MSU Billings Catalog

Student Affairs

Montana State University Billings provides academic and student support programs and extracurricular activities that enhance and enrich the total student life of the University.  A wide range of services, challenges and opportunities are available for every student including programs delivered through the Division of Student Affairs and other activities that affect student life from admission through graduation.

MSU Billings Division of Student Affairs Mission Statement

The Division of Student Affairs provides exceptional service and cultivates an inclusive social and educational environment that enhances active student learning, engagement, development, and success.

Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct

Montana State University Billings statement regarding students’ rights and responsibilities is as follows:

“Montana State University Billings is a community of scholars and members of such University communities have traditionally recognized their individual responsibilities in the development of a mature and sophisticated society.  By enrolling in the University, the student neither loses the rights nor escapes the duties of a citizen.  Each student should conduct his/her personal life in the context of mutual regard for the rights, property, and privileges of others.  Therefore, it is expected that students will demonstrate respect for the law and for the necessity of orderly conduct in the affairs of the local and campus community.  In certain circumstances where this preferred conduct fails, the University will rely upon the rules and procedures described in its Code of Student Conduct to hold students accountable for maintaining the responsibilities that follow.

A brief summary of student notifications and policies are highlighted below.  For a complete listing of all policy details, forms, and additional information, visit the website: www.msubillings.edu/VCSA/StudentHandbook.htm

Student Rights

One of the priorities of Montana State University Billings is to provide each student the opportunity to learn.  Therefore, some personal freedoms and rights of students include, but are not limited to:

  1. Freedom of inquiry, speech, and assembly.
  2. Freedom from threats.
  3. Freedom from acts of violence.
  4. Freedom from unfair or obscene treatment from others.
  5. Freedom from interference from others in an unreasonable and unauthorized manner while in class, activities, and public events.
  6. Freedom from theft and willful destruction of personal property.
  7. Right to study and learn in an atmosphere of academic freedom.
  8. Right to procedural due process in University misconduct action.
  9. Right to be governed by justifiable academic regulations.
  10. To be informed in writing of the academic requirements determined by individual instructors.
  11. Right to be informed of the regulations for academic and social conduct, and graduation requirements of the University.
  12. Right to petition for redress of grievances, academic and non-academic

Student Responsibilities

Each student has the responsibility:

  1. To respect the rights and property of others.
  2. To be fully acquainted and comply with the published rules and regulations of the University.
  3. To comply with all local, state, and federal laws.
  4. To recognize that student activities reflect upon the individuals involved as well as upon the entire University community.
  5. To recognize the University’s obligation to provide a safe environment conducive for learning and academic inquiry.
  6. To adhere to the academic requirements determined by individual instructors.
  7. To abide by the reasonable direction of a University official acting within the legitimate scope of his or her duties.”

Student Affairs & Related Phone Numbers

Student Affairs Phone Number
Academic Support Center 657-1641
Admissions and Records/Registrar/Transcripts 657-2158
Advising & Career Services 657-2240
Associated Students of MSUB 657-2365
Athletics/Yellowjacket Sports 657-2369
Business Services/Cashier 657-2140
Campus Activities/Engagement 657-2387
Campus Police/Parking 657-2147
City College Student Services (Jacket Student Central) 247-3012
D2L Support (Online Learning) 247-5755
Dean of Student Engagement 657-1696
Disability Support Services 657-2283
Diversity Center 896-5902
Educational Talent Search 657-2116
Facilities Service 657-2306
Financial Aid and Scholarship 657-2188
Information Technology (Help Desk) 247-5755
Jackets & Company (campus store) 657-2121
Jackets & Company City College Store 247-3031
Native American Achievement Center 657-2182
New Student Services 657-2888
Residence Life and Housing 657-2333
ROTC/Military Science 247-5733
Student Health Services 657-2153
Student Support Services 657-2162
U-Card/ID Cards 657-2023
Upward Bound 657-2180
Vice Chancellor for Student Access & Success 657-2307

Advising & Career Services

McMullen First Floor West, (406) 657-2240
Library 100, (406) 657-2168
City College Jacket Student Central, (406) 247-3019
www.msubillings.edu/advise
www.msubillings.edu/careers

Advising & Career Services assists students in understanding academic requirements, enabling them to complete their program requirements as efficiently as possible.  Through one-on-one meetings and First Year Seminar courses, advisors help students develop the skills necessary to be successful.  Advising & Career Services provide career exploration and help students access part-time jobs, internships, and work-study opportunities while they are in school, and help them secure full-time employment upon graduation.

