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Return to Campus

As we welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus, safety is our top priority. Our OrediggerRx team, with consultation from the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department, has developed a framework and guidelines to return to in-person instruction and re-open residence halls, dining facilities, and other campus services, in a manner consistent with health guidelines.

A list of frequently asked questions appears below. If you have any questions, please email OrediggerRx@mtech.edu.


Students
 

Students should follow this flow chart.

Students who test positive will be placed in isolation for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication. In some cases, the isolation period could be up to 20 days. Students who are confirmed as a close contact by the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department will be tested and placed into quarantine for 14 days. The test results will be sent to the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department who will manage the case. The Health Department will get in touch with the student and will start the protocol for quarantine/isolation and will start the process of contact tracing immediately.

If you are an on-campus student and wish to travel home to be with family during quarantine or isolation, the residence life staff will work with you. If you remain on campus and you feel able, your classroom instruction will transition to remote, and the university will deliver your food to you. The Butte-Silver Bow Health Department will stay in close contact with you during the isolation/quarantine period. It is highly encouraged, but not required, to notify your instructors to inform them you are going to be on medical leave for a few weeks.

The Health Department will communicate with Montana Tech to ensure cases are tracked and appropriate campus individuals can be notified in a confidential manner.

 

A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before the onset of the illness. Close contacts of asymptomatic patients are identified as those who were close to the asymptomatic individual two days prior to a specimen collection that is positive, and until the time the patient is isolated. 

A close contact can also be defined as:

  • Someone who took care of a person at home who is sick with COVID-19
  • Someone who had direct physical contact with the infected person (touching, hugging, kissing)
  • Someone who shared eating or drinking utensils with the infected person
  • Someone who is the recipient of respiratory droplets from the infected person, via sneezing or coughing

Once the Health Department is notified by the state that a person is confirmed as positive, we will work with that individual on safely isolating, identifying close contacts, and reaching out to those close contacts for quarantine and testing. The individual who is confirmed positive may share with others if they choose.

If someone is believed to have associated with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, the Health Department will reach out to any close contacts. Those not contacted by the Health Department, including secondary or remote contacts, would not need to take any action or quarantine and can proceed as normal.

If you are notified by an agency or an individual not associated with the Butte-Silver Bow Health that you are a close contact, please contact the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department immediately. The Health Department will confirm that you are a close contact.

 

 

The university instructs anyone with symptoms to CALL their health care provider or Southwest Montana Community Health Center and to email orediggerrx@mtech.edu. If someone tests positive with COVID-19, the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department will contact the patient with additional information.

The university is developing plans in the event that one or more individuals become sick, which will include options such as moving their courses to remote learning environments.

The Health Department will contact anyone who is considered to have been in close contact with the individual who tests positive. A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before the onset of the illness. Close contacts of asymptomatic patients are identified as those who were close to the asymptomatic individual two days prior to a specimen collection that is positive, and until the time the patient is isolated. 

A close contact can also be defined as:

  • Someone who took care of a person at home who is sick with COVID-19
  • Someone who had direct physical contact with the infected person (touching, hugging, kissing)
  • Someone who shared eating or drinking utensils with the infected person
  • Someone who is the recipient of respiratory droplets from the infected person, via sneezing or coughing

Once the Health Department is notified by the state that a person is confirmed as positive, we will work with that individual on safely isolating, identifying close contacts, and reaching out to those close contacts for quarantine and testing. The individual who is confirmed positive may share with others if they choose.

If someone is believed to have associated with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, the Health Department will reach out to any close contacts. Those not contacted by the Health Department, including secondary or remote contacts, would not need to take any action or quarantine and can proceed as normal.

If you are notified by an agency or an individual not associated with the Butte-Silver Bow Health that you are a close contact, please contact the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department immediately. The Health Department will confirm that you are a close contact.

If you are notified by an agency or an individual not associated with the Butte-Silver Bow Health that you are a close contact, please contact the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department immediately. The Health Department will confirm that you are a close contact.

 

Your health is our top priority. Please do not hesitate to seek the care you need. If you develop a fever, cough, or have 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 the Student Health Clinic or your healthcare provider immediately to discuss your illness and plan for how you will be seen. We also encourage you to email orediggerrx@mtech.edu.

