The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education is strongly urging all students to not return to their campuses or campus communities from spring break.

This is a strong recommendation based on evidence that demonstrates the best way to slow the COVID-19 pandemic is to stop people from congregating in their communities and around the country.

We ask that all students take this request very seriously. The spread of the virus will only become more severe in coming weeks if we are not able to stop the spread now.

It is a known fact that people who have no symptoms can carry this disease. While you may feel perfectly fine, you may be a carrier. Each of us has a responsibility to prevent others from getting very sick.

*Note — To discuss your personal residence hall housing situation, please contact Scott Schroeder at (406)-265- 3561 or scott.schroeder@msun.edu



We understand that some students chose to remain in the residence halls for spring break. We urge those students to please find other, less-dense living arrangements for their own health and safety as well as that of others.

The higher density living of the residence halls is not recommended by health officials. As with the previous section for students that are currently off campus, this is a very hard, but necessary, message to transmit and we urge you to consider it.

*Note — To discuss your personal residence hall housing situation, please contact Scott Schroeder at (406)-265- 3561 or scott.schroeder@msun.edu



Our residence halls are still open, but now is not the time to return to campus for your belongings. We have a response team in place that will ensure all of your property is safe and secure.

Please do not return to campus to retrieve your belongings even if you live in Montana.

Residence Life will be communicating directly with students on how they can get their absolutely most essential items.

*Note — To discuss your personal residence hall housing situation, please contact Scott Schroeder at (406)-265- 3561 or scott.schroeder@msun.edu



To be clear, all campuses of the Montana University System are open and students who need to live on campuses will be able to do so, if absolutely necessary for their circumstances. But please, if you can disperse to less-dense living arrangements, do so.

For those students who must continue to live on campus because of their personal circumstances, social distancing will be enforced in the residence and dining halls.

The MSU-Northern Vande Bogart Library will be 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.

All non-essential facilities will be closed and activities on campus have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. The campus is still open for all university business, but wherever possible, we will be providing services remotely via email, phone calls, etc. We will not be opening our facilities to the public.

Finally, the buildings on campus that will remain open will observe new hours of operation, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. These buildings will remain locked to the public, but will stay open for university business.



For MSU-Northern Residence Halls Student,
Late Friday afternoon (March 20), MSU-Northern was directed by the Montana Commissioner of Higher Education to begin the process of providing a pro-rated refund on the remainder of resident student room & board.  This refund will be for residence hall students who choose to leave campus for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 emergency.
MSU-Northern is working on a plan to be released to all our students by Wednesday, March 25, 2020, with the steps and the process for students to request a pro-rated refund for room and board fees. Once a student's request has been approved, MSU-Northern will process those pro-rated refunds.
MSU-Northern will provide additional information next week, but in the meantime, should you have questions or concerns please email cwendland@msun.edu. We appreciate everyone's patience as we navigate through these unprecedented times.

Food Court Hours and Information (Updated on March 20)


  • The Dining Hall will close between each mealtime in order to clean and prepare for the next meal
  • Hours of Operation/Mealtimes:
  • Breakfast: 8:00am-9:30am
  • Lunch: 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Dinner: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 10:30am-12:30pm, 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • The Convenience Store will only be open during hours of operation


  • Follow CDC guidelines for social distancing while getting food from the dining hall.
    • Remain at least 6 feet apart from others, and no more than 10 people may gather in an area at a time.
    • If you do not feel well do not come to the dining hall. Send someone else to get your meal for you.
    • Daily menu items will be limited to ensure quality and freshness
    • Cashier stands will be disinfected after each person comes through line
    • Only Full Time Food Service Staff will be allowed in the kitchen and around food preparation areas
      • Exceptions only for approved student staff
    • The Dining Room in the Food Court is closed and blocked off
    • The west doors will remain locked. Students may enter through the east door.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available at all open entrances
    • The following items will be individually packaged:
      • Utensils and Napkins
      • Condiments
      • Ready to grab items
    • Only food service staff will be handling the food that goes into carryout boxes
      • Gloves and proper food handling procedures will be done by trained and certified personnel only
      • Contents of carryout boxes will be written on them, so no need to open them


  • Only To-Go/Carryout meals will be served
  • Only Meal Plansand credit cards will be accepted for payment (No cash or check payments)
    • On weekends, only Meal Plansare accepted as payment
    • Students with Meal Plans will ONLY be able to get food from the Food Court during the scheduled hours of operation. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please contact Becky if other arrangements need to be made.
    • Due to limited staffing, no calling in of orders or deliveries will be available
    • There are 2 Ways to order food:

1) Students will be able to come up and order from the line

  • Items will be quick to prepare but students will still have some choices available
  • No special food requests will be taken unless approved by Becky

2)     Pre-orders for meals can be made ahead of time through the Cashiers or SUB Info Desk

  • Order sheets for the following day’s meals will be available
    • Students can fill out this form, and staff will prepare it in advance
    • If a meal is ordered and not picked up, the student will still be charged for that meal
    • Menu Options and Prices will be posted Daily
      • Any dietary, Allergies, complaints, requests, etc. need to be directed to Becky Toth at 406-265-3796