Internships/Cooperative Education

McMullen First Floor West, (406) 657-1717

Cooperative Education (Co-Op) internships create educational partnerships among Montana State University Billings, the business community, and students.  This unique academic experience allows students to earn academic credit while combining classroom learning with practical work experience.  Learn more at www.msubillings.edu/careers/cooped/students.htm

Career Services/Job Locator

Library 100, (406) 657-1618
City College Jacket Student Central, (406) 247-3006

Cooperative Education (Co-Op) internships create educational partnerships among Montana State University Billings, the business community, and students.  This unique academic experience allows students to earn academic credit while combining classroom learning with practical work experience.

Advising & Career Services can help you through the internship search and registration process. Students are not automatically placed in an internship, they will need to apply and interview for internships, just like applying for a job.  The application process can be competitive, so students are encouraged to start their search early and have Advising & Career Services review their resume and cover letter to give them the best chance of landing the perfect spot.

Students may begin looking for internships on CareerLink, at www.msubillings.edu/careers.  Students can also make an appointment with Advising & Career Services to contact those potential employers.  For students who want to consider utilizing their current employer for internships, they would need to make sure at least 75% of the internship duties must be new and different from the student’s day-to-day duties in their current position.  For all internships, at least 80% of the job duties must be degree-related in nature.

Associated Students of Montana State University Billings (ASMSUB)

SUB 213, (406) 657-2365
www.msubillings.edu/asmsub

The Associated Students of Montana State University Billings (ASMSU Billings) are governed by a Student Senate, the functions of which are to administer and to distribute student activity fees, to act as liaison among students, faculty, and administration, to protect the privileges and the rights of students, and to act as a central agent for student opinion.

Legal Services

The Associated Students of MSU Billings maintain an attorney on staff to assist students with legal problems.  While there is no charge to see the attorney, there may be a nominal fee charged for certain types of legal services such as divorce, wills and name change.

Dining Services

Student Union Building, (406) 657-2383
msubillingsdining.sodexomyway.com

Montana State University Billings Dining Services offers a dining program for students, faculty, and staff.  Students living in the residence halls participate in the campus dining program by purchasing one of six meal plans consisting of dining dollars and board meals.  Board meals are used for an all-you-care-to-eat meals in Rimrock Café.  Dining dollars can be used in any of the dining venues including Rimrock Café, Stingers Bistro, Jazzman’s, SUB Connection, and City College Café.

Dining locations on the main campus include Rimrock Café and Stingers Bistro, located in the SUB, as well as Jazzman’s and SUB Connection, located in the Liberal Arts Building.  City College Campus offers City College Café as well as a Seattle’s Best Coffee machine.

Rimrock Café offers an array of fresh daily choices that includes a complete breakfast buffet and made to order items, The Grill, cooked to order Chef’s Table, from-scratch soups, a fresh salad bar that includes vegan items, Made-to-Order Deli, home-style entrees, a selection of pizzas, and assorted beverages and desserts.  Stingers Bistro is proud to offer a full selection of Starbucks coffee and Frappuccinos.  We are also the first Jamba Juice in the state of Montana offering a selection of fresh smoothies.  Stingers menu has a great selection of paninis, wraps, and our Signature Mac and Cheese.  Jazzman’s and SUB Connection offer a variety of sub sandwiches, chips, and beverages, signature Jazzman’s coffee, and blended beverages, as well as baked daily pastries.  City College Café offers a selection of grab-n-go products, hot breakfast, a choice of grill, pizza, from-scratch soups, a fresh salad bar, and a made to order deli.

Disability Support Services

MSUB University Campus:  College of Education 135
(406) 657-2283 (V)
(406) 545-2518 (VP)

City College Campus:  Tech Building A016
(406) 247-3029 (V)
(406) 545-1026 (VP)
www.msubillings.edu/dss

Disability Support Services (DSS) collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to make MSUB accessible to everyone.  Students are encouraged to contact DSS to identify themselves and work one-on-one with DSS staff to remove both academic and physical barriers.  To learn more about the program, visit the website www.msubillings.edu/dss.

Diversity Center

SUB 212, (406) 896-5902
www.msubillings.edu/diversity

The Diversity Center is committed to providing a welcoming campus environment for all students, faculty, staff, and guests.  The Diversity Center fosters social and professional opportunities, as well as advocacy for all multicultural students.  The mission of this office is to ensure we are meeting the various needs of diversity and diverse population through fair and equal representation as well as increased opportunity for learning and understanding about diverse issues.

