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Dear Campus Community,
 
The Montana Commissioner of Higher Education, has directed all MUS campuses to implement the following as of March 23, 2020:
  • Transition all in-class instruction to online or other remote teaching modalities that don’t require in-class presence.
  • MUS campuses will remain open and operational for students, including residence halls, dining services, and most other campus services.
  • Implement social distancing measures in line with CDC guidelines. This includes restrictions on large lectures, theater performances, academic conferences, and other large gatherings.
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  • Starting March 23, all in-person MSU Billings classes, will transition to online or other remote teaching modalities that don’t require in-class presence. Over the next few days, specifics will be determined.
    • Faculty: Your Dean’s will be in communication with you on plans to move your in-person courses online.
      • Our e-Learning team will provide training to faculty on how to use online teaching tools. Stay tuned for training dates and times.
      • The IT Department is working to create an online IT Toolkit, highlighting all available online tools, which would make it possible for everyone to work from home, should that event arise.
        • IT is working with all Deans to educate staff and faculty on these available tools and issues.
          • Trainings will be announced soon. It’s preferable to provide IT with a specific scenario to work through, instead of them providing basic training. That way, you receive the help needed.
  • MSU Billings campus will remain open and operational for students, faculty, and staff.
    • This includes residence halls, dining services, computer labs, and campus services. However, it is preferred you conduct meetings, advising or tutoring sessions online or via phone call(s), instead of in-person.
      • MSUB and City College Career & Advising Services will conduct all advising appointments online, starting March 23. For University campus, call 406-657-2240 and for City College advising, call 406-247-3019 for more information.
      • Academic Support Center will conduct all tutoring and student support online, starting March 23. For University Campus, call 406-657-1641 and for City College Campus, call 406-247-3022 for more information.
    • All MSUB employees will continue to report to work as usual unless instructed otherwise.
      • Student workers: If able to, work from home. Check with your immediate supervisor to determine a plan.
      • Student internships: Check with the sponsoring faculty member.
      • Student in-field experiences/clinicals: Deans are working with faculty on a plan.
  • To protect public health, MSU Billings will implement appropriate social distancing measures in line with CDC guidelines and recommendations.
    • According the CDC, social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining a distance of approximately six feet from others, when possible.
    • This includes restrictions on large lectures, theater performances, academic conferences, and other large gatherings.
    • MSUB event cancellations: Communications will be sent out on a week-by-week basis, depending how the situation progresses, on MSUB event cancellations.
    • All events taking place the week of March 23 are cancelled.
    • It is too early to determine how MSUB summer courses will be affected.
  • All MUS students and employees must monitor their official email address for more information and planning details between now and March 23.
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Sincerely,

Office of the Chancellor
McMullen Hall, Room 207
406.657.2300