 

Upon arrival at the Student Health Center, staff will follow the usual respiratory illness precautions by having any student with a cough put on a mask immediately. Currently, there is a requirement to wear a face covering at all times.

Front desk staff will ask all students who complain of cough or fever whether they have had any international travel or have traveled to affected areas in the United States within the past 14 days; if so, in addition to immediately placing them in a mask (if needed), the patient will be moved to an exam room to reduce exposing other students and staff. The patient will then be assessed per CDC recommendations.

Your campus health clinic is in close contact with your county health officials and checks the CDC, WHO, and DPHHS websites daily for updates.

 

The Montana University System (MUS) has protocols in place at its clinics to keep patients and staff safe. One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from any virus is to practice proper hand-washing and respiratory hygiene. Please do not hesitate to seek the care you need.

 

Students will be provided two cloth masks at no cost. New students will receive their masks in their wellness kits during orientation. Returning students can pick up their masks at the table in the Courtyard on August 16, 17, or 18th. Highlands College students can pick up their masks in their wellness kits at Highlands College.

The CDC recommends using face coverings in community settings to slow the spread of COVID-19; therefore, Montana Tech requires individuals to wear face coverings. A cloth face-covering does not protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is especially important when an individual is infected with COVID-19 but is not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease. The use of a cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing measures and does not reduce the importance of other preventative measures such as frequent hand washing.

CDC guidelines for the use and care of face masks should be followed and are accessible here: www.cdc.gov

The following individuals should not use cloth face masks:

  • Children 2 years of age and under; and
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

A multi-ply tightly woven cotton cloth or multi-ply disposable face covering is recommended. When worn, the covering must extend from the bridge of the nose to below the chin. Reusable cloth face coverings are acceptable, as are disposable paper masks. Cloth face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape
  • The face-covering must not have an exhalation valve

NOTE: Cloth face coverings are NOT considered personal protective equipment (PPE) and are for the consumer, non-medical purposes only. 

 

If a student fails to adhere to the face covering requirements, Faculty/Staff should take the following steps, in quick succession:

  • Remind the student, in a firm yet kind manner, of the requirement and the reason for it: safety. Ask the student to comply.
  • Remind the student that their non-compliance is a violation of the Montana University System and Montana Tech policy and the Student Code of Conduct (See notes below regarding “failure to comply”) and ask that the student comply.
  • Ask the student to either comply or to leave the office/classroom immediately.
  • If the student fails to comply or leave, assess the situation and contact campus security 496-HELP to remove the student.

For students who fail to comply: Immediately file a report with the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students will inform the student that they will not be allowed to access support services/attend class unless they comply with the face covering policy.

 

 

Students with underlying health conditions, or those who are older, will have options to mitigate their exposure to the virus, as needed, based on individual circumstances. Students should email OrediggerRx@mtech.edu.

 

If an accommodation is approved, a person may wear a scarf, loose face covering, or full face shield instead of a face mask.

 

We ask all students to stay home if you're sick and email orediggerrx@mtech.edu. 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.

 

MUS colleges and universities are in close communication with area K-12 schools and would respond to any K-12 school closures on a case-by-case basis. Faculty have been advised that COVID-19 could cause childcare or work schedule disruptions for students and are asked to work with them by offering makeup exams, alternate assignments, or alternate weighting of missed work.

 

Many are experiencing anxiety as news and warnings about COVID-19 intensify. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through counseling services. Visit https://www.mtech.edu/counseling/ for more information.

 

No. You must still stay at home, email orediggerrx@mtech.edu, and not come to campus if you are ill. This directive on face coverings complements other important community and self-protection measures which are to be consistently practiced by all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. 

These Stop the Spread of COVID-19 measures include:

  • Wearing a face covering
  • Self-monitoring for symptoms and staying home when ill and reporting to your instructor any exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals
  • Washing hands often and thoroughly
  • Refraining from touching the face, eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Practicing physical distancing
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
 

On July 6, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced proposed guidance on online course limits for international students on F-1 visas for fall 2020. We know this announcement has caused stress and frustration for many in our campus community. At the International Services Office, our priorities are responding to individual student questions.