The Diversity Center offers leadership opportunities for students through clubs or organized meeting groups.  Each group is student focused and student driven with opportunities to engage in campus and community programs, events, and socials.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

McMullen First Floor East, (406) 657-2188
www.msubillings.edu/finaid/index.htm

Paying for education is a concern for all students.  Financial aid is awarded to more than 60% of our students in the form of grants, scholarships, tuition waivers, employment and loans.  This office can assist you in your search for information concerning financial aid and scholarships.  Call (406) 657-2188, or see the Financial Aid section.  The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is located on McMullen Hall first floor east.

Residence Life and Housing

SUB 225, (406) 657-2333
www.msubillings.edu/reslife

Residence Halls

Montana State University Billings provides on-campus living facilities for students who are pursuing an educational mission.  The residence halls offer an environment which is desirable for those who are seriously seeking a well-rounded education.  Participation in hall programming and group processes is part of the complete experience the residence hall provides.

Students living in the residence halls may select from a variety of living options.  The residence halls offer a safe and fun-filled environment where students can live well, work well, and be well during their college experience.  The residence hall experience includes some amazing benefits like wireless technology throughout the halls, in room sink, cable television in the floor lobby areas, laundry services (u-card and quarter accepted), and more.  Visit  www.msubillings.edu/reslife for more information about the residence hall experience.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to make arrangements for any specific needs with the Office of Residence Life and Housing and Disability Support Services prior to moving on campus.

Residence hall living is available during Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions and during break periods to those students meeting the necessary requirements.

To apply for residence hall living, call (406) 657-2333 or visit www.msubillings.edu/reslife to apply for housing.

Family Housing

MSU Billings offers 10 family housing apartments for students currently enrolled in 12 or more credits.  Family housing eligibility includes:  married students, single parent with children, or married students with children.  Family housing apartments include 6 three-bedroom apartments and 4 two-bedroom apartments.  There is an application and $25.00 application fee to place your name on the waiting list for an available apartment.

To obtain more information about family housing apartments, contact the Residence Life and Housing Office at (406) 657-2333 or visit www.msubillings.edu/reslife

Housing Application

Residents who complete their online Housing Applications and pay their $125 Non-Refundable Security Deposit to reserve a room have entered into a legally binding agreement with Montana State University Billings for the purchase of housing for the academic year.  Once a student has moved into the residence halls and accepted or signed for a room key and has signed a contract, he/she is financially obligated by the contract for the entire year, and may only be released for the following reasons:

  1. Withdrawal from Montana State University Billings.
  2. Graduation from Montana State University Billings.
  3. Internship or student teaching assignment out of the area.
  4. Medical condition.
  5. Extreme financial circumstances.
  6. Marriage.
  7. Academic suspension.
  8. Disciplinary suspension.

Any student wishing to cancel a Housing Contract for an upcoming term must complete the online Contract Release Request form at least two weeks prior to the first day of classes in order to receive a full refund of fees for the semester.  Room and board rates, programs, and rules and regulations governing the residence halls are subject to change without notice.  An optional installment plan is available for payment of room and board through the office of Business Services.  Students may pay room and board in full at the beginning of each term or select the installment plan.  This selection is made in conjunction with regular fee payment.

On-Campus Requirement

Required to live on campus:  Traditional age student less than 3 years out of high school and under 30 credits at the start of the fall semester.

Automatically exempt from housing if under 30 credits (no documentation is needed for the following, however completion of the form is required):

  • Students over 21 years of age, as verified through MSUB student information systems
  • Military Veteran, as verified through MSUB student information systems
  • Enrolled in 11 or fewer credits, as verified through MSUB student information systems
  • Transfer Student, As verified through MSUB student information systems
  • Online Student, as verified through MSUB student information systems
  • Non-Degree Seeking Student, as verified through MSUB student information systems
Exemptions to the live on requirement:
  • Living with immediate family (legal guardian, parent, or grandparent) within the following counties:  Yellowstone, Carbon, Big Horn, Stillwater, Treasure, Musselshell, Golden Valley
  • Married
  • Physical custody of a dependent child
  • Financial hardship
  • Medical related condition
  • Documented disability
  • Unusual circumstances

Note:  City College students are not exempt from the live on requirement and must sign up for housing accordingly or complete an exemption request that meets any other exemption area.

All requests for exemption must be made to the Office of Residence Life and Housing two weeks prior to residence hall opening for consideration.  Please contact the Residence Life and Housing Office, SUB 225, by calling (406) 657-2333 or online at www.msubillings.edu/reslife for an exemption form.

For those students that do not fill out an exemption request prior to two weeks before the halls open, a double room ($2,095) and silver meal plan ($1,541) will be directly applied to student’s account.  Students will have until Move-In Day to file an exemption request form to reverse these charges, but will incur a $75 late fee.

