2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated Dec. 2, 2021, 11:49 a.m.

MU continues to work closely with infection control experts at MU Health Care and local and state public health officials, and follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has activated a statewide public hotline, 877-435-8411, for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19.

What Mizzou Is Doing

  • The University of Missouri Board of Curators has approved a resolution to comply with Executive Order 14042, a federal vaccine mandate for federal contractors. University employees, including faculty, staff and student employees, must comply with the requirements of the federal vaccine mandate with exceptions for those who object because of a religious belief or have a verified medical reason. University administrators also can determine that an employee or group of employees is not covered by the mandate due to the nature of their work, their work location and their lack of interactions with covered employees connected to federal contracts.
    • The mandate does not apply to students who do not work for the university. 
    • The mandate applies to employees who work remotely or off-campus unless they have received an approved exemption.
    • The current deadline for employees to complete the vaccination process is Jan. 4 to allow enough wait time after the last dose for them to become fully vaccinated by Jan. 18.
    • University officials will continue to watch the evolving situation with the federal mandate closely. All or part of the mandate for UM System employees could be adjusted or rescinded due to changes in federal rules or court actions.
  • The university’s temporary indoor masking mandate expired after Oct. 15. Our requirements will be replaced with an expectation that everyone remains vigilant in protecting themselves and others against COVID-19.
    • While masks are no longer required, we ask that everyone — regardless of their vaccination status — wear masks indoors, especially when social distancing is not possible.
    • With this change, MU’s mask guidance comes into alignment with the latest Boone County public health advisory and CDC guidance, which both include recommendations for indoor masking.
    • University facilities and operations in other parts of the state will follow local public health guidance.
    • Some units across campus, including MU Health Care, the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions and certain facilities in the College of Veterinary Medicine, may continue to have requirements that are specific to their units.
  • Information on case data for students, faculty and staff is available on the Show Me Renewal site.
  • Unit leaders may now consider allowing business travel provided they are judicious in approving requests for travel in support of the mission of the university, and they ensure all relevant public health guidelines are being followed. Requests that do not provide a clear justification as to how the travel request supports our mission should not be approved.

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