International Services and campus partners are working diligently to review the rules and to determine what they mean within the context of Montana Tech's plans for Fall 2020. Here is some initial guidance:

  • The university is committed to ensuring international students will have in-person options so students will be allowed to stay in the U.S. even if much of campus must close due to COVID-19 at some point during the Fall semester.
  • Graduate students who are conducting research and/or taking thesis-only credits will have sufficient in-person contact hours to meet the requirements.
  • International Services is working on plans for the required reissuing of I-20 documents.

There are many other outstanding factors to address, and International Services is working with administrators, faculty, and staff from across campus to address these concerns. We are working on solutions and will provide updates as information is clarified. Feel free to contact Margie Pascoe mpascoe@mtech.edu 406-496-4477 or Angela Stillwagon astillwagon@mtech.edu 406-496-4843 with questions related to immediate travel or other urgent concerns. We also ask that current and new international students regularly monitor their Montana Tech email accounts for updates.

The Montana Tech community cares about our international students and their experience, on and off-campus. We are working to limit the disruption of this new guidance for new and current students. We are very proud that the university stands in solidarity with our international students, and values their perspectives and involvement.

If you have any question about travel guidelines, maintaining visa status, or mode of instruction (face-to-face vs. online), please contact Margie Pascoe mpascoe@mtech.edu 406-496-4477 or Angela Stillwagon astillwagon@mtech.edu 406-496-4843.


Employees
 

The university instructs anyone with symptoms to CALL their healthcare provider or Southwest Montana Community Health Center and to email orediggerrx@mtech.edu. If someone tests positive with COVID-19, the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department will contact the patient with additional information. Please remember that this information is considered confidential and should not be shared with the class or anyone else. Anyone who has had close contact with the person will be contacted by the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department. The employee should not take any further action.

The university is developing plans in the event that one or more individuals become sick, which will include options such as moving their courses to remote learning environments.

 

Faculty and staff should follow this flowchart.

The Health Department will contact anyone who is considered to have been in close contact with the individual who tests positive. A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before the onset of the illness. Close contacts of asymptomatic patients are identified as those who were close to the asymptomatic individual two days prior to a specimen collection that is positive, and until the time the patient is isolated. 

A close contact can also be defined as:

  • Someone who took care of a person at home who is sick with COVID-19
  • Someone who had direct physical contact with the infected person (touching, hugging, kissing)
  • Someone who shared eating or drinking utensils with the infected person
  • Someone who is the recipient of respiratory droplets from the infected person, via sneezing or coughing

Once the Health Department is notified by the state that a person is confirmed as positive, we will work with that individual on safely isolating, identifying close contacts, and reaching out to those close contacts for quarantine and testing. The individual who is confirmed positive may share with others if they choose.

If someone is believed to have associated with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, the Health Department will reach out to any close contacts. Those not contacted by the Health Department, including secondary or remote contacts, would not need to take any action or quarantine and can proceed as normal.

If you are notified by an agency or an individual not associated with the Butte-Silver Bow Health that you are a close contact, please contact the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department immediately. The Health Department will confirm that you are a close contact.

If you are notified by an agency or an individual not associated with the Butte-Silver Bow Health that you are a close contact, please contact the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department immediately. The Health Department will confirm that you are a close contact.

 

No. You must still stay at home and not come to campus if you are ill. This directive on face coverings complements other important community and self-protection measures which are to be consistently practiced by all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

These Stop the Spread of COVID-19 measures includes:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Self-monitoring for symptoms and staying home when ill and reporting to your supervisor any exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals
  • Washing hands often and thoroughly
  • Refraining from touching the face, eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Practicing physical distancing
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
 

For employees who are not public-facing, protected by a partition, or can maintain six feet of physical distance from their co-workers, they do not have to wear a mask. However, if you walk into a high-traffic area, such as a public bathroom, another office, or attend a meeting, a mask must be worn. If you have a private office, you do not have to wear a face-covering in your office but must put it on when you leave your office.

