top priority. With that in mind, and in light of the rapidly evolving challenge presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, I am directing all MUS campuses to implement the following decisions as soon as possible:
- As of March 23rd, all MUS campuses will, in every instance possible, transition all in-class instruction to online or other remote teaching modalities that do not require in-class presence. Individual departments, colleges, and universities should provide all material assistance and accommodation possible to faculty and students throughout this transition.
- MUS campuses will remain open and operational for students. This includes residence halls, dining services, computer labs, and most other campus services. Employees will continue to report to work unless instructed otherwise or work-from-home accommodations are developed in individual cases.
- To protect public health, MUS campuses will implement appropriate social distancing measures in line with CDC guidelines and recommendations. This should include restrictions on large lectures, theater performances, academic conferences, and other large gatherings.
- All MUS students and employees need to monitor their official email address for more communications and planning details between now and March 23rd.
These decisions are in effect until further notice. Our COVID-19 challenge remains fluid, however, and as our campus communities prepare for Spring Break, it is our responsibility to establish the current course of action while also preparing for new circumstances as they emerge. If and when we consider a return to face-to-face instruction we will provide as much advance notice as possible and clear instructions for an orderly return to normal operations. Throughout, my office will continue to consult with Governor Steve Bullock, the Montana University System Board of Regents, health authorities, and other statewide partners as we assess our current policies. I ask that every campus leader be ready to answer questions and provide relevant information in a timely manner to students, faculty, and staff.
I do not take these decisions lightly. I am committed to supporting the educational progress of our students and minimizing disruption to campus life whenever possible. I believe that the course of action outlined above is the best way to balance our commitment to protect the public health and safety of our students, employees, and communities.
Clayton T. Christian
Commissioner of Higher Education