2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated May 27, 2021, 1:00 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

  • Beginning June 1, the university will change its policy on social distancing and the wearing of face coverings indoors from required for all to recommended based on vaccination status and situation. Per CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask or socially distance unless they have a weakened immune system. The CDC does continue to recommend these practices for individuals not yet fully vaccinated.
  • For scheduled classes during summer session, classroom capacity and seating arrangements are already set to accomplish 6-foot distancing and will remain in that configuration. If you are not fully vaccinated or have a weakened immune system, it is recommended that you continue to wear a mask while in class.
  • As of June 1, the university has lifted event size restrictions and is no longer requiring Incident Command approval for events The university will also allow external groups to reserve space and hold events on campus, per pre-pandemic processes. Events occurring after June 1 that have already been approved can be adjusted according to current guidelines. Any such revisions to events should be reviewed by unit leaders, and venue space managers should be consulted if changes are desired for already scheduled events to ensure the venue can accommodate the proposed changes. More information about events and activities is available on the Show Me Renewal site.
  • Beginning June 1, students participating in research labs will not be required to submit a Return to Work Authorization form through MU’s eCompliance system. Research faculty, staff and students should continue to follow safety guidelines and recommendations.
  • Information on case data for students, faculty and staff is available on the Show Me Renewal site. Due to the very low number of reported cases among students, staff and faculty, the university’s COVID-19 dashboard will be updated weekly starting June 2nd and will increase in frequency as needed.
  • 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.
  • The Provost shared plans for scheduling fall courses, including more face-to-face classes and classroom capacities closer to pre-pandemic levels.
  • 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.

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