Updated Jan. 13, 2021, 1:02 p.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
- As we start the spring 2022 semester, the university continues to strongly encourage mitigation best practices to help our campus community limit the spread of COVID-19.
- The best protection against the virus remains vaccination, including getting a booster shot. The university has three on-campus, walk-up vaccination clinics planned to help students, faculty and staff stay up to date with vaccinations and boosters.
- Virtual gatherings, meetings and events are encouraged when appropriate until further notice. The university also recommends limiting non-essential travel as much as possible.
- The MU community is asked to wear quality, well-fitting masks regardless of vaccination status while indoors or in crowded outdoor settings.
- Over the next few weeks, supervisors should seek ways to provide proper social distance between co-workers while maintaining public-facing service.
- The university is suspending the requirement for faculty, staff and student employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption in compliance with Executive Order 14042. Employees are no longer required to show documentation of vaccination or apply for an exemption at this time.
- Vaccination requirements implemented in August 2021 for University of Missouri Health System employees remain in effect.
- 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 reinstated 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.