Jackets and Company

Student Union Building, (406) 657-2121
www.jackets-and-company.com

Jackets and Company--the Campus Store--is located in the Student Union to provide the campus community with all required course materials through the website, and carries in store a wide selection of school and office supplies, imprinted apparel, computers, software, electronics, gifts, greeting cards, and sundries at competitive prices.  The Campus Store also features a convenience store.

New Student Orientation

McMullen First Floor West, (406) 657-2240
www.msubillings.edu/fye/orientation/index.htm

Advising & Career Services at Montana State University Billings coordinates the Orientation & First Year Transition Program.  This program is designed to provide first year students with an Orientation Peer Leader who is available to guide them through their first year transition into college.  There are different New Student Orientation experiences that students can choose from based on their past academic background.  New students starting college as a first year college student in a fall semester are required to attend a two-day overnight introduction to college life at MSUB.  Adult Learners and Transfer students are highly encouraged to attend a day long Adult Learner or Transfer Learner Orientation prior to the fall semester.  Students starting at MSUB in a spring or summer term should contact Advising & Career Services (406) 657-2240 or Jacket Student Central (406) 247-3019 to visit about orientation and registration options.

Student Health Services

Petro Hall, (406) 657-2153
City College, (406) 247-3027
www.msubillings.edu/studenthealth

The Student Health Services (SHS) is an ambulatory health care facility which provides high quality, cost-effective health care and mental health counseling with an emphasis on health education and wellness initiatives to promote and enhance student success.  With a staff of advanced practice professionals (contracted through St. Vincent Healthcare) nurses, mental health counselors, wellness specialist, and victim advocates, we provide health care, immunizations, mental health counseling, Phoenix Center for sexual assault advocacy services, and health education.  SHS strives to encourage students to become responsible and knowledgeable consumers of health care.  All students enrolled for seven or more credits are charged the Student Health Service fee.  It is an optional fee for six or fewer credits.

Student Health Insurance

All MSU Billings students enrolled in six or more credits are required to have some form of health insurance.  A student health insurance policy is available to MSUB students.  Before registering, students will be asked to elect or waive this insurance.  Students must elect or waive the health insurance before the 15th class day of fall or spring semesters.  Each semester the premium is for a period of six months, therefore, they will be covered whether or not they are taking summer semester classes.  Online-only students should contact Student Health Services regarding insurance availability.

Note:  All students are eligible to use the Student Health Services, whether or not they enroll in the student health insurance.

Insurance policy brochures are available at fee payment and at the Student Health Services office on the 2nd floor of Petro Hall and the City College SHS, 2nd floor of the Tech Building.

Full information about the student health insurance program, provided by the Montana University Insurance Consortium, is available at www.bcbsmt.com

Student Support Services (SSS/TRIO)

Library 141, (406) 657-2162
www.msubillings.edu/sss

This federally funded program is located on the lower level of the Library.  SSS/TRIO assists 258 eligible students by helping them to successfully remain in school and graduate.  To be eligible, students must be working on a bachelor’s degree at MSUB (or on a 2+2 program through City College and MSUB) and meet one of the following:  be from a low-income background (such as Pell grant eligible), be a first generation college student (neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree), or have a documented physical, emotional, or learning disability.  SSS/TRIO offers the following free of charge to qualifying students:

  • Peer (Student) Mentoring
  • Study Groups/Tutoring
  • Informational and Skills Building Workshops
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Information
  • Referrals to Community Organizations
  • Counseling & Referral
  • Midterm Evaluations
  • Newsletters
  • Assistance in Graduation Preparation
  • Preparation for Graduate School
  • Academic Boot Camp Summer Bridge Program and more!

Center for Engagement & Campus Activities

SUB 219, (406) 657-2387
www.msubillings.edu/engagement

The Center for Engagement is a center for co-curricular activities within the Student Union Building which serves as the community center for the University and guests visiting the Montana State University Billings campus.  The Student Union is centrally located on the campus with easy access to University services and facilities.

Offices and Programs Housed in the Student Union

In addition to the Center for Engagement, the Student Union provides space for Jackets and Company, Campus Dining Services, Stingers Bistro, ASMSU Billings, Residence Life and Housing, Diversity Center, Academic Support Center, Petro Theater, The Retort (campus newspaper), Student Activities Board, and student organization offices.

Center for Community Engagement

MSU Billings strives to connect students to the community through meaningful service and educational opportunities.  We believe community involvement strengthens a sense of responsible and productive citizenship, which creates a lifelong commitment to service and leadership.

