General Information

  • What is CatCourse?  
    • MSU's system for registering for classes. 
  • How do I advise a student?
    • Go to DegreeWorks (MyInfo, Advising Services, DegreeWorks)* 
      *you will only have access to this if you have advising duties
  • How do I assist/mentor a graduate student?
    • Refer to the handbook for either the MA of MFA program. Copies of both handbooks are available in the main office by the mailboxes or online.
  • How do I assist/refer a student who is struggling in class/not showing up/causing issues in class? 
    • Speak with Mandi. She has a list of resources available. 
  • What is a Course Registration Number (CRN)?
    • Unique five-digit number that is assigned for each class at MSU. This number changes every semester. 
  • What is Box?
  • What is Brightspace by D2L?
    • The majority of MSU courses will have an online component that students have access to through Brightspace. Login to access online content, take quizzes, upload homework, and engage in discussions using the online platform. 
    • More information can be found at https://montana.edu/ecat/help
  • What is the Add/Drop process?
    • During a student's time at MSU, they will likely need to add or drop a class. The Registration Handbooks and the Registrar's Office website are the tools they will need in order to know when they can add or drop with or without a grade.
    • A student may add a class online using MyInfo within five class days of the semester's start, unless it is a restricted entry course. A student can add a class with an Add/Drop Form within 10 days of the semester's start. A student may drop a class using MyInfo within 10 class days of the semester's start. A student may drop a class with an Add/Drop Form within 15 days of the semester's start.
    • Add/Drop schedules and Deadlines (last day to add/last day to drop, etc.) are published each semester on the Registrar's Office website: https://montana.edu/registrar 
    • The Add/Drop for is MSU's form in which students may use to add or drop a course they are enrolled in. This form requires instructor and advisor signatures. Students will turn this form into the Registrar's Office.
  • How do I add a student to one of my classes?
  • What is a Withdrawal ("W")?
    • A student can withdraw from just one of their classes after the last add/drop day through the Registrar's Office using the Add/Drop Form. A "W" will appear on their academic transcript.
  • How do I drop a student? 
    • You can't. A drop must be initiated by the student using the Add/Drop form (see above) due to new federal regulations, all drops need a day of last attendance from the instructor.
  • How do I send out an email to everyone (faculty, staff, grads, adjuncts,)?
    • Send the email that you want sent out to art@montana.edu and our student workers will send it out. Please do not send it to Mandi or Wendy. 
    • Or, use the copy of the directory shared with everyone at the start of the semester. 
  • How do I send out an email to all School of Art students?
    • Send the email that you want sent out to art@montana.edu and one of our student workers will send it out. Please do not send it to Mandi or Wendy. Please send in at least 24-48 hours in advance. 
  • How can I get ahold of someone in IT for computer help?

Advising/Student

  • How do I advise a student?
    • Go to DegreeWorks (MyInfo, Advising Services, DegreeWorks)* 
      *you will only have access to this if you have advising duties
    • What is DegreeWorks?
      • Software resource that allows students to map out their four-year degree plan.
  • How do I assist/mentor a graduate student?
    • Refer to the handbook for either the MA of MFA program. Copies of both handbooks are available in the main office by the mailboxes or online.
  • How do I assist/refer a student who is struggling in class/not showing up/causing issues in class?