2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated Nov. 12, 2020, 1:20 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 part of spring semester 2021 return, Mizzou is implementing undergraduate student arrival testing for COVID-19. Arrival testing will be mandatory for undergraduate students living in university residential housing and an option for all other undergraduate students. For more information, visit the Show Me Renewal Arrival testing page.

  • University leaders announced the difficult but necessary decision to temporarily shift a majority of in-person undergraduate and graduate courses to remote learning for the last three weeks of instruction and final exams following Thanksgiving break. There will be some exceptions, but most students and faculty should plan for remote learning after the holiday.

  • The university is checking #CampusClear apps with health monitoring stations at Ellis Library, MizzouRec and other locations. For more information on the app and health screening locations, visit the #CampusClear information page.

  • University of Missouri officials announced on Oct. 15 that the fall semester will proceed as planned and in-person and hybrid classes will continue after Thanksgiving break. For those who stay in town during the break to avoid at-risk family members or travel risks, the university will facilitate a celebration of the holiday and offer on-campus activities.

  • Fall classes at MU started in-person 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.

  • MU has updated its face covering requirements:

    • Wear face coverings whenever you are on campus even when you are outside, unless you are alone. This policy means those who share a household (roommates, family members, etc.) will also wear face coverings when outdoors together on campus. This outdoor requirement will apply to the entire campus, including the MU Health Care areas.

    • Whenever a face covering is required, indoors and outdoors, it must always be kept over your mouth and nose.

    • When individuals eat or drink together outdoors, they must remain at least 6 feet apart from others and return face coverings immediately after consumption is complete.

  • MU has limited most university-sponsored events to 20 and is prohibiting nearly all events from outside groups on campus.

  • In an effort to ensure the health and well-being of its fans, student-athletes, coaches, officials, staff and students attending 2020 Mizzou home football games, Mizzou Athletics has announced that tailgating will be prohibited in all game-day parking lots and campus spaces.

  • 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.

  • All university-related non-essential international and domestic travel remains suspended until further notice. 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 source — including previously approved travel. Requests to engage in essential travel must be approved by deans, vice chancellors or vice provosts.

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