COVID-19 Information

For information about the COVID-19 pandemic, please be in touch with your health care provider. For further information and related health and safety precautions, please visit the CDC website. For information on cases in Montana, including Silver Bow County, please visit https://covid19.mt.gov/.

Additional resources are available online at COVID-19 campus information and updates, COVID-19 FAQs, and CARES Act emergency relief fund information.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Campus Communications

Wash Your Hands!

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COVID-19 Coronavirus

OCHE Communications

 

Good morning Faculty and staff,

As you know, Governor Bullock issued a “stay at home directive” yesterday afternoon. The following is clarification that we received from OCHE.

RELEASE: Governor Bullock Issues Stay at Home Directive to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

... on the impact of this Governor’s order that takes effect Friday night at midnight and runs through April 10 ...

From a MUS workforce standpoint, this means that core essential campus functions are still open for business. No change there from what you have been doing. Many of you still have a number of students who need services on campus. We have facilities and networks and systems that need to be maintained. Campus CEO’s are authorized to identify and staff such core services and identify work areas where telework is allowed or encouraged by you in your best judgment. The six-feet distancing in the workplace shall be maintained. 

From a student services standpoint, students are subject to the same expectations for maintaining six-feet distancing where possible and certainly in the campus settings where services are provided (e.g., in any auxiliary service settings or in the rare academic / lab settings that are not being delivered remotely).

Thank you for all that you have done to move us to 100% online for course/lab delivery this week. Stay tuned, we will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Les

 
COVID-19 Update from Clayton T. Christian, Commissioner of Higher Education, 3/12/2020  [PDF]

To: Montana Board of Regents; Montana University System Chief Executive Officers; Montana Community College Presidents; Governor Steve Bullock

From: Clayton T. Christian, Commissioner of Higher Education
Date: March 12, 2020

Subject: COVID-19 UPDATE

In partnership with the Board of Regents and as Commissioner of Higher Education for the Montana University System, the health and safety of our campus communities remains our top priority. With that in mind, and in light of the rapidly evolving challenge presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, I am directing all MUS campuses to implement the following decisions as soon as possible:

  1. As of March 23rd, all MUS campuses will, in every instance possible, transition all in-class instruction to online or other remote teaching modalities that do not require in-class presence. Individual departments, colleges, and universities should provide all material assistance and accommodation possible to faculty and students throughout this transition.
  2. MUS campuses will remain open and operational for students. This includes residence halls, dining services, computer labs, and most other campus services. Employees will continue to report to work unless instructed otherwise or work-from-home accommodations are developed in individual cases.
  3. To protect public health, MUS campuses will implement appropriate social distancing measures in line with CDC guidelines and recommendations. This should include restrictions on large lectures, theater performances, academic conferences, and other large gatherings.
  4. All MUS students and employees need to monitor their official email address for more communications and planning details between now and March 23rd.

These decisions are in effect until further notice. Our COVID-19 challenge remains fluid, however, and as our campus communities prepare for Spring Break, it is our responsibility to establish the current course of action while also preparing for new circumstances as they emerge. If and when we consider a return to face-to-face instruction we will provide as much advance notice as possible and clear instructions for an orderly return to normal operations. Throughout, my office will continue to consult with Governor Steve Bullock, the Montana University System Board of Regents, health authorities, and other statewide partners as we assess our current policies. I ask that every campus leader be ready to answer questions and provide relevant information in a timely manner to students, faculty, and staff.

I do not take these decisions lightly. I am committed to supporting the educational progress of our students and minimizing disruption to campus life whenever possible. I believe that the course of action outlined above is the best way to balance our commitment to protect the public health and safety of our students, employees, and communities.

Clayton T. Christian Commissioner of Higher Education

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