Given the positive trends observed in COVID-19 case counts and vaccination rates, Montana State University plans to return to normal, unrestricted operations for fall semester 2021.

In coordination with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, MSU will, throughout the summer, undergo a steady and careful transition to normal operations in time for courses to begin Aug. 25. MSU remains committed to the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff, and the university will remain flexible and ready to respond to new developments regarding COVID-19 as public health conditions warrant.

Sunsetting COVID-19 planning guidelines

On May 14, Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian published a memo directing the Montana University System to retire the Healthy MUS Planning Guidelines, which had formed the basis of MSU's Roadmap to Fall 2020 planning document. This memo provided system-level guidance to all state campuses that included:

  • The removal of a mask requirement.
  • The continuation of COVID-19 testing on campuses.
  • The availability of quarantine and isolation housing for on-campus students when needed.
  • The allowance of international travel in certain circumstances.
  • Advice on event hosting.
  • Guidance to raise awareness of COVID-19 vaccines and promote access to them.

Last updated: 5/21/21