The Center for Engagement will assist students in connecting to volunteer opportunities both on campus and in the community.  Students can utilize volunteerism to enhance their academic experience, to help in meeting other students, to get involved as a student and to help prepare to become a civic leader within the community following graduation.  The Campus Activities & Engagement Office coordinates monthly Service Saturday projects, MSUB Night on the Van in partnership with the Salvation Army, Student United Way (a student organization centered on volunteerism and advocacy), and many more opportunities.  Students can also utilize the Campus Activities & Engagement Office to connect to volunteer opportunities on an individual basis or students can access a community volunteer database at www.youcanvolunteer.org.

Montana Campus Compact

The Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) is a coalition of Montana college and university presidents, chancellors, and deans committed to the civic purposes of higher education.  The MTCC is committed to renewing the public purposes of higher education by promoting volunteerism, public service, and service learning on Montana’s college and university campuses.  The MTCC is an affiliate of Campus Compact, a national organization with a rapidly growing membership of more than 700 public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities in 41 states and the District of Columbia.  The MTCC provides training, technical assistance, grants and education awards to students and faculty members engaged in community service activities.  The MTCC and its programs make an immediate impact on communities, students, and institutions while developing students as lifelong citizens-leaders.  For more information on the Montana Campus Compact, contact the Campus Activities & Engagement Office.

Student Activities, Student Organizations, Leadership Development

www.msubillings.edu/studentlife

The Campus Activities & Engagement Office coordinates and supervises the registration of over 60 student organizations.  The office provides organizations with support, consultation services, resources, and leadership development and recognition programs.  The Office is also the University contact for students seeking assistance to charter and organize new student organizations on campus.

The University encourages a variety of student activities and organizations, insofar as they promote both positive activity and the objectives of the University.  The nonacademic aspects of student life can prove to be immensely valuable in the balanced development of the human personality.  Many co-curricular activities are related to coursework and thus provide opportunities for applying knowledge and skills learned in the college classroom, in the studio, or in the laboratory.

LEAD @ MSUB

SUB 223, (406) 896-5815
www.msubillings.edu/engagement/engage-leadership

LEAD @ MSUB is a two-year (City College students) or four-year (University Campus students) leadership quest that gives students the chance to:

  • create new and lasting friendships
  • learn about campus and community resources
  • connect as a student leader by joining a student organization
  • develop personal leadership skills in a variety of ways in order to engage in campus life as student leaders
  • prepare to enter the workforce upon graduation as a successful community leader

The LEAD program creates an environment for support and strategies for success, while building future student leaders.  The program accepts 20 freshmen students on an annual basis.

Meeting and Conference Space

(406) 657-2387
www.msubillings.edu/engagement/engage-events/index.htm

MSU Billings provides meeting and conference rooms, event posting and displays, and public lounges.  The Campus Activities & Engagement Office coordinates the scheduling of campus space.

Student Activities Board

SUB 219, (406) 657-2257
www.msubillings.edu/sab

The Student Activities Board coordinates a balanced program of cultural, social and entertainment events appropriate to the educational goals and needs of the campus community.  The board consists of 13 selected student members and two advisors.  Selection of board members occurs during fall and spring.

Upward Bound/TRIO

CI 306, (406) 657-2180
www.msubillings.edu/upb

Upward Bound is a federally funded high school scholarship program designed to generate in participants the skills and motivation needed to enroll and graduate from a program of postsecondary education.  Participants must meet federal eligibility criteria, as well as demonstrate interest and motivation to attend college.  Services include:  academic advising, instruction and tutoring, an on campus summer academic program, postsecondary enrollment assistance, and cultural and social experiences.

Educational Talent Search/TRIO

CI 306, (406) 657-2116
www.msubillings.edu/ets

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federally funded TRIO program designed to assist 6th to 12th grade students prepare for and attend a post-secondary institution of their choice upon high school graduation.  Participants must meet federal eligibility criteria and demonstrate interest and motivation to attend college.  The ETS program serves 600 eligible students in Yellowstone County.  Services include academic advising, instruction and tutoring, post-secondary enrollment assistance, and cultural and social experiences.

Veterans Affairs Certifying Official

McMullen First Floor West (406) 657-1782

Veterans are advised to check with the Veterans Affairs certifying official, McMullen first floor west, (406) 657-1782, 30 to 45 days before the semester begins.  A veteran must notify this office whenever there is a change in status (i.e., address, enrollment, or additional dependents).

Veterans’ Upward Bound

Cisel 109, (406) 657-2075
vubmt.com

The Veterans’ Upward Bound Program of Montana State University-Northern maintains a program at MSU Billings to assist veterans to learn the skills that will enable them to be successful in college.  Both day and evening courses are offered in areas such as English, math and computers.  Call (406) 657-2075 or toll free at (877) 356-8387 for assistance.