Updated March 20, 2020

Spring Semester 2020

COVID-19 Information

Yes, we are asking students to not return to campus after spring breakCampuses will continue to offer essential services to those students who do remain on campus, but please be aware that gyms, rec centers, libraries and all other non-essential services will be greatly curtailed or closed, as will many services in the surrounding community. Food services will offer boxed, grab-and-go meals only.

Students who must stay in a dorm may be asked to change residences in order to consolidate services and limit the number of campus employees required on site. Students staying on campus will be expected to remain on campus and not bring guests from off-campus.

Your campus will work with you if you need to retrieve essential medication from a residence hall. Do not attempt to retrieve medications without first coordinating with your campus. Students will be able to retrieve other items from their dormitory rooms when conditions allow and you will be notified by your campus administration at that time with instructions.

Yes. Refunds of room and board fees will be issued for the period from March 23 through the end of spring term. Students must complete a cancellation form to be eligible for the refund. The cancellation form, as well as specific procedures for processing refunds, will be available Wednesday, March 25. Please watch for further instruction from your campus. Please allow until April 15 for reimbursement payment.

We understand how important this right-of-passage and mark of accomplishment is to students and their families. However, we must all recognize that it may not be possible in these extraordinary times. We will provide more information on the question of commencement as soon as possible. 
No. All MUS campuses, including all two-year programs, remain open. While a number of buildings may be closed, essential services such as computer labs, health clinics and dining services will remain open. Meals will be provided via grab-and-go options only.
Spring semester 2020 is continuing. That said, the vast majority of coursework across the Montana University System will be delivered remotely.

There will be some very limited exceptions – courses that absolutely require use of equipment available only campus – but we will move to remote delivery in every instance possible.

Please check your official university email account frequently for communications and instructions from your instructors and campus administrators. With questions about a particular course please contact your instructor directly.

We ask all students to stay home if you’re sick.

Faculty have been advised to work with students who miss classes because of illness, childcare disruptions or to care for a sick family member by offering makeup exams, alternate assignments or alternate weighting of missed work.

In coordination with MUS colleges and universities, the MUS is working to respond to the Governor's decision for K-12 school closures.

If you are a student and are impacted by K-12 closures, please work with your faculty members to make arrangements for missing any in-person classes that will occur between now and the MUS-wide transition to online course delivery beginning on March 23. 

Faculty have been advised of disruptions for students caused by COVID-19 such as K-12 school closures. Faculty have been asked to work with students by offering makeup exams, alternate assignments, or alternate weighting of missed work.

All gatherings of 50 people or more are canceled across the Montana University System campuses. The MUS strongly recommends that campuses limit all events and gatherings and if a gathering is necessary it should be limited to no more than 10 people.

Travel

No. All Montana University System international travel, including Canada and Mexico, is suspended through the end of the semester.

Following CDC guidance, all university-affiliated international travel is suspended through the end of the spring 2020 term. The MUS will continue to update its guidelines on international travel as the situation evolves and as updated travel guidance is issued from the CDC and the Department of State.

The Montana University System has restricted all non-essential, out-of-state domestic travel. Any campus-affiliated out-of-state travel must be approved by a supervisor. The MUS also urges campuses to minimize in-state travel whenever possible.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued a travel advisory March 19 instructing all Montanans who have traveled internationally to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to Montana. Please note that individuals cannot self-quarantine on MUS campuses.

The U.S. State Department on March 19 advised that international travel should be avoided. The CDC has recommended U.S. travelers to defer all cruise travel and anyone who has traveled on a cruise ship should self-quarantine for 14 days after returning from traveling.

Visiting Your Student Health Center or Other Healthcare Provider

Your health is our top priority. Please do not hesitate to seek the care you need.

IMPORTANT: If you develop fever; cough and/or difficulty breathing; and in the past 14 days have returned from a country or area with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, please call your campus health clinic or other provider immediately to discuss your illness and plan for how you will be seen.

If you are sick, you should take steps you normally would when sick, including focusing on caring for your health, contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you need to and not attending class or work if contagious.

Health, Wellness and Prevention

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 management protocols.

The power to protect our campus community from coronavirus and flu lies with each and every one of us. Please practice the following hand-washing and respiratory hygiene habits to protect yourself and those around you:

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Stay home if you’re sick. We will work with you to make arrangements for missed exams and work.

Please see the CDC’s guide for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

 


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