University Facilities & Events — Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated May 21, 2020, 11:30 a.m.
Select dining locations are open for carry-out only. For updates, please visit Campus Dining.
All university events have been canceled at this time.
The Tiger Line shuttle is suspended for the duration of the semester. Service will resume in August. For public transportation in Columbia, see GoCOMO.
The university has postponed commencement. In May, it will host a virtual 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.
Faculty and staff may pick up packages from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April 10, at Mail Services, 2800 Maguire Blvd. Because we have minimal staff, please only order essential items for your department and temporarily stop recurring orders that are not necessary at this time. Please have personal orders shipped to your home address, as Mail Services is receiving most alternative carriers (DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.) deliveries for most of the campus.* **Refrigeration space is limited so please save room for medical and research orders.
*Mail Services does not receive MU Health Care or Residential Life mail.
**Other departments remain open on campus and their alternative carrier packages are delivered to the appropriate building. U.S. Post Office mail and packages must be picked up at Mail Services.
Your dean, director or department head submitted a list of staff who can access your building. If you believe you should have access, check with your dean, director or department head. If your name is not on the list, he or she can submit additional names to Vice Chancellor Gary Ward.
MU Campus Facilities has been closely following the developing guidance from industry resources to adjust building ventilation systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re also researching other techniques that are being considered by HVAC professionals.
It is important to note that we did not completely shut down building HVAC systems during the stay-at-home order. Buildings were placed into “Holiday Mode” which shuts down HVAC systems serving offices, classrooms and auditoriums. These systems automatically turn back on when temperatures in the building reach unoccupied set points or in some cases when motion is sensed. Building systems were placed back into Normal Operating Mode on April 20th to ventilate and achieve proper temperatures in anticipation of building occupancy.
MU buildings were designed to meet building code ventilation requirements, which are based on total occupancy, so most, if not all of the time, the building is over ventilated. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, like what are used in hospitals, cannot be installed in non-hospital buildings because the HVAC systems were not designed to include space or achieve pressure-drop required by HEPA-type filters.
Upon returning to campus May 4, all HVAC systems including filtration were checked and they are all in good operating condition. Preventative maintenance is performed at regular intervals throughout the year to provide the best indoor environment for our faculty, staff and students.