2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated July 27, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
MU officials continue to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus disease COVID-19.
All classes will be taught remotely through the end of the 2020 summer term. Existing online classes will continue as originally scheduled.
Fall classes at MU will start in person as previously scheduled on Monday, Aug. 24. Our comprehensive, evolving plans for the fall are posted at renewal.missouri.edu
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.
Up-to-date personnel and financial actions can be found on the Human Resource Services website.
UM System President and MU Interim Chancellor Mun Choi and members of Mizzou’s leadership team hosted virtual town halls to give updates on the Show Me Renewal plan and answer questions from faculty, staff, students and families. To see recordings and transcripts of the town halls, visit the Office of the Chancellor’s website.
The City of Columbia City Council adopted a new ordinance requiring broader use of face coverings both outside and indoors, effective July 9. MU will follow the City’s guidance for when and where face coverings should be worn, including when maintaining 6 feet of distance from others is not possible. Exceptions to this ordinance on MU’s campus include:
- When you are alone in a private work space or single-occupancy study rooms.
- When you are in your residence hall room (single or double).
- While outdoors when maintaining 6 feet or more physical distance from others.
Fall classes at MU will start in-person as previously scheduled on Monday, Aug. 24. University officials will continue to monitor the pandemic situation closely and be ready to make any adjustments, including moving to remote or other models for delivering instruction, should that become necessary. Read more about MU’s plan
The campus is embarking on a gradual return that complies with guidance from the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and the advice of our experts from MU Health Care. During this time, many members of our community will continue to work remotely in consultation with their supervisor. Throughout the summer, the number of faculty and staff working on campus will steadily increase in preparation for an expected full return in fall 2020.
To reduce campus operations and the risk to our community during this period, the university has taken the following actions:
- The MU Student Center, Memorial Union, the MizzouRec Complex, and the University Club are closed to the public.
- University Libraries and the Student Success Center are closed. Remote services continue to be available.
- Residential Life is working to help students who have alternate living arrangements move as soon as possible.
- Operations staff are completing a thorough cleaning, disinfecting spaces throughout campus.
Students who do not have other options to support their continuing education, including international students, will be allowed to remain in our residence halls. We will continue to provide dining options and other needs.
The UM System has issued enhanced HR policies. To view the revised policies, visit HR-700 Enhanced HR Policies for Employees in Response to COVID-19. Employees of MU Health Care and MU School of Medicine will be provided separate guidance, appropriate for those providing health care for our community.
Effective immediately, all university-related non-essential international and domestic travel is suspended until further notice, including previously approved travel. This includes travel connected to university activities or programs for all faculty, staff and students, whether that travel is funded by the university, an external grant, or any other sources. Requests to engage in essential travel must be approved by deans, vice chancellors or vice provosts.
All university events have been canceled at this time.
The university has canceled all study abroad programs for spring, spring break and summer 2020. As students return to the United States, many of them are going back to their homes away from campus and will be self-monitoring with the assistance of their local public health departments. We continue to work with the students to ensure they maintain their academic progress this semester.
Mizzou has adopted a recommendation by Faculty Council leadership to employ a no-handshake practice. Verbal greetings are preferred substitutes.
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