 

Face coverings will be required in all outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible or difficult to reliably maintain. Face coverings are required on the Montana Tech and Highlands College campuses. Montana Tech has cloth masks available at no cost for all faculty and staff. Please stop by the Student Union Building's main desk to pick-up your masks. View the Face Covering policy here.

 

Faculty and instructors will be provided a face covering and a face shield at no cost. They are available at the Student Union main desk. Faculty and instructors have the option to wear face shields if they maintain physical distancing while lecturing or a face covering in the classroom while teaching. Face shields may be useful for instructional faculty because students can more easily read lips and observe facial expressions.  However, once the faculty or instructor leaves the instructional environment, a face covering must be used. The face shield is only to be used at all times if there is a medical need and special accommodation has been approved by Human Resources. Staff members who wish to use a face shield must also have a medical need and work with Human Resources.

 

Yes. Employees working in public-facing roles must wear a face covering while interacting with the public. In addition, employees whose workspace is in an area open to the public must wear face masks while working.  

 

Faculty and staff whose unique and individual circumstances require an exception to the face-covering directive, as indicated by a medical or similar subject matter professional, may request one. Faculty and staff should contact Vanessa Van Dyk at vvandyk@mtech.edu.

 

The university expects faculty, staff, and students to behave responsibly with respect to the health and safety of others. Any employee who fails to abide by this directive may be asked or directed to leave the campus space. Faculty and staff who are directed to leave a campus space for failure to comply with these guidelines may be taken off duty and/or subject to disciplinary action. Employees and students should not attempt to directly enforce this directive but instead should share any concerns of suspected violations with their immediate supervisor or appropriate school official. There are special circumstances when an individual is unable to wear a face covering and is provided an accommodation because of health or disability reasons.

 
Many are experiencing anxiety as news and warnings about COVID-19 intensify. Resources for faculty and staff can be found on the EAP & Worklife Services website. You can read more about the EAP program hereHere is another document that discusses resources available to faculty and staff.

Classes and Academics
 
  • First day of the fall semester: August 17, 2020
  • Last in-person instruction day for the fall: November 24, 2020 
  • Last day to add a class: August 28, 2020 
  • Last day to drop a class without a "W": September 4, 2020
  • Last day to withdraw from a class with an automatic "W": October 26, 2020
  • Fall Graduation Ceremony: TBD
 

Yes. Montana Tech's fall semester will provide students with in-person instruction, online and hybrid (online and face-to-face) courses. Please refer to the class schedule for the mode of instruction. Our COVID-19 planning team continues to work on processes and mitigation plans, hygiene measures, and protocols for a healthy and safe return to campus for students, faculty, and staff.

 

Montana Tech will award degrees after final grades have been posted to transcripts. Please email Virginia Lamere at vlamere@mtech.edu to request to be put on the Degree Priority list to have your degree awarded as soon as possible so you can return your home country or start your employment. We reserve the priority list for students with a legitimate need to have their degrees awarded early, and they are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note that the process of checking final degree requirements can take up to a week, depending on the number of students who request to be on the list.

 

A degree cannot be awarded unless all degree requirements have been satisfied, including the final courses you are taking this semester. If you choose to withdraw or a degree required course has been canceled, your graduation date can be pushed forward to the semester that you do complete your degree requirements. Please contact Virginia Lamere at vlamere@mtech.edu if you plan to make any changes to your graduation date. We will work with you on finding solutions.


COVID-19 Basics
 

Coronaviruses are a large family of 50+ distinct viruses which are found worldwide and infect both mammals and birds. Four coronaviruses have been circulating among humans for years and are believed to cause 20-40% of common cold infections per year. Two other coronaviruses have caused much more serious human illness since 2002: SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.

In December 2019, a cluster of human respiratory illnesses in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, prompted a public health investigation which identified a new coronavirus, now called COVID-19.

Symptoms include a short respiratory illness with a cough and low-grade fever. In a minority of cases, the virus can lead to critical illness or death. Severe cases have primarily been noted in patients over 65 years of age who also have significant underlying chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease or liver disease.

Learn more about the corona virus

 

 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person among people who are in close contact with one another, within about 6 feet, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

 

 

There is no vaccine nor any known antiviral treatment for COVID-19 so treatment is primarily supportive care. Mild cases may be treated at home, but severe illness requires hospitalization.

