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MSU Billings announced that it will begin its fall 2020 semester three weeks early to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The fall semester will begin Aug. 19 and end Nov. 25, 2020, shifting the semester’s course load ahead by the same three-week period. The original fall semester start date was September 9.

The early end to this fall semester was recommended by the Commissioner of Higher Education in consultation with public health officials, because lower rates of COVID-19 are expected in the months with better weather. The return to campus of thousands of students and employees from Thanksgiving travel could also pose significant health and safety challenges to MUS campuses, and ending all MUS institutions fall semesters by Thanksgiving could help lower the spread of COVID-19.

“We understand this calendar shift will be an adjustment to many, but the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority,” said MSU Billings Chancellor Dan Edelman. “Proper health and safety guidelines and protocols will be implemented prior to the start of our fall semester to ensure our campus remains a safe place for our students to learn, our faculty to teach, and for our staff to work.” Additionally, the MSU Billings’ “Back to Business” Task Force, comprised of representatives from all areas of university and City College campus, are actively consulting local and state health officials on a fall semester plan to safely bring students back to campus for face-to-face classes, shares Edelman. The plan will be completed in early July and will be shared at that time.

Fall 2020 semester classes will be in-person on university and City College campuses unless students register specifically for online classes. More information is available at 406-657-2158.