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Dear Campus Community,
Hope everyone is doing well and hanging in there. We have made a lot of changes in such a short amount of time, and want to ensure you’re up to speed:

On Monday, March 16 at noon, all MSU Billings classes switched to online format. Our classes will remain online through the end of the spring semester. Right now, it is too early to tell how this will affect summer classes. Commencement is also probably on your mind and we should have an update for you soon..

On Tuesday, March 17, all employees, with the exception of my administration and other essential positions, started teleworking. We are uncertain for how long.

On Wednesday, March 18, we announced the temporary closure of our City College campus in order for our facilities staff to deep clean and sanitize the buildings. We don’t have sufficient staffing to continuously maintain the robust sanitizing protocols, which is why the decision was made to close City College until further notice.

Yesterday on March 19, additional direction was given to us by the Montana University System that for the health and safety of our students, residence hall students who have alternative living arrangements need to move off campus. They have until Tuesday, March 24 by 5 p.m. to move out. Students who do not have an alternative living arrangement or have extenuating circumstances will still have a home in our residence halls. They may be relocated to other rooms or floors to ensure proper social distancing. Our amazing housing staff is working with our students to ensure they receive the additional support and care needed.

I would also like to explain the process for the reporting of positive COVID-19 cases in Montana. All positive COVID-19 cases in Montana are reported by the Governor’s Office and/or local or state public health officials. As individual institutions, we cannot release any information regarding positive COVID-19 cases in order to protect individual privacy. As part of the Montana University System, we will continue to follow the guidance of our public health officials on response protocols for confirmed and suspected cases. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Please note that the Commissioner of Higher Education has advised all March 5-6 Board of Regents meeting attendees to self-quarantine for 14 days, until March 20—myself included, which means that today is my last day in quarantine. I’m feeling great and cannot wait to leave the house.
As a reminder, all recent campus updates can be found here. I will be back in touch next week with additional updates.
Thank you again for your understanding, compassion, and patience. Maintaining your trust is important to me. I will continue to remain as open and transparent with you as I am able.

Office of the Chancellor
McMullen Hall, Room 207