 

 

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:

  • Wear a face covering
  • 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.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, tables, keyboards light switches). Use a disinfectant registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a 10% bleach/water solution to clean surfaces.

Please avoid putting disinfectant gels or liquids on electronics and other equipment, including elevator buttons, unless the products are indicated as safe to use on those devices.

The Montana Tech Physical Facilities department has supplies for disinfecting if needed. Two part-time custodians have been hired to clean high touch areas in the afternoon every weekday.

 

A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before the onset of the illness. Close contacts of asymptomatic patients are identified as those who were close to the asymptomatic individual two days prior to a specimen collection that is positive, and until the time the patient is isolated. 

A close contact can also be defined as:

  • Someone who took care of a person at home who is sick with COVID-19
  • Someone who had direct physical contact with the infected person (touching, hugging, kissing)
  • Someone who shared eating or drinking utensils with the infected person
  • Someone who is the recipient of respiratory droplets from the infected person, via sneezing or coughing

Once the Health Department is notified by the state that a person is confirmed as positive, we will work with that individual on safely isolating, identifying close contacts, and reaching out to those close contacts for quarantine and testing. The individual who is confirmed positive may share with others if they choose.

If someone is believed to have associated with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, the Health Department will reach out to any close contacts. Those not contacted by the Health Department, including secondary or remote contacts, would not need to take any action or quarantine and can proceed as normal.

If you are notified by an agency or an individual not associated with the Butte-Silver Bow Health that you are a close contact, please contact the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department immediately. The Health Department will confirm that you are a close contact.

If you are notified by an agency or an individual not associated with the Butte-Silver Bow Health that you are a close contact, please contact the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department immediately. The Health Department will confirm that you are a close contact

 

If a Montana Tech employee is associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19, they would not need to worry about being a close contact unless they are contacted by the Health Department. Employees must know that once a person has been identified as a confirmed COVID-19 case, they are deserving of privacy and confidentiality. The privacy rule of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) establishes national standards to protect an individual’s medical records and other personal health information. HIPPA still applies in a pandemic.  

As we are still learning about COVID-19, we understand there are fears surrounding the unknown. However, we must be mindful of our co-workers’ well-being and privacy during this time that we are all facing together.


General Campus FAQs
 

Face coverings are required on the Montana Tech and Highlands College campuses. Montana Tech is providing cloth masks to all faculty, staff, and students. They can be picked up at the main desk in the Student Union Building.


 

Per the direction of the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department, all Montana Tech events are restricted to 200 people or less.  Anyone organizing events and activities with an expected attendance of 50 individuals or more must complete the events and activities questionnaire. The campus events guidelines document provides resources to assist with this process.  Submit the completed questionnaire to the Covid Events and Activities Committee at covidevents@mtech.edu. A committee member will respond with feedback and/or further guidance regarding event organization.

 

Please email the campus events and activities committee at covidevents@mtech.edu.

 

The university expects the University community to behave responsibly with respect for the health and safety of others. Any employee, student, or visitor who fails to abide by this directive may be asked or directed to leave the campus space. Faculty, staff, and students who are directed to leave a campus space for failure to comply with these guidelines may be taken off duty and/or subject to disciplinary action. Employees and students should not attempt to directly enforce this directive but instead should share any concerns of suspected violations with their immediate supervisor or appropriate school official.

 
  • Regular housekeeping practices are being enhanced by physical facilities, including frequent cleaning and sanitization of high-touch areas such as door handles, railings, and elevator panels. 
  • Restrooms and frequently touched surfaces are being cleaned and sanitized 3x a day between 4:00 am and 12:30 pm and then again between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
  • Horizontal/vertical surfaces are sanitized multiple times during the day. 
  • Cleaner, hand sanitizer, and disposable wiping cloths are available for offices, classrooms, and common spaces.
  • Traffic flow is being adjusted to reduce close contact.
  • Cleaning will happen pre and post special events.
  • Plexiglas barriers have been added around campus.
  • Physical distancing markers are placed around campus. 
  • Kick-down door stops are installed on classroom and interior doors.
  • Interior doors will be propped open during operational hours to reduce touchable areas.
  • New bottle filling stations were installed across campus. 
  • Temperature scanners have been installed in commonly used buildings.
  • Motor pool vehicles are equipped with disinfecting wipes or spray.

