2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated May 18, 2020, 4:30 p.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.
Beginning May 20, a select group of faculty, staff and graduate students will return to work on campus as officials plan the first steps of a phased approach that is focused on critical research needs. This will ultimately lead to our plans for in-person operations for fall 2020.
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.
Limited members of the university community focused on critical research will begin to return to work on campus while following specific guidance related to health and safety. In future waves over the summer, the number of individuals carrying out their duties on campus will steadily grow in preparation for in-person operations to resume in fall 2020, unless the guidelines from health officials require us to change course. For additional information, check questions and answers for returning to campus.
On May 15-16, the university hosted a virtual commencement celebration for our graduates. In addition, the university will also invite graduates back to campus at a later date to participate in a future ceremony. For more information, please visit the Graduation & Commencement page.
UM System President and MU Interim Chancellor Mun Choi, MU Provost Latha Ramchand and members of Mizzou’s leadership team hosted virtual town halls to give updates and answer questions from faculty and staff, the community, and students and families. To see recordings of the town halls and the Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Office of the Chancellor’s website.
All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in courses (including online and self-paced) in spring 2020 will be able to choose the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grade option for all courses that have an A-F grade option. Students have the option to retain the letter grade earned or select S/U after final grades have been posted. (NOTE: Classes that ended prior to March 16, 2020, are not eligible to be changed to S/U grading.) Students will be able to select the S/U option from 8 a.m. (CDT) Monday, May 18, 2020, through 5 p.m. (CDT) Friday, June 5, 2020. For more information, visit the Office of the University Registrar’s website.
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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