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Fall Classes Will Start August 31 at MSU-Northern


May 27, 2020

Officials at Montana State University-Northern announced on May 20 that a task force has determined that the start date for fall semester will remain as published, and classes will begin on August 31, 2020. The first regular summer session will begin on June 8 and will run fully online as planned.

According to MSUN Chancellor Greg Kegel, the university remains committed to fulfilling its mission and meeting its standards of excellence while protecting the health and safety of the campus and community. Consequently, the university’s fall semester will follow a modified schedule that will include face-to-face lectures and labs while ensuring that students will not be expected to be on campus after Thanksgiving break.

Kegel has established work groups to develop a detailed plan for Fall 2020, which will be published on and updated regularly as decisions are made or circumstances change.

In a May 8 announcement, Kegel stated: “Challenges still lie ahead. We have decisions to make about how best to open our campus to additional activity and traffic, and with that will come additional risks and uncertainty. Please know that the health and safety of the campus community remains our top priority. Our leadership team continues to monitor the situation daily, and we are making decisions very carefully.

“While we do not know what the future may hold, we do know that we cannot return to ‘normal.’ Instead, we must call upon that frontier spirit once again and create a new normal. Northern must embrace this challenge and see it as an opportunity to explore new, innovative ways of teaching, supporting students, and developing vibrant student life. In doing so, we will not only survive these challenging times, we will thrive, both in them and beyond them.”

Throughout the summer, Kegel promises weekly updates that will include any changes to campus access, decisions regarding how classes will be administered, and any other pertinent information.

Anyone with additional questions is encouraged to call the Chancellor’s office at 265-3720 or to send an email to Kegel at

“MSU-Northern remains open for business and dedicated to providing an ‘Education that Works’ to every student,” Kegel concluded.


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