This is a shared responsibility. Please do your part to keep your spaces clean and to avoid sharing spaces and/or equipment.

 

All university-sponsored travel is suspended this fall term.

 

The university has developed and posted signage to encourage physical distancing in all areas.

Class sizes have been reduced to allow physical distancing in classrooms. Wearing face coverings in offices is required if physical distancing can't be maintained.

 

Protect Myself

  • Wear a mask or face covering when indoors.
  • Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if I am ill.
  • Cover my cough and/or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching my face.
  • Get tested for COVID-19.
  • Check temperature daily.
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Contact my medical provider if I am sick.

Protect Others

  • Wear a mask or face covering when indoors.
  • Stay one Charlie away – keep at least 6 feet of physical distancing.
  • Stay home if I feel ill, or after exposure to someone who is ill or tested positive for the virus.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Protect Our Community

  • Keep your personal space clean and disinfected.
  • Participate in testing and contact training.
  • Observe and follow guidelines posted across campus.
 

The Montana Tech Library is currently open for Digger Card holders.

 

The HPER Complex Fitness Center is open normal hours under new guidelines due to COVID-19. The HPER Complex and its staff is committed to doing all we can to mitigate the spread of the virus. The new guidelines for using the HPER Complex are for the safety of the users and staff. 

  • Please use recommended social distancing from other HPER Complex users of 6 feet
  • Refrain from working out while feeling sick with fever, sore throat, cough, or having muscle or body aches
  • Please wash your hands before and after using fitness equipment
  • Wipe down cardio equipment with disposable disinfectant wipes before and after use
  • Wipe down all barbells, straight bars, and weight equipment before and after use
  • Only use one piece of equipment at a time and circuit workouts are prohibited
  • The pool is open but please do not loiter or congregate on the pool deck
  • Please use recommended social distancing of 6 feet in the locker rooms
  • All HPER Complex users must bring their own towels 
  • Racquetball courts are currently closed
 

Each individual is responsible to care for their own face covering. Disposable face coverings are to be discarded after a single day's use unless a workplace requirement requires a different disposal method. Reusable cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. Face coverings that are visibly soiled, in poor condition, or that make it difficult to breathe should not be used.

Instruction for properly putting on, taking off, and caring for cloth face coverings can be found in CDC Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 guidance.

To safely use the face covering:

  • Wash or use sanitizer on hands before and after touching covering
  • Avoid touching front of face covering (e.g., if equipped with ear loops, only touch ear loops)
  • Do not touch the face covering except to adjust it to nose and face
  • At all times, the covering should cover the nose and mouth, wrap under the chin, and limit gaps
  • Do not share your face covering with others

At least two face coverings should be carried daily to ensure a replacement is available if one becomes wet or soiled. Keep a face covering with you as you would your cell phone and be ready to wear it in any situation where you do not have control over someone walking into your 6-foot vicinity.


Campus Response
 

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.

 

Local health departments closely monitor people who are at potential risk for COVID-19 and have protocols for identifying and contacting individuals who may have been in close contact with someone being screened, such as roommates.

Should a member of your campus community be tested for or diagnosed with COVID-19, the campus would follow the guidance of the county health department and the Montana Department of Health & Human Services on protocols to protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk.

 

Upon arrival to a Montana University System campus clinic, staff will follow usual respiratory illness precautions by having any student with a cough put on a mask immediately.

Front desk staff will ask all students who complain of cough or fever whether they have had any international travel or have traveled to affected areas in the United States within the past 14 days; if so, in addition to immediately placing them in a mask, the patient will be moved to an exam room to reduce exposing other students and staff. The patient will then be assessed per CDC recommendations.

Your campus health clinic is in close contact with your county health officials and is checking the CDC, WHO, and DPHHS websites daily for updates.

 

 

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.

 

 

The Montana University System has protocols in place at its clinics to keep patients and staff safe. One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from any virus is to practice good hand-washing and respiratory hygiene. Please do not hesitate to seek the care you need.


