All MSUB affiliated events & activities must have a COVID-19 Plan.
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
COVID-19 vaccination clinics are free and open to the public ages 18+ older. The Johnson
& Johnson vaccine is approved for individuals ages 18 years and older.
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Clayton Christian, Commissioner of Higher Education MAY 14, 2021
While this past year has been a challenge for the Montana University System (MUS)
in many ways, it has been a success in many more. A key driver of our success has
been the ability to respond, plan, and act in a coordinated manner. Nothing embodies
our coordination better than the Healthy MUS Task Force and the COVID-19 Planning
Guidelines its members developed and updated over the past 12 months. There is no
doubt that the Healthy MUS Guidelines gave the entire MUS a clear roadmap for success
this past Academic Year.
Fortunately, our public health situation is improving in Montana. And while we will
continue to adapt and adjust as conditions warrant, I am writing today to formally sunset the Healthy MUS Planning Guidelines. This change
is effective immediately. This action is taken in partnership with the Montana Board of Regents and is based
on federal, state, and local public health guidance and on the recommendation of the
Healthy MUS Task Force. In place of the Healthy MUS Planning Guidelines, please find
below areas of remaining system-level guidance that are in effect until further notice:
- Mask Requirement. There is no longer a system-level mask requirement for the Montana University System.
Campuses should consult relevant authorities and guidance at the local, state, and
federal levels when developing any ongoing guidance related to masks.
- COVID-19 Testing. Campuses will, on their own or with state and local health care providers, ensure
that symptomatic individuals have continued access to COVID-19 testing. Campuses will
support local public health authorities if and when contact tracing is necessary.
- Quarantine & Isolation Housing. If and when necessary, campuses will make accommodations available for students living
on campus who require isolation or quarantine housing due to COVID-19 exposure.
- International Travel. When considering approval of MUS-affiliated travel, campuses will rely upon travel
guidance from federal public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC). International travel to CDC “Level 4” countries remains prohibited. Travel
to CDC “Level 3” countries is strongly discouraged and may only be approved through
petition and after approval by a campus travel review committee and cabinet level
leadership. At a minimum, the travel review process needs to include requirements
for enhanced pre-departure health and safety training, risk management planning, and
contingency planning in case changing conditions require trip cancellation, or significant
modification. Individuals returning to, or visiting, MUS campuses from international
destinations should follow relevant CDC guidance related to COVID-19 testing after
travel and self-monitoring for symptoms.
- Event hosting. Campuses will consult and coordinate with local public health authorities when planning
and hosting large events.
- Vaccines. Campuses will continue to raise awareness about the importance of our COVID-19 vaccination
effort and promote access to COVID-19 vaccines, including the use of incentive programs
and/or vaccination events when practical.
In the coming weeks and months, my office will continue to act in partnership with
the Board of Regents and consult with the Healthy MUS Task Force, statewide leaders,
and with local, state, and federal public health guidance as we consider any changes
to the system-level guidance above. We remain vigilant and flexible, even as we celebrate
this significant step toward a full return to normal operations across the MUS.
As we turn toward the summer season, I would like to once again express my gratitude
for your leadership and service, and congratulate you and your entire campus community
on the successful completion of an Academic Year unlike any other in the history of
the Montana University System.
Sunsetting the Healthy MUS Planning Guidelines (PDF)
MSU Billings COVID-19 printable signage
Employees who wish to travel for work should submit a written request to their supervisor
explaining the necessity to travel and include a detailed COVID-19 travel safety plan
indicating what they plan to do to mitigate risk while traveling. Employees must also
complete a COVID-19 Travel Release Form.
University-affiliated visitor travel
Employees who plan to invite individuals for an in-person visit to MSUB on university
business must complete the Visitor Travel Request Form in its entirety prior to the travel. This is to ensure that a COVID-19 mitigation
plan is in place and that the visitor understands the health and safety policies and
expectations of MSUB prior to the visit. The form needs to be submitted to email@example.com for review by MSUB’s COVID-19 Incident Command Team and will notify employees if
their request has been approved.
MSUB affiliated events & activities
All MSUB-affiliated entities and external entities who wish to hold an event or activity
either off campus or on university or City College campus or on any other MSUB-owned
property, must complete and submit an MSUB COVID-19 Plan. The form needs to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org for review by MSUB’s COVID-19 Incident Command Team who will notify employees/external
parties if their request has been approved. Please share this COVID-19 symptom document with attendees prior to the event.
International travel advisories
Read the latest U.S. State Department travel advisories. Students and visitors arriving from international locations are highly encouraged
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and MSU Billings to follow the CDC guidelines on self-quarantine and testing.
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
most up-to-date information on international travel is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Information for Travel website.
See MSUB Athletics COVID Management Plan Example
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
For more information, see the Coronavirus FAQ’s page.
Face covering requirement rescinded
Effective May 17, 2021, the Montana University System rescinded the system level mask
mandate. See the full memo here from Commissione of Higher Education Clay Christian.
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.
Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Form
Please consider completing our anonymous and Voluntary COVID-19 vaccination form so we can do our best to track our vaccination numbers.
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 are 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 collaboration with RiverStone Health, MSU Billings conducts its own contact tracing,
following RiverStone Health and CDC guidelines. MSUB remains in frequent communication
with RiverStone Health regarding monitoring, testing, and tracing efforts as well
as advised quarantine and isolation protocols, and will continue to follow the guidance
from local, state, and federal health officials.
If Montana University System campus communities have confirmed or suspected COVID-19
cases on their campus, they follow the lead of their local county health department
to initiate appropriate quarantine and public health management protocols.
CARES/CRSSA COVID-19 Relief Funds
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, tuition, fees, and childcare.
As a student enrolled at Montana State University Billings during Summer 2021 you
could be eligible for CARES/CRSSA funds provided through the Higher Education Emergency
Relief Fund. Complete the CARES/CRSSA ACT Summer application as soon as possible, as this grant can help provide you with some financial relief.