March 3, 2020


To our Montana University System Campus Communities,

The Montana University System continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak in close coordination with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services. We are committed to keeping our students, faculty and staff safe as the situation evolves.

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Montana and the risk of contracting the virus remains low.

However, as the likelihood that the virus will spread in the United States grows, we realize you have questions about how you can protect yourself – and what steps we are taking to protect our campus community.

The following FAQ addresses a range of questions related to prevention and response from academics to travel to what to expect if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Montana.

If you plan to travel outside Montana during spring break, please see our spring break travel guidelines.

Above all, we’re asking for your help. The best defense against any virus is good hand-washing and respiratory hygiene. Please help us keep our campuses safe: Cover your Cough, Stay Home if you’re sick and Wash Your Hands. As the CDC notes, everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy.

We recognize the importance of keeping you informed. Please watch this page for further updates as more information becomes available.

Be well,

Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

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