Health, Wellness and Prevention
 

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.

 

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, tables, keyboards light switches). Use a disinfectant registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a 10% bleach/water solution to clean surfaces.

Please avoid putting disinfectant gels or liquids on electronics and other equipment, including elevator buttons, unless the products are indicated as safe to use on those devices.

 

 

Public health officials recommend wearing a mask to protect against COVID-19. Campus clinic patients who are coughing or sneezing will, however, be asked to wear a mask to avoid exposing people in close proximity.

Keep in mind that in some parts of the world mask use is customary for a variety of health and social reasons. Do not assume that someone wearing a mask has been exposed to COVID-19 or any other illness.

 

Many are experiencing anxiety as news and warnings about COVID-19 intensify. Remember that the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Montana and in the U.S. as a whole is currently low. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through your campus’ mental health services.

Montana Tech counselors Amy Lorang and Tara Kloker are also a resource available to you.

 

The COVID-19 outbreak has heightened stress for those who have family and friends in affected areas. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through your campus’ mental health services.

 

Graduation and Commencement
 

A date for a fall commencement ceremony is being determined. Please monitor your email for updates.

 

We can begin awarding degrees after final grades have been posted to transcripts. Please email Virginia Lamere at vlamere@mtech.edu to request to be put on the Degree Priority list to have your degree awarded as soon as possible so you can return your home country or start your employment. We reserve the priority list for students with a legitimate need to have their degrees awarded early, and they are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note that the process of checking final degree requirements can take up to a week, depending on the number of students who request to be on the list.

 

A degree cannot be awarded unless all degree requirements have been satisfied, including the final courses you are taking this semester. If you choose to withdraw or a degree required course has been canceled, your graduation date can be pushed forward to the semester that you do complete your degree requirements. Please contact vlamere@mtech.edu if you plan to make any changes to your graduation date. We will work with you on finding solutions.

International Services
 

On July 6, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced proposed guidance on online course limits for international students on F-1 visas for Fall 2020. We know this announcement has caused stress and frustration for many in our campus community. At the International Services Office, our priorities are responding to individual student questions.

International Services and campus partners are working diligently to review the rules and to determine what they mean within the context of Montana Tech's plans for Fall 2020. Here is some initial guidance:

  • The University is committed to ensuring international students will have in-person options so students will be allowed to stay in the U.S. even if much of campus must close due to COVID-19 at some point during the Fall semester.
  • Graduate students who are conducting research and/or taking thesis-only credits will have sufficient in-person contact hours to meet the requirements.
  • International Services is working on plans for the required reissuing of I-20 documents.

There are many other outstanding factors to address, and International Services is working with administrators, faculty, and staff from across campus to address these concerns. We are working on solutions and will provide updates as information is clarified. Feel free to contact Margie Pascoe mpascoe@mtech.edu 406-496-4477 or Angela Stillwagon astillwagon@mtech.edu 406-496-4843 with questions related to immediate travel or other urgent concerns. We also ask that current and new international students regularly monitor their Montana Tech email accounts for updates.

The Montana Tech community cares about our international students and their experience, on and off campus. We are working to limit the disruption of this new guidance for new and current students. We are very proud that the University stands in solidarity with our international students, and values their perspectives and involvement.

If you have any question about travel guidelines, maintaining visa status, or mode of instruction (face-to-face vs. online), please contact Margie Pascoe mpascoe@mtech.edu 406-496-4477 or Angela Stillwagon astillwagon@mtech.edu 406-496-4843.


Resources
 

We have developed a number of health and safety posters for campus. It is the responsibility of each and every member of our campus community to protect themselves and others. The posters outline our commitment to the health and safety of our campus community. Download posters for your workspace. 

We would also encourage you to review the following: 


Further Questions?

If you have questions that are not answered here, please use the question form. Or email orediggerrx@mtech.edu.

To contact the Student Health Center on campus, please call 406-496-4243.

You can also call the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department's Unified Health Command at 406-497-5008 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Leave a message after hours.

If you are symptomatic, please call the Southwest Montana Community Health Center at 406-723-4075 for proper procedures and testing locations. The clinic is located at 445 Centennial Avenue.