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Latest Messages and Updates

See all MSU Messages and Updates about COVID-19  


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Getting Started with Online Learning

Tips for getting started, suggested tools to use and help documents.

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Information Technology Anywhere

Resources to help with classes that are moving to online and remote delivery.


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Employee Guidance and FAQ

Guidance regarding illness, telework, leave and more.


Learn Anywhere

Guides and best practices for teaching remotely.

Available Computer Labs

Selected computer labs are open, but available workstations have been modified to conform to the COVID-19 6-foot social distancing rule.


Frequently asked Questions

General FAQ

Academics, Residence Life, Events and other topics


Employee FAQ

Illness, Absences, Telework and other topics


Research FAQ

Research operations and graduate education

What precautions is MSU undertaking?

Remote instruction of courses

On March 23, all MSU campuses transitioned in-person classes to online or other remote teaching methods that don't require in-class presence in every instance possible.

Students encouraged not to return to campus

MSU has encouraged students strongly to not return to campus or campus communities following spring break as a means to slow the spread of COVID-19 by stopping people from congregating. Students currently on campus are urged to, if possible, find other, less-dense living arrangements for their own health and safety, as well as that of others. Read the president's email on this subject here.

Services remain open with strict social distancing

MSU campuses remain open and operational for students who need to live on campus. 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.

To protect public health, MSU campuses have implemented appropriate social distancing measures in line with CDC guidelines and recommendations. This includes restrictions on large lectures, theater performances, academic conferences, and other large gatherings.

As part of social distancing measures, MSU closed all of its fitness facilities, including Marga Hoseaus, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, and all residence hall fitness rooms. The MSU Renne Library is closed to patron visits. Students, faculty and staff can still use the library online from their homes and will be able to request audio-visual materials and book loans, if needed.

Other precautions

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, please call your health care provider to discuss your illness. Students can call University Health Partners at 406-994-2311.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

For basic information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, you can view our background page. For the latest updates, consult the links below:


Questions about COVID-19?

If you have questions about MSU’s response to COVID-19 that are not answered on this page or covered in our frequently asked questions, please submit them through this form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note, that we’re not in a position to answer scientific questions about the virus. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control for those questions.

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Questions about COVID-19


About this Page

Montana State University's goal is to provide clear, concise and timely information to students, faculty, staff and visitors on what MSU is doing to protect our community. The university is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization and in consultation with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Gallatin City-County Health Department and our own health professionals on campus.

The information provided on this website is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered medical or legal advice. We encourage proper hygiene and health precautions, but we urge you to consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.