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Dear Campus Community,
 
As promised, I’m delivering a campus update for this week. I hope you have been able to get more comfortable working from home and teaching and taking online classes. It’s strange going to campus and seeing it so empty. I look forward to seeing MSU Billings full of students, faculty, and staff very soon.
 
In comparison to the last few weeks, this week has been relatively quiet in regard to new updates and information.
 
On March 25, we sent communications to our residence hall students outlining steps in order to receive a partial room and board refund. Specific details can be found here.
 
Yesterday on March 26, Governor Steve Bullock issued a shelter in place / stay at home order for all Montanans as of Saturday, March 28, at midnight, through April 10. I sent out an email to our campus community last night explaining what this means for MSU Billings. To recap, this means that core essential campus functions will continue to remain open for business. There will be no change in the way we have been operating these past few weeks. We have quite a few students living on campus who need to utilize our services and we have facilities and systems that need to be maintained.

I also want to clarify that when the term “essential” is used in reference to our personnel, we are referring to those essential in keeping the university operations running, such as facilities, business services, University police, etc. Every student, faculty and staff member are an essential part of our campus community, and I am proud to have you as a Yellowjacket family member.
 
We have also received questions related to retirement benefits. In response, we have created an FAQ page where you can easily access answers to some of your retirement questions. General FAQ’s are found here and check our COVID-19 Central page for updates. Don’t forget to follow our news section on our homepage to see all the good that’s still going on in our campus community.
 
Click this link to view the first Check-In with the Chancellor Q&A session. Keep in mind, if any of the questions you submitted were specific to your situation, we will respond to you directly.
 
If I receive more questions next week, I will continue with my Q&A sessions. Submit your questions no later than Thursdays at 1 p.m. to chancellor@msubillings.edu for inclusion in Friday’s Q&A video. Please know that if you have questions or need to reach out to me, you can do so at any time.
 
I am very proud of our campus community’s hard work and dedication in making our temporary campus situation work well and am very proud of your resilience during this difficult time. We are in this together and know that my administration and I are here to support you.
 
Be well,
Office of the Chancellor
McMullen Hall, Room 207
406.657.2300