Dear Campus Community,
As of March 13, 2020, MSU Billings is restricting all university-related business travel for faculty, staff and students. If you are traveling for university-related business, whether in the United States or internationally, please cancel the trip. Most airlines are now waiving rebooking fees, and previously booked airline tickets can be reused for future travel.
Personal domestic travel:
We also encourage you to avoid personal travel outside the state of Montana. If you do travel, you could be restricted from returning to work, depending on your health and risk of COVID-19 in the area you visited. We recognize this will cause inconvenience for some, but this decision has been taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our MSUB community. Most airlines are now waiving rebooking fees, and previously booked airline tickets can be reused for future travel.
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 best, most up-to-date information about travel is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Information for Travel website.
If you choose to travel and return from a country with a recommended self-quarantine — countries with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice from the CDC currently China, Iran, Italy and South Korea — please do not return to campus, including the residence halls, classes, offices, fitness center or any other area. Travelers should self-quarantine and return home for 14 days, rather than coming to campus. Please follow the CDC's guidance on self-quarantine.
If you do choose to travel, please follow the CDC’s COVID-19 and routine respiratory disease precautions:
Please be aware of the following guidelines in the event you become ill upon your return:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water are the preferred cleaning method when hands are visibly dirty.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are taking these precautions with the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff in mind.
- If you visited an area with a travel advisory that had a Travel Advisory Level 3 at any point during your travels, please notify your supervisor (if MSUB employee), MSUB's Student Health Services at 406-657-2153 and the Division of Vice Chancellor of Student Access and Success at 406-657-2307 (if you are a student).
- If you visited an area affected by COVID-19 or were in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days after you left, please call MSUB's Student Health Services or other provider immediately to discuss your illness and plan for how you will be seen. Do not go directly to MSUB's Student Health Services or other healthcare provider without calling first.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Do not return to class or work.
- Do not travel on public transportation.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
- Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.